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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

30-08-2010 We Like Short Shorts (Stories)

Sudden fiction, micro fiction and flash fiction – these are the names given to the sub-genre of short fiction taking the world by storm, thanks to social media sites like twitter encouraging and challenging us to tell a story in as few words as possible. Micro fiction conveys a sense of reality and immediacy, as it requires you to tell a story in less than 100 words. Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in six words (For sale: baby shoes, never worn) and considered it his best work. Now anyone can express themselves in a flash with sites like 12Words or admire them here at my 50-word stories. Keep it brief, won’t you?

Image Source: www.explorewriting.co.uk

Content Source: www.12words.com.au

 

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03-06-2010 Dose of Reality for Twitterers

You can ‘Facebook attend’ an event which, as most people know, is quite different to ‘real life’ attendance. But did you know that now the tech nerds have cleverly designed a way for you to send real life gifts via the medium of Twitter, even if you don’t know the person’s address? The clever folk at Mashable have compiled a list of the various websites that, with just a credit card and access to Twitter, allows you to send gifts of all shapes and sizes to your online buddies! This is an interesting take on how online social mediums are starting to practically filter into our everyday lives. Now you just sit back and wait for the sweet gifts to come flooding in (hopefully).

Image Source: www.mashable.com

Content Source: www.mashable.com

 

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15-02-2010 Twitter while Tapping

“Kate is eating a carrot.” Great. “Steve is feeding his cat.” Fascinating. Everyone, it’s time to get back at all those Twitterers that post extremely boring, unnecessary tweets. Introducing our new best friend, the Rambler Shoes. So what do these shoes do? They do what their name suggests – they ramble. Equipped with a Bluetooth which is hooked up to your mobile, and a sensor that knows when you are walking, the Ramblers automatically let your fellow Twitterers know that you are taking a step, after a step, after a step. So, your annoying tweet on Twitter will look a little something like this – “tap...tap...tap tap... tap,” and so on. Yes, it’s useless information, but then again, aren’t most Twitter posts unnecessary?

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01-06-2009 Not just your Average Joe stalker

´I don’t give a twitter if someone is looking at olives on isle four third shelf up.´ - Anonymous


Apparently Kanye West doesn´t like Twitter. The outspoken rapper mentioned on his blog that the micro blogging site allows users to set up accounts under fake names, thus impersonating celebrities. But Tim O´Reilly, Web 2.0 and computer technology expert, loves Twitter, he even wrote an article about it. ´Twitter has grown up to become a critical business tool´. The logic is that it is simple to use, you can stay connected with family and

friends, it puts you closer to your favourite celebrities (maybe too close) and works the way people do. So "Stalkernomics" refers to online stalking but is not limited to stalking for personal use because businesses do it, too. If you want to stalk someone in real life, it might take some guts and

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some dark sunnies and
maybe even a fake moustache, but thanks to some social networking sites, anyone can be a stalker!
 

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15-04-2009 The Logical Evolution to Blogging

A free, social networking application may already sound familiar to you but before you roll your eyes at another possible internet addiction, hear us out. It’s a short and sweet ‘micro blog’ where you send ‘tweets’ - a maximum of 140 characters, to friends and family, outlining what you’re doing. Twitter is being considered as the logical evolution to blogging in that it allows you to stay connected to friends and family, have them know what you’re doing at all times or just step back and take a break from the information overload with some Twitter quiet time. You can also subscribe to your friends and become their ‘followers’. This could be the next best thing to sms-ing and Twitter is growing in popularity, taking the world by storm with one simple question ‘What are you doing?’

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