Tag: Twitter (page 4 of 11)

Weeknote #27

This week I have been mostly…

Working on my thesis

Although working from home this week didn’t produce quite the number of words towards my Ed.D. thesis as I’d hoped, it nevertheless did result in a bit of a breakthrough. I now know why we’re not all talking about ‘digital literacy’ in the UK.

Selling stuff via #twebay

I’ll explain how I went about doing this in a separate post but, having already sold one or two things to Twitter followers this year, I had a go at selling a bunch of stuff using nothing more than Google Docs and TweetDeck. Check out http://dajb.eu/twebay – there’s still some stuff available!

Buying a car

I think quite possibly I have got the bargain of the year: a 1.7-litre Ford Puma (with the ‘luxury pack’) for £350:

Doug's Ford Puma

There’s a large chance I was swayed in my love of Puma’s by the advert for them featuring Steve McQueen (which was on TV in 1997/8 just before I learned to drive):



Top 10 links I shared this week

As I explained earlier this week, it makes sense to combine my new ‘Top 10 Links I Shared This Week’ series with these weeknotes. The following links were those most clicked on (according to bit.ly Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via  Twitter this week. I don’t include links back to this blog.

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets:

  1. Futurelab – Digital Participation, Digital Literacy and School Subjects (61)
  2. Gumtree listing of the Ford Puma I bought (51)
  3. What Matters Most: Evidence-based findings of key factors affecting the educational experiences and outcomes for girls and boys throughout their primary and secondary schooling (39)
  4. Alumni magazines: Bah! (38)
  5. Barack Obama – LinkedIn (19)
  6. Digital Britain: Final Report (2009) (17)
  7. Firesheep (16)
  8. BBC News: Large Hadron Collider creates a ‘mini black hole’ (14)
  9. Feedly Mini: Redesigned (11)
  10. Demonstrating JISC’s value and impact (9)

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #5

The following 10 links were those most clicked upon (according to bit.ly Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via Twitter.

By far the most clicked-on link I shared was Why we don’t celebrate Hallowe’en in our house from this blog (258). But, as I pointed out last week, I’m not including my own posts in these Top 10s any more… :-p

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets:

  1. MSI AE1900 Touchscreen PC Refurb [eBay] (93)
  2. The ‘Perfect Storm’ of mobile learning adoption [diagram] (71)
  3. BBC News: Weakest schools in England to be taken over (67)
  4. How to Stop the Obnoxious “Top stories today by @yourname” (39)
  5. Howto: Roll your own FailFaire (27)
  6. New endowment fund for underperforming schools (26)
  7. BBC News: David Cameron unveils ‘enterprise visa’ (18)
  8. Five new themes – Official GMail Blog (16)
  9. Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills [information on thoughts-per-min vs. wpm] (14)
  10. 50 uses for mobile learning in 16 categories (12)

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #4

The following 10 links were those most clicked upon (according to bit.ly Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via Twitter.

I’ve decided not to link to my own blog posts this week. Seems kind of pointless given that you’re either reading this on my blog or reading this via RSS/email… :-p

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets.

  1. Michael Gove’s 25-year-old ex-adviser given £500,000 free schools grant (100)
  2. Wikipedia: Carol Dweck (30)
  3. Apple App Store: JotNot Scanner Pro (22)
  4. NickDennis.com/blog: The Classroom Experiment (22)
  5. Lanyrd: Metaphwoar! 9th November 2010 (20)
  6. Connectedness in Practice-Based Education: The Why, Who, What (19)
  7. On The Horizon: JISC Mobile & Wireless Technologies Review – Quotations (15)
  8. HEFCE: Understanding student perspectives on lifelong learning (14)
  9. JISC: Effective Practice in a Digital Age (14)
  10. JISC: Practical suggestions to remain compliant with the Digital Economy Act (13)

A story of three requests.

I’m paraphrasing, but I received these three requests today via Twitter direct messages, leading variously to an email, an instant message conversation and a Google Doc.

Can you guess which I responded to?

Request 1

You know someone I know. I’m a teacher and we’re trying to do xyz – we’ve tried everything, asked our techies and we’re stumped. Could you help?

Request 2

Doug, I know you’ve said recently on Twitter that you don’t like doing what I’m about to ask, but I’m going to ask anyway. Could you pimp xyz for me? It replicates the functionality of one of the biggest websites in the world but it’s OK because there’s a competition. Perhaps you could add it to ‘Things I Learned This Week’?

Request 3

Can I twist your arm to join in a conversation next week? Here’s a link…

<follows link to Google Doc>

Here’s the plan: I’m asking a bunch of people I know and respect write a guest post each around topic xyz, also posting it on their blog to start a conversation. I won’t edit your post because I trust you.

Guessed yet?

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #3

Apologies for not posting this, I was travelling from Malta…

You know the routine by now, I use bit.ly Pro to find the links that people have clicked on most often when I’ve shared them on Twitter.

I urge you to click on the Hawthorne Effect link if you don’t know what it’s about. Researchers especially should avoid claiming wonders if they haven’t taken it into account!

Name / Link (clicks)

  1. Things I Learned This Week #42 (63)
  2. DailyNote WordPress Theme (43)
  3. Dilbert on engineering, sales & marketing (39)
  4. Edtech companies: inspiring or conspiring? (29)
  5. Notifo: a notifications inbox (21)
  6. Meeting with Ed.D. thesis supervisor: restructuring (16)
  7. Doug on Productivity – Episode (15)
  8. Tesco to sell Samsung Galaxy Tab for £529 (14)
  9. Ed.D. thesis restructure (13)
  10. Wikipedia: The Hawthorne Effect – (9)

Notifo: a notifications inbox

Twitter’s great. It’s of particular use for me at work for short messages instead of emails for answering quick questions or getting time-sensitive information.

