I saw this YouTube Demo earlier today and it blew my mind… I thought kids today were already consumed in TV, Video Games, and electronics… Welp, you haven’t seen anything yet. This new system is a Gamer’s Heaven. Imagine your TV screen expanding completely around you and you were part of the whatever you were watching or playing… That’s what IllumiRoom does. It expands the screen to make gaming even more realistic. Kids will never need to go outside ever again. It’s scary to me because I’m not a gamer, but I know people who are obsessed with Halo or Call of Duty will become obsessed with this new technology. I just hope it’s users don’t lose sight of reality…
I was first introduced to QuiBids.com last year and immediately loved the “Penny Auction” concept and thought it might be a good investment. I dabbled here and there trying to win stuff, but was hardly successful at least. The reason being: I had no QuiBids Strategy.
In order to have a penny auction be worth your time, effort, and money, you have to have a strategy or you will lose the auctions as well as your money, and be left with nothing.
The concept itself is GENIUS! These people are literally making HUGE profits. When a winner is getting a great deal on a product, everyone else who was involved with the auction is getting screwed.
1) Only bid on things that you are willing to BUY AT FULL PRICE!
2) Never bid before 0:01! That’s 1 second people. Don’t waste your money or bids.
3) If there are more than 10+ bidders, let other spend their bids and money. It’s ok to wait. If you miss out for waiting… don’t worry. That same product will be up again, guaranteed.
4) Time of day is key… Don’t bid when you get home from work and everyone is on there bidding. Go early morning or late-late at night. OR, if you really want something, maybe at work.
5) Bid-O-Matic is a good way to bluff, but it can cost you… I’d stay away from using it.
Got a minute? Here’s a funny site that’s worth checking it. The website will scan your facial features and tell you what kind of dog you are. The software is pretty advanced too, so it’s interesting how to breaks down your features. Check it out by clicking here: http://www.doggelganger.co.nz/ – It’s pretty easy to do:
Step 1: Go to site and click “Begin”
Step 2: Choose from a photo or use your webcam
Step 3: Let the software break down your individual facial features
Step 4: Check out the results
I don’t think I’m a Mastif Cross, but maybe it’s just because I’m having a bad hair day and haven’t shave for Movember… Check it out and let me know what you think.
“Google Wallet, the search company’s long-awaited mobile payments platform, has seemingly launched today with little fanfare.
TechCrunch yesterday reported on documentation being sent to Google Wallet partners indicating a September 19 launch. And this morning, Gigaom posted a photo of a Google Wallet payment module at a Peet’s Coffee Shop in San Francisco, which allows customers to swipe their Wallet-enabled Android phones to make purchases.
This is likely just a soft launch, or a small roll-out of Google Wallet to some choice retail partners. Google has yet to say anything about an official Google Wallet launch date, and it hasn’t acknowledged any major launch today, but the company has slightly updated its Google Wallet website. Google has been field testing Wallet at select retailers over the past few months, and it previously stated that the service would officially launch sometime in the summer.
We’ve asked Google for comment about Wallet’s status and will update if we hear back.
At first glance, the Wallet module appears to be just a rebranded MasterCard PayPass module for NFC (near-field communications) equipped credit cards.
Right now, only the Nexus S 4G on Sprint is compatible with Google Wallet. The company also previously showed off NFC stickers that can be fixed to Android phones, making them compatible with Wallet.”
No way Google was just going to sit back and accept the success of Facebook… A lot of people don’t even know what Google+ is yet, but it’s growing faster then you can imagine. The reason Google+ is growing so fast is because of Google’s success with the phone industry. If you have an Android phone, you have to have a Gmail account. If you have a Gmail account, signing up for Google+ can be done with the click of a button. I know Google+ is off to an AMAZING start, but I don’t know if people will really be driven to use it. If you and your friends are big into video chatting, you’ll absolutely love Google+, but besides the “Hangouts” option, I don’t see a lot of huge differences. Google+ seems to be making a more simplified Facebook, but it’s going to be hard to catch the Social Media Powerhouse that got a 7-year head start… Here’s everything you need to know about the Facebook vs. Google+ battle:
The “Verified” checkmark on Twitter is a sign of status. Typically you only see it with professional athletes, celebrities or public figures, which is why everyone wants it as part of their username and profile. Twitter used to have an application process allowing anyone and everyone to apply to be verified. With all the complications in this process twitter gave up: “We have removed our public-facing verification request form. In the meantime, we’re still verifying some trusted sources, such as our advertisers and partners. If you’re one of our partners or advertisers, please follow up with your account manager for details.” I don’t blame them for giving up in the public beta. It’s way too time consuming and complicated.
It may not be the “official” verification, but I have a way of looking like you are verified. It’s really quite simple too. All you have to do is use the “heavy check mark” symbol and paste it into your name. Take a look at the difference:
I haven’t figured out how to make it “blue” and in a bubble just yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
Settings –> Profile –> Copy & Paste this ✔ on the end of your Name
(You could use this one, but I think it looks less authentic: )
Please leave your comments, feedback,
or any tricks you’ve learned on Twitter
There’s a lot to take into account when it comes to actual website value, but typically it’s centered around traffic rank and daily pageviews. It’s like with any business: The more people following you, the higher advertisements can be sold for, therefore the more money you make and the more you’re worth.
