Interview with Oliver & Lottie

 

 

 

Interview with Oliver & Lottie

May 26th, 2009

Hosted by:  Madi, The Cat

Kritters That Twitter

 

 

Trying to stay awake for his early morning interview.

Trying to stay awake for his early morning interview.

MADI:  Hello, and thanks for meeting me at the Kritter Koffeehouse.  I am very excited to be speaking with you today and greatly appreciate your time.  Before we get started, I just want to point out that just like everything associated with the Kritter Kommunity, Kritters That Twitter is specifically designed for Animals and Animal Lovers.   The Kritter Koffeehouse is open daily and serves beverages and snacks for both Animals and Hoomans.  That being said, I see you are an Animal…..could I offer you a bowl of milk or water?  Some Catnip before we get started?

 OLIVER & LOTTIE: Oh, yes pleeeese. A nice bowl of ice cold milk would be loverly.

MADI:  Lets jump in and get started; we are eager to learn more about you!  First what is your association with Twitter?  How did you hear about Twitter and how long have you been a Kwitter (Kritter that Twitters)?

 OLIVER & LOTTIE: Daddy twitters on Twitpic with photographs of London and the River Thames under the name Pawisu. I used to help him and pestered to use the puter to Twitter. I am very good at using the scanner and printers – specially when I am sleeping on them. There are four of us cats, me and Lottie, my full sister, Oliver, who is also a tabby and little Felicity who is a tuxedo and only has three legs. The three of us tabbies have to supervise daddy (he works from an office at home); often all three of us sit with him.

I first got interested in puters watching the fish on the screen saver. I’ve been Twittering properly for only a month.

 MADI: Your screen name is @Oliver & Lottie on Twitter….Tell me about that name, what it means, how you came up with the name.

 OLIVER & LOTTIE Oliver is my name, Lottie is my sister. At first Lottie did most of the typing because she has more delicate paws but I’ve been practicing. After we were born somebody dumped Lottie and Me in a Wendy House (a sort of plastic tent that looks like a house for children to play in). We were rescued and because we were so small, only a few weeks old (our eyes were still shut) and Lottie was very ill with enteritis and was severely dehydrated  we had to find a special mummy and daddy. Celia, the kind lady who rescues thousands of cats in London knew Paul and Jackie, and knew that they were the mummy and daddy for us. We were very ill and every hour, day and night, for two weeks we had to have special medication, liquids and kitten milk; the VET didn’t give Lottie a real chance, but mummy and daddy worked really hard and with the treatment and all the love we both pulled through. When we arrived we could both sit on daddy’s hand at the same time and we used to sleep on mummy wrapped round her neck, one each side. We have both grown into the most loving and beautiful cats that mummy and daddy could ever have dreamed of. We had a little black sister, Izzy – who was daddy’s little flusy, but when she was seven she got a tumour on her bowel and didn’t make it. Mummy and daddy were devastated; that why they know and appreciate the feeling people have when they lose a friend.

 MADI:  Oh my catness!  That is awful, we are sorry to hear about Izzy…She sounds adorable, just like you.

 As you know Twitter can be a resource for support in times of need.  My sister Abi and I see you on Twitter regularly.  What do you like most about Twitter and how do you find it valuable?

 OLIVER & LOTTIE: I love chatting to cats all around the world. I was amazed at the support for Rosie when she lost Daisythe whippet, Romeo’s mum and the concern for Luketheshopcat. It shows that all around the world there are people who truly care, not only for their special friends but for others too.

 MADI:  Yes, we agree.  We hat http://kritterkommunity.com have met some of the most amazing Kwitters on Twitter.  My mommy has seen your Daddy’s photos on Twitter and loves them…..do you have any photography tips you can share with us?

 OLIVER & LOTTIE: Yes.  Firstly; if you are buying a new camera get the best you can afford. For normal photographs anything up to 8 megapixel is well adequate. 8 MP will produce a 12×8 inch print perfectly and there is still enough detail to allow for cropping.

Make sure you have a reasonable zoom – 5x is great but up to 10 is better (zoom is important for those candid shots). It is a good idea to have a clear glass filter to protect the lens from dirt, paws and noses.

 Secondly: Don’t be shy of taking dozens of pictures to get one that is great – just delete the others.

 Three: When you take the pictures try to get to the same level as the animal – on the ground or wherever – or raise the animal to your level (especially with smaller animals like rabbits, mice etc.)

 Four: Try to use as fast a shutter speed as possible, 1/250 is ideal; this stops blurring if the animal moves. Cats, especially are notorious for not staying still. If you can set the camera aperture use a wide aperture below F5; this will mean that the background will be out of focus and the cat or dog will stand out.

