bub.blicio.us » Michelle Lentz http://bub.blicio.us Covering the social economy driving the new Web Wed, 21 May 2014 11:13:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Upgrade Your Twitter Profilehttp://bub.blicio.us/upgrade-your-twitter-profile/ http://bub.blicio.us/upgrade-your-twitter-profile/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:39:59 +0000 http://bub.blicio.us/?p=111123959 The new Twitter profile is here. We dissected it a few days ago, but at the time, only a few celebrities and new users had the option. Now it’s available to everyone.

You’ll only see the option to change your profile from the desktop version of the app. If for some reason, Twitter doesn’t prompt you to change your profile, go to Settings > Profile and you can upload your cover photo, etc, from there. Once you upload the cover photo, it prompts the change to the new look and feel.

In other words, for those of you who tweet from Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, and your mobile devices, just take a moment and log into twitter.com. Once you update your cover photo, etc, several of the changes will be reflected in your profile page on the mobile app. Things like popular tweets and pinned tweets are not mobile (yet).

The perfect size for your new Twitter cover image is 1500×500. Yeah, it’s big. Twitter will resize for you and, like Facebook’s cover image, you can reposition. The cover image will then be reflected on your feed/tweet stream page as well, but tiny and behind your profile photo.

The maximum file size, by the way, is 5MB. If you upload something bigger, it will show up for a moment but it won’t stick, so be cognizant of your MBs.

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On Tuesday, Anyone Can be a “Glasshole”http://bub.blicio.us/on-tuesday-anyone-can-be-a-glasshole/ http://bub.blicio.us/on-tuesday-anyone-can-be-a-glasshole/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:23:17 +0000 http://bub.blicio.us/?p=111123892 basic_glass

On April 15, Tax Day no less, you can take your spare $1500 and you too can own Google Glass.

Normally via “invite only” and slightly harder to get, the Google Glass Explorer program is being opened up to the entire United States on Tuesday. Starting at 6 am PT / 9 am ET, you can shell out $1500 to get your own. While I personally quibble with the idea of throwing down $1500 for a beta product that will be completely changed in 1-2 years based on feedback and interaction, I do see this as a step forward from Google’s perspective. After all, the more people out there (and especially outside of the Bay area) who are wearing Google Glass, the less alien it seems to everyone else. Eventually, perhaps, seeing someone wearing Glass won’t inspire either curiosity or fear and will just be accepted. But $1500 for a beta product? I’m not so sure of that.

You can sign up now to be reminded the minute the Glass program opens to the public. You must be 18, with US residency and a US shipping address. The sale is for one day only, so get them while they last. If you do decide to be a Google Glass Explorer, then follow their list of Do’s and Don’ts. You don’t want to be a Glasshole.

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Dissecting Twitter’s New Lookhttp://bub.blicio.us/twitters-new-look-dissected/ http://bub.blicio.us/twitters-new-look-dissected/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:26:02 +0000 http://bub.blicio.us/?p=111123863 Twitter is getting a lot more like Facebook. In an effort to retain users who don’t necessarily know what to do with Twitter once they sign up (ie, most people) and in order to separate the signal from the noise, Twitter is rolling out a new look and feel. Initially, only new users and occasional celebrities seem to have the new format. I found it on actor Channing Tatum’s Twitter profile.

Twitter's New Look and Feel includes a large cover image

Twitter’s New Look and Feel includes a large cover image. Click to view full-size image.

Large cover image: Similar to Facebook, Twitter has gone for a simplified layout, including a white background and a large cover photo. I haven’t yet found the dimensions of this photo, but it’s pretty large.

Three column format: The flotsam and jetsam have now been separated into three columns. Your profile photo and bio are moved to the left-hand column. When scrolling up, your profile photo jumps into the always present menu bar.

Menu bar: A menu bar at the top of the stream allows you to view tweets, tweets with photo and video, followers and more.

Pinned tweets: You can now pin a tweet to the top. In this example, there is a pinned tweet from Feb 7, and the rest of the tweets are more recent. This is sort of an extension of your profile bio, in that you can share what you’re about in a single tweet.

Subpages have card formats. Click to view the full size image.

