This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Penelope Trunk hereÂ Now thatÂ I’m not the CEO of Brazen Careerist, I don’t have to beÂ the national cheerleader for Generation Y. I fantasized about this moment for years: the moment when I’d write the post titled, 10 Things I Hate about Generation Y. But it’s hard to…
"Millennials hate competition, love recognition and aren’t as revolutionary as they think"
Love the caption on the photo: "Just because they talk the talk doesn’t mean they walk the walk."
Not true for all of them but from what I’ve seen this is a pretty good analysis of the Gen Y, or Gen Millennials…If they can’t learn how to work and put forth the effort needed to be successful, then this generation may be doomed to live out of the bedroom they grew up in for the rest of their lives.
"The only place ‘success’ comes before work is in the ‘dictionary’."
There is no way to express the sadness of this day. There will be many words, eventually, to express its anger. This story will infuriate you. For now, to the co-creator of RSS, of the Creative Commons architecture, of part of Reddit, and of endless love and inspiration and friendships, rest. We are all incredibly sorry to have let you down.
You do this to yourself, everyday, hundreds of times. You know about everything (to some extent) and you’ve seen and heard about most everything. Yet you’re still here, somehow hoping for something new from an article just like this. You’re trapped in a recursive loop with diminishing returns and increasing cost, your expiring time.
Your day is split between trying to perform a job for which you’re overqualified and consuming random information through one or more devices that are electronically interconnected You’re probably at most 3ft away from a cellphone and you’re at work right now.
Hi, I’m a quoraholic. Have you heard of this website? www.quora.com
Quora connects you to everything you want to know about. Quora aims to be the easiest place to write new content and share content from the web. We organize people and their interests so you can find, collect and share the information most valuable to you.
In a nutshell, it’s a question & answer website. Like the old school Yahoo Answers or WikiAnswers that were the common search results on Google.
It was started by two geniuses, Adam D’Angelo & Charlie Cheever. Adam was Facebook’s first CTO and Charlie was a well known Einstein from Harvard University. Adam left Facebook with a ton of shares (being one of the first employees) to start up Quora.
This website is extremely addicting. I compare it to how hooked I was about Twitter over the past few years.
When I was using Twitter, it was interested to get involved in the conversations of what certain people were having. It was almost like eavesdropping on what the “movers and shakers” of the world were talking about. This is fun to do if you are learning something along the way. Still, you could follow anyone you want and listen in on any conversation around.
To me, Quora addresses the lack of substance around the responses on Twitter. The little text message tweets (limited to 142 characters or whatever it is) leave much to be desired. Quora allows those same individuals that I would follow on Twitter a medium where they could answer and debate the responses to questions that are active in the world today. That’s where I get hooked. I am stuck reading the collected thoughts and arguments of those who’s opinions I find most interesting. Twitter starts the thought, asks the question and/or begins the debate. Quora is where you go to finish it and settle it once and for all. The Quora community will shower the best answer with their votes. The highest number of votes wins!
There are so many things to do on the site besides following common questions. One of my favorite things to do is follow the topic “Movies.” In doing this, the site becomes an place where people can discuss their interpretation of the meanings of certain films. I would be doing the same thing with a friend in person (as long as they’ve seen the movie). Of course I would have to wait until I found someone that watched the film and wanted to discuss it further. On Quora, I can feed that need instantly.
"I skate to where the puck is going to be. Not where it has been." - Wayne Gretsky
Just last week, Facebook launched their “Timeline" to the world and people are excited about it. Now your profile becomes more than just a moment in time. It now is a timeline including milestones with photos, videos, and special moments from your entire history. It really changes the game for what your profile is as well as how you share information with those you are friends with. The online profile is reborn.
The only problem with Facebook, including their Timeline, is that it’s only effective when you are on your computer or tablet. Facebook’s mobile application (speaking from the iPhone perspective) is horrible. It was made for the profiles of the past as well as it’s buggy and extremely slow. What’s the next step for Facebook mobile?
They would need an update to show the timeline on a mobile device. How would something like that look on your phone?
