Greg Verdino: The Book Of Twitter Follows

From the Not column in the Dead or Not game, my crayonista collegue Greg Verdino brings you Genesis (the ProgRock group, Not Bible chapter):

Oh Phil Collins, you balding seer of online social networking.  How could you have possibly known that thirty years after Genesis released …And Then There Were Three… a band of raging Twitterati would be anguishing over who to twit and who to qwit? OK — technically speaking, Mike Rutherford wrote the lyrics to “Follow You Follow Me” and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t thinking of Twitter, but I’ve got a soft spot for bald guys (or a bald spot for soft guys) so I hope you’ll let me off easy…Greg Verdino: Marketing, Media & Trends, Dec 2008

You should read the whole article. He goes on to talk about who he follows on Twitter and why. I’m always interested in people’s “Twitter Philosophies” (for lack of a more pretentious term) and I love seeing the rational behind who gets follow’d back – so how do YOU decide?

I don’t have a set criteria – I look at people’s profiles and tweets and try to see why they wanted to connect with me. Or if they bring the funny.

And as for Greg, well – was Genesis REALLY Genesis after Peter Gabriel left??

Pownce No More…

Today on the Pownce Blog, Leah Culver announced that the service would be closing in a few weeks and that the team would be moving to SixApart, makers of MovableType, TypePad and Vox blogging software. I was really excited about Pownce when it began because it seemed to take the next logical step from where Twitter was and enabled actual sharing of files and media. Perfect for my team and making a more social-enabled workflow. Immediately, I signed up for a Pro Account, to show support (although when it came time to renew, it was difficult and I quickly gave up) and distributed most of my invites. At the time it was the “New Shiny Thing” so a lot of Twitter conversations ported to Pownce. Unfortunately, even before coming out of beta, most ported back.

Acccording to the SixApart announcement, the incredible Leah Culver and Mike Malone are joining the SA engineering team (I see that as hugely important as the annoucement last week that Rael Dornfest is joining the Twitter team). Huge coup for 6A. Many people are taking that to mean that Pownce will be absorbed into the SixApart universe in some fashion, but I don’t think so. Too many microblogging platforms exist, all of which can be imported into any platform – why have another? Especially when there are so many features that I can see this team producing, adding immediate value to 6A – especially to TypePad!

It seems that Pownce Pro users will get their own free TypePad account for a year and that Powncers are able to export their posts and can then import them to other blogging services such as Vox, TypePad, or WordPress.

Thanks to the Pownce Team for all of their work and a platform that I think might have been slightly aheaad of its time – I’m looking forward to seeing where SixApart goes from here.

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Event: Network Solutions – Solutions Stars Video Conference

The Solutions Stars Video Conference is happening October 29th at 1pm. A number of social media luminaries – the kind that you usually pay a couple thousand to see – have participatedin this incredible event.

Sweetcron – Noise Pollution? Host your own FriendFeed!

I’ve been following Youngfook since I wrote about 8apps on Setting Contexts. Unfortunately, 8apps is gone (would be GREAT to see someone buy that and run with it…) and Youngfook has moved on – he’s the guy behind Sweetcron, a self-hosted Lifestreaming solution.

crayon’s panel at Podcamp Boston 3

I was going to be on this panel (until I took a certain job...).

The crayon Panel at Podcamp Boston moderated by Greg Verdino, with Doug Haslam, Phillip Robertson and Adam Broitman!

I Still Love Twitter

There’s a bit of unrest among the Twitter natives. The service is up and it’s down and…it is what it is.

What it is to me – I’ve been using Twitter for almost 2 years, and as I’ve said I’ve been on long enough to fall in love and out of love and back in love with it. Now 2x over. I also wrote a response to a Brian Solis post about how disappointed I was in their handling of certain seeming violations in their Terms of Service. Then I felt guilt about piling on without knowing both sides of the story.

Twitter was – almost – the first (anyone remember Dodgeball?) and despite scaling issues have done it better than anyone else. Jaiku is pretty much done (Is Google the place where Web 2.0 apps go to die? Jaiku? Delicious? Dodgeball?) with no movement since the acquisition. But now there are new option seemingly every day, Plurk, and Posterous among them. FriendFeed is a big favorite among early adopters, with the opportunity to have longer conversations and comments for each of you and your friends items.

There are also push services, like and BlogIt, which can push status updates and blog posts to a number of services at the same time. Personally, I feel weird about that. I have many “friends” across the different services and it feels like I’m spamming them instead of concentrating on delivering unique content. My issues, not yours ;)

Twitter (and Facebook) is where the my conversations are and where I’ve met people who have become personally important to me. There are talented people, who I’ll never meet, who I look at their Twitter pages each day. I’ve had job interviews and opportunities because of Twitter and have met a ton of smart people who I now count as friends (or collegues). I check in to FriendFeed, I look at the other services I’m on – but those are appointment check-ins, not integrated into my daily workflow.

In fact – I still can’t get excited about Plurk – and I know plenty of people who are. I just can’t get past the interface (again, my issue!) and the whole karma point system makes no sense to me. Many of my connections love it and I plan on checking in every once in a while – it’s just not for me. On the other hand, I’m enjoying Posterous and the simplicity of emailing all of my updates, pictures, etc. It’s easy and fast.

Do the Twitter down times disturb me? More of a gentle to general state of annoyance. Do I wish they would set their business model? Uh, yeah (I’m sure they can’t wait to do that too). But I love the service and the team – both of which have changed the daily way I communicate with the world. And have brought me opportunities and people in my life that I would have never had before Twitter.

(And BTW – it’s still FREE!).

Via Hal Siegel (

I think Laurie Anderson once said that when she lived in Chicago “I always felt like I was an hour behind New York.”


“Unfollow is the new Follow” - Greg Verdino

My ooVoo Day Political – Let’s Caucus!

This week I’m involved in a pretty amazing event – My ooVoo Day Political (MODP). ooVoo is a video communications platform that allows up to 6 people to chat simultaneously. A couple of months ago, the social media community got together for a charity event – My ooVoo Day – where all the proceeds went to charity. It was quite a success. This time around, My ooVoo Day is about politics.

Joss Whelan’s Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Social Medley

I am a huge Joss Whelan – Buffy – Serenity fan – he’s imaginative, fun and I love the way he writes his female characters. This is a man who likes women. So I was exceptionally bummed when a studio passed on his Wonder Woman script.

Then out of the writer’s strike came “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Blog“, with Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. How does that not sound like a great time?



“Dr Horrible” is not a a new TV show or movie. It’s a streaming event, with the first Act starting today (7.15), Act II on 7.17 and Act III on 7.19. The free airings are only available until the 20th and then it’s the looonng wait (hopefuly not) to the DVD release.

Let’s talk social.

Of course this isn’t some indie production with no marketing budget relying on Word of Mouth to drum up interest. This is a guy with a devoted fanbase that will follow him anywhere and to any medium. So instead of the large, mega-ad campaign – they relied on that fanbase to spread the news:

Additional interviews and information is housed at Dr.

So run, not walk to or buy the “season’s pass’ on iTunes – 7,926 Facebook , MySpace, etc. users can’t all be wrong…