A computing legend has died. The inventor of email, Ray Tomlinson, suffered an apparent heart attack on Saturday, according to reports. He was 74 years old. Tomlinson sent the very first email back in 1971; at the time, he was working in Boston at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN), a company that was instrumental in… Continue reading Inventor of email and savior of the @ sign, Ray Tomlinson, is dead at 74
YOUR NEWS FEED is about to get a lot more expressive. After months of user testing in a handful of countries, Facebook today is releasing “Reactions” to the rest of the world. The feature isn’t so much a new tool as it is an extension of an existing one; by long-pressing—or, on a computer, hovering—over the “like” button,… Continue reading Facebook rolls out a more expressive “Like” feature!
Twitter didn’t invent the hashtag (#), but it certainly popularised it with the masses. Once more commonly referred to as the pound sign, online use of the hashtag began on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) in the late 1990s, where it was used to categorise items into groups. In August 2007, designer Chris Messina asked his… Continue reading The History and Power of the Hashtag
Twitter is dying! Despite how popular Twitter seems to be, it’s actually on the decline. There’s a total of 1.3 BILLION accounts on Twitter. Out of that 1.3 billion, only 25% of the accounts are actually monthly active users.* As far as users in the United States go, there has been only a small growth of users between… Continue reading Is Twitter Dying? Come Take A Look!
What is Snapchat? Snapchat is currently the hottest social media startup, where CEO Evan Spiegel transformed the concept of ephemeral messaging to a social media platform. Users are able to send personal messages to their friends that can last up to 10 seconds. Alternatively, users can string these snaps together and post it to their Story, where it will vanish… Continue reading Are you a Snapchat user? Why do you use it?
Brand Generosity is a term used for the idea that a brand should be out there adding good things to people’s lives and to the culture. 6 main ideas that can help you practice this idea of brand generosity is: Inspire: give them something beautiful or emotive Provoke: give them something that makes them think McDonald’s made their billboard… Continue reading Ideas to Improve People’s Lives: Brand Generosity
Tags help users find your video when they search the site. When users type keywords related to your tags your video will appear in their search results. YouTube does consider user engagement as well (like number of views, views in common and user “retention”) but tagging is the *first* step to ranking your video in YouTube search… Continue reading 1 Quick & Easy Habit to Youtube Success