There’s plenty of websites that give estimates, but there’s one that I personally like to use: WebsiteOutlook.com. They not only break down the Alexa Ranking and daily pageviews, but also provide traffic charts, tweets about the website, where the website is hosted, and what other websites are on that same server. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular websites on the internet:
|Facebook.com $1.2 Billion
|Yahoo.com $602 Million
Sull.TV has been up for just over 1 month and is valued at $146 (from WebsiteOutlook.com). Here is the website overview that it generated:
“Sull.tv has 16777215 traffic rank in world by alexa. sull.tv is getting 65 pageviews per day and making USD 0.2 daily. sull.tv has 1 backlinks according to yahoo and currently not listed in Dmoz directory. sull.tv is hosted in United States at GoDaddy.com data center. sull.tv is most populer in . Estimeted worth of sull.tv is USD 146 according to websiteoutlook”
Feel free to calculate your own website HERE
Clearly websites can be VERY valuable, but you need to put up the numbers. If the content is good, the hits will happen, and your website value will rise. The main thing I could recommend is to continue to pump out relevant content. The more content you put out, the more hits you will get. Also, the shorter the domain name, typically the more hits it will get. That’s one of the reasons I chose “Sull.TV” rather than “MattSullivansOfficialBlog.com.” Feel free to leave comments about your experiences with website value.
If you want to touch base with someone right now, how are you going to do it? Call? Email? Text? Maybe, but more and more people are using Facebook instead. Why is this? It’s simple. Your Social Media personality online is stronger than your actual personality offline so you want to use that. Think about it: How did you find this blog? Most likely Social Media! Facebook gives you the ability to network with every person you’ve ever been friends with in your entire life. High School reunions used to actually have a purpose. I’m kidding obviously, but if you think about it, you know what people have been up to, or at least you can know with the click of a button: ”Oh, they work here, are married, have a child, and went on vacation last November.” You’re online personality has the ability to reach more people than you ever could before Social Media existed, therefore it is stronger than you.
An episode of South Park depicted the scenario perfect last season by showing the normal size of the person (Stan) standing next to the powerful Facebook profile, which was huge in size comparison. If you look at yourself, it’s the same thing. In the episode, the profile says: ”The fact of the matter is I’m up and running now with almost a million friends. I don’t need you anymore. I have more friends than you’ll ever have in the real world.” It may be true that your online profile can reach more people then you offline, but it’s not the one in control. If you get too deep into Facebook, it can be a bad thing because you lose site of the real world and things that really matter, so learn to balance it!
Don’t go deleting your Facebook profile just because your online personality is stronger. Use it to your advantage. Network with friends, family, businesses, or clients, but don’t let it consume your life so you forget how to interact in the real world. I typically use Facebook as a promotional tool for my websites/business efforts, but also love posting comedic/sarcastic remarks about current events for entertainment. I know plenty of people who have a split personality online and offline. The two should be universal. Be yourself in both cases. I think there is a HUGE difference though between males and females that use Social Media. The majority of males and females use it for the entertainment factor of sharing thoughts, but the two sexes definitely see some aspects different. Key example: Relationship Status. Women are like hawks around this part of a profile. No joke! I think this clip sums up exactly my point:
Although women may look closer at certain aspects like “Relationship Status,” both sexes use Facebook as a therapy outlet. Think about it. Lots of times if you want to talk about something, no one is around to listen to you. Well, post that thought and there you go. You got something off your chest, people know how you’re feeling, and the ones that care about it typically reach to it. There’s nothing wrong with that, or at least to me I don’t see anything wrong with it. Then again, this is all personal opinion. I did not study psychology. I can’t imagine having this in High School. I literally signed up for the first time the Summer before College and my life hasn’t been the same since.
Anyways, I could write a book on how Social Media has changed our daily lives, but I’d rather take a breather, and hear some feedback. Please leave comments!
Technology is advancing so rapidly that it’s kind of scary. Think of some of the “High tech” things you used to use that all of a sudden vanished and got phased out. Example: Portable CD players (I put a picture of it on the left in case the youth read this. I’m sure they’re be confused). Imagine wearing one of those at the gym today? I would definitely give that person a handshake for still rocking it. Anyways, technology is advancing so fast, which is why stores like Best Buy are starting “Buy Back” programs, where you can trade back “old technology” and get the new technology when it comes out. An interesting question came up the other day, which I thought was worth taking a closer look at: What will be obsolete in the next ten years? There are a few that are very very easy to write off right away, but then a few that are debatable. Here’s my list of technology/products that you can say goodbye to:
1. Newspapers: These things had it coming ever since the internet was invented. I appauld their efforts to stay alive, but with all the new tablets and smartphone applications, newspapers are extinct within the next 10 years EASY! No one read you anyways!
2. CDs & DVDs: Just because no one goes to Newbury Comics any more to buy a CD doesn’t mean music sales are gone. iTunes and iPods are destroying the sales of actual CD’s, but making music buying and listening much easier for the consumer. Also, applications like Pandora give you great radio for FREE on anything with internet! I’ll also include DVDs in this discussion because it’s essentially the same technology, but one has audio and the other video. Companies like Netflix are killing DVDs, not because of their mailing programs (obviously), but because of their streaming directly to your television. Comcast and Verizon are also contributing with their “On Demand” functionality. Why go to the video store when you can click a button on your remote? So long CDs and DVDS!
3. Home phones: Does anyone actually use their home phone still? I hardly do. The only time I will use my home phone is when it’s closer to me then my cell phone, otherwise I don’t see the point with confusing people with two numbers. Home phones are not only vanishing because of cell phones, but also other technologies, like Skype, MagicJack, and Google Voice where you can use the internet and call people for free. Nice knowing you house phone!
4. Wires: If you’re using all this technology like me then I’m sure you know the frustration of charging everything. There’s legit wires going everywhere in my office and in my house to keep battery life supported to use the different gadgets. I think there will be advances that will cut down on the frustration of charging equipment with more universal wires, or no wires at all. Peace out wires!
5. Brain Function: I feel with all this technology and the ability to know anything in the matter of seconds, brain functionality will become obsolete. Why bother thinking when you have all the answers at your finger tips…
So long brain!
Leave your comments!
What do you think will be gone in the next 10 years?!