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Monday: Headlines

13 Aug

I volunteered to write an article for my sorority’s magazine, but I’m having major writer’s block! Any suggestions? While you think of some, here are today’s headlines.

Google to cut 4,000 jobs at Motorola

The Internet giant is trying to make the cell phone producer profitable again. What do you think of Google’s operation of Motorola? Can they save the company?

Olympics Generated 150 Million Tweets

Some of you may disagree, but I am sad to see the Olympics end. However, the 2012 London Olympics leave behind some amazing statistics, including this outstanding Twitter statistic: 150 million tweets! Did you send one of these tweets? What does this statistic tell us about the universal appeal of the Olympics?

What Type of Social Media Personality Are You?

Another great infographic from Mashable.com! I love the combination of personality tests with social media. It tells us a lot about our society and our fellow citizens. What was your personality type? Do you agree or disagree?


Alright I am headed back to my article. Feel free to share any additional Monday headlines…it will provide me an good distraction.

Monday: Headlines

6 Aug

Hope everyone had a great weekend! A quick note about the blog: I did not post this past Friday because I am waiting to do a double batch of “Friday: Favorite Tweets” in honor of two weeks of the Olympics. So make sure you stay tuned for that post. Now onto today’s headlines.

RIP YouTube iPhone App, 2007-2012 – Why You Won’t Be Missed

I have to slightly disagree. The YouTube app for iPhone made it very easy for me to upload videos. Although I do not upload many videos, I did like the ease and simplicity of the app. Now what will I do?

Mars Orbiter Captures Rover in Midair

Despite poor news for NASA in the past few years, space continues to capture our attention. Check out the amazing images and read about the incredibly impressive technology.

100+ Hot Jobs in Social Media, Tech and Digital Media

Social media, technology, and digital media continue to transform the job market, specifically jobs in the marketing, advertising, and communication fields. As employers and employees, its very important to keep track of these developments.

What Monday Headlines are you paying attention to?

Tuesday: Tumblr

17 Jul

Today’s post combines Tumblr and Instagram. Many people use Instagram to enhance their photos before posting them to Tumblr. Both photo-based social media sites are great for bloggers and marketers. I am slowly but surely falling in love with Instagram (to follow me search “lucylfirst”). It makes my life so much easier. I take lots of pictures for clients and can turn them into professional looking ones in no time. Instagram takes my Facebook and Twitter content to a new level.

Since Tumblr and Instagram are becoming increasing necessities in our social lives, I thought I would share these articles from Mashable.com.

7 Photos Editing Apps to Use With Instagram

5 iPhone Apps for Better Photos and Videos

I have not tried any of these out for myself. However, I will be testing them over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for my reviews.

What are your reviews of these apps? What other apps do you use to edit your photos?

Monday: Headlines

9 Jul

Before I get to the Monday headlines, I must first apologize for not posting last week. If you follow me on Twitter, than you know that I was without power for almost a week due to storms that came through Columbus, Ohio. Between living out of a suitcase, living with no power, and living with high temperatures, it was an interesting 4th of July week. However, we survived and still managed to celebrate our country. Now that we are back in our house and have power again I will resume my normal posting schedule. Hope you enjoy today’s headlines!

‘Internet doomsday’ impact minimal, service providers say

Many of you may have heard about this virus awhile back. Last night, the FBI shut down the servers that kept the virus from being active in infected computers. Many news outlets warned viewers and instructed them to go to a website and conduct a virus scan. I am sure many did exactly what I did – ignored the instructions. As Monday comes to a close, it appears the virus’ doomsday attempts were a flop.

Did your computer catch the virus? If not, did you run the virus scan? Were you nervous?

It’s official: Windows 8 is coming at the end of October

There have been some rumors about Windows 8 coming soon, but today Microsoft finally confirmed it. According to the video at the end of the article, Windows 8 is similar to the operating system and look of Windows phones. I have never used a Windows phone (I am a die hard iPhone fan); however, I do like the look of the system. It’s entertaining with the pictures, or tiles as the reporter calls them, changing with up-to-the-minute information. Windows 8 also appears to provide more personalization for the user, which was one of my biggest issues with Windows when I owned a PC. I felt that I could not customize my desktop and computers. Much of the touch screen technology seems to resemble the touch screen technology of Apple products. Lastly, apps draw information from your social sites. For example, the “people app,” or your contacts, is synched with Facebook. Again, this is similar to the Apple products. Perhaps my favorite feature of Windows 8 is the “share” button. It makes it much easier to share documents, pictures, etc. with contacts or with other programs. While I am now an Apple user, I am very curious about Windows 8. This article and video got my attention, and I cannot wait to hear and read the opinions when Windows 8 launches in the fall.

After watching the video, what’s your reaction to Windows 8?

