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CalTweet – tag, share, schedule, auto retweet & more

CalTweet (also showing itself as CalendarTweet) is like a little toolset in a site.  They list that you can do the following:

  • auto retweet – we consider this a bad idea normally
  • control frequency of updates – as in schedule event notice tweets
  • promote events with rsvp service – now that is nice

They do provide authorization via oAuth, but this is where I was not happy. First off, they made my account auto follow them without any warning at all when authorizing that was noticeable to me.

Second, I could not even view the help or see how to use the site without logging in.  I was presented with a nice warning when I clicked to see more it could do:

Please Log in

You can’t access this page unless you log in by clicking “login via Twitter” in the top right corner kid! Thanks
Check you later.

Now I don’t know about you, but I like to read help files, see a video or something before authorizing you to access my account.  A big #fail on that one.

Well I used one of the test accounts and logged in.  I get my Twitter background with a cover allowing me to create an event with all of the standard items.  Location, times, name, date, tags, etc etc.   At the bottom though I was able to tweet the event and have it repeat sending tweets a specific number of times per day.  The default was 4.

You can view all the upcoming events by city while ads run down the right side.  Keep in mind I saw variances on some city names, like E Atlanta versus Atlanta.

When you open an event, you see how many views, who’s going and more details, like a map.  On the right, while inside the event, ignoring the ads crammed in, you can retweet, share, follow the creator, embed the invite and RSVP for the event itself.

A cool add-on with some minor I changes and definite need for help files that are accessible before logging in.

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Professional bio: Chris Miller, known as IdoNotes across the web is based in St Louis, MO as the Director of Messaging & Collaboration for Connectria and the Founder of Spiked Studio Productions.. Connectria is one of the largest IBM hosting and remote management partners. Chris speaks globally at conferences and events including: View Admin 2003-2009 View Admin Europe 2003-2008 Domino 7 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Real-Time Collaboration Seminar Lotusphere 2003-2012 ILUG 2008, 2010 ULUG 2009, 2011, 2012 Collaboration University 2006-2010Domino Optimization Tour 2010 BLUG 2011, 2012 NLLUG 2010 AusLUG 2011, 2012 Other awards, events and information: Founder of IamLUG - the North American Lotus User Group event held annually. 2009-present Chris, via Connectria, is a Lotus Award winner 3 times and a finalist 5 times since 2000. Winner of the Gary Guthrie Award for Technical Writing in 2002 Previous board member of the St Louis Domino and Notes User Group Previous board member of VALU (the predecessor to LotusUserGroup) Advisory Board member to LotusUserGroup.org Chris is the founder of Spiked Studio Productions which produces industry related podcasts, webcasts and more. Shows include: IdoNotes - one of the longest running Lotus related technical podcasts BlackBerry Today - a video podcast on the hottest device, application and BlackBerry/Playbook news Consultant In Your Pocket - deep technical webcast training delivered free and subscription IdoSphere - a two day online technical event TheSocialGeeks - a leading social media roundtable podcast Sametime Guide - a video training tutorial on installing and administrating IBM Sametime TheSocialNetworker - a social media site review webcast and interview series now including Social Stalking content on social media security and privacy Certifications: PCLP since Domino R4 in administration and in Development through R5 Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 - Team Collab and Messaging Domino 7 and 8 Certified Security Administrator Sametime Administration 7.5.x-8.5 CLP Collaboration (retired certification Aug 2006) CLI for numerous administration areas including Domino, Sametime, Quickr and Connections Yes I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out. Animals: One dog, a Puggle. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me. A ninja death cat. I only see her when she strikes Music: Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks. I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “CalTweet – tag, share, schedule, auto retweet & more

  1. I’ve used the site and it has some useful features. I agree with your complaints. I would also recommend the one that I use most often http://Twaitter.com <–Good stuff

    Posted by Shelly | October 8, 2009, 8:09 am

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