Category Archives: Social

Tweetfave Passes 500K Tweets

My Tweetfave service has been running for just over 4 years now and just passed the 500K tweets mark! The usage has been pretty steady considering I haven’t done much to promote it. Over 270 users have tried the service, with about 100 still active. Luckily the service hasn’t required much maintenance over that time, just an occasional update to deal with webservice API changes or to fix minor bugs.

Here’s the growth chart covering the last 4 years:

Chart: Tweetfave Reaches 500K

If you use Twitter and use the “favorites” feature, give Tweetfave a try. The service will automatically email you (every couple of hours) all the tweets you liked.

How to Remove Yourself from www.Spoke.com and Center.Spoke.com

This is an update to my 2010 article about removing yourself from Spoke. Since that time, the original Spoke service split into two variants: www.Spoke.com and Center.Spoke.com.

To remove your profile from both services, their FAQ provides the steps needed:

I found my Profile in search engines like Google and I don’t want it there. How do I remove it?

Both members and non-members of Center.Spoke have the choice to remove their profile from being viewed in search engines, although the process for each is different. Members can remove their information using functionality for managing their profile. Simply edit your privacy settings to ‘Private’ and the profile will be removed from any Search Engine results.

If you would prefer to remove your profile from search engines, but are not a member, access your profile by searching for your name on Center.Spoke.com and choosing the profile you would like to remove. When viewing the profile, click the “This is me” button. On the next page, locate the ‘To suppress your profile, click here’ link on the right side of the next page and follow the instructions.

Please note, you will need access to a corporate email address to remove a profile, but that access to the email address associated with the profile you would like to remove is not mandatory. Center.Spoke requires a corporate email address to remove profiles so that identities can be verified and fraudulent claims can be avoided. If you do not have a corporate email address, please log a support ticket for further assistance.

How do I remove my profile from the new service, WWW.Spoke.com?

Removing member information from www.spoke.com is easy. We ask that you do so sparingly, as the collective value to the business information ecosystem is made greater by every relevant piece of data that we are able to provide it with. However, that being said, we are sensitive to the fact that not every business professional wants to have a presence on the internet and for these cases, we’ve put in place a process that you can use to request suppression.

First start from a page on www.spoke.com (note that if you are reading this, you are on center.spoke.com, not www.spoke.com). Simply go to your profile page, click the link at the bottom that will initiate this removal process, and submit the completed form. After we have approved your request, it is important to note that it can take from a few days to several weeks for links to a profile to be fully removed from search engines’ rankings. Unfortunately this part of the process is not under our control and is dependent upon the indexing activities of the search engines.

After following these steps, your Spoke.com page will probably appear up in search results for a little while, but should eventually clear stop. In any case, anyone clicking on my profile will just see the message “This profile is no longer available”.

I recommend not installing their toolbar or providing any further information on the site. You should be able to give just enough to “claim” your profile, then disable the public view of it.