Social Media, it seems, is the new frontier for keeping in touch with your friends and family. It’s become such a common place in our daily lives that sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are typically the first place web go to share the latest news, upload photos from their mobile devices, and even vent about their day. The problem is that most of us rarely giving any thought to who can read, share and otherwise interact with our posts.
As the effects of natural disasters bring us together to help those in need, Geek Squad wanted to take a moment to share some lessons on how social media and mobile devices can play a role in that assistance.
Language was shortened long ago for ease of Instant Messaging. So when text messaging became popular, people were already armed with ‘c u l8r’, ‘IDK’, and ‘BRT’ (or “see you later”, “I don’t know”, and “be right there” for proponents of the Queen’s English). This computer lingo comes in handy now that social networking sites, like Twitter, are designed for short and succinct updates.
When I hear stories like a 104 year old Twitter user (Ivy Bean), I wonder if it’s our own reservations that keep us older folks from diving into the latest and greatest tech. Children are less likely to allow the intimidation of new technology get in the way of using it.
The release of a Blu-ray 25th anniversary edition of the film last week is like welcoming an old friend back in shiny, new HD duds. As soon as the movie starts up again, I’m instantly transported to the first time I saw this classic as a kid in the theaters, and it is wonderful!
This year at E3 Microsoft announced some new additions to the XBOX360 video game console that will make it a more social experience for players. One of the fastest growing social platforms on the web right now is Facebook. Microsoft announced an add-on that uses Facebook Connect to allow XBOX360 players to take gameplay photos and upload them to their Facebook account automatically.
With innovations like this, it begs the question: are personal computers going to become obsolete?
I’d like to start this post by making the record clear: We are proud to have reached out to Ivy Bean and get her set up on Twitter. With her permission, we also publicized her accomplishment to encourage other older people to get online.
If you’ve been following Dancing with the Stars, you already know that our geek hero, Steve Wozniak, survived another week of eliminations. The real news is that Woz did so with the lowest judge’s score (10) on the show since season 2.
Tonight’s the night. The first Dancing with the Stars results show of the season. Geeks everywhere are holding their breath to see if Steve Wozniak and dance partner Karina Smirnoff will be the first couple sent home.
My mom absolutely loves the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. So I had to call her up as soon as I heard that Steve Wozniak would be competing alongside Karina Smirnoff in the next series of competition, which starts today. Of course, her first reaction to this was, “Who?”
It’s not really a surprise to me that Steve Wozniak isn’t a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Yet “The Woz” (as he’s known in the geek community) is every bit as important to the early history of personal computers as those two.
Woz’s story is every bit as colorful as his personality. It starts with a young engineer who worked for Hewlett-Packard in the early 70s, who involved himself with side projects like running a successful dial-a-joke service. His real claim to fame: when he joined with his friend Steve Jobs to create the original Apple I computer.
The early success of the Apple I allowed Wozniak to leave HP and co-found Apple Computer with Jobs in 1976. The release of the Apple II in 1976 helped to cement both Apple’s success, as well as that of the personal computer revolution that’s changed so much of our world since then.
The Apple II also marked the end of an era, as it was one of the last personal computers to be designed solely by one individual, without the aid of an entire team of engineers required by the complex designs of today’s technology.
Here at Geek Squad, our mission is to provide hero support, and really, in every sense of the word, Steve Wozniak is a geek hero. That’s why I plan on rooting for Woz every step, shuffle and slide of the way during his time on Dancing with the Stars. If you plan on rooting too, check out our Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/GeeksforWoz. And definitely put #votewoz in your Tweets if you plan on Tweeting live to the show tonight.
And if you don’t know what Twitter is, and want to get started, check out our Two Minute Miracle video below:
Have you ever had the sudden urge to do something you were specifically told not to do? Well, this exact scenario played out thru the web via Twitter’s weblog service last week. Here’s what Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter, said about it on the official Twitter blog.
What started out as a small micro-blogging Web site is now the center of mass appeal. Twitter.com, a social network for micro-blogging, has become one of the most popular online tools for staying connected with friends, family, and co-workers.