Coin – the mobile wallet retailers won’t accept
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 1:41p Chris Miller Only Coin is getting a lot of press as a mobile credit card and data wallet. I love the idea and will support them, but retailers should not take it yet and here are my reasons why. But, I still say get in now and grab one as this may simplify your life (in the USA that is)
The United States lags behind the world but not using chip and pin type credit cards. We, begrudgingly, still use signature blocks. Most merchants ask to see identification when using the card even when a sig [read] Keywords: mobile
Speaking at SxSW 2014 on Social Identity – thank you!
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 9:24a Chris Miller I was recently notified I will be speaking at SxSW 2014 on Social Identity. I just wanted to thank everyone that took a few minutes to click and vote to make it a reality.
For those that need a recap of my topic, here is Social Identity – Public, Personal and Private:
As you use more social networking sites, your social identity becomes a blend of publicly shared and personal information.
Based on the upcoming book, see firsthand how innocuous things you share can be used to gain access t [read] Keywords: networking
What the iOS 7 app update icons mean
Tue, Oct 1st 2013 2:11p Chris Miller iOS 7 has introduced many features including changes to the icons in the Updates section of the App Store. Here is what the new app update icons mean.
The first screen after being notified in the App Store that you have updates will show as below. You can still update apps individually or Update All at the top.
iOS 7 update notifications
After clicking the Update for each app or the Update All at the top you will see the icons change to the the below image. Notice the blue open circle. While [read] Keywords: apple
The iOS 7 font color
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 1:10p Chris Miller Everyone is talking about all the changes in iOS 7 including the font color, lock screen, status bar and folder changes. One of the things driving me crazy is how iOS 7 decides the font color under the applications on the home screen and bottom application bar.
As you can see above, the application titles on mine are now black. They were white with one of the default backgrounds that I had chosen way back in maybe iOS 5. It seems that iOS 7 picks the predominate color of your wallpaper an [read] Keywords: application
SwSX 2014 – my proposed Social Identity session needs your votes!
Tue, Aug 20th 2013 12:42p Chris Miller I have submitted Social Identity – Public, Personal and Private for a session at SxSW 2014. Of course I need your votes if you think it would be interesting to you and the attendees.
Here is the excerpt on the session:
As you use more social networking sites, your social identity becomes a blend of publicly shared and personal information.
Based on the upcoming book, see firsthand how innocuous things you share can be used to gain access to your private data and learn tricks to block t [read] Keywords: networking
Branding and Marketing Using Video
Mon, Aug 19th 2013 9:14a Chris Miller Branding and marketing is not just a logo anymore. Video introduces your company and puts a voice and even a face to the name. This presentation introduces you starting out using video for branding and marketing.
Branding and Marketing Using Video from Chris Miller
I talked live about how everyone recognizes logos but video moves away from that and gives a replayable event. The days of the 30 second elevator pitch are now put in front of the public without giving you the feedback you get fro [read] Keywords: blackberry
How to return Google Chromecast to Google Play
Tue, Jul 30th 2013 2:12p Chris Miller With the launch of Google Chromecast I was asked how do you return it back to Google Play if that is where you bought it? Here are the steps you need to know. Remember do not throw anything away until you are sure you will be keeping the Chromecast device. From there it is about contacting Google for shipping instructions.
**This is only to return Chromecast to Google Play. Best Buy and others will have their own return policies.
Keep the original packaging when you get the Google Chromec [read] Keywords: policies
Chromecast device sale scams surface
Thu, Jul 25th 2013 12:59p Chris Miller Chromecast from Google launched this week with a short amount of supply available. Even Google Play ran out of stock. However, sellers are appearing on Amazon at 2-3 times the regular price.
From the image (click to enlarge) you can see pricing on Amazon upwards of $119 plus shipping and new sellers popping up trying to get a piece of the early action. Sellers are not showing any delay in shipping of the Chromecast, yet even Google is saying weeks to get it in your hands. Bust Buy does n [read] Keywords: apple
Twhirl – a Twitter client I miss second most
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 2:37p Chris Miller Twhirl was my second favorite Twitter clients of all time. From the way it handled multi-account Twitter management, to hovering over the side of my screen, I miss you Twhirl. After they were bought and merged and relaunched as the new Seesmic Desktop, it never felt or acted the same.
Yes, it was an Adobe Air application giving it multi-platform support. It was one of the first to handle it well. It was one of the first to easily let you flip between personas in Twitter and react, answer and re [read] Keywords: application
Google Affiliate Network (GAN) closing – are publishers mad?
Fri, May 17th 2013 2:13p Chris Miller Google Affiliate Network, abbreviated GAN, announced it is closing on July 31, 2013. Payments will process through October 31, 2013 before total shutdown. We should note this is the second time GAN has closed down.
According to your GAN Online Program Terms and Conditions and AdSense Terms and Conditions, we will suspend all GAN services, except for certain reporting and payments functionality, on July 31, 2013. On October 31, 2013, we will suspend and terminate any remaining GAN services.
Many [read] Keywords: application
Instagram tagged photo feature is the next Facebook step
Sat, May 4th 2013 10:17p Chris Miller As Instagram prepares to map your Instagram username on their service to your Facebook account name, tagging people in photos is a logical step. Identifying individual in photos is very powerful helping map and strengthen the social graph Facebook continues to build.
