Reclaim Your Sense of Wonder

VentureBeat
11/7/2013

VentureBeat has compiled a list of 15 technologies that will reinvigorate your sense of wonder. No more “another web service to help me blah blah blah”. These technologies are the stuff of science fiction…coming to a shelf near you. Soon. Here are a few:

  1. Intraexon. Mind control your computer. For real (by turning your brainwaves into 1s and 0s and using a headset to transmit the data to your computer).
  2. GoogleGlass. Yeah, I’m a fan (and an Explorer). Check out my GoogleGlass blog, DiaryOfAGlasshole.
  3. 3D printing.
  4. Blood testing without breaking the skin from Biosense.
  5. GPS indoors (from companies like IndoorAtlas)
  6. Quantum Computing (from D-Wave)

 

A Scientific Look at Making People Pay Attention To Your Social Media and Blog Posts

thenextweb.com
10/20/2013

Have you ever wondered what makes people share, retweet, or comment on one article over another? Perhaps it has to do with your titles (and no, I don’t have great titles either).

According to The Next Web, there is apparently a method to the madness. I’ve provided some highlights below, but even before you start that, you need to understand when your audience likes to hear from you. AM? PM? 2 o’clock? 4:30? Social management platforms like Social Bro can really help you target optimum times to post. Here are some highlights:

  1. Use action words: more verbs, less nouns.
  2. There is a list of the 20 most retweetable words.
  3. Make your pictures self-explanatory because photos get 53% more likes, 104% more comments, and 84% more click-throughs.
  4. Be terse: posts with 80 words or less get 66% more engagement
  5. Stop mentioning yourself (use less “I”)
  6. Give your readers numbers – the bigger the better
  7. Everyone wants to be taught: Use “Introduction,” “The beginners guide,” “In 5 minutes” and “DIY”
  8. There are 7 general words that make posts more viral (like “smart” and “history”)

Never Forget Another Webpage with Pocket

getpocket.com
10/19/2013

The biggest problem with the Information Age? It’s too big!

I find interesting articles, videos, software, and all manner of digital trinkets everyday. The problem is I forget about them. I took to emailing myself links but the emails would only get buried. That’s when I found Pocket.

Pocket is a fantastic cross-platform application that enables me to quickly add a link (to an article, for example) and tag it so that I can return to it later. Of course, I have to remember to continually check Pocket but at least it’s only one source. You can easily email any link to Pocket (via a standard email address) and there is some integration with iOS and Android application “share” functionality. Pocket also includes a Google Chrome extension that makes it drop-dead easy to add links while surfing the Web. The best part is that because Pocket is cross-platform, I always have my articles on whatever device I’m using: PC, iPad, iPhone, etc.

It’s like having your own, private library of interesting information all organized by whatever tags you want to have (you can then filter your saved links by tags). Now if only they’d launch a feature that allows me to share my library…

You Need to Keep Questioning What You Believe

rethinkeverythingblog.com
10/19/2013

They say that really intelligent people change their minds. A lot. It’s not that they are easily swayed, but more that they are capable of changing their opinions, their position, and their beliefs when presented with information or evidence that forces them to rethink what they know. This blog presents alternative ideas and opinions on a wide range of subjects (culture, society, intelligence, creativity, business, marketing, and more) that are all touched by digital technologies.