MLB Gets Social With Home Run Derby, All Star Game

As I have mentioned before, I am a huge sports fan. All day I have listened to sports talk show hosts discuss and analyze the Midsummer Classic. Should MLB get rid of the All Star Game? How can the Home Run Derby be more appealing? Does home field advantage really matter in the end? Many people have opinions about how baseball can remain a top tier sport in the U.S. Unfortunately, baseball is traditionally slow to make any adjustments. However, they are becoming social. This article discusses baseball’s efforts to engage fans via social media. Social media and sports have an interesting relationship. There is much debate about how much social media should be used in the sports world. For instance, fans want players to Tweet live during games; yet, the governing bodies, like the NFL commissioner, do not want players distracted or sharing such information. The discussion will continue. Maybe, over time, sports will warm to social media. For anyone who is in sports marketing, you should definitely read this article. Enjoy the Home Run Derby and All Star Game. GO TRIBE!

Will you participate in MLB’s social media efforts? Will these effort be effective?

Wednesday: Happy Pinning!

27 Jun

Pinterest is still fairly new for social media marketers. Marketers are still trying to figure out if their business should be on Pinterest and if so, how they can use Pinterest to market their company. Just this week, Mashable.com published an infographic to describe who is on Pinterest. The data comes from Modea, a digital media agency. The infograph as well as the data could help marketers better understand Pinterest and better understand its users.

The infographic displays detailed information about Pinterest users. To view the complete article, “Who’s Using Pinterest Anyway,” click the graphic.

As a lover of Pinterest, I was intrigued. I wanted to see if the data applied to me. Most of the information does apply. I shop at Kroger, my cell phone provider is Verizon, and I prefer to watch football. However, it should not be surprising that most of the data applies to me. Pinterest is extremely popular among my demographic: college age, females. While I found many of the details of the infograph interesting, I do not think it is all that shocking. This information should be fairly obvious to marketers. Just look at the pins and who is using the pins. There are ton of pins for recipes, DIY, home decor, and fashion – all popular topics among females. If marketers want to use Pinterest, they do need to know its users. Yet, they should be prepared to market mostly to females, many of whom are college age and up. Personally, I think many companies should be on Pinterest. If your business is not, use this data to start learning more about its users. And, as I said before, get ready to market to females.

What are your thoughts on the infographic? Do you agree that much of the data describes females, specifically college age females? As a business owner or a marketer, how do you use Pinterest to meet your business goals?

Monday: Headlines

25 Jun

Hello and welcome to another week! Here are the headlines from Mashable.com that caught my attention today.

“T-Mobile’s Plans for LTE Get a Big Boost From Verizon”

T-Mobile has bought spectrum, which are essential to all cell phone services and regulated by the FCC, from Verizon. Reporter Peter Pachal writes that this acquisition will allow T-Mobile to launch LTE, a 4G nationwide service. The move allows T-Mobile to compete with Verizon and AT&T who already “have operational nationwide LTE networks.” It sounds like a smart move on T-Mobile’s part. They must make these deals to continue to compete with Verizon and AT&T, the top two cell phone carriers. However, T-Mobile will also have to provide high tech and social cell phones. Verizon and AT&T both offer a nationwide network as well as the beloved iPhone. This combination has led to great success for the two companies. T-Mobile has a long way to go before they can surpass the top tier.

What’s your assessment? Will T-Mobile ever be able to surpass AT&T or Verizon?

“Instagram Gets First Major Update After Facebook Acquisition”  

Facebook bought Instagram (Instagram is an iPhone app that allows users to take pictures and then put a filter over the photo. There are a variety of filters. The filters can make enhance the color of the photo or give it an antique finish) this past spring. It was a big deal (it cost Facebook over a $1 billion) and social media junkies have been anxiously waiting to see how Facebook would transform Instagram. The article provides a positive review of the changes, which include a new home screen. Perhaps the most notable change is how the app works with your iPhone’s camera roll. Chris Taylor says that choosing photos from your camera roll to use on Instagram “is no longer a two-click operation. If you tap and hold the camera button, you’ll go straight there.” While I do not use instagram too often, I am excited to try out the new version.

Have you tried the new version of Instagram? Share your review!

“Yelp Check-Ins Coming to iPhone Maps App”

According to Lauren Indvick, “iPhone users will soon be able to notify their friends of their whereabouts directly from the Maps application using Yelp’s check-in functionality.” As Indvick notes, this is a major threat to FourSquare, another app that allows users to check-in at restaurants, venues, etc. iPhone’s integration of Yelp makes checking-in even easier. Therefore, it is likely to surpass Foursquare in terms of popularity. Only time will tell, but this is definitely a story to keep an eye on.

Which do you prefer: Yelp or FourSquare?

That’s all I have for today. Feel free to share your favorite social media and technology headlines by leaving a comment below.

Thursday: the Best of YouTube

14 Jun

Alright, I am already breaking away from the schedule. Sorry! But I saw this article from Mashable the other day, and the videos were just too great not to show you. The video featured in the article, “Stunning Time-Lapse Video Gives You A Fast Tour of New York City,” is wonderful. The video and camera technology is fascinating! I wish I had the knowledge and talent to produce such amazing work. If you scroll down, Mashable shares 10 other time-lapse videos from around the world. All of the videos are absolutely beautiful. These stunning videos bring the splendor of the world to our computers. After watching these videos, I have definitely added some new locations to my must-see list.