Sunday, December 12, 2010
MOG is a fairly new website I have discovered that allows you to stream unlimited amounts of music to your mobile device for only $10 a month. The user can select individual songs, explore prewritten playlists, or just listen to a radio with no restrictions. The radio plays non-stop and can be completely on-demand where the listener chooses each individual or MOG can pick out songs that go with the type of music you are listening to. You can explore playlists of other listeners as well as ones made by the artists themselves. The viewer can also explore album art, discographies and news concerning the band they are listening to. Also the site contains a customizable profile and the ability to share songs with your friends even if they don't have an account. The only problem I had with the site is that they never directly state what MOG means.
This year holiday travel will be much more enjoyable for people that can not bare the though of separating with their computers. Google Chrome is sponsoring free Wifi to major airlines such as AirTran Airways, Delta, and Virgin America. The Wifi will be in effect from November 20, 2010 until Jan 2, 2011. The only catch is that in order to use the internet, Google requests the user's email address so they can send them promotional material. The nice part about this is that the user still has the option of letting Google send them any unsolicited emails by merely checking or not checking a box when they create their account.
I thought this was a hilarious little blurb about how the characteristics and trends of Social Media can be compared with the mannerisms of Thanksgiving. Number 5. "Every year we see a flock of them", is dead on as humans moved from myspace to twitter and now facebook. I often wonder if this much Social Networking is good the the American Population or not. I feel like there should be more purpose driven Social Networking sites instead of ones like Facebook and Twitter where we can spy on other humans. Don't get me wrong i have a facebook account but sometimes I feel like spending a lot of time on it is counterproductive.
This is a chart from May 2010 that shows the top 10 Social Networking Websites and Forums. As you can see Facebook easily holds the number 1 position. Youtube, Myspace and Twitter's totals combined doesn't even add up to the amount of people who are on Facebook. The question on might ask is why Facebook is so far ahead? I was surprised to see that Youtube was so far behind facebook because I know for me personally those two sites are an even tie. While Youtube is a social networking site, users must be getting a lot more out of what facebook has to offer such as a News Feed and the closeness of a web community. Youtube doesn't seem to be as personable of a web site and that is why I feel it can not keep up with Facebook.
This was an interesting video by Lee Odden about Repurposing Social Content and what the goals of Social Media should be. These days many companies put a great emphasis on numbers and the quantity of people affected by their content. Some major questions they should be asking themselves are, "Did the video or other type of social media influence anyone?" and also, "Did this media further other messages or was it a sole tactic?" These days it seems major companies aren't as worried about making something meaningful as they are making something that sells. I can agree with Lee when he says this needs to be changed.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Design-Milk.com is an interesting website with original design ideas for everyday products. One product I thought was interesting was this wood ipad dock. It is simple and would be incredibly easy to make and also easy to store and transport. It may seem simple but the cut in the wood is engineered perfectly to keep the ipad from falling and optimize viewing. This site contains other unique inventions such as another ipas stand that is merely two small pieces that attach to the corners of the pad and keep it standing.