While I don’t agree that the transition to iCloud will be rocky, I do like ReadWriteWeb’s summary of the history of Apple’s cloud-like services. In fact, it is my read of that history that makes me think the transition will be much more smooth. I’ve been using some of the same services—with the same e-mail address—since iTools. My experience of the transition has been smooth, though I will miss some services like the Gallery and iWeb. On balance, Apple’s not getting out of the photo-sharing business; even now, iPhoto integrates with Facebook and Flickr. Further, I rarely use iWeb now I’m on Tumblr, WordPress, and other services.
If you are an Apple MobileMe customer, now is the time to start planning your transition to Apple’s iCloud service as some parts of MobileMe are going away. While the move from MobileMe to iCloud is bound to be rocky, the good news is that there are third-party alternatives. However, there are some services that people have taken for granted which just won’t be available when Apple pulls the plug on MobileMe next summer. While Apple never really seemed all that committed to MobileMe anyway, many of its features didn’t keep pace with the competition. And with some planning and exploration of alternatives, other MobileMe users are likely to find they’ve wound up in a better place as well.
The modularity of Web 2.0 keeps proliferating useful combinations.
Jack Cheng and his two cofounders launched Steepster, a social network for tea drinkers, in 2009. It soon occurred to them that a tea club, in which members receive a shipment of new teas each month, would be a perfect complement to the site. But they were working long hours to get their site off of the ground, and never thought about making the investment of time and money that starting such a program would entail .
Three years later, they decided to revisit the project — and while they were at it, solve the subscription program logistics problem for everyone else, too.
“With blogs, you don’t need to understand the backend [in order to make one],” Cheng says. “We wanted to give the same simplicity to running a subscription program.”
On Thursday, the team launched Memberly. The platform makes it easy to start and organize such a program — by offering a subscription page that doesn’t require coding, automatic billing of customers, auto-generated labels or a portal for handling customer correspondence.
Right now the only programs using the site are Steepster and a vegan boutique called Little Otsu that is selling a subscription for mini art books. More are scheduled to roll out in the coming weeks.
Now that summer vacation time is here, please be mindful of your “locational privacy.” How about blogging your trip after you return?
We are satisfied with the attention we’ve gotten for an issue that we deeply care about. If you’re interested, you might like to read these articles:
Currently we’re looking through the emails we’ve received regarding the future of the website. As soon as we’ve thought of a suitable way to continue, you’ll find it right here.
We’re not showing the Twitter messages anymore, as they no longer add anything. If you don’t want your information to show up everywhere, don’t over-share ;-)
From UMass Amherst Computer Science. Tell your friends in the Gulf to crowdsource recovery. Tip ‘o’ the hat to a Facebook friend who’s at UMass.
MoGO is a free iPhone™ app that turns you and your iPhone™ into a ‘citizen scientist’ helping wildlife experts find and rescue oiled birds, sea turtles, and dolphins. The MoGO app allows you to take and submit photos of oiled, injured, and dead marine and coastal wildlife; tar balls on beaches; oil slicks on water; and oiled coastal habitats.
A cognitive surplus is my phrase for the cumulative time and talents of the network world, because we’re all networked together. We can share things. We can take on projects larger than what one person can do in their basement. And so the cognitive surplus is the reason we have, you know, billions of photos on Flickr and 24 hours a day of video being uploaded every minute on YouTube. It’s the reason we have Wikipedia and open-source software.
The amount of time and talent we have to swing to shared problems and civic action is incredibly vast.
Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus What Happens When People Migrate To The Internet? : NPR
People say to me “you spend a lot of time on Facebook” (Tumblr, actually). But I watch only one to two hours of television a week. I’m “crossing the line” away from the consumption-only model of old media, which in Shirky’s view is characterized by insularity and resistance to dialog.
Just as they’ve mastered anything with buttons and an LCD screen, our young’uns have adapted to the ubiquity of celebrity.
Get this “[T]he degree to which one is involved in the game of living in public is the degree to which one is concerned with both revealing and concealing.”
