By B.L. Ochman
Twitter has begun rolling out a new “While You Were Away” timeline feature that makes some power users unhappy according to MakeUseOf.
Several iOS users report seeing the feature on their mobile devices recently. Some love it, some hate it. The jury’s still out.
Twitter announced the new feature in November 2014, saying they hoped it would make relevant information easier for users to track “whether you stay on Twitter all day or visit for a few minutes – while still preserving the real-time nature of the platform that makes Twitter special.”
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told an analyst meeting that 500 million people visit the site every month without logging in, according to The Verge and features like the timeline compilation are aimed at people like them.
However, while the feature may make Twitter more accessible to new users, says Matthew Ingram in GigaOm, tens of thousands of users are vehemently opposed to this type of timeline manipulation.
Will people just grumble about the changes and stick around? Yup!
Twitter’s tried and true, and still my main source of online news. There’ll be another Ello soon, and we’ll all beg for invites. But we’ll ask for those invites with Tweets. Doh!
By B.L. Ochman
The Cicret Bracelet, now raising funds for production, will turn your skin into a touchscreen where you can read your mail, answer your calls (take that Dick Tracy!) check the weather, and “do whatever you want on your arm.”
Somebody please make this illegal, before it’s too late!
Never, in my wildest imagination, did I expect to find myslelf featured on the same list as a Tweeting, Google+ing astronaut! I am thrilled to be included in the stellar company of these accomplished women. Thank you Lee Odden for including me and Toby Bloomberg for the nomination!
Haven’t heard of Zoella? Ask a 14 year-old girl who she is.
The debut novel by YouTube blogger Zoe Sugg, also known as Zoella, is expected to become a number one best-seller in the UK after reaching number three on the Amazon Best Sellers chart thanks to the scale of pre-orders alone.
Girl Online, which was released in the UK this week, follows the story of Penny, a teenager who looks a lot like Zoella, and who blogs about her deepest feelings on friendship, family, make-up, boys and her secret anxieties. Zoella makes videos on the same topics, notably including the panic attacks she has suffered from since the age of 14.
Making make-up tutorials and shopping advice videos from her bedroom in Brighton, Zoella became a teen idol and an online sensation, scored a two-book deal with Penguin, and got a BBC guest-host position.
As Buzzfeed notes, Zoella’s two YouTube channels have a combined 8.5 million subscribers, more than One Direction and Coldplay put together and 2 million more than Beyoncé. She also has 2.58 million followers on Twitter, where she goes by her nickname ZoZeeBo, over 1.9 million fans on Facebook, and 3.2 million subscribers on Instagram. Her blog reportedly receives 6.8 million views a month.
A video in which she and her boyfriend, fellow YouTuber Alfie Deyes, quiz each other on how well they know one another has been watched more than 6 million times. The loser gets a plate of whipped cream in the face. It gets messy. Another video, shot in their bed, announces that the two have moved in together – it’s had 2.5 million views in a few weeks, has been retweeted 26,000 times and favorited over 71,000 times so far. Her announcement that she was bringing home a Pug puppie, Nala, was favorited 29,000 times and re-Tweeted 7,100 times. And, oh yeah, she’s 24.
HRH The Prince of Wales appeared in an extraordinary Google+ Hangout today to celebrate the first anniversary of Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign.
#iwill aims to make social action (such as volunteering, fundraising & campaigning) the norm for all 10-20 year olds in the UK by 2020.
Hosted by the beautiful, poised and articulate Alex Jones from the BBC’s One Show, the 30-minute Google+ Hangout gave The Prince of Wales an opportunity to talk publicly with a group of remarkable young people about their experiences of social action, with a focus on how they use technology to help others.
Joining Prince Charles and Ms. Jones at his home, Clarence House, were young #iwill ambassador George Fielding, BEM, Helen Davies, Live Chat Moderator for YouthNet, Jacob Boyzile from the Army Cadets and Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive of O2. The four young people who joined via the web from around the UK were Jordan Caldwell from Northern Ireland, Hannah Palmer-Davis from the Isle of Wight, Devan Witter from Yorkshire and Sarah Shaikh from Surrey.
HRH Embraces Technology, Marvels at Hangouts
Each of the Hangout guests – the youngest of whom is 14 – have significant achievements helping other young people, despite hurdles they’ve faced themselves.
I was struck by HRH’s warmth and engagement with each young guest. He asked each one what inspired them and each told an eloquent story.
Since launching, Step Up To Serve and #iwill has helped secure significant new funding for youth social action, as well as support from over 100 business, education, faith and voluntary sector organizations. You can find the campaign partners and their pledges here.
Some technical difficulties
The Hangout, the first ever for The Prince of Wales – who said he’d be doing many more – had some technical difficulties at the start, and didn’t get going until six minutes, 30 seconds. There clearly had been much preparation, but inexperience with the Hangouts platform was apparent.
They tried, and failed, for example, to use the Showcase app, which would have allowed them to include links to the websites being discussed, and to let people sign up for the Step Up to Serve program or offer sponsorship.
Hangouts are a new technology. They do have a learning curve. I am 100% certain that the next Hangout of HRH will smooth out the rough spots.
In some ways, the early Hangouts that have begun to be produced by major players (like Tiffany, Warner Brothers, United Airlines and others) are reminiscent of the early days of live television, where mistakes could, and did happen. Nonetheless, the issues are surmountable and this event is a great example of the Hangout platform’s potential.
The HRH Hangout was a sharp contrast to a perfectly horrible Google Apps for Work Hangout that ran yesterday. It appeared that Google doesn’t know how to use its own software, but that’s a story for another post.