Monthly Archives: November 2011

Twitter adds Activity tab for a bigger stream

Twitter launched a new tab in your web experience called Activity, which I imagine will make it’s way to the mobile and desktop clients, that allows you to :

“View favorites, follows, retweets and more by people you follow”

I see this as a direct comparison to the Ticker that Facebook launched and has driven many people crazy.  Here is a screenshot of the location if it has not appeared for you yet by some chance:

Twitter Activity tab

I can see value in the idea, but this makes keeping up even more overwhelming for many.  Being able to see those I follow who then follow could lead me to a new person of interest, but who has time to click and hover each time with the volume of changes going on.  Favorites are of limited value as I presume I will see the person retweet it and if it has a link, something like Flipboard will catch it.

Gina Trapani made a great suggestion while I was writing this post:

I really want to see the people my friends UNfollow in the Activity tab.

Humorously this adds value, mainly if multiple of your friends have even unfollowed this same account.  One other side note as I scrolled though the new interface was seeing exactly the types of accounts people do add.  From tv and movie stars, to wrestlers and even a few funny yet sketchy accounts does bring light to a bit more of the individual personalities across Twitter.

So are you using the feature with success?  Activity streams are a whole other post coming and the ability to filter them will be key.

TheSocialNetworker Episode 27 – Creating your Google Plus pages

With the launch yesterday of Google Plus pages for business, organizations and just about everyone else on the early adoptor bandwagon, I found even I wanted to make sure I took the right steps in the creation of pages.  Keeping in mind they are only allowing one manager per page, I had a few questions/  I created a screencast walkthrough of the setup with explanations of settings.  Check out the Spiked Studio page and add it to your circles!

Click through for the full HD version via the Spiked Studio page on YouTube!

There will be a part 2 for this explaining how to then hook your website of blog with the new Google Plus page.


TheSocialNetworker Episode 25 –

I gave the site a few months to run through early beta before digging in with this screencast. is a social sidebar for Google mail that allows you to get social data on those you are interacting with. It pulls Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn at the time of the screencast into a sidebar in the Gmail interface.  (It does only work as a free extension to Google Chrome and Firefox as extensions.)

I found a few UI issues along the way, but nothing to call a show stopper. Plus this is still a beta product with room to grow and take over what was a space for Gist before they were bought by Research In Motion (BlackBerry).  The service includes seeing:

  • inline updates
  • it’s own menu on the left navigation
  • reminders
  • a global address book feature
  • new contact alerts

I am eager to see how they evolve and add new social services into the product.  Their feature request list in the FAQ listed Skype and even Google Voice on the wishlist.  So give them a shot and see what you think.  Did I mention it is free?

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