Twitter enters the World of Warcraft

9 07 2009

Part of me always knew that eventually someone would create a World of Warcraft add-on that allowed people to use Twitter in game. With over 9 million players world-wide it was a matter of when, and not if it happened.

This was a few days old when I picked up on it but I have to admit it looks great for players who use Twitter!

I’d like to introduce “Tweetcraft”!

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TweetCraft can:

  • Send/receive Tweets in-game (Immediate sending reloads your UI)
  • Queue Tweets to send when it’s more convenient for you
  • Upload in-game screenshots using TwitPic
  • AutoTweet when you log in, enter an instance or get an achievement
  • Extensible so that AddOn authors can register messages or events to AutoTweet

TweetCraft is an open source application built for Microsoft’s Coding4Fun, in association with Channel 9.

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Spock rocks with Star Trek XI

13 04 2009

Just posted on the BBC website it turns out that Spock actor Leonard Nimoy gave fans a special treat!

Sci-fi enthusiasts in Austin, Texas turned up for the classic film only to find Nimoy introducing the first public showing of director JJ Abrams’ prequel.

The film was given a six minute standing ovation and one filmgoer said fans were “crying they were so happy.”

Star Trek, the 11th film in the franchise, is due for release on 8 May.

It follows James T Kirk as he graduates from Star Fleet Academy and becomes captain of the starship Enterprise.

Chris Pine takes over the role of Kirk which was played by William Shatner in the 1960s television series and seven of the films.

The prequel had its official world premiere in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday night.

Film company Paramount arranged for Nimoy, along with the film’s writers and its producers to unveil the film to hardcore fans first and the audience from Monday’s unexpected showing immediately started posting reviews on Twitter.

One fan called it “the best Star Trek movie ever” adding, “yes, it even beat Wrath of Khan”.

Another said, “the cast is superb, the story is compelling, the action is exciting”. Another simply added: “Just saw the new Star Trek movie and it MELTED MY PANTS!!!!!”

The enthusiasm carried over to the Sydney Opera House premiere, where one viewer reported “there were a lot of moments where the audience spontaneously burst into applause”.

*Review excerpt from news.bbc.co.uk





AVG sends me a freebie….. NICE! :)

24 03 2009

I’ve always made sure all my machines have up to date anti-virus software over the years. Most recently I began following the official AVG Twitter account (@officialAVGnews).

The boys and girls at AVG are nice enough to tweet about the various things happening in the world of personal computer security, which I think is a great way to reach consumers.

Anyway… earlier in the week I recieved a letter from London telling me that as I am one of their 100th-150th followers on Twitter I’ve won a license for AVG Internet Security 8.5 for the year………. Whoop!! 🙂

AVG are also running other promotions via their Twitter account so start following them now: @officialAVGnews





Get Laura Roeder on the Ellen Degeneres show!

13 03 2009

One of my online buddies Laura Roeder all the way over in Venice, CA specialises in being the “Tome of Twitter Knowledge”.

She’s made a damn good career out of it so far, and now a huge online following is lobbying to get her on the Ellen Degeneres show to teach her all about Twitter!

So all feel free to tweet @theellenshow and let them know that the people online would like to see Laura (@lkr) on her show! 😀





Prenatal Twitter!

15 12 2008

Twitter is the place to be nowadays, but not everyone has access to it!. Lil’ @kickbee is fresh on the scene and tweeting directly from the womb. That’s right – his / her nerdy father Mr “Kickbee Sr.” has wrapped his expecting better half with a gizmo that detects baby kicks, transmits the info via Bluetooth to a MacBook Pro, which beams the info on up to Twitter!

How cool is that!!!





Chris Brogan serves up social media

4 11 2008

I’ll let Chris’s description on his website save me the bother of introducing him, although if you work in social media he should need no introduction: “Chris Brogan is a ten year veteran of using social media and technology to build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Chris speaks, blogs, writes articles, and makes media of all kinds at http://www.chrisbrogan.com/, a blog in the top 20 of the Advertising Age Power150, and in the top 100 on Technorati. ” …. there.. done.. dusted, and for anyone who hasn’t heard of him…. *he knows what he’s on about*

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For all of you who want to extra insight from a clever mind into the world of social media I suggest you check out Chris’s site as it’s full of useful information for everyone.

