Why twitter should support multiple languages for one account

It’s become more and more common for tweeps in countries with a different native language than English to create two twitter accounts. One for their native tweets, and one for their English tweets. They do this to reduce the noise for followers who do not understand their native language. However, right now two accounts isn’t a good solution.

First of all, I dislike the idea of having more than one account. It’s very easy to use the wrong account to post, we already see this with people who handle company accounts in addition to their personal one. Secondly it means you have to distribute two account names to other people, which also seems unnecessarily tedious.

I see two solutions for twitter. One is to allow tweeps to handle several accounts from one panel, but there are already clients that support this. Although easier, it’ll still leave the potential of posting from the wrong account and you still have to distribute several account names. This can however be solved if the accounts are linked and when you follow such linked accounts, you’re asked which of them you want to follow.

The second solution is to allow tweets to be tagged with a language, preferably without stealing any of your precious 140 characters. This will eliminate the problem of distributing several account names. Simply select which languages you want to tweet in your twitter settings, and a simple dropdown will allow you to specify which of the languages you want to use when you post a new tweet. When tweeps are following you, they’ll be given an option to filter which languages they want to see from your account.

Norwegian Warner Music Executive Terje Pedersen calls blogger a “brat” on Twitter


Today the record labels war on illegal downloads of music took a new low. The norwegian student Even (18) shared his frustration with his Twitter followers about iTunes not letting him download the newest album from Dave Matthews Band saying something like:

I’m pissed! iTunes is only allowing downloads of the new Dave Matthews Band album if you live in the US! And they complain about pirating.
Not many minutes after Even’s tweet, Terje Pedersen from Warner Music Norway replied with something like:
Then I suggest you steal it and write about the process in your stupid brat blog. We don’t want you to get upset.
This shows the record companies lack of understanding for social media and the lack of respect for the costumers.

The norwegian twitter community has already spread the word wide and are using the hashtag #warnerfail.

Screenshot of Even’s tweet: @evensr's tweet

Screenshot of Terje’s tweet: @teryeah's tweet, Warner music norway manager.

Help spreading the word with digging this article.

This post was originally written by Thomas Moen, but after his site was dugg and hit the frontpage, it went down. This is therefore a mirror of his original article.

Does the Norway initiated IE6-campaign work?

Very many of you have by now noticed the national and international campaign against Internet explorer 6. Several major sites (wired, the register, digg, slashdot) picked up the story, and the word spread at an amazing speed.

The interesting question is, does it have any effect? Pål Nedregotten, Channel Manager at API, which has 50 news papers with IE6 warning under their wings, posted some stats which he keeps updating with numbers for hour by hour and per hostname. The graphs show IE6 usage Friday 13th compared to Friday 20th of February.

From the updates we can see that there actually is a decrease in IE6 usage. (Red numbers are good) At the same time we know that there are winter holidays in Norway this week, and thus we will not know for sure before 1-2 weeks have passed.

It’s also important to remember that the impact of the campaign is not not likely to be visible from day one. As has been mentioned numerous places, the biggest job isn’t to make average Joe update his machine, but getting the big companies’ IT departments to update their machines. We can clearly see this with numbers from Budstikka.no, where I work. On a typical work day we see 23-25% with IE6, while on Saturdays and Sundays we see a drop down to 10% IE6 usage.

Big companies are of course reluctant to upgrade their machines. They have everything working right now, both intranet and internet. They have also applied all possible patches to IE6 to make it more secure, so security isn’t that much of an issue. Why would they want to upgrade?

The hope of this campaign is to make direct and indirect pressure on the IT departments to update their machine parks. By putting this banner out on all possible sites, users and IT departments will be constantly reminded that using an eight-year old browser is unacceptable, especially when you think about how much www has evolved.

Hopefully this will be the push most companies need, and that they will start planning to upgrade. This however requires testing and patching before it can be rolled out. I only hope that before the summer, the IE6 numbers will be so low that we can ignore IE6 completely.

