Monthly Archives: December 2011

Social Media Bathroom Mirrors

There’s no question that people are inspired to update their social media sites while they are in the bathroom. I can relate to that. When I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth or even taking a bath, my iPhone is always right there on the shelf within reach. I’ve even ruined a phone by dropping it into the bathtub while I was trying to compose a tweet.

I even remember reading an article on CNET this past summer that said 19% of people drop their phones in the toilet. I’ve never done that, but if I did, I think I might call a plumber to get it out because there’s no way I’m putting my hand in there (unless I put on hazardous waste gloves). The last time we wrote an article about a twitter bathroom device, it was Richard’s article about the Toilet Paper Twitter Printer.

Today it’s not just about Twitter though, it’s about much more than that. It’s about being able to do all kinds of cool augmented reality stuff and update all your social networking sites from your own bathroom mirror. There are pictures of two social media bathroom mirrors below. The first one is a picture I found on All That Inspires Me. I looove that mirror so much, and since they didn’t provide a link for a source site, I went on a hunt to find it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful in my search so I don’t know who designed it, or if it even exists. It’s a stunning design though.

The second picture is of a social media bathroom mirror designed by the New York Times research and development lab. It combines an LCD screen with Microsoft Kinect technology. It not only allows you to update your social media sites, it also provides important information about your medications and even gives QR codes for coupons that you can scan. It’s an insanely cool device, and if you want to read all the geeky details about it, you can visit the Nieman Journalism Lab website and watch the video below. Brilliant!

Twitter Facebook In The Loo

Update Twitter Facebook In Bathroom

Twitter Facebook From The Loo

Social Media Bathroom Mirrors

Twitter & Facebook While In The Loo

World’s Fastest-Growing Facebook App Will Scare the Crap Out of You

I became forever terrified upon discovering “Take This Lollipop,” an interactive video that launched two weeks before Halloween, yet still continues to haunt millions on the Internet. After giving the application permission to access my information (something my generation often doesn’t think twice about), a blue lollipop appears on the screen with a razor in the middle. Slightly concerned, but mostly intrigued, I click the piece of candy.

Let’s take a tour of the video.

As of this morning, “Take This Lollipop” has been liked by 9,976,146 people, making it the fastest-growing Facebook application ever — a result the video’s creator never expected. Jason Zada is also responsible for “Elf Yourself,” a viral online campaign for Office Max that has earned than 164 million views.

“I’ve never seen anything grow this fast that isn’t hugely supported by something,” says Zada, who hoped around 100,000 people would enjoy his side project. He threw the script together in about 30 minutes, and with the collaborative efforts of his production company, Tool of North America, and developer Jason Nickel, completed the interactive video in four weeks. It was simply a side project for Halloween.

“I just wanted to scare people. It’s kind of a horror movie that has no blood, no guts, but there’s this person that you don’t want looking at your information,” says Zada. “And that to me was the scariest of all.”

Scary indeed. Ironically, you cannot share your experience with the video on Facebook, the most powerful sharing network in the world. People can only see their own information and photos in the video. However, some have uploaded their own reactions to the video on YouTube. Those top four videos have each outdone Zada’s original 100,000-view goal, creating an additional viral layer. Zada unintentionally created a snowballing viral sensation.

“It really started as a social experiment — the old adage ‘don’t take candy from strangers,’” explains Zada. “People did the hard part for me — they convinced each other to try it. You have this lollipop that you know you shouldn’t take, but if your friends tell you to try something that’s potentially really scary, would you do it?”

Although much of the video’s press coverage has addressed the issue of invading privacy online, Zada feels otherwise.

“There are a lot of headlines that it’s scary, how social media is a scary place. On one hand I guess so, but Facebook is very secure — it’s not like your information is being put out there against your will. You have to create your profile. You’re in control of the information you put out there.”

Facebook privacy is not a new concern. But the fact that more than 9.5 million people choose to take that stranger’s candy is something to think about. Is our generation reckless with that choice, or are we just more trusting?

For those audacious enough to take the lollipop, what was your initial reaction to the video? Share your opinions below in the comments.

Twitter Rolls Out Updated Design

Twitter Rolls Out Updated Design
Is change always for the better? Hoping to avoid the backlash that counterpart Facebook has faced with its own site updates,Twitter announced today that it will roll out a site redesign over the coming weeks. The company says it is looking to simplify users’ experience with four tabs—Home, Connect, Discover, and Me—which will appear in the same fashion on both PCs and mobile devices.
Twitter rolled out the new design today on mobile devices and will do so on other devices in the coming weeks. With the announcement, Twitter produced a video highlighting its new layout on a site that explains the new features of the design. Twitter branded the launch with the hashtag #LetsFly, debuting a new office spa in San Francisco while simultaneously announcing the new design.

Twitter Launches Major Redesign


Twitter has introduced a whole new look for and TweetDeck, as well as its mobile apps, that it hopes will simplify the user experience. As the video above outlines, Twitter also introduced three new buttons at the top of the page — Home, @Connect and #Discover. @Connect shows who has mentioned you and suggests some accounts you might want to follow. #Discover shows what’s trending and points you to notable stories and videos.

One major difference on the homepage is that tweets appear on the right side and take up less real estate than they used to.



Mobile apps for iPhone and Android have also been updated.

“One main thrust here is making Twitter more accessible for all 7 billion people on the planet,” Jack Dorsey, chairman of Twitter, said during a press conference at Twitter’s soon-to-be new headquarters in San Francisco on Thursday. Dorsey added that the company has made it “simpler not just for people already engaged but easier for new people to discover it and find value in it. It’s the best place to represent yourself on the Internet.”

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