Nick MacKechnie
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Creating a community – #NZTweeters T-Shirts

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 03:47 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

I had Twitter t-shirt created for me by a crowd called 140tees.com. I had some great feedback, and thought others may be interested in a NZ community Twitter T-shirt. With this in mind, I have created a nztweeters account. Click on he following link to customise and order your T-shirt.

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There’s a heap of different shirts that you can choose from, simply select the type and colour that floats your boat. :-)

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So I just ordered mine, I’ll let you know when it arrives

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Police Get Geeky with Twitter

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 01:22 by Nick MacKechnie

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Police in Scottsdale, Arizona are using the micro blogging service to send out alerts on pertinent town information such as road closings, traffic problems, power outages and severe weather warnings. Although Twitter’s track record of periodically not working isn’t a good fit for disseminating critical information, more communities looking to get the word out may see Twitter as an easy to use broadcast system – I thought this was an interesting thing, and kinda cool…

Nick.

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TinyURL Accelerator for IE8 Beta 2

Thursday, 4 September 2008 21:31 by Nick MacKechnie

Tim Heuer a program manager for Microsoft Silverlight and published author, has just created a new accelerator (formerly known as an “activity”) for IE8 Beta 2: the TinyURL Accelerator. His accelerator will be especially handy for anyone who makes use of this popular URL-shortening service.

In case you’re unfamiliar, TinyURL is a service that takes a long, unwieldy URL and shrinks it down to a more manageable size in the format of http://tinyurl.com/xxyyzz. This service and others like it have gained in popularity since the rise of micro-blogging tools like Twitter (and other similar services) which limit the amount of text you can type in for each update.

Tim’s TinyURL accelerator, as you may have guessed, integrates with IE8 Beta 2 to shrink down URLs. To use it, you highlight the hyperlinked text and right-click (or choose the accelerator icon in IE8) then choose the “Shrink URL” option. The accelerator will then automatically send the link to TinyURL for you. If you want to see it in action, check out the quick screencast he made and posted to his blog.

If you’re running the IE8 Beta, you can install the TinyURL Accelerator by clicking here.

Nick.

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Federation – IM/Status Updates

Monday, 11 August 2008 06:55 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Thought of the day - So call me a Facebook and Twitter addict! I spend a fair amount of time on both and I do find it slightly irritating that I need to login to respond/chat to friends rather than using my favourite IM client. I’d love to see some sort of federation so I could use Live Messenger to update status’s on Twitter, chat to Facebook friends etc. Obviously there’s lots of reasons why this probably wont happen, least of all being technically possible, never the less it bugs me!

Nick.

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