PostPoints tip: Don't pollute Twitter with other services
The growing popularity of Twitter--it now claims 175 million registered users--has led numerous other applications to try to piggyback on the status-update service's popularity. Sometimes, that's helpful; another social-networking site can customize itself based on your Twitter settings if you grant it access to your account. Sometimes, though, linking a different service to Twitter will only annoy your Twitter audience. I'm not talking about malicious applications that will spam your friends, but more specialized social-media apps that invite you to broadcast your activity there to your Twitter followers.
For example, Foursquare will let you broadcast some or all of your check-ins on Twitter, you should think carefully about how many of the people following you care to know that much about your whereabouts. The situation is even worse with Apple's iTunes Ping, where associating your Twitter account automatically broadcasts everything you do on that (largely unused) social network. You should be able to turn off this kind of Twitter cross-posting in whatever settings interface you first enabled it (in Foursquare, via its smartphone application's preferences screen; in Ping, by clicking an "Edit Profile" button on your iTunes Store account-info window), but you can also revoke that site's permissions from within Twitter.
Meanwhile, Sunday's column evaluated how the conditions the government set on Comcast before approving its NBC Universal deal might open up the market for online video--if everything goes right. (Sorry, no Help File this weekend.)
2:23 p.m. So what happened to Help File? After I filed the piece, it got stuck in the gears of our editing machinery: An ad got moved around late in production and the column somehow got bumped off the page. (I suspect the confusion introduced by the Sunday Business section's new design had something to do with that.) On the upside, this means I've filed next Sunday's Help File a full 10 days in advance.
| January 24, 2011; 7:50 AM ET
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