Why isn’t there a better way to categorize friends in Twitter?

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I have to confess, I fiend for the Twit, I love Twitter, I can’t get enough of it!
That being the case, I have to ask myself ,what is that important on Twitter that I have to have it on a PermaTab on my Firefox browser?
It reminds me of watching MTV. I mean the old school MTV that actually played videos all day.There was something so hypnotic and addictive about sitting through those 25 shitty videos, to see that 1 kick ass Beastie Boys video. But even that got old really fast.

Twitter is the same to me, because half the stuff that is tweeted, I don’t really care about. Either, because it’s not relevant or because it is some abstract reference to an inside joke between friends that I just don’t get or care to get.
But this brings me to my point, We need to have a better way to organize our followers and friends.

I really hope with all the wonderful apps. on deck for Twitter, that someone can develop a way to categorize friends and followers. Possibly, something like Twitter channels or stations, based on interests. Or, If we had the option to group friends and followers by tag based categories and sub categories. Anything to allow us to tame the crazy beast, that’s taking over my life.

With the popularity of Twitter growing ,this is going to be become more and more of a need.

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13 things you could be doing with RSS, that you probably aren’t!

Slicing, Dicing and Splicing RSS like an Iron Chef

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RSS is my friend, without it I could never stay current with the 200+ feeds I subscribe to. But besides just aggregating feeds from my favorite blogs, I have found several other cool uses for my RSS reader, which allow me to save both time and money.

The RSS reader is a great place to find new content. From ideas for linkbait to images for your blog post. With the right feeds and settings the possibilities are endless ,but in the meantime, here are a lucky 13 to keep you busy.

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Here is a RSS mashup on Yahoo Pipes that makes your boring old Digg RSS feed into a SUPER Digg rss feed. It adds category information, submitter information (with a link to the users page), Digg count, number of comments, etc..

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=_Dj0DgMi3BGIx3_Sp2IyXQ

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Here is a Yahoo Pipes mash up that works with Digg, Delicous, Reddit and slahdot. With this one you can filter and search by keyword, user profiles , and tags.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=GGZDQ1e32xGMXWKzXqIxGw

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This pipe enables you to monitor what the world is saying about your brand, company, product or url. It checks Google Blogs, Technorati, IceRocket, Blog Pulse, Yahoo News, MSN News and Google News

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipes.popular?page

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Here is a simple Yahoo and Google News mashup , which allows you to filter and customize the feeds.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=1nWYbWm82xGjQylL00qv

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The idea behind this mash-up is to find questions that aren’t getting answered on Yahoo Answers and also helps you filter the results to make finding new content easier and faster.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=8rNEOVjd2xGieN8Vdrq02Q

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Combine your facebook status with blog feeds, news searches, twitter, last.fm flickr and youtube.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=7Jqm__RE3BGGJIWUyjUFzw

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A combination of New Yorker, New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair feeds. This pipe also allows for customization of all the results.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=1qj9XFW32xGgtAairuymrA

 

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To create a mashup for ANY RSS feed, check out this tutorial on building a really easy RSS filter with Yahoo Pipes.

http://www.technologyevangelist.com/2007/08/a_simple_yahoo_pipes.html

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Get notified of the BEST deals before the sell out.

Subscribe to a category on craigslist, ebay or other time sensitive shopping sites to find great deals first. Subscribe to specific items for sale or categories to find GREAT deals on everything from clothes, to electronics. I personally have used this to buy some IKEA furniture for about 75% off, a 24″ ViewSonic Flat Panel Monitor and several other items. Saving over $1k!!

