The rumors of a smartwatch from Google might not be rumors anymore. An anonymous source from The Wall Street Journal said that the watch could be “ready within months” and will likely “be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone.” Although this new smartwatch is said to run Android, I hope it won’t be like the disappointing Samsung Galaxy Gear, which users reported had a poor battery life, substandard performance, and an incompatibility with non-Samsung devices.
The Google smartwatch will focus on the functions of the Google Now personal assistant, which allows quick updates at-a-glance. Such information would include weather updates, travel alerts, and news tailored to you from your email, Internet browsing history, and location. It all sounds great now, but I wonder if Google will address the problems Android had with its smartwatch or push the promotion of its watch in favor of releasing a new product sooner. Regardless, this technology could be less than a year away – are you ready for the smartwatch? Read more about this intriguing technology on The Verge.
Have you ever wondered why things on Buzzfeed spread so quickly among your friends? It might be because Michigan’s most popular online media resource for news is Buzzfeed. For newspapers, USA Today wins over Michigan residents at #1. For television, the most watched is ABC News and Wired is the first for magazines in Michigan. These statistics all come from Bit.ly’s Real-time Media Map, an interactive map of the US that shows the most preferred media outlets by state. The media categories include television and radio, newspapers, magazines, and online resources. You can toggle to see real-time use of the different media or see the winners in each category for every state. Play with the map here and read more about this Bit.ly feature on Neatorama.
As a perfect square shape, Instagram pictures are the ideal fit for album artwork. This is what CEO of SoundCloud thought too because last week he announced a partnership with Instagram. “We’re the largest audio platform and they’re the largest photo platform. It’s cool to tie them together,” said Alex Ljung, CEO of SoundCloud . Users will now be able to upload their Instagram pictures as album artwork on SoundCloud. This new development is awesome – unless all your Instagram pictures consist of food. However, then you could literally make a meatloaf album artwork for your Meatloaf Greatest Hits album. Read more about this artsy partnership at The Verge.
Could someone glance at your twitter profile, and without reading a single word, know something about you? Where you come from, your gender, or your profession?
Probably not with any certainty. But they could make an informed guess. Each of those variables has a correlation with certain color trends for your twitter page. People from California and Florida have an affinity for white. Hackers are fond of blue. And unsurprisingly, people who describe themselves as fashionistas are attracted to pink. But who would have guessed that orange is the color of fatherhood?
Color has always been assigned cultural meaning, but it’s been a shifting, difficult field to pin down. Now, it’s becoming easier to chart those associations every day. What’s more, you can leverage those associations to make your twitter profile on-point rhetorically.
If you’ve nailed your colors, check out this infographic to see if your twitter bio is holding up too.
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are good for advertising, communicating, and most popular socializing. When using these sites there are a few rules to consider. For instance, publishing when no one’s online, not so smart. You don’t always have to publish your post the moment you write it. If you think of an interesting tweet at 2am, it’s okay to write it down and tweet in the morning when more people are awake. “Holding back when we’ve finished a great new post could actually be more useful for us, though,” says Cooper. It takes effort to create new content, why waste something you have worked hard on. Keep calm and share it with the world at the right moment, especially if you have a feeling it’s really good.
One thing I have learned in Digital Rhetoric this semester is to consider “who is my audience and their importance.” Be careful not to talk to the wrong people. For example, “If more men read blogs at night than women, you’ll probably want to post earlier in the day if women are your target audience.” Don’t publish when it’s convenient for you, be suitable for your audience. Whether or not we admit it, we write and post to capture an audience.
Don’t be a victim of a whoops moment, take the time and read Belle Beth Cooper’s counterintuitive advice and see more examples of common social media mistakes. Remember, social media should be handled with care like fine china.
We’ve all had the should-I-post-it-should-I-not moment where our finger hovers anxiously over the ‘Post’ button. Fear not! There are ways to nip this in the bud. Try to give the idea space or, rather, give yourself time away from the idea so you can return with fresh eyes. If a post seems too controversial, ask yourself if it’s really important to face the backlash from it. If it’s not enticing enough, try adding different elements like quotes or anecdotes. Don’t let the fear of posting keep you from actually posting. Check out the rest of CopyBlogger’s tips here and blog on.
Whether you’re a quick scanner or thorough drudger, we all save articles to read for later. We simply don’t have time right now. Hey, that’s okay. There’s an app for that. Actually, there are a few. Pocket, Instapaper, Readability – but how do you choose which one is best for you? If you’re looking for a free app, then Instapaper is out. However, if you want to export an article into an ePub format, Instapaper is the only one that can do that. And Pocket is the only one that can save an embedded video from an article to watch online. And if you’re looking for the app with the best layout, look no further than Readability. Compare and contrast the features, prices, and layouts of the top bookmarking apps in this Lifehacker article.
Do you have a hard time feeling motivated? Is it tough to get out of your bed in the morning? Maybe you should invest in the Tikker. It’s what sci-fi movies have been promising for years: knowing the exact day you’ll die, down to the last second. It’s an approximation of course, but it’s based on whatever health information you provide (so if you lie, you’re only cheating yourself). Although this sounds incredibly morbid, it’s supposed to be extremely motivating. By knowing how much time you have left, you should be able to live more freely and live each day how you want rather than wasting time on what you don’t. On Tikker’s Kickstarter page, the creators say, “If you know that time is ending, you make every second count.”
“It’s not how much time you have, it’s what you do with it.” As you can see, the creators have taken a more positive spin on this chilling concept. By using your time on this earth more productively and fulfilling your own dreams and aspirations, happiness will be well within your grasp. Tikker is exactly what you need to be as productive as you can be! If you need something to kick your butt in gear, there’s nothing more persuasive than a timer strapped to your wrist that’s counting down the seconds left in your life. Oh, and it also tells the time. Check out more about Tikker at The Verge.