Record shops, none

I realised this week that there isn't actually anywhere to buy a new record where I live in Camden (home of Brit Pop for chistsake!).  Only a couple of yeas ago there were loads places to get the latest releases. Reckless Records went first  – quirky but expensive (wouldn't stock “pop” music”). Then suddenly and sadly Fopp went. Virgin turned in Zavvi and then collapsed and now even Woolworths has gone which wasn't even a good record shop in the first place.

In fact anyone wanting to buy the latest releases needs to head into Oxford Street, and even there it's now just the one (albeit massive) HMV store.

Bit of a shame that. Sure Amazon and Play et al will deliver new releases to your door on the day of release, but there was always something exciting about picking up a new album on the day of release from the shop, seeing who else was buying it.

Schedule Tweets

Twuffer lets you schedule tweets (messages on Twitter, don't cha know) for a predefined time of your choosing. Twitters main idealogy was the “What are you doing now?” question; so a scheduler sort of flies in the face of that. Yet it's clear Twitter is now being used by organisations as a general purpose broadcast medium and Twuffer suggests some of it's own uses:

  • tweet hourly/daily/monthly announcements
  • appointment/milestone reminders
  • run a time-based scavenger hunt
  • notify subscribers about upcoming podcast or video episodes
  • appear to never sleep

Twitter: Expressions of the Whole Self

Twitter: Expressions of the Whole Self – An investigation into user appropriation of a web-based communications platform is research paper by Edward Mischaud (MSc in Politics and Communication) at London School Of Economic.

It's an interesting piece, and it gets quite deep over the course of 50 odd pages covering the Social Shaping of Technology and the
Social Construction of Technology theories. In the findings Mischaud breaks down the Twitter question “What are you doing?” into different types of responses.