Monday, November 26, 2012

World of Apps

"There is an app for that" is Apple's coined phrase when apps started coming out. Applications for phones, computers, and tablets have blown up the online market. I don't want to think about a world without apps. Smartphones need apps to be useful tools. Apps simply make your life easier. I wanted to dive in and talk about a few of the most popular apps in the Apple App Store as of right now.

1. Angry Birds Starwars
2. WhatsApp Messanger
3. Bad Piggies
4. Wreck-It-Ralph

Paid Apps, even if they are 99 cents are a big deal. Angry Birds has became ridiculously large in the app game center. It's stayed on the top list for quite some time now. Movie game apps also always do well. Wreck-It-Ralph will trend and shortly be off the top apps.

1. Dental Surgery
2. YouTube
3. Snapchat
4. Hill Climb Racing

Free apps are a different story than paid. Free apps are always trying to get to the paid status. Some of the stuff that trends on the free apps blows my mind. I had never heard of Dental Surgery, got it and hated it. I wonder sometimes how apps like this with 2 stars get the top of the charts. YouTube of course is trending because they chose not to be a part of Apple's IOS 6 update.

I kinda an app nut, so I can't wait to see new and better apps that are to come.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Man with the Golden Voice

As I was doing research for this blog post, I came across something simply wonderful. Ted Williams, better known as the Golden Voice got his life back after his video went viral. This video offered this homeless man another chance at life. The video's star, 53-year-old Ted Williams, is "a sporadic resident of a camp behind an abandoned Hudson Street gas station" in Columbus. As you'll see in the video, he admits to having been brought down by drugs, but says he's been clean for more than two years. He's loved radio all his life and says he's had some voice training. He started practicing radio voices at the age of 14. After drugs brought him downhill, he used his “golden voice” to get money on the streets. After his video went viral, people started offering him job opportunities. It took me this long to hear about this video, but it was a huge deal with now over 23 million views. He has sense than become a celebrity of sorts. He was on Good Morning America, CNN, Dr. Phil and many other TV shows telling his story. 

People love inspirational videos that share hope with others. A paper written by Tyler West suggested that videos need certain things before they can go viral. These include: an introduction, literature review, findings, time-run, element of laughter, surprise, irony, youth, talent, or musical entertainment. The more you can have in one video the better.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Zuckaberg Search Engine

"I’ll Google” that" has become a well-known phrase for simply searching something online. When I was younger I remember using Yahoo and Dogpile more than Google. Over the years, I have forgotten about other search engines and only use Google. Google has the algorithm and information we all need. But the on going battle between Google and Facebook continues. Mark Zuckerberg has been working on creating his own search engine. He said, “We’re basically doing 1 billion queries a day and we’re not even trying. Facebook is pretty uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have. At some point we’ll do it. We have a team working on it.”

Since Facebook has a strong relationship, including investment, with Microsoft, it will be interesting to see if the social network works with the Bing team at all, as it works on its own product. Zuckerberg said, “This is no easy problem, just ask the top dog.”

It’s going to take a lot for Zuckerberg to take away from Google users. His search engine is going to have to be at the users fingertips and well built. He’s right in saying that is no easy task. I can see where Google is now more of a competitor, his reasons for wanting his own search engine. But it doesn't necessarily need to compete with Google. Twitter search isn't a totally Google killer, but it offers things Google doesn't. I wonder if Facebook search is going to be more of a personal question/answer search engine. As apps grow people will use Google less and less in their mobile devices and even on their desktops. If I'm looking for a product, I use Amazon. Things are more tailored to people's individual needs now. So If you need something when your in Facebook, why not use their search engine?

Sunday, November 4, 2012


"You might be lost in the forest if you don't know the trees, but you'll be lost in life if you don't know the stories." Siberian Elder

Storylane is a way to share and connect life's stories. There dream as a company is for people to find a place to share the stories that truly matter. It's a new social media project that just broke ground summer of 2012. It's a blogging website by design, but it takes blogging to a new level.

Storylane came to me about a week ago asking me to try them out. I was thrilled to learn what they were all about and figure out how their site worked. I was amazed how easy it was to switch my old blogs over to this new site. I didn't have to start over. I got all my old content with a better interface.

When you join you pick the things that are important to you, weather it is people, pets, or travel. You can find people that share your interests and want to write about them too. If you have a hard time getting a post started, they'll prompt you to start writing. For the not so seasoned writer this could turn you into a true blogger. It's much easier to get involved in the blogging community and read what others have to say. This makes me want to write more and more because I think people will actually read my posts now.

