In the United States, that is. It may be the shortest application students will ever submit. But keeping things short and sweet will pay off for the one high school senior who manages to answer why he or she deserves $20,000 towards a college education…in 140 characters (or less).
The KFC Colonel’s Scholars program awards more than 75 college scholarships each year, but this year it will grant its first scholarship winner based solely on a single tweet. The tweet must include the hashtag KFCScholar, meaning that with a simple Twitter search, all entries can be seen by Tweeters everywhere.
The contest kicked off Wednesday, and already thousands of KFCScholar hashtags are invading the Twittersphere, with many more expected to pour in through the November 26 deadline. Only high school seniors are eligible to apply. The winner will be selected based on 40 percent creativity, 30 percent need and 30 percent drive.
So start working off those creative minds and submit your single tweet for a good future.
Stealth startup Path has finally launched after months of hype, speculation and rumors; in many ways, it is the anti-social network. Calling itself The Personal Network because it is determined to go against the example set by Twitter’s follower model: you are limited to just 50 friends on Path.
It chose the 50 number based on the theories of Oxford professor of evolutionary psychology Robin Dunbar, who claims that 150 is the maximum number of social relationships any human can handle.
Path has received a lot of attention because of its founding team: former Facebook senior platform manager Dave Morin, Macster co-creator Dustin Mierau and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning. But will this be a success. We will soon find out. Maybe users will still use this for very personal purposes considering that even I believe that all accounts in Facebook contain some friends who are not really close to the account owner.
Users may still use Path due to the power of exclusivity. But what exactly is it? It is a suite of applications (starting today with the iPhone) focused on intimate photo sharing. All you do is share pictures and three pieces of information to give them context: people, places and things. Pretty limited but then again, it is not a good idea to share everything to the public. Some things are just worth kept only to a select few.
Twitter users have known for quite some time that Twitter plans to overhaul its user interface and add new features to it. Well … just yesterday I noticed a small note above the page and clicked on it right away to switch to the new UI. Can’t say I was disappointed because in my opinion it looks good!
The graphic images and color schemes are soothing to the eyes. Plus your followers and those whom you follow are shown in only 1 row now. Saves you the bandwidth to load other images right? Plus the option to finally UNFOLLOW the user can be done by clicking the same button when you FOLLOW.
Now, I am not sure if there is already an option for that. I am not a hardcore Twitter user so I never got to find out how to unfollow a user. I was stuck with him/her unless I used some unfollow web application catered to Twitter. Plus, if you view a user’s profile, it does not reload the entire page just to view it. It probably uses AJAX to load the profile on the right pane of the page so only that layer gets reloaded.
So far so good. I am liking the new revamp except for a minor little thing: the list that you assign the Twitter user does not appear like it used to. You would have to click on the button that shows the in order to know which list you assigned the user to.