twitter-follow-meNow that we can’t randomly meet new people, I thought I’d share my collection of recommendation lists that people often put up on their blog.

I have to warn you, these lists are HUGE, so use it responsibly.  Remember that Twitter only allow you to follow 1000 people per day.  And even then, I suggest you do it slowly to avoid to be seen as spammer.

If you find that I haven’t included any list that you know of, please let me know on the comment, and I will include it in the list.

Finally, this list is a live list, I will add more as and when I see new ones, so make sure to come back and check it from time to time.  Or even better, follow our twitter account to get notified when the list is updated.

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Remember those feelings you had when you were invited to a party, but when you got there you realised that everybody seemed to know everybody, except you?

That’s probably the same feeling you had as you were staring at your blank Twitter timeline, just right after you sent your first Tweet, when it became apparent to you that basically you didn’t know anybody … anybody at all!
It’s one of those ‘Now What?’ moment.

My First Tweet - Now What

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london-busIf you’ve been living in London for a while and experienced the ‘joy‘ of taking the public transport, you would’ve already spotted the pattern, especially for the Bus Service. It’s not rare when you have to wait for a very long time for them to come to the Bus Stop (although it says on the timetable, 10 mins interval), and when they come, they come not just one, but sometimes 2 or 3 at the same time!!! It’s just so absurd that I have now stopped asking why.

Ok, enough for the rant.  How does this remotely relate to Twitter Retweet?  Well, unless you are one of the Top Linkers, your Retweet rate, i.e. the number of your own Tweet being Retweeted by others, would be minimal to none.

But sometimes, just sometimes, you hit a jackpot, like I had yesterday.
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In my previous post, I discussed about the first things that we could do to follow people on Twitter.  In this second part of the series, I would like to touch on how we could follow people on Twitter by Recommendation.

Recommendation is probably the best way to follow people on Twitter, especially when we trust the source of this recommendation, which could be from your friend, a reputable user or a leading website.

To make this a bit easier to digest I am going to divide these recommendations into two types.  One is what I would call Passive Recommendation, and the other one is, yes you’ve guessed it, Active Recommendation.

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Jason Calacanis has this mailing list called Jason Nation that I am a subscriber of, and today on his latest email, he declared that his going to quit Facebook.  What is interesting for me is that, even though he practically slammed Zuckerberg and his Facebook, at the most recent TWIT podcast, when asked if he was planning to quit Facebook, he said he’s not sure.

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Google Buzz ButtonsI don’t know about you, but I haven’t hung out at my local Buzz Joint for a while. No, it’s not because the onslaught of Scoble’s Buzzes, or the fact that I have to login to a different GMail account than the one I normally have to check it. It’s just that between Twitter, Facebook and all my RSS Reading List, I just don’t have enough spare time to frequenting yet another Social Media place. Though somehow I feel a pang of guilt, seeing that I used to champion the Buzz, even when people was slagging it left, right and middle.

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The social media space has been ‘Buzzing‘ about Google Buzz about a week now.  If you don’t know what Google Buzz is, go and read Google’s own introduction on Google Buzz and then go the Google Buzz landing page.

But basically Google Buzz is like an odd combination of Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, Jaiku, Plurk and Pownce :)

Just like all of the above social media tools, one of the reason we are using them is to ‘share’ something that we like to our friends and followers.  This could be a nice blog-post, news article, Flickr photos or YouTube video; and in most of these services, there is usually an easy way to share a link update update the status at the same time.  Some of the sharing mechanism that has been used is through the browser bookmarklet.

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I was having conversation with my wife the other day over dinner about the coming Valentine’s day and whether we are going to do anything or to go anywhere.  To cut the story short, we ended the discussion with a conclusion (and to my relieved) that it’s nothing to do with Love and all of that, everything’s just business.  I mean take flowers for example, how much do you (men) spend usually for Valentine’s flowers?  One nice, big, fresh stalk of Rose could set you, at least, £5! A dozen of Red Roses would cost about £20 or more.  These are normal prices on normal days.  But if you try to buy it on the last minute, suddenly everything seems to be much more expensive than usual.  And then there is the candle-light dinner, not only that suddenly all tables are booked up, but the ‘special menu‘ has also ‘special price’ attached to it.  I can go on and on here.

Don’t ge me wrong, I love my wife, but in this time of global financial downturn, it doesn’t seem ‘wise‘ for me to spend all those money.  Until today that is …

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You can see how important Twitter is to our Internet Community when its inventor, founder and chairman, @Jack Dorsey had his own session (the first one of the event) and participated in the last session of recently held LeWeb 2009.  And being young and inexperience (in term of being web celebrity), he’s obviously prone to make some mistakes, especially when he had to sit on the Gillmore Gang, along with other ‘dignitaries‘ :)  So when Andrew Keen asked him if the rumor about Google buying Twitter was true, Jack quickly said (probably too quickly) that “There hasn’t been any announcement” :)  Unfortunately the other gang members wouldn’t let this go so easily, and Jack was forced to defend himself to fix the situation. “What do you mean there hasn’t been any announcement?

Watch the following video starting on 31 minutes mark, and you will see this yourself.

It’s very easy to forget that the almost ubiquitous Twitter that we are fond and love started from a very simple idea (but then again most great products came from the simplest idea anyway).  Indeed most new users (post @aplusk and @oprah) probably think that Twitter has always been like this.  Well, the reality couldn’t be more different.
My Twitter ID is 3148, so I joined Twitter quite early in the days when Twitter just a simple geeky web-app to broadcast ‘what you were doing at that time‘ to your followers and that’s it.  And just like many others, I didn’t find the tool very useful, and to be honest a little bit boring (especially when all your friends were somewhere else).  Hence I left my account dormant, only visiting it once in a while, for about 6 months or so.  Until one day I found a small circle of friends with whom I could having conversation.  This changed everything, it changed Twitter as a broadcast medium into a conversation tool (more akin to Instant Messenger Apps), a place where I can chate with my friends and buildng relationship.  The rest is history.

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