Dig around and you can find several mainstream information providers who are twittering, although they are usually just sending their RSS feeds to Twitter via Twitterfeed rather than being actively involved in the community. Run a Twitter search on the BBC, Timesonline and the FT.
For some applications of blogs it may be more useful to list your postings with the oldest first rather than the standard ‘newest first’. Examples include a CPD blog where you are recording your training, thoughts on your professional development, meetings with mentors etc or a blog that records the progress of a project. At present, neither Blogger nor WordPress offer an alternative to the standard reverse chronological order: TypePad, which is a subscription service, does. Go to Configure and under Post Listing Preferences, Order of Posts check the Oldest first (Ascending) radio button.
There are several TypePad pricing options starting at USD 49.50/year.
This is a frequently asked question and I’m afraid the answer is that you can’t 😦
At a recent UKeiG workshop on ‘Blogs, Wikis and RSS’ (April 22nd 2008), one of the participants noticed Google Reader was displaying very old items from one of her organisation’s RSS feeds. I suggested that the author of the feed had failed to delete them when updating the feed but When I checked our own UKeiG Events feed in Google Reader, deleted items going back to January 2007 where displayed. Had I also been guilty of not removing old feed items? I checked the code and the feed did indeed only have five items rather than the dozens suggested by Google. So it seems that Google Reader keeps old feed items and includes them in the list when you subscribe.
Many of us use Twitter at conferences to share thoughts and comments with other delegates, the session moderators or with colleagues back in the office. One of the disadvantages is that the most recent tweets are at the top of your Twitter stream, making it difficult to follow the chain of events and thoughts after the event. LoudTwitter posts your Tweets to your blog on a daily basis in chronological order, and with the oldest at the top of the post. See http://karenblakeman.livejournal.com/ for an example of the end result. Thanks to PatrickD for the tip.
Tweet Clouds allows you create a word cloud from a public Twitter stream. Just enter a Twitter Username.
ActiveIT in South Lanarkshire have set up Pageflakes pages at http://www.pageflakes.com/activeit/21822620. As well as the local news, weather and travel, they have a ‘Community language news’ tab with RSS feeds from several European and Russian news sources. ActiveIT is the brand name for the learning centres in South Lanarkshire Libraries. More information about ActiveIT can be found at http://www.slc-learningcentres.org.uk.
This is for those of you who are in the Trough of Disillusionment on Gartner’s hype cycle … well, actually anyone trying to keep up with Web 2.0. The famous Richter Scales video of “Here comes another bubble”.
Many thanks to Hazel Hall for alerting me to this video.