Enter Path 2.0. Dave Morin’s creation, PATH is beginning to appear more like his vision for Facebook mobile. I wasn’t a big fan of the first version of Path for reasons I spoke of on The High D, but their new version is a work of art. The design appears to be flawless. The app is set up for you to record everything you do into a timeline or the “path” you take. Sounds like they reached the same place Facebook was headed with Timeline. The only difference is they reached it from the mobile app side. You can read more about it here. Dave Morin may be setting his company up for a nice acquisition by Facebook.
Take a look at some of these screen shots.
Path on iPhone mobile:
Just imagine the Facebook mobile app being the Path app.
OK people…enough. I keep hearing all about how disappointed people are in Apple and in that they did not release the iPhone 5 in October. I heard the rumor-ville that Cook was holding off on the new phone roll out because of the poor health of Steve Jobs and as a result they kept that ace-in-the-hole to improve the stock price down the road.
My thoughts? I disagree. Everything they were talking about rolling out in the iPhone 5 they rolled out in the iPhone 4S. The same features. What that tells me is someone got carried away that there was the 5 coming out and assumed that meant the new iPhone 5. Anyone who’s been paying attention knows the real exciting part of Apple’s October launch was the new iOS5 operating system for the iPad, and iPhone devices.
I got the update a few weeks early thanks to this article from Lifehacker.com. So far, it’s awesome and the best part is it’s free and works amazing on the iPhone 4. Here are the features I already cant live without:
The Notification Center - so so so so cool. The way the notifications show up on the screen and then disappear is slick.
2. iCloud - if you have not heard about this then you may only be an iPhone user.
In addition to your music, you can also sync your photos, your contacts, your emails, and your work, between your Apple devices (iPad, iMac, Macbook, or iPhone) without a thought. Apple just makes it work. I love the idea of iCloud and I will explain why in a follow up post.
3. Reminders - with locations
Give yourself reminders for when you get to a particular location. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it.
I could keep going as there are over 200 new features released in iOS5. These are just the ones that I use most often. Did I forget to mention the new camera update? What about the Safari update? So many exciting features.
So, what’s up with the new phone then? Why the iPhone 4S? Well, if you remember back to one of the first Apple phones, the iPhone 3G, the phone they released afterwards was the iPhone 3GS. I didn’t search Wikipedia like I should but if I had to guess, the “S” stands for “software” update. Why wouldn’t they do that after the iPhone 4 as well? That’s exactly what they did. They are milking that iPhone 4 hardware design.
Should you buy an iPhone if you dont have one? Yes.
When Steve Jobs retired in August from Apple, I had mixed emotions. I was happy for him in that he could spend more time with his loved ones but I was worried that his illness was taking over. I then reflected on the mark he has left on the world.
When the news came to me tonight about his passing I felt conflict once again. On one side, I am happy that he doesn’t have to feel pain anymore. He was able to accomplish so much in his life and impact more lives that I could even imagine and he did this with perfection. He held on to make sure his empire would continue on without him and I hope he didn’t suffer while the world benefited. He has become larger than life. He has become a legend and an icon.
The other side of the coin is I feel like there is a void that can not be filled. To me he represents success in life. He was a leader. He was the creator of the technology that we cant live without. While companies were trying to catch up or copy him, he was trying to figure out how he could create something new for the rest of us. His passion was creating a better world for us to live in. It just seems like everyone else was following his lead one way or another. Who wasn’t affected in some way by his technology? Be it from computers, technology, apps, music, or even the laughter coming from Pixar…who hasn’t been affected by Steve Jobs?
I look around and I wonder who are the real leaders out there. Who is still innovating? Who is still creating a better world out of thin air? Who is making the impossible, a reality? Who can dream that big? I dont know.
I will never forget you, and the bar you’ve set for me and my life. I’m happy you’re in a better place and you can go knowing the world will never be the same without you. Although your technology and dreams will live on…you are irreplaceable.
Steve, you have been an inspiration my entire life. Since the moment I touched my original Macintosh Plus in 1984. The moment I started at Apple twenty years later in 2004. The moment we started building the developer ecosystem at Facebook. And, the moment that we started Path.
“The margins for Kindle content are thin. Very thin. Apple runs its content business at break even though it transacts billions of items per month. The amount of content that needs to pass through the Kindle ecosystem (with lower prices than Apple charges) will need to be astronomical to make it profitable on the shortened cycle time the iPhone enjoys.”—Horace Dediu on the Kindle Fire’s $199 price and what it means for Amazon and market disruption. (via parislemon)
I’ve been writing a lot about the social network wars between Google, Facebook and Twitter and it’s been exciting to follow but last week the game changed. And it changed in a big way.
