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  • The Next Disruptive Gadget Is Here. And You Already Have One. - Steffan Antonas
    a one trick pony The massive shift will happen soon when people stop thinking about it in terms of cable and start thinking about it as a really big screen hooked up to the internet and begin buying the relatively cheap add ons that will get us all to a culture of TV 2 0 For the people that have been watching there ve been some cool developments in the last 12 24 months Devices for the TV are starting to make their way into homes and into mainstream consciousness The concept of streaming is being popularized by companies like Netflix and devices like the moderately successful Apple TV Similarly we re going to start seeing a lot more internet on your TV thanks to marketing for devices like GoogleTV and Boxee as well as app markets for the TV similar to those of on iPads and iPhones thanks to Samsung Google TV All of these developments of course are incremental changes to the way we use our televisions but that s how disruption usually happens a little bit at a time But then there are technologies coming our TVs that are going to feel completely foreign like telepresence This December Cisco aired its first commercial for a consumer telepresence product called the Umi I m absolutely baffled by why more people aren t talking about it Maybe the commercials make it seem too much like Skype so people are feeling meh about it I personally think that when the TV becomes accepted as an HD enabled face to face communications device we ll see an upheaval of the way personal services are delivered across the board Ken Wirt Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Cisco had this to say in a recent video blog post and I think he

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  • Visualizing Twitter Activity Of Football Fans During The World Cup - Steffan Antonas
    of world events using all sorts of approaches I thought that this representation of World Cup Fan activity on Twitter that s currently displayed on the UK Guardian is pretty awesome It does a great job of conveying a sense of context and captures the spirit and energy of each game You can replay each game and see a visual representation of crowd reactions in each country as substitutions are

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  • New in the iPhone App Store: Camera+ - Steffan Antonas
    I ve taken on my 3G shows that Apple definitely crossed the usefulness threshold for users like me at least with their first stab at putting a camera in a phone The image quality is lacking though and there s no real manual control and it performs horribly in low light Apple did a heck of a lot to correct those issues with the 3GS and even caught the attention of photographers with the improved sensor an increase in resolution low light performance and tap to focus side note If you haven t heard about Chase Jarvis s new book The Best Camera Is The One That s With You check it out awesome iPhone photography And with this release Apple s shown that they re still listening and has put even more useful features into the camera Video recording in HD 720p up to 30 frames per second with audio and in camera video editing with iMovie I m skeptical about what using this will be like but how can you say this isn t cool 5 megapixel still camera instead of uselessly increasing megapixels they ve focused on putting in a kick ass low light sensor which will make much more difference to image quality The new front facing camera finally I can take a picture of Jules and I when we re out and about that I don t have to re take 3 times because all I got was the sky or just my stomach Tap to focus video or still images awesome for isolating your subject and blurring the background this is the feature that made photographers go banana sandwich when the 3G came out LED flash huge this sucker even stays on to light your subjects when you re shooting video Photo and video

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  • Sometimes It IS About The Technology - Steffan Antonas
    easier to build rapport with someone and engage them in a meaningful way if they ve got 5 connections and open to engagement than when they re connected to 10 000 and sick of a platform Does that make sense TheGoodBadger March 2 2010 at 5 17 pm Sorry I also failed in not being clear enough in my comment I didn t mean to imply that you were endorsing mass following techniques conversely I was agreeing with your motto of building relationships as the most effective method for building a community Sorry for the misunderstanding It s a lot easier to build rapport with someone and engage them in a meaningful way if they ve got 5 connections and open to engagement than when they re connected to 10 000 and sick of a platform I think the last sentence of your comment is the best synopsis of the point of this post it s a valid point to which I agree with I just don t know much more room there is for Twitter like social media services Buzz obviously had an extreme advantage of 1 being tied to the Google brand and 2 tapping the immense GMail contact database It could be a lack of foresight on my behalf but I think it ll be a while before we see another Twitter Buzz type service With that said predicting the future of the social media landscape has never been a strength I need a new magic 8 ball I guess Do you foresee a trend in new SM services with such similar uses as Twitter and Buzz Thanks for your reply Steffan Antonas March 2 2010 at 5 45 pm Awesome so we actually do agree Yeah intimacy is really lacking on public social media outlets like Twitter which is why Twitter s growth has seen a sharp drop off in the last 6 months Check out the HubSpot graph half way down this post by Brian Solis http www briansolis com 2010 03 the state of If you want a great tap on what s next for the web and social media Check out this book link below Hands down the best resource I ve read on what s coming It covers all the major trends we re seeing now and some that we re just on the fringes of http www amazon com Futuretainment Yesterday Thanks again for the thoughtful comment Tony Haenn March 4 2010 at 8 47 am Steffan You hit on one of the big reasons the middle has such trouble with the new social networks it s really hard to build meaningful engagement in a network where either 1 your friends haven t yet signed up or 2 the noise from everyone else makes it really hard to have meaningful engagement Do you think it s a design flaw and therefore fixable or something that is a deeper structural problem with the way the newest social networks twitter buzz et al

