Posts Tagged ‘society’


Graphic: Andy Dickinson’s Ethics, Online & Journalism speech as a Wordle

March 6, 2011

Find the full text to Andy’s speech here …

Ethics, online and journalism

Ethics, online and journalism


When people want the fiction to be reality

March 31, 2010

Interesting things happening over at the AF rangefinder blog

Jane the Phoole

Jane the Phoole

Photographer Jeff Ascough, has, an apparently as yet unannounced AF rangefinder camera to play with … or at least that’s the assumption that’s been made …

Of course reading closer and putting, just a little, thought to the matter, it seems to be a very different kettle of fish!
Probably a rather large, start of April, sort of fish.

There are plenty of clues littered through the posts, but only a few seem to have cottoned on.

At the Canon Rumors blog, there’s whole chapter and verse over what it might or might not be and which major player is behind it … as I said at the start, when people want a fiction to be a reality, they often overlook the truth of the detail.

And yes, I’ve done it too … See the amazing scratch and sniff computer experiment. We had fun with that!


Tooling up for Twitter

March 2, 2009

So using Twitter you get a bit carried away and need to find stuff that makes it work better for you, so here’s my list of Twitter tools that I use to filter, find and post to Twitter.

TwitterFox – a Firefox plugin that lets you see tweets as they are posted, and lets you reply, without disturbing your web browsing. It’s quick and fast and very convenient too.

Tweetdeck – an Adobe Air application that lets on monitor and filter different Twitter searches, such as all your friends tweets, direct tweets, special searches, the list is endless and limited mainly by the size of your monitor.

Twitterfall – an elegant and fun way to see tweets drop down your browser window (needs the latest versions on most browsers to work) great if your trying to follow on particular thread or limited search terms, otherwise it can overwhelm.

Twitpic – this is the Twitter for pictures, post your picture and comment here and the comment’s bounced to Twitter with a link to the picture. Ideal for mobile blogging.

Twittergram – polls your Flickr stream and sends a link to your latest image to Twitter, and lets you add a custom prefix to the tweet.

Twibble – “a location aware twitter client” it says, and available for a ton of platforms, but I use it on my Nokia N95 as it allows posting to both Twitter and Twitpic, so saves swapping applications mid tweet. It’ll also allow you to open tweeted urls and filter messages too.

So that’s it six apps I use feed my Twitter habit.
A quick search will bring up many more similar listings of the apps available to Twitter users and loads can be found at


Tweet, tweet, twitter

February 27, 2009

So as you can see from the column on the right of the page, I do a bit of “twittering”, or as some might say whittering! But as it’s the latest darling of the “social media society” I thought I’d better give it a whirl, just to see what the fuss was about, and do you know what? I think I’m becoming addicted!

Nokia N95 showing Twitter on Twibble

Nokia N95 showing Twitter on Twibble

If you don’t know, Twitter is a micro blogging application that allows you to answer the question “What are you doing now?” in 140 characters, sounds OK if a bit, well boring really. Where it’s interesting is the interaction with other “Twitterers”, random people might ask questions about what you’re doing, You’ll see the thought’s of others on virtually every subject you can think of, and probably on subjects you didn’t know existed and you can “talk to them” direct, and many other like minded people too.


But for some it’s the lure of celebrity that makes Twitter work for them. There are quite a few celeb twitterers out there, and through twitter, it gives people a “direct access” to them and it is quite possible to chat along with a film or TV star whom in day-to-day life you would never normally meet. It is also quite possible to chat along with a “fake” too; someone who is just pretending to be the person the claim to be!

In the News or is the News?

Twitter, because of its immediacy and the way in which it is used – from mobile phones, PDAs, iPhones, Blackberrys etc… in the main, it is often credited with breaking major news stories. This was the case with the Mumbai shootings,  the Hudson River and Schiphol  plane crashes. All of these were been reported on Twitter before the mainstream media picked them up, but what it’s not that good at is making sense of the breaking news, of giving it a context (but that’s something for another post!)

A few links

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