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EmojiTracker – Realtime Emoji usage on Twitter

EmojiTracker

There are hundreds of emojis out there. Have you ever wondered how they are used? Check out the most used and the ones which don’t get a look-in by visiting EmojiTracker.

Once you visit EmojiTracker, the site will display an epilepsy warning due to the quick display of the tracker updating. If you suffer from epilepsy, we advised you hit the NO THANKS button and not to enter the site due to the flashing display. 

EmojiTracker - Epilepsy Warning

EmojiTracker – Epilepsy Warning

If you feel the site will be safe for you, hit the PROCEED button and instantly you will see the real-time display flashing in front of your eyes. Millions of people use Twitter to update their status and include some sort of emoji(s).

Watch the Emoji counter spin out of control but something more interesting is if you select any of the emojis, then you can watch a dedicated feed of real-time tweets being used which include that specific emoji. You will discover some very interesting tweets, some even a little explicit so be warned.

img_0898Give it a whirl and tell us what you think about this awesome Emoji Tracker…

Create an Automatic Twitter List with IFTTT

IFTTT - IF This Then That

Create an Automatic Twitter List with IFTTT

So, I wanted to follow a conference online but didn’t have the time to Scroll through all the hashtags to manually add people to a list. So I jumped onto IFTTT (IF This Then That) and set up some automation. Here’s how I did it…

  • Register or log into IFTTT & Register/Login into Twitter

Set Up Twitter List

  • Click on your avatar and select LIST (or go to https://twitter.com/YOUR-TWITTER-NAME/lists)
  • Click the CREATE NEW LIST button
  • Enter your LIST NAME and a Description
  • Make the list Private or Public
  • Press SAVE LIST

Twitter List

 

Set Up IFTTT

  • Click your username in the top right corner and click CREATE
  • Click THIS
  • Search for TWITTER and click on the icon
  • Select NEW TWEET FROM SEARCH

IFTTT - New Tweet From Search

 

  • In SEARCH FOR put in you #Hashtag, e.g. #linc15 (this was the conference hashtag)
  • Click CREATE TRIGGER
  • Click THAT
  • Search for TWITTER and click on the icon
  • Select ADD USER TO LIST

IFTTT - Add User To List

  • In TWITTER USER NAME leave this as USERNAME
  • In LIST NAME add the list name you created in Twitter
  • Click CREATE ACTION
  • It will then present a summary of the recipe, you can then receive notifications when the recipe runs
  • Click CREATE RECIPE and watch your new Twitter list grow.
The Blogger’s Handbook

The Blogger’s Handbook

Well normally i would rate apps and software, so this time i’m going old school media.

I was at a conference last week and walked past a newsagent, normally i wouldnt go into one but i was filling in time, i checked out the tech section and picked up a copy of The Blogger’s Handbook.

I was very impressed with the content of this magazine. Jammed pack of all sorts of information about blogging platforms such as:

Twitter
WordPress
Drupal
Joomla
and much more…

This magazine is beautifully set out with detail that captures your eye (and your imagination) my head was filled with more idea’s of how to configure my sites.

For a magazine, its very thick and glossy, which is great, as it has plenty of content to help out with you blogging needs, in fact, 180 pages of social and online goodness!

To purchase it in Australia, it costs about $24.95 through any good newsagent or you can order it online through Imagine Shop for £12.99 plus postage, if you have found another place to purchase, id love to know!

If you have an interest in blogging, grab yourself a copy of this magazine, you wont be disappointed! The magazine also comes with a bonus DVD attached to the back.

The blogger’s Handbook Volume 2 is also out, im yet to grab a copy of this but will have one as soon as i sort one out!!! So i will let you know how i go!

Oh and I forgot to mention, there are many titles that are also offered via a digital format which can be downloaded, check out Zinio – Web Designer Magazine

 

the bloggers handbook

Fresh new VIIRL videos

Fresh new VIIRL videos

Try this new service which is in Beta testing, Viirl.com that combines the latest tweets from twitter mixed with the newest content from YouTube in a beautiful graphical user interface (GUI).

Take a few minutes or a few hours and lose yourself in this unique video content.

Head on over to Viirl.com and start tuning out to the magic of online video! If you find something you like, share it on your social platforms like Twitter or Facebook and get your friends and followers to join in on the revolution!

Have you tried CLIK for iPhone?

Have you tried CLIK for iPhone?

