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.