Heres a link to an RSS Craigslist Search Script to filter your feed results.

http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/001440.html

Here is a RSS / Yahoo pipes app called Craigslist price watcher.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=9gMLgKK52xG6PNm8jwtvUw

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Finds deals from all major deal sites in US… Fetches deals simultaneously by running parallel threads… Sorts deals based on publication date of the deal (latest first)… Usage: Enter one word (e.g., dell) or an Exact Phrase (e.g., Core Duo) per filter

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=_E8FgV_42xGWa5pfZVUMqA

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Webpage-to-RSS Pipe generates RSS from any webpage which doesn’t have native syndication. It utilizes a data mining service called Feedity ( http://www.feedity.com ) to dynamically build the RSS, and then only return unique items. This pipe accepts the URL of the source webpage for which the feed is to be rendered, and it returns a valid RSS for reuse in other pipes. This pipe is designed to be used as a modular sub-pipe in your own pipeline. Clone and reuse!

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=NlNQKdO62xGAq1ZgZoQMOQ

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Track the latest Stumbles on StumbleUpon. Use your RSS reader to track your friends or those you are a fan of on StumbleUpon. Simply find stumblers whom are active and share the same interests and subscribe. This allows you to always stay ahead of the curve in the never ending pursuit of quality content.

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Don’t find a mashup, filter or feed you like? Go ahead and create your own. Check out Yahoo pipes and either start one from scratch or build onto an existing one.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/


Great Yahoo Pipes Tutorial!

Here are couple great Yahoo Pipes tutorials. I’ve been playing with Yahoo Pipes for a while now. I give Anil Dash’s great post back in Feb credit for that!!  Anyhow here are several of the tutorials I have found useful.

VP Dick Cheney- first interview after revalation that Obama is his Cousin(Video)

This is funny stuff! Dick Cheney talking about his wifes revelation that he is related to Barak Obama. Priceless expression.

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Google giving out Cannabis? ( Yes for this is for real)

Google is going green with its online store and by selling good ole Cannabis products. From hoodies to footies, Google store has all your hemp needs. Check out the flix below! I dont know how far they want to take this whole Hippie Dippie All you need is live schtict, but they are even selling pens called Summer of Love Wide Body Pens  I think they’re supposed to get you off. Possibly dipped in a secret formula Google’s been conjuring up @ Google Labs

I wonder if they take showers @ Google and if the female Googlers let their leg and armpit hairs grow naturally. I can see it nowthough  , Matt with a Pyrex Two Hiter Bong , Phish on his laptop blaring.
Marisa Mayer dancing across the desks, flailing her arms around, hair flying freely in the cool Google breeze. Is that what they want us to believe? That Serge and Larry and Eric are sitting outside on the lawn in a circle , passing a doobie and  chaning OM. Yeah right!

This is a 25 billion dollar empire, I hardly think this is the case. So , why then, why they trying to run this cheap elemntary type game on us,

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“Improvement to the Top Ad Placement Formula for Google Adwords”???

“Google Adwords is changing how high quality ads are selected for top positions above Google search results.

This is Google’s angle on why they are changing how our ads rank and how much we pay for the top spots. What this statement from Google actually translates into in laymens terms, is another method for them to to artificially raise our CPC ‘s for no apparent reason other than a whim.

https://adwords.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=72795&hl=en_US

To me, seems like just a ploy to trick the poor fools that will pay an already unreasonable amount in some industries, for the top 2 spots, into paying even more than they already do.

Seems like there is an internal campaign at Google to push everyones CPC up. I deal with 3 different reps for various accounts. Each one on a separate occasion in the last 2 weeks, gave me the same pitch about having to raise my CPC becuase of my Quality Score. ‘Oh”, I said to one of them, ” my Quality score is Great on those ad groups?” Her answer was quite amusing! She proceeded to tell me that the Quality Score on the interface is not the Quality Score they use in their Adwords algo. Obviously I was floored, and I asked her to elaborate, but of course she didn’t!

Anyways check out Google’s own words on this and tell me what you think!

https://adwords.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=72795&hl=en_US

Help Me win the SEO Lyrics Contest!!

I wrote a parody of 99 Problems, by Jay-Z, for Search Engine People ,

they have an very cool contest , with very cool prizes. I encourage everyone to enter, if you dont, well then go here and vote for me! I think its pretty dam funny!!

http://www.searchenginepeople.com/contest/99-problems-and-matt-cutts-aint-one-to-99-problems-by-jay-z.html