Imagine you post a photo in Facebook now, all the prompts ask you to please tag the other person. Including the recognition they use to actually put a square of peoples faces. It encourages you to do that tagging step of the oth [read] Keywords: connections
Posterous sends final notice and backup plan
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 9:36p Chris Miller Posterous, acquired by Twitter, announced back in Feb 2013 that it would shut down April 30, 2013. They have now issued an email reminder and steps to archive your content.
On April 30th, we will turn off posterous.com and our mobile apps in order to focus 100% of our efforts on Twitter. This means that as of April 30, Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or to edit.
Right now, you can download all of your Posterous Spaces including your photos, videos, and documents.
H [read] Keywords: application
Google Keep – you keep that to yourself thanks
Thu, Mar 21st 2013 4:32a Chris Miller The mistake by Google accidentally showing Google Keep and now launching it has me thinking. I use Google products daily. I enjoy Google products. I have also learned that Google pulls the plug on them when they feel like it. So for this reason alone I may stay away from Google Keep.
Arstechnica wrote a piece a few weeks ago about Google Keep being in the works as an alternative to Evernote.
Google is prepping to launch a cloud-based notetaking service to compete with Evernote and Simplenote. [read] Keywords: notes
My Google Reader replacement choice
Thu, Mar 14th 2013 8:20p Chris Miller Google Reader has been a core tool in my consumption arsenal. Feedly and Flipboard will be replacing it as my full time solutions. RSS feeds allow me to scan, select or ignore hundreds of articles in minutes. Once you mastered the Google Reader keyboard shortcuts you could fly through hundreds of feeds. Feedly will replace that portion while Flipboard will handle social browsing.
Now that Google Reader has announced the exact ending date every system is pushing to be your chosen solution. He [read] Keywords: google
SxSW App Recap for 2012 – the living and dead | TheSocialNetworker Episode 40
Tue, Mar 5th 2013 3:25p Chris Miller Paul Steel and Chris Miller revisit the apps from SxSW 2012 and discussed what is still in use, what closed and what apps didn’t make the cut in daily usage.
Here is the list we run through:
Read Paul’s blog at LivingLifeMobile and Chris Miller here on TheSocialNetworker.
Subscribe to the YouTube playlist for all of the social media mobile and web app reviews from Spiked Studi [read] Keywords: mobile
Social media rules in parenting plans during divorces?
Thu, Feb 21st 2013 2:34p Chris Miller A recent stream of articles and paid advertisements from attorneys are pushing you to include social media rules into parenting plans during divorces. This is different than how social media is often being used in court to show someone in negative light or even as a forced means of communication (Skype).
That idea of managing a child’s online footprint is becoming part of the conversations during a divorce and even after custody settlements as social networks become nearly ubiquitous ways of s [read] Keywords: facebook
SxSW app previews of GonnaBe and Bonfyre | TheSocialNetworker Episode 39
Thu, Feb 14th 2013 12:31p Chris Miller Paul Steel and Chris Miller open the South By Southwest 2013 floodgates with app previews of GonnaBe and Bonfyre. SxSW and SxSWi has become a pivotal launch point for mobile applications. In many instances a make or break scenario. Here is the breakdown of these two applications in the video.
GonnaBe looks to take the place of Forecast and Plancast as a more functional response to location and event planning for you and your acquaintenances. It uses only Facebook Connect for authenticatio [read] Keywords: applications
SlideShare is not sharing well – TheSocialNetworker Episode 38
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 7:09a Chris Miller I was an avid user of SlideShare and happily uploaded slides until they made some changes making it difficult for anyone to find content. SlideShare took it upon themselves a couple of years ago and remove the ability to create events and grouping of slides. They also have serious issues with returning valid search results for simple queries into slides that were even recently uploaded. Take a look at the video first to see how they are restricting the user from getting the most out of SlideShar [read] Keywords: linkedin
Little Bird with Marshall Kirkpatrick | TheSocialNetworker Episode 37
Fri, Dec 21st 2012 10:35a Chris Miller Little Bird launched in 2011 under the watchful eye of CEO and co-founder Marshall Kirkpatrick. This Twitter tool helps you quickly find and analyze who the top experts are, including their social graph and interaction with each other, based on keywords you select.
The simple and very clean interface of Little Bird allows you to quickly begin building reports or even viewing some sample live reports they have built for you. There seemed to be a heavy push toward wine and cheese in those sample [read] Keywords: application
Google announces no more free Apps for Business version
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 2:42p Chris Miller Google Apps has been a favorite of mine, running a few small business domains freely for years now. In a blog posting today, Google announces that all new customers will have to sign up for the premium version. This means a per user/per year charge for each and every mail account when signing up for Google Apps for Business.
instead of two versions, there will be one. Companies of all sizes will sign up for our premium version, Google Apps for Business, which includes 24/7 phone support for an [read] Keywords: ibm
I’ve stopped automatically updating my mobile Android apps
Wed, Nov 21st 2012 6:51p Chris Miller I have had enough and stopped allowing automatic updates to my Android apps from Google Play. Done. Finished. Period.
With each new release flying out the door from the majority of the developers I have seen slowness, features stop working, loss of account data and constant crashing. Reviews from other users pour in with the same complaints. I have reloaded my OS cleanly. The phone is brand new. It is the apps.
Let’s talk about some examples that I reverted back at least one or two versi [read] Keywords: applications
Loosecubes closes it’s doors permanently
Tue, Nov 13th 2012 2:11p Chris Miller Sad news for those in the coworking space as Loosecubes sent and email and made a blog post it was closing the doors on the service November 16th, 2012. For those unfamiliar, Loosecubes allowed you to book office and meeting space across the globe at companies that had extra offices they were not using. THis allowed the end user to have an office for a day or more and the business to recoup some costs on unused floor space.
