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The Star and Twitter 

Thanks to Ellen Roseman for mentioning Million Dollar Journey on her Toronto Star article regarding discount brokerages.  It's funny that she mentions the controversial comments in the Questrade thread.

Do you use Twitter?  I joined a little while ago, but just recently took a closer look at it.  I'm still not sure if I understand the whole purpose.  Anyways, if you like, you can follow my twitter profile here.

Weekend Reading 

The MoneyGardener writes about using the UCCB to pay for the RESP contributions in his article "The Smart RESP". 

Brip Blap asks are american kids stupid about personal finance?

The Financial Blogger talks about the TAMTA technique (try, analyze, modify, try again) in his series about how to create alternative sources of income. 

Money Smart Life asks what's your financial weakness?  I asked the same question in my article "when are you not frugal?

Canadian Capitalist writes about his top 3 investing mistakes.

The Digerati Life has an impressive article on 20 ways to earn more and spend less.  Are you a spender, frugalist or a capitalist?  Personally, I lean towards being a capitalist. 

Gather Little By Little hosted this weeks Carnival of Personal Finance.  MDJ submitted the article "The Best Time to Start is Now". 

Lazy Man and Money reports that money DOES buy happiness.  You'll have to read the article to see his rationale. 

The Sun's Financial Diary tells us about 4 new actively managed ETF's from PowerShares

Quest for Four Pillars writes about people living above their means in the article "A Decent Lifestyle".

My Dollar Plan goes off the typical personal finance path by asking us "do you back up your financial data?

Generation X Finance slams Yahoo for advertising home equity line of credit use as cash

Thicken My Wallet has a great article on What the Boss Thinks.  The article goes on to explain what TMW expects in, and considers, a good employee. 

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FT About the author: FT is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.

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  • Avatar moneygardener April 18, 2008, 8:12 am

    I appreciate the link…

  • Avatar Canadian Capitalist April 18, 2008, 8:28 am

    Thanks for the mention FT. Have a nice weekend.

  • Avatar ThickenMyWallet April 18, 2008, 11:23 am

    Thanks for the link. Liking the new format!

  • Avatar Gates VP April 18, 2008, 12:12 pm

    Hey FT, you can actually add Twitter to your Blog sidebar which is pretty commonly done in the Silicon Valley circles.

    Honestly, Twitter is a way in which tech nerds (at least now) are really keeping “plugged in”. At a small level it can be a collaboration tool, on a macro level it’s like a feed of “micro-information” like reading multiple Facebook status updates.

    I’m a tech nerd, my job involves 15+ hours on Facebook every week, but I still can’t justify twitter (in concept at least).

    So don’t feel bad if you don’t “get it” or if no one really listens in. It’s still one of those growing technologies (like wikis) where the concept is so simple, but the possible uses are bigger than we’ve really figured out yet.

  • Avatar FrugalTrader April 18, 2008, 7:01 pm

    Gates, do you think that twitter has facebook potential? I still don’t understand it. It seems like a giant chat room, but not at the same time.

  • Avatar Sarlock April 18, 2008, 7:47 pm

    Seems odd… just a way to post random thoughts or what your current activity is at any point during your day?

    I can sort of see its appeal to the younger crowd, but I don’t think anyone particularly cares about what I’m doing with my day… wake up, work, make dinner, play with kid, surf online, sleep… rinse/repeatx7

  • Avatar Duncan Macpherson April 19, 2008, 6:36 pm

    I’ve started a blog sharing my own experiences. Please stop by and post your comments as I’m in need of feedback!

    http://www.bluecollarfinances.com

    Best….Duncan

  • Avatar Gates VP April 20, 2008, 3:05 am

    Hey FT, there are already several twitter-related Facebook apps.

    For a great use of twitter, check out Scott Hanselman’s blog. He’s a software developer, tech evangelist and he has type I diabetes. He actually twittered one day in the life of a type I diabetic. Others are using twitter to keep in touch in an asynchronous conversation. It’s a method to engage in asynchronous conversations like “I’m reading this blog post” or “I’m at conference X and speaker Y said something cool” or “Does anyone know a good .Net library for securing apps?”.

    The “giant chat room” analogy is a good one. But yes, not everyone needs one. It’s still very “Silicon Valley, always plugged in” type of tech.

  • Avatar squawkfox April 20, 2008, 8:27 pm

    Well, your twitter broadcast worked. I landed on this page due to twitter. I see it as another channel. I’ve asked questions, and found answers. Where are the other Canadian bloggers? (http://twitter.com/squawkfox)

  • Avatar Gean Oliveira October 24, 2008, 4:21 pm

    I’ve just created my account. Let’s see what is involved. I’ve heard before some plugins to use with Firefox. I think you use Firefox, eh? Other than that, let’s tweet. BTW, mine is http://twitter.com/GeanOliveira (FT, I’m following you).

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