Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Beebcamp 2 - The BBC's version of BarCamp


Wednesday the 18th February saw the BBC host it's now annual 'BeebCamp. Yes this is a play on the word BarCamp and yes - they do have the same theme.
"BeebCamp is designed as a collective, spontaneous bashing together of ideas, with no set structure to the day." This was a get together of largely BBC employees but also included some external bloggers of note to add to the mix.

I'm slightly confused. BarCamp (and all other get togethers with the 'camp' suffix) is a user generated 'unconference' - For the people by the people. Surely a camp organised by a corporation afor a corporation will never truely have an unbiased agenda? Therefore maybe they shouldn't have jumped on the Camp bandwagon. Kinda like if Lloyds were to call their annual conference 'Lloyds Fest'...It's just a bit...

Anyway thats only a mild query as any get together of digital minds is always an exiting thing. Items discussed included pre pay TV, uses of Twitter, a user generated content presentation and 'open source documentaries'.

Each discussion was limited to 20mins (10 mins each) although there were some who would like to see 30 mins sessions next time as there's just too much to talk about!

This is one blogger who would love an invite to BeebCamp 3...hint hint ; )

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Computer Games: My 10 fondest memories


A slight deviation from the norm today...

From my ZX Spectrum Sinclair to my Playstation there have been some games that not only did I enjoy playing but that actually left a mark on my conscience (as well as blisters on my thumb!) Here they are in no particular order. Comment if you have any to add:

1) Lemmings - AcornArchimedes
2) Chuck rock - Acorn Archimedes
3) Street Fighter 2 - First the Arcade game then the SNES version
4) Arkanoid - ZX Spectrum
5) Sonic the Hedgehog (original version) - Sega Master System
6) Super Mariokart - SNES version and Wii version
7) Olympic Gold Barcelona 92' - Sega Master System
8) Alex Kidd in Miracle World - Sega Master System
9) Vendetta - Arcade Game
10) Michael Jackson 'Moonwalker'- Arcade Game

Dam it now I really want to play Chuck Rock!
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Monday, 23 February 2009

Top 100 Twitter Apps

  • REBLOGGED - The 100 most popular sites mashing up and remixing Twitter as measured by the number of bookmarks at del.icio.us.

  1. twittervision (4416 overall)
  2. twitterfeed (4232 overall)
  3. twhirl (3601 overall)
  4. tweetdeck (3076 overall)
  5. twitter-search (3010 overall)
  6. tweetscan (2744 overall)
  7. twistori (2708 overall)
  8. twitpic (2607 overall)
  9. hellotxt (2120 overall)
  10. twitterholic (1877 overall)
  11. tweetstats (1842 overall)
  12. twitterrific (1788 overall)
  13. twellow (1739 overall)
  14. twitter-grader (1703 overall)
  15. twitturly (1654 overall)
  16. twitscoop (1613 overall)
  17. monitter (1580 overall)
  18. hashtags (1475 overall)
  19. twitterlocal (1405 overall)
  20. twittercounter (1385 overall)
  21. twubble (1336 overall)
  22. quotably (1330 overall)
  23. tweetburner (1277 overall)
  24. grouptweet (1263 overall)
  25. twittearth (1218 overall)
  26. tweetlater (1176 overall)
  27. friendorfollow (1152 overall)
  28. twitbin (1116 overall)
  29. qwitter (1107 overall)
  30. tweetvolume (1006 overall)
  31. twitthis (997 overall)
  32. terraminds-twitter-search (965 overall)
  33. twitter-karma (932 overall)
  34. tweetbeep (918 overall)
  35. xpenser (895 overall)
  36. twist (888 overall)
  37. twittermail (862 overall)
  38. twemes (862 overall)
  39. twtpoll (825 overall)
  40. cursebird (797 overall)
  41. twitxr (793 overall)
  42. twitdir (777 overall)
  43. twitterfox (761 overall)
  44. mrtweet (759 overall)
  45. twinfluence (751 overall)
  46. twuffer (713 overall)
  47. tweetmeme (707 overall)
  48. hahlo (703 overall)
  49. twittersnooze (694 overall)
  50. twittercal (683 overall)
  51. tweetwheel (678 overall)
  52. tweetgrid (667 overall)
  53. spy (639 overall)
  54. remember-the-milk-for-twitter (639 overall)
  55. twitdom (635 overall)
  56. twitbacks (634 overall)
  57. twitterfriends (632 overall)
  58. botanicalls-twitter-diy (630 overall)
  59. foamee (629 overall)
  60. strawpollnow (626 overall)
  61. twitterpatterns (617 overall)
  62. tweetag (612 overall)
  63. whoshouldifollow (602 overall)
  64. tweetree (590 overall)
  65. snitter (590 overall)
  66. twitterfone (565 overall)
  67. peoplebrowsr (564 overall)
  68. twilert (557 overall)
  69. favrd (551 overall)
  70. twistory (549 overall)
  71. tweetr (533 overall)
  72. pockettweets (505 overall)
  73. election.twitter (505 overall)
  74. tweetclouds (504 overall)
  75. splitweet (504 overall)
  76. tweetake (486 overall)
  77. twittermap (480 overall)
  78. twitterverse (475 overall)
  79. spaz (470 overall)
  80. twitterposter (464 overall)
  81. loudtwitter (462 overall)
  82. be-a-magpie (462 overall)
  83. twitter-friends-network-browser (453 overall)
  84. brightkit (453 overall)
  85. matt (437 overall)
  86. twittgroups (428 overall)
  87. twitter100 (427 overall)
  88. tweeteffect (419 overall)
  89. twittersheep (416 overall)
  90. colorwar2008 (415 overall)
  91. twitteroo (410 overall)
  92. tweetrush (410 overall)
  93. twitterfall (406 overall)
  94. fuelfrog (402 overall)
  95. retweetradar (391 overall)
  96. twitter-blocks (382 overall)
  97. twerpscan (382 overall)
  98. retweetist (380 overall)
  99. tweetwasters (377 overall)
  100. tweeterboard (374 overall)
Thanks to MoMB
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Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Has Second Life become reality?