 Five: Always have the light source behind or to one side. Avoid flash, it is too harsh and you will not get the fineness and sheen on the coat. It is better to use normal domestic light and correct the colour later.

 Six: Try to ‘ignore’ the cat or animal, as you are setting up. Pre-focus on the eyes and hold that focus while you compose the shot (hold down the shutter button half-way) and wait until you are happy, then shoot.

 Seven: If you have a camera that will take bursts of shots (often 3) switch this on, it gives a better chance of getting the right shot.

 Eight: For quiet shots choose a time when the cat/dog or animal is calm and relaxed with no distraction. Talk quietly to them.

Nine: Don’t shoot with wide angle, close up, it will distort the face (unless you want to). Always, for normal portraits, use 2x zoom (equivalent to 80 -100mm on a conventional 35mm camera); this gives a picture with ‘normal’ perspective.

 Ten: Get your anipal used to your camera and sitting quietly whilst you snap. You don’t want to frighten it, neither do you want it coming to see what you are doing.

 Eleven: Always shoot with a wider shot and crop later than try to get too tight a shot, unless the animal is asleep (Lottie, take note).

 Twelve: Rather than full face shots, try different angles, shoot the side of the face; look for expressions. To get the subjects attention at the right moment get someone to stand behind you and make a noise.

 Thirteen: Rather than spend a lot of money on photo software for your computer download Irfanview, it’s a free programme, works brilliantly, and will do all you normally need to, to your photos. Put the extra money towards a better camera.

 One point on autofocus camera, tabby cats of any colour prove almost impossible for autofocus. If you can’t focus manually print yourself off a sheet of paper with broad black strips (say ½ wide) and put this in front of the cat to focus on (better if you have a tripod).

 If you are fanatical about getting the colours right in your photos; take a picture, close up, of a sheet of white paper in the light and conditions where you will take your photos. Print this sheet first and adjust colour balance until it is white. Use that setting for all of the photos taken then. (or tell the photo shop to do the same).

 Finally, don’t get too obsessed with perfection/ A slightly blurry or wrongly exposed picture that shows the real character and charm of an animal is worth a thousand perfect portraits.

 MADI:  We at Kritters That Twitter want to make sure we offer solutions and add value to the lives of Animals and Animal Lovers through our blog.  Do you have a blog and if so what types of things do you blog about? 

 Could you give me a few examples of things you have blogged about?

OLIVER & LOTTIE: We have a number of blogs; our main one is http://ollieandlottie.wordpress.com

On here I tell everyone what we have been up to, and what daddy’s been doing

http://catsbiographies.wordpress.com

Is a static blog which gives our biographies and tells how we all came to be with our staff.

http://olliesgallery.wordpress.com

Is where we post all our pictures so the world can see how beautiful we are.

http://oliversstories.wordpress.com

Is my special site where I write little stories for kittens

http://petphotos.wordpress.com

Is a new site daddy is building going into great detail about photographing cats

 

We are, of course, on twitter and TwitPics as Oliverandlottie

 The photos in our gallery are all available for people to download and print for themselves or to help raise money for animals who need help. We understand that humans who don’t have the joy of knowing the love of a cat, dog or other anipal may thing the thousands of animals who twitter are daft, but that is their loss. Every day animals brighten the lives of millions of people, bring love and companionship where there may have been none before, and make a house a home. Children growing up with an anipal learn about life, love, responsibility and, sometimes, sadly, death and grief.

 My mommy and daddy would like to dedicate this to Sooty, Sophie, Charlie, Nick, our dear Izzy; me (Oliver), Lottie, Sammy and Felicity. We have brought laughter, tears, joy and sadness but we have brightened every day and made it more worth living.

 MADI:  That was such a nice dedication…  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to chat with me and other Kwitters.  It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you and your family of Kwitters better.  The photography tips are priceless!

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Mommy for helping me write this interview.  Because of Mommy I was able to use Spellcheck and edit my Grammar.  We believe that this will help both Animals and Hoomans understand the content.

Interviewer:  Madi The Cat

Interviewee:  Oliver The Cat 

 

Too Much PORN or SPAM in your Twitter World?

How to Report PORN and SPAM on Twitter

 Are you sick and tired of going into your followers section just to be blinded by nakedness all around you?  Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a tad and being a bit dramatic; but some of the photos we at http://kritterkommunity.com have stumbled across are so startling that they could make even Dirk Diggler blush.

