Twitter is on a roll this month!  As a matter of fact it has scored a Hat-Trick on new features.  First with the Twitter List , and then with the new Retweet, and the third by enabling Geotagging.

If you haven’t noticed yet, open your Twitter settings and you can find geotagging under Account -> Location section.

Twitter-Geotagging-Setting
At the moment, this setting only affects the API, which means you won’t see any changes on Twitter.com.  But some 3rd party applications are already supporting it, including Seesmic Web, Foursquare, and a few others.

Seesmic-Geotagging

This location info, if turned on, will help a lot in segregating Tweets by geo-location.  For example, Twitter was already planning to use this to filter trending topics by user’s locality.  Third party apps could use this to show users who tweet near to your location, which is good for finding new followings.  Other example would be an online game based on location.  The possibilities are endless.

However, one important thing that you must consider before you tick that ‘Enable geotagging‘ box is, what implications would affect you and your tweeting by turning on this feature.  You know where I’m going, don’t you?  I’m talking about privacy.

You must again remember that, unless you make your account private, your Tweet, and all information that go with it, will be visible to everybody!  Indeed Twitter has updated its Privacy Policy to emphasis this important yet sometimes forgotten fact.

If you are not careful, this feature could become the Ultimate Stalker tool, not to mention a robber’s radar arsenal.  As a matter of fact, if you’re good in API programming (or have money to hire a programmer), you can built an application that all it does is monitoring people whereabouts and map it to Google Map.
That is quite scarry, and definitelyworth to ponder upon.

The thing is, I don’t really want to miss-out on the (geotagging) fun, but I also don’t want some stranger invading my house and stealing my stash when I’m not around (not that I have any valuables laying around mind. Well maybe my Star Wars novel collection).

What we really need, and this is my suggestion to Twitter, is an ad-hoc switch which we can turn on and off as we please whereever we are, without the need to go the setting on the web to change it.
What about a Tweet command code, i.e. if we tweet this special code, Twitter will change the setting for us automatically?
Or, maybe that’s just too complicated for Twitter to do.  Never say never.

Anyway, be sensible and be safe everybody!

Are you confused with Twitter’s new Retweet feature? Don’t worry, many people do.  I was.  Or maybe you are one of the people who got upset when the new functionality was finally rolled out (albeit only to a limited number of people) ?  No worry, I did too.
People say that it’s always hard for us to accept change, especially when we’ve already gotten very accustomed to and felt comfortable with the old way of doing things.  It certainly is not different this time with the new Retweet.
What is different though, as Techcrunch wrote in this post, is that this time the change is pretty significant that it changes Twitter’s fundamental functionality.
So significant this change was, that Evan Williams (Twitter CEO) himself felt compelled to write a blog post (apparently he hardly ever writes), specially to explain the reasoning behind their decision when they designed this new feature.
I wrote on earlier post, that things were getting clearer everyday when I was using the new Retweet.  But just when I thought I’ve known everything that I needed to know, I was quite surprised that I found a new thing that I didn’t notice before after I read EV’s post, which is arguably the most important change in this new way of Retweeting :)
So, I thought I would share it with you, just in case you haven’t noticed, or for you that hasn’t got it yet, something to keep in mind (just in case you think your Twitter is broken).  I also want to summarize, in my own word, what EV is explaining in his blog post.

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As Twitter Team is rolling out the new Retweet functionality to a selected group, things are getting clearer everyday in terms of what the deal we are getting with this new system of Retweeting.
MediaSosial managed to be included in this beta roll-out, so I had a chance to try it early.

Retweet-Beta-Tester-Notification

After having been playing around for a day or two, I have to say that Twitter has integrated the new functionality with the rest of the user interface quite nicely.

