More and more companies are giving out free analytics tools. Twitter is the latest to launch one, allowing anyone to have deep analytics about their followers, and their performance.
For more information about Twitter Analytics, read this article from thenextweb.com.
Vizify has partnered with Twitter to create a quick, automatic video of your Twitter and Vine activity. Make yours here.
Foursquare has partnered with Samsung to build an interactive time map, that maps out all of your foursquare activity over time. It’s neat and a bit creepy. Check it out here.
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Last week YouTube had “a week of dedicated programming that includes live performances, new episodes from popular YouTube comedy channels, curated top ten lists from comedy stars and more.”
There were hundreds of videos created and featured throughout the week, generating millions of views, likes, comments and shares. That being said, Comedy Week suffered in views and engagement, as it was the first time YouTube has done this event.
- Less than expected views to the Comedy Week content (views ranged between 10 thousand and 6 million)
- Original YouTuber and Celebrity videos performed well, but only marginally better than if Comedy Week had not happened
- The live event (see below) was the only thing that made Comedy Week stand out from any other week on YouTube
Below are some blogger and press articles about the week:
Jeff Klima from newmediarockstars.com says “YouTube Comedy Week was a total bust.”
KQED’s Emily Eifler calls YouTube Comedy Week “a mixed bag”.
For more information on Comedy Week, check out this article from Collider.com
Featured videos from YouTube Comedy Week as selected by Google:
An actual conversation with a 2 year girl and her father, as re-enacted by 2 full-grown men.
What kind of Asian are you?
YouTubers React to Try to Watch This Without Laughing or Grinning.
Epic Rap Battles of History News with Teddy Roosevelt 2.
“The Internship” stars Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn search for their next big roles in this sketch.
Learn the Master Sales Techniques with Jerry Prastis including the most difficult one of them all: the cold call.
The Big Live Comedy Show – YouTube Comedy Week Highlights:
Watch as Comedy Week kicks off with an all-star show featuring live performances and video debuts from some of the top names in comedy!
Justin Willman performs his unique brand of magic.
The Lonely Island perform their song “Spring Break Anthem,” featuring T-Pain.
Hunter March was at YouTube’s Big Live Comedy Show talking to all your favorite comedians and YouTubers including Daily Grace, Tobuscus, Smosh, and Key of Awesome!
Watch more of the biggest comedy week videos here:
Last night we hosted our bi-monthly Speaker Series.
We asked the audience what some of their favourite apps or digital tools were. This is the list:
Buffer makes scheduling your posts fast and easy.
Rapportive shows you rich contact profiles within Gmail.
Xyo is a great tool for seeing app ratings, reviews and data at a glance.
Distimo is best for getting in depth analytics for apps across all platforms.
App Annie is excellent for tracking your app’s ratings, rankings and sales.
PageRank Status easily tells you how popular a website is. If you’re a PR person, this is a great tool for checking the popularity of a website.
Wappalyzer identifies what software was used to build a website.
Sleepyti.me is a cool tool for calculating your REM sleep cycle, and how to optimize your sleep around that schedule.
123D allows you to easily turn your photos into digital models, that you can 3D print.
4D printing allows for your printed objects to take form after they have been printed.
User Agent Switcher is a tool that let’s you switch browser interfaces within a single browser.
Zillow is Pinterest for home renovations and includes price estimates.
Starbuck’s Mobile App makes paying from your phone easy.
Zombies, Run! is an iOS running app that places you in a zombie-filled world in which you must escape zombies, turning the exercise into a game.
At last night’s Speaker Series event Sameera Banduk from Thalmic Labs spoke to us about the MYO. Below are the videos that were shown during the presentation:
If you are new to wearable tech, here is a video outlining some of the many possibilities.
Get your tickets to Jumpwire Media’s Crossmedia Banff in September 2013.
Crossmedia Banff is a showcase of 40 of the most innovative companies and creators in motion, mobile, marketing, publishing and games.
It’s been 3 months since everyone at Jumpwire Media started using Nike+ FuelBand. Now the question is, are we all in better shape because we’ve been tracking our movement, or are we all just more aware of the fact that we are not very active?
Let’s dive into the data.
I’ll preface this data by saying that we all at Jumpwire are your typical office workers, we spend 10+ hours a day sitting in an office, working on computers and most of our activity comes from commuting to and from work.
Here’s what a month with Nike+ FuelBand looks like for me, a 18-24 year old male.
I hit my goal of 2,000 Nike Fuel a mere 6 times in the month. You’ll notice that generally my activity tends to trend downward during the workweek, and it picks up somewhat on the weekends.
But how does this stack up against other 18-24 year old males, and other Nike+ FuelBand users?
This graph shows my average daily Nike Fuel compared to other 18-24 year old males and all Nike Fuel users.
This isn’t a great representation of my daily averages, as I may have under performed this week. If I replace my Nike Fuel here with my average to date, will I still under perform against the competition?
Yes, I do. My daily average Nike Fuel is 1,559 compared to 2,200 for the average 18-24 year old male.
The big problem- from a data perspective- with Nike Fuel, is that there is no way to compare specific demographics. Am I under performing in my demographic because I’m being compared to athletes? How do I stack up against other office workers?
