Category Archives: Socialtech

It’s Time For Apple To Copy Xiaomi

So many words have been written about Xiaomi copying Apple.

But there’s one way Apple should be copying Xiaomi.

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China Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Hong Kong

Weibo communiqué:

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FireChat Messaging App Gains Users During Hong Kong Protests

FireChat at the iOS App Store (web ppreview page)
FireChat at the Google Play Store

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Two Puzzle Pieces: iLoop And Twitter

iWatch? No.

I think it will be called the iLoop.

Apple’s address is 1 Infinite Loop.

To call it an “iWatch” is stupid. They never called their music player an “iJukebox” or “iMusic” or “iPlayer.” Calling it an “iPod” left it wide open to do more than play music — as it eventually did; offering, for example, video and photos. And “pod” was a brilliant choice, since the iPod was white — and most people connected it to the white pods of the movie 2001.

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OnePlus Tweets Then Deletes

They tweeted this and then quickly deleted it!

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The original tweet link.

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The Newest Twitter

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For certain people, when you drop a tweet’s URL at the end of a tweet, it boxes it and shows it below, as seen above.

This feature hasn’t rolled out globally yet.

I haven’t explored all of its possible features, either. But Twitter is beginning to resemble Weibo with this.

Previously here:

Twitter Will Eventually Become Weibo

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Desperate Google Apologizes For Being Google-y

Three years later — when absolutely no one at all caresGoogle drops its Real Names policy for Google+.

Previously here:

Even Near-Death, Google+ People Still Don’t Get It!
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“Google+ Is Dead”
Goodbye Google+
The Google+ Real Name Policy Is Wrong

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Twitter Will Eventually Become Weibo

Twitter Is Experimenting With A New Way To Retweet

I love the way Weibo does it:

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Bottom shows demarcation of “tweet” (red) and “retweet” (green).

What I hope Twitter won’t mimic are all those damn animated emoji and other dancing symbols.

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Tell Me Again About Government Waste

We Got A Look Inside The 45-Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet

In April, the brand would be continuing its “Art of Cheese” campaign, which provides its 100 Twitter followers and 220 Facebook fans with tips on how to best enjoy its products.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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Twitter Now Does Language Translation

Provided by Microsoft Bing:

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The globe icon at upper right displays Bing-provided translation.

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Even Near-Death, Google+ People Still Don’t Get It!

A Personal Reflection On Google+

The fight over real names, which was a constant area of discussion for the company during my time there, is a case in point. Google’s desire for privacy and choice was in direct contradiction to its need for real names to get the data it wanted. Google+ was not the only social network that required real names, but it was the hardest to avoid thanks to its integration across Google’s product portfolios. Frankly, the issue always got more publicity than it should have (really, there were so few people who actually cared about this issue based on user feedback), but it was a telling issue that Google just couldn’t think outside of its voracious appetite for data.

This guy is going to be in trouble no matter where he works.

He has the Big Data mindset.

Saying “so few” people cared is to mistake popularity for importance.

The human race is not pushed forward by the many. It’s pushed forward by the few.

Out of the tens of thousands of NSA employees and contractors, there’s been only one Edward Snowden.

Because only he came forward, does that mean “so few” people care about what the NSA has done (and is probably still doing)? Because only he came forward to blow the whistle, does that dismiss the importance of what he did?

What about Deep Throat and the Watergate scandal? Because only he cared, it didn’t matter?

If this guy can’t understand why the hell anonymity matters, why Google’s push for Real Names was so idiotic, he shouldn’t be in the business of handling any user information.

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