Brizzly is a web-based Twitter/Facebook interface/aggregator. It just deployed the Picnics feature.
Picnics are a new way to talk and share with the people you know. You can exchange messages, photos, videos and links in real time.
- Click the camera icon to the right of the posting text field to upload images from your computer, or to take a photo with a webcam.
- Post image links and see them expanded in your chat.
- Share interesting videos and play them right from your picnic.
Post photo URLs from Brizzly, Twitpic, Yfrog, or Flickr and we’ll automatically show them inline, as well as any links ending in .jpg, .gif, or .png. We’ll also enable play for YouTube and Vimeo video URLs. Post a link to a Twitter post and we’ll show you the text of the tweet right in the picnic. Even better, you can click the picnic basket icon that appears on a tweet on hover and we’ll send it to the picnic of your choice.
I started @BPGlobalPR, because the oil spill had been going on for almost a month and all BP had to offer were bullshit PR statements. No solutions, no urgency, no sincerity, no nothing. That’s why I decided to relate to the public for them. I started off just making jokes at their expense with a few friends, but now it has turned into something of a movement. As I write this, we have 100,000 followers and counting. People are sharing billboards, music, graphic art, videos and most importantly information.
Why has this caught on? I think it’s because people can smell the bullshit and sometimes laughing at it feels better than getting angry or depressed over it. At the very least, it’s a welcome break from that routine. The reason @BPGlobalPR continues to grow is because BP continues to spew their bullshit.
I’ve read a bunch of articles and blogs about this whole situation by publicists and marketing folk wondering what BP should do to save their brand from @BPGlobalPR. First of all, who cares? Second of all, what kind of business are you in? I’m trashing a company that is literally trashing the ocean, and these idiots are trying to figure out how to protect that company? One pickledick actually suggested that BP approach me and try to incorporate me into their actual PR outreach. That has got to be the dumbest, most head-up-the-ass solution anyone could possibly offer.
Do you want to know what BP should do about me? Do you want to know what their PR strategy should be? They should fire everyone in their joke of a PR department, starting with all-star Anne Womack-Kolto and focus on actually fixing the problems at hand. Honestly, Cheney’s publicist? That’s too easy.
BP seems to only care about maintaining their image so they can keep making money, two things we have blatantly avoided. I don’t have an image and I’m not making any money AT ALL for myself. Every penny we make from the t-shirts goes to the Gulf Restoration Network. Just a few hours ago, we made our first official $10,000 donation to healthygulf.org from the money we’ve made selling free “bp cares” t-shirts in one week.
Please read the whole story of Leroy Stick, a new brand (cough) of super hero, and share away!
Okay, enough fun here. Now go chain yourselves to some dead pelicans.
Has social media ushered in a new golden age of satire? As long as the oil gushes in the Gulf, so will the jokesBY ANDREW LEONARD@bpglobalpr
This horrible spill wouldn’t be happening in the gulf of AMERICA! Arizona knows what I’m talking ‘bout!! #fistpound #bpcares
The Internet is a confusing place. Today’s BP oil leak example: BP has made no official attempt to get Twitter to shut down the parody BP public relations Twitter account, @bpglobalpr, even though it must be beyond galling that the fake account is now up to 64,000 followers, while the real BP Twitter account only has 7000. But the absence of an actual crackdown hasn’t stopped twitterers from having funpretending that BP is trying to quash the satire.
Apparently BP wants the @bpglobalpr account shut down. Very wise. Once that fake twitter account has gone, people will like them again.
BP wants Twitter to shut down fake acct mocking them (@bpglobalpr). Twitter wants BP to shut down the leak ruining the sea.
Even worse, someone managed to hack into the real BP Twitter account early Thursday and post a tweet referencing a fictional character associated with the fake account. Figuring out who to trust is almost as hard as figuring out exactly how many gallons of oil are spewing out of the undersea well every single hour.
It must be more than a little crazy-making to watch people make mean jokes about your nonexistent attempt to quash a source of mean jokes about you.…