Mixing and Matching My Electronics

I was looking at all my electronics together and I noticed that I seem to like mixing and matching different brands. Other than camera equipment, my electronic devices are all from different manufacturers.

When I’m researching a product to purchase, I don’t really look at the existing products I already own. I look at the product on its own and how it compares to other products in its category. I identify the features that are important to me and ensure that the product I choose meets all of my requirements. This has worked for me so far, but I think I sometimes miss out because my products don’t necessarily work together in the most elegant way.

Part of me wishes I was a die-hard fan for a particular brand. The consistency and seamless integration would be lovely. I guess I can “explore” more with my method and maybe it’s just my way of not putting all my eggs in one basket!


Social Me – an analysis of your life on Facebook

Social Me

One of my Facebook friends recently posted a status with an analysis from Zeebly about his Facebook usage. I thought it was neat and I decided to try it out myself here. It’s pretty amazing how much information can be extracted from our Facebook page. I find it so fascinating that Facebook and other social media sites have changed the way businesses are marketed.

Take This Lollipop and Get Ready to be Creeped Out!

Take This Lollipop

A new site called Take This Lollipop is just in time for Halloween. It starts off as a seemingly innocent page that dares you to take the lollipop by clicking the familiar “Connect with Facebook” button. After you have given it permission to access your information, it shows you a customized video that depicts a creepy man stalking you through your Facebook. He goes through your Facebook profile with crazed eyes, and goes through some of your Facebook photos (the photos change if you do it multiple times). He then proceeds to look up your location on Google Maps. He is then seen driving to track you  and a photo of you can be seen on his truck’s dashboard. After the short video, a countdown begins.

I thought this was implemented extremely well. It went viral over this week and there was a lot of speculation over whether or not this was an advertising campaign. It turns out that this was a neat little project that director Jason Zada decided to do for fun.

It served as a good reminder to think twice about the information you share. The “Connect to Facebook” button is sometimes clicked mindlessly without a second thought about what you are actually sharing. It’s also a great way to get in the Halloween mood!

Keeping Track of my Internet Identities

I was curious about how many websites I had accounts on and I ended up making a spreadsheet document to track my accounts. It turns out, I have signed up for an account for over 30 websites. It’s probably closer to 40 or 50 because I made more accounts that I have forgotten about. I have about 5 usernames that I use between all those sites.

Some of the websites I signed up for are fairly standard. I have a Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+, Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr account. I frequent those sites often and I always try to keep in mind that once something is posted, it is exposed to the world and I may not be able to undo my actions.

There are other accounts that I wish I had not made. I used to really like forums and signed up for many accounts. I have forgotten which ones I signed up for and now I know there are some accounts of mine that are just floating on the web. I wish I had been more careful in the past. Nowadays, almost everything is cached so it’s hard to ensure that something is completely off the web unless it was never there in the first place.

Next time, I’ll think twice before signing up for yet another account and ask myself if I really do need to extend my internet identity.

Don’t Put All Your Digital Eggs Into One Digital Basket

I recently read an open letter to Google from Dylan, a user that had 7 years of his digital life deleted. Dylan was an avid user of Google Products and used Google for almost every aspect of his online experience. He had approximately 7 years of correspondence, over 4,800 photographs and videos, his Google Voice messages, over 500 articles saved to his Google Reader account, his Blogger account, and all his bookmarks deleted. He is not sure as to why his account was disabled, and has tried various methods to try and figure out why his account was disabled.

I hope he can figure out what happened to his account. I will use this as a warning to back up my files. I use Google for many of my online activities but I think it’s probably good to not put all my eggs in one basket. I’m glad I have read this as this is a reminder that my online presence is not completely controlled by me. This is really unfortunate that Dylan had to face this situation, but he has had overwhelming support from other users and hopefully his questions will be answered.

Google Plus – My Initial Thoughts

I’ve recently been invited to start a Google+ account and I happily obliged. I’m still trying to get used to layout and I’m sure I haven’t discovered all the features yet but it seems pretty neat. I’m not sure how fond I am about the whole “circles” idea. I found it sort of difficult to categorize the people I know. I understand the practicality but at the same time I didn’t like asking myself whether a person was a friend or simply an acquaintance.

Google+ is very similar to Facebook as many have noted but have some particular features such as the circles, sparks and hangouts. I still haven’t had the chance to play around with these features yet but I’m very curious to see how this will all turn out. Only time will tell if Google+ will be a success.

Google Advertising Programs

I’ve always wondered how Google advertising works, so I looked it up. There is Google Google Adwords and Google Adsense. Google tries to create a win-win situation for both cases.

Google Adwords
This is Google’s advertising tool for businesses that want to advertise their company. Setting up an account is free and they make it extremely easy to use, and even if you do not have a website beforehand, Google gives the option of making a website for free. They allow for flexibility in terms of time commitment and how much they want to spend.

Google also helps businesses be in control of their advertisement. The company can choose keywords, languages, and geographic locations of their target. There are many tools that help the company keep track of the how well the advertising is working and best of all, you only pay when you get results!

Google Adsense
This is pretty much the opposite of Google Adwords. This is Google’s tool for people to gain revenue by advertising online. There is no fee for Google Adsense. You just get paid when people click on the ads that are on your site. You can customize and choose where to put the ads and you can also track how the ads are doing.

Google’s advertisement programs seem so brilliant. They cater to big and small companies and to individuals and groups. They allow for so much flexibility. It’s no wonder that they’re doing so well.