Addiction to Technology

    Do you think that you are addicted to information/internet/Social Media? Do you think that you may have a tiny problem with that? that (just) maybe you are loosing the control?
    Some time ago I asked a question whether we are ready to slow down with social media/internet, etc. And since that time I have noticed that people who I am working with, some of my friends and I – we are not slowing down but we even try to speed up.
    I have to admit that I feel good (so far) about that, I think that it’s not a problem to stay connected on-line as long as possible. I just watched 2 movies which made me think – that my life is totally different than 15 years ago – when I was more off-line than on-line.
    First movie: Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s it’s a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, filmmakers created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation (technology can be addictive). It’s narrated by Peter Coyote.

Technology can be addictive. In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, we created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation. It’s narrated by Peter Coyote.
The filmmaking team behind “Yelp: With Aplogies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl,” also made the 2011 Sundance documentary “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology.”

Filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain latest film, Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, and Technology”, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. movie trailer:

Connected, is about the evolution of human communication and how it has changed our lives, for better and for worse

    Have you ever been in a situation describer by Tiffany: sneaking to the bathroom during a dinner at the restaurant just to check an email? For Tiffany it was a wake-up call to do something about that, to think what’s going on with us…and that was the beginning of the idea for the movie. But just think about it – what does it mean for you? Probably you already noticed that but didn’t do anything about that. I remember how many times I was (and still am) attached to my laptop or smartphone…checking emails/surfing via social media, checking/testing new apps, read latest news, etc. – just to stay connected 24/7
    Are you in situation when instead of looking by the window to check the weather you are checking it on-line? Maybe it’s not a big deal right now, because we have all those friends all over the internet, we are ok! right?
    So what’s next with us – people who are addicted to the information/on-line world? What will our future look like? Right now I don’t mind but within next 5-10-15 years?
    Are we ready to slow down?
    Are we ready to leave iPhone at home and go for a walk with friends?

    ohh and one more thing before some of you will try to say that it’s good to slow down with technology/information/internet – thanks to all those 3 we are able to move faster with the development (in medicine, technology, etc.) – so more lives can be saved. etc.

    …so are we ready to “unplug and revisit present tens”

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And here’s a bonus youtube video: Brian Solis talks with Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder. Her latest film, Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, and Technology, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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Your Health vs. Social Media

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(…) I argue constantly that if people gave up a little privacy it would likely make them and the rest of us a lot healthier. (…)

    I understand that it means changing one of the most important part of our privacy perception – giving up and publishing our health’s status. I get it, I know that there can be something good about this – like saving life, getting rid off the rush quicker and maybe cheaper – because some pharma company/doctor/on-line friend/etc. can suggest some medicine we may use or information about someone (who?) may help us, providing us with important health updates, etc. I would like to focus on another aspect of that issue – giving up the last frontier of our privacy, giving up/sharing our health information.
    ok,ok….when you look at this issue, we are already sharing some of that: Facebook checking-in to medical places (dentist, hospital, pharmacy, etc.) or updating our Facebook or Twitter status by posting comments such as: “I’m sick today, that’s my 5th cold this year”. And I think that this is just the beginning. So what’s next? What we will do next?:
  • how many health related information are we willing to share via social media?
  • who wants to get to those information?
  • what 3rd parties would like to do with that kind of knowledge about our health?
    I think that if there is more information about our health, there will be someone (individual or organization) willing to interact and do something (bad or good) with that information – wow, that doesn’t sound good.

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Just think about big pharmaceutical industry, it’s big, has a great budget for marketing research, wants to get to as much as possible information about our health. And what about insurance industry? same thing.

    What do you think about that?
    How many information are you already giving up via social media?

Facebook – What Are You Doing?

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    Have you noticed latest updates on Facebook?
    Do you like or hate them?

