World’s Best Boss cake for Steve Carrell

Howie and I are huge fans of NBC’s The Office. Steve Carrell is a big part of that, so I’m really bummed to see him leave the show. Fortunately, the rest of the cast is terrific, so I hope it can keep the momentum. I really don’t want to see The Office jump the shark.

Rainn Wilson (a.k.a. the introspective and devious Dwight Schrute) posted this photo on Twitter. It’s the goodbye cake for Steve’s last day.

 Giant coffee cup cake, World's Best Boss

A sad day for NBC's The Office. Farewell, Steve!

Sigh. I wonder what will happen with Michael and Holly. They’re perfect for each other.

They remind Howie and me of our relationship!

Twitter Lists wishlist

I’m so glad to see the lists function coming to Twitter! Maybe with these, I won’t have to use third-party solutions* so much just to manage and filter.

That said, I have a observations and suggestions:

  1. Let us add list members via a form with auto-complete. Don’t make us slog through pages of people we’re following just to find a few individuals.
  2. Let us access editing functions for each list right from the main page’s drop-down menu; don’t make us go through three screens to do it, please.
  3. Let us choose notification preferences at list level rather than individual level. For example, I would like to receive SMS notification for any tweets coming from people on my Family list.
  4. BUG: When I go to the page listing my various lists, both the following and followers columns show zero for each list. However, if I go to an individual list, the people I chose are all represented in that list’s timeline.

*I still like EchoFon for Firefox (formerly TwitterFox) for how it makes it so easy to post a tweet with a link to the page I’m currently browsing. I also like its unobtrusive pop-ups displaying new tweets. More robust, Seesmic is a feature-rich app for managing social media accounts. I’m not so much of a power user as to really need that, but I noodle around with it sometimes.

Finally tried Twitter

I’ve heard people talk about Twitter for the past year or so, but never gave it a whirl. Normally, I love trying out new applications that warrant a nod on the tech blogs and other sites I read. I’m a geek, you know? What held me back was the thought that Twitter is just a frivolous, mini newsfeed designed to let people tell their friends what they are eating for lunch, what color socks they’re wearing, and other ultimately unimportant details of their daily lives.

Well, I finally gave it a chance, and I like what I see. Yes, there is a lot of clutter out there in the Twitterverse, there’s no doubt about that. However, there’s also a lot of interesting, useful stuff. Used in conjunction with third-party developers, bloggers can twitter the link to their latest blog posts.

I am far more likely to pop over and read a blog post if I see a twitter about it. I do use RSS feeds via Google Reader, but my reading list has become so bloated, it’s overwhelming.  I really need to shave that down and, at the least, reorganize it into daily reads, weekly reads. Twitter helps me cut through the clutter. Of course, if you look at the opposite end of the equasion, you can see that Twitter gives bloggers and other content providers an advantage when it comes to visibility.

For that reason alone, I would use Twitter, both as a blogger and a reader. It’s also interesting to me as a marketing nerd since it is a popular way for marketers to feel the pulse of consumers and to disperse content to them in bite-sized portions. I like hearing what other people find interesting online, too, and many people use Twitter to post links to videos, news stories, and other online content.

I’m incorporating this blog into my Twitter feed now, using Twitterfeed for now. It uses my site’s RSS feed, checking for a new feed every hour, and posts a Twitter when it finds one. I will probably incorporate a WordPress plugin which automatically sends a Twitter whenever I post a blog entry. That way, it’s not dependent on a third-party site.

I’m pretty judicious when it comes to who I will follow on Twitter, though, because I know it could quickly become like my reading list at Google Reader!

Liquid language: Bloggeries

I’ve been thinking about nelogisms, or new words. Language is fluid, always changing. Nowhere is this more true than in net lingo. Like the Sniglets of the 1980’s, new words and phrases are coined every day, and it’s a matter of time to see whether they stick around to be legitimized in the Merriam Webster or if they’re relegated only to the slang of a few admirers.

Someone on Twitter has thrown his hat into the ring. Bloggeries coined a fun plural noun, I think. What do you think of this word? Do your own bloggeries contain any new words coined by you?