Obama or McCain? May twitter decide!

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I could not help myself (Not to) post this article, I want the readers of this blog to understand that this is not a political blog and it’s not in any way suggesting any candidates of this election.

So I got up this morning and was checking on tweets (As it’s my only easy news in the morning) and I decided to check the Twitter Search page as I think it is (Or will be) one of the most powerful search tools out there since it’s based on Twitter users own input.

But I didn’t do any searches as I found out the link to Twitter E08 or the Twitter election page right at the homepage of twitter search.

And I also found a temporary banner on top of every twitter page promoting the new Election 08 powered by twitter.

What the page does is very simple, here is what you will read when you land there: “We’re filtering hundreds of Twitter updates per minute to create a new source for gathering public opinion about the presidential election and a new way for you to share your thoughts”

Back in April I wrote this article about how powerful twitter is to decide or even help deciding of votes between Obama Vs. Clinton, and guess what happened? Well we all know what happened.

YouTube, Facebook and other powerful sites all have their own election pages, I personally think that creating this page on twitter is a great idea, I won’t bother my readers on any more details, but I will say that it’s a great interactive page that dynamicly pulling every and anything said about the election from all twitter users to form the true public opinion, kind of like a vertical news ticker from twitter users about the election.

For example: A tweet about this post will go on my Twitter page, within minutes it will show on the election page because it contains the words: Obama, McCain, Clinton and election.

To see the election page go here: http://election.twitter.com/

Can Twitter decide who’s the next president? Obama has over 85,000 followers, McCain has less 1000 as of today. Does that mean anything? What do you think? Please share your thought on this by commenting on this article. 😉

Google kills Apple: G1 A new phone from Google


I was excited to have my text service on my t-mobile phone fixed (As I said on my twitter update), then I go Online checking out and browsing like normal, then I get even more excited.
I know and I understand what I said about the HTC diamond, but wait, this is Google, and this is T-mobile, so Guess what will happen on October 22nd (the sale date!)? You knew it, I will be on the line waiting early in the morning to buy the phone.
I have been looking at some videos of “Android” the new OS for mobile devices made by Google, and I am very happy that it will be on the new phone.
You can watch a great demo of the phone here: www.t-mobileg1.com
Apple need to really watch out this time, the G1 may not be as sleek and sexy as the iPhone, but its peppy,
easy-to-use touchscreen interface makes mincemeat of all the other
iPhone wanna-bes, and it packs in some killer features—like 360-degree
Street View—that the iPhone has yet to match.
As you may predict, the G1 is slightly bulkier and
heavier and—well, let’s just say it—a little uglier than the slim, sexy
iPhone. Weighing in at 5.6 ounces, I could definitely feel the G1’s
extra bulk in my hand, although at just 0.6 inches thick, the G1 should
fit relatively easily in a jeans pocket.

Here are the features from T-mobile’s site:

Touch screen

  • Instant access to key information with the touch of a finger
  • Just tap the screen and go
  • Real Web browsing capabilities

  • Quick and easy access to the Internet one click away
  • View more pages and rich Web content on your phone
  • 3MP camera

  • Capture key moments in high-quality fashion wherever you are
  • Never worry about blurry photos with auto focus built right in
  • Customizable home screen

  • Just
    drag and drop any of your favorite applications, photos, or folders
    onto your home screen for quick access to what you use all the time
  • One-click Google Search

  • Quick and easy access to the Internet in one click
  • Video playback

  • Watch your favorite videos, even YouTube, anywhere
  • 3G network and Wi-Fi access*

  • High-speed 3G network connection for surfing the Web or downloading information quickly and effortlessly
  • Seamlessly transition to open Wi-Fi networks to surf the Web or download information quickly

  • Android Market

  • One-touch access to Android Market
  • Customize
    and personalize your device to fit your life with a variety of software
    applications like games, social networking, and on-the-go shopping
  • Download the applications wirelessly with just a couple short clicks
  • QWERTY keyboard

  • The built-in familiar layout lets you type messages easily without scrolling for the letter you want
  • Hinged screen slides open to reveal keypad and closes to prevent accidental dialing
  • Easy access to Google applications

  • One-touch access to Google applications:
    • Maps (including satellite, traffic, and street views)
    • Gmail
    • YouTube
    • Calendar
    • Google Talk

    IM/text/e-mail*

  • All the ways you need to connect while you’re on the go
  • Google G1

    Music player

  • With the 1GB memory card, you’ll never be without your favorite tunes
  • While the G1’s main screen isn’t quite as eye-popping as the iPhone’s,
    the Android-powered display is surprisingly responsive—a quick flick
    of your fingertip opened a windowshade of applications, while tapping the
    status bar at the top of the screen instantly revealed e-mail, SMS, and
    voice-mail alerts. Indeed, tapping and scrolling around the G1’s
    various menus is a seamless pleasure, akin to what you’d expect from
    an iPhone. And while leading iPhone competitors like the Samsung Instinct always felt a bit sluggish to me, the G1’s peppy interface responded quickly to my every touch.

