Tag Archives: Social

Reddit Is Calling Your Name

23 May

When was the last time you used Reddit? Recently Stephen Herron reminded me of the site’s powerful knowledge base. According to Wikipedia, “Reddit is an entertainment, social networking, and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links.” Basically the site is user-generated content and people promote stories by voting on them.

Discover news stories and links instantly on Reddit. The site is divided into hot, new, rising, controversial, top, gilded, wiki and promoted content. You can also use the site to find minute details on things like, “Why did Van Halen say no brown M&Ms in their concert contract back in the early days?”  If you just check out Reddit’s front page you will get lost for hours in content and perhaps learning something along the way. As a note for parents, the site can be rather sarcastic and cavalier at times.

Reddit is user generated content voted by it’s users
http://reddit.com

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When’s The Last Time We Talked?

2 Aug

How do you keep track of the last time you spoke to one of your friends? In this day and age, you probably have many circles of friends – work, personal, organizations and school. How often do you touch base with your friends? Do you forget to contact them for ages? I can imagine your friend may wonder, “Are we even friends anymore?” Now there is a social application called TinyBlu that allows you enter in the last time you spoke to someone. If you don’t text or email them again, you will then get an email notice that reminds you to get a hold of them again. I like the fact that you can quick visual of each friend’s mood based on when you last contacted them. Thanks to Stephen Herron on the find.

Manage your social life:

  • Check the last time you hung out with a friend
  • Get a reminder when you lose touch with someone
  • Maintain regular interactions with important people

http://tinyblu.com/

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Alerts… Too Many Alerts? Control it.

17 Apr

If you a social networkaholic then you need to try AlertThingy. This application sits on your desktop, like an instant messaging (IM) program, but instead of getting IMs you get real-time updates from your Twitter, Facebook, etc… accounts. Your friends alerts can now be followed without even opening your web browser or mobile phone. Get their updates straight to this free application that not only works on a Mac but PC.

Tips if you decide to install it:

  • Turn off the “show pop-up notification” option if you are following lots of people
  • Create groups of people you follow the most
  • Organizing alerts by showing all, those directed at you or ones you mark “very interesting” is easy

Try the Social Desktop Program.
http://www.alertthingy.com/

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Skittles, Rainbow Of Social Networks

6 Apr

The Skittles website is an extreme example of social networking. The rainbow colored candy’s online presence is essentially just one big YouTube channel featuring a hovering remote control that enables you to click between Facebook, Twitter and their product information.

I find this very intriguing because Skittles decided to just use the technology already available online and not even bother building their own network. They figured that the return on investment (ROI) of building their own social networking website, testing it and maintaining wasn’t worth it. Using the tools that were already available online was good enough for them.

Discover the rainbow of social networks
http://skittles.com/

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Carrier Pigeon is Slang for Email?

16 Jan

I was listening to NPR the other day and during a segment they kept saying to contact them by Twitter or Carrier Pigeon. I dismissed the discussion, but it did stick in my crow. Then today I received a call from a friend asking me if I knew anything about that new social networking community called “Carrier Pigeon”. I was stumped. After further research I discovered that this term “Carrier Pigeon” connotates an emerging slang term for email.

For years “Snail Mail” has been slang for the United States Post Office mail service, so now I guess it seems appropriate to poke fun of email because social networking sites like Twitter are the hip form of electronic communication. The carrier pigeon is obviously faster than a snail, so it has that going for it. But what does it say for the remaining electronic forms of communication that haven’t been tagged with a nickname yet?

Nicknames for modes of electronic communication

  • snail mail = post office
  • email = carrier pigeon
  • twitter = pony express?
  • text messaging = smoke signal?
  • instant messaging = semaphore?

What do you think? Do you use Twitter, Facebook to communicate more than email? Is email a dying breed as the most popular online mode of communication?

Thanks to Ralph Solonitz for the illustration.

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The Hills + Web 2.0 Social Media?