Facebook has been hanging in the background adding a few updates here and there to test out things that Google has added. I’ve discussed these here, here and here (just to name a few posts). As they’ve been doing this I had been speculating that they may have a chink in their armor and open to attack. I was wrong. You know you’re pretty bad ass when you can change the profile game for 800 million people with one update.
Timeline is a new way to view your life and turn Facebook into more of a home. It also happens to be your new “Profile” page. Here are the directions for early access to it. I have attached a picture of my profile page on Facebook above. I dont know the details of how it works and I dont really care but this is what I understand of what it does.
You can connect to websites all over the internet by signing into it via your Facebook login. When you do this, Facebook understands what you like and enjoy. With the new profile design, it can now share with your friends what you are doing, what music you’re listening to, what movies you may be watching…anything. As long as you login via Facebook.
Timeline also rearranges all photos and videos on your time line by the date that is inside the code of every picture taken from your camera or phone. You may not realize it but there is a time stamp for each digital photo taken. Facebook reads that behind the scene and assigns it to the correct year and month on your timeline. If you uploaded a photo that doesn’t have a time stamp then you will be able to add a photo manually to a certain time.
What do I think? This is incredible. This is Apple - Steve Jobs innovation. Instead of following, they are leading and recreating the standard. Google can catch up and so can Twitter but in order for that to happen, Facebook needs to get lazy and complacent. I dont see that happening. This update proves that they are looking further into the future then we can even imagine.
Even with these changes, the social network wars will continue and while each company innovates and grows the technology created will change our world and we the user will be the ones who benefit.
Facebook, you have won another battle in the social media wars and Google wants to move past it with out drawing attention to it.
In case you didn’t notice, Google+ just pivoted in stealth mode and changed the name of their “Huddle” feature to “Messenger.” Messenger, the name of Facebook’s new app that does the same thing is a group texting application. Here is more information about Facebook’s solid Messenger app. This has been changed in their latest update on the app store.
What does this mean? In my opinion, it looks like Google realized that their Huddle feature wasn’t being used and perhaps people didn’t understand what google huddle would be used for. I can agree that I didn’t use google huddle at all and preferred Facebook Messenger to group texting. It’s too early to say if this new update and a name change will make a difference.
Facebook [ATTACKS] Google and Twitter with Flattery
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
These past few months, the war has been a little quiet between Facebook, Twitter and Google but lately Facebook has been making moves to show their imitation of their competitors main strengths; Twitter Following and Google Plus Circles
Let’s see what Facebook created:
Subscriber Lists: Now you can subscribe to someone’s feed on Facebook so you could see their “Public” posts with out having to be their ACCEPTED “Friend”.
This is a feature that Twitter accomplishes when you “Follow” someone and that Google Plus satisfies when you place someone into one of your “Circles.”
Is this going to take off? I’m not sure. It’s in Twitter and Google Plus’s DNA to follow people and the simplicity makes it work. On Twitter, you click the follow button to follow anyone. On Google Plus, you assign them to a Circle right from the get-go. It’s just what you do. In either case, it doesn’t matter if they are your friend or not. On Facebook, there is more left to decide and in the end you have more to do manually.
In Facebook’s defense, I do have to say this looks good and it could be the best choice of action in their wheel house. The Subscribe option is pretty smooth but it may only be used by those Facebook fans that want to say something to those Google Plus and Twitter users who prefer that over Facebook. So right now there are the early adopter Google Plus users, the established Twitters and two groups inside Facebook…the ones who think Facebook is better than everything else and the rest that just dont care. The next few months will show us how large the latter group is.
What do you think about the change? What are you going to do?
For years companies have been searching how to master the art of the repeat customer. How to structure their sales to encourage loyalty programs where these consumers will continue to return over and over again.
You get offered the Best Buy Rewards card, the Victoria Secret or Nordstroms card. What about the good old Starbucks card? The goal is for the organization to encourage repeat business but are companies wasting money on the wrong people? Do those loyalty programs even work?
