What happened to STLtwitter.ning.com?

February 23, 2010 at 9:26 am (St. Louis Twitter Ning) (, , )

Long story short, I shut it down, and now a spammer has the URL.

PLEASE do not confuse this website with the old STLtwitter.com. I shut down the old site after a couple months of sitting on my hands deciding what to do with it. Ultimately, I didn’t think it was fair for everyone’s information to be sitting out there with the possibility of getting abused. So, I deleted it, along with everyone’s personal information.

Today, I get an .rss update from STLtwitter.com about a new user, who’s name I recognize, because since I started the site I’ve had to ban him, delete out a 1000+ spam invitations that he sent, and continue to receive spam emails from him often. It looks like he took up the old ning name and is using it now. So, I warn you DO NOT register for STLtwitter.com it’s not my site anymore, it’s now run by a spammer.

I apologize for any confusion this has caused, I wish I could do something about it.

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How I use Foursquare and how you can make it better

October 22, 2009 at 1:13 am (Social Networking) (, , )

Foursquare went live in St. Louis last week, and it seems to me it’s people are using it as an extension of Twitter, rather than its own separate social network. The concept is great, but I don’t think some people “get it”. Foursquare has a very open platform, but has a much more specific use that separates itself from other social networking tools, therefore users must use their own discretion.

I’ve put together my personal preferences and some suggestions to other users. Obviously there are exceptions to these, they are just suggestions.

Who I friend:
My rule of thumb is this, If I’m not interested on hanging out with you, I’m not your “friend”. Don’t take that the wrong way.

Where I check in:
Places of interest. I ask myself, “Does anyone care that I’m here or would anyone want to come here?”. If the answer is no for both, then I don’t post it. I’m sure no one cares if I visit a gas station, grocery store, McDonald’s, home or work (Unless work is someplace you spend your free time or want visitors).

My suggestions to users:

  • Don’t check it at your work or home.
  • Tag venues so others know what to expect.
  • Suggest tips on good dishes and drink specials.
  • Don’t check in at the same place twice in one visit to say something site specific. Either add a tip, tag it or use the “Shout” function.

Foursquare is a completely unique social service, and should be treated as such. I don’t want 100+ Foursquare friends and I don’t want to know their every move. Obviously you can make up your own mind and do whatever you want, but this is how I find value in it, and might be why I’m not your “friend”.

How do you use Foursquare? What are your pet peeves? Am I taking this too seriously?

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STL Twitter for Newbies Suggestions

May 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm (St. Louis Twitter Ning) (, , )

Hey St. Louis, I need your help. I want to put together a bit of a “who’s who” and new users guide to St. Louis for new twitter users. I’ve got some ideas to ease the pain for new users who are probably overwhelemed with everything. This will be hosted on the STLTwitter page, but other STL sites are welcome to use it as well.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • People who have a lot of tweets geared for new users. @tojosan is probably the best example of this, but I’m looking for others.
  • Local “Celebrities” i.e. Radio DJ’s and Talk show hosts. I’m ashamed to say, I can probably only think of 1 that I follow.
  • Local places and their tweet streams. i.e. @themuny
  • Major STL sites like @SceneSTL and major news outlets like @weatherbird
  • Any STL bots like @stlbot
  • And a list of any other STL sites of intrest (I should have most on the right of the STL page) Please let me know if I’m missing any.
  • And anything else you find helpful to stay connected in St. Louis!
  • Maybe 1 or 2 generic “New Twitter Users” guides. I’ll for sure link to @tojosan’s, which was a big help for me!

I want to keep it as simple as possible, so I don’t want to create a White Pages of STL, I’d like to keep it strictly as a guide for new users to be able to find value. I appreciate any help, please leave a comment below or contact me. If I can keep track of who helped I’ll give a shout out on the page. Thanks for your help!

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Ugh, Spam!

March 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm (St. Louis Twitter Ning) (, , , )

So I got my first taste of the “best” part of running the ning site. Unintended promotion via a spam bot! They joined about a week ago, and I thought  there was something weird about it. I noticed like 5 other people join afterwards that didn’t belong. I was looking at the members and noticed that the original “person” had proceeded to invite over 1000 people to our site! They didn’t even have a website, what were they planing on doing? So the people that joined afterward were randomly invited, AND JOINED! Well, hopefully that’s over for now…

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Tweetup Sucess!

February 14, 2009 at 1:22 am (Twitter) (, , )

Do you want to know how awesome the St. Louis Tweetup was? Twitter failwhaled out of shear amazement! (Well for a second there at least…)

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who came out tonight, it couldn’t have been done without you guys.   Special thanks to @chrisromer for playing photographer, I’ll try to get a link to his flickr as soon as he gets pics uploaded. I think we all were very impressed how fast we all populated the STL Twitter Homepage and got the ball rolling on this. Again, thanks for all the RT’s and talk about it to make it a success!

