Tuesday, February 9, 2010

People Like to Talk About the Weather Using Twitter Lists (updated - new links)

After some articles are put to bed at FilterBlogs they get a "Posthumous Longtail Aperitif" - links to related articles that were published after the original post. Towards a better user experience for you, the reader:

1) GIGAOM, Feb. 23, 2010, "Yahoo Adds Twitter Firehose, Tweet Integration Coming" "Yahoo will include real-time tweets on its News, Finance, Entertainment and Sports pages." writes GIGAOM's Liz Gannes.

2) Backwards in time; Laurie Sullivan at Online Media Daily broke the story that Twitter was about to announce a monetization strategy: Online Media Daily Tuesday, Feb 22, 2010 "Twitter Ad Platform 'Imminent'" by Laurie Sullivan.

"..#Snowpocalypse2 is a direct-democracy, real time, user generated News Feed. You will find people's stories, pictures, video's uploaded as they're happening or soon after."

In Twitter, The Great Washington DC Snowstorm of February 6th 2010 is known as #snowpocalypse2. It's really popular - as are all weather stories - in any media.

A picture of FilterBlogs post on the December 19th 2009 Washington snow storm known in Twitter as #Snowpocalypse(1).

Today I had a look at my StatCounter and the second Washington snowstorm in as many months, #Snowpocalypse2, has caused an avalanche - a four fold increase in traffic - twigging on key words in my earlier post on #Snowpocalypse(1).

Most of these are hits are from Google searches for "Washington + Snowstorm + February".

When an F4 Tornado hit Elie Manitoba in 2007, I wrote a piece that attracted a 19 fold increase in search 'pings'. People were looking for pictures and video of the destruction in which fortunately, no was was killed.

Here's a ScreenPrint32 picture of my blog post that reported on the blog post that created a huge buzz in 2007. (In this case the media that is the message is the media and the message... :)

The reason I'm getting these 'pings' is because I posted a blog on the Washington #Snowpocalypse showing how my Twitter timeline was acting as a news ticker. I follow 5 people from the Washington area in Twitter and I watched as the Washingtonians invented the hashtag #snowpocalypse.

Now #snowpocalypse2 is a Twitter list where you can find great links to user generated photographs and video taken during the storm. Thus #Snowpocalypse2 is a direct-democracy, real time, user generated News Feed. You will find people's stories, pictures, video's uploaded as it's happening, or soon after.

A bit of tension too! People calling out to friends and neighbours for help!! Like "Bring food, beer, scotch and a shovel to dig your way IN!"

In December 2009 #snowpocalypse(1) happened and a spontaneous, fun snowball fight turned into a stand off with a Washington police officer who drew his sidearm on snow-ballers (the zero tolerance officer has been reassigned to desk work).

This time, with handy cams and i-phones rolling teams formed, flags poled and even armoured divisions recruited (4-wheel drive pick-up trucks), Washingtonians fought a flag snowball game that included 300 snow-ballers. This is a video I watched, now posted to Youtube, through the Twitter list #snowpocalypse2.

The use of lists is really starting to be understood by everyone in Twitter, and as more people use them the better Twitter lists get - because we begin to group subjects... ..like #snowpocalypse2! You should go!

More snow is expected in the Washington area today, February 9th 2010.

No iceballs now! :)

Update 2/9/10 @ 4:30 AM EST More snow is falling in Virgina and DC 3" by one Tweet.

A new list has been started in Twitter by the Alpha Geeks, Tim O'Reilly's term. Stowe Boyd calls them "Edglings": early adopters of new technology.

New Twitter List is #snowpocalypse3.

Props to:

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky or @znmeb twigged me to the news feed possibilities of Twitter back on Janurary 6, 2010 in his post, "The Twitter Streaming API — How It Works and Why It’s A Big Deal".

John Battelle (@johnbattelle) published a really interesting piece, also in January - I think under the heading "Signal from Noise" - on how he was tracking news stories on Twitter with a keyword search algorithm he created.

John Battelle (John Battelle's Searchblog) reported the application spotted three news items world wide that later went viral - in less than a month.

I tried for a hour to find the piece but I could not; maybe you can. If so, please let me know in comments or email - michaelholloway111(at gmail dot)com. Thanks.


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