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A bit morbid, but when you die, your virtual life lives on unless you make provisions for all your social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter to be shut down? And try as they might even relatives can’t close your accounts unless you leave them all your log in information.
Google might have come up to a solution for this dilemma, which has even baffled Congress. The company has created something called the “Inactive Account Manager” and they claim it is new way to manage your digital afterlife. According to The Los Angeles Times, the Inactive Account Manager allows users to specify what they’d like to have happen to their data after they die or become inactive for an extended period of time, say after three, six, nine, or 12 months. And don’t worry about being shut down without your knowledge. Google will send a text message and an email before taking action.
“We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife –- in a way that protects your privacy and security — and make life easier for your loved ones after you’re gone,” Google product manager Andreas Tuerk said in a blog post.
Of course, it is only available for Gmail, Google+, Drive, Picasa, and other Google services. But perhaps if the manager works other social media networks will pick up on the idea. The Inactive Account Manager can be found on your Google Account settings page.
Google allows you to customize your shutdowns as well. “You can have different directives for different products. You can delete all those cat videos you viewed on YouTube but save your family photographs for posterity on Picasa,” writes The Times.
Both companies and their employees got in on the April Fools Day (ICYMI) fun… with mixed results. Both on the Internet and IRL, folks were trying to get their funny on. But what was a winner and what was a fail? We take a look at nine jokes worth noting.
While some politicians are trying to curb the use of Google Glass, there are plenty of others who are eager to use the new technology, a wearable computer that displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format.
To be the first to get Google Glass people had to fork over $1,500 to enter a special contest. And now Google has announced the six “lucky” people who will pay Google that steep price in exchange for Glass. And @projectglass is in the process of announcing the rest of the lucky winners by replying individually to each of their past #ifihadglass tweets, reports Gizmodo. In all there will be 8,000 winners.
The Tweets say: “You’re invited to join our #glassexplorers program. Woohoo! Make sure to follow us – we’ll DM in the coming week.” Some people are also getting the word that they were actually disqualified from consideration because they broke a rule to qualify, a separate Gizmodo story reports. But some people will be walking around with these funky glasses in the coming weeks.
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As a business owner, one of your top goals outside of making a profit should be visibility within your market space. After all, you want the most amount of people to see your brand, right? We have already established the importance of having a website for your company. Now it’s time to discuss business directories.
Online business directories are a great marketing tool for companies of all sizes as you can upload photos, have clients post testimonials and list important info specific to your business. Being online, you have a greater chance of reaching more potential customers than you would just listing in tangible publications. The name of the game is customer attraction so the more you put yourself out there — the greater the chance of getting those new clients.
Check out nine online business directories you should seriously join.
The big SXSW conference is underway in Austin, TX and there’s already some news coming out of the event: Google has introduced a talking shoe. Because that’s what you need.
The shoe — a prototype that’s not meant to be for sale — has 250 phrases in its arsenal, a vocabulary that’s focused on the amount of activity the wearer is engaged in. According to AllThingsD, the shoe includes an “accelerometer, gyroscope and pressure sensors.” And there’s a big ‘ol speaker on the tongue.
It’s also an advertising idea (and buzz-inducing endeavor) created by the company’s Art Copy & Code project in collaboration with YesYesNo, ad agency 72andSunny, and Adidas.
AllThingsD sums it up as just a fun thing to chat about as part of the SXSW tech-style wackiness that happens every year. After the jump, we’ve got Google’s video about the shoe. Is this something you would like to own if it were available?
When award-winning novelist Toni Morrison talks Google listens. The author of such classics as Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon, recently spoke to the employees of Google, sharing her thoughts on creativity.
During the talk at Google´s Manhattan office, Morrison spoke of vision for how she would turn the search engine leader into a literary character, reports the Huffington Post.
“It’s like a big, metal, claw-y machine in ‘Transformers,’” she said, to much laughter. “When they’re threatened, they turn into a little radio, they turn into a little car. And then after you pass them by they come up again.