Dear Loosecubes Community,
It’s with a heavy heart that we announce th [read] Keywords: community
Book Review: What the Plus! Google+ For the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 11:08a Chris Miller Guy Kawasaki is back with a new book What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us that I was anxious to have them send over for review. I have had the pleasure of interviewing Guy a couple of times now (see the archived audio interview here) and was sent Enchantment for review and liked his writing style. This book was not an exception to appreciating how he simplifies things. As a Google+ early adopter I was curious to view it from the eyes of a new person but I came away learning a bunch [read] Keywords: google
Facebook version 5.1 for iOS launches, some good & some bad
Mon, Nov 5th 2012 9:10p Chris Miller Facebook has launched app version 5.1 for iOS and put some new features and fixes in including camera, Messenger and gifts. Features include:
Finally a favorites list for your most recent or often used Messenger contact. By swiping down you will see the favorites section right below the search area. You can add to this favorites section.
The camera features the ability to share more than one photo. Apparently the Facebook team learned this was a much used feature from the Facebook camera [read] Keywords: facebook
Waze social GPS updates Android and resets privacy
Thu, Nov 1st 2012 2:13p Chris Miller I love the Waze app on my Android and use it regularly for live and social traffic. I mentioned how it is working with iOS and the maps update only weeks ago. But it seems that the new Waze update constantly resets your privacy (like invisibility) settings and is causing crashing on numerous devices. Some have reported that totally uninstalling and reinstalling the over 12mb application has solved it while others are writing reviews nothing has been done.
Other complains in the update incl [read] Keywords: application
Hashtag etiquette and netiquette – Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS)
Wed, Oct 31st 2012 3:00p Chris Miller Have you ever wondered what proper hashtag etiquette is? Do you know those that overuse hashtags for some sort of tracking or not knowing how to restrain themselves? I bet they have Virtual Gratification Syndrome, or VGS for short.
There are numerous articles already in existence but in the age of ROI, tracking and social analytics it seems that posts are being padded. Mainly when the posts are set to auto tweet. Think back to LOL and the little emoticons that now have so many you have no cl [read] Keywords: facebook
MoviePass is something you should pass on enrolling with
Mon, Oct 29th 2012 9:15a Chris Miller I received information on MoviePass, a service to let you see unlimited movies for a monthly fee, and was instantly interested. Then disappointed. It sounded like an awesome plan based on the fact I see a bunch of movies. After getting feedback from friends and digging in I found out not many people should be joining this plan.
The first thing to stand out is that the terms of service specify you may only see a movie one time. Yes, I said one time! When there is a good movie I may see it [read] Keywords: agent
Waze social GPS now in iOS 6 maps
Wed, Sep 26th 2012 11:35a Chris Miller Some time ago I loaded Waze, a social GPS application, on my Android device. (See my review of my HTC EVO 4G LTE on YouTube). The purpose of Waze is to leverage other users in your area to help with real-time traffic updates and reporting.
I was curious how well the turn-by-turn performed coupled with rerouting based on traffic conditions as reported by the other users.
Waze allows you to set a home and work destination and will begin to learn your normal route and times helping build a table [read] Keywords: apple
Google+ adds custom URLs but you already had them
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 11:45a Chris Miller The news is flying about Google+ offering custom URL’s to specific people and brands with everyone else coming later. They are trying to corral names that should be reserved. The problem with this is that you already had this ability under Profiles. I have owned http://profiles.google.com/IdoNotes and they started forwarding them to Google+. I never gave out the Plus URL as it was too long with the numbers, but I wanted you to see my profile anyway.
Some questions come to mind
So wh [read] Keywords: google
How the Instagram update just brought you closer to Facebook integration
Thu, Aug 16th 2012 1:55p Chris Miller Everyone is quickly upgrading to the new Instagram release that hit iOS and Android today. While some think it is a just a UI refresh with new features, I see it for far more with longer term benefits to Facebook.
You are probably already publishing your Instagram pictures to Facebook, which they immediately turn into an album. I have read numerous articles and heard many podcasters say that your friends on Instagram are the same as Facebook, so why did they buy them. This is incredibly [read] Keywords: facebook
Book review: Smashing WordPress (Third Edition)
Thu, Jul 26th 2012 6:15a Chris Miller Thord Daniel Hendengren has released the third update for the excellent book Smashing Wordpres: Beyond the Blog. The five part and 14 chapter book is a bible for anyone wishing to work with WordPress as a platform. This is my third WordPress book review but I found myself coming back to the first two editions so I was anxious to review the third which is 350 pages.
Thord presumes a basic understanding of HTML, CSS and PHP. He starts the book with understanding a performing installs in the fir [read] Keywords: css
Greplin becomes Cue
Thu, Jul 19th 2012 2:10p Chris Miller Back in March 2011 I did a screencast on the Greplin launch as a social search engine. They have now started closing that down to become Cue. Greplin was a social search engine to mine data from connected accounts. They are carrying that data over and will still have the functionality but with the launch of their updated Cue iPhone app and web interface, they will now offer
Your email, contacts and calendar become an intelligent snapshot of your day.
Your events are automatically connect [read] Keywords: email
SxSW apps : Hoot.Me, Zamp and Deja.io
Tue, Jun 12th 2012 2:59p Chris Miller Paul Steel and Chris Miller at SxSW 2012 in Austin, TX sit live at the FedEX Food Truck to cover the apps Zamp, Deja.io and the Facebook app Hoot.Me.