Companies like Groupon and LivingSocial are attempting to influence consumers to test out new restaurants and services but this has not necessarily resulted in a new repeat customer. In many cases this has encouraged loss leader pricing and have spoiled the repeat experience for the consumers and the venues alike. So where do we go from here? How do you build that repeat customer?
Foursquare has been experimenting with different ways to promote customer loyalty and they have new ways of looking at loyalty programs as a whole. If you havent noticed the changes, here is a “Special” i just saw today:
This is a brilliant idea of Foursquare’s. They are selling to their customer (the venue or location) that they could build customer loyalty. This repeat business will encourage the right customer to keep coming back. As opposed to bringing someone in once, for a loss leader special, they are encouraging the “Mayor” mentality. The result is the venue will focus on in being that location that their customers will want to come back to on a repeat basis. They will be spending money on the 20% of their best clients. When their best clients continue to come back, when notifying Foursquare, they will be spreading the message every time they “Check IN.” They will be telling their friends via word of mouth or word of Foursquare that this spot is worth of repeat business. It’s a win for the business and a win for “Mayor.”
What will the impact be to companies like Groupon and LivingSocial? Can they compete with this? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.
My wife an I made the decision a few years ago to cancel cable. I think I was a little intoxicated at the time but that’s neither here nor there. The one piece of television I didn’t factor into missing so much was football. I mean seriously…what’s better than college football?
Although we cancelled the cable, we never cancelled the cable modem connection. We were never going to turn off the internet. So, naturally, I kept Xbox Live busy with Netflix Instant, movies on demand, and the occasional Gears of War multiplayer Horde match. Today, on September 3rd 2011, I can say that Microsoft has done it right with their ESPN app (see picture above).
Microsoft, together with ESPN, have remade their Xbox Live just in time for college football Saturday. I am so excited because I can tell you, it’s pretty awesome. Here are the features, pictures and controls you now have at your fingertips:
What you are looking at here is a shot of the Michigan Wolverines football game (displayed on the left) with the list of college scores updated live on the right (Using the “NCAAF Scoreboard” option). Down below is a channel changing option to see little snippets of different sports games going on right now. Notice the controller options in the bottom right (is that really a split screen option?)
Boom. That just happened. You can, with no cable contract, watch multiple games at one time on a “Split Screen mode.”
My opinion? Microsoft and ESPN just hit the game winning field goal to win the game. I am thrilled to watch college football this weekend from the comfort of my couch, without any cable contracts! I only hope the Oregon game is going to be televised later today. We shall see…
Have you checked this out yet? Let me know what you think and how it compares to your cable and satellite dish option.
Alongside Tim Cook’s appointment as CEO of Apple, the company is granting him one million RSUs. Half will vest in exactly five years from his appointment, the other half in ten years.
At Apple’s current stock price, these shares would be worth a cool $383.5 million.
For you non-math majors, this works out to roughly $38 million a year to be CEO of Apple.
As a result, I fully expect Cook to take the symbolic $1 a year in salary that Jobs himself used to take (though perhaps a nice yearly bonus too so he can live before the vesting — though he did make $59 million after his bonuses last year).
What’s nice about the RSUs is that they directly incentivize Cook to keep the stock up, which more or less means keeping performance up. Not that he’d slack off otherwise…
Twitter just recently added a photo stream on their website. it’s actually very snazzy.
I see this as being interesting idea for a few reasons. One, Twitter has grown throughout the years by being the hub or information traffic center on the internet. They always relied on third party applications to allow people to use Twitter. Take the iPhone Twitter app, or even Tweet Deck or Tweetbot. There is also Seesmic, Twitterific, and more. They all made money off of Twitter. In all situations, you never needed to be on the website to benefit from using Twitter. You could do that all from other apps. Now there is a reason to use the actual website.
Secondly, Twitter has been struggling with ways to monotize their business. How are they going to make money? One of the big ways involves users being physically on their website every day. User traffic is a powerful value proposition to advertisers. But, will users go to the website more for the photo stream? I’m not sure.
Right now my Twitter stream just showcases photos from Instagram. That’s not that special considering I view my photos from with in Instagram. I also use Mobli, Photovine, and a few others to post photos. However, those did not show up in the Twitter stream. If Twitter opened up its stream to show photos from all different applications that could be a strong value proposition. That way I wont need to go into each individual iPhone application to view photos. I could go to one central location, Twitter, and they would all show up in one place. That would be an exciting benefit.