If you were to compile all your social media information in one spot, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, it would tell you the story of your life. So my view is, why don't we put it all in the same place. This way we can be in control of the story of our lives online. states:
Storylane has been in the works for the better part of three months and already features posts from a handful of big names, including  Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit, and Sahil Lavingia, CEO of Gumroad. It this point, I can only see Storylane becoming the forefront of the blogging world.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Google Maps

A few days ago my neighbor knocked on my door seeking homework advice. He is a grandfather returning to school with little knowledge of computer or internet programs. He was complaining to me about his teachers and them only accepting electronic files for assignments. He had a map assignment to be done for his Western History class. The only thing I could think of was to use PowerPoint or Photoshop or that's what I would have done.

As he opened his Aggiemail, there was a Google ad for Google Maps. I thought of Google Maps to get directions or creep on your neighbor's house using Google Earth. I continued to read and saw that now you can create your own maps using Google Maps. I was so excited to get this assignment done and use this new program. My neighbor, me, and my boyfriend set up our computers and all linked in to Google Maps. We researched forts, trails, rivers, mountains and territories. Attached is one of the few maps I worked on.

As I was creating these maps, I thought of the world BG (before Google.) Google has changed the way we do things. Google isn't just a large business, it's a new way of life. Even a year ago, this option didn't even exist. I remember my Freshman year I took a Mass Media Communication class and we joked about Google taking over all the Internet and Social Networking sites. I remember talking about Facebook and MySpace merging or Friendster making a comeback. It's amazing to think that Google taking over, might not be to far off. Technology is constantly being created and changed. What we learn our Freshman year will be obsolete by the time we graduate. We are preparing students for jobs we don't know existed in creating things that we didn't know were even possible. 

We are going to have to change so many things to stay alive in our society. We have to be tech savvy, fast paced, and overall intelligent. We have to keep up with new technology and ever changing jobs. We are now competing with countries all over the world. We will need to change the way education is set up. Marketing is going to be everything. Marketing not only your business weather online or not, but also being able to market yourself in ever aspect of your life. 

Most of the Top 10 best jobs didn't exist only a few years ago. According to Money Careers the top ten best jobs are:
1: Nurse
2: Software Developer
3: Pharmacist
4: Medical Assistant
5:Database Administrator
6: Web Developer
7: Computer System Analyst
8: Physical Therapist
9: Computer Programmer
10: Occupational Therapist


Monday, October 8, 2012

Tweet with Reason

How about tweets to raise money or even awareness of issues? Twitter can be an amazing resource to raise awareness and spread the word to the world. This new resource could help make the difference.

October is breast cancer awareness month and I encourage everyone to tweet about it at least once. One 2 second tweet can make more of a difference than even a couple flyers. 

The "Think Pink" act is encouraging people to like them on twitter and share shocking statistics about breast cancer to your followers in hopes to raise more awareness.

Share anyone of these facts:

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes.
One woman will die from breast cancer every thirteen minutes.
An estimated 40,000 women and 400 men are expected to die from breast cancer in 2012.

 Use your twitter to help someone and his month, tweet with a reason.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Government Ran Social Media

How would you feel about a government ran social media cite? Sounds rather off putting to me, but isn't Facebook and Twitter public services? They could be. Right now though they follow the FTC Fair Trade Principles, which make sure they follow some recommendations such as "notice, choice, access, security, and redress." They still have access to our information though. All our information that has ever been on their website. Which in my case, I don't even know of everything on my Facebook. People are already paranoid about Facebook stealing their information. I've heard people talk about the "government conspiracies"of them taking over the internet. I wonder if people would ever let social networking sites fall into the hand of the government?

If this was the case for social media, would the goverment than be reading and censoring our media, or would we? Think about a post office's public service though. It's a federal offense to look at someone else's mail without their permission. Could social media someday be a form of a new mail system?

Uzbekistan launched it's own government ran social networking site called Muloqot. Only Uzbeistan citizens can access this site by address or phone number. A number of their domestic news sites have already been taken off their web such as the New York Times. The launch of the state-run social networking site further highlights the Uzbekistan’s government intent to control the internet and prevent open political discourse.

What are your thoughts about government ran social media cites?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

WOW, more than just a game

Today I was talking to my boyfriend about video games. Growing up, I was quite a little gamer. I wasn't all for first game shooter games, or even fighting games. But I could spend days playing second life games. I loved SIMS and Animal Crossing games. I could dive into games where I created my own "new" life, a second life of sorts. I could be a farmer, make new friends, earn money, and even redecorate my house and plant flowers out front. Single player video games are one thing though. When you connect yourself to the internet and a world of other new people, things change.