We were very unimpressed with Zamp. We felt it lacked enough function and capability to have us coming back. At one point we thought Paul had uninstalled it even before the show was recorded. Hoot.Me was a Facebok web app that is very cool for homework collaboration. While the school list is still small and growing, we feel the app has pot [read] Keywords: collaboration
SxSW apps : Draw Something, Eventbrite and FedEX app reviews
Tue, May 22nd 2012 10:10a Chris Miller Paul Steel and Chris Miller at SxSW 2012 in Austin, TX sit live at the FedEX Food Truck to cover the apps Draw Something, Eventbrite and the awesome FedEX mobile app.
Draw Something from OMGPOP took over quick and made them huge amounts of money from the premium version and in app purchases. Eventbrite left us wanting so much more and the lack of actual usage at SxSW was obvious. Thanks to the FedEX social media team for letting us record at their food truck and the app is constantly in us [read] Keywords: mobile
SxSW Live : 5Degrees and Forecast app reviews
Mon, Apr 16th 2012 10:37a Chris Miller Paul Steel and Chris Miller at SxSW 2012 in Austin, TX sit live in the Samsung Blogger Lounge to cover the apps 5Degrees and Forecast.
We were happy with 5Degrees and impressed with the team that we met while there. They put a lot of effort into the product and have been releasing updates regularly. As for Forecast, we have mixed feelings still as they continue to grow. I think we see more for the app that hasn’t been delivered yet and we hope shows up to have us use it more often.
Do n [read] Keywords: blogger
Social Identity in Three Layers interview with Pelpina Trip
Wed, Mar 21st 2012 4:12p Chris Miller I had the opportunity to be interviewed while at SxSW 2012 in Austin, TX by my friend Pelpina Trip. She is the host of WebWatching and published through FrankWatching, a large Netherlands based website portal.
I define the three layers for a social identity in this brief introduction to what will soon be a published book on social identity layers and steps to start creating your own layers now. Including fake personas for security verifications on sites.
The video has taken off. Much th [read] Keywords: archive
SxSW Live: Waddle and Gopago app reviews
Thu, Mar 15th 2012 2:55p Chris Miller Paul Steel and myself sat at the Flurry VIP party and ran into the founders of Waddle and then attempted to use the payment system Gopago while in the Bing lot.
We were very happy with the interface and functionality of Waddle. The team has made a great product. The following quote from Gigaom was awesome:
It doesn’t force you to log in with your Facebook account. It doesn’t pull in the photos you’ve shared on Instagram. It doesn’t encourage you to share your photos publicly at all. In [read] Keywords: facebook
SxSW Live: Borglar and Arball app reviews
Tue, Mar 13th 2012 11:12a Chris Miller Paul Steel and I race over to Screenburn at SxSW 2012 in the Palmer Center. We got sucked in. Here is the apps we are pushing back out to you.
We not only find amazing video games but some great apps. We find a virtual reality game called Borglar and another called Arball. See the video for our review and make sure to watch the Screenburn 2012 walkthrough in four minutes. [read] Keywords: planetlotus
SxSW Live: Screenburn 2012 walkthrough in 4 minutes
Mon, Mar 12th 2012 7:53p Chris Miller We took a tour of the whole show at Screenburn 2012 while at SxSW in Parker Center. You can catch app reviews from the Screenburn show in the YouTube channel.
After we toured the floor finding the best of the best, we made the video and give you a quick stop at each highlight. The whole show floor in 4 minutes. [read] Keywords:
SxSW Live: Isis and Banjo app reviews
Sun, Mar 11th 2012 11:39a Chris Miller Welcome to SxSW 2012 everyone. We are already deep into countless apps being launched and pitched. Paul and I are kicking off the mobile app reviews with Isis and Banjo.
Isis really isn’t launching, yet again this year we find out. Isis is a Near field communication technology providing your mobile device the ability to become a digital wallet. By being in close proximity to the payment terminal and entering your pin, you can quickly check out.
Other capabilities later would inclu [read] Keywords: mobile
Get your startup name in lights with IBM at SxSW
Sat, Mar 10th 2012 11:12a Chris Miller IBM suddenly appeared in force at SxSW 2012 with eight or so sessions and a social media assessment area and Future of Social Lounge While they were not a sponsor, we were told they were funding some items.
This session as titled above coupled some university and education panelists with venture capital and then IBM employees. They were here to find some candidates for the Smarter Planet campaign that are startups. Interestingly, attendees around us stated they would rather see some smaller star [read] Keywords: ibm
Do you GetGlue? Spiked Studio shows are there to check in!
Mon, Mar 5th 2012 12:08p Chris Miller If you have not used GetGlue, it is a service to “check in” but has nothing to do with location. It is only about letting others know what you are watching, reading or listening to. It is a discovery service for things your friends like to watch, participate in and listen to since you get most recommendations from them anyway.
They also take a different approach in the gamification reward system. You are able to unlock badges and stickers based on how often you check into a s [read] Keywords: blackberry
Nokia finally merges location service Plazes into Maps service with Nokia Pulse
Wed, Feb 29th 2012 1:20p Chris Miller I was a long time user of an early pioneer location-based site Plazes dating back to July 2005. Then in 2008 the announcement was made that the acquisition of Plazes was made by Nokia. After absorbing their 13 or so employees it still functioned but became very dormant. I would have thought Nokia would jump on the opportunity to integrate an existing location-based service into their phones directly. Instead I watched it languish.