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When I opened my inbox this morning, I was greeted with the following email from YouTube, which in short, was telling me that my video (one from the London Moonwalk Tribute) had been removed and disabled access. The reason was … Copyright Infringement !
Here is the email in full:

Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Viacom International Inc. claiming that this material is infringing:

“Last one” Moonwalk Tribute for Michael Jackson at Liverpool Street Station – London 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sMS0kDegO4

Please Note: Repeated incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube’s copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Centre to access the instructions.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

Sincerely,
YouTube, Inc.

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From what started as a joke threw casually in Twitter, this brilliant event ended up as a genius Social Media Engineering act, thanks to Milo @yiannopoulos who turned ‘dream into reality’.
I first heard about ‘somebody’ was organising a Mass #Moonwalk at the Liverpool Street Station (in London) from on of my Twitter friend @icebergstorm who re-tweeted @Gailporter

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Facebook LogoFirst the ‘River of Stream‘, then the Public Username, and NOW … yes … the Public Status Update !  I don’t care what people say, but this Facebook’s Twitter Phobia, as one commenter in this ReadWriteWeb post (where I heard this news) mentioned, has finally reached its ‘climax’.  It’s really interesting to watch the mighty Walled-Garden that was once a sanctuary (or a prison) for many, bits by bits comes crumbling down with every moment passed, as if it were Berlin Wall itself.

The only problem is, who’s got the key to the gate?

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Seesmic Desktop has been my main Twitter Desktop app since it was still in beta, and it’s ‘Release Early, Release Often‘ method really struck accord with me, especially because with every release it continues to give to the customer ‘what they need‘ (and not what the money-owner wants).

This new version 0.3 is also the same.  This one is a Release Candidate version, hence it is only available for registered users and not yet downloadable from the main website.  The idea is to give the registered users a taste of what to come and at the same time to get user feedback on the new features before it goes live.  It’s a great strategy, because in this case everybody wins :)

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YouTube RealTime LogoEverybody’s familiar with Facebook’s notification/chat toolbar? That was exactly what immediately came to my mind when I saw YouTube RealTime.  Although the beta-test invitation from YouTube did mention something about ‘fancy‘ new toolbar, so it wasn’t that much of a surprise.
Seeing the latest Wave of trend in ‘Real-Time’ platform, I guess it’s just a matter of time that YouTube joined the ‘ride‘. And what YouTube came up with is what it’s called YouTube RealTime (very .. err .. ‘descriptive’ name), which they been beta-testing since April 23rd.

Here are my impressions on the new toolbar, and at the end of the post, we will also give away ‘all’ invites that we have.

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My favorite Twitter Desktop App just released a new version.  The new version has a few additional features, mainly integration with 3rd party app, some enhancement with the Profile, and for Mac OS X users (that’s me), a welcome improvement on idle CPU usage (Awesome!).

You can grab the new version directly here.

Below is a screenshot of some of the new enhancements to the profile.  Noticed the ‘Report Spam’ and ‘Block User’ menu items, and the four buttons on the profile (reply, DM, follow, and unfollow).  These were not in v2.0.

Some enhancements on Seesmic Desktop v0.2.1

Here are the change list from the release email:

Improvements since Ver 0.2

* Ability to view and enter comments into Facebook
* Added spellcheck feature with the ability to enable and disable
* Now supporting pikchur and yfrog to share images on Twitter
* Added spam reporting feature to help send spam warnings to Twitter’s @spam account
* Ability to block users who are following you on Twitter
* Ability to use Tweetshrink before sending messages (see http://tweetshrink.com/about)
* Access to view favorites within your Twitter account timeline
* Improved profile enhancements (added follow/unfollow within a profile along with the ability to reply and direct message)
* Option to start Seesmic Desktop at login
* Verification dialog box upon deletions of Userlists, Searches
* For OSX: Added standard buttons for OSX and improved idle CPU usage
* Displayed version information in update tab

Bug fixes

* Fix posting to Facebook with non-US characters
* Issues with same usernames showing multiple times – solved
* Issues with not removing messages when account is removed – solved

And on these notes, I would like to thank Team Seesmic for their hard-work to keep improving our Twitter experience.

Keep up the good work guys!

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