I can also reveal that on budstikka I’ve been given green light for ignoring IE6 in our new design. The reason we can do this is that we will have the old design, which supports IE6, running too, and we can just forward IE6 users there automatically by doing some user agent sniffing.

Current international web sites warning against Internet Explorer 6

As mentioned earlier, there is a national collaboration amongst Norwegian web sites to make people upgrade their IE6 installation to something better; where better is anything from IE7 to Safari.

Being on a Mac, I have no easy way to actually see these warnings. I thought it would be cool to see, so I started asking around for screen shots. The result can be seen here.

Apparently this campaign also spread to Sweden and Australia, so now I’ve created this post to try to keep track of international pages working for the same campaign: To push IE6 percentages so low that you don’t have to take it into consideration when you create web sites anymore.

Current Web sites in Norway warning against Internet Explorer 6

As mentioned earlier, there is a national collaboration amongst Norwegian web sites to make people upgrade their IE6 installation to something better; where better is anything from IE7 to Safari.

Being on a Mac, I have no easy way to actually see these warnings. I thought it would be cool to see, so I started asking around for screen shots. In this blog post I’ve collected as many images as I can to show how the differnet sites are “edutcating” the Norwegian masses.

For international sites, you can look here.

National collaboration to push out Internet Explorer 6

Today is a big day, both from a national and an international point of view. From just a tiny message on the microblogging community twitter, now almost all Norwegian news papers online show a message to their users still using Internet explorer 6, telling them to upgrade to IE7 or another more secure and standards compliant browser.

I think this is a great initiative, and a very special one too. It’s not often you see all the media corporations in Norway agree on something, but this time they did.

I’ve marked Feb. 18th 2009 on my calendar, and I’ll keep checking the statistics to see if we see a significant drop or not.

I’ve also started to track pages who show a IE6-warning:
Norwegian sites here: http://blog.peterhaza.no/current-web-sites-in-norway-warning-against-internet-explorer-6/
International sites: http://blog.peterhaza.no/current-international-web-sites-warning-against-internet-explorer-6/

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International Timezone Meeting @ Microsoft, Redmond

Note to people interested in solving the nasty problems of timezone support in calendaring:

CalConnect (The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium) will host a one-day Timezone Workshop on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. This workshop is intended for and open by invitation to parties with an interest in Timezones, how they are currently implemented and managed, and what to do about them in the future. We particularly want to attract representatives of other industry and technology areas to gain a broad perspective on the problems with Timezones as implemented today, and the relevance of our proposed direction. You do not need to be a CalConnect member to attend the workshop. Please see http://www.calconnect.org/timezoneworkshop.shtml for more information, and to request an invitation to the event.

Corrupt Toshiba recovery disc

Yesterday I bought my girlfriend a used Toshiba A200 laptop. It was only a couple of months old, looked nice and shiny, and had no scratches. But when I was going to re-install the machine using the recovery discs from Toshiba, I couldn’t get past formatting the hdd.

The error that occured, in a console window, was:

Error : Could not open WIN file D:\05006XSP.swm!
ERROR : RecoWMAInfo.exe did not run poperly!

Long story short, I ended up installing the windows 7 beta. We had some experience with Vista since I own a copy, and we figured we might aswell try something that worked well, and wasn’t old(XP).

It worked amazingly well with the laptop. The only driver I had to get was the one for the built-in camera. Since Win7 uses the same driver model as Vista, the Vista driver from the Toshbiba support page worked very well.

Textmate 2.0/Avian – Soon in private alpha

Today is a big day for all TextMate fans! Those who feared TM2/Avian would end up as vaporware can sleep well at night again. Out of the blue Allan Odgaard himself said that Avian is coming along nicely, and should be only weeks away from an early private alpha.

New commenting system in place

I’ve recently changed comment system to something called http://www.intensedebate.com/. You can think of it as outsourcing the commenting system. The reason for this is that I find the WordPress commenting system lacking, aswell as I felt like evaluating Intense Debate to see if it’s something we could use at work.