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Twittering about… RSS / Twitter mini mashup-ing

Many of the folks here at Nikzomk use Twitter. For those not up to speed, it’s basically a micro-blogging platform that works much like your Live Messenger or Facebook “status”. The idea is that you answer the question “what are you doing?” with, well, whatever you’re doing… and all your friends do the same. And you “follow” all your friends… and they “follow” you… and before you know it, you know that 17 minutes ago your mate Frank was in the toilet with George Michael and right now Michelle is watching a re-run of Stars in their Eyes with her cat.

Leisa Reichelt coined the phrase “ambient intimacy” to describe it. Anyway, we’re getting away from my point (and I’m sure someone else will cover that in a post in the future)… which is that, thanks to almost everything having an RSS feed nowadays, you can very easily do a bit of mild mashup-ing and do some very cool stuff really really easily… Like pull your blog into your Twitter.

So, by spending just a few minutes setting up a new Twitter account, creating an OpenID using ClaimID and sticking the NM blog’s RSS feed URL into twitterfeed we’ve created an automagically updating Twitter feed for anyone that wants to “follow” it.

And here’s ours.

If you fancy having a go for yourself, Twitterfeed has full instructions right there on its homepage. It really couldn’t be any easier.

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5 Comments

  1. Not meaning to criticise, more to pick your brains, but is there a great deal of value from a twitter account if it only contain’s twitterific.

    I’ve been subscribed to the NM twitter feed, and while it’s nice to get the blog while it’s hot it’s not really ambient intimacy ;)

    Posted 17th December 2007 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  2. Yo Kelvin – thanks for chipping in, ya social media marketing fiend. I can’t speak for everyone but I’ve found my blog feed reading has plummeted on becoming addicted to the digital crack that is twitter. They are quite different, when you think about it, yet in my limited, rugby-bludgeoned mind they seemed to have swapped. So I guess in that mode then the Twitter feed from this blog is intended as an alert, as you say, rather than a neat and useful dollop of ambient intimacy.

    From my perspective though I don’t think we have a proper answer – I think the truth may be that this is just the latest mini-experiment in a long line of fiddling, half-baking and ‘prototyping’ that we do with our own stuff.

    Posted 17th December 2007 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  3. Sorry if it sounded a wee bit critical, weren’t intended that way. I’m just interested to see how people see twitter working on behalf of a company.

    I can see the benefit of branding the company by proxy of the individual twitter usage of the staff and some the uses like london undergeround travel updates/special offers for retailers.

    Just wondering how you guys saw it and whether we’re missing out.

    Posted 18th December 2007 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  4. I view Twitter (in the context of the feed) as another broadcast channel. As with RSS it allows anyone interested in our blog to get an instant update. Interestingly, the last analytics report shows that 4.5% of our site traffic is now being referred via Twitter, so it must be a convenient channel for some of our readers.

    As for ambient intimacy – following individuals quickly builds a picture of the community and allows for a sense of recognition and belonging. Most of the team here are Twitterers, using it to easily update each other as to lateness and out of office movements. A much smaller proportion of us are properly bitten by the bug and use it for random thoughts, note taking on the move and whatever else strikes our fancy – it’s those people that I now feel I’m connected to on a much more intimate level (although that sounds a bit spooky now I written it!)

    Posted 18th December 2007 at 4:02 pm | Permalink
  5. I wasn’t suggesting in my original post that dumping your RSS feed to Twitter is “ambient intimacy,” rather that Twitter forms a part of it — and that you can supplement that data with more data from other sources.

    …admittedly, the NM Twitter feed is currently just 95% blog, 5% other stuff. :)

    Posted 19th December 2007 at 5:58 pm | Permalink