Posts Tagged ‘tool’

And the Gold Medal Goes-to the Olympic Spoiler

February 22, 2010

Let me say right at the start, this is not an essay that will complain about tape delays and channel selection on NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.  I won’t be that guy.  I work in the industry and I get the decisions that are made and why.  I would also say that columnists and commentators who work in or comment on the media industry should know and understand the reasons–and to feign they don’t is more than slightly disingenuous.

This is about all the folks who do all they can to avoid Olympic results during the day because they want to watch the biathlon, or the Nordic combined or the half-pipe, and how difficult it is to do that if you are even slightly connected to your social networks (and realistically who is not?)

I was on some PTO last week, home with the girls-and kind of dipping into things at work etc.  But I was never too far from clicking into Facebook on my iPhone or checking out the latest on Twitter on my BlackBerry.

And right there-out in the public with no tape delay were the results.  I knew in real-time that Lindsey Vonn not only overcame her ankle injury-but went on to win.  No waiting until 7pm on NBC Shopping to find out that Johnny Spillane is just a fraction of a second off the lead in the Nordic combined.  No waiting for Curling After Dark (and that is just plain weird) to get my fill of what seems like bocce on ice.

And you know what, it’s a good thing.  I don’t feel cheated.

It’s the argument/discussion I have from time to time at CBS News about the quaint old philosophy of holding a story for broadcast.  For those my age or older call it, “Film at 11” syndrome.  When the local newscaster (I can remember Chuck Scarborough and Ernie Anastos in NYC) promised to have the day’s story in film (although I tend to think it was video) at 11.

The world does not work on a broadcast schedule anymore.  For me, these spoiler updates let me set my TiVo, or check the listings to see which channel it’s on, or if I need an immediate fix go check one of the Olympics video sites or apps.

The spoiler here is the chatter about tape delays–who cares.  This is an on-demand world and its all there.  So keep the updates coming.  Helps me avoid ice dancing and pairs figure skating.

Some New Tools of the Social Media Trade

April 27, 2009

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been messing with three new (or semi-new) products that dip into the social media world. There is nothing “today” about any of these–just was thinking about some of the useful tools and tips along the way, and I realized I had made some changes.

The first new product I am using now is Hello Text which also has a pretty nice mobile interface. Now, the reason I like Hello Text is the overly large number of social networks I can update concurrently. It has more than 50 social networks in its network–and they are adding more to it. Until I discovered Hello Text, I was a pretty loyal Ping.FM user–the problem I have with Ping is that they seemed to have stopped developing against it.

Hello Text is in public beta now–and they seem to be adding to its capabilities. The next ask I would have is the ability to update via an IM source other than Google Talk (although I am on G-Talk, I am just not a huge fan).

Since I am on the go a lot–between the LIRR, going building to building in NYC and travel–I keep an eye out for better than good Twitter apps for my BB. On my iPhone I am pretty loyal to Twitterific. On RIM I had been using Twitterberry for more than a year. Recently someone sent me a link for Uber Twitter anpd it has been a great addition–even took Twitterberry off my BB. Click here from your BB for the client. Again this is an open-beta produt. The nice things about Uber Twitter are that it auto-updates–rather than a manual process. Also, it has some LBS capability, its own picture platform and allows you to manage yoru follow list from the client. Really the only complaint I have is that I can not (or have not figured out how to) get into my DM’s.

The final new addition to my social media arsenal is actually a way to tone-down the number of updates that I send to Facebook via Twitter. I have been using the FB app Selective Twitter for a few months–and not only do I like the results, but my FB/non-Twitter friends do too. I just put a #FB after the Tweets I want to send to FB and those get posted. No has-tag, no FB update. The two complaints that I have–and they are minor is 1-the Tweets are included in the #fb search and 2-I sometimes for get to include the tag with the Tweet.

So there you have it–two beta products ot mess with–and one to help you keep friends. Let me know what you are using in social media world–always happy to take a look.

Its All Connected, Beware

January 29, 2009

So, it seems like there are signs all over the place that I should really think long and hard about this–and who know perhaps you should too.  I will give in and spend some time (here) and elsewhere thinking about the downside to being so connected-its all out there.

Back in the early days of the web (1995-1996) when I was still working in local television, I remember producing a series of stories on the emerging threat of identity theft through on line scams, and just poor on line security.  Unfortunately, when I Googled for those, they are not available, and to be honest looking back 10+ years, its common sense stuff.

But it was eye opening for me, and there are a lot of take-aways from that reporting that I use this day, and I read a lot about it.

Fast forward to the last couple of weeks-first a very dear friend had her world’s collide, and some of what she said on the internet in her personal life helped fuel that. The details are not important, but the lesson is-and its something I learned from a very unlikely source, an octogenarian news manager: Don’t put it out there if you don’t want it on the front page of the New York Times.

Last night, I got that rude lesson. Granted, in last night’s case (again the details are not germane to the lesson) it was deeper than the poor electronic data management I applied, but that is a contributing factor to today’s (personal life) mess.

So, as I was sipping coffee this morning and flipping through today’s NY Times ruminating on these events, there was a great write through right on subject in the paper: Learning How Not To Share .  And the reality is does it all have to be out there?

Although that line can be a little blurry, and there are people who can not see that line at all, and others (like me) who straddle it-there is a difference between what is done and said on line and what reality is.  And perhaps, those real differences are becoming less and less, and I update my little Twitterverse each morning about the gym, the world and waking my kids.  Perhaps that is my lesson to take away….

But there is also a catharsis to it.  Take the case of my friend, she posted a blog last night (its invite only so I won’t piss everyone off with the link) expressing her feelings.  Over the summer while my wife was doing a pretty heavy dose of chemo I used Twitter to send messages to the presidential contenders about the state of the nation’s health-care system (at least how I was experiencing it).

Do I think they read them? No. But you can Google them, and when Obama and health care are Googled, somewhere in that return are my ramblings.

And there is the cusp of the moment in history we are on.

We have these powerful tools to add to the national debate, update our friends and family–but we are also accountable for what we put out there, and have to know that even in the world of cyber there are real world repercussions.

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