Any time Internet dignitaries swing by, it’s always good to show them a good old fashioned Portland welcome. And so I’m hoping that you—the geeky Portland consulate—can provide some suggestions for what Johann should do while he’s here in town. Read More
When it comes to Twitter, people get a little excited around these parts. In fact, we like to think of Portland as one of the most Twittery towns around. So when TweetMeme released a new “follow me” button that provides some interesting details about you and your Twitter account, it was no surprise that Portlanders—not to mention other folks around the Web—were quick to start banging on it.
What might surprise you, however, is that one local Twitter-focused company is baked right into the goodness that is the new TweetMeme Follow button—and that company is Portland-based Twitalyzer. Read More
Despite all the Portland love for the Twitter, the fact remains that—for the uninitiated—Twitter can be a bit of a foreign realm. Crazy shorthand. Weird @ replies. And those strange phrases crammed behind # signs.
But since early 2009, one site has been working to change that. Well, at least by providing some insight into that whole hashtag thing (the # phrases). That site is Portland-based tagal.us, a site focused on helping define the hashtags used on Twitter. And today, it passed a major milestone by capturing a definition for its 10,000th hashtag. Read More
Well, it turns out that Portland—the town that very well may have more Twitter users per capita than any other—has managed to keep pushing the Portland-based Twitalyzer team to make their analysis of Twitter user behavior better and better. (Probably because of all the folks who felt they deserved a free beer at Beer and Blog.)
Now, I know, I know. I’ve doted on Portland-based COLOURlovers time and time again. If I’m waxing philosophic about the amazing community they’ve built around sharing color palettes then I’m highlighting another award or recognition they’ve received. It really and truly is one of the most beautiful sites in Portland—if not on the entire Web.
But their latest little venture has me a wee bit slackjawed. Not only is it an excellent application of the wealth of color knowledge they’ve accumulated, it’s also a tool that makes even the hue managing challenged—like yours truly—look like a true artiste.
Introducing COLOURlovers themeleon, an Web-based service that will let you create stunning Twitter backgrounds in a matter of seconds—and soon likely themes for any number of customizable sites. Read More
We’re a fairly tight-knit community here in the Portland startup scene. Even if those startups have nothing to do with tech.
One of the best examples? The Portland food cart scene. We know it’s awesome. And it’s also a primary source of sustenance that fuels any number of late night hacking session—or even daytime hacking session depending on the cart.
Arguably, there is no more beloved cart—at least by the local geeks—than Whiffies, the fried pie cart at Cartopia on SE Hawthorne. Especially because Whiffies’ strong Twitter presence. So it was great to see Whiffies, Food Carts Portland‘s Dieselboi, and even Strange Love Live getting a little love from the national press. Read More
[HTML2]It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to unveil a new version of memePDX, Portland tech news for those short on time and attention. And you’ll be happy to hear that we took your feedback to heart. We tried to keep it shorter and we tried to keep it more local.
Now there’s still some national stuff going on this week. But for the most part Cami Kaos and I are talking about Portland stuff like WordCamp Portland, Second Porch, LinuxCon, Linux Plumbers Conference, Google teaching computers to read, and I made $384 or $484 yesterday thanks to Twitter.
So without further ado, let’s get to it. Read More
[HTML2]Former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, who served two terms from 1995-2003, has decided to throw his hat into the ring for another gubernatorial bid. His Kitzhaber 2010 campaign launched this week.
And even though he hasn’t been out of the political dance that long, quite a few things have changed since his last bid—roughly a decade ago.
[HTML2]Now, you may not realize this, but during my day job I’m constantly sifting through media reports. Gargantuan PDFs or documents that contain a series of clipped links and snippets about specific clients or subjects. The reports are unwieldy at best. And I can only imagine what kind of workload this effort creates for the agencies that compile them for me—and any number of other clients—on a daily basis.
Long story short, the whole “tracking media coverage” thing—whether for PR firms or otherwise—could use some help. And don’t even get me started on the whole social media angle.
[HTML3]Now, it’s no secret that the Barack Obama campaign did a phenomenal job with social media. Facebook, Portland-fueled iPhone apps, Twitter, the whole shooting match. Many—myself included—were in awe of the Obama campaign’s mastery of social media—and the potential it held for the presidency.
Well, we were. Until today. When a technical glitch seems to have Obama healthcare proponents from Oregon spamming Jeffrey Kalmikoff of Threadless with misdirected tweets intended for Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.
Oopie. Read More