 What to do besides just block the Porn Star in training? Well, Twitter has prepared for these intrusive characters and has set up a specific place to report the Porn Star wantabees.  Whatever you do, DO NOT click on the avatar and continue to explore the unknown….remember, curiosity killed da cat!   By continuing to click around, you could get zapped with an awful virus if you are not properly protected (MOL no pun intended there :<)

What you should do is first jot down their user name and immediately block them.  Next go to your profile and click on the HELP tab at the top of your page.  Continue as follows:

 Help Resources

Terms of Services and Rules Policies 12

Twitter Rules

Related Topics/Filing Terms or Rules Complaint

Submit a Request

 This will take you to a short form to submit with the user name you jotted down.  It is a good idea to report PORN or SPAM because many times the person comes back immediately with a new avatar or a changed screen name in an attempt to follow you and you eventually follow them. By reporting the invader, you are not only helping yourself but also others who could be next on their hit list. 

 SPAM can be reported the same way OR even easier…….follow @Spam on Twitter and next time you need to report a Spammer, simply send @Spam a DM with the information.

I hope these tips were helpful in keeping your Tweeting experience fun and valuable! MEOW!

*nosetaps*

Abi


Hi, my name is Lisa Illman and KrittersthatTwitter.com is my Blog.  My cat babies are Madison and Abigail.   They inspired me to invent an outdoor kitty cat enclosure product line called the Kritter Kondo as well as develop a social media network specific to pets and animals.  I love my kitties, animals, social media and Pilates.  These are the topics you are likely to read about when you stop by.   Leave a comment, we love them and will write back!

-Lisa, Madi and Abi

Interview with petwebdesigner.com

Interview with Michael Ayalon, http://petwebdesigner.com

5/24/09

Hosted by:  Madi, The Cat

Kritters That Twitter

 

 MADI:  Hello Michael, and thanks for meeting me at the Kritter Koffeehouse.  I am very excited to be speaking with you today and greatly appreciate your time.  Before we get started, I just want to point out that just like everything associated with the Kritter Kommunity, Kritters That Twitter is specifically designed for Animals and Animal Lovers.   The Kritter Koffeehouse is open daily and serves beverages and snacks for both Animals and Hoomans.  That being said, I see you are a Hooman…..could I offer you a cup of hot tea or coffee?

 MICHAEL: I would love to have some hot tea, I prefer the herbal variety. Even though I LOVE coffee, I gave up all the caffeine a few years ago. My heart starts beating really fast if I even have a sip of caffeine now.

 MADI:  My mommy doesn’t let me drink caffeine, but I hear it can be quite addictive.  Its nice to see you taking such good care of yourself, already I know you must be a great role model in the Kritter Kommunity. 

 Lets jump in and get started; we are eager to learn more about you!  First and most important, what is your association with Animals?  Do any Animals allow you to care for them?

 MICHAEL: I have always loved animals. I grew up with three cats (Simba, Mickey, and Lilly). I rescued a pit bull mix at the shelter in my college years named Soco, she was my favorite. Right now I have two young children that are begging me for a new dog, so we’ll be headed to the shelter to try and help a new pet. I’ll send you pictures soon!

 Just to give you a little history, I started Petwebdesigner.com over 6 years ago when my mother in law told me about her Champion Mastiff puppies. She was showing her champion Mastiffs at some of the biggest shows around (like Westminster), but she had trouble finding homes for her new litter of 13 Mastiff puppies. I offered to build her a website and get her to the top of Google for the term Mastiff. After that, she found homes for all 13 puppies in less than 2 weeks. She told me I had to help others in the pet industry to do the same thing – the results were just amazing. That’s when Petwebdesigner was born. Now we work with Pet Groomers, Pet Sitters, Dog Trainers, Breeders, new pet products, and much more! We specialize in websites and blogs for anyone in the pet industry, and we know how to market your product or services by harnessing the power of the Internet.

 MADI: Your screen name is @petwebdesigner on Twitter….Tell me about that name, what it means, how you came up with the name.

 MICHAEL: Petwebdesigner just seemed to be the most logical name for the new business. It accurately described what I did, which is exactly what I wanted. When choosing a new name for a business, it helps when people can immediately understand what you do. It also helps in the search engines as well, because I’m now in the top spot on Google for Pet Web Design. It’s an important lesson when starting a new business – you should always have key words that you are targeting in the name itself. I have a tool that I use to find available domain names with the keywords I want.

 My mission now is to help as many other pet related businesses to achieve the same levels of success that I have had. It enabled me to quit my day job and focus on what I really love – pets! Why not help others do the same?

 MADI:  My sister Abi and I see you on Twitter regularly.  What do you like most about Twitter and how do you find it valuable?

