Social Media Underwater…

I love technology…and I love scuba diving…But have you ever thought about how unlucky underwater creatures are?  Or will be?

Certain dogs already have special collars that tweet or post their location to Facebook.  Im sure that eventually social media/web technology will evolve to include such animals into real world social gaming.  Many believe web technologies can soon connect humans to many kind of animals in air or on land…How unlucky are their underwater counterparts who simply could not, due to the fact that they live in an electrically conducive medium which automatically discards the possibility of them having electronics?

Then again, some electronics such as beacons (radio transmitters) are already used for biological studies which track these animal’s movements.  But those devices are quite expensive so even though they exist, the liquid medium simply makes it that much more expensive/difficult to bring these animals into our electronically interconnected web.

Furthermore, even if the electronic-device-underwater barrier were broken by cheaper devices or somehow incorporating these devices into the animal’s body, transmitting the internet’s signal underwater would be an even greater hurdle.  We humans simply don’t live in the ocean therefore it would be impractical to create “underwater hotspots” as cell towers, satellites and other re-transmitting devices do on land.  On land and in the air, birds, horses, elephants or geckos could perfectly take advantage of our existing infrastructure as a gateway into our internet.  But in the deep blue…?

I guess the best option would be to set up underwater terminals for tweeting or posting to Facebook where sea creatures could swim up to in order to interact with the rest of us.  That way we could jointly solve the water-proof electronics issue as well as the transmission issue.  The only thing left is to find out what whales, sharks, crabs, fish and seahorses would actually tweet about?  Find out here:

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Twitter, Facebook & Google Plus Integration

Twitter

Twitter allows you to update your Twitter timeline by sending an email to a secret address. So go to TwitterMail.com and sign-in with your Twitter account credentials.

In the Twittermail tab, find a button to setup your Twittermail account. Now simply, press the button “Set up your twittermail account now”.

In this Twitter setup page there is a unique email address which has been assigned to you to send the updates.

Now, when you wish to share a post in Twitter from your Google plus profile, just add that email address in the visibility box along with other circle(s) and share the post as usual.

To avoid having to type that email address every time, create a circle and add that secret Twittermail address to that circle. Voila!

Facebook

Ditto except go to Facebook.com/mobile to get your facebook email address!

For chrome users, just install the extension for your browser and you automatically get fb and twitter buttons in g+ to share your post with!

Android vs iOS

A friend of mine recently send me an email with this link from extremetech.com listing the 5 Android features that leave iOS in the dust.  Here are my thoughts in response:

1.  Homescreen/widgets.  These drain battery life, which is why iOS doesnt have them.  I’ve been learning to code in Android and their OS can run as many background services as apps that contain them.  This drains battery and consumes bandwidth. iOS’s solution is APNS or push notifications which a server running on the internet can send to the device instead.  Its not as fancy as Android, I agree, but ill trade it for battery life anyday.  When hardware manufact can come up with a battery that will last for days, Apple’s iOS is a few code snippets away from implementing all those features.  Im sure its probably coded already.  Apple is a very business as well as tech savvy company.  They know how to release features and products when the market is ready.  Take their strategy on iPhones.  They could have left Android in the dust a few years ago but everyone wondered why Apple would limit their iPhone to ATT only.  They know the advantage the first comer has and how long they can make that lead last without it hurting their business.  Which is why Apple is so profitable aside from being so cool and market leader etc…

2.  Flash.  Please, as they say in my country, “y vuelve la mula al trigo”.  Loosely translated it, it means “not that again!”.  I have enough user experience to know that Flash is buggy and causes problems.  You dont need to know anything about coding to know this is so.  Just load a page that is loaded with Flash ads and see how slow i loads, slow it scrolls and often skips.  Flash is nice, but its not that important to the internet.  Moreover, with HTML5 coming round the bend, its clear this “nice feature” & “advantage” will be shortlived at most.
3.  Customizability.  This is true, Android is more customizable.  Apple’s response, it listens to customers and eventually puts things into play, as it has with a lot of features like the flash, twitter integration, notifications and so many others.  Its not as quick to market with these features but they make it into the iOS soon enough to make users think, “Hey, i thought of that!”.  The other side of the coin to me is much more worth it; the OS stability.  I have been coding for Android for about a month and iOS for about 3 years.  Anyone who has done so can easily tell you the tools and debugging and overall stability of iOS is far better than that of Android.  This results in better quality products.  Id rather have a stable mobile device OS than one where programmers can control your device in many ways you may not even know about and have no supervision over what programmer’s apps can do, see, send, delete, create and poke around in your mobile device.
4.  Voice Control.  I have been playing around with Dragon for a while and other apps that give voice control functionality to iOS, including Google’s own Google Mobile App.  Plus with Apple’s move into Nuance, thats just like saying…”I just got the latest Buck Rogers action figure”….”Great, Im gettin mine tomorrow!”.
5.  Google Accnt Integration.  Alas, an actual advantage.  The afore mentioned were comparative advantages.  They dont really represent a core, solid, durable advantage.  Anyone in business will tell you, they are simply features that can be copied and implemented.  This on the other hand is indeed a real advantage because its not easily reproduced.  I love gmail and so does the rest of the world so unless Apple came up with a back-end solution for this in their new Cupertino Spaceship campus, but it would be better to simply buy Google out :).  (Im kidding).  But it would be better to just play nice with Google on that.
In conclusion, far from leaving iOS in the dust with 4 features, the one real advantage Google Android has over iOS is their integration with their own back-end services.  Nothing a little money and an alliance can’t remedy.  Just ask the motown 4 [the 4 major record labels Apple signed up for their iTunes Cloud Service]. 🙂