World of Warcraft Logo
I had a professor last year that talked about her World of Warcraft friends. When she lost friends because she moved around, she never lost her online gamer friends because they "moved" with her. I know a lot of people that have met close friends through games. WOW becomes more than just a game. It's a way to build relationships and develop team building skills. WOW is all about networking with your team to make it through higher level dungeons. Players have started to use social media to ensure they have support and helpers. Gamers even tweet to get input and attention.

Could WOW even become the new future of online dating? You already share a common interest. Reporter Stephanie Rosenbloom explains how various couples met, got to know each other and fell in love in the digital land of Azeroth. She points out that while a game like "WOW" boasts more than 12 million players, a dating site like has less than 2 million subscribers. These games encourage your to form allies with other players and communicate with them for strategy. If you didn't go on WOW to meet someone, by the end you will have met a friend or even a future lover. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012


The world of online businesses and blogging are ever growing. Contently states that they are,"Powering the next generation of publishing." Contently is a fairly new business that empowers striving writers to make a difference with their content. The Contently team encourages journalists and bloggers to publish their work and make a career out of what they love to do. Our world is a world of social media and their are many talented people out there. With Contently you can find both jobs writing about what you love writing about or find those skilled writers you need for content. They find writers for agency that are good writers, can create content, and write about what they love. As the world changes through social media, businesses and publishing are changing too. Many bloggers are getting jobs through Contently. It's giving those people that are good enough to be professional, but don't have the means to do

My cousin Joe Coleman is actually the Co-founder of Contently. I've watched as this company has grown and continues to do so. Their goal is to have everyone succeed and help freelancers find jobs. With Contently you have a team of passionate writers, that are not only passionate about writing but about their topics. This company is still getting it's footing in the world of online business. Attached is an interview with Joe about the company if you are interested.
I even tweeted at Contently asking them about "what good content is."
They replied:

"Good content in social media is easily identifiable b/c it gets discovered, creates value, and builds audiences."

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Foursquare is no longer just the game you once played at recess. Foursquare in the media world is a mobile application for smart devices that allows you to check in the locations and share events and locations with friends. I had never heard of Foursquare until recently and I'm realizing there are a lot of social networks out there that are new or haven't heard of yet. It uses your GPS location to show you locations near you or your friends. It's crazy to think that not very long ago this application wouldn't even be possible.

I didn't really know how Foursquare was any different from Urbanspoon or "check-ins" on Facebook. I decided to get an account and see what it's all about. I also realized by the end of my Social Media class, I'll have more than twice the social networking accounts I started with. There are so many different sources for the same purposes.

Location based platforms are becoming more and more popular. As soon as I logged in all sorts of locations near me popped up like Adam's Park, The Book Table, and Cooper Mill Grill. Foursquare includes and adds extra additions to "check-ins" that previously exist. I can see Foursquare catching on mainly via Twitter especially in a college town like Logan. I hope it does because spontaneous events are always going on and I could see it help getting better attendance at events if you could see what friends were there. I'm excited for the world that Foursquare and social media has to offer.

Friday, August 31, 2012

The World of Memes

After getting caught up reading Internet Memes for the last hour, I asked myself, "Where did memes come from?" They seemed to be a media trend that came out of nowhere. I also wasn't entirely sure what a "meme" even was.

Mike Godwin first explained the real meaning of a virtual meme. He explained it as leaping from mind to mind and taking over the internet. With virtual memes you have people sharing links, making pages, twitting pictures and creating new memes everyday.

The term "meme" never caught my eye until our very own USU meme page was started last year. Students create and post memes about Utah State. The memes are cleaver and funny because they are usually about subjects only USU students would relate too.

I'm hoping everyone remembers Ally McBeal’s dancing brain baby, because if you don't you missed a piece of virtual history. It's believed that baby was one of the first virtual memes that went viral. The world of memes has come along way from that. We even have our own meme generators online.  

Matt Morlin, a doctoral student at North Carolina State University studying internet culture said, “In an environment where speed is everything and attention is fleeting, good timing coupled with a strong cultural awareness can make the difference between something that goes viral and something that ends up in the gutters of the Web."

It's amazing the think about internet culture and reasons videos and memes like "Double rainbow, Rick Rolling, Fat Kid Dancing, and our very own 80mph" went viral how and when they did.

Where Do Memes Come From: