Tinkerin’ With ReTweetin’

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So I’ve been using Tweetmeme‘s retweet button for a short time now. It seems to have it’s use. I’ve used it on my own blog as well as click it for a retweet on other blog’s I visit. Tweetmeme has developed and tweaked the function of the Tweetmeme button in the short time that I’ve been using it.

Customization has always been the one drawback. Customizing the actual button itself, not just its size.

Enter – BackType .

It seems that BackType is trying it’s best to keep there finger right on top of the pulse of the discussions throughout the internets. They now have their very own ‘Tweetmeme’ button – the Tweetcount button . Same look and feel, except it of course utilizes BackType’s service. The one thing it has that I liked is the customizable button.

So I’m tinkering.

Tinkering with the color.

Figuring out if the Tweetcount button is all it’s cracked up to be. Is the Tweetcount any better or worse than Tweetmeme? If not, then the Tweetcount wins for customization.

Besides I already use BackType for tracking conversations, everything from FriendFeed, Blog Posts and other Web 2.0 interfaces. I just started using the BackType Connect Plugin as well for my blog.

So we’ll see how it goes.

I just can’t decide on what color my Tweetcount button should be.

Hmm.

Does Twitter Think I’m a Nit-Twit?

I swear the automation of a service can sometimes be frustrating. Twitter, while it is a great microblogging tool and social media sharing platform does not come without some serious annoying hiccups.

 

SPAM

Spam haunts my email inbox on a daily basis. I don’t think I need to give any gory details on how much you and I love SPAM.

Now with Twitter I’m getting SPAM-Slapped not once, but twice. I’m not only getting the infamous link baiters sending me tweets while I’m on Twitter but they also want me to follow them on Twitter. So I get messages like this in my inbox:

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Now clearly this is a NO-DUH type of invite. Look closely at the picture. First of all these type of accounts always have some sort of sex-symbol-like female body-enticing avatar urging you to see more of them. Second, take a look at how many people they are following, and how many people are following them. Just a tad bit obvious with this account. They are following hundreds, but less than a handful are following them? Hmm getting more suspicious.

Finally take a look at their number of updates. Once again in this example it is horribly obvious. This has link-bait written all over it. How can you follow that many people and post less than a handful of updates? Hmm. The plot thickens.

So even after all that if you still choose to check out their official profile:

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Are you surprised?

In the time it took me to get the notification email to the time it took me to click on their profile link they acquired an additional follower and followed 80 more people!

That’s super-human! How do they do that????

Maybe because ‘they’ aren’t actually human?

Oh by the way, did you see their ONE update? Amazing huh. Ooo there’s a link!? Maybe we should click it and find out more!?

I wouldn’t if I were you.

Ever heard of viruses? Spam? Malware?

Do yourself a favor, when you see invites from the likes of these Twits, just click the block button. Save yourself time, energy and headaches.

I’m just sayin’

Talk amongst yah-selves:

My Tweetery for 2008-11-29

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