I was recently having an email conversation with Laura Roeder, a social media and blogging strategist based in Los Angeles regarding Chris’s site, and how people who have heard of him don’t always realise how ‘in the know’ he is until they hit his site.

It was defiantly that way for me so I suggest that you all check out his site: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/

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MCM Expo: Brea Grant on auditions, blogging, and raccoon attacks

29 10 2008

Continuing my chronicles at the MCM Expo we’ve already heard what Greg Grunberg had to say, the next member of the Heroes cast I got to quiz at the Expo was Brea Grant.

For those of you who have just been released from 6 months of solitary; Brea is one of the new cast members in Heroes, she plays a thief called Daphne who is a girl who can run very VERY fast.

So the first time I heard the name Brea Grant was in an announcement of the new additions to the Heroes cast many moons ago. Then as the hype for the new season ramped up I started searching the new additions and to my surprise found that Brea is one of the few actors who is fully immersed in online culture. She’s on Facebook, Blogs, Webcasts, and regularly uses Twitter.

This heavy use of social media and level of transparency has made Brea one of the new favourites of the Heroes cast and she’s established a huge fan-base through the many different channels she’s using to promote herself and Heroes. You can tell her fans deeply appreciate the personal touch she brings to them too.

A big shout must also go out to Laura Roeder as well as she is the person responsible for keeping the online world of Brea running as it should.

Anyway… so my first questions to Brea went out to her in the group Q&A.

First she talked a bit about her character:

Brea: “From the moment I walked in they (the Writers) had a very brilliant idea for the character pretty much mapped out for at least the first four or so episodes to see what was going to happen. That’s been amazing just going in…. the writers are geniuses and they are always there for me to talk to them and ask questions like ‘why would Daphne do this?’. My character was pretty much shaped before I even set foot on the set”

Greg jumps in and adds:

Greg: “You usually don’t get an idea of what’s coming until you get the script, but they called me up and said will you come read on some of these final auditions… and so I did. So they did a scene where where we first meet and we (Greg and Brea) had a scene together. It was great to do that cos when we auditioned i was like ‘please…PLEASE…She’s fantastic!’ *point at Brea*”

I then got to ask a 2nd question:

Patrick: “Out of all the Heroes cast you use blogs and online technology quite heavily. Do you find this important to relate to your fans?”

Brea’: “I think it’s important to be able to use my blog to let people know what’s going on. It’s great to be able to get questions from people all over the world and be able to respond. I also think it adds a personal touch and that’s important.”

Patrick: “The people reading your blog seem to think so. I also noticed that you’re a regular user of twitter and that you recently got Greg (Grunberg) involved”

Brea: “Yea… there’s a funny story behind that.. we were stuck at the airport and I set Greg up on Twitter but forgot to disable the email you get when people add you on it.”

*Greg jumps into the conversation*

Greg: “So my email’s got like 1000 emails in it by the time I get off the plane. Which I only discover when I turn on my phone! …and just to make matters worse when I was coming out they asked If I wanted to upgrade my data package and I was like ,…Naaah I’ll be fine… what am I gonna download on my phone while I’m there…” *makes a painful face*

Brea: “I felt bad about that”

I didn’t get any more questions over to Brea in the Q&A session but managed to speak to her just before she was being made shiny and glam by the make-up girls. As it was an informal chat I went with an different line of question:

Patrick: “So Brea.. are you missing your dog?”

*see Brea’s Twitter for cute dog pics*

Brea: “I am… she’s being looked after by a friend at the moment.. although I’m a bit worried… last time I came back and she’d been in a fight with a raccoon.”

Patrick: “Really!? A raccoon?”

Brea: “Yeah she had a bite on her. It’s wasn’t nice”

That was about all I got to ask Brea at the Expo. I did have a bit of a chat with her and Greg at the autograph table later but nothing noteworthy although I must admit I did see something funny transpire. One guy was taking pics of Brea at the autograph table for ages… even the people getting autographs were telling him to stop… so Brea gets out her camera and takes a pic of him… raised a few laughs although you had to be there.

Anyway… Brea Grant the Speedster Semi-Villain (not made up my mind yet) from Heroes.

She’s was lovely to meet, and you should check her blog out at http://www.Breagrant.com

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