A little bit late but all my blog posts are late at the moment! Since this is late I will make this post about twitter lists as quick as I can! If you have not seen this new feature on twitter, a list is basically a group which you can make with a bunch of people in it and it will create another timeline for all these people. Other people can then follow these lists and you can follow other people’s lists but what is the point in lists and what can you use them for?

For the person making the list there are 2 main purposes (that I can see):

  • Organisation – You can organise the people you follow on twitter into groups so that it is easy to keep up to date with certain things. You may already use grouping methods in other applications and this is a brilliant way for doing the same but through the twitter website. This can also be handy when needing to find people in a certian group or when you only want to know what your friend are up to.
  • Keeping your timeline clean – I don’t know about you but I am following a lot of rubbish on twitter and it takes up so many of my API calls in applications like @TweetDeck or @PocketTwit, therefore limiting the amount of useful tweets I can see and wasting my time by making me have to skip all of the useless tweets. By using lists you can move anyone that your following into a list, then view them only when you want to. This will clean up the timeline and make it more relevant! I will definitely be doing this for all the twitter games that I am following as they tend to clog allot of my timeline for no reason; when they are in a list I can view the games when I feel like joining in!

For someone who follows twitter lists:

  • Easy updates – Say for example you liked the news, but you didn’t want to go round following every news twitter user; using lists you could find someone who has compiled a good list of news lists and then follow that. If the creator of the list maintains it then it will also mean that you don’t need to search for more twitter users in the categories you are following lists for.
  • Topic based lists – If you like a specific topic, you will be able to find the perfect list for this. Another person interested in the same things may have already made a list of Twitter users related to that interest and finding a relevant list will save you time; rather than looking for every twitter user related to a topic you like you simply find the list and if it is updated you will always be getting the latest tweets from the latest twitter users in the areas you are interested in!
  • Find Twitter users – By finding relevant lists, you do not have to follow them  but you could look at who is followed in the list and pick and chose the ones you like helping you find new and interesting people to follow.

For someone on a twitter list:

  • Wider exposure – Get your twitter viewed by more people as people view lists that include you. Even if the you are not followed due to a list, if you are followed by a list that is widely followed you will get your tweets read by many people!

I wrote this very quickly and the time where I am is 00:36am, I may improve this tomorrow 😛

UPDATE: I have added a little bit to this post but not that much…. 😛

Google wave was down a little earlier but don’t worry. The maintenance page they have designed probably has more JavaScript than Google Wave! 😛

Surf's out, dude. Google Wave is down for maintenance. Time to chillax.

Surf's out, dude. Google Wave is down for maintenance. Time to chillax.

If you cannot work out where the JavaScript in this page is, the clouds move 😛 It is okay now because Google Wave is back up and running 🙂

Today when playing about with Google Wave I went to type and excalmation mark but instead of holding shift, I held control and discovered an array of keyboard short cuts to control the formatting. I have compiled a list and will update if I find more:

  • Ctrl+1 – Heading 1
  • Ctrl+2 – Heading 2
  • Ctrl+3 – Heading 3
  • Ctrl+4 – Heading 4
  • Crtl+5 – Bulleted List (on only – does not toggle)
  • Ctrl+6 – Default Text (clears formatting)
  • Crtl+7 – Align Left
  • Ctrl+8 – Align Right
  • Ctrl+B – Bold
  • Ctrl+U – Underline
  • Ctrl+I – Italic
  • Tab – Indent Paragraph
  • Shift+Tab – Outdent Paragraph

I finally got my Google Wave Invite today! Just to make you guy jealous, I have decided to blog my experience of receiving a Google Wave Invite! 🙂

Well receiving your Google Wave Invite is very much like receiving any other email except the subject of the email is “Your invitation to preview Google Wave” and it it from Google Wave! In my case it looked like this:

The invite to Google wave that I received.

The invite to Google wave that I received.

If you are even remotely thinking “What did you do next?” then I find that offensive! Is it not obvious and customary to accept an invitation when you receive one! So that is what I did and it could not have been more simple! I clicked the link, typed in my Google password and I was off! 😀 I was logged straight into my Google Wave account.

What I was greeted with on my first ever login!

