Have Facebook created the future of mobile phone software or just a good looking app?
Let me just start off by saying how great I think Facebook Home looks. Ever since the Facebook Camera app and more recently with the News Feed redesign Facebook have shown a great new mobile design ethic. Moving away from the clunky, out dated layout that has plagued the desktop version of Facebook (and for a long time the mobile app) towards a simple and elegant look is a strong move for the team. Home amplifies this on mobile and truly shows that they are now firmly a mobile first technology company… in theory. They of course do a lot more behind the scenes. I do think however that there are some issues that I will outline further down.
Just a very quick update to say I’m really happy to be able to announce that on Monday 4th March (tomorrow) I’ll be starting work for Activision as their new Social Media Marketing Specialist. I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to work for such a huge company and the fantastic video games that they publish. Those of you who know me will be very aware of how especially excited I am about the new Bungie project, Destiny.
I am of course sad to be leaving Lawton Communications Group where I have worked for two of the agencies, Headstream and Five by Five, over the past three years. The people are amazing and I’m looking forward to seeing what they produce in the future. I’m glad to have made such great friends there.
Now though onto the future and a whole new chapter in my life. Right now I don’t really know what to expect, I am just incredibly excited and can’t wait to get stuck in and be a part of the Activision family.
Turns out sometimes my jokes are funny…I said sometimes ok! Thanks to the folks at Daily Rehash for the shout out. First time I’ve seen the show and I enjoyed it. Reminded me of likes of Tosh.0, Web Soup and The Soup. Anyway enjoy:
On the 11th January 2013 at 9:30pm I got on a plane to travel half way around the world to visit a dear friend and the country that they have adopted as their new home. And wow, what an incredible country it is. I only got to spend three weeks out there, which I would suggest is the minimum anyone should stay to visit, but they were three fantastic weeks seeing some incredible sights around the north island.
I’ve never experienced a place quite like it. Huge mountains, volcanoes, lakes, winding rivers, massive waterfalls and acres upon acres of countryside and thick forest. It is really quite beautiful.
It might just be me, but I have noticed lately that I keep making a similar mistake or rather, I keep expecting to be able to do something.
Over the last few months I have started typing friends names into the Chrome address bar when I have wanted to see an online profile of theirs or send them a message. This is something I know doesn’t work and as a techy person I am surprised that I keep making that mistake. It usually happens if I am slightly tired or “in the zone” surfing the web and doing work, I’ll think of someone and immediately start typing the first few letters of their name into the address bar. It is a select group of people (Paul Adams would call them my close ties) who I communicate with often and want to be able to share something with them as quickly as possible.
Am I doing something abnormal and just being weird (a distinct possibility) or is this something we can expect to be able to do in the future? I imagine that with Google+ and the Chrome OS this could well be a function that is added into the Chrome browser and also adds weight to a Facebook browser argument. What I would ideally like is to have Facebook, Twitter etc plugged into my browser and be able to pull up all the different ways to contact my friends and family. This also highlights just how much time I spend in the browser now compared to other applications on my laptop.
Of course this is only really a PC browser issue as I have not found myself doing this on any mobile browsers which is probably due to the silo type behaviour that occurs when using mobile apps. As in you are concentrating on one specific task rather than doing true multi-tasking.
So yeah there you are. Is it just me? Would you like to see this type of functionality?
Today a lot of people, understandably, got upset over the updated Instagram Terms of Service. Specifically this section (Rights point 2 & 3):
Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.
You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.
Now, I believe this is in reference to a Sponsored Story or Promoted Post/Tweet/Trend style advert that will sit within the photo based social network. This would fit with its parent company’s current style of advertising. I don’t think we’ll be seeing Instagram images appearing on the side of buses, in TV, YouTube or banner ads across the web…however it is certainly open enough to allow that. Perhaps this is intended to allow for a fire hose type deal with brands and developers like the one that Twitter offers. I have seen Tweets used everywhere and I’m pretty sure the Tweeters weren’t notified, a fact perhaps more people need to think about (and when you read the Twitter ToS below you will realise just how similar they are).
This isn’t really the point though. People are upset because they love Instagram, it was the social network that allowed them to express themselves (whether artistically or not) through images and wasn’t one of the big tech corporations who people have recently been finding it harder to trust. Now with this change in the ToS (that will come into affect on January 16th 2013) the ball has dropped that now Instagram is truly part of Facebook and is mixing it up with the likes of Twitter etc.
On a further note Instagram still makes it clear that you own your content.
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. – Wikipedia
As I sit here listening to what my CoD tuned ears recognise as a war zone, I can’t help but think about how much I love this time of year. The cold weather meaning you have to snuggle up in warm clothes, the hot food and warm drinks, the EXPLOSIONS, the warm fire and friends and family gathered around…oh and did I mention EXPLOSIONS!
“I have story treatments of 7, 8 and 9.” – George Lucas
I KNEW IT!!! My 10 year old, Star Wars obsessed self screamed on hearing Lucas say that quote in this video, released to coincide with the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm. Being so young I of course absolutely believed the rumours that somewhere in the world was a set of scripts for episodes 7, 8 and 9, and there was no way they were anything but amazing stories.
On November 24th 2006 I signed up to Facebook, I remember my initial reaction quite vividly, “so when am I going to use this”. Apparently irony really does know no bounds as my current job relies heavily on Facebook’s existence and the innovation that the company has brought to our world.
Mark Zuckerberg confirmed on October 4th 2012 what many had suspected for a while, that Facebook had reached the 1 Billion active user mark. Which is such a mind blowing number I don’t think anyone can really compute in their head just what that means.
That was AMAZING!! How often are we going to get watch something like that?! From the point the balloon and pod started ascending to the moment when Felix was stepping through the doorway my heart was in my mouth, but I couldn’t look away. Red Bull Stratos was must watch TV…on my laptop!
Huge congratulations have to go out to Felix Baumgartner, everyone at Red Bull, Joe Kittinger, Luke Aikins, Marle Hewett, Art Thompson, Mike Todd, Jonathan Clark and Andy Walshe. This was a culmination of a huge team effort and a single dream that brought together so many people across the world. Most were probably watching like my Mum through their fingers.