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  • Paul Hurst 12:56 pm on June 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3gs, @documentally, , , , twitpic, , video, youtube   

    Unleash the power of video via your tweets. 

    Twitter continues to grow as more users share their thoughts and photos via the micro-blogging platform but did you know its easy to add your videos too.

    There are various ways in which you can share your video footage with your followers so this isn’t going to be an exhaustive list by any means but it may still be helpful for anyone wishing to take their tweets to the next level.  Tune in and tweet out!

    1. Vidtweeter:  This website allows you to easily attach pre-uploaded web content from a number of services (like YouTube & Vimeo) to your tweets.  Its advantage is that it kind of loads the video’s over your own twitter page when clicked which means that users don’t have to navigate away from your profile to view your content.  This looks great and works well for your visitors too!

    Unfortunately, vidtweeter does not offer a mobile app.  This means  you have to use your desktop or laptop computer to post your tweet.  This can make it impractical if you want to upload video to Twitter while you are on the go.

    2.  YouTube:  The big boys of web video have finally made friends with their smaller, cooler cousins from Twitter, you can now choose to share youtube clips via your tweets in exactly the same way you can share them with facebook ‘et al’.

    Unfortunately, once again this is done via your laptop or PC so not much scope for mobile portability and unlike vidtweeter, your content will open in a traditional youtube page.  This is much more kitsch rather than cool.

    3. Finally some good news for all you iPhone 3Gs users out there too.  You obviously want to show off your new (and some may say, overpriced) toy and what better way than shooting video footage and then sharing it via twitter directly via your handset.  Well you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s an app for that.  Less pleased to hear that it isn’t free unlike the superb Tweetdeck.

    Twitelator Pro offers 3Gs users the opportunity to easily shoot, upload and share video footage to Twitter via the yfrog service.  As a twitter app, its nowhere near as classy as tweetdeck but it does get the job done, especially if you want to share your footage on the fly.  Finally if I may, a word of advice if you are using said app on the 3Gs.  You are better ‘pre-recording’ your footage before uploading via TP.  Although TP does allow capture from within the app itself, if the upload fails, your footage is lost.  You have been warned!

    So there we have it! Not content with mere tweets?  Not content with twitpic?  Not even content with audio tweets via the simply superb audioboo?  why not give video a go!

    Inkeeping with the spirit of micro-blogging, should also mention micro-videoing too over at 12secondstv.  This service limits your vids to 12 seconds but they can easily be shared via a tweet. Its used to great effect by twitter users such as @documentally so drop by for a nosey.

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  • Paul Hurst 11:47 pm on April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apps, deck, essential, , group, groups, , , tweet, tweetdeck, , video   

    Do you remember taking your first tentat… 

    Do you remember taking your first tentative steps along the ‘twittery superhighway?’

    Early adopter or latecommer to the party, you probably still encountered precicely the same steep(ish) learning curve of both shoehorning your thoughts into 140 characters and trying to get your head around all the DM@RT#ing intricacies!

    One program which helped me to get a much wider and clearer picture of what twitter is all about is TweetDeck.  It’s raved about on the forums and in millions of tweets per day but why is it so useful?

    1.  It autorefreshes – so tweets are re-ordered in order of newness.

    2. It allows you to search your contacts tweets meaning you can find old themes and buzzwords fast.

    3. Its easy to retweet (RT), reply publically (@username), or direct message (DM) people thanks to the handy graphics that appear over user avatars.

    4. You can choose the layout to include things like word clouds along with extra profile information.

    5. Integrated ‘tiny url’ will shorten most web addresses to save you precious characters for all those long words!

    Those are my personal top five reasons but there are others too including group views and photo, video and even facebook integration.  So if you are new to Twitter or if you are just looking for a more powerful way of using the Twitter service then you would do well to give it a try.

    Just before I go, and for all you seasoned ‘tweople’ out there, you may find this video useful on how TweetDeck can help you manage and interact with large numbers of followers.

     
    • Phil 12:34 am on April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Uses too much screen real estate for me. I’ve always been a Twhirl user and am finding it hard to make the switch! Probably why I don’t like Seesmic Desktop either.

      • Paul Hurst 12:46 am on April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Its a strength and weakness at the same time. It may demand your total attention however it can throw lots of useful information your way in return.

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