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3G iPhone with no video but wait till July 11?

It was finally announced..the moment everyone was waiting for – 3G iPhone! The product is really focused on data downloading whether photos, email (Microsoft Exchange included), and videos via the iTunes network or YouTube. Applications are being developed and from the samples shown at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco announcement the development time is very short (eBay created an app in 6 weeks). But this product is more about data downloading/viewing than lifecasting (sharing of photos, videos, and life experiences to your contacts). At least for now. July 11 is when it goes on sale and developers have one month to build their product. Will we see video integrations in one month? Companies like Qik or Flixwagon could get their engineers cranking on an iPhone but we will just have to wait and see. June 9 was all about Apple marketing to the developer community and on July 11th we shall see if it really worked. Let the countdown begin.

Wii Fit – 15 lbs in 3 months

Wii Fit, one of the most anticipated video games of the year, arrived to my girlfriend Kari’s house and I took full advantage of it .  I saw it earlier in the year at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco but seeing is totally different than trying.  Amazing gaming experience unlike anything I’ve ever tried. Check out the video below of me playing with commentary from Kari:

Video Interview with Tradeafavor.com

I was at MakerFaire 2008 in San Mateo, California and I meet CEO Stephen Frick showcasing his new social bartering application called Trade a Favor exclusively on Facebook.  Here is the video interview recorded using my Nokia n95 streaming live to the web on qik.com and later posted to YouTube. The audio isn’t the greatest but this is just the first of many tests using a 3G mobile phone and AT&T network to do mobile video streaming. 

Randy Ksar

rksar at yahoo dot com

Social Media Outreach via Blog It by Typepad

In launching a new product at a company in today’s web 2.0 world you need to update all your company’s presence on each social network.  Here a sample scenario that the person in charge of social media needs to do when a product launches:

  • Update corporate blog with post and tag. 
  • Make sure Technorati profile is setup, blog is claimed and pinged
  • Update Facebook fan page with photos, videos, and message to fans
  • Update MySpace page with post and message to “friends”
  • Update your statuses on Facebook (your personal account if you promote yourself as the company evangelist), Twitter (your corporate account), Tumblr, and Pownce
  • Post, create sets, and tag photos to Flickr (if time join groups related to company and add photos to group)

As you can see it is quite a bit of work, time consuming and repetitive in some cases. Can a company create a tool that can manage my social media outreach to each of my networks? Blogging company Typepad created a Facebook application called Blog It that can update my statuses and blogs all within one site. I can link up my social network profiles, enter in one status and/or blog, and it gets sent to the respective sites. Pretty cool and time saving!  Blog It is tied into the following social networks as of this posting (5:32 PM 4/19/2008):

  • TypePad
  • Blogger
  • LiveJournal
  • Movable Type
  • Pownce
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Vox
  • WordPress.com
  • WordPress.org Site

Unfortunately, it’s not tied into all the social networks that I need to update and their blog editor is just a simple text box. This is just version 0.1 of the software and it is fairly simple to connect to another network via APIs so great start by Typepad! I look forward to the next release and maybe other competitive products because there is a real need out there for us folks managing social media outreach for companies. 

Here is snapshot of the page on Blog It that ties all my social networks together:

Facebook | Blog It Powered by TypePad

Here is snapshot of the Blog It page to update my status on Facebook, Twitter, and Pownce:
Facebook | Blog It - Update Status

Here is a snapshot of the post to blog page with the very simple text box:
Facebook | Blog It - Post to Blog

Add your comment below on your experience with Blog It and/or other tools you’ve used at your company. Thanks and talk to you all soon,

 

DJ Ksar
rksar at yahoo dot com

Dirty Invites: Every Social Network’s Problem

Today I’d like to introduce a new internet term in the web 2.0 world:

Dirty InviteDirty Invite (noun): An email invite from a social network via a friend whom got “coerced” into importing their contacts and sending an invite to join the social network.

This happened to me with the social bookmarking site StumbleUpon, which helps you find web sites that relate to your interests via community suggestions.

After importing my Yahoo! Mail contacts, StumbleUpon shows you how many friends are already members and gives you the option of inviting them to your network (screenshot below). Plus, the site allows you to invite friends that aren’t on the network (orange highlighted section). At first glance, you might think, “wow..that is really convenient”.

StumbleUpon - Find your Friends on StumbleUpon-1

However, what happened to me is I didn’t notice the “select all” (highlighted in yellow) and focused on the check-boxes next to each email address. Of the 60 friends listed, I selected the ones that I wanted in my network. For my friends that weren’t members of StumbleUpon I made sure to verify the check-box next to their names was not selected. However, the select all check-box was! What happened next? 1727 email addresses were sent invitations to StumbleUpon!! I was shocked when I started receiving out of office away messages from people I didn’t invite! Completely unacceptable! This is a devious tactic by StumbleUpon to get new users and is similar to companies who leave the opt-in box checked during the sign-up process hoping users overlook that part of the page.

Bottom line, users need clear and concise design with succinct instructions when it comes to their management of their contacts within social networks. StumbleUpon, by designing their pages like this is a step back in building trust for their brand and product. If you had similar issues with inviting your friends to a social network or even the same problem with StumbleUpon add a comment.

-DJ Ksar

Welcome

Hi there.  This is my first post on my new blog.  Back in the days I used to blog frequently on my Yahoo! 360 mainly because I worked there and I use numerous Yahoo! services that were integrated into the blog.  Now unfortunately the product never really kept up with newer technologies and got really stale so I decided to move it off Yahoo! 360 and onto wordpress. Enjoy my rants and raves on social media and anything else going on in my life.