March 10, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Pinterest may have some competition. Fancy is a new social media platform very similar to Pinterest. The difference is, Fancy is geared towards ecommerce. It’s like a Pinterest wish list. It’s less about inspirational quotes and creative pictures and more about the place you want to travel or the sundress you saw in Vogue and want to buy.
The ecommerce site is a great tool for merchants and retailers. After you “fancy” (“fancying” something is the equivalent idea as “pinning” something) the retailer can see that it was “fancied” and contact you to give you a special deal. According to Stylelist Home, Fancy has been described as “Groupon in reverse.”
It currently has 250,000 users, which is not much compared to Pinterests’ 10 million users. However, it has only been out for a few months, and with endorsements from celebrities like Kanye West and P. Diddy, I don’t think it will be much longer before the social media site really takes off.
In contrast to Pinterest, 60% of Fancy’s users are men; Pinterest’s user-base is comprised primary of women. That doesn’t mean the dynamic won’t change in the near future when the site becomes more popular. More women tend to use social media when compared to men, and shop online more than men, so we’ll have to see if men continue to hold the majority of users for Fancy
It will be interesting to see if the social media site will succeed or if it will flop. I think this might be the new big thing. What do you think? Check it out for yourself and let me know.
March 9, 2012 § Leave a Comment
As I’m sure everyone is aware, the third generation iPad was released on March 7th, and no it’s not called the iPad 3, just the iPad. There have been a lot of media outlets saying that there were very few improvements made to the new iPad, but I disagree. Apple, as always, made some ground-breaking technological improvements, creating yet another amazing device. Here are my top three improvements for the iPad.
The first big improvement is the retina display. The 2048-by-1536 resolution is better than your 50-inch flat screen TV, with a million more pixels and 44 percent greater color saturation. The most amazing part is that it’s on a screen that isn’t even 10-inches. That seems like over-kill if you ask me, but I’m still looking forward to seeing it once it hits stores.
The second big improvement is the addition of 4g LTE. Apple is known for adopting new technology a little later than the rest of the industry, but that’s because it’s always good to make sure the technology is going to be reliable and will stick around before putting it in your products.
The third biggest improvement is the 5-megapixel camera. I must say, although this is an upgrade I was expecting more. The ability to record video with 1080p is great, but I was hoping for a camera with at least 8-megapixels, not 5.
Those are my top three favorite changes. I’m still undecided if I’ll purchase one, but it’s definitely on my wish list.
March 9, 2012 § Leave a Comment
If you’re looking for a job, blogging is a great way to show off your written communication skills. A blog allows you to show potential employers what topics you’re interested in and how well you understand them. It’s important for your employer to know that you can do your own research, that you have an opinion and that you feel comfortable sharing it.
Employers want to see that you are creative and can create your own content. Blogging easily lets you create your own content and is a great reflection of your personality. Also, you’re able to choose whatever topic you want. If you’re interested in fashion then create a fashion blog. If you’re interested in sports then create a sports blog. Normally, it’s great if it relates to your professional industry, but it doesn’t have to. Your professional experience may lay in marketing, but if you really love cooking there’s nothing wrong with creating a cooking blog. It shows that you’re an interesting person and no one wants to hire someone that isn’t interesting.
Your tone is important. You want to keep it professional, but it doesn’t need to sound like an academic paper. It’s okay to write in first, second or third person; no one is going to take out a red pen and give you a grade. However, it’s incredibly important to spell check, especially if you’re telling your potential employers about the blog. You wouldn’t apply for a job with a spelling and/or grammar mistakes on your resume, so make sure to edit your posts so you don’t have them on your blog either.
It’s not all work; blogging is fun. It allows me to take a step out of my academic life and speak with a different tone, as if I’m having a conversation with my readers. It allows me to communicate my opinions in a professional and interesting way that I really enjoy. Why don’t you give it a try?
Check out this related post on Businesses Grow, 7 Reasons Every Job-Seeker Needs To Blog.
Photo Credit: http://darrenjdeverux.com/tag/blogging-2/
March 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
If you’re working on your Twitter reputation there are a few things you should probably not do. All Twitter, had some great points that I would like to emphasize. Some of these are obvious, while some are maybe not so obvious. Although these tips are for your Twitter account, they would still be great pointers for your entire social media presence.
