Micro-blogging a 10-mile run – Broad Street Philadelphia, 2008 – Utterz

I ran Philadelphia’s Broad Street run, a 10-mile race today, while carrying an iPhone, making calls, checking Twitter, and taking and posting pics. I chronicled the day with Twitter, Utterz, Flickr, and TwitPic. I used Snapture, iFlickr, and SendPics iPhone apps.

Quick Links to the streams:

My plan was to Twitter my progress and TwitPic/Flickr the pics out to my followers. But I woke up at 3am from a caffeine rush and a thought of typing for an hour becoming a nightmare – and boring. Utterz.com, a service doing pretty slick mashups of audio/video/text/photographs/etc, while harnessing APIs from pretty much every popular social networking service, caught my eye (more on Utterz later).

Here’s the day – check the Flickr photostream and the Utterz links below for my audio commentary while I running…

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Utterz

  1. Lined up and ready to go
  2. Started!
  3. Mile 1
  4. Mile 2
  5. Mile 3
  6. Live music between mile 3 and 4
  7. Mile 4
  8. Mile 5
  9. Passing Ed Rendell, governor of PA
  10. Mile 7
  11. Mile 9
  12. Finished!

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About Utterz: You start an utter by calling or emailing. Either one initiates it. After that, you have 10 minutes to add more content to the utter. Utterz automatically adds audio from a call or content from an emailed pic/video/audio/text to create an utter similar to what I created above. The call-in feature (dial, press 2, talk, hang up) is extremely simple.

Now, none of the above would be impressive except that Utterz.com is doing it right. This is how services today are supposed to work. Utterz is tied in to all the social networking and blogging services. Any new utter is announced on Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, or even your WordPress/Blogger/MoveableType/etc blog (hosted or self-hosted – COOL!)

6 thoughts on “Micro-blogging a 10-mile run – Broad Street Philadelphia, 2008 – Utterz

  1. Thanks for this Sol – only yesterday I did a 10 miler (alas a lot slower than you), and was thinking 'how could I microblog a run?' Utterz looks interesting, so will give it a try.

  2. Sol,

    That's us, The Lovestuck Band (http://www.lovestruckband.com/), playing between miles 3 and 4.

    While there were several runners taking pictures I believe I remember you taking our photo with a cell phone.

    This was our second year at the corner of JFK & Broad and once again we had a blast – although a bit tired as we had a gig the night before.

    Come and see us next month at Red Hot & Blue and I'll buy you a round.

    Hans

  3. Right on – glad you were there and playing! That musical energy is some awesome running fuel.

    Can't wait to catch you at Red Hot & Blue.

  4. Sol,

    That's us, The Lovestuck Band (http://www.lovestruckband.com/), playing between miles 3 and 4.

    While there were several runners taking pictures I believe I remember you taking our photo with a cell phone.

    This was our second year at the corner of JFK & Broad and once again we had a blast – although a bit tired as we had a gig the night before.

    Come and see us next month at Red Hot & Blue and I'll buy you a round.

    Hans

  5. Right on – glad you were there and playing! That musical energy is some awesome running fuel.

    Can't wait to catch you at Red Hot & Blue.

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