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7 Album Reviews, 140 Characters Each

Posted on 18 August 2009 by Tim

The other day I was thinking about doing a bunch of music reviews while I was knockin’ out some tweets (on Twitter). Then, BLAM! Mash the two…tweet ready album reviews in 140 characters or less. Is it possible? Lets find out.

7 Albums in 140 Characters or Less:

The Cliche Remix LP by Ultraklystron (Karl Olson)

Download Free: RhymeTorrents.org
Media: Ultraklystron on GeekDad/Wired.com
Review (110 characters):
Cliche Remix LP Top nerd artist retools old hits. Awesome party/gaming/dance music. Free to DL but worth cash.

A Good Day by Priscilla Ahn

Download @ Amazon: A Good Day
Media: Album Review on Blogcritics.
Review (105 characters):
Priscilla Ahn delivers pure vocals & skilled guitar that will connect with many listeners. A joy to hear.

The Ecstatic by Mos Def

Download @ Amazon: The Ecstatic
Media: Consequence of Sound gives 4.5 Stars to Mos Def
Review (122 characters):
Ecstatic by Mos Def is lyrical and real like you’d expect. Quiet Dog & The Embassy among the star tracks. Espanol? Got it.

Eye Legacy – Left Eye

Download @ Amazon: Eye Legacy [Explicit]
Media: The Lemur Blog on Eye Legacy
Review (101 characters):
Eye Legacy by Left Eye leaves me asking why? Exploitation? Few decent tracks, nothing groundbreaking.

The Redemption by Brooke Hogan

Download @ Amazon: The Redemption
Media: Salon.com Review
Review ( characters):
Brooke is hot but lacks unique presence in music. Typical sound, potential remains hidden. Delve deeper, girl.

The Bachelor by Patrick Wolf

Download @ Amazon: The Bachelor
Media: Paste Magazine
Review (114 characters):
Patrick Wolf is not my style. The Bachelor is an odd pile of songs with no clear theme. Original but questionable.

Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King by Dave Matthews Band

Download @ Amazon: Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King
Media: PBPulse on Dave Matthews Band
Review (123 characters):
Dave Matthews Band delivers great material yet again. Shake Me Like a Monkey & Why I Am are faves. Live sound, lots of fun.

If you enjoyed this (or hated it) let me know in the comments below.

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Twibbon Co-Founders Talk Twibbons, Twibutes and Twitter

Posted on 10 August 2009 by Tim

About Twibbon

Twibbon.com launched on July 17, 2009 (just 4 days after Talk with Tim!) and has captured the attention of tens of thousands of people around the world. The most supported cause, IndonesiaUnite, has over 14,000 followers! This earns them a Twibute and a place in Twibbon history – the first cause to have over 10,000 followers. Amazingly, they achieved this in only 2 days.

From Twibbon.com:

Twibbon is the easiest and most powerful way to promote awareness of your cause on Twitter.

So…

What is a Twibbon?

A Twibbon is a small icon or phrase that is layered on top of your Twitter profile picture. This way, everyone can see what causes you support. Whether you want to champion cancer research, a political party or something less serious (say, The Sims 3 or the TV show Trueblood) you can either find it or create it.

I’m a curious kind of guy, so I decided to find out a bit more about the company. Lucky for me, I was able to get in touch with Jonathan Joyce and Bob Thomson, the co-founders of the site!

Like a map, this interview comes equipped with a legend.

  • My questions appear in bold, as usual.
  • JJ is Jonathan Joyce
  • BT is Bob Thomson.

The rapid success of Twibbon has been pretty amazing. Did you anticipate such a large response?

JJ: Hi Tim. We were convinced that the concept behind Twibbon had universal appeal, but it’s a testament to the extraordinary spontaneous power of Twitter that such a rapid viral response has been possible. It’s brilliant that our community uses the fastest-growing social networking site on the internet.

As of July 31st, almost 3,800 Twibbons have been created. How fast are new Twibbons being added?

BT: It’s hard to keep track! One of the new features that you’re going to see in an upcoming release of Twibbon will be detailed statistical analysis that deals with exactly these kinds of questions. We’re experiencing a steady stream of causes being created, but it really varies. When Kevin Rose, founder of Digg.com, referenced the application in a tweet, we had our record rate of Twibbon creations – it was off the charts.

Now that the service is up and running, what are you focused on?

