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…Twitter has its own guide?

The Lost Art Of Twittering

Twitter’s popularity just continues to grow, but if you haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon, then check out Lost Art Of Blogging’s guide, “Twitter: Why It’s So Great And How To Effectively Use It”.

Basically a primer for everything you could want to know about the service, it covers Why You Should Use Twitter, Using Twitter Effectively, and Some Nifty Twitter Tools in extremely thorough detail.

[Lost Art Of Blogging – Twitter: Why It’s So Great And How To Effectively Use It]

…Lolcats can lolpropose?


How can you tell when a meme is nearing the end of its popularity?

People start proposing through it.

On Valentine’s Day, Jon asked Loretta to marry him with a lolcat that was placed on “I Can Has Cheezburger?”, and thankfully, she said yes. (With a lolcat as well.)

Now that we’ve seen the lolproposal, is the loldivorce the next step in this meme’s evolution?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

[I Can Has Cheezburger? – So, U Wantz Marry Her?]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Newspond?


Newspond has dubbed itself “the most advanced news site on the planet”.

Quite a claim, eh?

The idea is that a “tireless electronic brain” finds and sorts news in real-time based on global popularity. This “self-sufficient news engine” “continually watches over and reads hundreds of different websites, including everything from major news portals to the tiniest blog, or forum”.

When it finds new news, it notes, sizes and gauges that news based on things like how fast a story spreads throughout the internet, the amount of discussion surrounding the story, the rate at which people click on or bookmark the article, and even the size of each of the sites reporting it.

The result is a Buoyancy Rating that tells you “the exact upward force exerted on a news story by the internet, in real-time”.

To view the news, you can sort Newspond by what’s hot at that moment, or you can sort stories by the highest popularity rating that they ever attained to see what’s hot for the day, week, or month.

As with any new site (it made its public debut on Tuesday) Newspond is still sorting out a few last minute bugs, and the volume of stories isn’t at the levels of the other social bookmarking sites (which could actually be a good thing) but my initial impression is a positive one. The site looks fantastic, has a wonderfully intuitive layout (including an easy to use commenting system), and features stories that I actually want to read. The timeline of sources is also an interesting idea, and the “real-time”iness of it all seems to work well, so I’m definitely going to be checking back to see how the site progresses.

Can this computerized Digg take on the social bookmarking kings?

Only time will tell, but it’s looking good so far.


[Via: Mashable!]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Formula Drift?

Formula Drift Logo

On Saturday, I had the chance to go and see Formula D’s “The Finals” at Irwindale Speedway (yes, I did get stuck on Interstate 5 on the way down from San Francisco due to that massive accident), and I must say, if you’re at all a fan of the four wheeled machine, make sure you check out one of Formula Drift’s events at a track near you.

Pontiac Solstice

If you’re not familiar with the sport, think of drifting as two automotive ballerinas battling it out in a boxing match. It’s gracefully controlled mayhem, and in my opinion, it’s easily the best form of four-wheeled entertainment on the planet.
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