Subpages have card formats. Click to view the full size image.

Subpages: Subpages, such as Tweets with Photos and Video or Following are now displaying in a card format, which is similar in form to Pinterest. I suspect because all of this information is extremely visual, the card format is the best mode of presentation.

Popular tweets are called out. Click to view the full-size image.

Popular tweets are called out. Click to view the full-size image.

Popular Tweets: Tweets that are retweeted, replied to, favorited and just generate a lot of interaction appear in a larger font within your stream. Again, this is an effort to separate the signal from the noise. That said, I find the stupidest things I tweet often get the most interaction, for no discernible reason. We’ll see how this works out.

Again, the new format is slowly rolling out to everyone over the next few weeks. If you haven’t had a Twitter account before, this is the time to grab it with the new format immediately. The rest of us just have to wait.

Cheers!

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April Fool’s Across the Internethttp://bub.blicio.us/april-fools-across-the-internet/ http://bub.blicio.us/april-fools-across-the-internet/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:43:42 +0000 http://bub.blicio.us/?p=111123851 UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY

For years now, April Fool’s Day has taken on a special life across the Internet, with big companies and brands getting in on the act. Sometimes I think about the meetings and planning that went into a few of these pranks and just shake my head. Note that all the Google departments and companies have their own April Fool’s Day joke, which The NextWeb has listed for us already. Here are a few more I’ve come across today:

Last night, Google Maps announced their Pokemaster contest. Over 150 Pokemon are spread out across the world. Find all 150 and become a Pokemaster, in the running for a job at Google and a Challenge Match. I have no idea if they’ll carry through on the job thing, but I couldn’t sleep last night and found all 150 Pokemon. It’s addictive, and the Googlers who put this together have a definite sense of humor as to the placement. (Don’t forget to look on the Apple and Facebook campuses.)

Google Maps April Fools Joke

Google Maps April Fools Joke

TvAddict announces the Firefly reboot by Netflix (how many of us wish this one was real?)

Pick and grow your favorite facial hair with the Mr Beard Beard Machine from ThinkGeek

Google AdBirds from AdWords – taking your ads to new heights (I love this one!)

Netflix new movie in the style of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”: Rotisserie Chicken

Google Plus is AutoAwesoming your photos as usual, but this time more #Hoffsome with Hasselhoff photobombs

Twitter is introducing the Twitter Helmet (like Google Glass but for tweeting)

LinkedIn is adding LinkedIn for the stars of the Internet: LinkedIn Cats

Nest teamed up with Virgin Atlantic for Total Temperature Control in your airplane seat (not a bad idea, all things considered), and Richard Branson is in on the joke

While Apple itself doesn’t seem to have released a joke yet, iFixIt has announced that they have been acquired by Apple

Tumblr has Tumblr Pro. You have to go a long way for the joke – as in watch a video and then click a button and there’s a small payoff, but I laughed.

CERN has switched to Comic Sans. Nice to know the Really Smart Folks have a sense of humor.

UPDATES:

Julep introduces Cat Color (manicures for your kitty).

Microsoft Office (at Office.com) has re-released Clippy. Remember Clippy?

Hulu has announced spin-offs, including In the Kitchen with Hannibal.

Let me know what else you see out there as the day progresses.

 

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Impressions from SxSWi Day 3http://bub.blicio.us/impressions-from-sxswi-day-3/ http://bub.blicio.us/impressions-from-sxswi-day-3/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:49:44 +0000 http://bub.blicio.us/?p=111123840 By yesterday I thought I’d had enough of sessions. That said, I started the day at a session on How Open Licensing is Transforming Design. I went because I have a vested interest in Creative Commons and copyright on the web, but also because I was too lazy to stand in line to see Mindy Kaling. I’m thrilled I went, as I learned about things like The Noun Project and how Autodesk is licensing all of its training content under a CC-Sharealike license. It’s good stuff.

