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Selectively tweeting via free Android application Twitsper

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As a long time Twitter user, there are admittedly a variety of flaws in the system and culture, one of which is the ability to control who sees what you tweet publicly. Many (like me) have a private account which gives one measure of control, but others feel awkward about denying some people the ability to see their tweets. Imagine your broker, your ex wife’s best friend or your weird neighbor follows you on Twitter- sometimes it’s easier to accept than ignore.

Given that, as Android users, we’ve been on the lookout for ways to manage our Twitter accounts better, one of which is a free Android app called Twitsper which looks to be created by a University of California at Riverside grad student in the Computer Science and Engineering program. Twitter + whisper = Twitsper which allows you to limit the audience for your tweets based on groups of followers you select and you have control over each individual tweet’s destination be it fully public or to a select group.

You can create lists that have subsets of followers and the tweets are only received by other members of the list who follow you back. When no lists are selected, tweets made through Twitsper go to all followers in the normal broadcast fashion.

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So far, I’m experimenting with the app and because I have a high number of followers, not much is loading and I can’t quite make a list yet but the theory of Twitsper is sound and I plan on making it work for me because there are times that I need to message just a select number of people messages without bombarding all of my network. Benn and I host a monthly party in Austin and I plan on grouping attendees so I can message them about #BASHH without all of you in real estate around the globe being inundated with messages that don’t pertain to you or your interests.

What will you use Twitsper for?

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Harsha Madhyastha

    December 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I am one of the developers of Twitsper. Thanks for writing about it.

    I would like to clarify that you can create lists even online at twitter.com. You don’t necessarily need to create lists within Twitsper; especially for users with a large number of followers like you. When you come back to Twitsper, you will see the list you created online, and you can then send private messages to those on the list.

    • Lani Rosales

      December 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Ah very good to know, thanks for sharing, Hasha! We dig the app!! 🙂

  2. Kelsey Teel

    December 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Hooray! I’ve been wondering when someone would come up with a way to organize and sensor who sees your tweets. Facebook has done a good job with this through their use of privacy controls and groups.

    Then again, I’ve always thought that maybe that was Twitter’s prerogative from the get go. They have gone in a different direction than Facebook in many ways. While Facebook has been updated multiple times, Twitter has remained notoriously simple with the one recent update being the only one. Why hasn’t Twitter already done this?

    The main advantages would be privacy and cutting down on useless tweets. Too bad it can’t magically stop spam, excessive quotes, and auto DMs asking me to become a fan of a Facebook page. 😉

  3. Agent for Movoto

    December 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    this should prove to be really useful to agents who want to get specific with targeting certain clients with particular listings or tips!

    • Lani Rosales

      December 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      Exactly! Agents could have a hyperlocal neighborhood news list even!

  4. Ann Cummings

    December 7, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Love this idea! I don’t have my new phone yet, which will be a Droid, however I’ve been saving the great suggestions for when I do get it, hopefully in next week or so. I need to get much better about lists and how to use them – love what you’ve written about here Lani. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lani Rosales

      December 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      Let us know when you get your phone, we love swapping app tips!!

  5. Sara Bonert

    December 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Just last week I switched from a blackberry (loonng time user) over to the droid. It has been a huge adjustment, but every day I am amazed by how much more I can do on it. I am just getting into tweeting mobilely on it, and still trying to use tweetdeck because that is what I am used to on my pc – but no such feature exists in their system. So I’ll have to add this to the 1000 other new things I have yet to learn on the new phone!

    • Lani Rosales

      December 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      Ha ha, when we got our new phones we were obsessed for the first two weeks. It gets easier, I promise! 🙂

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Infinity Maps is the most mind-blowing visual workspace ever

(TECHNOLOGY) Infinity Maps is bringing together whiteboarding, diagramming, and real-time collaboration all in one neat tool.

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Digital tools should be effective and efficient. They should help you plan, create, and manage your projects so your team can build solutions to your overall goals. While many tools say they are the all-in-one tool solution, this is a pretty bold statement to make. Each company is different, and one size doesn’t necessarily fit all.

However, there comes a time when such a tool comes slightly close to filling that spot. Infinity Maps seeks to do this by marrying some of the best qualities of different tools and adding its spice to the mix.

What does Infinity Maps offer?

Whiteboarding
The web application is partially an online whiteboard tool. In your workspace, called Canvas, you create your content by using cards. In these cards, you can add text, images, and files. Cards can be nested indefinitely creating hierarchies while still maintaining a “clear and concise” structure. You can do this by simply dragging a card into another card.

Diagramming
To visualize how each card correlates to one another, you have the option to link cards with arrows. These arrows are further organized by changing the color of each one or changing the color of the card itself.

Real-time collaboration
Infinity Maps lets your team collaborate in real-time. To work together, you can invite users to your map. When you share your workspace, you assign people different roles so they have the correct permissions to read or write on your map. Like Google’s web tools, you can see who is using the map because each username will show up next to their cursor and be assigned a different color.

