Washington State Dept of Transportation on Twitter – nice job!

By now you’ve seen the photo of the overhanging buses, heard the mockery of Fargo, for the Redmond wimpiness and realized that Seattleites just can’t drive in the snow. If you need even more voyeurism (or are just trying to get to that last-minute Christmas purchase and need a heads up, check out the Twitter…

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Stir Crazy in the Snow? Want to get yer game on where the price is right?

….I think it’s time to play all those community games I’ve been promising myself. The holiday chores are done. The cat has been confused by the buckets of snow falling from above that she has to swim in to get anywhere. There’s only so much snowboarding down my back alley I can do before the…

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Community Tip of the Day: Building Community from Scratch

In the last community tip of the day I talked about moderation – that is, the ability to undo, modify or delete user-generated content or prevent access by said users to your community system. That was the stick part of the equation; the carrot comes now. There will be other posts about community building but…

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Community Tip of the Day: Write from your best place (or sing, or dance)

Where do you begin when you show people who you are? In a previous post I mentioned briefly how people construct a sense of you – your Internet presence – on things as little as 140 characters in a twitter tweet. This can be extended to a 90-second podcast, a 500-word blog post, or your…

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Community Tip of the Day: Everything in Moderation

Let’s face it; everyone in America loves, but not in moderation. Fame? More of that. Money? Second heapin’ helping please. Cool gadgets? Yeah I have two phones but I need to get another one. Make sure it has an “i” or an “e” at the beginning, that’s more Web 3.0. But social media applications need moderation. And…

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Community Tip of the Day: Commanding Presence

One amazing thing about the Internet is that no one knows you are a dog. More than that, you can fool the Internet into thinking you are two dogs — or three dogs, or just a hyperactive cat with a twitter account. In the last community tip I talked about having the right attitude, being…

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Community Tip of the Day: Little Emails Move Big Mountains

A few weeks ago I was in Las Vegas (Vegas BABY!) speaking at a CEA Industry Forum panel on Web 2.0 and social media. My comrades were leading lights, and I was honored to be there (they kept mistaking me for the VP of Comcast, which was flattering to me if completely incorrect as per my minion role)…  Moderator:…

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Creators.xna.com – open for your XNA games!

Launch day!    Everyone here in cubeland is drinking coffee, a bit foggy, and eating the breakfast sent in to celebrate the site going up (crepes and eggs and bacon). Folks are downloading the new Game Studio 3.0  and well they should…that’s the version of the tools and framework that will make your game approve-able…

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XNA Community Games on Major Nelson!

Kathleen Sanders has that video poise I wish I had through my Channel 9/10 appearances and she does an amazing job at talking about how things will work and how excited our team is to see what comes next!  http://majornelson.com/archive/2008/10/17/new-xbox-experience-community-games.aspx Live it vivid!

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Heads down, community word up

My headspace is with the rest of the XNA  community games team, rather heads-down at the moment with a brief foray Mon-Tues into the MSR Social Computing Symposium  (streamed live on Pirillo.com/O’Reilly). That is always an amazing mental trip because of the academics who present as well as industry leading lights. I worked the weekend…

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