But here’s the problem:

  1. I want to find out immediately if someone sends me a message on Twitter.
  2. Twitter has turned off the ability to receive @ replies by SMS (you can only get DMs that way)
  3. Sometimes I confuse DMs with SMS which can be, er, sub-optimal.

That’s why Notifo is great. I’ve signed up and receive free notifications on my iPhone when someone sends me an @ message or DM on Twitter. Clicking on the notification takes me to the Twitter iPhone app, so no confusion with SMS!

There is a way to get Notifo to push any type of RSS feed to you, but it’s not straightforward unless the site’s using something like the WP-Notifo WordPress plugin. Let’s hope they sort that straight away.

If you’re looking for a site to test Notifo with, try this one! Click on ‘Subscribe’ in the left menu bar and then enter your username in the box. Every time I publish a post you should be instantly notified of it via Notifo.

Let me know how you get on! 😀

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #2

I forgot to do it last week, but it’s back (albeit with a slightly different name) this week! The following are the 10 most popular links I shared on Twitter, as tracked by bit.ly Pro. If you want to know how to get your own custom URL shortener, there’s a guide at chrisrat.com (seemingly down at present – Google cache here, although sans images)

Name / Link (clicks)

  1. Things I Learned This Week – #41http://dajb.eu/b62DRG (70)
  2. Google Books – Library – Mobile Stuff / http://dajb.eu/dougsmobilebookshelf (30)
  3. Crime software may help police predict violent offences / http://dajb.eu/9nWAjN (26)
  4. Easily-adaptable WordPress Loop Templates / http://dajb.eu/9GXoZk (26)
  5. Got 5 seconds? Help with the redesign of this blog! / http://dajb.eu/cjtvwR (17)
  6. Testing on the Vodafone 360 Handset Cloud Service / http://dajb.eu/c04WFe (15)
  7. Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference : JISC / http://dajb.eu/9pEdpn (10)
  8. Doug on Productivity – Episode 3 / http://dajb.eu/bBvl9w (10)
  9. Open Learning: the journal of open and distance learning / http://dajb.eu/crDmnC (10)
  10. Get a Skype button / http://dajb.eu/94jBfr (8)

Last time around I wrote this at lunchtime, scheduling it for 5pm BST (GMT +1). This time I wrote it at the same time but scheduled it for 3pm. Let me know what you prefer. 🙂

10 Things I Shared This Week – #1

Two indisputable facts:

  • People like something to read at the weekend.
  • I share a lot of links on Twitter, usually whilst using TweetDeck.

Connecting the dots, I thought it would be useful to rank the most-clicked links that I share for those people who may have missed them. To cut a medium-length story short, any links I do share are shortened to the custom form dajb.eu/xxxxxx. This enables me to track them using bit.ly Pro (free!).

Here’s the 10 most popular links I’ve shared since Monday:

  1. Athabasca University Press – Mobile Learning (http://dajb.eu/aye3Ew) – 83 clicks
  2. #uppingyourgame: finished and now on sale! (http://dajb.eu/ai7Tnt) – 46 clicks
  3. Doug on Productivity – Episode 1 (http://dajb.eu/9xc1R4) – 44 clicks
  4. The truth about blogging (http://dajb.eu/9OIRMZ) – 35 clicks
  5. Things I Learned This Month – September 2010 (http://dajb.eu/9PgdLK) – 33 clicks
  6. Mapping stereotypes by alphadesigner (http://dajb.eu/93yVWi) – 33 clicks
  7. 3 reasons teachers should smile (http://dajb.eu/919q6f) – 29 clicks
  8. Pigeonhole Live / Fast Company (http://dajb.eu/cdFznh) – 23 clicks
  9. dougbelshaw.com/ebooks (http://dajb.eu/dougsebooks) – 23 clicks
  10. Netbook Choice – Toshiba Libretto W100 (http://dajb.eu/97QLfJ) – 21 clicks

Is this a useful thing to do every Friday afternoon? Let me know in the comments! 😀

#uppingyourgame: finished and now on sale!

I often say “I’m delighted to announce…” but it’s rarely been more true than today.

Over the course of the last ten months I’ve been developing a new publishing model called OpenBeta. The idea behind it is to gain readers from the beginning of the process who can give feedback and watch the book as it progresses. I’m pleased to say that 49 people joined in with the first OpenBeta project: #uppingyourgame: a practical guide to personal productivity.

It’s available as a paperback (via Lulu) or as a PDF over at a new site I’ve put together: dougbelshaw.com/ebooks. There’s also an affiliate scheme you can get involved with and instructions for converting from PDF to ePub/Kindle formats. Check it out! 😀

Add to Cart
eBook (£7.99)

Want a free copy of #uppingyourgame? Tweet the following and if you’re number 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 or 42 to do so I’ll get in touch for your details!

Checking out @dajbelshaw’s new eBook – #uppingyourgame: a practical guide to personal productivity – http://bit.ly/dougsebooks

Embedding a live Twitter search in Keynote 09

Sometimes a simple idea strikes you whilst planning a presentation. This time it was:

Why can’t I embed a live Twitter search in my slides?

Although I never used the functionality, it turns out it was entirely possible to do this in versions of Keynote before Keynote 09 using ‘Web View’.



Undeterred, I came across this post which provides a Keynote 08 file consisting of a single Web View-enabled slide which, happily, works in Keynote 09.

This means that during my ALT-C 2010 presentation for JISC Advance I can show tweets using the hashtags #altc10 #ja in order to get some live feedback. Note that you if you embed a search from the Twitter homepage you’ll have to replace the %23 with # and %20 with a space in the URL that’s pasted into the Keynote Inspector box.

Here’s the result:

Questions? Ask away in the comments below! 😀