NEW Facebook Web Mail Monday 11/15

Nov 12
2010
Facebook -- To: The World  From: Facebook  Postage Due!

Wow that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Postage Due"!

Their new Email is rumored to have an external mail client that can let you have it on every device you own.

I just read on Gizmodo.com that Facebook will be rolling out a entirely new Full Webmail Client  Monday 11/15/2010.  This will eclipse the registered users at  Gmail (170 MM, Hotmail (364 MM)  & Yahoo (303 MM) users.  Facebook has 500MM registered users, and though they won’t all jump over and use the new mail option but many will, and that’s a lot of possibilities.

Or what if Facebook just does it’s usual trick and somehow changes it so that All are just now updated, instantly attaining 500MM Registered Mail accounts.  Isn’t that the way Facebook does it anyway?  Open up the preferences and not tell you?  Though strangely demonic and unsettling it’s a brilliant maneuver.

More from Gizmodo (author Jesus Diaz)

Will Facebook overcome the world of email?

Facebook already tracks all of your moves which is one thing everyone hates about Facebook anyway.  Now, they’ll just be able to do it better.

I think the Day of Big Brother has arrived. But Big brother is portrayed as a slightly creepy, blond Geek with lousy social skills.

Video- Are We All Camera Shy?

Jun 10
2010
No! - No Video!

Nope! - No Video!

Every phone has a video camera, almost every computer has one as well, but why are we so camera-shy. Yes there is YouTube, and blogs and Video posts and Webinars and on and on, but why is the average person so hesitant to get on their web cam.

And as you may guess I’ve several ideas about why people shy away from the spotlight. it’s one thing to post a stupid video on YouTube, just to be intentionally funny. But Remember back to when you were a kid and someone handed you a microphone. Either one on a PA system, or on a tape recorder and told you “It’s on!” What was your first reaction. Remarkably most people make an intentional stupid noise or voice or whatever. The point being that they take the opportunity to look stupid intentionally. Thereby having an out if anyone might rate them as being “goofy”! The answer is that “I was trying to!” And that’s your alibi.

If you intended to be “weird” then you succeeded. However, who ever says anything intelligent or of worth? No one. Because we have a fear of failure.

That is one major reason that people do not use video chat casually, because they don’t want to be seen as trying their best to be “professional”, “normal” call it what you will. But they are afraid of looking bad to others.

That’s why it’s easier to act in character than to try to act in a normal role. because your character is just that, a character that you have made up, a “Caricature” of the character you portray.

So to bring it back around, most people just don’t like to video chat. Associates, friends, family, anyone. Oh, well there is the porn industry, but again, they are playing a role so they have a scapegoat. And they are ,in their minds, providing a service.

And the new pastime of “Chat Roulette” , which could actually be fun, but I would imagine it’s for the uninhibited. But to us normal folk who have always been told that the camera adds 20 lbs we are terrified.

We all wanted a Video phone 20 years ago, and now that we have them, do the Grand kids talk to the grand parents….mine don’t and both have the capability. But neither have the time or find some way to avoid it. You can pick up the phone looking anyway you want and with a slight grimace you can put on a happy face (in your voice) even if you have strep and 102 temp. But some calls on a video phone and immediately your chat goes to “away” like that isn’t just a total diss!

I’ve a few friends that will chat any time, they are guys and I’ve known them for years. One hit me on Ichat and was leaning into his camera real close. (Unusual for this VP of almost every Large internet company I could name) And Giddy! Turns out he was on Ichat on an Airbus flight from LA that had inflight WiFi. He was smiling and whispering, I said “speak up” and he Shooshed me — then held his laptop up so I could see the 50 rows of people behind him on a Wide body plane with isles R&L. I saw a few people look up, one waved and then he brought it back down and we talked about the speed and clarity.

But for the most part I think most of us would rather not be on stage at the whim of anyone with a mouse who clicks on us. I my self don’t mind. If you want to video chat then add me to your iChat or AIM using curtrbuthman@me.com. Although you might have to email me and let me know you want to chat because I don’t keep it open as often as I should, unless I want to reach out or am working on a project and collaborating with someone.

And speaking of that, why is that so difficult and or expensive. In Ichat you can talk, text and share your screen, even let the other person drive from their desk on your screen. It’s great for working on projects or showing someone how to do something on-screen and the voice works the entire time. But being able to go cross-platform requires an advanced IEEE degree. Yes I can do it, but I won’t go into what that takes here.

I’d like to hear why you don’t (or why you do) embrace video chat/interactivity.

“Where’s my Bird?” or Better Twitter Analytics

Jun 10
2010

Have you seen My Tweet?

As a seasoned advertising pro I learned that you inevitably have to account for your dollars at some point. Either by response, increased sales, brand awareness or media posts. Social Media is getting there although it takes a skilled analytical person to correctly define the progress.

While having lots of followers seems impressive, you quickly learn that most of the followers you get after the “100 mark” are auto-generated. They search for growing accounts and quickly follow you. They are usually selling something and if you watch your list it will get full of strange icons from around the world.

Back to the point, there are tools that can analyze your growth, evaluate sentiment (Really?) , give location with geo-tagging and a host of other data. I know all this because I’ve read an article on SocialMediaToday that spells it out and lists 21 different sites currently used. Not all are analytical, some set up alerts when key words are found, or when someone you follow tweets. The article is A Roundup of Twitter Tracking Tools written by Dan Greenfield. It’s worth checking out and bookmarking.

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