Rules, guidelines, research and more


70% of your tweets should share resources- sharing others’ voices, opinions, quotes, blog posts, articles, content and resources

20% of your tweets should engage in conversations with others, responding, connecting, collaborating and connecting with others.

10% of your tweets can be chirping, chitchat as Angela calls it, on trivial details or self-promotion.

via 10 Tips For Managing Twitter As Your Usage Increases | Blog of Mr. Tweet.

All these rules, guidelines. Not sure I endorse any of them. I assume their target audiences are people tweeting for business reasons.

Twitter is many things to many different people. What works for you may not work for the next person. Or do you plan your conversations to include “70% of resource sharing”?

But by quoting this guideline, I am showing that this kind of article works. 10 steps to success… Follow this method and success will be yours.

Research on Jaiku:

Apparently… who knew… Research has found… Microbloggers are really boring… The article shows 3 things: either there were no linguists on the research team, otherwise they would know that a lot of content that is sent across the communication channel is “meaningless in itself” but serves the purpose of keeping the communication going. Or secondly if there was a linguist on the research team he or she failed to make this connection. And thirdly the amazing culture of searching (errr… by default gooogling) for everything. I entered the new disclaimer of this site as a search phrase “This is a very boring personal website” to find the article on Jaiku research.

In was für einer Welt lebe ich eigentlich.

Personal projects:

The MBA project is moving along. It was quite an experience to be on-campus at a large state university.  One thing that struck me most was the vast expanses of ruralness. When I think of the US from my Euro-centric perspective, it comprises sprawling big cities like San Francisco, New York, Miami, Chicago. Influenced by visits and movies. But 2 weeks in West Lafayette have changed this image. Lots of farmland between O’Hare International Airport and the uni.

143 cities in china

I learned – during one of the cultural classes – that China has 143 cities with a population of over 1 million. Compared with the US where there are about 52 metropolitan areas with a population of over 1 million.

Somehow I find it both comforting and scary that the superpower of the world is based on large expanses of small and mid-sized towns that depend on farming.

Compare this with the increasing pressures of urbanization in many parts of the world.

The big three: Land, water, food.

Blue collar wage rates

Another amazing fact from a euro-centric perspective: The wage rate in Indiana dropped from $30 to $15 within one year. That number alone shows the crisis.

New cam: Going to get an S90 to replace my overexposing Ixus 900 Ti.

Flickr wall: I want to build a Flickr wall based on this example. Wish me good luck…

Free advice for a Twitter/Google/Facebook/Friendfeed world…

And a finally word of advice: Remember that all of your precious UGC data that is stored at external, commercial sites may be gone tomorrow. Don’t take 5 years to learn this.

By nchenga

Nchenga-nchenga is my nickname. is my online playground, scrap book, and on-going collection of bookmarks and interesting quotes. Chiperoni is a Malawian term for cold, grey, rainy weather. I am a bridge blogger somewhere between Basel and Blantyre. The opinions and comments expressed here are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in anyway. So far, this blog is free of advertising or paid articles or similar.


  1. Btw, the “boring” research statement reminds me of when blogging left its nerdy corner and entered mainstream not too long ago — suddenly, we’d read all sorts of complaints about how bloggers post boring, personal stuff and how blogging as a whole was going downhills, n’est-ce pas?

    The thing is that blogging, microblogging and even writing for print are only vehicles, and they are great means to serve very different purposes. That’s what makes them so remarkable. (Cf. the literature wars in e.g. 18th century Britain… novel writers were looked down upon by poets and scholars, because the consens was that novels don’t deserve the paper and ink used to publish them. Eventually, the reading public taught them different: everyone was drawn into novels, admitted or consumed in secret. )

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