“They can be anything and everything.”
Following her talk, Morrison took questions online, part of Google’s “Hangout” series.
Morrison isn’t the first creative to speak at Google. Prior to the 82-year-old Nobel Laureate’s appearance, since 2005 such people as Stephen Colbert and Lady Gaga have visited Google Inc. in New York and the home offices in Mountain View, Calif. Morrison, battling the flu and sniffling through much of the afternoon, was promoting the paperback edition of her novel “Home,” published last year. But she also chatted about technology, teaching and creativity.
According to HuffPo, Morrison spoke candidly about many surprising subjects. “Most of the attendees were young enough to be her grandchildren, and she clearly enjoyed startling them with candid talk about what she likes in literature (please don’t bore her with stories about dating) and about how to use sex in fiction. The first lesson: Forget ‘boobs and butts,’” writes the news site. She continued discuss how she introduced sex in Beloved and about here struggles with her new novel.
Morrison also spoke about how tech has affected her. Morrison it seems was an early endorser of Amazon.com’s Kindle reading device. And she said she’s not a Luddite and does keep up with the Internet. In fact, she prefers the nonfiction she reads on blogs to fiction. ”It shortens research enormously, months of time you would normally spend in libraries, just trying to read books,” she said of the Internet.
She said she even turned to the Internet to help her with her most recent novel, set in the 1950s.
“I was looking for documentation for who could not rent or buy property in Seattle,” she told the Google staff. “And I knew black people couldn’t, but I didn’t have any real examples. But via Google I went through stuff and found these lease arrangements.”
Welcome to the “Work It!” column, where we take a look at business innovation of every kind.
Being an innovator in your field can be as easy as K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Sis. A singular vision focuses your efforts on becoming the best at what you do, and reduces your chances of being sidetracked or scattered. Ory Okolloh’s rise from blogger activist to policy manager for Africa for Google is a perfect example of the difference having a vision can make on your career.
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Okolloh realized early on that her true passion was using technology to ensure African voices were heard.
In 2006, Okolloh co-founded Mzalendo.com (“patriot” in Swahili) to track the Kenyan Parliament. The country’s TV and print media took weeks or months to sort through legal developments in the country. Meanwhile, Okolloh’s blog meticulously tracked the actions of political leaders and kept records of parliamentary bills in real time.
During Kenya’s controversial 2007 presidential election, which was marked by outbreaks of violence, she co-founded another site Ushahidi (“Testimony”). This time she focused on helping citizen journalists report incidents of violence and peace efforts. Before the experts dubbed the process “activist mapping, ” Okolloh’s site leveraged web, mobile, e-mail, SMS, Twitter, and Google Maps to visualize what was happening on the ground.
Ushahidi evolved from a website into a nonprofit tech company developing software platforms for citizen journalist initiatives. The organization was called on to launch humanitarian efforts in the aftermath of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, a wildfire outbreak in Russia, and snowstorms in Washington DC.
The Perks of Being An Expert
Okolloh’s success in online activism allowed her to move on from blogging to become a spokesperson for citizen journalism, youth activism, and technology in Africa. In a world where non-experts are championed, Okolloh is an anomaly.
The trend of the moment is to know a little something about everything. It’s true; non-experts are able to pull from a variety of sources to come up with creative solutions. However, the old-fashioned approach of focusing on what you’re good at still has its benefits.
Thoroughly understanding the space where you work allows you to recognize needs others wouldn’t. Working where your passion and strengths intersects, ensures that you enjoy what you do, and won’t mind putting in the extra work required to be the best.
“One of the best pieces of advice I received while I was at the university was to get paid to do what you love to do, so that’s my philosophy, and much of the time you find it’s not mutually exclusive and your natural talents is what you end up loving to do. But passion – you spend so much time working, ideally you want to love it.”
- Ory Okolloh, “Africa’s Most Successful Women: Ory Okolloh,” Forbes
A clear vision for your career begins with looking inside. Start thinking about what you love, and how you can use your strengths to pursue it.
