Tech Hubs are Growing

DSC_0510Tech hubs are today’s incubators for innovators, inventors, programmers, designers and others. Starting these in the US is pretty easy, you need a location which you can often get at low price and then it develops. Infrastructure is all around, getting the “hookup” is all over, just call the local cable company or phone company. But what about places where infrastructure is still being developed or even non-existent. Where getting the stuff to the place is a chore in itself. Africa is the next such place yet they have made tremendous strides to getting things up and going. The increase is double in the last year with more expectation for the future. Good read in this the-number-of-tech-hubs-across-africa-has-more-than-doubled-in-less-than-a-year in the New York Times.

Snapchat – Is It Growing and Useful?

screen-of-an-iphoneSnapchat started out to be a secretive, say once and then disappear app that was fun for the “kids”. You could post whatever video, and it would be gone once opened. So no record of what you said or posted. You also could not save any posts, so the guilty were set free. Well someone did make an app that allowed you to save any Snapchat, and also businesses found that these “kids” had money so why not Snapchat about your business. That is what this article is about.

But here is the new deal, as the big guys (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, Instagram) change up and add features all the time. With the new LIVE from Facebook one has to wonder where you should put your efforts in video. Facebook has a built in older audience, and they have bucks. As well as their Pages area where in my opinion every business should be. So take a look at both. Other questions to ask along the way is can these videos be part of your YouTube channel, and as long as I am recording/broadcasting where does Periscope come into play?

Pokemon

screen-of-an-iphoneI never thought I would have to put up with this game ever again. I didn’t understand it the first time and this time I am no better, other than I have the app on my iPhone and I have spent some time I guess capturing these things. But businesses sure are taking advantage of this game.

I’ve started to make a Flipboard of articles also. I add about two to three articles a day, I don’t always read them but I do see the impact of having the characters around your business and people coming to hunt them down.

Here’s an article (https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/13/the-pokemon-go-influence-on-new-tech/) from TechCrunch that shows the impact.

40 CSS jQuery Charts and Graphs | Scripts + Tutorials

photo_09Creating graphics, cool graphics with impact along with providing valuable information is what makes may websites pop, as well as return visitors are a frequent occurrence. In the past you had to be an Adobe Illustrator expert with great patience as well as other content at times. Today there are many places where you just plop in the content and the chart is made, you then modify some of the elements to make it work for you.

This CSS-Jquery charts provides a list of 40 such places. Again, some of these will be simple, others will require a bit of work, but the results in any case will be so pretty nest stuff.

76% of US Internet Users Access at Least One Social Media Platform

screen-of-an-iphoneAccording to Pew Research, 76% of US Internet Users Access at Least One Social Media Platform

That’s three quarters of American adults who use the Internet access at least one social media platform. And it’s not only driven by Millennials. Over the past five years we’ve seen growth across every age group. (Pew Research)

The bigger question for me is which platform, and is that platform getting too comfortable? Recently there was buzz about SnapChat over taking Twitter. People do like videos/photos, and the disappearing feature of the Snap has its benefits too. The question is will it last, or is there another in the wings?

109 Minutes Per Day on Social Media Spent

DSC_0510Depending on how many hours you are putting in for a “day’s” work this could mean 20% maybe more. For those counting that’s one and a half hours and bit more. Or think 120 minutes would be two hours.

Depending on what we are doing its really a productive time or a big waste/fun time where your boss may not be that happy. There are many platforms, and many also drive off of others. We can often just login with a Twitter, LinkedIN or Facebook account.

These logins types of logins each have their own benefits as well as potential downfalls. But what it does show is the blending of business, comrades, clients and more together. Something that you need to keep an eye on.

Video Tools – 14 of them

Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone

Video tools include mobile capture, edit screen casting and more. Some of these are pretty easy to use and I use a number of them. Others are for your desktop PC and some are for either. Fresh content today is the number one thing that folks look for when visiting your site. If you can create that content from all sides then you are king of the hill. Some of these tolls cost, others are free.

Here is the 14 video tools that describes them all.