The writing is on the wall. That’s the direction they are going. Who cares which application you took the photo in. If you share it to Twitter, that photo will be in your photo stream.
Today, Steve Jobs, a legend in the tech world, has made the decision to retire as CEO of Apple and finish his days as Chairman of the Board. I had always known this day would come but it’s still not easy now that it’s here. Here is the letter he wrote the world about his transition:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
I have mixed emotions going on right now about today’s announcement. I have always been vocal about Steve being my idol and inspiration and here he is hanging up his boots for health reasons no doubt. It’s a happy day for him but is the world better off without him leading the charge of innovation and design?
I should be happy that he is focusing on himself and his family. He deserves it. I should be happy that he, having accomplished incredible things, has decided to move to the next step in his life. Him leaving is just sad. We are all growing up. He just seems timeless; like he will never get old. We are all getting older and nothing can stop that.
The things I will always remember about Steve are the following.
He was adopted, born into a less fortunate family
He dropped out of college after his first semester
He created the first personal computer (PC)
He was 21 when he founded Apple and became a millionaire
When the company went public at 25 years of age, he was worth $217 million after the first day of trading
He recruited John Sculley from Pepsi Co to Apple by telling him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”
He was fired from the company he started at 30
He sold all of his shares but 1
He used the money he had to buy an animation studio from George Lucas which he rebranded as Pixar. He bought it for $10 million.
He also started NeXT computer which created technology that resulted in the world wide web.
He sold NeXT computer to Apple (his old company he created) for $429 million 11 years later
He instantly became Apple’s CEO and started the company down a path of profitability
After titles like Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, Steve Jobs sold Pixar to Disney for an all stock transaction worth $7.4 billion. This acquisition made him the single largest shareholder for Disney giving him control of 7% of the stock. Even the Disney family only had 1% of the stock.
He created iTunes and the iPod
He created Mac OS X, and the MacBook line
He created the iPhone
He created the iPad
As of 8/2011 Apple has over $75 billion in cash on hand
His new mobile operating system will be the death of the SMS
His creation of iOS5 & iCloud will change the way we back up and share information
I just think about what he was able to accomplish and he wasn’t born into opportunity. He created it all. His vision for the world became our reality. And as I sit here, writing on a MacBook, with my iPhone4 next to me, listening to his Stanford commencement speech I just wonder what the world would be like without what he created. What would the world be like without Steve Jobs?
That’s a testament to what a legend he is. Because he was born, he changed the world. Because he dreamt of a world without possibilities and never gave up on that dream, we get to benefit. Most people would be lucky to accomplish just one bullet point above that is his technology legacy.
I remember the story of how whenever he met one of his employees at Apple he would ask them, “What are you doing to make Apple great?” Depending on their answer he would fire them on the spot. He believed so much that he was changing the world. And he was. Would he fire me? Am I doing my part in the world and in my life?
He is my idol, my inspiration, and I hope he still has a few more bullet points left. I for one will always dream big and use his life as something to model after.
Paul Graham wrote an article in 2007 about startups and how living in a startup hub makes all the difference. He stated:
"…startups are better off in Silicon Valley than Boston, then they’re better off in Silicon Valley than everywhere else too."
Everyone says, if you want to start a company, you must move to where the action is. Move to the hub of technology. I happened to be in San Francisco this past weekend so I examined what was so special about this area and how I could bring the secrets back to my city of San Diego.
I discovered three secrets of San Francisco that could potentially be replicated anywhere else. Could these be the magic needed for success? You be the judge.
1. In SF there is free wifi everywhere. It’s common practice to have it. It’s Jacks to Open if you want to be a successful coffee shop. What this does is encourage people to leave the house with their laptops or tablets more often. When you are out and working in a community environment like a coffee shop you are fostering relationships and communication. This is an advantage! In San Diego this just doesn’t happen. Speaking for myself, I dont travel that often with my laptop. I simply dont plan on using my computer outside of my house.
2; The food is good! Everywhere. I didn’t see a Panera, or a Chipotle but I did see a Starbucks hidden behind a gas station. There were no In N’ Out burgers nor McDonalds in sight. Everything was just home made, delicious, and inexpensive. Did I mention you could most likely eat it while surfing the web using that places free wifi? Where is this in San Diego?
