I realize that many (most) of you are not on Twitter. I am, however, on Twitter and I find it to be a joy. I have had a few complaints (just a few) because I tend to be random on Twitter. If you want only a stream of technical .NET resources, then don't follow me. However, if you want to follow the Whole Person, then please, join the fun.
The most wonderful part of Twitter is just letting it flow over you. I tend to discover lots of interesting and cool stuff. So much so that I've started "Favorite-ing" things I want to save for later. That means clicking the little Star icon. You can access any Twitter user's favorites by putting /favorites at the end of their URL, like http://twitter.com/shanselman/favorites. There are 3rd parties like FavStar that mine this information, both favorites (stars) and retweets (RTs) and then sort by popularity. You can see my most "popular" tweets here: http://favstar.fm/users/shanselman. These tend of be ones that folks want to save for later themselves.
For the people that aren't on Twitter (or aren't on it as much as I am) I thought I'd do a post each week or so with a roundup of the most awesome links I've come upon that week on Twitter. One stop shopping for awesome. I'll also add some commentary about why it's awesome. These aren't all development centric, but they were interesting to me.
shanselman: "I'm on Google+ on a 'Hangout' right now. It's basically ChatRoulette for nerds with invites. And pants."
I was playing with Google+ today and this was my first impression. I tweeted it and it was retweeted a few hundred times and was eventually a "Top Tweet" when you searched for "Google Plus" for several hours, which I thought was hilarious. You never know what throwaway tweet will be seen by thousands. I was happy so I favorite it.
harrison_ Can't wait to try Google+, because if anything Wave, Latitude, Buzz, Orkut, Jaiku & Dodgeball proves Google knows how to run social networks.
Twitter is a haven for sarcasm and snark. Love it.
XKCD, one of the web's most brilliant and insightful comics had this to say about Google Plus. I guess they just wanted something that wasn't Facebook. Found this via shawncdean.
clipperhouse Only just read this, stats on Fog Creek internships vs applicants: http://t.co/fCr3BH9
Some really interesting charts and graphs talking in great detail about how FogCreek software finds their new recruits, where they've had success and where they just haven't.
miketaylr This new Google web fonts gallery is the bees knees: http://www.google.com/webfonts/v2
There are just hundreds of great free fonts here for you to use on your website.
shanselman: This is literally the funniest thing I've seen All Week. Tech Company Org Charts: http://twitpic.com/5ior9c
I found this on Facebook and tweeted it. As they say, "it's funny because it's true."
It was retweeted almost 900 times and the image on just my Twitpic of it has been seen over 33,000 times. Amazing. Someone named "manu" made it. If you know their site, let me know and I'll link to them!
UPDATE: Reader Matthew found Manu Cornet's blog. The original artist and source for this "Technology Company Organizational Charts" diagram blogs here!
subdigital: Ruby is slow, but at least it's open
Ben Scheirman said this and it resonated with me. I'd like to help create something that is fast (ASP.NET) and open (???).
JosephHill: New office policy: Next time there is a fire alarm, (1) commit (2) pull (3) merge (4) push (5) exit through stairwell
Please, people, comment to source control BEFORE you save yourself from a fire! ;)
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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.