Happy New Year!

Sometimes I share links to Time Magazine’s top ten list. This year I will just share one of David Pogue’s recommendations for best innovations in 2009. He is one of the people I follow on Twitter who seems to consistently have interesting and informative posts. And I’m not just saying that because he included five of my tweets in his new book, “The World According to Twitter.”

His weekly tech video are also good.

Here is what he says about readability:

“The single best tech idea of 2009, though, the real life-changer, has got to be Readability. It’s a free button for your Web browser’s toolbar (get it at lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability). When you click it, Readability eliminates everything from the Web page you’re reading except the text and photos. No ads, blinking, links, banners, promos or anything else. Times Square just goes away.”

“Readability makes the world online a calmer, cleaner, more beautiful place.”

Other folks I like to follow on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/scottsimpson (funny)

http://twitter.com/PCJournals (interesting links to Peace Corps blog posts)

http://twitter.com/mainjustice (what is really going on at the Justice Dept.)

http://twitter.com/collazoprojects (Editor of a travel blog)

New Group Tweet Account for Peace Corps community

I created a new grouptweet account (http://grouptweet.com/) for current and former Peace Corps Volunteers: http://twitter.com/pcorps

http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkadog/3230895940/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkadog/3230895940/

Currently, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPVCs) on Twitter. While, I am sure that they all have very interesting lives and tweet streams. I doubt anyone wants to subscribe to (follow) them all.

However, I (and presumably some of you) would want to know (on occasion) if they have something particularly relevant for the Peace Corps community to to hear.

That is the idea behind pcorps

It will not send out updates. However, followers will be able to receive any “direct message” sent by a follower of pcorps to pcorps

That way followers of pcorps can stay connected, without getting overwhelmed. pcorps will not be moderated. It will be dependent on its followers to be selective regarding the tweets they send directly to pcorps

In other words, if you are a person that sends out a lot of tweets and only a few are particularly relevant to the Peace Corps community, only those tweets that you “direct message” to pcorps will be received by the other members of the community (who do not follow your twitter account directly).

Just become a follower of pcorps and pcorps will follow you back. Then if you or any other follower of pcorps sends a direct message to pcorps , you (as a follower) will get a copy in your tweet stream.

**********UPDATE********
Slight change to the PcorpsTwitter account. I started moderating membership a bit to prevent spam. I also started ocassionally retweeting followers tweets because people are not contributing much via direct message.

If you have something useful to contribute and have not been followed back, leave a comment here and tell me your connection to the US Peace Corps.