@BurgerKing got hacked – but kept their verified tick…

Earlier today the @BurgerKing twitter account got hacked – possibly by online hacking pranksters “anonymous” – and started to tweet rather “off message” stuff (starting by saying the chain had been sold to McDonalds). Shouldn’t those changes have meant they lost their verified tick? Does that hint at something stranger going on? […]

Snow (dum dum) Huh! (dum dum). Whaaat is it good for? – Absolutely nuffin*

*If Edwinn Starr had sung this lyric about SNOW instead of WAR he would have been wrong (he also wouldn’t have made such a valid political point…but I digress). Much as we moan about it snow can be an invaluable way to track down local social media users! […]

Introducing my Twitter User Biography Downloader Excel Spreadsheet Thingymajig

Details (and link) about an Excel spreadsheet I developed to download Twitter user biographies, and up to 1200 tweets for any (unprotected) user. […]

Add some (but not all) of your tweets to your website…

Ever wondered why you ocasionally see people add #Yam, #In or #FB to the end of their tweets? The reason is that they have set up their other social networks to post tweets as their status updates on Yammer, LinkedIn and Facebook (click each of those network names for a way to do it).

If […]

How to add a Countdown to your Twitter Profile Photo

“Wouldn’t it be cool to run a Twitter countdown to the Olympics? We could change the profile image each day to show how many days there are left!!”

That was my challenge. It took me a little while to work out, but I found a very elegant solution – which I hope will help you […]

Tweeting straight from a QR code – CAN IT BE DONE??

There are some intriguing possibilities when you mix Twitter Web Intents with QR Codes. As no-one seems to have thought of this before, here I explain how it could work, and some suggested uses. […]

Reserving multiple usernames on social media sites

A screengrab of the spreadsheet, with scribbles on it to illustrate how it works

On more than one occasion I’ve had to set up multiple social media accounts. This is a list of hints and tips that I have collected along the way – including my Excel Username Checker – which quickly checks which Twitter and Facebook usernames are available. […]

Facebook Tips: Updating by email, and turn off auto-replies

You may be aware that you can update your personal Facebook profile by email. Log in to Facebook, then visit http://www.facebook.com/mobile/ and you can find your own personal “update Facebook” email address. Anything sent to that email address (from any account) will be posted on your wall – you can even add pictures to the […]

How do I hate t.co…let me count the ways

Has twitter jumped the shark with the roll out of t.co? Shark Image CC from http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/265735753/

Twitter recently rolled out their own url shortener t.co. Any link over 13 characters gets shortened (or if it is between 13 and 16 characters lengthened!) using a t.co domain. Their eventual aim is to shorten every […]