Tweet Probe

I received a direct message on Twitter that said, “I’d like to see what you think tweetprobe is about, like u did for hosebird.”

This is what I came up with.

Something in the design must have struck a chord because the client referred to the design as soul searching and truly inspiring.

One January afternoon, I received a direct message on Twitter from tweetipFH that said:

“Hi Shawn. Email [me] – I’d like to see what you think tweetprobe is about, like u did for hosebird. More in email”

So, I started down a rabbit trail of twitter accounts and tumblr blogs then responded by email to see if there was any more information that I should consider. There wasn’t. Not to worry though; I’m not intimidated by ambiguity!**

Tweet Probe progression

After sketching out a few ideas, I sent them to Michael – he laughed. Something in the design must have struck a chord because Michael referred to the design as soul searching and truly inspiring.

Tweet Probe

**Ambiguity kills me in regards to expectations. In this case, Michael’s expectations were clear: give it a shot with what you can find. Same for hosebird. Honestly, I believe I excel in this regard. Clifton’s StregthFinders calls it individualization: you
 are 
intrigued 
by 
the 
unique qualities 
of 
each 
person; because
 you 
are 
such
 a
 keen
 observer 
of 
other people’s
 strength,
 you
 can
 draw
 out
 the 
best
 in 
each 
person.

whois twtr.info

I am.

I am.

I picked up the domain, twtr.info, from GoDaddy for 99¢ back in November. Today I configured the DNS settings for twtr.info to be an alias for my Adjix account. I use Adjix to shorten a link before sending it via email or twitter. There are many options for link shortening, but I use Adjix because it offers stats and an option to earn ad-revenue.

Here’s an example:

The shortened URL is better for twitter because it doesn’t require many characters; it is better for emails because long URLs are often split onto multiple lines which can change or break the link.

Adjix is still in the early stages as a start-up, but I’ve seen many improvements over the last 6 months. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.

I’m designing for a dry Christmas

If you donate a coat, I’ll design a customized twitter avatar for you. If you donate five coats, I’ll make you an animated avatar. If you donate 10 coats, I’ll make you an amazing twitter background.

Mark (@hardlynormal) knows what homelessness is all too well, and he has a story to tell. Michael (@holycowcreative) wants to help:

Mark Horvath, of invisiblepeople.tv, is trying to help those that find themselves [without shelter] by telling their stories. This Christmas (and I wish I wasn’t so late in thinking to do this) I want to help him in this cause by seeing the need and helping out. Mark has told me these people need raincoats during this season. For some they’ll wear them as they walk to the local shelter and for others they will become their shelter when there is no more room or they just can’t make it in. [read the whole thing]

I want to help too, and I hope you do as well. You can send a coat for $4.29. If you need some encouragement, allow me to make an offer:

If you donate a coat, I’ll design a customized twitter avatar for you. If you donate five coats, I’ll make you an animated avatar. If you donate 10 coats, I’ll make you an amazing twitter background.

Click “Send a Raincoat” below to donate. Once you do, post a comment here or contact me on twitter so we can work out the details of the your design.

Thank you.

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These days, word travels fast

The White House has neither confirmed nor denied the President’s plan for joining the Zappos Dodgeball team

A couple days ago, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President Bush. Of course, the news quickly propagated on Twitter. I laughed at Bryce’s pithy comment and quickly added my own:

@abiteofsanity on a similar note the White House has neither confirmed nor denied the President’s plan for joining the Zappos Dodgeball team

Zappos must have appreciated the joke because their CEO retweeted it (to over 24,000 people). From there, several other people retweeted it as well. Once I noticed how quickly it spread, I tried to find out why. Well, it turns out that Zappos has a dodgeball team!?!

Before the day was over, a Zappos employee posted this commercial, Joy Tomme blogged about it, and Letterman even joked about it.

These days, word travels fast.

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