HOW TO: Track the sports score using Twitter

Here’s an interesting paradox. Sports (lively, active, outdoor, sweaty) and Twitter (prodominantly indoor, digital, non-verbal, ‘geeky’). Who ever thought that ‘geeks’ liked sport? It seems that many do.

Since the cricket started a few weeks ago, I’ve seen streams of tweets coming in from avid cricket fans, commentating on virtually every play and sharing their thoughts. This is a great way to get the score and the latest info on what’s going on with the game currently being played. Just the other day (before, during and after the Manchester United vs Chelsea soccer game) I saw a tweet congratulating Manchester United and, almost straight after in the same stream, a tweet from another user cheering on Chelsea. What is the common denominator here?

Ska in Scarbourgh with The Rudimentals

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of taking a drive out to Scarbourgh (aka. ska’bra) to visit the Cape Farmhouse. One of my favourite South African bands, The Rudimentals, were performing there that afternoon as a part of the “Farmhouse Rocks” summer concerts series. Having seen many Rudimentals concerts over the last almost-decade (since about 2001 or so) I have seen the band grow (in numbers) and evolve in ways I could only imagine. This concert was set to be nothing short of incredible.

After the long (and beautiful) drive out to the Farmhouse, I arrived to see a steady stream of families and friends arriving at the venue. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Scarbourgh, I felt instantly relaxed and rejuvenated. I saw friends, both old & new, and was glad to be able to sit down at a beautiful venue such as this.

The concert, as expected, was amazing. It was in fact better than amazing. The crowd was alive and enjoying the music, the venue was bustling with activity and the performance was in true Rudimental form- top class.

If you missed the concert, below is a video of The Rudimentals performing “Love Riddim” (to be released on their upcoming album) as well as a few links for more info and photographs. There will be plenty more concerts this year. I hope to see you at the next few. 🙂

The Rudimentals on Zoopy
The Rudimentals on Twitter
The Rudimentals on Myspace 

Were you at the concert? How did you find it? Share in the comments. 

When no words arise…click (Sunset Mini Photo Essay)

While blogging, I have found that blogs that are updated frequently (frequency is relative, ofcourse) are visited and interacted with regularly. As not everyone has the gift of the gab (or the gift of the type?) words don’t always spring to mind to write a blog post.

As this blog discusses my interests, sometimes it’s good to kick back and “smell the roses”, as it were, and type less. Thus, I present, a mini photo essay inspired by this evening’s sunset and the beautiful country that we (South Africans) live in.

Cape Town tweeters end the holiday in style

Last night saw the gathering of several Cape Town “tweeters” (users of Twitter) at the Alba Lounge for some drinks and conversation about Twitter, technology and general “getting to know people” chat. A group of around 15 people joined for the evening. These are my thoughts.

I find tweet-ups (and the concept) quite interesting. It’s a new experience for me, introducing myself by my name, and having to say “a.k.a” and my Twitter username for the confusion to lift. Once you pass that point and everyone knows everyone on a first name basis, conversation begins to flow. I think it’s like that with introductions in general though. Moving past the “hi, my name is” moments, some great conversations were had. Everything from WordPress and tech talk, to music and cats was discussed.

Tweet-ups are an amazing way to meet people and get to know familiar faces better. The power of advertising on Twitter also became quite evident to me. Having posted and re-posted a “tweet” (message on Twitter) advertising the tweet-up and having seen the message re-tweeted by a few people, I was glad to see how many users came through who I, at the time, was not following or didn’t know. The power of multiple Twitter streams is evident in this.

@MarcPerel of From-The-Couch was filming the evening for the world to see. He and @gabyrosario filmed interviews with some of the tweeters at the event. Should be an awesome video.

Thanks to everyone that came through last night. It was awesome to meet you all and the perfect way to end off the festive season holiday. Here’s to many more tweet-ups in future.