It seems that recent announcements points to Nokia M [read] Keywords: interface
Book review: Social Game Design by Tim Fields and Brandon Cotton
Mon, Feb 27th 2012 12:27p Chris Miller With the recent push of social business and gamification I wanted a viewpoint from the originators of the idea. Social Game Design: Monetization Methods and Mechanics by Tim Fields and Brandon Cotton comes from true successful experience. Game designers lead the way in gamification and monetization with many of the tips applicable to social business design.
I am glad I was able to get this book for review after getting into the second chapter. The first chapter was just introductory and ga [read] Keywords: enterprise
Announcement: Social Stalking is now part of TheSocialNetworker
Mon, Feb 20th 2012 9:10p Chris Miller I am happy and relieved to announce that Social Stalking has now been merged and will be part of TheSocialNetworker. Welcome to all the readers and subscribers from Social Stalking to a much larger pool of content. Readers will now get the best of both sites in one location.
A while ago, there was a definite need to separate the content for all the social media site reviews, issues and concerns with privacy that I covered in live seminars, screencasts and blog postings. Those lines have be [read] Keywords: security
Does 66% of social business really happen on mobile devices?
Wed, Jan 11th 2012 12:12p Chris Miller The statistic showing 66% of social happens on mobile devices is one of many you read in the countless reports on social media, monitoring and analytics. As I have started to see it again and again like a meme, I began to think does it really? Certainly more of us are connected with mobile devices allowing us to read tweets, view (when formatted) webpages and interact with some social networks.
But does the information we need most appear with us on our mobile devices? I find that things I creat [read] Keywords: email
TheSocialNetworker Episode 29 – Twitter application security
Wed, Jan 4th 2012 8:12a Chris Miller I was recently bitten by an application I previously authorized against my Twitter account sending out some tweets I did not agree with. This prompted me to review my application security setting inside of Twitter. It opened my eyes into just how trusting we are, and shouldn’t be.
Thanks to Mozy Pro Online, our new sponsor at Spiked Studio. Sponsor: MozyPro Online Backup: Simple, Automatic & Secure Backup
In the video I walk you through where to check what applications have acce [read] Keywords: application
Dear Foursquare, get rid of points, add partnerships and suggestions
Tue, Jan 3rd 2012 10:12a Chris Miller As an avid user, fan and subscriber to Foursquare and the future of location services I am both a promoter of the site while being a constant reviewer of functionality.
When Foursquare launched the leaderboard was the place to see how you ranked against other early adopters. You often did not have a long or strong friend list to compete against and badges were very new. Swarms were hard to come by.
Now badges are gaining traction with some even competing for the number of accumulated badges. [read] Keywords:
Want traffic in BlackBerry Appworld – expose this hack
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 9:07p Chris Miller I was busy reading about the launch of Spotify for BlackBerry (yes for mainly older non OS7 devices as of now) today and came across an interesting exploit.
While searching AppWorld for Spotify I entered the term Spotify into the search bar. Instead of it listing no apps found for Spotify, since it isn’t there yet, I was taken into an application called Voydat for international calls. I did the search again and again with the same result. It went straight into this application listin [read] Keywords: application
Small bubbles are popping. Niche social networks closing
Mon, Dec 12th 2011 7:15a Chris Miller I have had a rash of emails the past few weeks about smaller, niche social networks that are ceasing operations by the end of the year. I mentioned this trend on TheSocialGeeks Episode 41 last week.
The first sign was an email asking if anyone was interested in purchasing or acquiring the assets or technology behind Refynr. This service helps build filters for your social media streams in Twitter and Facebook to remove the clutter.
I have begun talks with a few companies already, but am wonder [read] Keywords: email
Path, Whim, your face and early adopters
Thu, Dec 8th 2011 8:18p Chris Miller I know many of you want to keep up with all the social news and don’t want to wade through the tons of articles out there. That is why TheSocialGeeks run a roundtable every two weeks with some of the biggest names and analysts in social media.
Here is what you missed the last two episodes by not subscribing to the podcast.
Episode 41 – On the Path
Why did Facebook buy Gowalla?
What we think of Path and the update to 2.0
Whim launches in beta
I ask the question “Are we too ea [read] Keywords: apple
Twitter adds Activity tab for a bigger stream
Thu, Nov 10th 2011 12:11p Chris Miller Twitter launched a new tab in your web experience called Activity, which I imagine will make it’s way to the mobile and desktop clients, that allows you to :
“View favorites, follows, retweets and more by people you follow”
I see this as a direct comparison to the Ticker that Facebook launched and has driven many people crazy. Here is a screenshot of the location if it has not appeared for you yet by some chance:
I can see value in the idea, but this makes keeping up even more overw [read] Keywords: desktop
TheSocialNetworker Episode 27 – Creating your Google Plus pages
Tue, Nov 8th 2011 9:11a Chris Miller With the launch yesterday of Google Plus pages for business, organizations and just about everyone else on the early adoptor bandwagon, I found even I wanted to make sure I took the right steps in the creation of pages. Keeping in mind they are only allowing one manager per page, I had a few questions/ I created a screencast walkthrough of the setup with explanations of settings. Check out the Spiked Studio page and add it to your circles!
