New Tools, New Ways to Connect

Ed | October 9, 2010 in New Media Things | Comments (1)

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In the constant search for the ultimate social media nirvana, I’ve incorporated two new tools to make sharing and connecting just a bit easier.

Tumblring along

The first new tool, Tumblr, is a blogging platform founded in 2007. While not as extensible as WordPress, it offers various features and themes in a user friendly web-based interface. It’s great for photos, short text posts, link-sharing and video sharing, with separate templates for each type of post. Tumblr offers easy integration with Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to cross-post to both platforms separately or together. Most people use a single page format, but the back-end interface allows for easy publishing of multiple pages.

I’m now using Tumblr as a photo blog, posting a new photo from my library every evening. Tumblr automatically shares these posts to Facebook and Twitter, allowing me to easily and quickly produce daily posts for these services. You can visit my Tumblr photoblog by clicking here. (Another great example of a Tumblr blog is Unhappy Hipsters.)

A new take on the digital newspaper

Have you ever wanted all the shared links in your Twitter stream to show in an easy- to-read format? Well, chances are that thought never crossed your mind, but once you discover the easy newspaper-like interface of, you’ll recognize its wonderful potential.

This new service, based in Lucerne, Switzerland, allows you to generate a single newspaper-like web-page containing the links shared by a Twitter user, user list, or a specific hashtagged topic.

For example, I follow several classical music musicians, conductors, and opera companies, and compiled them into a Twitter list. Once every 24 hours, scans the list for links, generates a newspaper-like interface containing all those stories and posts, and tweets a short link through my Twitter feed. Anyone who follows my feed can click through to see all the linked stories and media. Check out the most current edition by clicking here. I’ve also created a hashtag for my hometown. Any tweet containing a link gets compiled and sent out once every 24 hours.

It’s really quite ingenious and will be a boon for those who use Twitter as a news aggregator.

In the time that I’ve been connected through social networks, I have found it most difficult to sit and bang out blog posts and tweets. By using these two services, I can remain engaged with my communities, even when the urge to write has completely abandoned me.

Do you use any new services, tips, or tricks? Let’s hear about them in the comments.

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