Category Archives: technology

6 ways iPhone and Android users differ

February 25, 2010 8:00 AM

What smartphone click rates tell use about the people who own them

Source: AdMob

Android users are mostly guys. iPod touch owners are overwhelmingly young. And people who carry iPhones are way more likely to lust after an iPad.

Those are a few of differences that emerged from a opt-in survey of 963 smartphone and iPod touch owners conducted in February by AdMob, the mobile advertising company that Google snapped up in November for $750 million. Read the rest of this entry

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Jared Newman beat me to this…So, here is his article!

Facebook’s Doppelganger Week: Narcissism Exposed

By: Jared Newman, PCWorld

It’s Doppelganger Week on Facebook, which means if anyone’s ever said you sort of, kind of look like a famous actor, musician or athlete, now’s the chance to pretend you’re just as beautiful. All you have to do is change your Facebook profile picture to any celebrity that shares a resemblance. Expect a lot of Tom Bradys and Megan Foxes. The origins of Doppelganger Week are mysterious.

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Wonkette : Decade of Feces: Top 100 Moments of the 2000s

I know how you feel.

This is a post from Wonkette.  Read it.  Its good.

Wonkette : Decade of Feces: Top 100 Moments of the 2000s

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Social networking got ya down?

In a world that is based largely online, where you not only have to remember your place in the whole scheme of things, but how that scheme actually works, it is easy to get lost, discouraged, or apathetic.

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Which way do I go, George? Which way do I go?

When the online persona becomes disheartened and has no hope for the future there is one last pit stop on the information super highway.

This better not be a cry for help, because in cyberspace no one can hear you scream.

Yes true believers, you can not only create a new you as an online entity…now you can kill it as well.

This site offers you a way to erase your Facebook self and let others know by a message you send them. Full Story

Note:  Unlike real life, you can undo your cyber suicide.

Wow.

Disclaimer:

**Matt and Obtuse View do NOT endorse suicide in any form, for any reason…ever. That’s just how we roll.

you arent alone…see?

I was looking at Will Richardson’s content feeds and came across this.  It is from Dana Boyd’s blog.

I think many of us can relate to this post.

sometimes I feel like a bitch

For the most part, I’m a fuzzy lovable energetic creature (or at least I like to think so). But new technologies combined with information overload sometimes bring out the inner bitch in me. And then I feel guilty.

I am drowning in information overload. I cannot read everything that I want to, engage in conversations with everyone I’d like to, let alone deal with high-bandwidith content like video. Over the last decade, I’ve developed a set of coping mechanisms for dealing with online conversations. Ways of keeping myself sane amidst the onslaught. The problem is that each new genre of communication and consumption brings new challenges and forces me to adjust. And just when I think that I’ve got a grip on what’s going on, the genre gains mainstream adoption and I’m forced to get all rigid on people. And I hate that.

Let me be a little more concrete. And self-involved. I get hundreds of emails per day that I have to directly respond to. (Hundreds more get filtered into the “will read one day” folders that get very little attention.) I do a huge amount of my responding offline (on airplanes, public transit, cafes, etc.). Thus, messages with links take much longer to get my attention than messages without links. But there’s something nice about turning an INBOX into something manageable before people have the chance to respond. The problem with Web2.0 technologies is that each one wants to replace the INBOX (or at least be an additional channel). For example, there are private messages and comments on social network sites, direct messages and @replies on Twitter. There are blog comments. And RSS feeds. And then there are all of the online communities and bulletin boards and chat spaces that have evolved from those developed in olden days. For me, it’s too much. Too much I tell you. And we haven’t even gotten to voicemail, text messages. Let alone all that’s coming.

The onslaught of places to check makes me want to crumple. And, for better or worse, it’s simply 100% not manageable if I want to keep up my research and stay sane. So I’ve developed my own quirky habits to cope and rather than be flexible for others, I’ve become demanding. I check voicemail sporadically (so please don’t leave a message – send a text). I refuse to even check the private messages on social network sites (so if you’ve sent something there, I’ve never seen it). Because of how @replies are overloaded with retweets and references, I’m simply incapable of keeping up with the stream of directed @replies with requests to respond. And I almost never check online communities or bulletin boards and have bowed out from all collaborative projects that require that kind of engagement.

It’s terrible you see. It’s not that I *like* email (cuz goddess knows it’s been a long time since “you’ve got mail” made me do anything other than cringe). But I know how to manage it. Too many years of Getting Things Done training has taught me to manage it as a glorious ToDo list that can get resolved. But I don’t know how to meaningfully manage streams of content. And I don’t have the structures in place to deal with content in the cloud that requires connectivity. And I don’t like having to deal with Yet Another Walled Garden’s attempt to replicate email. For my own sanity, I need one pile of ToDo. So at the end of the day, the only channel that actually works for me is email. And if you need me to respond to something, don’t message me elsewhere; send me an email.

This is exactly the kind of issue that Bernie Hogan deals with in his dissertation. The complexities of multiple channels and people’s individual preferences. And there are huge issues here – should someone be flexible to others’ preferences or demand that others work around them? And here’s where I feel like a bitch. I’m asking people to work around me. Because I can’t cope with the alternative. And that makes me feel guilty and selfish. And I don’t know what to do about this. Le sigh. So please forgive me.

This article has been translated. En francais. Thanks Ulysse!

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