Twitter CEO Evan Williams @ SXSW

This is old news, but Evan Williams announced @anywhere – a new Twitter service – at SXSW keynote on Monday. From what the KXAN reporter said it sounds like people weren’t thrilled with what Williams had to say. We all knew about @anywhere before today and an announcement at SXSW is like retelling a news story a day later.

Williams debuted Twitter’s new @anywhere service, which boasts better user integration with Twitter on 13 various Web sites like The New York Times and Yahoo.

…But many people went back into the world leaving the presentation not caring much for what Twitter’s CEO had to say. Twitter was buzzing with disappointment Monday after the talk. Source: Twitter co-founder speaks at SXSW|

What the reporter failed to note was the mob-style backchannel SXSW has become know for. From it sounds like people were more than disappointed, they were ready to throw things.

This year’s victim: Umair Haque, the Harvard wonk whose interview with Twitter’s CEO just turned into a virtual stoning. Source: Vicious Techies Devour Another Victim|

AT&T Versus 15,000 Data-Crazed Velociraptors

Source: The Real War At SXSW: AT&T Versus 15,000 Data-Crazed Velociraptors | TechCrunch

AT&T’s struggles to stay up last year are well-documented. CNN recently ran a piece about how AT&T hopes to avoid a similar fate this year. But actually, “struggles” is way too kind of a word.

I must be psychic or something. TechCrunch ran this article yesterday, at the same time I wrote Buzzwords for SXSWi and CNET ran theirs. They also wrote an article on March 9, about Location Wars.

When 15,000 people are trying to use 3G in downtown Austin things get “a little” dicey. My co-worker at SXSW said he heard that AT&T would step it up this year. So far he’s sending tweets, but I don’t know if he’s on their network or not.

This topic is so hot that it’s trending on Twitter, at least until they crash Austin’s network or Twitter.

Buzzwords for SXSWi 2010: Geolocation, Check In

I wont be at SXSW this year, but I’ll be able to find my tweeple there. Two companies, Foursquare and Gowalla, plan to push geolocation at this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival.

Eighteen months ago, neither Gowalla nor Foursquare existed. But their similar “geolocation” mobile apps, which let users “check in” from their smartphones, share their location with their friends, and compete to earn virtual goods (in Gowalla) and “badges” (in Foursquare), are two of the hottest start-ups in the tech world. They’re in aggressive competition to be SXSWi’s big standout, making the digital-culture bonanza’s Texas-sized showmanship even bigger than usual. Source: SXSWi: Let the geolocation games begin | CNET News.

Geolocating apps were present at last year’s SXSW, but they were more beta tests than full scale applications. As big as I may make it, these two startups are the only players in the game. Some of the heavy weights are looking seriously at geolocation for targeting ads and other applications.

Geolocation is unlike anything the Web has ever seen, but it’s likely that the rush to dominate the space will pan out in a way similar to any other big development in social media. We’ve seen (and in some cases continue to see) the personal Web page wars, the blog platform wars, the social-network wars, the real-time-streaming wars, and the social-gaming wars. Like its predecessors, the geolocation wars will see major, complicated privacy concerns. There will be more hand-wringing from start-ups who don’t believe it when a company like Facebook (presumably) says they don’t want to snuff out third-party services. There will be poorly spent venture capital and ad dollars. And eventually, there will be winners.

But for now, Foursquare and Gowalla can enjoy their week of attention at SXSWi, giving out free T-shirts, turning on the taps at open bars, and wooing potential marketing partners. Their executives can get a little drunk, and it probably won’t matter; in the long run, a week in Austin won’t mean much. Source: In geolocation wars, SXSWi is mere skirmish | CNET News.

So, I’ll search for the hastags #sxswi and #geoloco, and I’ll follow @gowalla and @foursquare, but I have a feeling something else will rawk the SXSWi world. Check in and stay tuned.

Why do you tweet?

I saw a tweet from @Robin2go which had a hashtag, #psutlt. I looked up the hashtag, trying to find what she was talking about, and I found another tweet by @jeffswain talking about “Why do you tweet?” with the same hashtag. Jeff also has a blog, five-4-six,where he posted the same video. Here is my response.

Why do you tweet?

This is such a simple question but everyone finds it impossible to simply answer. It’s like asking why do you talk to people or why do you listen to people.

I tweet to and talk with and listen to people – like you Jeff – that I’ve never met but with whom I have something in common. I think of tweeting like a constant conversation taking place on the internet and twitter users can choose to join or listen. I think there is a little more transparency with twitter than with instant messages. So, I, like a lot of people, have more personal conversations on twitter.

I started my twitter account in October 2008. I didn’t really commit to tweeting until March 2009 at SXSW. It seemed like everyone there had an iPhone and was on twitter. I was actually blogging my notes from the conference and I found a nice API that would tweet my blog posts. So that why I started tweeting.

In October 2009, I went to HighEdWeb, and again everyone had an iPhone or a laptop, and it seemed like everyone was tweeting – constantly. I started reading the hashtags in tweets from the conference and putting a face with the presenters I was hearing. I realized then that they are people like me and twitter is another tool – like instant messengers – that we can use to have conversations. I also realized the difference from AIM is that twitter is a many-to-many conversation. The only limitation on how many people you can talk to is how many people follow you. Since HighEdWeb I’ve followed lots of people from the conference and we have shared several ideas about higher education.

Viral Video or Google Ad

I think this video was really an ad for Google – maybe one of the long, lost tapes.

It struck me last night as I was getting ready for bed that the colors in the video match Google almost perfectly. If “red” and “green” were switched the colors would match.
Source: YouTube – OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – RGM version.

Earthquakes shorten our days

Wow. I never realized that this happened.

The Feb. 27 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile may have shortened the length of each Earth day … by about 1.26 microseconds. Source: NASA – Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days.

What does this mean? Is the earth spinning faster? Some answers are around on the web, but not many.

A shortened day could mean sunlight shines on a spot for less time, and darkness would cover an area for less time too. I think what it would affect more than the clock though. I think gravity, surface temperature, climate, the moon’s orbit, satellites’ orbits, would be affected to name a few. Only (a shortened) time will tell.