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! […]

Broadcasting hidden messages to cameraphones using IR light

I recently came across an interesting feature of cameraphones, which I think is ripe for taking advantage of.

This is a picture of a TV remote taken with the camera on my smartphone. You will notice the purple flare from the infrared (IR) LED on the front of the remote, as I press the power […]

Talking to strangers…

A recurring theme today seems to be “talking to strangers”. It first came up during a discussion I had this morning with some colleagues, discussing the “North South divide” – and a comment along the lines of “if you talk to a stranger in London, people think you are weird. If you do it in […]

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. […]

Braindump of Blue Light Camp

On Sunday I went to Blue Light Camp – the unconference for people working within the emergency services (Disclosure – I work for the Police at the moment).

I want to do a proper write-up of the whole event but, while I am thinking that through, there are some quicky things that I want to […]

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. […]

Blog Action Day – thinking (or not) about food #BAD2011

I have about an hour before the end of Blog Action Day, to write post about food…

So…here goes a bit of a stream of thoughts…don’t expect too much structure!

Earlier today I was listening to BBC Radio 4 and heard a programme mentioning diamond Shreddies. A quick YouTube search later and I found […]

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. […]