Twitter moving towards 280 characters, a good move?

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Today Twitter announced that they are testing 280 characters with a small number of users. The idea is to give people more characters to express themselves.

We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).

While only .4% of those who type in Japanese hit the 140 character limit, 9% of those typing in English do. Looking at how many people who are on Twitter, that is quite a bit.

I think this could be a good thing for those who use Twitter. It will give those of us with a little more to share the space that we need. We will need to be diligent in its use, because if we abuse it we will lose followers, etc.

Those of us who manage brands on social media will need to diligent also. We don’t want to upset our followers with a bunch of junk. All posts will need to be creative, catching, interesting and innovative. We can’t abuse the new found characters.

Let me know your thoughts and if you think this is good or not.

via Giving you more characters to express yourself

Facebook Employee Accessing Data

Why You Shouldn’t Trust Facebook with Your Data: An Employee’s Revelations – Facebook
Valleywag had a commentary on a story about Facebook employees accessing user profiles when they shouldn’t. Apparently there is a master password that they can use to get into your account.

Also, it appears the database isn’t protected. An employee can just query the database and get any information they want.

This is scary. I am doubting using Facebook anymore.

I am wondering if this will begin to be the downfall of Facebook?

Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Votes a Sham!

I just want to say the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year is a sham! ONE BIG SHAM!
They had voting throughout the fall for coach of the year. This was to be a vote of the fans. But it didn’t turn out that way.

University of Idaho football coach Robb Akey was in fourth place when the initial vote ended. When the finalists were announced, he was no where to be found. NO WHERE!

Coach Akey, in his third year at Idaho, took a team that won three games the previous year to a 7 win season and Idaho’s first bowl appearance since 1998. They will be playing Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl on December 30.

What happened? Who knows.

Liberty Mutual totally ignored the vote of the fans who came to their site, promoted this vote on Twitter and Facebook, and turned their backs on them. This is a total failure of the process.

Liberty Mutual, if you want to dive into the social media world, dive in.  If you want a true social media experience, use the fans votes. Don’t come up with your own plan and use the people like that.

You screwed the pooch on this one Facebook

Facebook, I just want to say that you really screwed the pooch on your new update to the privacy settings.
People who had their profiles locked down with your old privacy settings now found them opened to the world and people who didn’t want to be found on Facebook, were starting to get found.

Now there is something to being said that if you don’t want to be found, then don’t get on Facebook. But people who went on Facebook and set the privacy settings to not be found in the people search are now being found.

One of them is my mother.

She got on Facebook to keep up with her kids, grandkids, and a friends she found. She didn’t want anyone else to friend her. But with your new settings, she is beginning to get found and is now getting off Facebook.

Because of your greed and wanting to opening up our privacy to the world, you are now losing customers. And now my mother will not be able to keep up with us on Facebook.

You have done this a few other times where you have messed with our privacy and you got hurt. I am wondering how many more times it will take for you to get the mess up to get the message.

Pownce releases mobile version, maybe it will stem the downward turn

For those of you out there who have a mobile device and use Pownce has a mobile version. Just go to m.pownce.com.
It is still in Beta, so report any bugs. It still needs some work, but at least the folks at Pownce are developing one.

Thanks to my friend Chris who ran a trend on Google comparing Twitter vs Pownce. It is pretty interesting.

I had asked a question on Twitter asking about if anyone used Pownce anymore. What I was finding that in following the same people on Pownce and Twitter, they made more posts on Twitter than on Pownce.

According to Google Trends, Twitter is steady or rising, while Pownce is slowly declining.

I would be interested in your take on things. Let me know through a comment here.

What is quarterlife?

Just found this site that is producing a network-quality series for the Internet called quarterlife.
It is from the producers of the “My So-Called Life” and seems to be similar to the movie Singles. In addition, they are setting it up a social network for “doers, thinkers and artists.”

Even though I am not in my twenties any more, this show intrigues me and I will probably watch a few episodes.  I am also interested in watching the social network side of this project.  Getting twenty-somethings to discuss wide-ranging issues that affect them.

They have a few episodes and new ones are released on “blogging” about her life.  It helps to explain the series and I am sure will help when I start watching the episoeds.

Let me know what you think.  Does this series grab your attention?