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Twitter experimentation, T+2 hours

February 12th, 2009

At Nathaniel’s urging, I am jumping in a little deeper into twitterSpace. Practically, that means a few things:

1. I’ve added 67 people to follow (see them here but you’ll need to sign up with twitter first)
2. I’ve installed TwitterFox in order to follow the tweets in firefox and avoid needing another place to check messages
3. I’ve installed TwitterBar to make it easier to post stuff I find online in Firefox
4. I tried to install TweetSuite on this blog, but currently it isn’t working properly (tweets not appearing on this blog)

Here’s my first impression after 2 hours of twittering: compared to blogs, it takes navel gazing to the next level!

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We’ve got SocialFeet!

January 14th, 2009

I am pleased to announce that Connected Conversations now has “Social Feet.” Now, you can browse this site with your friends. Want to know if Nat has read a particular post here? Want him to know that you have read something? Just log in with the Facebook “connect” button on the right-hand side of the blog. Social Feet has a half dozen sites, and will be adding (a lot) more over time, so it’s also way to find out what interesting things your facebook friends are reading elsewhere on the ‘net!

And if that isn’t enough of an incentive, then how about doing it as a favor to us? We’d love you to help us test our alpha launch. :)

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New look and feel for Connected Conversations

January 6th, 2009

I stumbled on a new theme for wordpress called “inove” that I liked. This theme is fairly simple, and is more modern than the previous theme I was using. Although some of plugins and widgets are no longer working, this new theme seems to have a better looking and more functional subscription feature. Over time, I’ll consider re-adding the omitted blog bling if it seems that it is missed.

Right now, weiksner.com received about 60-80 readers daily split evenly through subscribers to the blog and visitors to the web site. Thank you for reading my thoughts; please do consider posting a comment from time to time. I hope you enjoy the fresh new look and feel of Connected Conversations!

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What is “Connected Conversations”?

September 28th, 2007

Big IdeasUp from zilch three weeks ago, “Connected Conversations” is up to 25 daily subscribers and 30 daily visitors. Welcome aboard everyone! Since there are so many new people I wanted to repeat and elaborate on my introductory post:

This blog will offer off-the-cuff commentary on technology, politics and academia et cetera, from the perspective of a grad student and social entrepreneur. I like to play in intersections, so over time I’ll try to cover some of the three pairwise intersections and of course anything that I can come up with in the one three-way intersection.

Feel free to join me in this exploration by commenting, or corresponding with me directly at mike@weiksner.com.

Rather than telling, let me show. You could just visit the site and pursue the archives to get a sense of what I like to write about, but here some pointers to some of my favorite and most popular posts so far:

  • Amazing Americans:a powerful patriotic video by a marine
  • Spy vs spy: Seven sites on your side: Why some sites are intentionally broken, creating an opportunity for other sites to fix the experience for you. Wanna get an automatic refund if your airfare goes down? Six other great sites too.
  • Morph madness: Does Mike+Maria=Anna? What does Ben+Angelina=? Spooky!
  • Celibacy and “The Selfish Gene”: Why does celibacy poses a problem for the genetic theory of evolution? May the “selfish allele” offer a better theory of evolution than the “selfish gene”?
  • The power of youtube: Wondering what all the fuss is about youtube? Watch this amusing video that is typical fare on youtube.

So, expect my posts to include neat videos and pointers to cool things as well as analysis and a strong point of view. Thanks for participating in my blogging experiment!

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Some more good political resources

September 21st, 2007

My brother forwarded two valuable political resources: politifact.com and www.factcheck.org. The first is especially engaging in my opinion. With a truth-o-meter, they verify that “Obama girl’s” is correct to say ‘At least Obama didn’t marry his cousin,” as Giuliani did.’ However, Guiliani is completely wrong to accuse the democrats of socializing medicine and mostly wrong in asserting that they are “tripping over themselves” to raise taxes between “20 and 30 percent.”

I find three aspects make these resources valuable: (1) they can develop a track record of credibility; (2) people are quite good at discerning the truth when given all the facts (in contrast to a one-sided political statement) and (3) they can hold politicians accountable for what they say. Unfortunately, that third point is undermined by the fact that these sites primarily reach highly educated and engaged voters. They can do little to put fire to feet of mass campaigns of slander like “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.”

By the way, my mom sent me a link to the email discovery issue yesterday and my friend Nathaniel has been the source of several posts. If you find something interesting, send it to me! (mike [at] weiksner [dot] com). Also, until I figure out a better system I’m going to cross-post relevant articles on e-thepeople (like this current one) and on my obama blog. I consider weiksner.com the main place for me to post my ideas, but e-thepeople is a better place for public discussion. Still working out the obama blog thing.

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Death of shame?

September 10th, 2007

I think I just liked the sound of the phrase, “Connected Conversations.” It’s a slight riff off e-thePeople.org‘s motto, “Democracy is a Conversation.” But today I decided to check google and see if other people were using the phrase. It turns out that there is a “Connected Conversation” that is a podcast in hibernation from a guy in Canada. Fortunately, my blog — new as it is — appears as the number one result in google.

I listened to the episode that google sent me to, and I found the topic interesting: the death of shame. This idea seems like a modern update to Huxley’s masterful dystopia written in 1932, “Brave New World.” Does American Idol, Jack Ass, reality TV, youtube, myspace, and, dare I say, blogging, all spring from this common source? I think that there is something to this idea, but I hope that we can distinguish it from more altruistic motives for sharing and cooperating.

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Hello world!

June 20th, 2007

This blog will offer off-the-cuff commentary on technology, politics and academia, from the perspective of a grad student and social entrepreneur.  I like to play in intersections, so over time I’ll try to cover some of the three pairwise intersections and of course anything that I can come up with in the one three-way intersection.

 Feel free to join me in this exploration by commenting, or corresponding with me directly at mike@weiksner.com.

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