MemeWatch: Five social media tools bloggers can’t do without

This meme first came to my attention on Drew Benvie’s blog, he has a good summary on some people’s answers there. My suggestions:

  • Blogger – yes it is tempramental and the spell-checker is dyslexic, it is virtually unusable with Safari, but its what I have been using to blog for the past two years and a half years or so
  • Flickr – It is just so easy to get the whole pictures thing, prior to using it I didn’t bother with photos at all. Now when my old Yahoo! employee Flickr Pro account runs out in September I will have to pony up my own cash to sort this out
  • Bloglines – Whilst I dearly like NetNewsWire for the Mac, having my newsreader on the web makes life so much easier
  • Email – yes its old school, but its still an invaluable source of news and its contents has persistency that IM doesn’t. I dearly love the IMAP4 standard that allows me to keep my mail on a server and access it from work, my home computer and my mobile phone
  • Yahoo! MyWeb 2.0 – Ok so the log-in/sign-up process can be a dog, the pages have a foul colour scheme and it is hard to get your initial bookmarks in there, but thanks to project leader Tom Chi this service went from awful to something useful that could outperform delicious in a few iterations time: (Chi sorted out basic things like making MyWeb work with the Safari browser). Another thing really valuable about MyWeb is the ability to keep a copy of the page that you are looking at like a virtual photocopy for you to read at your leisure after the content has disappeared behind an archive paywall.

Since six is the new five, I would add my MacBook Pro by Steve ‘I invented the iPod you know’ Jobs and Co. Whilst I preferred the titanium of earlier models rather than the aluminum sheet look garnered from Ikea and prefer a computer that runs a little cooler, it still rocks big time.

I guess that I should pass the baton on to some others: Jonny Rosemont, Iain Tait, Wadds, Tom Coates and James Warren.

What is Linkie Winkie?

 I noticed that my blog feeds had been scanned by a site called Linkie Winkie, I went over to the home page which hinted at some social webby thing going on but didn’t spell anything out. Answers in the comments section below please.

Four Things

Drew B has linked to me in a blogtastic game of tick called four things. In this people who have been linked to name a number of different items in groups of four and then link to four other blogs that they know of that could continue this one.In typical Wired reader style, this concept of an idea that can be communicated is called a meme (and memes are often written about in digerati circles).

Classic memes that non-geeks would have heard of include the Frankie Says series of t-shirts and No, but Yeah, but No dialogue from Little Britain.

Why four?

Three or six are the perfect numbers according to a discussion between Lee van Cleef and Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Wikipedia couldn’t shed any light on it either.

Four jobs I’ve had

PR operative – at present
– heading up a shift team on the bitumen plant in the UK’s second smallest oil refinery
– up north, before the young people started getting back into guitars, freebase cocaine and heroin
On the line
– in a meat packing plant


Four movies I can watch over and over


All the Presidents Men

The Dollars Trilogy (particularly For a Few Dollars More)

The Usual Suspects



Four TV shows I love to watch


I don’t have a television but I do have a soft spot for vintage shows, here’s four that came to mind:


Four places I’ve visited on holiday

  • Dublin
  • Leiden
  • Ibiza
  • Paris



Four favourite dishes


  • As my mate Griff would say ‘a big bowl of fuck-off’ (a ramen noodle dish from Wagamamas)
  • A decent Irish fried breakfrast with proper black and white pudding and a side serving of soda bread
  • Rhubarb crumble
  • A well done tuna steak


Four places I’ve lived


  • Liverpool
  • Galway
  • London
  • Huddersfield


Four sites I visit daily


It would actually be a hell of a lot more than this but:,, and


Four places I’d rather be


Liverpool, with my mates, record shopping, sat in front of a range enjoying a turf fire


Four people I’m tagging

Ian Wood, Rainier PR, Tom Coates and Simon Willison

The Long Tail

There are arguments for-and-against Chris Anderson’s concept of the long tail and discussions have gone back-and-forth on some of the data points that he has used. Its one of them ideas that will be trotted out as a cliche, so that strategic thinkers in a business and, or its consultants can avoid having to think for themselves.

It is being shamelessly overused by marketers and business people ’empowered’ with PowerPoint as ‘The Tipping Point‘ and ‘Crossing the Chasm’ have been.

However, I found this sweet interface (pictured) at where you can run a slider up and down the tale getting popular to really obscure musical recommendations out of the system. The long tail metaphor provides a really intuitive way of communicating how to use the slider.