Well, i follow some random people on Twitter and also some big names too, i like to follow technology and social media Twitter accounts and I get some great idea’s from reading peoples tweets. But i recently followed @Clik.

I got a Direct Message (DM) from Clik the other day to try their iPhone app, i thought “why not give it a crack!”, so i downloaded the CLIK app (which is free) from iTunes and installed it on my phone.

I ran the app and was instantly amazed.

So, you run the app on your phone and follow the very simple instructions, you dont have to sign up for anything, just run it, then on a device which has a browser, visit www.clikthis.com. The browser will then produce a QR code on the screen, hold up your phone which is running Clik, point it at the browser and it scans the QR code in automatically. Now, look back at your iPhone again and now there is a list of video’s you can browse, select a video or search for a video to play but instead of watching it on your phone, it will play in the browser… now i think this is pretty sweet… i am totally amazed!!!

Clik describes themselves as “a brand new Smart TV platform that lets you turn any screen with a browser into your screen by simply scanning it with your smartphone” as per their twitter bio.

All in all, i must say, this is one of my favourite iPhone apps at the moment…

I also tried bringing up the browser on a D-Link Boxee Box and once again, this app just magically works, HD Video’s on the big screen! NICE!

So if you havent tried CLIK, give it a go and download it to your iPhone or Android today!

Head on over to http://discover.clikthis.com/ and check it out… by the way, i also love their site… Nice jobs CLIK!

Social Media Monitoring

Looking to monitor your social networks? Check out this extensive lists of Social Media Monitoring Solutions courtesy of Stumbleupon.com

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Do you recommend any? Let us know and leave a comment below.

Twitter + Television = Twelevision

Twitter + Television = Twelevision

Do you jump onto twitter and follow everyone who is tweeting about a live television show? If so, you should give “Twelevision” a crack!

Download the Twelevision app from iTunes (price – Free for a limited time) and log on in with your twitter account. It will ask you to pick your state and area (in Australia) and bobs your uncle.

It will hook into the Australian tv guides and will have the channel listing on the left hand side. Simply pick a channel and a show and watch everyone tweeting about it… You can also join in on the fun and tweet too.

**UPDATE**

So after using Twelevision over the last 24 hours, i found some nice hidden bits which i didnt discover the night before. So i thought i would tell you about them!

If you click on a channel/show to tweet about and select someones tweet, the screen slides across, you can then preview the selected tweet, reply to it or simply retweet. You are also able to give someone a “sticker”, Twelevision define a sticker as “No need to type your opinions, there is a suite of emotion-charged Response Stickers you can slap on any tweet with one touch.” You select one of the 8 stickers for a quick responce to someones tweet which is a nice way to let someone know how you feel without having to waste time thinking of something to respond with, that makes it nice and easy! Some of the other features are, you can view the persons Twitter profile, view their latest Tweet(s), see who they are following, you can also add their followers to your Twitter account, see what they are watching PLUS see if they have earned any Twelevision badges.

Speaking of badges, similar to other social networking applications such as FourSquare, users who utilise Twelevision can earn badges the more they use the app. Some of the badges you can earn are “Drama Queens, Couch potato, Rookie and Night Owl”. This gives the user a bit of a goal when using the app and we all want those badges!

Other advanced options are customising your channel listing, so here you can turn on or off what channels to view on your TV guide and just like Twitter itself, you can view your “mentions” and “recent tweets“.

The more i use Twelevision, the more i am loving it, this app is really catered to the avid fan who likes tweeting about live TV shows, if that sounds like you, get yourself a copy today!

Twelevision is available for iPad and now iPhone.

For more information on the app, visit their website at www.twelevision.com.au

 

Zite – Personalized Magazine

Zite – Personalized Magazine

You like Flipboard? Try another app called Zite.

Zite lets you add your twitter feed or GoogleReader to your magazine, you can choose from a long list of subjects to add to your feed or if you want to really drill it down to a specific subject, you can type your subject manually in.

Once the magazine is started up, it looks for feeds on the subjects you selected, it will provide you with personalised news, blogs, videos etc.

Once you are reading your stories, you can “thumbs up or thumbs down” on the stories so it learns on what you are reading about, the more you vote, the smarter it gets and produces the content you want to read about.

Zite Personalized Magazine

Twistory

If you use twitter and you want to keep track of your tweets, check this service out.

Twistory or TWItter hiSTORY.

You can use their free account but the pro account is well worth the big US$1 per month.