Click through for the full HD version via the Spi [read] Keywords: application
Social Business is just “know, like, trust”
Thu, Oct 20th 2011 6:10a Chris Miller We are all on the receiving end of what is a non-stop tirade about how your business is not social enough and where you are lacking at becoming one. It might revolve around software, time investment or even how you are not transparent or nimble in the marketplace.
I am beginning to feel much of this is not true no matter how transparent you make yourself. It was summarized well by Jason Falls at a recent speaking event and then the dinner after when a lot of this sunk in.
Much of social busi [read] Keywords: facebook
So RIM buys Gist and Gist deletes my account?
Thu, Sep 29th 2011 4:34p Chris Miller After years of using the cloud contact management dashboard service Gist, I found my account and all data gone. After using the service of Gist since early beta, updating accounts, contacts and building an actual contact dashboard, today I find not even an active account. Poof. Here is the scenario:
Aug 24, 2009 I get invited to a new service and screencast it. One of the highest viewed screencasts I have.
Oct 14, 2009 I write about possible competitors in my blog archives
Somewhere in [read] Keywords: blackberry
Book Review: Securing the Cloud by Vic Winkler
Tue, Sep 20th 2011 7:10a Chris Miller As someone that works for a cloud provider, I anticipated finding this book, Securing the Cloud: Cloud Security Techniques and Tactics by Vic (J.R.) Winkler, boring or not to contain any insight I would carry forward. I found out I was wrong just in the first two chapters. The goal of the book is not to tell you what cloud provider or form of solution to pick, but how to get to that choice.
The author works hard to simplify and break down each general area so the seasoned IT professional or th [read] Keywords: notes
IBM touts social lead passing – want their leads?
Thu, Aug 18th 2011 2:25p Chris Miller A recent blog posting titled “Use of Social in Lead Passing ! Part 2 of Social Selling” from an IBMer who talks about how they are using social media tactics to grow business. The end of the article highlights their internal communication tools so they do not share customer data. I found a flaw in how their flow goes.
All IBMers had access to this micro-blogging status and unlike Twitter, he/she was able to post the customers name. IBM guidelines prevent employes from specifically [read] Keywords: ibm
Case Study in branding: Lil Wayne aka Tunechi aka Weezy
Wed, Aug 17th 2011 9:09a Chris Miller There have been numerous posts about how Lil Wayne was able to capture a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most Facebook likes. But overlooked is his ability to re-brand himself under multiple names and exist in all of them simultaneously. I wanted to make a quick rundown of how he blends them online and in music as a way brands could take advantage.
The starting point of it all as we knew publicly. Synonymous across multiple music genres now, the rapper stands [read] Keywords: desktop
TheSocialGeeks on Google Hangout
Fri, Jul 15th 2011 10:26a Chris Miller TheSocialGeeks went live this week with their first video recording in Episode 37 and not only talked about Google Hangout, but used it for the recording as well. Jump over to the site and watch the HD version on YouTube or subscribe via iTunes to one of the hottest social media podcasts around.
We will be adding many guests, so get on board, find us on Twitter, Google Plus or wherever to join in a future show. [read] Keywords: apple
TheSocialNetworker Episode 24 – Google+ Setup
Tue, Jul 12th 2011 8:14a Chris Miller I have been following along all of the blogs as they talk about how Google+ functions. Perspectives on what it offers over Facebook and comparisons to past networks like FriendFeed are deeply commented on. But no one really showed the new, average, non-social media early adopter how to set up and begin using Google+.
This screencast walks through:
The very first Welcome screen
Verifying or editing your public Google profile
Understanding security around the circles
St [read] Keywords: application
Netflix – how to pick the best plan for you
Mon, Jul 11th 2011 7:46a Chris Miller Netflix is testing new ways to maximize revenue by creating different package choices for DVDs, streaming and a combination of the two. They just launched yet another choice to the mix this week. Here is how to gauge what plan is best for you.
This plan at $7.99 a month allows you to connect streaming ready devices and apps like the Xbox, Wii and across iOS and Android. You can also pop open the webpage at any time and stream away from any computer.
The downside is that it wo [read] Keywords: mobile
Book Review: Social Media Business Equation by Eve Mayer Orsburn
Sat, Jun 18th 2011 5:13p Chris Miller The book Social Media Business Equation by Eve Mayer Orsburn had great potential. However, it did not make it for me. (Kindle edition)
As I get deeper into social media work, I often look for these types of books to review. I received the 188 page book only to learn the last 45 pages were simply a list of 35,000 of the author’s Twitter followers. The content was a bit light in actual defining the equation in my opinion. There are six chapters to the book itself,
Throughout the book a [read] Keywords: twitter
Sharing a Netflix or Rhapsody login? Now a crime in Tennessee
Fri, Jun 3rd 2011 9:13a Chris Miller The government in the State of Tennessee has signed a new bill via Gov. Bill Haslam adding “entertainment subscription service” to the same law for walking out without paying for meals and stealing cable.
What this attempted to do was to stop bulk sales of usernames and passwords to sites like Netfix, so prosecutors could go after those making the sales. The downside is it could affect anyone using someone else’s login, even with their permission.
Imagine a dad buys Netflix f [read] Keywords:
Gist decides to cease Google Apps support on Jun 1
Mon, May 30th 2011 9:11a Chris Miller Gist, now a product of Research In Motion, has announced that beginning June 1 it will pull domain wide Google Apps Marketplace support for their Google Gadget. They will still support single user installations with Gmail it seems according to the first part of this notice:
We’re writing to let you know that we will discontinue Gist for Google Apps on June 1, 2011. We’re sorry to inconvenience you in this way, but want you to know that you can still use Gist via our web app or thro [read] Keywords: blackberry
research in motion
Book Review: Smart Policies for Workplace Technologies
Sat, May 21st 2011 4:59p Chris Miller I anticipated getting my hands on the book Smart Policies for Workplace Technologies as every company now faces having inadequate guidelines and policies surrounding new technologies being brought into the workplace.