Schlafly’s was packed, but I hope I got around to everyone, I’m pouring through tweets to put names to faces to nicknames to avatars. I had a blast, and I’m really glad I got out of my social “box” and met some new people. I definitely learned some things tonight, which I will proudly display in a snazzy bullet list.

  • The bar was awesome. It was also packed, and loud… I had a ton of fun, but I feel like I missed out on some good conversations.
  • As dumb as it sounds, nametags would actually be a great idea, maybe even ones with our avatars on them for those who have comics or funny bannanna costumes on as their avetar.
  • I don’t care what you say, the band was AWESOME! How many people get to see an electric mandolin? Much less playing “Devil Went Down to Georgia” behind their head!
  • Always state your intentions to move any chairs…
  • Charge your battery up before you go! I know I wasn’t the only one with a dead battery. I really wanted to stream the band on Qik.
  • The correct spelling of Shlafley’sSchafly’s… SCHLAFLY’S!

I hope to see you folks again soon!

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St. Louis Tweetup Friday 13th

February 10, 2009 at 9:19 pm (Twitter) (, )

This Friday we’re having a Tweetup at Schafly bottleworks it Maplewood at 8 pm. If you haven’t heard already, you must have fallen of the face of the earth.  Either that or you’re not on twitter, in which case you should be. Please RSVP on the St. Louis Twitter Homepage so we can get a headcount.

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STL Twitter Users page is LIVE!

February 5, 2009 at 12:49 pm (Twitter) (, )

Go head over to http://stltwitter.ning.com/ and check it out! Hopefully we can put this to good use!

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STL Twitter Wiki

January 28, 2009 at 4:17 pm (Twitter) (, , )

After some good old pro/con lists, I’m thinking wiki style will be the best bet for a STL Twitter Homepage. I’ve been looking at wetpaint.com for the host.  It has the features I was looking for, Calendar creation, Page level editing control, Email notifications and RSS feeds. Best of all, it’s free! The only real downsides are no dedicated custom URL (Like STLTwitters.com maybe) and a way to integrate into twitter easily, but I don’t think that will be that big of a problem, and I can always get a redirect service if I need to. Also, I’m not creative enough to think of any real creative names outside of STL Twitters, or something along the lines. Since it’s wiki style, I’ll have it setup so those who want to can feel free to edit away, thus taking a lot of the risk of it getting stale out of my hands, So i’ll need your help!

Again, looking for your feedback on what else you think would be nice to have. Are there any other features you would be looking for? Any cool suggestions for a name? Let me know!

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St. Louis Twitter Homepage?

January 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm (Twitter) (, , )

So, we have a LinkedIn page for St. Louis that is usually used to link photos and announce tweetups, but I think St. Louis could utilize something grander! I would think with around 250+ twitters in St. Louis, we could all benefit to a homepage of sorts for us. We could have upcoming events, friendly people to follow in the area (potentially a long list), what bots are St. Louis centred, links to sites that feature St. Louis twitters and St. Louis centered #hashtags. Maybe even picture hosting? I don’t know if this would be more effective as a blog style or wiki style. Or if I would even create/maintain this.

I’m willing to take this on, I’d just like to know if there would be an interest in it. I am pretty new to the whole website development/maintenance and don’t know what my limits are yet. My ‘impressive’ blogging skills can attest that I wouldn’t be the best for this, but it would be a great project for me though!

Do you think there is a need for this (or would it be redundant with the LinkedIn page)? What are you suggestions or ideas? Am I wasting my breath(or electrons)? Please give me some feedback here so I can see what the interest level is.

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Anti-Religious Ads in St. Louis?

January 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm (Unreligion) (, , )

Richard Dawkins stands below one of the 800 new ads in the UK

Richard Dawkins stands below one of the 800 new ads in the UK

A developing trend for the last couple months has been the increasing appearance of non-theist billboards and bus advertisements. Most recently the BBC reported that complaints are being filed with the Advertising Standards Authority in England about the recent bus ads. These ads, funded by the British Humanist Society, display the slogan “There’s probably no God now stop worrying about it and get on with your life”.  The complaint, filed by the Christian Voice, cite a code that states “marketers must hold documentary evidence to prove all claims”. Obviously a tough claim to back up, but supporters of the ads don’t seem worried.

Many organizations stateside, such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, have also been funding billboards with slogans such as “Beware of dogma” and “Imagine no religion” in major cities across the US.

I for one fully support these ads, most organizations state that these ads are not to offend, but to get people thinking, as Richard Dawkins said best.

“This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think – and thinking is anathema to religion”-Professor Richard Dawkins

While St. Louis may not be the biggest hotbed of religion, I’m sure these ads would meet with as much as opposition here, as anywhere, and that’s why I’m worried. There is no doubt in my mind that there will be letters written, sermons lectured and complaints filed as soon as these appear. Hopefully St. Louis ad agencies have enough balls to stick to their guns and uphold our 1st amendment rights.

My question is, how long will it be before similar ads start showing up in St. Louis? How will St. Louis react? Does the St. Louis Metro have rules against such ads, and can they enforce them?

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