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  • Joe 10:30 on April 25, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , technorati, trend, , whatthetrend   

    Twitter trending upswing: whatthetrend? 

    What the trend

    What the trend

    Update: yes, there are more such services now, I just discovered tagdef.com which does more or less the same. And is much less complete as of late Aug. 2009. Their complementary twitter account is @newtagdefs.

    Since Twitter search officially launched, Twitter trends have become an essential part to keep up with the service. These trends are shown on every search page.

    Many trends are marked by the often cryptic hash tags (e.g. #www2009 stood for the WWW conference, 2009 edition.

    But also regular terms emerge in the trends if people are using them often enough, for example names like Susan Boyle become real Twiter trends this way.

    In many cases, looking at the trends will give you a quick impression what is hot right now in the world. But sometimes terms and hash tags are not obvious at first glance, if at all.

    A new service, whatthetrend.com, has been launched to solve this problem. The site shows the latest trend terms, along with a small user-editable explanation what the trend is about. This looks a lot like the awkwardly named technorati experiment WTF (intended to be a funny acronym for where’s the fire).

    Clicking on such a trend displays related tweets, news and photos, very neat.

    Of course, whatthetrend comes with its own @whatthetrend twitter account which announces new trends and invites followers to explain them. And you can also use wttrend.com to save on your 140 chars limit.

    I really like this service!

    Some more random observations around Twitter trends


    The local timezone of an event is often very relevant for something to become a trend. Right now, #hksummit is trending (Apple event in Hong Kong, at local time somewhere afternoon). With Twitter becoming more and more popular, geographic restriction on search/trends might become useful for disambiguation and better signal to noise ratio when following local events.


    Spammers are starting to abuse the popular tweet terms and post tweets with just these terms, together with their spammy links.

    There is one twitter account (which I won’t mention here to avoid free publicity) which does just that: take all trend terms, convert them in a Amazon search query with affiliate code and post a tweet, many times per hour.

    This was first discovered by the @paggr folks during #www2009. They are now trying to keep the spam out of their system, yet another arms race against spam has started.

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  • Joe 19:25 on April 24, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , ikea, user script   

    Old greasemonkey news 

    Greasemonkey logo

    Greasemonkey logo

    Funny, just today I discovered a really old article by Computer Totaal (in Dutch) about a couple of Greasemonkey scripts: Websites aanpassen met Greasemonkey (August, 2007).

    Two of my greasemonkey scripts are discussed:

    1. Kilometerdeclaratie (Dutch only, outdated)
    2. Ikea Availability Check (as international as Ikea itself, recently updated)

    The first script used the route planner of a local provider to batch process distances between two addresses (based on Dutch Postal Codes), useful for mass reimbursements of work related trips by car. This script is no longer maintained, a mashup based on the Google geo API makes more sense now.

    The second script runs on every product detail page of the Ikea site.If your country or region has more than one ikea store, availability and stock data is automatically retrieved from each separate store and displayed in a table all at once.

    Most international Ikea sites are built on the very same content management platform, so it works for the Dutch, Russian and US sites equally well. Install it here: Ikea Availability Check.

    Nice discovery, nearly two years after…

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  • Joe 11:08 on April 6, 2009 Permalink
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    Thursday April 9th: CSS Naked Day 2009 

    CSS Naked Day 2009 April 9th

    CSS Naked Day 2009 April 9th

    It’s already a tradition started in 2006 by Dustin Diaz: CSS Naked Day, on April 9th.

    Many many blogs and sites will strip all CSS during 24 hours (effectively 48 hours for international compliance) and show the content “unstyled” as if no CSS existed.

    A great opportunity to show off how your site structure stands if all styling is removed, from the official website:

    The idea behind this event is to promote Web Standards. Plain and simple. This includes proper use of (x)html, semantic markup, a good hierarchy structure, and of course, a good ‘ol play on words. It’s time to show off your <body>.

    Are you using WordPress? Then join the movement by simply installing this CSS Naked Day plaugin for WordPress by Aja, activate it and you’re ready:

    CSS Naked Day plugin for WordPress automatically strips off XML/HTML stylesheet references, embedded stylesheets and inline styles—all without editing your template! It also provides a function to determine whether it is the 9th of April on the recommended worldwide 48-hour CSS Naked Day period or just your local 24-hour period if ever you want to automate a message telling viewers why your site is in the nude.

    Then head over to the CSS Naked Day website to add you to the list of participating sites.

    Follow CSS Naked Day on Twitter!

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