Ever since I have noticed the mood sharing Emojis in the bottom of the Google+ app I have wondered why it is there? Can people not just share in a more creative way how they are feeling? It is just annoying when I am looking through a community and see one of those yellow gum drops smiling at me. This is just another example of how lazy people are getting and I think it is only going to get worse. I can see using Emojis on phones in text messages to add a little humor but not on social media. A smiley face is ok every now and then but you shouldn’t have an entire post dedicated to an Emoji. The last time I used an Emoji texting was months ago, the last time I used one in social media was never. Emojis don’t tell people anything worth knowing about and waste time. They are not real content. If I wanted to know how you feel I would message you and ask. In all I think Emojis are a waste of your time and your followers time.
Snapchat has established itself as the fastest way to share pictures but I have some problems with it.
1. You can only view pictures for 10 seconds.
2. You can only send a picture to one person.
These problems make the app annoying to use when you try to share a picture for more than one person, or if you want to share a picture sent to you with friends. But I guess that also protects people so that their pictures don’t get taken and shared when they don’t want them to. A feature I would like to see is the ability to send a picture to more than one person. I would also like to see a feature that allows you to see certain pictures as long as you need to. Wink already has all of these problem solved. The only problem with Wink is that nobody uses it yet. So I am stuck with snapchat and its problems. It works but it could be better.
Google purchased Waze, a realtime traffic app from Isreal, earlier this week. Why did they do this? Some say that Google is going to take the technology used in the app to improve google maps. The technology used by Waze uses your cell phones position to calculate the traffic where you are. This technology has the capability to make google maps just a little better. By improving traffic reports and showing them real time on your route. This could also be helpful in calculating arrival times. In all I believe that Google’s purchase of Waze was a wise one. It will improve the overall quality of google maps. But don’t get too excited, you won’t see these improvements for at least three years because thats how long Google plans on keeping Waze as an independent company.
Ads on social media may seem bad at first but when you think about it, you start to realize how fortunate we are to have ads in our social media. What do I mean by this? I am saying that if we had no ads in social media they would be somewhere else. Somewhere much more annoying. If ads were not in your social media they would be in your emails as spam or they would be constantly calling or texting you. Would you rather have a box in the corner of something you are reading or an inbox full of spam. Now I will admit that sometimes there is an ad that pops up in front of the article you are reading but that is not very common. And the fact is, people barley notice ads when they are reading. There is a statistic that says you are more likely to survive a plane crash than click an ad. That is bad news for the people paying for ads. But it is good that the ads are not noticed.
Lots of people use different techniques to generate ideas for their posts. Some people prefer to sit in a quiet room to sit and think, some like background noise. I know when I am using the internet I always turn on my television so that there is background noise. But when I am thinking of things to write about I prefer to either jump on my bike and ride to the river or just walk around. Both of these methods can be terribly exhausting in the heat of the southeast. So when I feel like staying in the a/c I just watch the news and surf Google+ for an inspiration. Everybody has their own personal way to come up with ideas. For some they can just pump out ideas all day long. Others will sit and stare at a blank wall until an idea comes to them. Some people use graphic organizers and go through a huge process to map out exactly what they are going to say. It is all up to the personality of the writer. I prefer to get an idea and just let it flow out. I find this easier and it makes things flow better.
Another great way I have found to come up with ideas is to find communities related to what you want to write about and just see what people are writing about. This is what I usually do when my mind goes blank and I cannot come up with anything. At first it was difficult but I have found quite a few communities that I go to often to find topics and jog my brain. There are communities for everything now so all you have to do is explore and find the one with people the most like you.
Google+ has had lots of new cool things added to it in the past few months. One of the most popular of these being Auto Awesome. This feature stitches photos into animations and panoramas. Another cool feature added is the photo editor. This enhances pictures and allows you to crop, adjust brightness, contrast, and add a filter to your photos. Who knows what the next amazing feature will be. Maybe it will be a way to share vine posts more easily. Or maybe they will incorporate the entire snapseed app. Maybe the next big thing will be a video editor. The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait for google to come out with the next version of Google+. I have a feeling I will be pleasantly surprised. What do you think the next innovation will be?
Google has the capability to create almost anything they want. What will be cool is when they make sports more social. Watching sports from a live hangout would be amazing. Commenting live with your friends or member of your favorite sports community. I just hope this day comes soon. Would you rather watch the game on the television by yourself or watch it while hanging out with your friends on the same screen?
Kids today have no idea about what they could be doing. Some kids tell be about how you can use adsense to make money online. But when given the tools they quit after one day. Why would they not take the lemons and make lemonade? Because it would require them to learn new skills and they just won’t do it. It is really sad that kids would rather spend time on Instagram and Vine than make money making a few videos or articles a day. This generation has the worst work ethic the United States has ever seen. Social Media now gives kids the ability to promote themselves and even make some money but they would rather just post pictures of their lunch on instagram. Some of these kids will take the tools and be successful while the other kids go get their job applications, put on uniforms, and go to work. If they don’t get money as soon as they start they are not happy they expect money to be easy. But most of all they refuse to be creative.
Youtube is used by millions each day, but can vine beat out this giant and take the top spot for video sharing? This all depends on the decisions that vine makes later. Right now the answer would be no. It is lacking simple features that would make the app so much better. Simple additions like a keyword search, or a way to undo a section of footage. Any of those would have a huge impact. Another problem I see with vine is the fact that It doesn’t rank in search. Youtube videos on the other hand will show up on the first pages of a google search if you search the keyword. With vine videos you have to find whoever made the vine then find the video, or just find it on twitter. If google were to come out with a youtube Short where you share six second videos, it would beat out vine for sure. But if vine adds search and finds a way to rank in google search, it would be interesting to see what happens. If vine doesn’t add new features it is just going to be another social app and never grow to be something big.