Category Archives: Social Media

Manual Touchscreen Menu

While out with some friends we decided to make a short short video of a manual touchscreen swipe menu system just for laughs.

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Google’s Social Push

Watch it to learn about Google’s brand new “+1” feature!

Google, still the reigning King of the Interwebs, has long faced pressure from Facebook to become more social. In a move towards that direction, they have added a feature called the “+1” feature.

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The +1 button is shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.”

Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1’s can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search.

This is a direct competitor with Facebook’s “Like” feature, that seeks to colonize the internet bit by bit.

How successful will Google be is anyone’s guess. My take on this is that Google might eventually win out, since it has the plus point of being literally all over the internet i.e it does not require content creators to agree to have the “+1” feature to be implemented, since it is in the search results.

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‘Live’ Coverage Redefined by Twitter

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The year was 1962, Anthony Burgess’s now infamous classic, A Clockwork Orange had just made it out of the printing press and into bookstores. In it, he portrayed a dystopian world set a few decades into the future. Anyone familiar with the sci-fi classic would remember his idea of a ‘world-cast’. It was essentially what we would call a ‘Live’ broadcast today.

1967, the program Our World made the first global telecast, The Beatles’ performance amongst the highlights. That day onward, ‘Live’ coverage could only get better and better.

Fast forward to this day, ‘Live’ television is not only demanded, but taken rather for granted. For all of its merits, ‘Live’ television had a drawback – it required the audience to physically be watching it; or in the case of radio, be listening to it. If you missed it, there was no immediate way of finding out what you missed other than to nudge the person closest for a quick update.

Enter Twitter. Its 140 character updates, combined with the ability to fire off tweets from anywhere in the world with an internet connection as fast as one’s fingers can compose text, make it perfect for ‘Live’ commentary and coverage of any event. For the audience, it provides a quick way to keep up with events as they unfold. This allows news consumers to stay informed even when they are not actively listening or watching the news. The best examples thus far would be the unrest in Libya, and, on a lighter hearted note, the Oscar’s award ceremony this year, where journalists (of the citizen sort or otherwise), kept audiences up to speed with bursts of tweets kept within 140 characters with telegram like pithiness.

In an age where audiences have their hunger for fresh information bolstered by such technology, the succinct, headlines only approach to newscasting is setting a standard never seen before. Newspapers, still the most widely distributed formal form of news dissemination, never had to play catch-up quite like that.

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Aaand its back. UberTwitter is UberSocial!

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UberSocial downloads are all working once more, after users struggled for 2 days to get their Uber fix. All issues with the Twitter executives should be settled. Get your UberSocial for Blackberry download here!

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Are you well-versed in comment etiquette?

Everyone on the blogosphere NEEDS to read this.

Are you well-versed in comment etiquette? Which comment would you rather receive? “Great post! Check out my blog at someblog.wordpress.com.” or “Well said! I know exactly what you mean about X, and I’m glad that I’m not the only one who thinks so. I would even say that A, B, C! Your candor is greatly appreciated.” The second one, of course. Why? For one thing, it follows the etiquette guidelines below. But even more importantly, it was written with the intent to forge a relationship, not … Read More

via WordPress.com News

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Ubertwitter is now Ubersocial

Earlier today, one of the top applications that Blackberry users worldwide use to access Twitter, Ubertwitter, was blocked by Twitter executives for breach of policies.ubertwitter

Long story short: Ubertwitter is now Ubersocial. Get your download here! (iPhone users can use it too!)

There had been much controversy and speculation, but this is what happened, right from the horse’s mouth. There is no “war” or what not, just a simple request for a change from Twitter to Ubermedia. Here’s what Bill Gross, CEO of Ubermedia had to say:

PASADENA, CA – February 18, 2011 – Early Friday morning, Twitter shut off access to its service by several of our Twitter client applications: UberTwitter, Twidroyd, and UberCurrent. Twitter then notified us that they believed we were in violation of several provisions of their terms of service.

We were immediately in touch with Twitter, and the changes they asked us to make were very small. As a result, we have completed the changes, and new apps are currently being posted to their respective stores. Twitter has assured us that as soon as those changes were complete, they would reactivate our applications.

Twitter also asked us to modify the name of UberTwitter. We began a process of changing the name three weeks ago by polling our users, and we’ve decided based on their input to change the product name to UberSocial, which we completed today.

To our millions of loyal users, we appreciate your patience during this temporary period. We look forward to continuing our innovations on the Twitter platform.

Bill Gross, CEO
UberMedia, Inc.

Hope that clears everyone’s doubts. It does not make sense for Twitter to shut down clients that make their service popular, as such, why would anyone propagate news (and why anyone doesn’t give a second thought about it) that there is a “war” between Twitter and Ubermedia escapes me.

Note: Quote taken from Huffington Post

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Facebook: Colonizing The Web, One “Like” At A Time

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Facebook’s “Like” button. Does not look like much does it?

This little feature is one of the catalysts that propelled Facebook to verb-like (as in ‘I’ll Facebook him’) prominence on the internet today. Not convinced?  Hear me out.

Sometime in 2008, many users were lamenting that Facebook was a “walled garden”, that it did not allow interaction beyond its monochromatic blue boarders. Conventional wisdom in the technology industry was that, and it stands true yet, that walled garden type technology will eventually see their users leave and seek greener pastures.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and his team were well aware of the problems that walled garden technologies present, but they did not seek to tear down those walls. Oh no, that was way too much trouble. Instead in Febuary 2009, they simply expanded those walls and invited the rest of the Web to come in and play.

They introduced the “Like” feature.

That was an ingenious move, from there onward, users will be interacting with Facebook even when you are not at Facebook.com. To web developers, this was a win-win. For years and years, they have wrecked their brains thinking up ways to make their content more “social”, fully knowing that it was a sure way to create traffic (comments on blog posts and web forums literally operate on this principle). Suddenly, they could potentially have the entire Facebook population within their reach. 190-million

Now, we all know that Facebook was not the first to create plug-ins like these. Yahoo, Twitter and Digg have tried, with only budging success. What makes the idea tick was the staggering growth of Facebook. It currently has 500 million users, and that number is growing at a faster and faster rate. If we were to look at a graph plotting Facebook’s user population anuclear chain reactiongainst time, it would resemble that of a nuclear chain reaction before reaching critical mass (Fig. 33.3).

One of the founding principles of Facebook was to be useful, and in this respect, they have fulfilled it through and through. Not only have they enabled web developers to extend their reach, they have also allowed themselves to easily track user preferences, which is key to advertising. It is their ability to sift out such win-wins that will surely drive the company to further success.

At the point of writing, Google is still the undisputed king of the internet search and information profiling. Google, the one that everyone turns to in order to make sense of diarrhea of information that is the internet. Will Facebook overtake Google in that respect? It is not unlikely, but it would take a lot of effort on Facebook’s part, but when they do, it would be with astonishing, even horrifying personal accuracy.

What Facebook has succeeded in doing thus far is priming itself to be as ubiquitous and essential as Google, which in itself is no mean feat. The world’s biggest social network won’t be going away, and you, the Facebook user, are going to see to that, one “Like” at a time.

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