Zoomable interface
Navigating through Infinity Maps is easy and works just like Google Maps. By double-clicking, you are taken directly to the card you selected. You can also scroll up and down and use the trackpad to zoom in and out of your map. This feature is super helpful when you have hundreds of cards on your map.

Why Infinity Maps?
The company says Infinity Maps is a “revolutionary new product that allows you to organize vast amounts of information visually & spatially”. It is a combination of Miro, Notion, and Google Maps all into one.

“What are we doing differently?” asks Infinity Maps CEO & Co-Founder Johannes Grenzemann. “With Infinity Maps, we are building a knowledge management system that allows you to create vast, huge knowledge bases [that] depict high complexity and depth while staying mind friendly because it’s a visual approach,” Grenzemann said.

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Overall, Infinity Maps is a neat knowledge tool. It can be used in several ways, from students trying to organize their thesis to startups managing their product launches.

If you’re interested in checking them out to see if they are indeed the all-in-one tool solution, you can sign up to start mapping. A free account gives you access to 3 maps, up to 150 cards per map, and 50MB of cloud space. If you need more space to map out your ideas, you can unlock additional cards by inviting a friend or purchasing cards. Pro, unlimited, and team subscriptions plans are also available for purchase.

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China cracks down on user data collection, allegedly cares about privacy

(TECH) Either China’s government just grew a conscience, or they’re trying to compete on a global stage. Either way, they’re implementing new laws.

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In an uncharacteristic looking move for end-user privacy and choice, China has passed sweeping new legislation entitled the Personal Information Protection Law. It’s set to take effect on November 1, 2021, and includes provisions governing consent in user data collection of tech applications and specifies how companies can use that data, especially if that data is to be transferred out of China.

This is the second of two pieces of legislation to emerge this year as China takes a hard look at their cyberspace and try their hand at oversight.

The Data Security law, which came into effect on Sept. 1, set classification frameworks for data based on “its economic value and relevance to China’s national security” as cited in Reuters.

According to experts, both laws will require companies to reevaluate how they collect and store data on a massive scale. As regulations continue to develop rapidly during China’s re-examination of their tech industry, companies are scrambling to meet the stringent new requirements and adjust their infrastructure for compliance at a break-neck pace.

Takeaways:

  • The Personal Information Protection Law similar in design to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation
  • China’s top cyberspace regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), issued an investigation into Didi Global Inc, their version of Uber, with accusations of user privacy violations
  • An extensive set of rules targeting business practices that undermine fair competition, such as cultivating reviews, were implemented by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR)
  • 43 apps were accused of illegally transferring user data and called out by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and required to make “rectifications”

Similar cyberspace scrutiny is happening in the US regarding monopolies held by some of the biggest players in tech like Google, Facebook, and Amazon but is moving very slowly through the legislative process.

In terms of how this impacts Americans, TikTok is currently one of the single most downloaded apps in the US and owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance. According to The Sun, ByteDance is now the most valuable startup in the world with an estimated value of 1 billion USD.

Many doubt that China actually cares about privacy, but some believe that keeping up the appearance of playing by modern corporate rules benefits their government as they seek global dominance.

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Apparently, the chip shortage is NOT easing up this year…

(TECH NEWS) If you’re a tech person who has tried to buy anything with a chip in it, you know there’s been a shortage and therefore a buying frenzy. Which apparently isn’t ending soon.

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It appears that the chip shortage, a phenomenon that has plagued production for the last six or so months, is not easing up like people had initially predicted. The real-world effects of this shortage are varied, but impactful.

The Daily Brew’s Dan McCarthy reports that the average wait time for chip deliveries is up to over 20 weeks at this point, a number that (despite postulation that the second half of 2021 would see increased chip production) is higher than the wait times in both July and June of this year.

The chip shortage has a few different roots, but the primary one as of late is a slew of COVID-19 outbreaks in Southeast Asia – specifically near locations that produce large numbers of semiconductors for the rest of the world. It’s thought that the wait time will increase in the coming weeks, even as companies slash predictions and hunker down for a hit to their profits this season.

For context, manufacturers were having to wait for a little over 12 weeks for their semiconductors this time last year. It’s clear that we’re going in the wrong direction if we’re planning to keep up production going into this next year.

The implications of such a shortage range from baffling to sobering. Earlier this year, people struggled to find PS5s for reasonable prices; more importantly, though, is the effect this shortage is having on the automobile industry. A couple of weeks ago, Toyota announced a 40 percent cut in production plans for September.

With GM, Ford, Stellantis, and VW adding that they will most likely cut back on production as well, it looks like the 2022 vehicle market will be the latest casualty to lower-than-optimal supply in a time of moderate demand.

While the chips used in cars, appliances, and other common electronics are profoundly affected by the shortage, it appears that “power management” chips (the ones used in smaller devices, namely smartphones) have a decreased wait time from last month. This somewhat contradicts a shortage warning by Apple in late July, though we’re clearly not out of the woods regarding production efficiency yet.

It is extremely likely that this shortage will impact auto and appliance production in 2022.

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