UberTwitter for Blackberry Phones

I’ve been using my Blackberry for almost a full year now and for the majority of that time, I’ve been using an application called twitterberry to access my twitter stream.  It works, but has some major failings for me.  Most importantly, it doesn’t allow for multiple twitter accounts.  Not that big of a deal for most people, but a downside for me.  Also, it seemed to load pretty slowly, and the customization is pretty limited.  So, with those things in mind, I went looking for something a little bit better.  What I found was UberTwitter.

UberTwitter is a great app.  It does multiple accounts.  Not as well as I could dream, but well enough that it satisfies my needs.  Loading still can be a bit slow, but it does it pretty well and when it does update, it remembers where I was in the stream.  That’s very helpful.  There’s plenty of customization (most of which I haven’t even touched on.).  It’s got a “add location” feature that I found a bit annoying.  That’s because it automatically added a link to my location on to each twitter posting.  I quickly figured out how to turn that off, and now I can add it if I so choose, but it isn’t on every post.  It also has the ability to modify the font size which allows me to reduce the size and see more of my stream at once.

There are a few other things that are completely unnecessary for me, but are probably pretty cool for other folks.  For instance, the “who’s twittering near you” feature.  It takes the location of your device and finds others who are within a certain mileage from you.  In a bigger city, that’s probably a pretty cool feature.  Here, in rural North Dakota, it’s nearly useless.

Overall, I’ll be sticking with the UberTwitter app.  At least until I can give the official RIM app a try and see if it’s any better.

Is Twitter Almost Done?

It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since I started using twitter.com.  In fact, it really hasn’t been that long.  But there is a whole lot of talk about the effect of a couple of big stories that have revolved around the web service.  Most notably, the smackdown that Ashton Kutcher gave CNN and the recent joining of the queen of daytime talk, Oprah.

The biggest bit of talk is whether those two stories mean that twitter has officially gone mainstream or not.  On top of that, if it has gone mainstream, will that be the beginning of its demise as the geek core that made it famous begin an exodus?  As to the mainstream question, I think it has, or nearly has gone mainstream.  Will that mean the end of it?  Not likely.

People said the same thing when Facebook opened up their doors to people without .edu email addresses.  The rabble was let in, they said.  The younger users will flock away to competitors like myspace.  In fact, Facebook has grown exponentially since then. 

Twitter will also grow exponentially.  Or should anyways.  It has to try and keep up with the growth.  Something that twitter hasn’t been doing so well with in recent months.  The fail whale has become a rather regular occurance.  Further, geeks aren’t going to exodus from twitter.  There will always be a bigger, fancier, better service to come along.  Some will bleed off the edge to those services, but a majority of the people who use twitter now, realize it’s usefullness and will continue to use it.

Feel free to explore those other services, you wouldn’t want to wait a few years to join the next twitter like I did. 😉

In case you missed it, I can be found on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/thatedeguy

Who Do You Follow?

It’s been a few weeks now and I’m still holding on strong to Twitter.  I hadn’t really expected it to still be around after this much time, but I’m really starting to like it a lot.  The more I use it, the more I like it.  It’s much more conversational than a blog and affords some interaction with other bloggers and other people that commenting wouldn’t allow.

I thought that I would share a little of my life on Twitter.  So, I’m going to share with you all the folks that I follow.  Most are worth following, so if you’re looking for some starter people, or more people, give this list a try.  Some won’t be your cup of tea, but some might be and you’ll gain something. By the way, if you want to follow me, my twitter username is thatedeguy.

The list (in twitter’s order):

Not a horribly long list.  Some, I’m noticing as I type the list, are inactive so you might find a few duds in there, but most are pretty good folks to listen to.

Need to Track URLs that Adsense Shows Up On

So, I have a conundrum.  My adsense account is showing clicks that aren’t showing as views.  They don’t appear in my URL channels or any of my other defined channels.  On the one hand, I don’t mind a few extra clicks here and there, but it’s a fine line.  If, for instance, those clicks and views are from a URL that has nudity or violence on them, I would be in violation of the Adsense TOS.  If  they aren’t, then I could just let them go for ever and rack up the money.

I don’t know whether they are from old sites that are cached, or revenue share sites that I submitted my ID to, or if someone has jacked my Publisher ID for some odd reason.  And I’d like to find out.  Which is where the problem surfaces.  I can’t find a good way to find the URLs.  I could turn on the “Allowed” URL feature in adsense, but that feature has some limitations that I don’t really want to deal with.  The biggest being that it’s limited to only 100 allowed URLs.  I don’t have anywhere near 100 sites, but if you were to try and allow all the Google cache sites, you’d quickly surpass that limit and you’d be losing out on some very valid adsense impressions and possibly some clicks too.

I’ve tried to search via Google with my publisher ID, but since the code is in Javascript, I can’t find anything.  I found a site a few weeks ago that would somehow do it, but it was a paid site.  I’m cheap, so I passed it up.  Of course, I can’t remember what site it was either.  I’d still like to find a free way to do it.  If they can do it for a paid site, there has to be a way to do it, so what is it?

Anyone ever done anything like this?  I tried to ask Matt Cutts on Twitter (@mattcutts), but he didn’t respond.  Either he doesn’t know, he sicked the Google KGB on me for a shady question, or he missed the question, or he’s ignoring me.  Any way you crack it, it doesn’t help me.