Were you at last night’s Tweet-up? If so, what’d you think? If not, why not? 🙂

5+ South African bands you may (or may not) have heard

South Africa has a wealth of musical talent, spanning every genre imaginable. One can go out almost every night of the week and have a unique musical experience. Having been actively involved in the South African music industry for several years, I have come across a vast number of bands and solo musicians, both established and independant, that have caused my ears to prick up and listen closer. I thought I’d share some of my discoveries with you, both new, recent discoveries, and several with a few years of gigging, late nights and endless parties under their belts. Look out world, South Africa’s got talent…in bucketloads!

What does your Twitter web look like?

Twitter, the revolutionary micro-blogging startup, has taken the web by storm, introducing a vast array of users to the concept of blogging, turning social media marketing strategies on their heads, and creating a new way for users to interact with one another. With it’s 140 character limit on updates (or “tweets”) the character count allows for ease of update via a variety of devices, be it the web interface, a desktop client, your Apple iPhone or a generic mobile device (via SMS or web client).

With so many Twitter clients and update services popping up on the web today, we have such a myriad of options at our disposal. A list of popular Twitter clients, compiled by @michielb and posted by @problogger, has got me thinking about my journey on Twitter and the various clients and update facilities I’ve used. I went from web updates, to mobile web and TweetDeck updates, to TwitterFox and now to my (current) staple of a web that looks like this:

Web Interface (web) <–> Twibble (mobile) <–> FriendFeed (aggregation of services onto Twitter) <–> TweetDeck (desktop client)

So, My question today is;
What does your Twitter web look like?

Please share your web and thoughts & experiences in the comments below.

Goodbye 2008…hello 2009

So…2008 has up and left us, folks. Time to get used to dating with “09”. It’s always tough for the first few days, but hey, it gets easier. 🙂

2008 saw many ups and downs in the world and in each of our lives. Marriages, finishing of degrees, making friends, losing friends, economic downturns, discovering new technologies, experiencing new things and making unforgettable memories all happened in 2008.

Here’s to a new year. 2009 is set to be a positive year all ’round, I’d say. 2008 will soon be but a memory. In the hopes of making that memory a beautiful, peaceful one, below are some photographic snippets from my last two days of 2008.

Fail Whale spotted off the coast of Twitter

So, I just had my first viewing (I think) of the Fail Whale. Very cool.

I’ve heard plenty stories about the Twitter Fail Whale and have now seen it for myself. A rare sighting (like any whale, ofcourse) the Twitter Fail Whale arrives when Twitter’s servers are at capacity with the number of tweets passing through. TFW (The Fail Whale) has grown into an internationally known craze, sporting a merchandise range and many various articles discussing it’s sightings and general habits.

Custom WordPress Widget – Recent Posts

I’ve just finished the first round of coding of a widget idea I had for my blog this afternoon. This widget is to display recent posts. Yeah, I know, a “recent posts” widget comes bundled with WordPress. This widget is different. 🙂

In a short sentence, this widget does the following: “Give me a maximum of the latest X posts that aren’t the first X posts, and display them in a list. If there is a custom field that holds an image, grab it’s value and display the image as a square thumbnail”. The reason for this blog post is more to discuss a few things I learned while coding this widget.

5+ Must-see websites for the web 2.0 chef

I have always enjoyed cooking and food in general. I welcome to thought of experimenting with flavours and trying something new and different…but not too out there. I remember, many years ago, watching my mother pull out all kinds of recipe books from a cupboard, and scuffling through them at break-neck speeds, trying to find the recipe she was looking for. This happened several times a year, when any old recipe just wouldn’t cut it.

In today’s world of technology and inter-connectedness, I set out on a quest to find some new recipes to try out while on holiday. This search, naturally online, opened up a world I had, for some unknown reason, never considered; the web 2.0 cooking world. After finding some great recipes to try out, I started looking deeper and found a world of great social media websites, linking chefs, both professional and self-taught, from around the world, allowing them to share thoughts, tips and recipes with one another.