This is a big one: don’t drink and tweet
This should be obvious, but just in case you’re doing it anyway, you should probably stop. While you’re drunk it’s likely your tweets won’t make sense, and when you can’t make sense in 140 characters people wont think you make sense in real life either. This one goes hand in hand with saying whatever you want (and by whatever I’m referring to foul language, and questionable comments). This is a bad idea. People wont take you seriously and it definitely doesn’t make your opinion/statement any better by throwing the f word into it.
Talking about your hangover
It’s really not professional or appropriate to talk about your wild night out at least not on Twitter. Save it for personal messages with your friends.
Repeating your tweets
Repeating the same tweet gets annoying for your followers. If they already read it once you’re wasting their time when they read it again. If you can’t come up with enough content to not tweet the same thing multiple times a day then cut down on the number of times you tweet, because no one likes to be told the same thing twice, or three times, or four times… I think you get the point.
Don’t spam people
We all get them, the tweets that only contain your twitter handle and a link with no explanation of what that link may be. We know it’s a virus and most of us are probably avoiding you like the plague.
Begging for followers
Yes, I’m also talking about the #followback and #teamfollowback tweets. It seems pretty desperate, and to be honest the number of followers you have shouldn’t matter, the quality and relevancy of your followers should.
Creating a professional social media reputation is important, especially if you’re looking for a job, because almost anywhere you apply is going to put your name into a google search and see what comes up. If all your potential employer sees is your party pictures and your desperate need for followers, you probably wont be getting that call back for an interview.
Bottom line: think before you post.
March 7, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I know this isn’t something I normally post about, but this is definitely worth talking about.
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), better known as “the rebels” to Ugandans. Kony and the LRA, abduct, rape and kill children in Uganda, and in many other African countries. He takes children out of their homes, and forces the girls to become sex slaves and the boys to become child soldiers, forced to kill their parents and kill and mutilate innocent people.
This is a man who must be stopped. Jason Russell created a movement called Invisible Children that can help change the world. Through social media and word of mouth, people around the world, especially in the U.S. are getting involved to help raise awareness about Kony and stop him from abducting and killing children. President Obama sent 100 U.S. troops into Uganda to work with the Ugandan Army in finding and stopping Kony.
The only way to make sure the U.S. troops aren’t pulled from Uganda is to make sure Americans don’t lose interest in the cause. How are we going to do this? Keep talking about it! Tweet about it, post it on facebook and Google+, write about it and tell everyone you can. Make sure President Obama doesn’t pull our troops out of Uganda, because if they’re needed anywhere right now, it’s in Africa to stop Kony.
Although there have been some controversial articles about the intentions of Invisible Children, I believe that it’s a cause with good intentions to raise awareness about the issue. Like any other cause some of the money donated will to go to staff salaries, promotion and advertising, but the point here is to raise awareness about Kony, and isn’t that what Invisible Children is doing? Let me be clear, I’m not asking anyone to donate money to Invisible Children, I’m simply asking that we all help to raise awareness about Kony and Invisible Children is doing a good job of doing just that.
Please watch this video and spread the word.
March 7, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Yesterday, the Android market was rebranded as Google Play. Google play will consist of, not only the Android Market, but also Google Music, Google Movies and the Google eBookstore. The cloud technology will save all your music, movies and apps and you’ll have access to them on any of your devices.
From the Official Google Blog:
With Google Play you can:
- Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
- Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
- Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
- Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles
The rebranding was long awaited, since you don’t technically have to own an Android device to be able to buy Google Music or any books from the eBookstore the name “Android Market” was no longer a good fit for the technology being offered. The rebranding, of course, comes with a revamped web site and interface featuring links to search movies, music and ebooks in a more central space on the home page.
In addition to the rebranding, Google is offering deals on their ebooks, music, movies and apps for the first seven days following the rebranding, calling it the “7 days to play” sale.
Learn more on the about page of play.google.com
March 4, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Planned Parenthood has a pretty interesting new social media campaign, “Where did you wear it?” The campaign targets college students and millenials promoting safe sex throughout Western Washington. According to The Seattle Times, as a part of national condom week, 55,000 condoms were distributed on college campuses and Planned Parenthood health centers, each with a QR Codes on the wrappers so condom users can “check in” where they’re having sex, online.
Kind of weird, but if you knew everyone else on your campus was practicing safe sex, would that convince you to do the same? This photo from Where Did You Wear It shows where people are “checking in.” You might be surprised how many people are willing to share where they’re having sex.