So twitter was down for an hour or so and my ability to randomly communicate was given a reprieve. It is so hard to think that twitter has only been around for just a few years and for me it has replaced texting and is in some ways the only way I communicate with some people. It is one of the social media pillars that is second only to Facebook and YouTube and I have come to rely on it a lot just to connect with people and find out what is going on.
Thank God it is back, it is amazing to think how distilling communication into 140 characters has become such a powerful tool for everyone to communicate with each other. I think the simplicity of the system and that it can work on anything with a screen is what has made it so influential. That and the ability for apps to be created around it has created a developer community who are using it in unique ways which has magnified the power the platform has had for all of us to connect.
I was kind of sad I didn’t see the fail whale, haven’t seen him or her I don’t know which in a while. If the bird has a name why not the whale? Thank God your back twitter, I remember back in the old days when you were down regularly, please don’t do it again.
Just watch and ask WTF! It takes all the worst parts of recruitment videos online. People who can’t act, cheesy music and sound effects and it is so bad it is good.
Now that Visual.ly has officially launched we can start to see what kind of site it will be. You can test out their auto generated infographic maker on their main page. It takes your twitter information to build a simple infographic based on your twitter information or you can have a twitter stats battle and compare yourself to someone else on twitter to determine who is supreme.
Here is mine, the only thing is that I am no designer but besides, not bad, not bad at all. keep it up everyone at Visual.ly, can’t wait to see the cloud software when it makes it on to the site. That day should make their launch look like a walk in the part.
Here is a video about how Air New Zealand is connecting with people using social media by bucking the conventions and being fun and different when compared with the competition. From creating a flight experience that is above-board and having fun with their airline safety videos like this one by Richard Simmons himself that blew up on YouTube and throughout social media. They continue to show personality in an industry where there is usually very little. The videos they have created are not about the product, the sale, or anything but being fun, entertaining, and if their lucky making you laugh. (more…)
More than 10 years ago the Encyclopedia to go to was the Encyclopedia Britannica that was fact checked and went to the experts. Today my first stop is Wikipedia which is not the end of research but is the start of it and the links that connect to it are the threads that allow you to dig deeper. Wikipedia is always on page one when I do a Google search on a topic. Now I don’t see it as a final source but a launching pad and as that it is an amazing tool.
Happy Birthday Wikipedia thanks Jimmy as I saw your pleading eyes often in your funding search I am happy your mission to raise $16 million dollars was acheived.
Here is an inforgraphic for good measure:
I was wandering the interwebs and I found this infographic on the evolution of Photoshop over the years. I know that mostly every creative out there has worked and played with Photoshop at some point or the other and thought that this inforgraphic by Tech King would be a nice one to share. I think my favourite part of it is the codenames that were used for each version. I always enjoy a funky codename and I really liked the the name for Photoshop 4.0 a.k.a. the big electric cat, I wonder if they had to plug him in like this one.