Social Media, Tech, Business, Internet, & Life through the eyes of an AverageJo
So it’s probably safe to assume that everyone saw the Super Bowl commercials. There were some great commercials this year all trying to take the conversation around their brand online with QR codes, shazam, URLs, and hashtags. I guess we can call all these call to actions the start of the Social TV trend.
One that stuck out to me in patictular was Bud Light’s new Platinum beer commercials. The commercials were ok, but what stood out to me was the use of the #MakeItPlatinum hashtag which encouraged people to tweet about the beer. Since I work in Social Media I like to see how brands execute their campaigns. So I jumped to twitter to check out the #MakeItPlatinum hashtag. A lot of people were talking about the beer but to my surprise there was no Bud Light interaction with these tweets, and what surprised me more was that this was because there was no Bud Light Platinum twitter account.
Now that I’m living in Austin I figured I should get some kind of cool business cards for meetups and business stuff. But I thought “really how often do people actually hold on to your card and put your information in their phone?” I figure its really low because I get business cards and never put that person in my iPhone much less keep the card for a long time. There are apps for sharing information like bump, but both people have to have the application for it to work. Also I really don’t like carrying a lot of stuff around with me. So why not have your card on your phone and share you contact info with people through a QR code? People are already adding QR codes to their paper business cards. How about just getting rid of the paper card all together?
Solution! An iPhone app that contains all your information in a QR code!
Tonight I tried to explain to my mom what I was doing in dreamweaver and photoshop to make a facebook application/tab and she didn’t get how it worked, then she showed me this awesome quilt that she is sewing for my uncle and how she has to sew all these pices together and line up panels and her color scheme and I didn’t get how it all worked. I told her “we are both creating something using little bits and pieces, I’m using code and images, and you’re using fabric and string to make something unique. Either way we are both making something from scratch, just in different ways and it makes sense to us how we do it.”
So I’m having a great time listening to music on Spotify. Since Monday I’ve been streaming tons of albums and I think this has replaced iTunes and pandora for me. Today I was exploring music popular in Spain and around the world, but a lot of the music isn’t available to the United States! What is up with that? I know there are licensing rights, but we live in a global society no longer confined by geographic location. I hope this is something that Spotify will work out with record labels in the near future. The internet has opened up the WHOLE world for us to explore and experience, I don’t like to be restricted in what I can experience just because of the country I currently live in. Hopefully this gets fix soon, but overall I still love you Spotify……. Rant over!
What do you think about this?
Currently the iPhone facebook app doesn’t support “likes” for comments. I find this is a popular feature that people us on the normal facebook site. The “like” feature is a dynamic way for people to agree and interact with comments on facebook. A lot of the time I find it frustrating that I can’t like comments from the facebook app being that 75% of my facebook usage is thru the iPhone app. Currently this is what the normal commenting system looks like. Lately when I use the Facebook app I have been getting the ability to “like” comments. I don’t always have the ability to do this, and I haven’t figured out how to active it. So this is what it looks like. As you can see I now have the ability to “like” comments thru the Facebook app. I find that this ups my interaction rate with friends and pages. Hopefully this will be something that is pushed out to all users.
(p.s. This was written on the iPhone tumblr app so please excuse any errors.)
In 1917, Van Patten went bankrupt and sold Dripping Springs to Dr. Nathan E. Boyd. Boyd’s wife had recently contracted tuberculosis. Boyd turned the resort into one of the first tuberculosis clinics funded by the federal government. Boyd’s Sanatorium was a cluster of buildings some 100 feet beyond the former Van Patten Camp. Only foundations remain of the patient facility of 1910; however, the caretaker’s house is still intact. Rumors exist of the “restless spirits” that have haunted campers, exciting paranormal investigators. Dr. Boyd, a Stanford graduate in medicine, also opened the First National Bank and Union Bank in Las Cruces. He was part of an investment group who proposed a dam near Las Cruces to control the flooding Rio Grande. Encountering financial difficulties, he sold the sanatorium in the 1920s to Dr. T. C. Sexton of Las Cruces.
*** So the current app in the chrome store no longer works, so If you have the old pandora extension delete it and follow this LINK to get the new secret Anesidora extension. The app is exactly the same just named different, I imagine pandora got mad because it was bypassing all adds and the limits on free listening. So download the new app and get your jam on!
So a lot of us use Pandora on a daily basis, the practically unlimited selection of music you can listen to is amazing! But a lot of us don’t pay for the Pandora ONE account which is $36.00 a year and removes all the advertisements.
Well I have a little trick for you! If you use the Chrome browser you can just install the Pandora extension and you are not held to the 40hr limit a month and you do not get ads. Besides somehow getting past these restrictions this extension is very useful and slick.
Now keep in mind as long as you listen threw the extension these limitations are dropped but when you listen on your mobile phone or threw the website you will still be held to the 40hr limit and you will be served advertisements. But I imagine a large percentage of people listen while at their computers so this might be a little treat for you.
Today Feb. 9th 2011 it seems that facebook pushed out an update to how we view pictures in feeds, and on recently tagged photos in profiles. Before when you clicked on a picture you were taken to that pictures photo page where you could comment, tag or like a picture. Now when you click on a photo it takes over your screen and allows you to comment, tag or like a picture without leaving the page you were at.
This seems like a cool little improvement to how photos are handled in facebook.
Is this working on your facebook account?
What do you think of this improvement?
Being that it’s the new year I guess it’s time for the New Years Resolution list. I know I can accomplish all these goals, I just need to stay focused.