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Postby dlocklear01 » Jun 21, 2009 11:59 am

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Re: Twittering at ICS

Postby Scott McCrea » Jun 26, 2009 9:38 am

Cool. Here's the direct link: https://twitter.com/KerrCaveNews
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Re: Twittering at ICS

Postby FW » Jun 26, 2009 10:47 am

What will be required to use WiFi at the ICS/convention? Will we need an account/password?

Does the school even allow access to Twitter? I work at a school, and I get a "not allowed by administrator", message just trying to access the Twitter site. Something about it being a "social network", implying it is a waste of time.
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Re: Twittering at ICS

Postby Wayne Harrison » Jun 26, 2009 8:02 pm

And don't forget about the OnlineCavers Twitter account, if you're an OnlineCavers.com member.

Start a tweet with @OnlineCavers and it will be automatically posted for other cavers to see (no extra username or password required). The system is automatic. Then all you have to do is follow @OnlineCavers.

If you've got a smartphone, like an iPhone, is easy to tweet and read.

The system is available year-round.
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Re: Twittering at ICS

Postby Wayne Harrison » Jul 12, 2009 8:42 am

FW wrote:What will be required to use WiFi at the ICS/convention? Will we need an account/password?

Does the school even allow access to Twitter? I work at a school, and I get a "not allowed by administrator", message just trying to access the Twitter site. Something about it being a "social network", implying it is a waste of time.


Access Twitter from your phone and then you don't need a Wi-Fi connection. You can also "turn on" phone access to specific Twitter accounts you follow, such as @OnlineCavers and get the SMS text messages sent to your phone.

Reminder, @onlinecavers (http://twitter.com/onlinecavers) runs 24/7 before, during and after the convention. Any tweets sent to @onlinecavers are automatically retweeted on the account -- no password or login required. If your phone is verified on your Twitter account, you can send to Twitter by texting 40404. http://help.twitter.com/forums/10711/entries/14226

If you have phone notifications turned on for @onlinecavers (through Twitter) then you'll get all @onlinecavers tweets as SMS text messages. Don't worry, there are very few, so far.

Twitter Phone FAQ: http://help.twitter.com/forums/10711/entries/14014

So far, it's not used much, but it's available when needed. :cave softly:

(You don't have to be a member of OnlineCavers.com to use the free service.)
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Re: Twittering at ICS

Postby FW » Jul 12, 2009 6:11 pm

Wayne Harrison wrote:Access Twitter from your phone and then you don't need a Wi-Fi connection. You can also "turn on" phone access to specific Twitter accounts you follow, such as @OnlineCavers and get the SMS text messages sent to your phone.

I would, but my phone doesn't speak "Twitter" :roll:

It doesn't do email either.
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Re: Twittering at ICS

Postby Wayne Harrison » Jul 12, 2009 8:31 pm

What, you've got a cell phone and all it can do is.... phone? :tonguecheek:

Speaking of which, isn't it GREAT that you have no phone reception in a cave? Imagine how annoying it would be to be caving with someone who was constantly getting phone calls.
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Re: Twittering at ICS

Postby Melspelunker » Jul 13, 2009 3:44 pm

Scott McCrea wrote:Cool. Here's the direct link: https://twitter.com/KerrCaveNews

Love the Batman on an Elephant.. :kewl:
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Postby dlocklear01 » Jul 14, 2009 11:47 pm

So far, about 22 cavers are following this Twitter site, which is really just an experiment. I am betting it will be more
popular next year at the Vermont convention, or as more Twitterers become old enough to go caving. However, I think
there are areas for improvement with this method of communicating. For example, I saw today an add for a re-furbished
netbook for $ 130. I think once all cavers have some form of easily portable wi-fi gadget with them as they are heading to caver
events that this type of communication can become practical. What I don't like is the so-called "follower spam," were non-cavers
get on the list just to advertise. It is hard to weed them out. It needs to be able to operate without a mediator. What is unique
about KerrCaveNews, is that any caver who has obtained the password, can log on as the user of the account and post an immediate
message that can be read by all the cavers in the world, much faster than e-mail. They can also screw the site up pretty good if
they wanted to.
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