Category Archives: Social Media

Twitter vs. Pownce

I’ve been using Twitter for a couple weeks now, and I’ve been pondering this question lately. “Why Twitter?” Pownce has recently come out of private beta, and there hasn’t been a huge number of people moving from Twitter to Pownce. The newer service’s premise is closer to the way I use Twitter than to the way a lot of people do. Pownce is like IM, while Twitter tends to be “I’m eating a sandwich,” saying things for the heck of it.

I’d like to see more people using Pownce, though that causes a problem like we have with IM: People you know use different services, which leaves you using both, trying to manage multiple accounts that essentially do the same thing. Maybe what we need is the equivalent of Jabber, an open standard that can be used to unify the services.

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What is Twitter?

According to, “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” However, it has the potential to be much more than just “I’m…

Making Sense of Social Bookmarking Sites

The biggest Social Bookmarking sites are Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and I use the term a little loosely, as Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon are generally referred to as “Social Media” sites, as they’re less about storing things for later reference, but about finding things.…

7,076 Unique Visitors! The Power of StumbleUpon.

Yesterday (around noon) I posted an article called Don’t Block Firefox! I wrote it after reading about an annoying site called on Reddit (and later on Digg). I submitted it to StumbleUpon, and posted comments on Digg and Reddit (including a link to…