PicoBuzz – Another Twitter Buzz Chart

PicoBuzz Site Logo

There are literally tons of people using Twitter these days. However, keeping track of the buzz is difficult unless you use a website such as PicoBuzz.com. PicoBuzz.com is setup in a similar fashion as music billboards. The chart showcases the buzzword, current spot, last spot, and at least five people who mentioned that buzzword on twitter with a link to see more tweets referring to the word.

PicoBuzz Billboard

Some of the buzzwords mentioned in todays chart are lunch, coffee, indiana jones, wii, and facebook. Outside of getting a glance as to what the TwitterVerse is talking about, PicoBuzz really doesn’t do much else.

Twitter Blog Confirms Downtime Issues

Having a look at the official Twitter blog, Twitter has announced that they have detected errant API usage through their Jabber resources.

We found an errant API project eating way too much of our Jabber (a flavor of instant messenger) resources. This activity (which we’ve corrected) had an affect of overloading our main database, resulting in the error pages and slowness most people are now encountering.

We’re bringing services back online now. Some will be slower than others for a while, and we’ll be watching IM and IM-based API clients very closely. We’ll also be taking steps to avoid this behavior in the future.

For god sakes, I hope this is what has been causing all of their issues lately and they get this problem fixed as soon as possible. I need my Twitter fix!

TwitterAdder 20 Random Friends

TwitterAdder.com Logo
For those of you having trouble finding so called ‘friends‘ on twitter, your in luck. Using TwitterAdder, you can now have 20 random people added as friends to your account.

TwitterAdder is the newest guy in the bunch to use the Twitter API. After you login to their site using your username and password, TwitterAdder then takes 20 random people and adds them to your friends list. I’m not going to give this service a try since I recently figured out how I want to use Twitter effectively. However, if you end up giving the service a try, let me know how the results turned out.

Crank Up The TweetVolume

TweetVolume.com LogoI recently discovered this site by accident and although it’s use is fairly simple, it gives the user a chance to look deep inside in the Twitterverse.

TweetVolume is a service which uses a combination of Twitter and Google to visually show how many times a word or phrase has been used on the Twitter Network. Although the Twitter userbase makes up a small portion of the Internet, it is quite entertaining to figure out what the GENERAL interests are within the Twitter community.

TweetVolume in action showing how many times the words Tea, Coffee and Water have appeared on Twitter

For instance, Coffee appears over 15,000 times while Tea appears only 5,010 times and Water only appears 3,920 times. Therefor, it is safe to assume that the majority of Twitter users are coffee drinkers. It’s also interesting to note that the word Lunch appears over 17,000 times which is the highest amount when compared with other times of the day. So now we know what workers are really doing on their lunch breaks.

If I had one suggestion, it would be to somehow someway include the actual Twitter message or messages that included the searched term. This set of results could also be complimented by the username who created the message and then the username could link to their Twitter page. Think of these as Twitter Referral links which would show the actual post that the word was used in. I think that would be pretty cool.

I’ve already spent an hour dabbling with the service and I’m sure I will probably waste even more time trying to figure out what the buzz is all about within the Twitterverse. Give it a shot and report back with your findings!