Bring on the noise bring on the notification fatigue

How do I gain control of my online social life:

I have the Seesmic desktop client running with 7 twitter accounts ranging from 10 to 1000’s of followers plus several active searches. The thing is out of control and requiring my full attention.  The concept that twitter is a one way communication is just not true it’s like Facebook, IM or email, certain posts require a response and most are looking for a very timely reply.

I have given up on IM for the time being, I check Facebook and linkedin at least once a day and my email client is always active and taking up way to much space.

What should I do, if I want to be responsive to those who need or want my attention?

The Real Time Web is changing how I consume information

OneRiot released a vertical search engine today, focused on twitter URL’s.

The OneRiot beta search engine that has been available for a few months uses implicitly captured URL’s, while the OneRiot Twitter Search uses URL’s that are explicitly entered by twitter users.  The content overlap is fascinating.

I ran a search for G20 at 9:47am:

  • Google’s number one result is  navigational, followed by News
  • Search.Twitter has opinions  and comments
  • OneRiot Web search has News and Fashion
  • Oneriot.Twitter.Search has news

The other real interesting fact for me is time. I ran my test search for G20 again at 10.10am:

  • Google had no change
  • Search twitter had 641 new updates
  • OneRiot had replaced it’s number one result and lost the fashion reference
  • OneRiot.Twitter.Search had 4 new updates

The Real Time Web is changing how I consume information.

I included screen shots of my results, and I would highly recommend trying the different engines to see the difference.






I am tired of people asking me why they should use Twitter. Why shouldn’t they use it?  Besides the medical conditions that it creates, trigger finger, extreme joint swelling and ADD, the service is used by many celebrities and millions of people. So why do so many of my friends think the service provides no value?

I say trigger finger and extreme joint  swelling provide value. What if you didn’t feel like playing a game of basketball with a bunch of oversized peeps who show up at the park? A quick tweet and wham, trigger finger. It’s the perfect excuse to avoid any sporting event that requires your hands.

Not all users will suffer from trigger finger and extreme joint swelling , but ADD effects all twitter users at some point. You know you have ADD when you find yourself checking twitter at inappropiate times. Examples include: tweeting  during a meeting, in the middle of a conversation, during a congressional session or while having sex.

I admit I suffer from all of the above, and my knee hurts. I wonder if I can blame that on Twitter as well? 

Twitter user name: menro


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