A few weeks ago, I shared with the class my presentation on the Windows 8 Slate, a new tablet that Microsoft hopes will trump the iPad. One of the major pros to this supposed tablet is the new OS, Windows 8. For those of you that want to relive the moment of this presentation, you may download it from Mediafire here.
Or, if you would like to discuss the Windows 8 Slate with our other classmates, you can view my blog post on the Windows 8 slate by clicking here.
All of you may remember the public outcry on Netflix’s changing of its subscription plan. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent out an apology e-mail to all Netflix subscribers explaining why the change of its subscription plan was necessary. Since then Netflix has lost numerous customers since the subscription rate was never changed back. This event happened several months ago.
Fast forward a few months later and Bank of America Corp. receives the same public outcry from its customers due to its proposed plan to charge its customers $5 a month for debit card fees. After hearing the outcry on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook, the company has decided to scrap the idea of charging its customers the $5 a month debit card fee.
In the article, Paul Levinson, a professor at Fordham University in New York explains that
“there was a time when big corporations could do whatever they pleased even though there might have been millions of discontented consumers… what social media has done for the first time in history has allowed consumers to instantly share that discontent and do something about it. What has been clear is that what happens online has a palpable effect in the real world.’’
Social media has once again proven to be a great tool in utilizing customer feedback. In this case of Bank of America, the response on social media in the case of the $5 a month debit card fee was extremely harsh. Thus, Bank of American must have reacted properly to this public outcry.
That’s right! Google has just recently updated its current version of its app for the Android Phone. This revamp gives the Google+ interface a whole new look and UI. Named version 2.1, this update makes the interface a much more minimalistic and simplistic design.
Now, users who have made the switch from Facebook to Google+ on the internet have a whole new reason to use Google+ with this new facelift for Android. But don’t take my word for it, go try it out now!
It’s called the iCloud and its objective is to store your information. This seems like something that has already been done, from USB flash drives to external hard drives. But, the iCloud is different. I first found out about this feature today because one of my classmates who owns an iMac told me that the iCloud was released today. After doing some investigating, the iCloud gives the ability to allow a user to sync his/her content to any other apple device, wirelessly. For example, if a person took a picture on his/her iPhone, that person could then view the same photo on his/her iPad or iMac. Everything is seemless, which takes sharing information and sharing other media seem so easy. It’s a storage device for all your apple products. And the great thing is, it’s already implemented in all users’ applications. The iCloud removes all the hassle in keeping all your devices up-to-date because it does it for you for all devices instantly. How great is that?
I believe that with the release of the new iOS5 and this new feature, Apple will continue to dominate the market and continue to push the limits of social media.
Flickr has recently unveiled a new feature called Photo Session which allows the user to share his/her flickr photos with family and friends in a chat-room based application. In Photo Session, up to 10 users are able to view, modify/draw, and chat in real-time. The Photo Session application works by first generating a link that the user can then share to his/her friends to invite them into the session.
Although this feature is quite simple, it allows for a closer interaction between friends and family. In addition, not only is this feature on one’s desktop but it is available for the iPad and the iPhone. Flickr is creating another way for photo-sharing between friends and family to be much more entertaining.
Improving One’s Blog
Over the last few weeks, us as a class have read several readings which can help improve traffic and maintain traffic to one’s blog. One reading that really caught my own attention was an article from socialmediaexaminer.com (click the image above to go directly to the article). In this article, it lists 26 tips that can help improve one’s blog. Many of these tips are self-explanatory but really do work. One point that the article really stresses is the use of images. Using videos and/or images can really catch a reader’s attention that no text can. Not only can images catch a reader’s attention, but it takes the “strain” off a reader’s eyes when an image is inserted into a blog post, especially if the blog post contains a lot of text (image will help to break up text). Although images are not the only thing that can help improve one’s blog, it definitely plays a role in your blog’s success. You may have heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” By complementing an image with your content on a blog, not only will the reader be able to better understand what the author (such as myself) is trying to get across, but it also adds an experience that you can’t get with just text.
- image credit: cartoosh.com, 2009.
As of yesterday, Facebook has upgraded their social media website. Facebook has updated their website to let you know what your friends are doing at every moment through a new “live” feed. Although this seems like a nice feature, many of my facebook friends are criticizing the fact that the new Facebook has allowed their friends to stalk them more easily. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to the user. But for my own personal opinion, I believe that is a bad thing that my friends can see what I am doing more easily. It seems as though Facebook wants to make everything much more interactive between all users, but too much social media interaction might just be what it is, too much.
A lot of my facebook friends dislike the new facebook. If you use facebook, what do you think about the new changes?
image taken from hubspot.com
It’s been awhile since I first posted on this blog — two semester to be exact. However, I promise you I am back and with a vengeance! I am now currently a junior still majoring Management Information Systems. If you have any classes in the Alter FOX School of Business and you see me, come stop and say hi. I promise I do not bite. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be constantly updating this blog for two reasons:
- A blog is a great way for me to let you guys know what I am pondering at the moment and gives me a chance to receive feedback from all of you.
- I am currently in MIS3538 and creating a blog and keeping it active is one component of the course.
Because I am currently in MIS3538, the purpose of this blog will be devoted to how social media is constantly progressing and how it affects us, the users of social media. Future blog posts will reflect this objective in mind, updating you guys on how social media is always changing (for better or worse, that’s for us to figure out).
I am on campus very often, almost all days of the week and can be seen frequently at the Tech Center, Library, and Alter. I hope to get to know more of you by posting frequently on this blog .
Photo: “Welcome” by josh, on Lawn Care Landscaping
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