Archive for October, 2012

October 28, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #104: Horses and Bayonets, iPad Mini, Windows 8, RunPee, Iron Man, #BaldforBieber, and more

We have a packed show this week. In the first segment we talk about the final US Presidential Debate – “horses and bayonets” and “the 1980s called”. We also check in with the big tech announcements this week: New iPad (4), the iPad Mini, Blackberry 10, and Windows 8.

Have you ever needed to run out of the theatre to go to the restroom or grab another bag of popcorn? Well, there’s an app for that. This week’s “Creepy or Awesome?!” features an app that tells you when the best time to leave the movie. What do you think?

Phil also checks in with Fiaaz Walji RE: phishing, and we talk about the 25 worst internet passwords. Spoiler Alert: “password” is #1.

Our “Hashtag Fail of the Week” features bald Bieber fans…is it a hoax? Finally our YouTube Hero pits Gangnam Style: Halloween Edition vs the theatrical trailer for Iron Man 3.

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October 26, 2012

5 favourite HallowMEME costumes for 2012

I love memes – those easily recognizable,  highly entertaining, and often annoying photos flying around the internet with sarcastic jokes written on them. A never-ending stream of them seems to rise up the rankings on Reddit all year, but Halloween is the time to bring these images to life. Hallowmeme parties have been going on for a few years.  They feature people dressed as Nyan Cat, the Bed Intruder, and double rainbow. But you can’t show up to the party dressed as last year’s meme: that’s party suicide!  To help out, here are a few of my favourite costume ideas for 2012:

1. Paul Ryan Beefcake

Just put on your worst-looking gym clothes and a backwards red baseball hat and you’re set. If you really want it to be authentic, you could buy this t-shirt, these shorts, and this hat . Be prepared to express some pretty offensive and condescending ideas about gender equality, women’s rights, taxes, and the middle class if you’re going to go as the beefcake.

2. McKayla is NOT impressed

This one was one of the most popular memes to come out of the London Summer games. The first item you should get for this costume is the silver medal - very important since this is what caused the expression in the first place. If you have about $500 kicking around you could by the official team jacket she was wearing, but a grey shell suit or hoodie would do. Don’t forget the scowl.

3. Overly Attached Girlfriend

The look in her eye always creeps me out when I see this meme. All you need for this one is a teal t-shirt from Target and you’re ready to go. You might also want to pick up a standard brunette wig to finish off the look. Be sure to work on your wide-eyed stare and creepy things to say about how possessive you are… knowing her personalized lyrics to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” wouldn’t hurt either.

4. PSY (Gangnam Style)

This one is great. It comes with a little dance and everything…you would be the hit of the party! I don’t even need to explain what to buy for this one because there are already websites devoted to Gangnam Style costumes…check out www.psycostumes.com to build yours.

5. Ridiculously photogenic guy

This one is ridiculously easy. Purple shirt, black running shorts, stubble, smile, and you’re done. If you really want to get advanced, you can print out a pic of Zeddie Little, glue it to a piece of cardboard, and you have a mask, like this.

What’s your favourite meme of 2012, and will you be dressing as it for Halloween?

October 20, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #103: Binders full of women, EA gives away free games, a new YouTube record, and more!

This week we keep pace with the US Presidential candidates and look at the online reaction during, and after, Monday’s Town Hall debate. We chat about the new twitter handles (@RomneysBinder), and tumblr blogs (Binders Full of Women), created before the event was even over.

Big news on the viral video front, Gangnam Style was knocked off of YouTube’s top spot after they changed the way they rank videos. Our #fail of the week centres on gaming giant EA giving away unlimited free games due to a coupon mix-up.

And in our final segment we talk about Felix Baumgartner breaking not only the sound barrier, but also the record for the “live stream with the most concurrent views ever on YouTube”.

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October 17, 2012

Not sure I endorse LinkedIn’s new “endorsements” feature

Over the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed a few emails about people “endorsing” you on LinkedIn.  I got a few of them too, so I thought I’d check it out. I logged into my account and viewed who has endorsed me, and started endorsing people.

LinkedIn’s blog announcement says “We are introducing Endorsements, a new feature that makes it easier to recognize them for their skills and expertise. With just one click, you can now endorse your connections for a skill they’ve listed on their profile or recommend one they haven’t added yet. Think your connection is great at programming AND project management? Let them know!”

And with this, LinkedIn is trying to join the game of online influence. Essentially, they’ve created their own version of Klout, or PeerIndex, or Kred.  Just take a quick look at the profiles on these services below…

…LinkedIn “endorsements”…

 

…kind of looks like…Klout Topics…

…which kind of looks like…the Kred Dashboard…

….which kind of looks like…PeerIndex…

In a world saturated with “topic influence” services, I fear that this isn’t the right move for LinkedIn. Besides competing with an already crowded marketplace, the “endorsements” feature has the potential to harm the LinkedIn experience itself by detracting from the “recommendations” feature. In short, I think people will opt to endorse somebody rather then recommend them, and here’s why that matters: “recommendations” are written explanations about why an employee is valued. They usually refer to specific  experiences, work projects, or professional attributes, and the relationship of the author to the person they are recommending is disclosed. An “endorsement”, on the other hand, is a quick “+1″ on the user’s self-proclaimed skills. One can simply scroll down a user’s profile and click on each of their skills. No explanation, no disclosure of relationship, no details.  This quick “+1″ ability may also leave the door open to “I’ll endorse you if you endorse me back”  behaviour.

Trying to measure online influence isn’t a bad thing. In the past, I must admit, I’ve tried to boost my Klout score. I made sure my content was focused, interacted with others regularly, pushed out a lot of updates, etc. But there have also been times when I just didn’t care about it and I completely ignored my social media accounts. Neither of these actions seemed to have influenced my score much, so I can’t see myself continuing to be active in the “endorsement” game.

The Project Management LinkedIn group has a decent discussion this week about “endorsements”. A few good points were made:

What do you think? Are “endorsements” a welcome way to give kudos to colleagues, or a wasteful exercise in meaningless rewards?

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