TwistorySo what Twistory will do, it will download your tweets into your iCal, Outlook or google calendar, you can set it to download multiple times per day and it places all your tweeting into you calendar, so you can see on this day, i tweeted “blaaaaa….” It’s great for backing up your tweet’s and making a diary of them.

Get it today…. Twistory.

Top 5 iPhone apps i use

Top 5 iPhone apps i use

So, first up, I must come clean and advise I have an addiction to iPhone apps! It doesn’t matter if they are paid ones or freebies, I just got to have the latest and greatest! My poor credit card gets a whacking from iTunes, got to keep the economy going hey! So as I flick through the many folders and the many pages of apps that I have on my iPhone, here are the top 5 I just got to have to get me through the day! 

In top place is the FACEBOOK app (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8)
Event though there are still a few bugs in this app, it gets a huge amount of attention from me. Not only does it keep me up to date with what all my friends are doing, I always use this to post photos straight into my online profile so everyone knows where & what i’m doing… i’m a bit into the exhibitionist thing here!

Twittelator ProIn Second place is my favourite Twitter App, Twittelator Pro (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=288963578&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6). Now if anyone can tell me of anything better, im all ears but I just love this app. It has so many awesome features for a twitter app. I also have the iPad version too which also rocks! Some of the features it has post to Facebook wall, create audio and video tweets, drafts and offline tweeting, create lists and view other users lists, nearby tweets, handles many accounts, oh and the list goes on and on, so get this app folks! Twittelator also comes in a free version, but why not upgrade and pay for the full version, it’s much better!

In Third place is the TWiT app. (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/twit/id299663499?mt=8)
I use this app daily, while i’m driving to work, when i’m at work and via my Boxee Box (and Boxee app for Mac, Windows and Apple TV). I love the how Leo and the team have developed this app so we are able to watch the live feed. I have my iPhone in the car cradle and stream the podcast while i’m driving or while I am being driven around. Even though it is irresponsible to have this streaming, i dont watch it, i just need to know it’s there! It’s a great app for anyone techie – keeps you informed and updated with all things technology and beyond! You can also sign into their IRC and be part of the live chat, even interact with Leo and the team while they are live to air. You can listen to the live audio podcast or view any of the past video/audio podcasts. So do yourself a favour and spend the AU$1.19 and grab this app.

Number 4 would be the original FourSquare app (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/foursquare/id306934924?mt=8), what better price… FREE! I had a good crack at Gowalla but  I was forever adding places to Gowalla. If I was in another place like the US, i’m sure I wouldn’t have to add as many places but for where I live, I was forever adding them. So FourSquare, you got my attention! So my non-iPhone, non-techie friends would ask “what is it?”. I always stumble on this one and say “umm it’s like you check-in, like a hotel, but you let all you friends know where you check in, it could be a cafe, a shopping centre, a park or even checking into your apartment”, but why would you want to tell your friends you are home? When you check-in you can become the “Mayor” of that place and people can take your mayorship off you if you don’t check into that place often enough. You also get badges, you can share photos, receive comments, you can also get freebies and discounts via this app and earn point. When I go travelling, I like to have a competition with my friends, to see how many points & check-ins each of us can get while we travel around. But that just me!

Lucky Last is my GPS. I am currently using Sygic (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/mobile-maps-australia-new/id319361043?mt=8) Wow, currently its only $29.99 (this weekend – 26/02/11), When I paid for it, it was discounted to $60 and I thought that was good. So when I moved to Melbourne a few years ago, I had my Navman, which was a lifesaver, then my iPhone came along and the Navman has sat in my glovebox since then. With Sygic, you get map updates for free which is why Navman is still sitting in my glovebox, if only they learnt that people don’t like to keep forking out money after you have bought something… one day hey! I must be honest, I have found this app to be very reliable. Some of the features it has are:

  • All the maps are on your phone,
  • text-to-speech so it tells you the name of the street,
  • doesn’t require an internet connection (unless you want to, if you use internet with it, it gives you more features),
  • speed camera and red light camera alerts,
  • uses WhereIs aswell… Gone are the days of the dreaded street directory…
  • These are just some features, check them out for a full listing…

So, thats it! Top 5 daily used apps! If you have any apps worth me trying out… let me know… So what do you use…let me know!

NOTE: Twittelator Pro had a free update today, it includes:

  • Configure your own customer URL
  • Photo’s shown in app
  • See retweeters total count
  • Saved ReadItLater links
  • Emoji panel fix
  • Long DM’s will no tuse Twitlonger due to violation to twitter