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November 3, 2009

TwitterPeek: the World’s First Twitter-Only Device – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership

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Mobile e-mail device maker Peek has partnered with Twitter to bring you the world’s first dedicated Twitter device: TwitterPeek. The new handset lets you send and receive tweets and direct messages, follow new users, and view images sent via Twitpic. TwitterPeek features a 2.7-inch by 4-inch color screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and no-contract nationwide unlimited wireless coverage.

By Ian Paul

Tue, November 03, 2009PC World Mobile e-mail device maker Peek has partnered with Twitter to bring you the world’s first dedicated Twitter device: TwitterPeek. The new handset lets you send and receive tweets and direct messages, follow new users, and view images sent via Twitpic. TwitterPeek features a 2.7-inch by 4-inch color screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and no-contract nationwide unlimited wireless coverage.Available now from Amazon or TwitterPeek.com, this Twitter-only handset sells for $100. That price includes six months of free wireless service; monthly access will set you back $7.95 per month after that. Big spenders, though, can pay $200 up front for TwitterPeek and get lifetime wireless coverage.

What TwitterPeek doesn’t have

From the sounds of it TwitterPeek leaves a lot to be desired. TwitterPeek allows you to send and receive tweets, but lacks a search function. So if plan on using this device to track tweets about your business, you will miss out on any conversations using hashtags–a user-created system of cataloging tweets by subject–or other conversations that don’t include an @reply to your company’s Twitter account.

TwitterPeek is also lacking a Web browser, which means you’ll be left out of any conversations happening around a particular blog post or news item. So a tweet like, “Dog Lovers – you’ll Dig this! bit.ly/4prwrb” will be useless on TwitterPeek. Plans are in the works to allow you to preview Web pages within TwitterPeek, but that will still leave the device crippled if you won’t be able to get a complete view of what others are looking at.

Better Alternatives

With so many other Twitter-capable devices out there, I have to wonder about TwitterPeek’s appeal. You can already get Twitter on any smartphone or feature phone with Internet access, and you can also send and receive tweets using SMS.

If you don’t want to be stuck with high data fees typical of most smartphone plans, there are cheaper alternatives from Peek such as the Pronto for $60. This email-centric device will also let you send text messages, and access Twitter via Ping.fm. It’s still a stripped-down device, but at least you can use it for three different functions, all with a cheaper price tag.

So what do you say? Has TwitterPeek got you excited? How many of you out there plan on grabbing one of these devices? If I had to guess, I’d say not that many.

TwitterPeek: the World’s First Twitter-Only Device – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership.



In The Fight Between Facebook And Twitter, Which One’s The Mac And Which One’s The PC?

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by Brian Solis on November 1, 2009

Facebook is much more than a social network. Twitter is much more than an information network or serendipity engine. Each represent a dashboard for your attention, a foundation for conversations and collaboration, and a matrix for your social graph and contextual relationships. In other words, Facebook and Twitter essentially represent the entrée to the future of the social Web as each strive to host, what Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and others, refer to as our personal social operating system (OS).

What Windows is to PCs and OS X is to Macs, Facebook and Twitter are to our social architecture and enterprise. Certainly there’s a David and Goliath element here depending on which company you immediately view as Microsoft or Apple. However, Mac and Windows are simply operating systems, not networks per se, and that’s where the metaphor of an OS breaks down. Either way, there is the perception that there is a competition between Facebook and Twitter for your attention and your network.

Why? At the very least, Twitter and Facebook combine the elements of productivity and interactivity, combining a social OS, a global network, and a platform for open development.

The fabric of our online activity stems from a sophisticated social framework that facilitates the exchange of information and sustains professional, conversational, and contextual connections. Facebook and Twitter, like Windows and Mac, allow us to interact cross platform, while hosting dedicated applications that support our engagement, productivity, and communication.

As much attention as we pay to this mythical clash between Facebook and Twitter, the truth is that it’s not unprecedented to maintain identities in more than one ecosystem. For example, I use both Mac and Windows-based systems, I use both Facebook and Twitter. Yet according to new data from Hitwise, it appears that the epic battle between the two perceived leaders in Social Media is one-sided—or perhaps better stated, dominated.

As of October 2009, Facebook accounts for 6 percent of all U.S. Internet visits while Twitter represents only 0.14 percent. In fact, visits to Twitter.com peaked at .20 percent between June and July 2009 and has slowly lost attention in the interim, a point TechCrunch has noted as well. At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco recently, co-founder Evan Williams acknowledged the slowdown in traffic to Twitter.com in the U.S., for now, but he also stated that they are in the process of finalizing new features that will reverse the downward trend. Williams also reminded us Twitter continues to recognize growth in both mobile and abroad.

And, for those who take solace in the hope that traffic is migrating from Twitter.com to mobile clients, there is some truth to the theory. However, new visitors count for everything and Twitter needs to do a better job capturing new users and holding their interests after they register. The company needs to look further than its resident celebrities to attract and sustain traffic.