What I was greeted with on my first ever login! (Don't ask why the navigation bars on the left are blank? They are not now... I think it may have something to do with the fact I had use Firefox to get the screenshot but I will confirm later)

I then read my 2 new messages:

The welcome message from Google (well Doctor Wave to be precise).

The welcome message from Google (well Doctor Wave to be precise).

The welcome message from Doctor Wave exapnded to use the whole screen.

The welcome message from Doctor Wave exapnded to use the whole screen.

My 8 invites for Google Wave... Who do I send them to :P

My 8 invites for Google Wave... Who do I send them to 😛

And that was my first experience of Google Wave! I did have a little play around afterwards and will make some more blogs about Google Wave later! But if you are so jealous and really want an invite, watch this space as I will be running a twitter competition to get 3 of my 8 beautiful invites! 😛 🙂

Finally it has happened to me
Right in front of my face
My feelin’s can’t describe it
Finally it has happened to me
Right in front of my face
And I just cannot hide it

Google Wave, the app of my dreams
The one and only true love or at least it seems
With a blue skin and a white background
It’s just the way it looks at me, that gentle lovin’ stare

Finally you come along
The way I feel about you it just can’t be wrong
If you only knew the way I feel about you
I just can’t describe it oh no no

If you couldn’t guess from my really, quite awful parody of Finally by CeCe Peniston, which only had the odd word changed; I finally received my Google Wave invite! I don’t know if it had anything to do with the constant emails I sent Google or the ranting blog post I made but I am finally a user of Google Wave! I have already accepted and had a little play with the application and will be blogging the Invite Experience soon!

The invite to Google wave that I received.

The invite to Google wave that I received.

I have been trying for months to get my Google Wave account and am now starting to give up hope! The big hype about Google Wave started on the Thursday 28th May when the product was announced on Day 2 of the Google I/O event. The product was unveiled in the morning keynotes at approximately 9am and at that point the web went crazy over this product. Everyone at the event was twittering and blogging away about Google Wave and the hype began. If you have not seen the keynotes from this day or want to know more about what Google Wave is, I recommend you watch this YouTube video:

You can also find more information on Google Wave from here.

As soon as I had watched all of this video, I started my mission to get a Google Wave account! within an hour I had filled out the following forms with great detail:

At this point, I just waited…. And waited…. And waited until I could not take it and made a few stroppy tweets about how I wanted my Google Wave account ASAP! I then got a response from Christine Tsai who I believe works for Google (well she had an @google.com email so that was kind of obvious :P)

“Brilliant,”, I thought, “finally getting somewhere!”

After exchanging som DMs on Twitter we eventually started emailing and eventually the followign conclusion was made:

Hey Fabrizio,

It doesn’t look like you registered or attended Google I/O. Please note that right now, Wave sandbox accounts were only given to I/O attendees and that’s what I was checking for on Twitter. If you signed up on https://services.google.com/fb/forms/wavesignupfordev/, you’ll be notified when it’s available for you.


I though, “Fair enough,” and just kept waiting!

A couple of months later on Monday the 20th July, I got the following email:


You are being sent this mail because you requested access to the Google
Wave Developer Sandbox. If you would still like a Google Wave Developer
Sandbox account, please fill in this linked form:

http://wave.google.com/signups/signup1.html [I removed my unique code from here… Why would I share that with you? :P]

After filling in this form, you should receive a mail with your account
details within a few days.

Hope to see you on Google Wave soon,

– The Google Wave Team

I was finally close to having my Google Wave account! 😀 I eagerly filled out the form and waited a bit longer!

I presumed that Google would be swamped with accounts to set up and that it may take some time but after 6 days I tried to contact someone. Sicne then I have received no replies or any contact from Google and my account was never set up 🙁

Hopefully someone at Google finds this blog post and can get me an invite to the real google wave which is now running!

Hello everyone! As you may have seen I just finished making a post and while posting there was something that struck me. The word Google is missing from my dictionary. Well, “So what? Just add it to your dictionary!” I hear you say! Well take a look at this screenshot and see if you can work out why the absence of the word Google from my dictionary puzzles me so much!

Can you spot what's strange?

Can you spot what's strange?

Yes… That is right! I a using Google Chrome! The guys at Google forgot to put Google in the English UK dictionary! You would expect that to be a word put into the dictionary as soon as possible! And then, to add to this the word Analytics is not in the dictionary!


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