So in case if you don’t really remember (or you are still in shock) all the features Facebook presented over short period of time – I’ve been trying to check what’s new on Facebook:

  • top stories –> highlights posts and prioritizes them at the top of your feed stream.
  • new stories –> no more “recent posts/top posts” now it’s time for “new stories”
  • buzz stream (ticker) –> on upper right on sidebar (above the list of friends who are on-line) you can find real-time stream of posts published by your friends, so no more scrolling down to check who wrote what and when. Hovering over those activities you can expand and check the content and post a comment
  • subscribes –> yes yes yes it’s more like “follow” at Twitter so if there is someone you would like to “follow” on Facebook but you don’t want to or can’t send a “friend’s request” you can subscribe to their comment stream. I think that’s one of the better ideas.
    More of “the Facebook updates” you can find on Mashable.
    If you decide to complain and don’t know where to do that, Allfacebook created a short suggestion box

    What is going on with Facebook? Why they are updating/changing so much in such a short time? Is that necessary? Is that another level of Facebook vs. Google+ battle? I’m afraid that too many changes might not help Facebook.

Update:

    Thank you Keri from Idea Girl Media for sharing a youtube video with Facebook updates:

5 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Co-workers

    Do you have to work with people who are located in another city or country?
    What do you do when you need to work with others on a project but all those people are spread all over the world?

What to do if you don’t have an access to expensive platforms like Microsoft Exchange?

Applications you can use to communicate with others:

  • e-mails –> who didn’t do that? Sending tons of e-mails with 10th version of the document. It’s useful when only 2 people are working on it but when you have a lot of people who need to collaborate with each other then it’s a problem
  • google docs –> in case if you don’t want to collect many versions of the same documents, you can use application by google – which allows you to share the documents on-line, make changes in the document by others, post comments, etc. Type of documents you are able to share/edit: word, spreadsheets, presentation, form, drawing. You can also chose between many templates.
  • skype –> which gives you options: sending files, chat box, video calls, etc.
  • jamcloud –> it’s a free social music app that allows you play music and watch videos with your friends in real time. Create listening rooms with an international audience where you can chat about what’s playing and vote. With a library of over 325 million songs and videos. So if you need to talk about some songs/video you can do that watching it at the same time with people all over the world.
  • linqto –> It’s a many to many live online app. Easy to use, no download is required, and is available as a Facebook application. A standard URL is also provided as an additional entry point to the live site. This application is not free, version 1 cost $8/month

What on-line application can you suggest?

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8 Useful Twitter Tools

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    What do you know about Twitter?
    Do you use Twitter?
    How many Twitter-related applications do you use?

Here are 2 applications you can use to manage your tweetstream:

  • tweetdeck –> TweetDeck allows you to monitor, manage and engage in your social world by bringing together your Twitter and Facebook feeds in a powerful and flexible column-based dashboard.
  • hootsuite –> similar to tweetdeck application. You can manage your blog/linkedin/facebook/twitter accounts from one place; schedule posts/tweets, create report, etc.

Here are applications which can help you to locate topics/trends/people/communities:

  • hashtags.org –> you can find here the most popular hashtags on Twitter – what’s most popular.
  • Twitscoop –> a real-time visualisation tool which enables users to “Mine the thought stream” provided by Twitter. Hot trends/words which are buzzing right now on twitter/search feature/
  • Listorious –> “Listorious has the best Twitter people search on the web so you can find anyone by topic, region or profession — powered by data from the tens of thousands of list curators. Once you find the right person, you can interview them by asking questions over Listorious”
  • twellow –> Twitter yellow pages
  • TweetMeme –> “it’s a service which aggregates all the popular links on Twitter to determine which links are popular. TweetMeme categories these links into Categories, Subcategories and Channels, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what you’re interested in.”
  • twopular –> search popular trends on Twitter

More useful links which helps you to measure your on-line activities.

    Do you know other applications worth to share?

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Do We Need Google Offers?

    What do you think about shopping? Do you like it? Just think about going to the shopping mall and search for some things you need to buy or maybe you prefer to do shopping on-line?

It’s all about collective buyer power – you can find offers with up to 60%, 70%, 80% discounts.
There is another player on the market – Google Offers

So far I was searching Groupon for daily deals (spa, theater, restaurant, etc.). I was wondering how Groupon, Livingsocial and GoogleOffers works. All of daily offers platforms works similar:

  • subscribe –> you will receive e-mails with daily offers in your city (city you choose) or check on website or on Facebook page or Twitter
  • choose –> chose the offer you like
  • pay –> purchase chosen deal
  • get the coupon/voucher –> wait for the e-mail with voucher/coupon
  • enjoy –> enjoy your purchase and remember about the deal’s expiration date

Here is a youtube video on how Groupon works:


