bryan coe digital marketing strategist

Where have I been? I’ve been Tweeting!

I haven’t posted much recently partly because I have been using Facebook and Twitter a lot lately. Most of you probably know what Facebook is, but you might be wonder what heck Twitter is…

Well, it’s a free online service that you can post 140 character long updates. Kind of like a status update, things you see or what you’re doing. One of my favorites:

“Just saw random woman walking down biz 222 with a parrot on her shoulder.”

Crazy, but I did actually see that a couple of weeks ago!

You can do a lot of things with these updates. I use it to change my Facebook status. There is an app on Facebook for this. There is supposedly one for MySpace too, but I can’t seem to get it work. Another API I use is from Twitterfeed. This allows me to tweet (the act of postin on twitter) the headlines of my blog posts. I do this for both my personal and business blogs. So, I manually/randomly tweet as well as automatically tweet when TwitterFeed sends my latest blog entries to Twitter. Then this all also updates my Facebook status.

Now, all this isn’t even the most intersting part. Within Twitter people can follow and you can follow other people. That doesn’t mean if I follow you, you have to follow me. However, you shouldn’t just follow people willy nilly. Like anything there should be a reason: ie, they are in the same industry, you know them already.. you get the picture. What it means is you receive updates from the people you are following and vice verse. Right I’m following 25 and actually 25 prople are following me. Two of the people I’m following you may actually know. Lance Armstrong and Guy Kawasaki.

If you and someone else are both following each other you can then have conversations. There is an option to reply to what someone says: @reply. Or you can message them directly. So, what happens is, people have conversations.

You might be asking.. What’s the point? Well, I’m using it as another way to get my company name out there and find like minded people: Entrepreneurs, people interesting in social media, localizaion professionals, freelance translators. To name a few. One of the great things about it is that you can connect with people that you may otherwise never have had the chance to connect with.

You can check me out on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter button on the right side of the page. You can also set up your own account through the button if you don’t have one already.

The next step for me is to set up a central place for all my blog entries, twitter posts and other online activity. I know there are apps out there to do this. I just have to find the right one and get it done!

iTunes Support to the Rescue!!

About a month and a half ago I posted an entry mentioning that I had a complete system crash, and lost my hard drive. Well, silly me has never backed up my music and videos from iTunes. Last night I emailed their support and today they responded. It was actually from a real person too, not just a canned response. So, basically they allowed me to download another copy of all the files I lost with no charge and no hassle. I was actually expecting more trouble. Guess I learned my lesson about backups…

But, there was also something a bit more interesting. They gave me a link showing how to retrieve files from my iPod. This is something that was not originally available and supposedly only available with iTunes 7. I’m not sure when 7 was released. I don’t think it was too long ago.

One of the interesting things is that this “feature” actually came from people being industrious. I’ve seen posts on other blogs going back as far as 2004 where they figured out HOW-TO: Get music OFF your iPod. Anyway, I think it’s great that Apple has finally listened to its customers and has added this option to their software. Even if it is only for media purchased from iTunes.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Toys

I found this on another bloggers site: It Makes a Difference to the Sheep

Jarts, really? I have them at home… I did actually impale a small child with one of them once.. Just kidding!

Top 10 Most Dangerous Toys