Throughout the book, examples of case studies (with links) are given and then a sample portion of a policy that could have addressed the issue.
Then all of the policies are included on a CD inside the back cover in .rtf format to be used with any word processing format.
While I [read] Keywords: policies
Fring launches 4-way video calls and we test it
Thu, Apr 28th 2011 9:07a Chris Miller Last night while recording TheSocialGeeks (head over and subscribe) we talked about the launch of Fring video calling for up to 4 users across device platforms. Well when all was said and done we went ahead and tested. Note Wayne Sutton, Jeff (isageek) Smith and Corvida as we hold our first Fring test.
We had two people on HTC EVO devices and two on iPhone. There was no distinct difference once we were all connected. From talking about it, there was slight UI differences in adding connect [read] Keywords: connections
AT&T establishing new DSL & U-verse bandwidth caps
Tue, Apr 19th 2011 1:16p Chris Miller I received a tiny note from AT&T about changes to the terms in service. Normally I never pay attention. However, this notice specifically called out DSL service, not just phone. That caught my attention.
I had to click through about three pages, enter my area code and prefix and then some other click to finally find the page. I am linking the new AT&T Broadband Usage FAQ article here for easy reference.
They are establishing monthly caps for maximum downloads. Not speeds, that [read] Keywords: linking
Disco from Google is “Battle Los Angeles” in group chat
Sun, Mar 27th 2011 9:14p Chris Miller I am relating the launch of the group messaging app Disco from Google with Battle Los Angeles for two reasons. Disco launched the same weekend I saw the movie and Google made a maneuver much like I saw in the movie.
While this comes directly from a company that Google purchased, Slide, they only made the first release available on iOS devices. Most would not even notice the lack of Android due to the way it is being marketed. A brilliant move by Google in my opinion.
In the movie Battle Lo [read] Keywords: apple
TheSocialNetworker Episode 23 – Podio launch
Thu, Mar 24th 2011 1:21p Chris Miller Podio is a start-ups dream collaboration platform for having a digital workspace. Free for up to 10 users, you can built everything from project workspaces, timelines, milestones and even bug tracking. Do not think this is only for software developers. The application packs I highlight in the screencast showe you how extensible the platform in. Choose for individual or pre-made packs. Build your own applications and more.
I have been part of, and was impressed with, the Podio beta for [read] Keywords: collaboration
Book Review: “21 Recipes for Mining Twitter” by Matthew Russell
Wed, Mar 23rd 2011 6:11a Chris Miller The book 21 Recipes for Mining Twitter is an add-on to another book I am reviewing by Matthew Russell, Mining the Social Web.
This small, yet incredibly useful, book covers 21 tips and accompanying code for mining Twitter data. There is no fluff in this 60 page book with page 1 diving right into OAuth access.
Each of the tips (recipes) start with the problem , a brief solution and then the lengthy solution and code samples to bring the two together. Everything in the book is written in Py [read] Keywords: python
TheSocialNetworker Episode 21 – Social is UNsocial at #SXSW
Mon, Mar 21st 2011 10:11a Chris Miller With the persmission of Louis Gray and Drew Olanoff, here is the recording of their core conversation session at SXSw 2011. The audio is a bit low at points due to the lack of microphones in this session.
Great commentary was made from all over the room and it was a highlight of my time there. I took a bunch away from interaction outside of the social circles and how you may treat communication and layers of friends you make just from the online sites.
Listen close as you get excellent insig [read] Keywords: podcast
Launching new #SXSW annual launch – the “Great Uninstall”
Wed, Mar 16th 2011 12:42p Chris Miller While flying back from SXSW I was drafting numerous blog posts to get my ideas down right away. I then drifted into seeing which applications needed to still have reviews written or performed and it took me down a dark road.
While at SXSW you are inundated with fancy QR codes, people handing out flyers and all say they are the hot new app. I am not one to not try each and every application at least once. I like to see what they do exactly the same, different and if they will have stickin [read] Keywords: application
SWSX – TheSocialGeeks live in episode 33
Mon, Mar 14th 2011 10:26a Chris Miller If you want some great commentary on the trend, what will succeed and what apps we are already throwing away, then listen to TheSocialGeeks Episode 33.
TheSocialGeeks Episode 33 was recorded live in the Austin Convention Center [read] Keywords:
TheSocialNetworker Episode 20 – Live Angry Birds #SXSW
Sun, Mar 13th 2011 11:21a Chris Miller While at SXSW we came across the Alcatel labs. Inbetween sessions, free drinks and just meeting, they play live Angry Birds.
Yes you shoot a stuffed bird with a huge slingshot at stuffed pigs and cubes.
You can also watch this in HD and all Spiked Studio shows on YouTube [read] Keywords:
Yobongo put to the test by us at #SXSW
Sat, Mar 12th 2011 7:17a Chris Miller Yobongo is officially big time, with their own launch party, soon after Caleb Elston was in the New York Times and on a panel with Beluga, Carnvore and more on group texting/apps.
After joining the Yobongo team (and some of TheSocialGeeks) to help celebrate, we (myself and LivingLiveBB) went back to put it through some paces. Here is what we found.