Autodesk Embraces CC

Autodesk Embraces CC

From there, I again lost interest in sessions and ended spending a good part of my day observing and talking to people. On Saturday, I saw a session by Kristina Halvorson, who spoke about how marketing has gotten out of control and there is more emphasis on the tools than strategy. On Sunday, I sat at a table across from some young marketing folks from HBO’s Game of Thrones and watched everything Kristina said happen in front of my eyes. There is a lot of out of control marketing here at SxSW. Some of it is very effective. Some of it is ridiculous. For instance, I watched these folks count their retweets excitedly and take silly photos in hopes those would be get more retweets. There was no effort to engage the retweeter or acknowledge that, really, only 7% of Americans are actually on Twitter.

On the other hand, Chevy is here with a fleet of 40 Chevy Volts that are filling the taxi/Uber void in Austin this week. Most of the drivers are from an interactive agency in Boston that represents Chevy. The folks are friendly, funny and helpful, which is pretty great considering they are driving folks around in a strange city. My favorite was Tim, who was in a Twitter “war” with other drivers. They’re all having a great time and the influx of free rides have really made getting around Austin easier – especially in the rain on Saturday. The Chevys are quite effective as far as marketing – I’m hyper-aware of them, I know they can help me, and at this point, I can even tell you a little about the Chevy Volt.

Free Chevy "Taxis" at SXSW #chevysxsw

Free Chevy “Taxis” at SXSW #chevysxsw

The Exhibit Hall opened yesterday as well, and that was overwhelming in its sheer size. It combines film, interactive and music and no stone is left unturned. I only got through half of it yesterday and I need to go back and check out a few more things today. As privacy and data have been big themes here at SxSW this year, Ghostery really stood out to me as a great browser plug-in for knowing who is tracking you at any point in time.

A View of the Exhibit Hall

A View of the Exhibit Hall (click to enlarge)

Additionally, I’ve got a list of startups and apps to check out, including Pond5 (photos), Push to Start (lawyers for startups), Jelly speakers, Pollstar Pro, Moverio (Epson’s version of Glass) and many more. Fodder for future blog posts, I suppose.

Today it’s Edward Snowden, brought to us via a Google Hangout (yes, really) over 7 proxy servers. I need to see a few more things in the Expo and then I head home.

 

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Impressions from SxSWi 2014 Day 2http://bub.blicio.us/impressions-from-sxswi-2014-day-2/ http://bub.blicio.us/impressions-from-sxswi-2014-day-2/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 16:57:07 +0000 http://bub.blicio.us/?p=111123832 What is my impression of day 2 at SxSwi?

WET.

Sometime around lunch yesterday, the rain really started to come down. While it didn’t dampen spirits, it certainly sent everyone scurrying inside. There is nothing like 30,000 people all squeezing into the Austin Convention Center. To say it was claustrophobic was an understatement. I even tried my usual Paypal lounge hangout to find it overcrowded.  I can only imagine the frustration of the marketers, many of whom had tents or events outdoors. After all, who wants a soggy grilled cheese, even if it is free?

Endless Outlets in the PayPal Lounge at SxSWi

Endless Outlets in the PayPal Lounge at SxSWi

We spent most of our time in sessions yesterday, both good and bad. I’m a bit frustrated myself though. I have a short attention span and, honestly, a limited bandwidth for educational sessions. I feel like I should be exploring and experiencing. While I’m back in sessions today, the exhibit hall is also opening. I find that to be far more interesting than a bunch of folks talking at me. From a different perspective, I’m often a speaker at events in my own industry. When I speak at conferences, I rarely attend other sessions. Spending a few days attending sessions has made me want to change up my own presentations and make them more interactive. Basically, I’m bored with people talking AT me and I don’t want to do this to anyone else.

A MindMap of a Session from ImageThink

A MindMap of a Session from ImageThink

I also have a friend who has managed to win 2 free 3D action figures of himself. Other people walking around with Pebbles, GoPros, or Microsoft gadgets they have won. I think it’s time I see what’s out there. A Pebble, for instance, would be ideal.

Some non-session highlights from yesterday, though, include a milk bar (strawberry!) and Oreos at the Oreo tent, free strawberry waffles at the UrbanSpoon truck, and an iPad-controlled robot at one of the many Deloitte outposts.

