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Whoever let Fox think that Twitter is a potential terrorist tool is not frequent user of social networks. How do I know? Because terrorists aren’t either. Well, they start web forums to attract news sources and freak everyone out and then shut them down. No one on Twitter would follow that kind of user.**

Today BBC reported an Al-Queda deputy likened Barack Obama to a “house slave,” brought up his father’s Muslim faith, and other such issues that have profound importance for all Americans. It’s a low blow but, par usual, Twitterers are taking it in stride, demonstrating pure randomness and superfluous linking (the previous link will show you a live list of all updates).

Thanks Mark for this update: NYT chimes in on Al-Queda’s cryptic symbolism in “Al-Queda Leader Weighs in on Obama Insultingly.

**Note: the only way I know this is because I’m on Twitter too much. Non-users sometimes assume there is a concise definition because all interactive tools like Twitter are hard to understand until users see for themselves. Any definition is ambiguous and has something to do with “microblogging.”

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Tweethearts: blogger proposes to nerd girlfriend over Twitter, she tweets back acceptance. POSTED BY XENI JARDIN, OCTOBER 10, 2008 8:27 PM | PERMALINK [From Tweethearts: blogger proposes to nerd girlfriend over Twitter, she tweets back acceptance. – Boing Boing]

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Blog or Web log is flexible way of publishing content online over time. There are no rules because content has to be updated. If it’s not dynamic, you’re hosting a static website on a blog network/interface. That can be isolating. Not just post topics (also known as the “what I had for breakfast today” blogs).

So blogging is building a network (which informs content) and filtering it (by publishing opinions).

Since this is pretty meta, here’s what I mean. Picture from a user on my Twitter feed:

Diagram of a Blog

Diagram of a Blog

A blog is not a model for publishing. So, there’s no rules for blogging. They really have to start with the source blogger. Update if there’s a problem. Make a content change. Take a break from topic changes. Change format: post lists or feature other entries. Once the blog is back on track (see diagram), focus on writing again. If there’s not a model out there for what you want to do, leave it open-ended.

Like this.

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StumbleUpon is a network for sharing social media (websites, networks, videos, blogs, etc.). New users download the stumble button and sign-up to pick topics of interest.

Google Search Awesome (from Britny)

Google Search Awesome (from Britny)

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“Ocsober:” abstaining from alcohol and caffeine for the month of October. Read what people are saying on Twitter about it. How timely. Ramadan, a month-long fast in Islam, ends and Ocsober begins.

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Yes! The Presidential Debate is on! So, let’s celebrate. Cheers to McCain and Obama with the McCain drinking game. Here are the rules, as posted on The Huffington Post:

Obama (AP Photo)

Obama (AP Photo)

Every time John McCain mentions his POW experience, praise his courage and drink a kamikaze. This one is only for the heavy drinkers.

Every time Obama says change everyone has to switch seats and drink the other person’s drink of choice.

Every time John McCain tries to associate Barack Obama with an unsavory character, take a sip of your dirty martini.

Every time someone says bailout you have to finish your drink and pour another.

Every time John McCain says “my friends”, spit out your drink and shout “I am not your friend” at the television.

Every time “evil”, “evil doers”, or anything with evil is mentioned, drink a sip of French red wine.

Every time John McCain threatens Iran, drink a savage car bomb or cherry bomb.

Every time Barack Obama ties John McCain to George W. Bush, drink a sloe gin fizz and wish for better days.

Every time John McCain displays how hopelessly out of touch he is, drink an old bastard.

Every time John McCain refers to the USSR or any other non-existent formerly communist country, get ready to ride the red tide.

When Georgia is mentioned, drink a fuzzy navel.

Every time John McCain mentions Sarah Palin, drink a white russian. After all, if Sarah Palin is around there must be a Russian nearby somewhere.

Every time John McCain smiles creepily, drink a roofie-colada.

If anyone mentions a golden parachute, pound some goldschlager.

Every time John McCain makes an appeal to states rights, lean back and take a sip of that sweet southern comfort.

When NATO membership is mentioned, clink glasses with everyone around you and attack anyone who refuses to clink.

If John McCain doesn’t show up, lock yourself inside and sip Jack Daniels all night. It is going to be a long six weeks.

Regardless of what either candidate says, at the end of the debate, drink something that must be lit on fire first then hit yourself in the face with a shovel.

Don’t forget: best not to take pictures afterward and post them on Facebook. Enjoy christening 2008 debates. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks about what the candidates have to say. I’ll be tweeting from blogislam. Follow me and I’ll follow you.

LINKS:

Follow twitterers playing during the debates
Read the original rules posted on The Seminal
Check out ReadWriteWeb for a post on Twitter’s Election Site

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Twitter is a microblogging service that grew by over 400% recently. You can watch a screencast about Twitter or read about why I like it on Foshowley. With all the growth there’s a lot of services popping up to help you communicate.

Just drag the twitterkeys link onto your toolbar for a gallery of icons.

Just drag the Twitterkeys link onto your toolbar for a gallery of icons.

Here’s a gem ❂. Twitterkeys gives you a slew of icons to spice up your micro posts. The only downside is you have to be logged in to Twitter from the web and can’t use Tweetdeck but you can use Chirp. But for what it’s worth, I give it a thumbs up.

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