January, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    Unfollowing Explained



    Enjoyed JoyOfTech yesterday :) It’s the new social gesture…

  • Steve Clayton

    The Alternative Stephen Fry Gathering



    [update] Just got a nod (well DM) of approval from the man himself



    My pal Tony Cocks and I have concluded that Stephen Fry’s appearance at ye olde Apple Shoppe in London this coming Monday is likely to be a mob scene. We’re still going to try to make it in but in the event of a failure we’re thinking of decamping to The Burlington Arms which has the following benefits

    1. We’ll likely be able to hear Stephen’s booming voice from there
    2. They serve beer which last time I looked the Apple Store doesn’t
    3. I’m confident there will be an open Wifi AP nearby so we can live Tweet the event
    4. I’m assuming Stephen will be reading Tweets during the event and will then obviously decamp to be with the Twitterers at said ale house

    So…see you there on Monday. I’ll be the one with a PC :)

    • address:21 Old Burlington Street, W1S 2JL
    • nearest station: Oxford Circus
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  • Steve Clayton

    Doubling Your Clientele With Twitter


    I retweeted this great story that Jack Schofield shared on Twitter this morning and it’ll now become my anecdote to explain Twitter to those who don’t understand it. In a nutshell, a coffee shop owner used Twitter as a way to engage with his clients in a personal way and built a community. He then starting taking realtime orders via Twitter at the request of a follower…



    Of course that’s totally open to someone abusing his trust but he’d already built up a loyal community via Twitter – so much so that a Tweetup at his coffee shop attracted 100 Houston Twitter users who naturally bought food and coffee whilst there and further bolstered J.R. Cohen and CoffeeGroundz community.

    Next time I visit Houston I’ll have to track this place down as I suspect many others like me will do too.


    Community is a powerful thing if you invest time in it and nurture it. I found this myself this morning when I asked Twitter for some help



    Within an hour I had 5 offers of help from a range of people who were keen and kind enough to offer their services immediately and completely for free to help. (thankyou to all who responded and ReTweeted)

    Though Common Craft’s Twitter in Plain English video is a great explanation of what it’s all about, these two stories define Twitter for me.

    In a world where increasingly people are looking out for themselves, Twitter is a breath of fresh air and a reminder that community is a powerful and beautiful thing.

  • Steve Clayton

    Tagged by JP



    As JP Rangaswami said himself, Blame it on Glyn Moody for this post. I’ve tried to avoid this tagging malarkey but as it’s JP I’ll play along


    The tag requires me to

    (a) republish these rules

    • Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
    • Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
    • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
    • Let them know they’ve been tagged.

    (b) share seven (preferably less well-known) facts about myself

      1. The first job I can remember saying I wanted was an F1 driver
      2. The second was a journalist
      3. I still have my first Microsoft PC – a Toshiba Tecra 700CT that still boots!
      4. I collect dolls – well, limited edition James Jarvis figures really
      5. I’ve done 3 bungee jumps. One in Europe, two in NZ
      6. I love hats. Not that one up there though… ;)
      7. I’ve barrel rolled a jet plane…no passengers onboard I’m happy to say

    (c) Tag seven people. Here goes:

    1. Kris Hoet
    2. Jas Dhaliwal
    3. SwissMiss
    4. Paul Fabretti
    5. Marc Holmes
    6. David Brain
    7. Sarah Perez
  • Steve Clayton

    Google Talks Software plus Services


    Great stuff, GMail goes offline and endorses the Software plus Services approach.

    I couldn't have said it better myself really. Well, maybe I can as this approach it viable for more than just email…see below for what is Software plus Services.

    Seriously, this is how people want to work and it’s good to see Google putting Gears behind GMail and enabling this even if it is in beta and from GMail Labs.

    This advance does acknowledge that offline is important, and it begs the question as to whether offline is better done within a browser or client software. Don’t mistake this for me pushing a Windows agenda – that client software that could be clients written in AIR or even Java that are cross platform. I love the web and it’s kept me in a job since I left university but client software has it’s benefits.

    For me it means Outlook of course for email but extend this to Salesforce.com and CRM and you have the same question – if you’re taking that business information  offline, is a browser the best client for features and performance? Ever wonder how many people use Salesforce.com in Outlook? Of course that doesn’t quite jive with the “No Software” line but trust me, it’s plenty.

    Anyhow, I’ve heard the accusation that Software plus Services is Microsoft’s way of avoiding the whole SaaS debate and Web 2.0 and protecting the Windows and Office client base but at it’s core, it’s exactly what Google has just announced here. The combination of client software and cloud services to give customers choice and flexibility.

    Funny how things come around.  

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