Turn Facebook statuses into a twitter feed?

Julian Bond at Voidstar has a great post on routing all your and your friend’s Status updates from Facebook to Twitter using Mario Menti’s excellent TwitterFeed service. Now, here’s my question. Is this not completely insane? Keeping up with Twitter feeds is hard enough. Adding Facebook status updates would hasten my “Twitter Bankruptcy”. At least with Twitter most people tend to keep in the back of their head that at

Facebook is not the Holy Grail

Today I’ve been reading Rex Hammock’s Weblog (thanks Voidstar for the link) who writes about how Facebook it’s not really the Holy Grail for either social networking or being the ultimate tool for collaborative working and tracking. He calls it’ “geek play”, and I agree. He says: Facebook is not even close to being what will ultimately be that thing which alters fundamentally the way in which we relate and

WordCamp for the UK?

It seems to me that something like Wordcamp should be done in the UK. The techies have their BarCamp. Why not something around content? And it doesn’t have to be just about WordPress skills…. (I use Drupal for instance). Perhaps someone could provide a venue? People can showcase their skills/services. And I can learn how to be a better blogger! I dare say there are a few other people we

New Statesman New Media Awards

Here are a few camphone snaps I took at the recent New Statesman New Media Awards. It was hosted by Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent. It was held in some rather lovely gardens next to Westminster Cathedral which I daresay not that many people get to see. The guys getting their pictures taken are MySociety who won a couple of well-deserved awards, and at the bottom you can see

Playing blog catchup

I’ve been kinda busy with other things lately (like, having a personal life) so it’s good to get back to some blogging on mbites (going since 2002, don’t you know?). Here’s a random list of things I’ve encountered recently. • There’s a good article from Business Week on blogging, but you realise it’s written by an intern (it actually says this at the bottom) when they fail to check that

The lessons from BackFence.com

There are some fascinating lessons to be learned from the closure of BackFence.com in the US. I think the most salient come in the comments to this story, namely that: • “Hyper-local is about utility and networks of people, not citizen journalism” • “they approached the problem from the top down rather than working to organize and shape existing natural local networks and chatter” • “See the existing 72,000+ public

Twitter is a story-teller’s dream

Piece this together from my Twitter feed. The storm clouds of weather and terrorism combined…. : 15:31 technokitten getting very bored of the rain. Maybe a cup of tea will help! 16:02 Suw @drewb: I’m in N7, but there was just the one rumble. Wondering if we’ll have more. 16:02 drewb Heathrow closed, all flights cancelled! All over the TV. A package has been found apparently. Got to be a

Desparate startups bearing coffee

As described in Wired Magazine today: “TechCrunch Blogger Michael Arrington Can Generate Buzz … and Cash” “Michael Arrington was sound asleep in his bedroom in Atherton, California, when three men burst in. Naturally, he was startled. His first reaction, he recalls, was to tell them to “get the fuck out.” But he quickly realized they meant no harm. Clad in white business suits and speaking English with a Dutch accent,