Category Archives: TWITTER

A Google+ Hangout: Social Media’s Impact on Storytelling.

Today I was part of a roundtable discussion about social media’s impact on storytelling with brilliant social media strategist Rohit Bargava, the amazingly talented musician Daria Musk, founder of Future of StoryTelling Charles Melcher, and storytelling expert (she wrote the book) Annette Simmons. Watch above and be sure to attend the Future of StoryTelling event in NY on October 3, 2013.


How To Search For Twitter Usernames Directly From Chrome.

It’s been bugging me for months. I wanted a better, easier way to search for people’s Twitter usernames directly from the Chrome omnibox, without using a Google search.

Welp, I finally figured it out.

Step 1: Right-click on the Chrome omnibox and select “and select “Edit Search Engines…” (or go to Preferences > Manage Search Engines).

Step 2: In the “Other Search Engines” section fill in “Twitter User” in the “Add a new search engine” field, “@” in the “Keyword” field, and “” in the “URL with %s” in place” field. Click “Done”.


Step 3: Start searching. Simply type “@” with a space after it, and your omnibox will turn into a Twitter User search box.

Step 4: Profit.

Some Initial Thoughts on Airtime.

A little conversation about Airtime and (missed?) Twitter Potential

Storified by Ian Schafer · Tue, Jun 05 2012 17:18:30

I would actually rather Airtime with someone who is tweeting about something I just tweeted about. #instanttalkshowIan Schafer
@ischafer So kinda like a hangout;-)David Weiner
Seriously. An instant video chat with people debating & discussing a topic is much more interesting and relevant.Ian Schafer
@ischafer Yes. I was thinking that this morning. . . I’d imagine a Twitter sync is only a matter of time, right?MikeMoffo
But alas, Sean Parker is not as vested in Twitter as he is Facebook.Ian Schafer
@ischafer powerful point you are making there. That Sean is missing the boat by doubling down on FB-model over Twitter model.Andrew A. Rosen
@ischafer Nice idea.It could use @Klout API to ID relevant topics, and invite you to a "show" when you tweet about those topicsRyan Drumwright
@ischafer The nice thing about using @Klout is it should help you identify thoughtleaders ppl would want to listen to. #Conference2.0Ryan Drumwright

“Fake Verified” Twitter Accounts Are Fake.

Been seeing this a bunch lately.

Pretty sure the same person is behind this fake Instagram account, too:


Has anyone else seen any others?

UPDATE: so apparently the globe icon is real and denotes a “translator” account. But it seems that this is being abused here. These are not translating accounts. They are transmitting content in the name of the accounts they are obviously trying to get mistaken for.

Is @Oprah Real?

Seriously. What’s going on here?

(thanks for the heads-up, @garyvee)

Is this a hack?



UPDATE #2: The full story, from the always-thorough Brian Stelter of the NY Times.

An Example of Good Proactive Customer Service.

Bravo, Verizon FiOS. Bravo.

Got any other examples of things like this happening that you’d like to share? Post ‘em to the comments below!

Also, FiOS is looking to eliminate the set top box, as reported by TechCrunch.

Listen To An NPR Interview With Frank Rose About Transmedia Storytelling.

Hear my friend and celebrated author Frank Rose talk about Alternate Reality Games (ARGs), Mad Men & Deep Focus, and how movies, television series, and even brands are beginning to tell immersive stories that keep consumers engaged.