You know who your friends are and most people can count the number of their 'real' friends on one hand. It used to be so simple; you had a group of friends and that was it. You spoke to them on the phone, you met them in town or went round their house to play Mario Kart on a Saturday morning (ok that still happens). If you didn't want to see someone, you didn't. If your lives went down a different path then you lost touch unless your friendshop was strong enough to last. Survival of the fittest. You'd meet new friends along the way and so went the cycle of friendship.

NOW... I have old friends, new friends, auld enemies, weirdo's I never spoke to, work colleagues past and present, relatives and even my parents friends all on Facebook. Then there are my aquaintances on Twitter and the old school Myspace crowd.

So does that mean I have a second life? A secret life? Are friends, like products, becoming niche items. Things to be compartmentalised and kept separate, only to be called upon when a specific need is required. I use Twitter mainly for networking but Myspace to yell about what my band are up to. I'm friends with people on Facebook who made my life hell as a kid and I thought i'd seen the back of - only for them to appear in the god dam 'People You Might Know' area...

The other side of the story is that this segmentation of friends helps get the most out out existing relationships and find new ones.

One things for sure...keep your social networking friends close, but your social networking enemies closer! You never know what they're saying about you.
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Monday, 16 February 2009

100 best blogs (arguably)

Following on from a great Sunday roast yeasterday at the folks house, my wife threw Times newspaper supplement at me shouting, 'YOU'LL probably be interested in this!' (as though it were an accusation?). I flicked through the pages of the 'Culture' magazine to find an article on the top 100 blogs in the world/on the web (same thing really).

This list must be read carefully and with a pinch of salt. As Steve Clayton, London commented on the Times' website "The UK has more to offer from blogs than fluffing up the careers of these folks. This list proved to me that The Times is the best Sunday Paper but The Guardian has it's finger on the the tech pulse." Couldn't have put it better myself. Personally I prefer the work of Jemima Kiss of the Guardian.

The Times has tried to be trendy with an article on blogs but what we are presented with is a shallow list of blogs...Richard Madley, Paul Daniels anyone?! The article itslef is a well written and incisive piece of jouranlism if you ignore the shameless self plugging "I am also, thanks to Thought Experiments (the title of my blog)" It is a great way of making the 'real world' more aware of whats going on on line which can only be a good thing for those of us who's careers depend upon it.

Here are some of the cream of the crop:


A blog updated by staff of the British ebassy in Harare. A place where actually saying what you think can get you killed. Well they say what they think and it's great.


I know, I know Lily Allen is not cool and not clever. But hey she does say some funny stuff about other celebs and we all like to laugh at celebs don't we?!


A wonderfull insight into the life of Eric Arthur Blair. Had he known that Big Brother would actualy become an inane show, synonomous with attention seekers and weirdos, he may not have written the novel 1984 to prevent Big Brother the TV series ever being born!


Quite simply the Blogger's Blog


Thanks to Bryan Appleyard for the original article in the Sunday Times.

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Thursday, 12 February 2009

Twitscoop - What a wonderful Tworld


Ok how many more words can begin with the Tw prefix?

This is cool though. It is updated by the second and allows you to view what is being talked about in the Twitterspere. Funny how what people talk about in the wonderful Tworld bears little ressemblance to whats happening in real life! Most talked about item as I write is Shakespeare??



You can also paste it in as a nice little widget to your own website or blog (see right hand column of this blog). For those who require further details...hover over the words (which are displayed in tag cloud format) and the sources are revealed.

Good stuff! Twitscoop check it out
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