Category Archives: Social Media

Olympics Go Live – PyeongChang 2018

The biggest threat that faces NBC every other year during the Olympics is: Spoilers.

And with social media abuzz at every medal and record breaking attempt, it makes it hard for NBC to get people in front of their TVs for their primetime coverage.

But PyeongChang 2018 is going to even the playing field for NBC. With a 13-hour time difference (from the East Coast) the primetime coverage will be the launch of a new day for the Olympics and be able to show off great coverage Live.
This likely also means that the Today Show will be able to cut to live “local Primetime” events.

Meanwhile, in previous years they have done a primetime show live on the East Coast, and then aired it later (in local primetime) across the country. But this time it’ll be shown live across the country…8PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific.

And similar to last time, the Olympics can be found on any and every channel owned by NBC and their mobile platforms.
Last summer was found as wide ranged as NBC, NBCSN, USA and CNBC.

The ABCs of Your Internet Browsing

Time for a little game of Internet ABCs. This allows people to get to learn other people’s habits, dirty secrets, and favorite websites.

The game is simple enough: Go to your regular browser (in my case Google Chrome) and in your search/URL bar type in a letter of the alphabet. The first thing that comes up on the AutoFill is your selection for that letter…go through your A to Zs and let’s see what you come up with!

My list has lots of Google products, a few shopping sites, sports from all sides and some random sites (United) for letters that don’t get used much.

A: Accuweather.com
B: BarstoolSports.com
C: Celayix1/webx – Work schedule intranet
D: Drive.Google.com
E: ESPN.com
F: FanDuel.com
G: Gmail.com
H: Hulu.com
I: iAmAviG.com – Shocker, right?
J: JWed.com
K: Keep.Google.com
L: LandsEnd.com
M: Maps.Google.com
N: NHL.com
O: OneDrive.com
P: Photos.Google.com
Q: QuiBids.com
R: RunYourPool.com
S: Smile.Amazon.com
T: TVNewser.com
U: United.com
V: VerizonWireless.com
W: Woot.com
X: Xbox.com
Y: YouTube.com
Z: Zillow.com

The End of Twitter Eggs – Down With Fake Accounts

Time for Twitter to remove the eggs.

What’s that? You don’t know what a Twitter egg is? Well, it’s the users that don’t have verification or a picture and stand behind these anonymous accounts with nothing but an egg as their profile.

@Twirpz

@Twirpz

The problem is that these are the very people that bully others on social media, using race, homophobia and a variety of other techniques that they are too chicken to do as their actual selves.

I think Twitter needs to have two different types of verification. Keep the precious Blue Check Marks for those that Twitter deems worthy of getting the check mark.
But also allow people to submit identification to prove who they are, and let Twitter mark them accordingly, maybe with a Ribbon or something.

I’m not saying that everyone should be required to have a picture…but I think that they should have to prove to at least Twitter that they are legitimate.

Anyone who has a Twitter account wants that coveted blue check mark, but if they can’t get it, then at least let us stand out from the hundreds (if not thousands) of fake accounts that plague the social media world.

Harry Potter Book 8?!

That’s right, the title is not a mistake. The Harry Potter series is getting more books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling will be the eighth book in the popular series, and it will take place 19-years after book seven.

This book is the “script book”of a Harry Potter theater production coming to London the day of the book release, which of course will be on JK’s and Harry’s birthday (July 31st for those Muggles reading this).

Featuring a grown up adult Harry, working for the Ministry of Magic, the book is said to focus on his third child, Albus, and his struggle with the families legacy that he simply can’t live up to.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for this.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Another Reason To Hate Facebook

In the past I’ve talked about reasons to not trust Facebook, and thanks to an Information article, we have yet another reason to hate them and their sneakiness.

This time they purposely crashed their Android App, over a long period of time, to see if users would still come back to Facebook. And unshockingly users seemed to be unperturbed, and continued to return.

Here is a quote from that aforementioned Information article:

Facebook has tested the loyalty and patience of Android users by secretly introducing artificial errors that would automatically crash the app for hours at a time, says one person familiar with the one-time experiment. The purpose of the test, which happened several years ago, was to see at what threshold would a person ditch the Facebook app altogether. The company wasn’t able to reach the threshold. “People never stopped coming back,” this person says.

Facebook needs to go away…

Twitter Highlights and Insights

Facebook in their ever growing attempts to tell us what we like, continues to push on our Newsfeeds the “Most Popular” posts, as determined by their algorithms and deep crawling spiders.
Yet while doing this they continue to bury new/fresh posts that people are putting out there.

On the flip side, Twitter is doing it right.
When I log in to the Mobile App on my phone, I experience Twitter how it is meant to be: A flowing timeline of what is being posted, in chronological order, most recent right at the top.

And when I haven’t logged in in more than a few hours, they throw a “Things You May Have Missed” at me, with four or five short tweets (as all Tweets currently, thankfully, are) of more popular posts, based on insights on the Tweets.

Speaking of insights, you are able to easily see activity on any Tweet you’ve put out there. From info such as “Impressions” (times people saw the tweet) and “Engagements” (interactions with the Tweet), which include profile clicks.

Foursquare And Seven Years Ago

Does anyone still use Foursquare?

I created an account years ago and did the fun stuff for a few days…you know what I’m talking about: Check in EVERYWHERE, collect badges, post it to social media.

And I only still remember about it because among my multitude of deleted emails on a daily basis are some from Foursquare that I never look at.

I know that recently they tried to make some changes and pull in more users, but what is the point anymore? Do people really check Foursquare to see where their friends are?