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…Adobe is now more creative?

Adobe Creative Suite

If you do any kind of computer-based design, chances are, you use Adobe products at some point during your workflow, which means that today’s announcement of Adobe’s Creative Suite 3 is good news for you. The new suite features the new products that were added when Adobe acquired Macromedia (so you can get your Flash on), and it’s designed to run natively on Intel-based Macs (so you can get your fast on). There’s a full gamut of choices when it comes to picking your package, so there’s sure to be a suite designed to suit your needs. Prepare to wake up your muse.

[Adobe Creative Suite 3]

…Twitter learning continues?

Twitter Phone

I promise, this is (one of) the last posts I will do on twitter. I’ve got to bring you what’s hot though, and right now, this is it.

First, if you are looking for people to add to your twitter list, check out Twitterholic, a site that lists the top 100 twits (based on the number of followers).

Second, over at theory.isthereason, they have put together an amazingly thorough primer on twitter that covers just about anything and everything that you could ever want to know about the service, including “Is Twitter really that popular?”.

Lastly, one cool feature that I just read about being built into twitter is TinyURL functionality. Since tweets are limited by their character count, if you insert a link that is more than 30 characters long, twitter will automatically turn it into a TinyURL for you, saving you the trouble of converting it yourself. TinyURL takes your endlessly long and unrememberable URLs and gives them an easier to use and remember from, such as: http://tinyurl.com/3be9mt (go ahead, try it). Clicking on that link automatically forwards you to the intended destination.

Bonus: In case you missed it, check out my twitter primer for a walk through of everything you’ll need to start tweeting.

[Twitterholic]

[Via: John Calacanis]

[theory.isthereason – Twitter Primer]

[Biz Stone, Genius – Twitter TinyURL]

[TinyURL]

…You should be twittering?

Twitter

Twitter is the talk of the town lately, and it’s supposed to be revolutionizing the Internet as we know it (or so they say), so if you’re like me and take pride in being an early adopter, you better start tweeting. First things first though, so I’ll start with the basics, like: What is twitter?

    “Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while far away. Curious people can make friends. Bloggers (that’s me) can use it as a mini-blogging tool. Developers can use the API to make Twitter tools of their own. Possibilities are endless!”

Sounds good right? That’s what I thought too. So how does it work, you ask?

Well, in as few sentences as possible, like this:

    You send twitter updates in three ways: text message from your mobile phone, type a message on the Twitter site, or instant message from AIM, Jabber or Gtalk. Your message is sent to your very own twitter site, and your twitter followers can then view that message in a variety of ways, including text message, instant message, or directly on the twitter site.

Simple right? Exactly. That’s the beauty of twitter. It’s like instant messaging, except you can only read your friend’s away messages. Or it’s like a blog, but you can only read the title. Or it’s like…well, you get the picture.

So now what?

Well, first you need to sign up, so head on over to twitter and set up an account.

Got one? Good.

Now you’re going to want to find users to add to your friend list. First (of course), you can add me. Then, you can add a few blogebrities, such as Chris Pirillo, Christian Montoya, Defamer, Jason Calacanis, Leo Laporte, Mashable, Paris Lemon, Robert Scoble, Scott Beale, and Steve Rubel. Those are just some of the more famous users, and there are plenty of fake celebrities to choose from (though I don’t really see the point in that), but that list will at least get you started.

Now that you’ve got friends, you need to find a way of receiving messages.

The default method is to have them text messaged to you, IMed to you, or you can read them directly off of the twitter site, but neither of those methods are very efficient. A better option is to download a dedicated twitter program.

Twitteriffic

If you’re on a Mac, you’re going to use the very professional looking twitteriffic. Twitteriffic is a small program that sits in your menu bar and notifies you every time someone tweets, as well as letting you add your own tweet directly from the pop-up window.

Twitteroo

If you’re on a PC, you’re going to use the equally beautiful twitteroo. Twitteroo also lets you know when someone tweets, and it also lets you add your own tweet directly from your desktop.

You want more? Well, if you’re on the Mac, you’re in luck. Coda Hale put together a great piece of script that lets you tweet using Quicksilver, and then Ted Leung modified it so that Growl can let you know that your tweet was successful.

Twitter Curve

Still not convinced? Well, you’re not alone. Kathy Sierra over at the Creating Passionate Users blog wrote a great post called “Is Twitter TOO good?”, that asks the question: “Does twitter make us too connected?”.

Whatever your opinion, twitter is definitely something that’s going to be talked about more and more in the coming weeks, so stay ahead of the curve and get your tweet on, because you never know what the next hot tech is going to be.

[Twitter]

[Twitter – Cory O’Brien]

[Twitteriffic]

[Twitteroo]

[Tweet]

[Growlified Tweet]

[Creating Passionate Users – Is Twitter TOO good?]

…Microsoft loves long Vista names?

Limited Numbered Vista

You almost can’t make up news this good. Microsoft, king of excessive packaging, has created a special edition of Windows Vista called… wait for it… the Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Limited Numbered Signature Edition. Apparently, this limited edition of 20,000 comes with Gates’ John Hancock right on the cover, and is packed full of Windows goodness. Upon hearing this, I couldn’t help but think that someone at Microsoft should have shown someone else at Microsoft this video:

[Via: Engadget]

…Google’s Earth is all new?

Google Earth

Fans of Google Earth rejoice, Google Earth 4 is upon us. New additions include “rich 3D content”, the ability to create and share geographic information such as travel photos, hiking trails, and overlays of your own imagery, a new UI, and the ability to annotate, modify and share directly on the maps. Download now.

[Google Earth]