For the time being, regardless of numbers, Facebook and Twitter serve a purpose, and thus, remain the Mac and PC in the lives of many. And, until the day that I am forced or compelled to pledge allegiance to one or the other, I will continue to cultivate relationships across multiple landscapes and suggest that you do the same.

But which one’s the Mac and which one’s the PC?

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October 30, 2009

Twitter rolling out new Lists feature this week

Filed under: Category — brucebaker111 @ 12:51 am

Overcomes glitch today to offer more users ability to tune their feed (see images, below)

By Sharon Gaudin

October 29, 2009 05:15 PM ET

Computerworld – Twitter is in the midst of an ongoing rollout of its new Lists feature designed to let users better tune their Twitter feed to hone in on the information they want.

The social network first announced Twitter Lists earlier this month and began rolling it a beta version out to users this week — about half had access by 3:30 p.m. EDT today.

Nick Kallen, manager of Twitter’s Lists project, has been keeping users up to date about the progress of the rollout via updates on his Twitter page.

The rollout did hit a brief glitch earlier this afternoon when Twitter engineers disabled the feature for 30 minutes to 60 minutes for trouble shooting and then brought it back online.

“Alright Lists are back on. Lists are not the cause of the issue, apparently. BTW, currently 50% of all users have Lists,” wrote Kallen late this afternoon.

The new feature is designed to make it easier for users to group the people they follow by organizing them into lists. The Lists, for instance, could organize the people you follow into groups of friends, colleagues, industry luminaries and celebrities.

While the lists can be made private, they’re public by default, allowing other users to subscribe to any of your lists that they’re interested in.

“This is a definite improvement,” said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. “It’s a step toward topic-oriented Twittering, which is what I want. Based on why I follow people, I can check in on Apple chatter, or social media chatter, or my old colleague’s chatter.”

Gottheil said he’s looking forward to getting the List ability so he can start organizing the people and topics that he follows.

“This effectively lets each person follow more people. It lets me “tune” my twitter feed,” he said, adding that instead of being flooded with tweets from everyone he follows, he can hone in on the information he’s looking for at a specific time by focusing in on a particular group.

Earlier this month, Twitter tested Lists with a small group of users test the feature but started rolling it out to an increasingly larger group this week.

Twitter has been abuzz this afternoon with users talking about getting the new feature or venting their frustrations that they haven’t received the ability yet.

“I have Twitter lists now … what do I do with them?” asked one user. “Why the heck do I not have Twitter Lists yet?! *stamps foot,” wrote another.

And another Twitterer is just waiting for the chance to start using it: “Its gonna take me some time (at night) to build out twitter lists, but the value is definitely there.”

October 29, 2009

Twitter Warns of New Phishing Attack – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership

Filed under: Category — brucebaker111 @ 12:47 am

Twitter warned users Tuesday of a new phishing scam on the social networking site.

By Robert McMillan

Wed, October 28, 2009 — IDG News Service — Twitter warned users Tuesday of a new phishing scam on the social networking site.

It’s the latest in a series of scams that have plagued the site over the past year, designed to trick victims into giving up their user names and passwords.

“We’ve seen a few phishing attempts today, if you’ve received a strange DM and it takes you to a Twitter login page, don’t do it!,” Twitter wrote on its Spam message page.

The message reads, “hi. this you on here?” and includes a link to a fake Web site designed to look like a Twitter log-in page. After entering a user name and password, victims enter an empty blogspot page belonging to someone named NetMeg99.

Neither of these pages appears to include any type of attack code, but both should be considered untrustworthy, according to Sophos Technology Consultant Graham Cluley. “It seems like this was a straightforward phishing campaign, rather than an attempt — at this stage at least — to spread virally,” he said via email.

Victims get these direct messages only from people they follow on Twitter, so they seem more believable than other types of spam. Once a user has been phished by the attack, the criminals are then able to direct message all of the victim’s contacts with the phishing spam.

“These sort of things have been happening for over a year on Twitter,” Cluley said in an interview.

Hacked Twitter accounts are a great launching pad for more attacks, Cluley said. “We don’t know precisely what they’re going to do in this case, but often they will send spam messages to advertise a particular site.”

Because about a third of users have the same passwords for all of their online activity, criminals can also use the same log-in information to try to get into other Web services such as Gmail or Yahoo, Cluley said.

“If you’ve fallen for one of these traps, don’t just change your Twitter password; change your password on every Web site you use,” Cluley siad. “Use non-dictionary words and use something that’s hard to guess.”

The Twitter attack comes as Facebook users are also under siege. Security researchers say that a spam botnet is has sent out hundreds of thousands of fake password reset messages. When victims try to open an attachment that supposedly contains their new password, they end up running a Trojan horse program, called Bredolab, that then installs unwanted software on their PCs.

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