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  • Video Demo: Prototype of Translation in Google Goggles - Steffan Antonas
    is that What s happening in the background in this demo on the simplest level is that the prototype connects the phone s camera to an optical character recognition OCR engine recognizes the image as text and then translates that text using Google Translate Even in small chunks you can see what a difference having a tool like this could make in a pinch especially if you re traveling in

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  • Now You Can Accept Credit Card Payments On Your iPhone - Steffan Antonas
    so many reasons why this is a good idea If this startup can get the security and authentication right with this and they seem to have they re going to make a killing Check out Squareup for launch details Published February 12 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Tags Freelancing iPhone Mobile Apps Comments 3 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Depleted vs Spent Next Post Connecting and Making An Impact

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  • Making Maps To Fight Disaster & Build Economies - Steffan Antonas
    of aid after a disaster and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads Said another way access to better information yields better results and vice versa especially when the timeliness of that information is critical In the short talk below Lalitesh demos Map Maker a group map making tool that people around the globe are using to map their world Inspiring stuff that highlights just one more

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  • 23 Rules of Thumb for Effective Blogging - Steffan Antonas
    your friends family co workers and potential employers will read your blog and judge you harshly can cripple and demotivate you I would be lying if I told you that I haven t had moments of intense insecurity as a blogger Doing this takes confidence and courage The good news is that with time insecurity about sharing your ideas and experiences publicly wanes and eventually fades away Not everything you write is going to be great but that s not the point What matters is the growth humility and perspective you get from continuously showing up at your keyboard and sharing ideas Rule 14 Don t Worry About Finding The Perfect Domain Name And Title For Your Blog Just Use Your Name The number one hangup that seems to stop novice bloggers in their tracks is that they feel that before they get started they need an awesome blog name Here s a reality check Other bloggers don t care In fact no one cares about gimmicks on the social web they only want you to be transparent and authentic and produce great content A funky name or a gimmicky title can actually hurt you in the long run If your content is good and spreads online people will get to know you and search for your name in Google Having your name in the title of your blog and in the URL of the site address will help you own your name in search results and get found on the web Using your name as the title of your blog also takes some of the pressure off you to stay on topic Believe me if you go with reallyspecificthing com you will immediately regret it when you suddenly decide to change directions or develop new interests etc Yourname com on the other hand is timeless and will keep racking up Google juice as long as you are producing content Rule 15 Acknowledge and Respond To Your Readers Especially The Ones That Comment Frequently Don t ignore your readers If someone takes the time to read something you wrote and start a conversation with a thoughtful comment respond if you can Doing this one little thing says Thank you for reading and for making a contribution I m here I m listening It s just as important for first time commenters to get this type of acknowledgment as it is for people that comment a lot i e your biggest fans It keeps people coming back and encourages them to build a relationship with you The bottom line is if you press the publish button you re starting a conversation not delivering a sermon Rule 16 Master The Zen Art of Comment Curation Don t be afraid of the spammers the haters and the hoi polloi showing up at your blog and messing with your Chi The comments other people leave on your blog are like letters to an editor They belong to you and you have total control over whether they are displayed or not Allow people to respectfully disagree but feel free to delete anything hurtful inappropriate or that you think detracts from the quality of the conversation Seriously Insist that people be cool behave themselves and add value Other commenters will appreciate it and your blog will be better for it Rule 17 Comment on the Utterances of Other Bloggers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy Join the conversation on other peoples blogs often Leave insightful thoughtful comments without promoting yourself or your blog see Rule 2 Showing genuine interest in the ideas thoughts and feelings of others is a fundamental element of relationship building on the web Dont worry about tooting your own horn If you re friendly smart and add value to the content of other people s sites they ll come and find you Rule 18 Learn How To Say Thank You On The Social Web In Ways That Have Impact And Meaning To Others Rule 19 This Is Blogging Not NASCAR When you re just starting out it might seem like the more buttons widgets ads and share icons you have decorating your blog the better Avoid the impulse to treat your blog like a sponsored stock car Too much visual clutter is irritating for your readers and whether you like it or not it can ruin your credibility with other bloggers who see the bells and whistles as unnecessary distractions Edit down to just the essential tools you think your readers want to see and always make sure your primary content is the start of the show Rule 20 Don t Act Like A Used Car Salesman In retrospect this should probably be higher up on the list I thought it might make more sense here closer to the bad NASCAR joke Also I apologize if you are actually a used car salesman Rule 21 Reality check You re not going to make money from your blog Rule 22 If something you re about to publish gives you pause hold off on clicking submit Nothing you don t publish will ever come back to bite you Rule 23 Always Write Your Titles Last Arguably the title of a blog post can make or break someone s decision to spend time reading what you ve written Enticing people to actually read what you ve written is half the battle Brian Clarke is the master of this He s got an entire blog devoted to how to write for the web Highly recommended Published August 15 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Top Posts Tags Blogging Blogging and Writing Comments 29 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Measuring Social Media Engagement In The Context Of Conversions and Sales Next Post Check in Royalty Customer Loyalty and Foursquare s Evolving Strategy 29 Comments nateritter March 29 2010 at 5 37 pm Great list Steffan Nicely put together Steffan Antonas March 29 2010 at 7 01 pm Thanks Nate You know what

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