It’s Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in Austin, Texas
Is Twitter A Passing Fad Or Here For The Long Haul?
The social networking universe is a fast moving juggernaut of companies whose fortunes seem to rise and fall overnight. Many companies have transformed themselves from dorm room ideas into multi-billion corporations with worldwide reach that sometimes even impact current events.
The problem with being "the next MySpace" in that your company's trajectory might actually mirror that of MySpace. Social networking companies must be able to continually adapt to meet the needs and desires of their users, without introducing changes that might cause users to leave the service for a new competitor.
Fortune wrote an interesting in dept article that covers many of the challenges facing Twitter. Twitter has resisted the urge to sell and cash out, as was done at MySpace.
Personally, I've never fully embraced the quirky service that has spawned excessive and creative use of the @ and # (hash tag) symbols. I've always felt more comfortable with the picture rich and friend focused Facebook service that provides a person with more than 140 characters to express their thoughts.
Many of my friends swear by the Twitter service, and I have attended a Tweetsgiving Dinner and many SXSW events that attest to it's popularity in the tech world. I've seen it's ability to connect complete strangers and to help promote one's cause, event, or company.
If I were to provide any free advice to Twitter, it would be to continue to expand their service to make it more accessible to users.
I still have no clue as to why it is necessary to sign up for another service like Twitpic or YFrog if I want to attach photos or videos to my tweets. My only guess would be that Twitter expanded so rapidly that it had difficulty keeping up with the server and network demands of handling billions of short text based tweets, and that they didn't want to compound the problem by adding photos and videos to the mix.
Maybe the famous"fail whale" was appearing enough with just text based tweets.
It will be interesting to see what the next 10 years brings in social networking sites. It will be interesting to see if Twitter can remain relavent, or if it will become the next Friendster.
big breakthrough in color research
Scientists have discovered the favorite Viking colors and now you can use them in your website!
be prepared - choose wisely
Here are some helpful hints and direction on the skills and knowledge your web designer should have.
save as many as you can!
With Austin making headlines and ending up on virtually every "Top 10 Best City for..." lists -- we now have about 150 people moving here daily!! We figured we should warn potential new residents of the hidden dangers of moving to Austin.
How I discovered my ancestor Pocahontas and her Sullivan family descendants of Northern Virginia using the web - a genealogy posting by Bob Atchison.
As you have probably read it has been extensively reported that Golden Gate Killer was found using data from GEDmatch. It's an amazing story.
Hummingbird Farms, the famous maker of body lotions seen on QVC , upgrades website with huge new product images, which increases sales
Here are some images showing my favorite semi-precious stone animals with jeweled eyes from my collection and stories of the stones and where they come from.
When users install or upgrade to Windows 10, "display scaling" may be turned on "by default" to either 125% or 150% resulting in blurriness when viewing websites or applications on certain monitors.
Bob Atchison's guide to find rare, antique and cabbagey roses to order online. Here you'll find the best sources with roses I especially love and recommend for your garden.
If you are a realtor or real estate broker, you need a website to advertise your business and attract new clients. Get clients to stay on your website by providing access to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) real estate listings.
The unspoken fear all web designers dread - you've been asked to use cursive fonts! There is no escape... yes, it has happened to me, Bob Atchison, many times and I have the battle scars to prove it. Here are some cursive fonts I actually like.
Is Scotty Bowers, the famous Hollywood pimp telling the truth about Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn being gay? Here's a confirming story...