    Of
    course, you’ll get the most out of the G1 if you’re using Google’s
    suite of online applications, all of which sync automatically the
    moment you sign in. The push Gmail client features threaded messaging,
    just like you’d expect online, and you can star messages, organize them
    with filters, and even conduct Google searches within the e-mail client
    itself. You can also use the client to check your POP and IMAP
    accounts—no full-on Exchange syncing, but as I mentioned in an earlier
    post, third-party developers are free to create their own Exchange
    syncing apps for Android.

    The
    G1’s dialer and contact list immediately grabs all your online Google
    calendar info and contacts—and for those with IM accounts, the G1 will
    indicate which of your contacts happen to be signed in for chat, an
    “online presence” feature familiar to anyone with a Helio phone. As
    with the iPhone, you can flick your contact list with a finger,
    spinning it roulette-style. WOOT!

    You know I will write more about it soon 😉

    All new Twitter, now available!

    I can not be more addicted to Twitter than this, so I will try to finish this post as soon as I can so I can tweet about it here.

    Twitter has always been a great an easy service to use, however, due to the extreme amount of users, it tends to be down or slow so many times though out last year.

    Last night I logged in to tweet as usual, and to my great surprise I found a new Twitter user interface, kind of like the new facebook UI.

    To keep it simple, I am in love with it, so much easier, faster, AJAX’ed! just nice clean and simple.

    To follow what I am doing right now on twitter go here.

    Here is an exact copy of the official twitter blog post about the new changes and Ihope you enjoy it as much as I do:

    Changes Afoot

    We’re getting ready to launch a refresh of parts of the Twitter.com interface. This release does not include any new features (well, one). It’s mostly cosmetic changes. This post describes what we’re doing and why.

    Moving the tabs

    The most significant change you’ll notice on the logged-in homepage (/home) is that we’ve moved the tabs that were on the top of the timeline to the right sidebar. We did this for a couple reasons. For one thing, it makes them larger targets and easier to access. But more importantly, it was an investment in the future. We plan to have more tabs, and we’d run out of room putting them along the top. This was the driving factor for this redesign, but you won’t see all the benefits until a future release (hopefully, very soon!).

    Ajax for speed
    When you click on the Home or @Replies tab when you’re already on that page, the updates are now refreshed via Ajax, instead of loading the whole page, which should be faster.

    Action icons: When you need them
    At first you may wonder where the star and reply swoosh beside every update went. Hover over an update to see them show up.

    Lighter, Prettier, Simplified
    Besides hiding the icons until you need them, we’ve done many things to try and make the look of the page less cluttered — like lightening the lines between posts and spacing things out more. Some things we’ve made smaller (like our logo), while other, more important things, we’ve made bigger (like the tabs and the Update button). Some things we’ve made the tough choice to get rid of all together (see below).

    We’ve also done some things for pure aesthetic reasons — like rounding some corners (which you won’t see on Internet Explorer but will in Firefox or Safari — or Chrome). In general, we think the site looks a lot better. Hopefully you will, as well.

    New design customizer
    For some people, this design probably does not look better. If you’ve customized your Twitter colors, it’s possible you have a combination that doesn’t look quite right with this new design. We did our best to maintain customizations in a pleasing way. But if, for example, you have a white sidebar or sidebar border color, it may not look quite right.

    But good news! One new feature we’ve added is a completely revamped design customizer, which you’ll find under Settings / Design.

    With this tool, you can choose from pre-designed themes, as well as play with your color scheme and background and see the results in real time.

    Removed Archive tab
    In the interest of simplification, we’ve removed the “Archive” tab from /home which showed you your own updates. The reason is, it showed you the same stuff you see on your own profile page, it was oddly named, and people rarely used it. It didn’t deserve the space it took. If you miss it, hopefully you’ll get used to going to your profile page (which you can get to by clicking on your picture or the Profile link up top).

    What we haven’t done
    This hardest thing about doing a redesign like this deciding what not to tackle. I’m fairly certain that much of the feedback to this will be, “What about…[your favorite feature request / annoyance].” Please be assured the changes we’ve made here aren’t the only things we want to (or will) change. They’re not even, necessarily, the most important. The scope of this project was limited to light-weight front-end work. We have whole other teams working on back-end changes and more fundamental functionality changes (which, as mentioned above, this is also laying the groundwork for).