2 Dec


Speak over TV with Back Channel
Back in the 90s, “Pop Up Video” was so innovative because as the music video played little tidbits about it would appear in chat bubbles. For example, in the Tiffany video “I Think We’re Alone Now” a chat bubble would appear that would say, “Tiffany wore the same denim jacket again in her next video (All This Time)”. Now MTV’s most popular show “The Hills” has launched “The Back Channel” to give watchers of the show the ability to talk about it as it happens.

MTV promotes “Back Channel” as “Playing online while you watch The Hills.” You type your thoughts on the website as you watch the show and you are awarded points. You can gain points when other players vote for your comments. If MTV identifies you as the most popular or the funniest player, the network will then post your comments on the screen as the show happens. “Back Channel” is like pop-up video on steroids because now the comments are user driven.

Do you think this a good use of Web 2.0 and social media?
http://backchannel.mtv.com/

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FriendFeed: Organize Your Life Stream

20 Nov

Have your heard of “Life Streaming”? Perhaps you are doing it and you don’t even realize it.

Personal Use
“Life Streaming” is putting almost every detail of your life online 24/7. A friend of mine was telling me that he got a Twitter from a friend saying that he was just involved in a car accident. He called his friend, but his wife answered. To her avail, she had no idea that her husband had just told the world that they got into an accident. She was flabbergasted that the world knew they were in an accident, but the ambulance hadn’t even arrived yet.

Corporate Use
As companies begin to see that there is an audience for a constant flurry of information, they are beginning to send updates as frequently to their social networks as their constituents. Companies are looking to use social mechanisms to help organize information and bring attention to new things that are interesting. Companies have a life of their own too.

So how do I organize my “life stream”? Use FriendFeed!

Have a central place where all your life streaming can dwell.
http://friendfeed.com/leadinghands

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Yammer – Office Social Networking

19 Nov

Yammer is a social network for current employees to chat about work happenings. I guess instead of the water cooler, now you don’t need to get up from the luxury of your desk to gossip.

The reality is that most corporate employees are doing a certain amount of non-work related tasks during work hours. Are you one of the thousands of employees that is playing video games, paying bills online or planning your next vacation on company time? Instead doing non-work related activities, why not do something for your company? Yammer encourages employees to communicate with each other online. Of course employees can waste too much time gossiping, but at least it’s about the company.

Take office politics to the next level with Yammer. Sign-up with Yammer and let the games begin.
http://www.yammer.com

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Dodgeball Phone Tracker

26 Oct

In my opinion, Dodgeball is a website that is social networking on steroids. The purpose of this service is to easily connect with your friends, make new friends and just hang out. The site connects virtual world to real world.

Imagine getting a text message immediately to your mobile phone when a friend is within 5 miles of your current location. The text message will tell you the name of your friend, the establishment they are at and pinpoint their location.

This mobile connection site also takes social networking to the next level by indicating if you are close to a friend of friend. The same statistics are displayed on your phone which are name and location. The site also has a third classification as “Crushes”. These are people you really don’t know at all, but you’ve tagged their online profile as a “Crush” and you’re interested in meeting them. If the “Crush” is nearby you’ll get a text of their location.

I think this is a good tool if used responsibly because there are features like being able to text all your friends at once. However, like anything else, I can see this technology being used incorrectly in the wrong hands. Dodgeball is free and standard text messaging fees do apply. It is currently available in 22 cities.

Would you use this service? Do you think this service is a threat to teen safety?

http://www.dodgeball.com/

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Yovia – Share Your Feedback

17 Oct

Jalali Hartman started Yovia as a new type of social networking website. He wanted to give consumers the ability to help shape the products and causes they care about, and give companies the ability to get feedback from their most important assets – their clients. He created it to give consumers a voice.

With Yovia you have the opportunity to create your own network and community around topics you are passionate about. Sign-up for a free Yovia account and find out yourself.

http://yovia.com/

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