3. The last piece are designated startup hangouts. I/O Ventures opened a coffee shop made for creating the environment of a study hall or group cafeteria. You literally sit down at a long table, laptops everywhere, power plugs, coffee and people getting work done. They have good food and good coffee to make someone want to hang out at the coffee shop for long periods of time. This place screams of startup hangout.
What about people saying that you need to be in the area where all of this is happening. What exactly is happening? Is it people working on the future of technology on the internet? That’s going on everywhere. Is it being in the local area where the VC’s and Angel investors are at? That’s everywhere and a Facebook Message away. Does it really need to just be in the Silicon Valley? There are a few changes that need to happen first.
If San Diego can become more wifi-friendly, increased the number of home made coffee shops with good food, and work on renovating these locations to be conducive to community group work then we could potentially have our own Silicon Valley on our hands.
It just comes down to having internet access, great food, and good coffee. That can be created anywhere.
I just want to express how delighted I am with Summify. I am writing this post to explain what great customer service looks like. This is in complete contrast to the piece I wrote about Airbnb.
First let me tell you that I have no investment or connection to anyone in Summify. I am merely a active and happy user of their service.
The other day I was having a challenging time with Summify with a few bugs in the system. For all I know it was something on my phone that messed it up. It may have not been Summify’s fault in the first place. I wanted to make sure other people were not having the same challenges and since I liked the application, I emailed Summify to notify them of what was going wrong with my system. This is what they quickly replied back to me:
From a customer service standpoint this response is benchmark. They didn’t need to have an answer but with this response I felt like they cared. AND they thanked me. I knew that they were on the case and would look into it. A little time went by and I received this email:
They continued with the great customer service with a follow up email stating they were still working on a resolution. They provided a quick potential work around (just in case that worked) but said they were working on a more permanent fix. At this moment I was thinking this company is awesome. Did I mention this was on a Sunday?
Here’s where I was blown away:
Cristian Strat, one of the Founders got involved. As a user of the system, this was the follow up to make sure I was happy and had a quick resolution. It continued on Twitter…
It worked. It not only make my connection to the Summify brand stronger but made me want to write a positive customer review about them. They deserve every bit they get. It’s all about customer service and Summify has this part in the bag.
FYI to all you Google Chrome users. They have now updated Google Chrome to use the same swipe back and forth features that happen with in the new OSX Lion upgrade in Safari.
This is good news because Chrome is considerably faster than Safari (although Safari looks better). Now you can benefit from the same features on Chrome! If you are currently using Chrome as your default browser, try it right now. Swipe back and forth and watch the BACK ARROW and FORWARD ARROW at work.
Foursquare continues to grow an innovate. I love that about them. Now with their Foursquare lists, they taking the next step and making their website more social.
99% of everything relating to Foursquare is done on their iPhone, Android apps because it involves checking into locations. Now they add another dimension to their core functionality. That is the ability to create lists from the web interface.
This is an interesting idea because I dont use the Foursquare interface at all. That’s a big way to bring money to their organization with adds and traffic. it’s a step towards becoming more than a great application and entrenching it into the web similar to review sites like Yelp. I’m all about it.
Here is my first of potentially many lists…and I will be updating this as time goes on:
These are my most frequented restaurants but there are many more. This list will soon grow to 20 and are not necessarily in this order by rank. This is very cool!
LinkedIN has finally grown up and moved from the Facebook copy cat status and created their own iPhone app. I can’t believe it took them this long to realize the important of their mobile user.
I can understand why years ago they modeled their iPhone app after Facebook’s, (http://bit.ly/2hljyz), because they are the monster on the block of social networks, however, their iPhone app is horrible. I would prefer to access the Facebook app from the web any day over the iPhone app because it’s just poorly made. However, Facebook made the web interface so difficult to use from mobile that you are forced to use the iPhone app. I completely get this because Facebook wants you to use their systems for better or for worse. You are stuck. So why did LinkedIN copy their iPhone app design? Simple, they didnt think for themselves and believed that they would be creating something that their users would be used to. Well, they are not Facebook and they clearly dont have 750 million users. How did that work out for them?
