Who’s tweeting who?

Twitter are notoriously guarded about user information and Twitter usage statistics. In August 2008 I wrote about the Twitter usage figures and Twitter demographics that were available – data from Hitwise and Compete.

As Twitter has grown there is more information available – yet still nothing from Twitter officially and statistics generally do not take account of usage of Twitter tools like Tweetdeck and Twhirl.

via Twitter demographics and usage statistics – data from Compete, Hitwise, Quantcast, Nielsen and Twitterholic.

10 Social Media People You Should Meet

For all the panels, parties and networking, the best part of SXSW was meeting some truly amazing people. There was an A-List of the “who’s who” at the conference, and many of whom I had met – like Erin Kotecki Vest, Brian Solis, Stephanie Agresta, and the list goes on- and many I looked forward to meeting for the first time.

Here is my list of the top ten Social Media rockstars that I met at SXSW (in no particular order). I believe everyone should meet these influential folks in 2009:

via 10 Social Media People You Should Meet | Pelago, Inc..

Stumbling upon history

Today I came across a quote by Earl Warren in an InfoWeek email bulletin: “Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.”

Not really knowing who Earl Warren was I found out quickly he was Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1953 to 1969. One of the most influential men of his day he is largely responsible for the Miranda Warning, secured a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, headed the Warren Commission that studied JFK’s assassination, affirmed inter-racial marriage, and interpreted the Sixth Amendment to require all criminal defendants to receive publicly funded counsel. Wow! Warren turned out to be a much more liberal justice than Eisenhower intended at the time of his appointment.

Other Earl Warren quotes of interest to me:

  • To get what you want, STOP doing what isn’t working.
  • The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.
  • I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.

So, other than picking up a few quotes that affirm my personal preferences this little excursion into history makes me ask the following question: if the courts wield so much power why don’t we pay more attention to them? Why don’t we learn about Supreme Court Justices like we learn about past Presidents?

Camp Mack Mapping Project – First Draft

This past weekend I had an excellent meeting with Matt Myers of SAMBA. We reviewed my trail mapping progress to date and did a significant amount of editing.

You can view the product of that meeting here. We’re still several steps away from a completed map but things are coming along quickly. Next steps include review of the map by the Ranger at Camp Mack and comign up with better symbology on the map to indicate single track vs vehicular trail etc.