Tweetball

If there is a football game on television I tend to steer clear of Twitter. I don’t know who the players are, the managers or the ref, therefore I don’t understand the trending topics in my right hand panel. It’s even worse when Manchester United are playing- I follow three passionate fans and I get a blow-by-blow account of the match streaming live into my news feed. I have been known on an occasion to complain to my followees, telling them to pipe down.

Amex Stadium

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RT – it’s official

dictionaryThis week, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary launched their 12th edition. The social media fans among us will be pleased to see ‘retweet’ amid other techno-inspired words are included in it’s 400 new additions.

Pronunciation: /riːˈtwiːt/
verb [with object]
(on the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user): tweet the URL of your posting: people love to retweet job ads
noun
a reposted or forwarded message on Twitter: traffic spiked quickly and contained a mix of retweets and original posts

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Big Brother – I’m not watching you

Big Brother UK, Channel 5 logoBig Brother returned to our TV screens last night, which meant only one thing for me: television off. It’s now harder than ever to escape BB fever as it’s all over the internet; 1,000s of dedicated blogs and sites, status updates polluting my Facebook news feed and trending all over Twitter. But I’m not here to rant about my dislike for BB, because there is one thing that has caught my eye with this year’s show – Facebook Voting.

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StumbleUpon ask: What would you like to explore?

StumbleUpon logoYesterday was the beta launch of StubleUpon’s Explore Box and of course I was very keen play around with this new toy straight away. If you are not familiar with StumbleUpon, here’s a quick 101:

StumbleUpon is a social site to help you discover and share amazing websites, as they put it: “as you click, Stumble!” The site will expose you to all your friends’ recommendations as well as cherry picked pages that match your personal preferences. And with over 15 million users, plenty of things have already been ‘stumbled’.

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Tools for social couch potatoes

ifttt logoBack in April, I became “one of the chosen ones” when my colleague extended me a beta invite for ifttt. If you’re like me, you’ll have a multitude of accounts across the web, but perhaps don’t have the time to check-in and constantly update your status. Well this fancy little web-based app is the tool we’ve all been waiting for.

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