Incredibly Unique Twitter Projects

twitter_logoTwitter is definitely making itself known to the mainstream masses. In fact, outside of Facebook and Firefox, Twitter is the only other site I’ve mentioned to my real life friends who are not technically inclined.

We all know that a million Twitter projects and experiments have sprouted everywhere like the Twitter Packs project. I recently spotted a few other Twitter projects that I thought would be pretty cool to share.

Youth Twitter

Youth Twitter ScreenshotYouth Twitter is one of the most interesting Twitter related projects I’ve ever seen.

We’re a safe, school-based twitter-like blogging network for students Paul Alison started Youth Twitter at the end of January 2008. Every teacher or adult who registers is immediately made into an Administrator with the same access that Paul has. Here’s a note from his blog about how Youth Twitter started. Paul has been teaching in the New York City public schools for 25 years and he is the Technology Liaison for the New York City Writing project. To learn more about Paul follow the link at the bottom of this quotation, and find “My Work Online.”

Utilizing the Prologue WordPress theme by Automattic, Youth Twitter is used for students to reflect on daily assignments, ask questions and of course, keep track of replies.

Remember the AOL Homework Help forums? You can look at Twitter Youth as an evolution of that. Social networks and social media applications are being used more and more not only for personal reasons, but also as educational tools. It would nice to see more projects like this, possibly for courses and universities across the US.

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If it’s one thing that annoys me more than incomplete releases of services (beta’s done half-assed), it’s not having the option to delete my account! Honestly, it doesn’t take me that long to know whether or not I’ll continue to use a service. I know what I’m looking for, what I’m trying to achieve, and what tools would and wouldn’t be conducive to the end result. That’s how I am as a person and I’m a nit picky about my specifics.

Nevertheless, service after service after service is being released with no option whatsoever to delete my account. Why?!! I seriously don’t understand why. For numbers? What kind of service counts inactive users? Not a trustworthy one in my eyes.

So, to, Facebook, Tanglr, Socialthing!, and FriendFeed, yes you FriendFeed, add a freakin’ account deletion button. Follow Shyftr’s example with the subject matter! I know you don’t want to lose users, but as I asked before: What good is an inactive user?!

This open letter isn’t nice because this isn’t rocket science. A damn account deletion button isn’t anything new and should be available FROM THE START! I don’t WANT to email ANYONE just to get out of your service. Provide that hospitality and consideration from the get go. People will always want to unsubscribe from your service whether you like it or not. Allow us that convenience!

****UPDATE It seems FriendFeed does have an account deletion button, it’s just not all that noticeable.

Corvida, sorry if we don’t make the functionality more obvious, but you can delete your account at…. We link to it from, among other places, the privacy policy, but we clearly need to make it more discoverable. – Bret Taylor

I really like Bret Taylor!

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Socialthing! Pay Heed If You Want To Compete

Techcrunch has a great review up of the new kid on the block Socialthing! and warns FriendFeed to watch out! Techcrunch states:

Socialthing! officially goes into private beta today and will let in the first 1,000 TechCrunch readers who use the invitation code “TechCrunch” to sign up (you’ll have to wait a few days to get your account, however).

I used the invite code and got my account activated within seconds. Techcrunch’s review of Socialthing! ends up being more of a compare and contrast of both services.

While FriendFeed actually requires users to create their own list of friends on FriendFeed, Socialthing! realizes you probably don’t want to create yet another list of your friends. So instead of asking you to do more work, it automatically detects who your friends are on the social services to which you belong.

Robert Scoble always said the comments section is where it’s at. This article is no exception! In the comments section, numerous complaints about missing features (that FriendFeed already provides) have been brought up over and over. Not only is Socialthing! behind in terms of how many services you can add, but forces you to hand over your precious credentials; something FriendFeed doesn’t ask for.

Everyone who knows anything about what’s going on in tech news, knows that this has been a pretty touchy subject for a while. So much so that companies (Google) are releasing contact API’s so that users don’t have to hand over their credentials. I recall one blogger (I want to say it was Marshall Kirkpatrick) tweet on twitter that they were no longer handing over their Twitter credentials for new applications and services. What did founder and CEO Matt Galligan have to say? “@marshallk thanks…since we’re doing stuff with friends lists we need auth…we too hate having to give over passwords

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Did RSSmeme Forget You?

As of yesterday, Benjamin Golub, creator of RSSmeme, has added a great new feature that I’m sure many have asked about (myself included): “You can now register your own Google Reader shared feed with RSSmeme.”

Interestingly enough, this wasn’t a feature that Golub intended to add because “RSSmeme crawls the web looking for feeds“. He also thought the registration feature was “superfluous”, albeit for a good reason; most people who asked about/for this feature had already been added into the site’s database.

So what made you add it Golub?

I used to find 100s of new feeds a day but that number has dropped significantly in the last few days (have I found you all?) so I reluctantly added a submission page.

It turns out this is actually a good way to find out if you are already in the system.  If you are unsure you can just submit your Google Reader shared feed and RSSmeme will redirect you to your page (and add you if you aren’t already there).

Logical enough. Though, I think it should’ve been added from the get go for the same reasons you’re adding it now. Better late than never they say!

Read It For Yourself [via] Benjamin Golub’s Blog

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