TweetFuel. A new(ish) experiment from Stinkdigital

Tweetfuel from Stinkdigital on Vimeo.

TweetFuel is an Arduino-controlled experiment that uses the Nike+ FuelBand to measure the health of our Twitter account.

This is something I meant to write about a long time ago. I also wanted to write a detailed and smart post about how and why the project came about, what it’s meant to say about Stinkdigital, how we had to get Nike onboard because we do a lot of work for them, maybe share some details about how and why we simplified the site design to make it feel less like a ‘product’ launch, how we used HTML5/JS, Arduino, Python, and the coverage we got in FWA, FastCo Create, FastCo Design, and lots of other magazines and blogs.

But time has passed, it’s was launched almost 3 months ago now…. so all you really need to know is that we got it from concept to working prototype in 5 days.

Whenever someone follows, RTs or mentions @stinkdigital, our custom made motorized kit spins a mounted Nike+ FuelBand.

So far the video has had 24,100 plays — and I’m still super happy with it as a piece of work.

http://tweetfuel.stinkdigital.com/

Retweets count. (So do mentions.)

Twitter adds World Cup hashtag icons

This little thing popped up on Twitter recently. A small icon next to a hashtag. Kinda interesting and opens up lots of possibilities for them.

– Will they start to categorise more big events?
– Is this how Promoted Tweets might work?
– Shows group opinion well and makes the stream easier to scan read
– Rewards people that use the Twitter website instead of a 3rd party client

Nice touch from Twitter.

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Google. The Beast

It’s so easy to forget about how much personal information we hand over to Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. My mind was sharply focused again today when I read today that MySpace has taken a bold step and allowed a large quantity of bulk user data to be put up for sale.

The truth is that we really have no idea how these companies will use our data for in the future.

Here’s a video which makes Google look a bit scary.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9925756&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00adef&fullscreen=1

THE BEAST FILE: GOOGLE from Hungry Beast on Vimeo.

Social Music usefulness

Useful Thing Number 1 – Discover music via Spotify

Spotibothttp://spotibot.com/

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I’m Spotibot, and I help you discover music you like on Spotify.

Just type @spotibot similar to into Twitter and then the name of an artist. I’ll send you back a recommendation within five minutes. Or can also use the Spotibot Playlist Generator.

Useful Thing Number 2 – Create Spotify playlists from iTunes

Listifyhttp://www.listify.co.uk/

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Turn iTunes playlists into Spotify playlists. Ever wanted to bring your home music collection to work? Crafted out a playlist on iTunes but want to put it on the studio Spotify? You get the point. iTunes to Spotify.

1. In iTunes Right click the playlist name > Export > Save as plain text

2. Upload the .txt file

Your Campaign On A Page

Love this campaign site SVT – a Swedish TV iPhone app.

Everything on a single page – campaign idea, open letter to steve job, video product demo, selection of screenshots, pre-filled twitter message and feed, twingly and facebook feeds, live video streaming from Apple HQ (I’m assuming it’s spoofed), click “Ya” to announce approval if you’re Steve Jobs, “Ya” ticker and Youtube webcam “Ya” uploads.

Sounds like a lot but it works really well for this.

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The kicker is that it turns out that the approval campaign is a PR stunt – the app was only submitted the day before it all broke. Not many people will know that. But Apple will.

Wonder if SVT might find themselves having a few ‘approval difficulties’ for this one.

http://www.dearstevejobs.com/

Update: Apple has just released the following statement:

The SVT app was just submitted for App Store approval today. We look forward to reviewing it as part of the normal review process in hopes that it may soon join the more than 100,000 apps already on the App Store.”