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.

Paid:
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.

Free:
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. 

http://www.apple.com/euro/itunes/charts/apps/top10appstorefree.html
http://www.apple.com/itunes/charts/free-apps/


Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Man with the Golden Voice

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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.


http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/05/132677065/must-see-video-homeless-man-with-a-golden-voice

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

Storylane

"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.

Mashable.com 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. 

http://www.storylane.com/
http://mashable.com/2012/10/12/storylane-prompts-you-to-share-your-life-story-one-question-at-a-time/