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Tweeting The View Changes My View

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My Tweet on The View

After studying social media and communications for two years, I often forget how much fun it can be to simply play with it. This week, I had the pleasure of indulging in some daytime television. As I watched The View on Wednesday, I was impressed at the quality of the discussion between the co-host, attorney and journalist Sunny Hostin, and district attorney and judge Jeaninie Pirro. Both women were well-versed in the cases they were discussing and were able to new information and insight that I rarely see in news, and especially not in daytime television.

As I watched the two women offer differing opinions and respectfully disagree, I thought to myself, “This is what I want to see: educated, polite professionals having an passionate debate about the facts instead of talking heads simply voicing their reactions.” I decided to tweet my thoughts to The View and they made it on air.

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Here’s the video from ABC in the U.S. and CTV in Canada. On CTV, it’s starts at 3:08 in clip 6 of 6. When the videos are removed from their sites, you can view the tweet only or the entire segment on Social Media Changes Everything’s YouTube Channel.

Timing is everything

My tweet wasn’t particularly interesting, but it was an honest compliment sent during the taping of the live show and that’s most likely why it made it on air. This isn’t the first time one of my tweets has made it on live television.

During the 2012 American presidential election, I watched CBC television’s coverage and saw the tweets on the screen. I thought I’d try to get one of mine on and it worked. I sent four tweets with the hashtag #USvoteCBC and one of them made it on:

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Seven months have passed since the election and I can’t remember which tweet was broadcast but I suspect it was the one complimenting their coverage.

I have been studying social media trends and techniques for so long that I had forgotten how much fun it can be to simply play with the tools. Although my tweets were trivial, seeing them appear on television quickly after posting gave me a rush and reminded me how much fun you can have experimenting with social media in the real world.

Start the new year off with a 365 photo challenge

The new year kicks off in less than two days and it’s the perfect time to take on a new challenge: snapping a photograph every day to create a visual calendar. Apple carries a variety of apps that can make it quick and easy to compile your calendar.

Image of Photo 365 calendar for January 2013I’m beginning my challenge on January 1, 2013 using Photo 365 App. It costs $1.99 but there are plenty of free and paid options including:

Each app offers different options such as daily reminders to shoot a photo, sharing options through Facebook, Twitter and email, adding captions, and organizing the images.

Are you up for joining me in the challenge? Let me know if you are willing to try it or if you have done a similar challenge by leaving a comment.

I hope you have a wonderful new year filled with love, laughter and happiness!

Getting married? There’s an app for that

bride and groom on the wedding cake inside the Wedding Party appSocial media tools are making it easier for brides, grooms and wedding guests to share photos of the big day. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to test the new Wedding Party app while I was at a relative’s wedding.

Before the wedding day, the excited couple, Rebecca and Jovin, emailed their guests invitations to download the app on their iPhone or Android. The app was free for guests and simply needed the wedding party’s selected name to access the site.

On the wedding day, guests were able to upload images, send notes and view the other guests’ photos in real timeimage of guests, head table and centrepiece inside the Wedding Party app. The app allowed everyone with a smartphone to share photos quickly and easily for no charges.

Should wedding photos be shared on social media?

The wedding I attended was a stark contrast to the wedding where the couple requested that guests ask their permission before posting photos on the Internet.

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Image text: “The Bride and Groom request their approval prior to posting any photos of their special day on Facebook or any other social media site. Thank you”

As an engaged social media advocate, I conducted a little research to find out why couples would not want to share photos of their day. Many brides on Weddingbee.com‘s boards are nervous that guests may post unflattering images before the couple can post their professional photographs.

Brides in the online forum had many questions, including: should they ask guests not to post photos before the wedding, should they tell guests to leave their cameras and smartphones at home, should they wait until images are posted and then ask them to be taken down? The responses from other brides varied. Each answer depends on the couple’s preferences, their relationships with their guests and if the wedding will be formal or informal. Requesting that guests leave their smartphones at home may ruffle some feathers, but brides can rest assured that images would not be shared.

The ironic twist in the situation, where the bride and groom wanted their guests to ask their permission prior to posting photos, is that this photo came from the popular Cheezburger site, Wedinator. If the couple had not written this request, pictures may have been shared on their guests’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, but now a picture from their wedding is making the rounds on the much more popular site created by the developers of LOLcats. Wedinator shares funny, interesting and amazing wedding photos with others and has the tag line is: “your special day is…hilarious.”

Check out the Wedding Party app. Or, if things in a marriage aren’t going well, you can always check out the New York Divorce Guide app.

Predictions from 1967: Smartphones will cause you to lose your legs

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Caution: may cause loss of muscle tone due to excess leisure time

One day, our phones will do so much for us that we will lose the use of our legs. This is according to the tongue-in-cheek CBC radio broadcast from 1967 called, Future phones mean more leisure. Reporter Michael Maclear describes the predictions made at a telecommunications conference in London, England, and surprisingly, many of the predictions have come true.

McLear reports that by 1984, all phones will be connected to printers allowing us to print our airline tickets. Well, it took longer than 17 years before we were able to printed our own airline tickets, but we can do it. I guess it’s better late than never.

Once you get past the radio broadcast’s politically incorrect comments about “monitoring your wife” and calling from “the office or hen party,” you can see the humour in their predictions. For example, they predicted that our phones will be doing so many of our menial tasks that we will lose muscle tone in our legs and may no longer be able to walk. This is fortunately not true. Most of can still use our legs, even if it’s only to walk to the outlet to plug in our smartphone.

While many of their entertaining predictions have come true, their main prediction, that phones will cause us to have too much leisure time, has not happened yet. If anything, smartphone users have less time for leisure because we spend so much time checking our phones.

Listen to the broadcast here.