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    Twitter Accounts Suspended – Gov 2.0 Expo Related?

    UPDATE Sept 9th, 9:35am: My personal account @DanielleMorrill looks like it is up again, I just sent a test tweet to see.  Right now my following/follower counts are both zeros and while I hope they’ll remove any cruft from those lists (I’ve noticed a lot of latency with updating my relationships) I definitely hope I don’t have to rebuild my network entirely. UPDATE Sept 9th, 9:25am: It appears this has impacted a lot of other people as well, and TechCrunch is reporting that suspensions may be related to tweets about the Gov 2.0 Expo: read the full story here… and now there are rumors that it may take as many…

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    Just Like That – Twitter Makes Move to Cut Down on Automated Follower Scraping

    I was going through my list of Twitter followers tonight to see who I needed to follow back and weed out some of the less interesting people, when I noticed a change: See how the number there is now a big integer, instead of a page number like 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.? Why This Matters to Spammers & Hackers Have you ever visited the Twitter page of one of your major competitors (company, personal brand, whatever) and noticed that they have a big chunk of their following list that closely resembles who is following you?  Odds are, if they’re smart, they went and followed a lot of the people…

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    What Were You Doing When…?

    1 year ago (September 2008) I was working at Pelago and the Whrrl iPhone application had been launched for about 2 months.  I was transitioning into a marketing and community management role from my previous job on the “data team” as a content monkey. 2 years ago (2007) I was a newlywed and Kevin and I had just returned from our honeymoon so that I could finish the interview process at Pelago and begin my job there, at my first tech startup (woo!) 3 years ago (2006) I was recently promoted to Business Process Analyst at Expeditors International and was in the process of saving millions of dollars for the…

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    Social Media Club Seattle – Summer Nights Rock!

    Last night I hung out with some of the most active individuals in the “new PR” industry of social media, if you can call it an industry. Some are self-declared gurus, others “hireable” (read: unemployed), and many are just dipping their toe in the waters of “social media” for the first time. We heard from Rob Glaser, CEO of Real Networks, about their new media player, Real Player SP. I’m not a big fan of Real Networks, considering the amount of theft they accomplished in the name of the law with Microsoft (and subsequent destruction of wealth) during their anti-trust proceedings in 1998. So I admit, I heckled a bit.…

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    Recap: Taste & Tweet #2 at El Gaucho Bellevue

    Today I had the distinct pleasure of dining with a dozen other active Twitter users from the Seattle area as we tried out the new lunch menu of El Gaucho Bellevue, which opened last November for Taste & Tweet.  The event is an ongoing social media marketing experiment to raise brand awareness for the restaurants involved.  We had a lot of fun and I ended up know about half the people there, including one woman who was the nurse at my high school and has since reinveted herself! The highlight of the event was taking a tour through the kitchen, hosted by GM David Sherling.  I was able to capture…

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    Who Needs Zeroes (on the keyboard) Anyway?

    Enjoyed this clever tweet this morning, in response to my comments on getting to know my new Mac PowerBook G4 – which is one of two Mac laptops I tweet-sourced before heading down to SF this week: Note: The zero key is missing but I can still type zeroes AND this computer was a free gift from a friend and I am very grateful, in fact I am considering naming it. I can’t figure out if it is a guy or a girl yet, but for a girl I like the name Elsa.

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    Airport Security FAIL – Liquids in Manufacturer Bottles are Legit

    In this edition of stupid laws you can’t believe someone actually wrote, we investigate a new one. Apparently, there is a law about how liquids must be stored that goes down on the list as one any criminal without a front labotomy (or drug use with similar effects) could get around. Coming through security at JFK today, I had my little clear plastic baggy with my clear plastic bottles I fill with shampoo, conditioning, body wash, and lotion. The TSA official pulled me aside and asked if she could search my bag. I don’t know why they ask, since they’re going to do it anyway and I’d be a fool…

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    We Are Now Approaching the Futurama

    I love commercials, especially ones about the future. Some are inspiring, others are trite, and maybe plain stupid. But the fact that we can dream like this, and then see this stuff come true, is cool. 1939 World’s Fair – a Vision of 1960 “The freedom to think and the will to do have given birth to a generation of men who always want new fields for greater accomplishment, and will always find new things for all others to enjoy. Come, let’s travel into the future. What will we see?” Also see Part 2 Telepresence (British Telecom) E-Commerce, Webcams, Email, Home Printing and Online Banking Tomorrowland – Walt Disney’s Vision…