I am also a LinkedIN user and in my opinion, I dont go on the system unless I’m on my computer. Why? Take a guess. OK enough about LinkedIN and their lack of knowing what their users were looking for on mobile. I am now excited to say that they have, after growth and a profitable IPO, started to think for themselves and created a clean sheet iPhone app. Here are some screen shots:
My initial thoughts are, this looks amazing. I really feel they nailed this redesign. I am excited to try it out! It’s nice to see innovation from LinkedIN.
However, the challenge they will still need to address is that their users have been trained to access the site from their computer. Will they begin to use it regularly? We will see.
If you are like me then you love new technology apps for the iPhone. Inside the App store you can search for the newest, most popular apps to hit the scene and while navigating you can choose the app that has the best user reviews. After all, you can trust the opinions of your fellow iPhone users, right?
Wrong. The iPhone app store may be misleading you from a rating standpoint. Notice the rating on this app from the TOP NEW App section:
Based upon this rating it looks pretty good right? The majority think it’s a solid app. From a marketing standpoint it could be enough to get most to try it out. Let’s look into this app further:
The number of ratings dropped and so did the rating itself. Woud you download it now?
Can you trust the ratings you see on the app store? Maybe, maybe not. Either way make sure you take a second look before believing what is shown to you.
Facebook Messenger is a WIN & crushes the competition
Facebook recently launched their text messaging application, Facebook Messenger, and I think it is fantastic. After using it for a week I am beginning to see the vision behind Facebook’s creation of this app. It’s main target is attacking Google+ Circles.
Since Google+ came out, one of the core features that made it popular was the ability to group your friends into different circles for increased control over your content and communication. Personally, I am a big fan of the Circles feature and the innovation that brought to Google+. Facebook, has the “groups” feature but very few seem to use it. It failed to be a success and didn’t catch on.
With Facebook Messenger, they are taking another crack at putting together “groups” for communication purposes. The interesting thing about this is Facebook is testing the integrity of the Google+ “Circles” feature to see if that’s really how people want to communicate. With Messenger, I see them posing these questions to the user:
When you communicate with your friends, family, co-workers, followers, etc., do you always want to speak to the same people every time?
What if you had the ability to easily create a circle/group on the fly over one specific event and tracked the communication with that one group only?
When you communicate with your groups, circles, etc., are they all in one social network? Or are they in multiple?
Last night I went out with a group of friends and I thought this would be a good opportunity to test out the program. In adding the different individuals I can tell you it is extremely user friendly. I could add easily find each person that was out last night and the app even showed me if it was their iPhone that I was adding. The people I included inside the group message ended up being cross platform and some were just their cell phone numbers. I then tested out the photo upload MMS feature and it went slick. The system itself is fast and the interface is pure quality. The design team at Facebook did a great job. When testing out the speed of messages, they arrived in real time in the iPhone app just like receiving a SMS text message whereas if you were using the computer or iPad you would need to refresh the page which took considerably longer. Because the group was relevant to a specific topic, we were discussing last nights endeavors, the communication on Messenger went beyond 30 post in only a few hours. Over all, the experience was great! I really enjoyed using it.
Facebook also did something interesting by creating an app just for this purpose. They didn’t make it a piece of their iPhone Facebook regular app. Google+, on the other hand, has their “Huddle” feature be a part of their Google+ app. Could that have something to do with how much people actually use it? Huddle, which is similar to Messenger, isn’t for cross platform communication. Huddle pales in comparison to Messenger. It seems Google is underestimating the importance of creating groups on the fly. It’s too complicated to add individual users on huddle. Could that be because it is simply a feature on the Google+ app? If it had it’s own app then Google could put more focus on making it easier to use. I predict that will be something they make down the road.
So now, I’m writing this post thinking about the concept of Google+ Circles. Is that ultimately how people will want to communicate? Or will they want to custom create a group or circle based upon an event that happens. Facebook is putting that to the test.
Overall, Facebook Messenger is a WIN for Facebook. They crush Google in all categories with this product and even has me questioning the competitive advantage of Google+ Circles. It’s still too early to call with Circles but I’ll tell you one thing…Facebook Messenger has just moved into my top 5 most used apps.
After downloading this i either dont get it or wont use it from here. The user interface isn’t clean enough. It looks complicated to figure it out. I’m not even sure what I’m doing on it. I guess I can give it another shot but Instagram is just too easy to use. I dont want to have to figure this application out. I’m not sure what problem it solves.