We fired up Yobongo on both an iPad and iPod Touch. Neither had photos sync’d to them from anywhere, so sign-up is halted as Yobongo requ [read] Keywords: blackberry
Beluga – Android review of the group messaging chat app
Wed, Mar 9th 2011 6:22p Chris Miller I loaded up Beluga today on the HTC EVO to add yet another application to the SXSW arsenal. Right away I was welcomed with not only the default Pod, but one for TheSocialGeeks. Beluga is currently available on Android and the i-family of products (Blackberry is the future and there is a mobile browser interface). Based on the core focus they developed Beluga for, it is a strong contender to take the lead. That is the point of this review. Plus being bought by Facebook never hurts.
Belu [read] Keywords: application
Get social quickly with Yobongo and HeyTell
Wed, Mar 2nd 2011 6:49p Chris Miller The race for hyperlocal, instant communications has begun. Entering the ring first is two different two-person teams, Yobongo and HeyTell, that bring a different function, features and experience to the user. Yobongo brings hyperlocal text chat rooms and HeyTell brings hyperlocal voice chats.
Chat with people nearby is actually their slogan from this San Francisco based company. Caleb Elston and David Kasper, both formerly of Justin.TV, took a big leap in leaving their day job [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Social Business Jam concludes. What was the benefit to you?
Fri, Feb 11th 2011 12:14p Chris Miller IBM hosted a Social Business Jam the past 72 hours. You can still log in to view the contents, but posting has now been disabled. I logged in to see the
overall impact, content and to get a feel for the benefit to me. Here are some quick stats I pulled:
Total number of posts = 2666
Total number of logins = 5893 (duplicates included)
5 main theme areas (Building the Social Business of the Future, Using Social to Understand and Engage with Customers, Identifying Risks and Establishing Gover [read] Keywords: ibm
Foursquare Ambassador program – does your company have one?
Tue, Feb 8th 2011 10:21a Chris Miller Foursquare has launched/expanded a new program for some of the more active and influential users on the network called Foursquare Ambassadors. The result is they send you a stack of pre-printed business cards (shown below) with your custom URL and information about businesses and joining Foursquare.
The goal is to make using the service more valuable through a grassroots effort to target businesses. When the business signs up they can claim their location to begin seeing statistical inform [read] Keywords: network
Foursquare at Lotusphere, a success in my book #ls11
Mon, Feb 7th 2011 1:52p Chris Miller Working together with Foursquare, Ben L of Genii Software and Tim Davis of Turtle Partnership, I changed the IdoCheckin service over to Foursquare after years of Brightkite. Well even if one person checked in at any point I would be overly happy. The influx from the mobile applications developed by Tim and the database utself by Ben helped a ton. The rest was word of mouth and your help in something we started years ago as a community.
After crunching the numbers of all the new location [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Book Review: Reflections on Management by Watts Humphrey
Mon, Jan 24th 2011 8:20a Chris Miller Even with this being a book written mainly about principals of software development management through Team and Personal Software Process (TSP and PSP),
Reflections on Management, is an excellent read for anytime managing time. The book is only around 200 pages filled with insight, stories and techniques from the years of being a manager and executive at IBM.
Many of the stories that Watts Humphrey tells are situations we have all been in regarding time management on projects. As the manager [read] Keywords: ibm
When running a conference tweet aggregator, protect your stream
Thu, Jan 20th 2011 4:08p Chris Miller You see numerous conferences running Twitter aggregators to capture all of the traffic and chatter. I strongly agree with this idea of having it shown and utilized. However, it is important to also protect your Twitter stream from being hijacked.
This was a nice one I captured
I went ahead and grabbed one of the nicer ones. Filtering is a key component. You could set it to only approved people and remove the worries. Making it easy to hold someone accountable and remove them. This mi [read] Keywords: twitter
Book Review: Google Analytics by Justin Cutroni
Mon, Jan 10th 2011 9:14a Chris Miller If you have any need to use Google Analytics this is the source book for you.
The depth Google Analytics: Understanding Visitor Behavior is able to go in under 200 pages is amazing. I soon realized I had no clue of the capabilities of the free tool since the update to version 2.0 in 2007.
The author, Justin Cutroni, is one of a few Google Analytics Certified Partners and it showed. When I begin bookmarking pages in books, I know I found valuable content. This book opened my eyes into ways [read] Keywords: enterprise
TheSocialNetworker Episode 17 – Nextbook e-reader hands-on
Wed, Jan 5th 2011 11:46a Chris Miller This Christmas brought many surprises including a chance to get hands-on time with the Nextbook e-reader device, powered by Android. It hooks to the Borders bookstore, but supports epub, pdf and more.
You may also watch the review in HD right here on YouTube
The Nextbook device is a 7″ tablet, with the look and feel of an Android phone. The internal hardware leaves limited room to add applications or do many things. It does support an external SD card slot.
It has it’s own ve [read] Keywords: applications
TheSocialNetworker Episode 16 – Skype iPhone video bug
Thu, Dec 30th 2010 1:09p Chris Miller While testing the new Skype client released for the iPhone/iPod/iPad today, Carl Tyler of Epilio found a big with the video switching. We did a test so we could record the conversation and get screenshots to share.
Following is how we should appear in the windows on the iPhone or iPod with Skype using the front facing cameras.
(Carl could warn me next time I am blinking before he snapshots) So that is his front facing camera on the iPhone 4 while we video conference test. All is well, as [read] Keywords: bug