Technology

Technology surrounds us

Choosing a single social network

Social networks are here to stay. And since Google entered this market fully with Google+ we have yet another place to keep a profile – or do we?

I for one start to get a bit tired about keeping all profiles up to date all over the Internet. I believe that we will see a push back from our sharing society with the coming generation. This got me thinking; if I should go with one network only – what would it be?

Let’s start by going through some of the networks I currently use. This is in no way a complete list but it is the networks I see categories for and could estimate.

Professional – LinkedIn

I keep an updated professional profile at LinkedIn. I use it as a contact card for new people I meet and as a way of keeping an online cv, always ready. My contacts are kept at a level where I am in control over what information is shown for who.

The audience are professionals I have worked with and/or have been in contact with. Content is to build my professional profile and to maintain my name in the eyes of future employers.

Private – Facebook

My personal contacts and friends are on Facebook and it is here I sit and couch surf what people are up to. Also the place where I update status updates that surround me as a private person.

I try to keep a controlled list of contacts. People I am at ease with sharing more personal information as well as location bound information.

Photography – Flickr/Instagram/500px

As a photographer and I have found the simplicity of Flickr to be perfect for me to share my pictures. Most photos go to Flickr while I maintain my stream at 500px more to the portfolio photos.

Instagram is one of those services I can’t find a clear label for. Currently I am using it as a more direct way of showcasing everyday photography. Due to this, it went below the Photography category.

Everything else – Twitter

All networks have different audiences and different content and for me to keep all together, I use Twitter. I use multiple accounts to differentiate between language and content but most are connected. I use Twitter both as a re-post service for other networks as well as for posting new content.

Conclusion

So if it all came down to use a single network what would I do? For me personally, I would stay with Twitter. Reason is the pure simplicity of the service. I can tweet from all my devices, I am forced to keep the update direct and short. Feedback is instant and the audience is large.

Using the multiple Twitter accounts I can maintain a good overview of the different streams. Some streams I read to the fullest where others are more at a glance.

So there you have it. If I had to choose, I’d choose Twitter.

Datavision from 1979

Found this gem earlier tonight. It is in Swedish but in short it is a demo from 1979 where they show a system where a user can dial to a computer central and retrieve data. There is still a system like this in action in Sweden where information is provided over the same network as TV.

Amazing to see how they look at this service and how they could not see what the future had just a few years later.

The Internet of Things

I continue my 750 words per day project and here is yet another text from one of those sessions. The Internet of things is one of the hottest buzz words of 2014 it seem but what is it all about?

The Internet of things is really the appliance of networked technology into every day appliances. An example of Internet of things that we have been using for quite some time is that as a runner I can have a heartbeat monitor on my body that is wirelessly connected to my wrist watch where a GPS is tracking my moves. This makes it so that when I have been walking about or been out on a run I can sync all this data and replay the route I took, see on a map where I’ve been, the times when I was at specific points and at the same time the exact heartbeat I had when I was there. I am using multiple small devices that can communicate with each others to give me more data out of things I do. But there is more!

Change every app specific keyboard shortcut on a mac

Now and then you run across something that you had no idea was there. It simplifies you everyday life tenfold and you have no idea for how long you were missing out.

I have been using mac computers back and forth for almost twenty years and today I found something I that may or may not have been there for years. Let me share this little gem with you.

Application specific keyboard shortcuts that are made for a specific keyboard layout can in fact be changed even though they are not in the application’s own preferences.

Many applications have shortcuts made by the developers who were using US/UK layouts. Now for me who is using an SV layout keyboard this becomes bit of a problem mostly since the keys for [ and ] often are used. Now on an SV layout these keys are for Swedish letters å ä and ö.

Keyboard Shortcuts Mac

To change shortcuts using [ and ] you simply need to open up your System Preferences –> Keyboard -> Shortcuts (tab) and select App shortcuts. Here you can overwrite what ever shortcut you want and by doing so, the shortcut is actually changed in the application to.

Good stuff!

The value of a social network

Since I’ve started a challenge for myself on writing at least 750 words in English each day I thought I could use some of the text I write for an article here. This will be a longer than normal article and the topics will be of something I have been thinking about or working with in the past week. 

This week’s topic will be on the possible profit of big social networks and how to find which ones are valuable.