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When Google introduced its glasses last year, it was basically a tiny computer processor on your face. Now the company wants to make Google Glass not just an Internet-enabled pair of glasses, but a stylish pair of Internet-enabled glasses.
The New York Times reports that Google is in talk with eyewear e-commerce company Warby Parker to come up with a a better looking design for the glasses. Neither company would comment for the paper.
Google is currently accepting applications to give a choice few the chance to pay $1,500 to purchase a pair of the glasses, pre-trendy design. In their current design, they give the wearer the ability to take pictures and video, send it, and do all sorts of other Web functions by voice command. They don’t have lenses, the Times says, but the new design would offer prescription lenses and a pair of sunglasses.
The glasses have already made it to the catwalk, appearing in the Diane von Furstenberg runway show.
“For Google, the glasses are a major step toward its dream of what is known as ubiquitous computing — the idea that computers and the Internet will be accessible anywhere and we can ask them to do things without lifting a finger.,” the Times says. The article also highlights the current trend towards wearable technology. There’s word now that the Apple iWatch is on its way. Even the US Postal Service is getting in on the action. The fashion line that it announced yesterday, “Rain Heat & Snow,” will involve some sort of “wearable electronics.”
Google released a video showing all of the uses for the glasses. What do you think of them? Useful or you’ll pass?
Although you may not be paying attention to the advertisements that come up during your Google search, one professor over at Harvard University have been studying them. And according to the scholars, when people type in names typically associated with black people during a Google search, the ads that pop up are more likely to be related to criminal activity. All the data has been collected by the Harvard University paper of Professor Latanya Sweeney.
Here is one example: A Google search for a name such as “Tom Smith” may bring up personalized public records, such as “Looking for Tom Smith,” or may be suggestive of an arrest record, such as “Tom Smith, arrested?” reports the UK Telegraph. But plug in names that are more associated with black people, such as DeShawn, Darnell and Jermaine, and ads with links to websites that offer criminal record checks are produced.
Professor Sweeney suggested that the Google results may expose a “racial bias in society.”
“Prof. Sweeney’s investigation suggests that names linked with black people — as defined by a previous study into racial discrimination in the workplace – were 25 percent more likely to have results that prompted the searcher to click on a link to search criminal record history,” writes the newspaper.
Google responded to the Harvard findings: “AdWords does not conduct any racial profiling. We also have an “anti” and violence policy which states that we will not allow ads that advocate against an organization, person or group of people. It is up to individual advertisers to decide which keywords they want to choose to trigger their ads.”
Have you ever noticed anything strange during a Google search?
Graph Search is different than more traditional web search because it is designed to answer a question, said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the announcement, not just links to answers. Users can search for people, photos, places, and interests to determine things such as “my college friends living in San Francisco” or “nearby friends who like Game of Thrones” for a viewing party, for example. Results are also ranked by relevance to the user, with close friends showing up as top results.
The search function will allow users to more easily dig through all the friends, data, and content that has been shared with them via Facebook, and it will be privacy aware, only permitting searchers to see what their friends have posted or what is made public by other users.
“When Facebook first launched, the main way most people used the site was to browse around, learn about people and make new connections,” the company said in a press release about the feature. “Graph Search takes us back to our roots and allows people to use the graph to make new connections.”
During the announcement, Zuckerberg, Tom Stocky and Lars Rasmussen, who developed the feature, demonstrated how to use Graph Search for dating, recruiting, and commercial uses, with restaurants as an example. Because Graph Search can bring to light photos of users that had previously been hidden from a user’s Timeline, Facebook is also offering tools and resources to help users understand the privacy implications.
A search function was one of the rumors floating around after Facebook announced its event last week. The media predicts Facebook will work to compete with Google in helping individuals find information and answer questions.
This is the latest news to come out of the social networking site and yet one more thing to keep track of in the constantly-changing social media landscape. Here is a handy guide, keeping you up-to-date with your favorite (and soon-to-be-favorite?) social media sites.