Random Freebies and Oddities at SxSWi

Random Freebies and Oddities at SxSWi

So today my goal is to explore the expo hall, see what’s new out there for Apps and gadgets. I already heard Deloitte has a competitor to Google Glass, so who knows what else we might see …

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SxSW 2014 Initial Impressionshttp://bub.blicio.us/sxsw-2014-initial-impressions/ http://bub.blicio.us/sxsw-2014-initial-impressions/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:08:33 +0000 http://bub.blicio.us/?p=111123818 Yesterday was our first day at SXSW 2014. As Brandon mentioned in his post, we spent a lot of time in sessions geared towards education, as our careers are in talent development. Surprise! It’s not just parties and music. There are actual sessions here on everything from marketing and UX to the future of humanity and AI.

I took a few moments yesterday and explored a little of the branding around town as well. I started in Mashable House, where the primary feature once again this year is Grumpy Cat. I know she’s just an internet meme, but she’s a cute one, and a 5 minute line to have my photo with Grumpy Cat seemed okay. It was a very in-the-moment thing, a very SXSW thing. Why not, right?

@RealGrumpyCat at Mashable House

@RealGrumpyCat at Mashable House

From there, I popped into the 3M tent. I don’t know what I expected – post-it notes perhaps? It was more of a museum that showcased products made by 3M materials. Also, I somehow missed the drink tickets. Free food is a recurring theme at SxSW, so I managed to enjoy cupcakes and a popcorn bar.  I also wandered into the #Mofilm Lounge for my free drink. Last year, this tented lounge was absolutely jam-packed all the time. This year, you could actually move.

Popcorn Bar at the 3M Tent

Popcorn Bar at the 3M Tent

That was a theme throughout, actually. No matter where I went, I rarely had to stand in line. Last year, I think I spent most of my time at SxSW standing in lines, so I appreciate that everything seems slightly more efficient this year. While there are still apparently 30,000+ people here, I’m not feeling as crushed.

This year, the sessions seem to be more track-focused. My preferred design thinking, workplace functions, and UX design tracks are located in the Marriott, Four Seasons and Convention Center. In fact, I went through my schedule this morning and removed sessions that are in the Hilton, Sheraton, Wanderlust and the Omni. SxSW may be more organized around people flow this year, but the sessions are spread out around the town. Sometimes it feels like SxSW has outgrown Austin. I’m not the only one feeling the distance of certain things either.

30,000+ People

30,000+ People

While brands are everywhere, I’m not feeling as overwhelmed by the marketing as I have in the past. It’s an improvement. Last year, so many apps – many tacky or ridiculous – had posters pasted everywhere. A lot of the silliness (although not all), has disappeared. The smaller apps and brands just aren’t as in-your-face this year. However, Oreo is printing 3D edible cookies, GoToMeeting has free Grilled Cheese and Beer, Samsung is handing out batteries for anyone with a Samsung phone, and Deloitte is making 3D action figures. The big brands are here in force with “free” things that rarely have anything to do with the brand.

People are saying SxSWi has jumped the shark. I think it might have jumped last year and this year, it’s starting to find itself again. I don’t think it’s there yet. The organizers seem to be wrestling with what has become the SxSW brand versus the actual educational sessions. So we’ll see – I’m not giving up on the conference yet, and I’ll be back next year too.

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Editing Your Facebook Lookback Videohttp://bub.blicio.us/editing-your-facebook-lookback-video/ http://bub.blicio.us/editing-your-facebook-lookback-video/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:14:53 +0000 http://bub.blicio.us/?p=111123778 Unhappy with your Lookback video? Too many photos of your ex? Of other people’s exes? Now you can edit your video … sort of.

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It’s a start at least. Facebook lets you choose from a pre-selected group of photos and status updates for each section of the video. I still didn’t get the photos I really wanted in there, but I got rid of the ones I didn’t want. That’s good enough.

To edit your movie:

  •    Go to Facebook.com/Lookback.
  •    Click Edit in the top right.
  •    Scroll down and select from the pre-selected items. I didn’t realize that you can pick from more than one page of items at first, but it’s still pretty restrained.
  •    When you’re done, you can view your video.
  •    Click Update. Your video will update, and you can update your status with it.

The catch? It updates the original post you made with your video and does not make a new one.

For a laugh, you can also view what a Facebook movie would look like if it told the real truth.

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