TWEETCASTER, THE TWITTER CLIENT for Blackberry and Android, has given me very stable performance during a month of constant use. I recommend it as an Android application. In addition to standard Twitter functions, TweetCaster allows me to set up multiple Twitter accounts (essential when no one is listening so I can tweet myself discreetly), integrated retweets (allowing you to modify the retweet), integrated Twitter lists, notifications that vibrate the phone if you prefer, offline tweet caching for thousands of tweets to read while on the plane, URL shortening (and previews), phot0 attachment, threaded direct messages, threaded conversations, font/theme customization, landscape support, profile editing and tweet filtering.
I CHATTED WITH Mark Rock and several Irish users of Audioboo yesterday and think we enjoyed a eureka moment about threaded audio conversations. Audioboo takes the idea of radio chats to new level. Christian Payne is showing how this can be a very effective community tactic. I also think Audioboo represents the active layer of podcasting because you don't have to know how to spell the word "podcast" in order to create your first shareable audio snippet with Audioboo.
Like many people, I listen to audio conversations on the air several times a week. The liveliest are people arguing in conference calls on Joe Duffy's Liveline at 1345 every weekday on RTE Radio One. Afternoon drivetime radio also offers conversations between differing opinion-makers. In both cases, the radio stations connect the voices through phone calls and broadcast masts. Most of these broadcasts become podcasts where the conversations reach another audience, some listening to the time-delayed conversations as podcasts on their phones.
THE LADY IN WAITING starts my 10-minute round-up of the Irish Sunday papers this week as Camilla Long reports on how Kate Middleton has done her training, stopped partying and cleared her diary. All that's left is waiting. I used my SonyEricsson Xperia X10 to record this week's Qik clip, then discovered its audio recording is much better than the Nokia set-up I normally use. So I shoveled the audio over to Audioboo and hope it appeals to regular listeners over there.
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AN HISTORICAL THING is happening in Ireland this summer--audio streams are connecting people interested in sharing advice, ambient sound and random thoughts while in their gardens. And thanks to Audioboo, this exchange of social audio just got easier with clever semantic audio tracking technology that makes easy work of hooking together disparate conversations in one simple button on an iPhone. There's an iTunes link that fixes a problem with listening to longer boos, adds audio scrubbing to long recordings, puts a "more" button at the bottom of the screen for the boolist, opens Google Maps and fixes some minor bugs.
This clever app works on iOS4. There's nothing like it for Android.
MY PRESENTATION (14-minute video) to the e-learning summer school (#ELSS10) with the Dublin Higher Education Alliance sparked some questions that I will answer in a separate blog post. Below the break, I cite the primary resources that I use to create multimedia content as a third level lecturer in Tipperary Institute.
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Across Ireland, enthusiastic teachers from primary to third level attend these upskilling events during the summer. Each year, we get closer to the time when educators at all levels can dip into each others' streams, learning about the tools and the technology that can deliver innovation into the classroom. Events like the e-learning summer school (#elss10) at DIT have figured out the perfect balance between one-way presentation, lively audiece crossfires, deep-diving workshops, excellent catering and an evening dinner to top off proceedings.
EAMON COSTELLO shared Camtasia, Screenr, and accelerated learning through Google Apps for Education. I need to fold Screenr into my academic practise next semester, once I verify the clips can be pushed to the dumbest handsets in the purses and pockets of students.
My X10 at work.