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Twitter Tools and Lifestream

I deleted Twitter from Lifestream’s feed, so the daily digest should just include Google Reader (and Pandora if I can get it working). I also noticed that my blog was one of the feeds. Deleting that should kill the recursive pingbacks I’ve been getting.

Weekly digests via Twitter Tools is now off, too, but the sidebar is still up.

We’ll see how it goes. Facebook recently made their status updates more accessible or something, so that might change the way I update in the future.

As for reading my friends’s feeds, I’ll delay a solution a little until I get a new phone. 🙂

Twitter Tools vs. Lifestream

Okay, so it’s been a few days since I installed Twitter Tools and Lifestream.

The topmost sidebar widget on the right of the blog is from Twitter Tools. I like it, and it provides more info than Twitter’s official Flash-based widget.

The weekly digest (that was posted on Saturday) is also from Twitter Tools. I also like it and how it is formatted. I could not figure out how to set it to a different time than 1 AM, though. Whenever I set the time to a different one and hit Okay, the form would reset.

What I like about Lifestream is that it is somewhat like FriendFeed and captures updates from multiple feeds including Twitter and Google Reader. What I don’t like about Lifestream is that it didn’t seem to successfully capture my Pandora thumbs up and thumbs down picks. I also don’t like how the daily digest includes the previous day’s daily digest in its… er… digest. That seems rather redundant and cyclical, causing a little pingback comment to be generated each time, too.

So, verdict?

I’m not sure yet. I like the sidebar of Twitter Tools and I like Lifestream’s Google Reader capture. Maybe what I should do is keep both, but start disabling the things I don’t like about each.

Is anyone finding the daily digest excessive? What if I had a weekly Google Reader digests and just the Twitter feed on my sidebar?

And, while I’m asking, giving people better indication about me is just one side of what I want. I also want a better way of keeping track of people. Right now I’m following certain people on Twitter and Friendfeed, but neither are being pushed to me, so I’m not getting a good sense of when things are happening. Likewise with my Facebook friends… by the time I comment on a status update, it could be quite irrelevant, not to mention that most updates get lost in the ether before I can even see them to comment. Anyone have a good solution to this? Does having an unlimited data plan solve it or would I then be overwhelmed?

Testing out two new tools

Twitter Tools and Lifestream

Twitter Tools will hopefully post a weekly digest of my tweets.

Lifestream does tweets and any RSS feed, but it looks like it can only do daily digests, not weekly. I am interested in it, though, because I use Google Reader quite a bit and Lifestream can grab my shared items (the same stuff on my right sidebar). I want to move away from using the sidebar for the display of these shared items because I have a hunch that most of my site visitors actually just read my feed.

Anyway, both plugins are activated right now. I’ll give it a couple of days and decide which to ditch…