Facebook +Shaka + rusnivek + VR = ?

Sometimes I get to do some cool things.


My friends at Facebook wanted to showcase their virtual reality (VR) stuff with me.

Shaka + LIKE + @rusnivek

Virtual reality goggles? Yep. The possibilities on Facebook Messenger/chat/meetings are endless.

Software has some inherent challenges esp with the shortfall of hardware proliferation and consistency. Bandwidth issues and requirements are tough enough to manage for reasonable VR interaction and usage.

But overall, some neeto VR stuff.

See, I told you VR is closer than you think.

@rusnivek

I do not FAVORITE on Twitter – but I LIKE #SMEM

Stop saying favorite….say like!

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In case you missed it, Twitter changed their “favorite” button to a “like” button.

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Yep, it changed from a star to a heart.

Twitter has played off the move from “favorite” to “like” as a universal symbol. The hearts have also done well on Periscope, Twitter’s live broadcast social media app. Perhaps it’s their cross platform comfort by using the heart as their like too.

Although I am NOT much of a fan of the new change, it might make it easier for people to say the one-syllable “LIKE” vs that three-syllable “FAVORITE” – I guess.

#Twittr

#Twittr

In my life, I do appreciate Twitter saving me from saying two less syllables.

Either way, you should “LIKE” things on Twitter now.

@rusnivek

 

640 Insta -> 1080 Insta #Instagram

Instagram just announced that it will go from 640×640 picture posts now to 1080 x 1080 picture posts.

This is most likely attributed to mobile hardware improvements since 2010 and camera phones now take excellent pictures. So to meet the new uploads and higher quality standards, Instagram changed their programming to allow users to include more.

So what does all that gobbledygook actually mean for the Instagrammer?

Before you could only post this type of image with marginal clarity (640 resolution).

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Now, you can post this with better quality and better clarity (1080 resolution).

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Bigger picture at a standard 1080 resolution, better clarity, and a much better story platform for your audience.

Picture border? Still square.

Time is short, so Gram good stuff.

@rusnivek

Twitter is now tracking all other apps too! Freaked out?

So…this just happened to me.

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Twitter will now track the activities from all your OTHER apps on your smart phone/tablet.

That’s right, Twitter will use:

  • your FourSquare/Swarm geolocation data to target you for ads.
  • your pictures to see what you take pictures of to target you for ads.
  • your songs to see what music you listen to so they can target you for ads
  • your Instagram photos to see who likes them so they can target ads to them.
  • your airlines apps so they can serve you targeted ads on your flights
  • your phone calls to see who/where you call so they can target ads to you/them.

You get the idea.

Yeowza Twitter.

From Twitter’s EULA: “…collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in.”

Creeped out? You know you can disable this feature through the Twitter app’s settings menu. Depending on the iOS:

  • For iOS device users: disable this through setting —> account -> privacy -> Tailor Twitter based on my apps.
  • For Android users: settings -> account -> other ->Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

I get that Twitter would like to collect data with what I do using in the Twitter app. In fact, I expect it. However, I am a bit uncomfortable with Twitter collecting info from various other apps.

Not cool Twitter. Way to be that creepy Uncle.

@rusnivek