On pruning twitter followers and why it matters who follows you

I listen to a couple podcasts by Cliff Ravenscraft (Podcast Answerman and Social Media Serenity) and really value the information he gives. But something he’s said a few times recently has been bugging me but a couple brain cells just clicked and I think I get it now. One of his recommendations is to look through your followers on Twitter and remove those that you don’t like (e.g. if they’re spammers). Yes, Twitter is full of spammers but that doesn’t mean you have to play the spammer game.

Kicking the tires of Drupal's Features module

As noted in a previous blog entry, Quick look at the Package Builder module for Drupal, and prepackaged functionality, I'm associated with a gang of people thinking about creating a packaged Drupal distribution. In the previous blog entry I looked at Package Builder, and in this one I'm looking at the Features module.

Quick look at the Package Builder module for Drupal, and prepackaged functionality

The Features module has been getting a lot of attention and a couple projects are using it to neatly package up clumps of functionality to share with each other. This idea of packaging a clump of preconfigured functionality is very attractive and I think there is great potential for a marketplace of these things to form. Since DrupalCon SF I've been involved with launching a project where we want to use preconfigured packaged functionality to share with a specific community of people. Hence I'm evaluating the ways to do this packaging.

What is life like from the iPad?

Like somewhere around a million other people I have bought an iPad. It's a beautiful piece of technology. I know better than to believe Steve Jobs when he gushes about a gizmo on stage but gosh browsing the web with this thing really is a beautiful experience. And the size is good, the weight is light enough to slip into the backpack I take to work, and not notice the iPad. That backpack already carries one laptop and if it carried two, that would be too much. With a laptop and iPad it's okay.

Is it life changing? That remains to be seen.

Participating in the global web of communication and comments

I'm at DrupalCon and am having a great time. This note is based on a talk yesterday PubSubHubbub to the rescue-- Real-time feeds and the future of social networks which gave me hope for a solution to a problem I think is vexing us all.

Many people are working alone on great ideas that could improve the way we all live

For the last one and a half years I’ve been working on launching Transition Silicon Valley. It’s meant to be the Silicon Valley branch of the Transition Towns movement. The work is paying off right now in that we’re running a movie series called “Films of Vision and Hope” that’s drawn about 50-60 people per night. The overall message is there are a doom and gloom scenarios in the area of peak oil and climate change, and it’s easy to remain stuck there and not move into positive action.

Social networking in the workplace

This evening I attended a panel discussion about “Social Networking” as it is used inside businesses. Obviously there is a wildfire like phenomenon where “Social Networking” and “Social Media” is growing very popular. Why should it stay out in the public only used for sharing with friends and family? It can and is being used within organizations for internal communication within the organization. Any organization is about getting people to collaborate together in delivering the organization’s purpose.

Keeping the social media firehose under control, keeping balance in your life

There’s a lot of people teaching that the way of success in social media is to get as many followers as possible. It’s a numbers game where if 1% of followers click on your links and take a desired action (buy a product) then to me n$’s in sales it’s possible to calculate the required number of followers. However it’s likely that making positive social change using social media requires a different approach to this game. And in any case for myself I like to actually use my social media accounts for, you know, socializing.

Creating Facebook fan pages

You don’t have to be a hollywood celebrity to have fans. All you need is a facebook account. What happens from there is up to you.

While it’s true that many of the popular facebook pages are for the usual celebrities, some are clearly not (a.k.a. “I <heart> sleep”). Clearly some people have created fan pages and through some means of manifestment they’ve managed to get millions of people to become fans of their pages.

Some critical articles to understanding implementing a CCK module in Drupal

I recently wrote a module implementing a CCK field. There is a lot of undocumented information required to be known to do so. Fortunately some people have written tutorials ...

Functions needed to define a new CCK field; Field placement module thoughts

Poplar ProductivityWare Articles: Creating a Compound Field Module for CCK in Drupal 6.x by Jennifer Hodgdon

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