BT: Our main priority right now is to establish Twibbon as part of the essential fabric of the Twitter and wider web experience. We’re spending the majority of our time maintaining the site, responding to the needs and suggestions of our userbase and developing innovative new features that we hope our growing community will enjoy.

What features can we look forward to in the future?

Jonathan-Joyce-and-Bob-Thomson-thumb JJ: In the coming days and weeks, Twitterers can look forward to an exciting range of developments, including as a ‘Versus’ feature, and a huge injection of new content, both user-generated and fed from the web. As Twibbon develops, we hope that ‘Cause’ pages will become unique social micro-hubs – destinations that Twitterers will recurrently visit for real-time news updates, to discuss relevant issues and to enjoy each other’s company.

BT: Another feature we are expanding is our creation of ‘Twibutes’ to causes who have generated an impressive number of followers. A great example of this can be seen at http://twibbon.com/twibute/Indonesiaunite, which we created when that campaign exceeded 10,000 followers. ‘Twibutes’ are massive mosaics that comprise all the Twitter users who lent their avatars to their chosen cause. These can be downloaded for posterity, but to get the fullest experience, you can DeepZoom the image – from a distance, the mosaic takes on the appearance of the Twibbon design, but when you zoom in really close, you can see the minute detail of each individual avatar. It’s breathtaking.

Thanks for the info guys!

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Spread the Lovebox for Charity

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Tim

Spreading the word about charities – that is the goal of Lovebox. The company describes it as a “digital wristband” to show your support for a new charity every month. Lovebox gets the message out utilizing social media like Facebook, MySpace and the new media giant – Twitter.

So, how does this work? You simply swap out your profile image for one of their colorful heart logos and, hopefully, donate a bit of change to a good cause.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to talk with Michael Murdoch, one of the co-founders of Lovebox. Here’s our conversation.

Lovebox

Lovebox

What sparked the idea for Lovebox and when was the site launched?

The idea was sparked by the take up of Twitter. Myself, Michael Murdoch and my friend, Kaushik Bhattacharya soon realised how powerful messages on Twitter can be. We wanted to harness this power for good causes. We then noticed Twitter avatars changing to black, due to the Blockout campaign in New Zealand. The idea was born, the name Lovebox was created and the plan was put in motion. May 1st 2009 we launched.

Follow Lovebox on Twitter!

How do you decide which charities to support?

We chose Cancer Research UK as the first charity. This was due to cancer personally touching our lives, but also due to the awareness already surrounding the charity and the illness. A high profile charity helps launch a new digital wristband.

Our second charity was chosen by Lovebox viewers via a poll on our ‘Get involved’ page. We continue with this each month. Vote now at Get Involved!

When you choose a charity to support, is there coordination with that charity group?

We approach the charities we have so far and confirm they are happy for us to support them. So far the charities have been very keen. After all they don’t actually have to do anything but agree to our support, sit back and enjoy the raised awareness and funds! After just a few months we now have charities approaching us left, right and centre and are currently working out how we can support them all in different ways.

Other than growing your followers/supporters, what is the biggest challenge facing Lovebox and how do you plan to address it?

Our followers and supporters have been great. We have raised money and awareness and it’s still early days. The press have written about us too which is awesome. The next steps are to make this even more viral with customisable avatars, banners, widgets, video players etc. We also plan to allow people to take the Lovebox brand as their own, put on events and organise fundraisers on their own but with our support.

The biggest challenge is growth. It all takes time and we are allowing it to be organic.

Charity Tuesday (or #charitytuesday) on Twitter seems to have really taken off, were you surprised by this?

We were surprised by the speed of which it took off, only two hours, but we did expect it to take off eventually. It’s an easy and effective way to show your support for a good cause or charity, so hey why not!

Do you plan to host or sponsor real-life charity events?

In a way yes. We will hold our own events in the future, but in the mean time we’re happy for the public to host events in our name. In fact, there will be one this month in Shoreditch held by some supporters!

I really like the idea of self-hosted fundraisers and events. Speaking of, what is the event in Shoreditch about?

This is being organised by a tweet-up group as we speak. They found us through Twitter and liked the idea. They put on monthly events in an Italian restaurant which involved great food, drinks and good conversation. We plan to attend but the date is still up in the air for the moment. Should be the end of July.

The design business, The House London, seems to be the main business. Is Lovebox sort of a complimentary project that showcases your design and marketing skills or is it a wholly separate business?

Currently it’s as you suggest. The long term plan is for Lovebox to turn into a full digital solution for charities around the world and become a company in its own right!

Michael, thank you for your time!

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