Tweet Cloud: What do you Twitter?

The new Tweetcloud generator at tweetcloud.icodeforlove.com is, quick, sharp, and telling, not to be confused with less-extensive tools of yesteryear. All the more reason to think while you tweet (and vice versa). If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you have no idea what you’re missing perhaps you’ve enjoyed the relative silence here at netzoo.net. Curious?

Below is my Tweetcloud for the past year — the larger the word the more I’ve tweeted it between December 2008 and 11/30/09. My top 5 words were live, time, thanks, media, love — 5 words I definitely live with. A great feature of this Tweetcloud web app is its use of Twitter’s OAuth API, which allows it to naturally index your friends as well.

Tweetcloud Andy Sternberg

My primary interests are all noted in the top words (see below), however, tweets of mine containing photos or links to songs would heavily boost the relevance of both photography and music. My top two adjectives are free and awesome, which would seem to indicate that I’m not only a cheapskate, but have the vocabulary of a 7th grader. My six-month tweetcloud differs slightly – Obama had already been inaugurated, not as much Cubs excitement.

What does your tweetcloud say about you?

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Clinton Global Initiative 2009 Streaming Live and Climate Week!

Ban Ki-Moon Barack Obama UN Summit on Climate ChangeYou don’t have to be in New York City to be a part of the many meetings, seminars, and discussions taking place during Climate Week. The Clinton Global Initiative is focusing on climate change, sustainable energy, and other global issues this week in its Fifth Annual Meeting, which is webcasting live. You can even ask question for the daily Plenary sessions via Twitter. Watch CGI09 live below (click here for the schedule).

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Twitter: Autofollow ‘sends the wrong message’

no more autofollow on twitterJust got a mass e-mail from Biz Stone explaining why Twitter accounts with autofollow enabled (this was originally an option in user settings) will no longer be grandfathered in. And in fact, there will be no more autofollow accounts.

I’ve always been mixed on this, however, I now feel that it is in the service’s best interest to disallow autofollow’s across the board. Still this can be easily circumvented using other services, such as SocialToo, which accesses the Twitter API to enable auto-follows, and — much worse in my opinion — allow users to automatically send direct messages to new followers). There is even a website — http://www.twitterautofollow.com/ — devoted to listing accounts that had autofollow enabled.

Why does Twitter discourage autofollow?

“Namely, it is unlikely that anyone can actually read tweets from thousands of accounts which makes this activity disingenuous,” the letter reads. At the same time it is a mixed message to encourage the use of Twitter as a legitimate community-building tool, without making it easier for one to follow back followers. In the end, I grew very frustrated with the auto-follow concept, primarily due to the fact that a majority of new followers (on the @LiveEarth account that I administer) appeared to be complete fakes. Especially during the month that the account was featured as a suggested user.

I knew Twitter would disable autofollow soon enough. But the mildly defensive tone of the explanation was unexpected. What are your thoughts on Twitter etiquette?

Read the full text of the e-mail below:

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Jon Stewart Shakes His Fist at Twitter on The Daily Show

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It’s been another week of increasing visibility for everybody’s favorite microblogging tool, Twitter. Monday’s Daily Show Twitter piece was hilarious but before that came the Nightline, Charlie Rose, and Olbermann segments below. Always funny hearing about “tweeting” in a serious news context. But there’s nothing funny about Twitter.

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