Friday, July 02, 2010

Loooong weekend read: My weekly share on Twitter and some deals

Americans are getting ready for the long, hot Independence Day weekend, and I'm winding up another long week of sharing things on Twitter as @dontgetcaught. Follow me there, and catch up with my Twitterstream here:
  • Here's a new search tool I haven't tried yet: 140kit, which lets you search and research tweets on Twitter, as well as analyze and share them in collaborations. Here's a hint on the research: "when you signup, you have access to two powerful default scrape types: You can either search terms (with/without our similar term branching algorithm enabled) from this moment using the powerful Streaming API or soon access one of our Whitelisted machines for REST access to collect as many tweets as possible from any number of accounts." Whew! Let me know if you are trying this one.
  • Another reason to try draft and beta products:  Blogger announced today it's offering blog statistics built right into its platform, via Blogger in Draft, where you also can play with post scheduling and other features.
  • If you fund newspaper-based fellowships or do media relations, check out this Nieman Labs post looking into sponsored interns at USA TODAY--it raises important questions.  I also shared news of an impending reorganization and layoffs at USA TODAY, unrelated, of course.
  • Via Steve Tally, I passed along this funny Onion video about a NASA simulator that prepares astronauts for interviews with Larry King.  This one may have to go into my media-training arsenal.
  • You can nominate a post of the week on BlogHer. Doesn't even have to be one of mine.  I'm going to the BlogHer conference in New York in early August, so let me know if there's something you want me to cover on the blog.
  • Evening broadcast news shows have lost more than one million viewers in the past year.
  • The Pentagon's new social media policy is out. Utne Reader has the post.
As a bonus, here are a couple of deals that came across my desk this week:

  • Amazon announced a new version of the Kindle DX, with a black case, clearer text and free 3G. The price has dropped significantly, from $489 to $379.  And unlike those other devices you carry around, you can read this one in direct sunlight.
  • MOO is offering free business card makeovers through its new Business Card Project. You need to apply for consideration; overall, the project expects to remake $250,000 worth of business cards, $500 at a time, for 500 small businesses.
If you're celebrating, grilling or setting off fireworks this weekend (or right now), I wish you a great weekend!

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