I love that people still try to argue that Google and Facebook aren’t at war. They’re absolutely at war. And I predict it will quickly get much more ugly than the Google/Apple war.
Apple doesn’t have an easy way to threaten Google’s core business. I guess if they go with Bing across all their products by default that could hurt, but that’s not an Apple product. (Plus, I think the reason they haven’t done that yet is because they simply believe Google is better at search — Apple won’t make a call that hurts their product.) You’d think Android threatens Apple’s core business, but that’s not really happening (see: Apple’s results quarter after quarter).
But Facebook and Google could easily threaten each other’s core businesses. Google has already started going after Facebook with Google+. Expect Facebook to go more seriously after search — and more importantly, contextual advertising across the web — probably with some help from Microsoft.
Facebook has launched a new application called Facebook Messenger. You can download it here: http://bit.ly/q7pjtl
Why is this significant? It’s finally an attack against their competition: Apple’s iMessage, Google’s Huddle, SMS and various other “group texting” applications. They’ve been waiting patiently to strike and here they go with a great application that does group texting at it’s finest. And it’s now available, instantly, for the 750 million users of Facebook around the world.
MG Siegler in his post, http://tcrn.ch/qw8L6r, predicts the following:
Code found today within Messenger by 9to5 Mac suggests that Facebook will soon add video chat capabilities to the app as well. This makes sense, given Facebook’s recent tie-up with Skype for such functionality.
Could Facebook Messanger have Skype integration as well? That would be interesting. We will see what happens.
Here are a few screen shots:
The social network wars continue to battle with our “online attention” being the ultimate reward.
DJ Patil, previously Color’s chief product officer has left Color and joined Greylock investments. Why is this significant? How bout the fact that Color, which was a huge hit in technology potential that hasn’t done well against Instagram has lost their main product guy. Color, who was recently offered 200 million to be acquired by Google, turned them down. I, still, have no idea what Color is doing. No idea whatsoever.
I used GLMPS last night. Was it a one night stand?
So I tested out GLMPS yesterday at a friends 30th wedding anniversary and learned a lot about it’s pro’s and areas of improvements
It’s a lot of fun taking the photo/video glimpse and when you show a glimpse to someone it’s a wow moment
It’s very easy to use once you get the hang of it
You can add Twitter (@ and hash tags) when typing in the Title of the glimpse
The user experience from the computer and the iphone app is excellent
Areas of Improvement
Absolutely kills your phone battery life FAST
If you LIKE someone’s GLMPS by accident (inside the app) there is no way as if yet to unlike it.
From the iPhone app, after you’ve posted a picture to Facebook, and Twitter on the upload and want to go back and forward to Tumblr or Foursquare those options aren’t available. Only send to Facebook, Twitter, Email, SMS. This is annoying because I wanted to send this GLMPS to Tumblr after the fact
[In viewing from mobile] When a GLMPS has been uploaded to Facebook or Twitter and you view it from there the experience comes across cheap and loses the wow factor when compared to other photo sharing apps like Instagram or Mobli from mobile. The viewing of the GLMPS outside of the app just looks like it was rushed and that is one of my favorite part of Instagram. Many of the people I share with don’t have iPhones so I want to share the experience with them and it’s a downer.
The Foursquare app wasn’t working (which I’m not sure my phone service had a part in)
When viewing a GLMPS from (mobile) Facebook it goes from photo to video. I would rather have some way to show the wow factor and have it show a video inside the photo. The writing and design looks cheap when viewing from mobile.
In Summary, it was a fun experience but I have a few hesitations on if we will make a great couple in the future. I don’t remember these challenges with Instagram. Maybe they were there but I didn’t notice them. I could just be comparing this to Instagram but that’s the reality that GLMPS has to face. People will compare this to Instagram. It’s almost like GLMPS is attempting to do too many features at once rather than make the user experience in each area incredible and then add on. As of right now the user experience is great from the iphone app and the computer but I’m not impressed when viewing GLMPS from a mobile phone. The biggest downside for me is the battery life drain. I’m not sure if it was a result of using the flash at night or just using the application itself. It made me want to just go back to regular photos so I could use my phone more during the evening. It’s still early so we will see if this becomes more than a one night stand.