Don’t pull the plug!

For the past two going on 3 days I’ve felt something was missing and that’s because something is, I‘ve been without my trusty iPhone for the past 48 hours and it’s not a fun feeling. What I’ve learned from this is how plugged in we are and how powerful mobile is, at the moment my social interactions are limited. If I’m on the go I cannot interact with anyone between points A & B. No phone calls, emails, tweets and I can forget about using any location-based GPS apps like Foursquare! I’ll probably lose mayorship’s because of this mishap?!

I thought in the spirit of research for all you designers I would like to ask that others experiment with the idea of not being “plugged in”. Put your mobile phone away and try to resist using it for the rest of the week. I guarantee you that you will feel a sense of disconnect and will experience uneasiness. You really do not realize how addicting mobile can be until something like this happens.

I’m quite confident that I will reunite with my iPhone and feel a sense of wholeness once again, but until that happens I must say that it sucks plain and simple! I probably used it so much that my phone needed a well-deserved vacation and decided to get up and go. So iPhone until we meet again I bid you a fond farewell!

Six Degrees of Separation is Obsolete

I’ll tweet you later

Almost everyone I talk to these days are on Twitter, I don’t think it’s necessary to explain what Twitter is as it’s well known. If you are unfamiliar with the social platform chances are you’re not so social when it comes to online. In any event I started to contemplate that old saying of everyone is separated by six degrees. Not anymore! I think one of the best features of Twitter that attracted me to the platform is the flexibility of being able to follow anyone and have a mutual exchange of tweets with that person. And the best part is you don’t have to follow someone in order to conversate, if a tweet catches your eye and generates you to respond you can do so and move on; or you can choose to follow if you like the content they share.

Unlike the Facebook platform in which you need to friend someone. Twitter has really opened the door for all of us, whether you’re looking for the next gig (first in my case) or other interest like following your favorite movie star.

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

The origins of the above quote aren’t really known I believe FDR included it in one of his speeches? But I really like Stan Lee’s quote better (being a comic book fan/artist myself) used in Spiderman from Uncle Ben.

Now more than ever we need to heed those words as the digital landscape becomes more transparent and all content is retrievable. So don’t be annoying or stalk your interest or recruiters because that’s not cool and you will quickly burn bridges or any chances you might have had. But by all means feel free to be social though and contribute content that is meaningful or helpful to those who share a common interest. I enjoy speaking with friends via Twitter sharing content and seeing how their day unfolds. So in conclusion “Six Degrees of Separation” should be put to rest, long live One Degree of Twitteration!

Are you really that popular, a bot or follow hungry?

I will be the first to admit I love Twitter and I stay connected pretty much throughout the day. And while I believe myself to be quite sociable I’ve noticed a good amount of people are putting up some damn impressive numbers.  So what’s deal with all of these numbers I see on my screen under these avatars? And more importantly what does it mean in the world of social media?

First it goes without mentioning that what you put into twitter is what you’ll get out of it. If you’re a social butterfly sort of speak, then there’s a good possibility you have a fair number of followers. And you’re probably doing your fair share of returning those follows (one would hope).

When you start to peel away the onion on this subject you can see how important this could be, famous individuals such as Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian. For instance Kim has a following of over 7 million followers she basically has a little army of fashion divas all running around wanting to be her or just like her. If she told her followers to eat at McDonalds, its guarantee avid McDonald connoisseur’s will have to deal with lunching with 18 year olds plastering make up on while scarfing down a big mac. For Mc D’s this would amount to a spike in revenue, so you can see the power of social media.

These numbers also symbolize something beyond just figures as far as Klout is concerned. Klout is a social media influence measuring site which analyzes your reach or social influence. So basically if you have enough “Klout” more them likely your tweets are being acted upon, this means retweets, clicked links or mentions.

What puzzles me is that Twitter is becoming more about winning a popularity contest than tweeting content that is meaningful. Have you ever noticed tweets by some stating “if you follow this person you’ll get 9,000 followers” or “join #team followback and receive 20k followers”? I have to ask myself why in the world does someone need that many followers, while it seems they only tweet about getting follows? To me that’s not content which merits any value/worth. Ok so I have all of these followers what do they get in return for following me?

I much rather have a few hundred and provide awesome content, than millions and provide crap.