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Get Your Latest Tweet with PHP v2.0

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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Way back in 2010 I created a PHP script  that retrieved the latest tweet from a given user via an XML Atom file generated by the Twitter search API.  Last year in 2012 twitter dropped XML support from its API, so I though I’d revisit the issue of retrieving your latest tweet, or last few tweets using PHP.

This time around
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2012’s Funniest Celebrities on Twitter

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Twitter is one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the ever-changing technological world. Users of Twitter follow the tweets of everything from products and events to friends and family. However, celebrities are perhaps the most followed group on Twitter.

Following the lives of celebrities has been a public fascination for decades. From the early days of the silent movie stars to today’s reality celebs, many in the public want to hear about their favorite stars. Twitter users can receive tidbits about these people that can include innocuous information about what a particular celeb had for breakfast. Alternatively, these stars often tweet about dating a new person, as well as breaking up with a spouse or partner.

With the wide range of tweets from celebrities, some of the most intriguing are the funny stars and celebrities, as well as humorous tweets made by all types of those in the spotlight.

Here’s a look at some of the funniest tweets from celebrities in 2012. (more…)

The Fiji Urban Hunt #fijihunt

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

fiji urban huntYesterday I had one of the best experiences involving social media since my immersion into it  almost two years ago. The experience I’m speaking of is The Fiji Urban Hunt, which was sponsored by Fiju Warter, ING Direct and a number of other sponsors which can be found on the event’s web site.

The teams for the event where comprised of two people. Starting off at Sushi Samba (@SUSHISAMBA) each team was given a list of 22 tasks of varying difficulty and worth different amounts of points. The rules where that teams had to remain together at all times and could only use the transportation provided by the event which was a pass on the Shoreline Water Taxi (@ShorelineTours), and a 1 day CTA bus pass. My teammate Jonny (@JVuChicago)  and I were running all over the city (literally) to complete tasks so I got a good workout. (more…)

My Take on MySpace

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

There is no doubt that MySpace is no longer the golden child of the internet that it once was and maybe it will never see those glory days again, but with a Google PageRank of 9 and an Alexa Rank of 21 it’s obvious the social networking site is far from dead.

The Benefits of Using MySpace

Customization: MySpace’s double-edged sword. No 1984/Equlibriumesq profiles here, MySpace allows for a level of customization unparalleled by most other social networks. Version 2.0 of its site profiles even switches to tableless layouts with ids and classes which make it easy to apply css styling.  Stylization with custom graphics, colors and layout, are highly beneficial to branding, and can help distinguish user identities and correlate profiles across different networks. The down side of this for MySpace is those profiles with poorly implemented markup, less than tasteful designs, and those bogged down with too many media objects (animations, audio, video, etc), early in its history this also made the site a phishing magnet untill they started filtering external links.  It’s a common belief that the negative aspects of customization caused many people to stop using MySpace, so whats a social network to do?  Maybe scaling back on the amount of customization allowed on user profiles would appease some, I personally think limiting the amount and size of media elements which can be embedded into a profile would be a good start. (more…)

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