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    Pro: interesting feature is that you can purchase a giftcard on Groupon – which is nice option as a present.
    Con: during purchasing process you need to provide your credit card details (every time) – but maybe that’s should be consider as pro (I’m not sure).
    How Livingsocial works:

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    Ok, so now lets look at the Google Offers:
    Pro: wow, everything in one place (on Google); you can sign in using your google account.
    Con: it’s just the beginning so google offers is available only in 6 cities; I’m not sure whether having everything in one place (google) is a good way. It’s a short way for google to have a monopoly on the market.
    Here is a youtube video on how google offers works:
    Google Offers payment option: you need to provide your credit card details once and it will be saved in your account. That option is provided by Google Checkout

I believe that many people might move from Groupon or Livingsocial to Google Offers just because they have Gmail accounts and because of that they have less passwords to remember.

The question is do we need another daily deals platform? Will Google Offers win the competition race? I don’t know. It’s another project by Google – lets wait a while and see what happen.

Your Personal Infographic

    Do you like infographics? I do
    Would you like to create your own personal infographic based on your data? I would

Thanks to Kathy Jacobs from Vitamin CH I was able to find visual.ly Visual.ly helps you to create visualization of data.

story + data + design

visual.lu _ twitterize

    This is just the beginning because guys from visual.ly are preparing something way much better
    So far you can create very simple Twitter personal infographic like this one:

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    I believe that as long as images/visualization/videos have more “power” to get to us than words – we will see more and more applications which allow us to create infographics, etc. I hope we will be able to use application which connect data from (at least) few biggest social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, WordPress.
    I can’t wait.

Facebook for People Over 50 – Part 2 – Making Connections

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    Today lets talk about few ways how to make some connections on Facebook
  • search for your family/friends –> type your friend name and last name in the search box which is on top center of the Facebook website. If there are hundreds of results (people with the same name as that one friend you are searching for) then you can try to search by your friend e-mail address (if you know it).
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Make sure this is the right person you found on Facebook – the easiest way is to click on their photo and check their Facebook profile (usually – depends on private settings – you can see some basic information about that person).

  • send “friend’s request”/add friend to your list –> so you found your friend on Facebook. Of course you would like to “say hello” to them (which means you want to connect with them on Facebook). How to do that? Send a friend’s request – it’s a direct message to your friend.

Here’s friend’s request

    and here’s friend’s request with additional message. Usually it’s better (nicer) to add few words from yourself:

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  • address book –> if you have e-mail addres on one of following: gmail/hotmail/yahoo/windowslive. You are able to search Facebook for all those e-mails from address book (on your e-mail account).
  • you can find your high school/collage friends by searching for your school’s Facebook page
  • accepting friend’s request –> don’t forget that your old friends might search for you as well.

Facebook on Your Wrist

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    Do you like to share photos and update your Facebook status while on vacation? Do you get impatient when you have to find free Wi-Fi or nearest available computer with internet access? of course you can pay your mobile provider for internet access (good luck with if you are abroad) or you can go and look for free Wi-Fi at the hotel you are staying at. But it takes time and some efforts and what is most important – it takes time (and usually it won’t be “live”).
    …so how to share your off-line holiday experience on-line “live”?
    Check how Ushuaia Beach Hotel in the European summer clubbing capital (Ibiza) has combined guests’ obsession with Facebook and cutting edge RFID technology by using wristbands.
    What’s the RFID technology?

smart labels, also called radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. RFID tags are intelligent bar codes that can talk to a networked system to track every product that you put in your shopping cart.

    Hotel’s guests are wearing RFID wristbands and every time they want to share pictures or update their Facebook status all they have to do is to swipe the wristband at various RFID-points that the hotel has set up around the resort. Using their wristband they can login to their Facebook account and take a picture/update status/post comments.

youtube video here:

QR codes are getting more and more popular all over the world. Companies are using qr codes more often, but how about RFID tags/labels? As long as that RFID-technology is well known in retail industry (e.g. books at the bookstore) I am not sure how often companies are using this as a part of their marketing strategy.

Do you remember one of my previous posts regarding Facebook 2 Reasons Why We Love and Hate Facebook?

“See what happens, Facebook, see what happens when worlds collide!”

As long as on-line and off-line worlds collide we might see more of those gadgets on the market. I am wondering what’s next, what new hi-tech gadgets we will see on the market. I can’t wait.

    I guess time will tell.