 MICHAEL: I love Twitter! It’s great to have a community of pet lovers like me to share interesting pet stories, funny pet videos, and see what’s going on in the pet industry. I find it valuable because I’m able to put my ears to the street. By having my own business, sometimes I feel isolated from the rest of the world and their “water cooler talk”. Twitter enables me to hear what’s on everyone’s mind, and vice versa. It can just be chatter about the latest TV show, or really important niche trends. You can also generate tons of traffic to your own stories and business through this powerful site. I now have 2,500 followers that read my stories daily, and I learn from every one of them as well.

 Celebrities on Twitter are fun too. One of my idols is Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric (GE) that took the company from $26 Billion in sales to over $130 Billion in sales. We had a brief exchange last week on Twitter about our baseball teams, as he is a big Red Sox fan and I like the Yankees. It’s so much fun to talk to your idol. You can follow Jack (@Jack_Welch) or follow me (@petwebdesigner) on Twitter!

 MADI:  How do you use Twitter to add value to Animal and Animal Lovers lives?

 MICHAEL: I add value on Twitter by sharing inspiring animal stories (just Tweeted about a couple of college girls that raised over $450 on Twitter to save an injured dog they found abandoned on the side of the road), notifying the pet community of pet product recalls (Nutro just had a pet food recall that I was able to broadcast), and just giving humor to other pet lovers on a daily basis.

 MADI:  We at Kritters That Twitter want to make sure we offer solutions and add value to the lives of Animals and Animal Lovers through our blog.  Do you have a blog and if so what types of things do you blog about? 

 Could you give me a few examples of things you have blogged about?

 MICHAEL: I do have a blog. You can check it out here:

http://www.BlogEye.com

 I use it almost as my home – I put up things that I enjoy, it’s full of stories about pets and funny pet videos that make me laugh. I sprinkle in a little bit about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) because these are my hobbies. I prefer sending people to my blog rather than my business website (http://www.Petwebdesigner.com) because I don’t want to give people the hard sell.

 Twitter to me is like a big party. If you meet someone at a party, you wouldn’t walk up to them and say “Buy my website design services, and oh, we do search engine marketing and search engine optimization too”. Instead, you would introduce yourself and talk about your mutual interests. That’s what I do with the blog. If they like my sense of humor and my interests (pets), then they are much more likely to use Petwebdesigner for their website and marketing needs. People tend to push away the hard sell on Twitter. Just be yourself, add value, and people will seek you out!

 Here’s the story about the college girls that raised money on Twitter for an injured dog they found:

http://www.blogeye.com/2009/05/24/using-twitter-to-save-a-wounded-pitbull/

Here’s a funny tutorial on cat yodeling that I blogged about:

http://www.blogeye.com/2009/05/19/advanced-cat-yodeling/

 MADI:  Wow, this was such useful information, and most importantly it has been a pleasure kicking back and getting to know you better.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to chat with me and the other Kwitters.  You are the first Kwitter to interview on Kritters That Twitter, we hope to see you here again soon! 

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Mommy for helping me write this interview.  Because of Mommy I was able to use Spellcheck and edit my Grammar.  We believe that this will help both Animals and Hoomans understand the content.

 -Madi The Cat

 

Top 10 Cat Facts


  • A Cat has four rows of whiskers.
  • Cats have scent glands on the chin, around the eyes, below the ears, on the sides of the forehead, in and around the anus, between the toes, and at the base of the tail
  • Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
  • When a cat drinks, its tongue – which has tiny barbs on it – scoops the liquid up backwards.
  • The ancient Egyptians were the first to tame the cat (in about 3000 BC), and used them to control pests.
  • Ancient Egyptian family members shaved their eyebrows in mourning when the family cat died.
  • Cats must have fat in their diet because they can’t produce it on their own.
  • While many cats enjoy milk, it will give some cats diarrhea.
  •  A cat will never break a sweat because it has no sweat glands. 

Top 10 Dog Facts

  • Dogs (and wolves and foxes) are descended from a small, weasel-like mammal called Miacis
  • Miacis was a tree-dwelling creature and existed about 40 million years ago. 
  • Dogs are omnivorous. They need more than just meat to flourish.
  • Dogs become loyal not because you feed them, but because of the companionship you give them.
  • Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as people.
  • Dogs that chase cars have learned that cars run away. This behavior is reinforced each time he chases one away.
  • Dogs and cats turn in circles before lying down because in the wild this instinctive action turns long grass into a bed.
  • A dog can suffer from a poor self-image, just like humans. Bolster self-esteem with praise, affection and rewards.
  • Bulldog puppies are delivered by caeserean section because of their large heads.
  • Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.