This brings us back to the original question, has my activity trended upward since using Nike+ FuelBand, or has it only served as a reminder that I’m not very active?
Unfortunately, my activity hasn’t changed. Throughout everyone at the office, no one has made a life style change to become more active because of the Nike+ FuelBand. It comes back to the fact that if you work in a standard office, you have to be infront of a screen for 8+ hours a day and no little tracking band will change that fact.
However, there are a few small and easy lifestyle changes you can make to be more active during the work day, and to bump up that Nike+ FuelBand score:
1. Have you ever watched the West Wing? Remember how all their meetings happened while walking? Implementing walking meetings can help get your blood flowing during the day.
2. In a similar vein, try having off site meetings that you have to walk to.
3. Don’t go to the coffee shop across the street, instead go to the one 5 blocks away.
4. Install walking desks in your office. They are comfortable, quiet, and a great way to keep working and walking. New York Times best selling Author and YouTuber, John Green, is writing his new book almost entirely from his walking desk.
We are in the very early stages of the wearable tech wave, but hopefully we will start seeing more and more solutions to eliminate sitting from our working lives.
For more information on how important walking is to living a healthy life, click here for Wired’s article calling sitting the new smoking.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t forget to show your appreciation by doing something nice for her. Do any of these sound like your mother?
The iPhone Mom
She has more friends than you on Facebook and more followers on Twitter.
This Mom thinks mommy bloggers are silly, but that’s totally what she is.
She goes to the gym, and could totally kick your ass.
Her phone password is 1234, doesn’t know how to add contacts and still uses abbreviations while texting- a carry over from her feature phone days.
She may not be the most tech savvy mom, but she sure looks cool.
The Android Mom
This tech savvy mom knows more about her phone than you know about Halo. Come to think of it, she probably knows more about Halo than you do.
She can be found at the park watching her favourite episode of Battlestar Galactica, or video chatting with her hubby while having a mocha latte from a hole-in-the-wall coffee joint you’ve never heard of.
She may know how to use Google Wallet, and what Cylons are, but her cookies are terrible.
The Blackberry Mom
She works at a big company, and they’ve given her a blackberry. She thinks she’s witty when she calls it a ‘crackberry’, but she’s not- because blackberries suck.
After many fights with her husband, she never answers her email on the weekends. Every other waking moment, however, is spent tapping away at the physical keyboard that for some reason still exists on her blackberry.
She knows email way better than you do, but is still unsure why you keep changing the Google logo.
The Feature Phone Mom
Its 2013 and she has just learned how to text. She uses abbreviations to shave milliseconds off her day. Unfortunately, it requires you to spend minutes trying to decipher the gibberish she sends you.
She calls you over all the time to fix her computer, which it turns out, is always unplugged. She is the kind of person who unplugs her computer, she says its to save power, but you know the truth- that she doesn’t know how to shut it down properly.
Share this with a friend if any of these sound like your mother.
Have a lovely Mother’s Day.
Last night we hosted our bi-monthly Speaker Series, where we asked the audience what their favourite app was. Here are some of our favourites:
Organize everything in your life with Trello.
Trello is a great tool for organizing your life, and the lives of the people around you. The interface is responsive, intuitive and easy to learn. To me it screams ‘Pinterest for Productivity’. Here’s a demo:
I’ll be testing it for the next couple weeks, so be sure to follow me on Twitter for updates.
Qwiki turns your photos and videos into beautiful stories.
I’ve always had a ton of photos and videos on my iPhone that just sort of sit there. What Qwiki does is takes your photos and videos, mixes in your music, and turns them into beautiful slideshows that you can share with your friends. It’s the perfect addition if you just returned from a vacation.
Do you have trouble waking up in the morning?
I have a bad case of hitting the snooze button and falling back asleep, that’s why I love Wake n Shake. When your alarm goes off, the only way to shut it off is shaking it for 30 seconds.. To help curb that rude awakening, the app has a cute alarm clock mascot that is active when you are, intuitive controls, red display for easy reading at night and even a gameification system that allows you to compete against your friends. The only downside is you have to have it open all night with your auto-lock off. Definitely a must-download. Here’s a video:
Watch this now.
This wonderfully brilliant video pokes the oligopolous bear that is sub par, over priced cable and internet services we are getting. Unless of course you live in Kansas City, in which case the world envies you and your Google Fiber.
Speaking of Google, our leader, Gavin McGarry has been invited to be a Google Glass Explorer.
We are all very excited at Jumpwire HQ, as it means we will all be testing out Google Glass sooner than we had hoped.
Last week we all picked up Nike Fuelbands in the office and have been competing all week for the highest score.
Here’s an update:
YouTube Releases One Channel Design to the Public
One Channel fluidly brings the channel back into the fold of the YouTube home page. The new channel design works across all devices, features a channel trailer viewable only to non-subscribers and allows any channel to have a channel banner (previously only available to certain partners). YouTubers will rejoice as channel comments have made a return, making engagement with content creators much easier and more direct. Where before the channel was a very separate entity, this move is the first step towards paid channels.
— Devin Moore (@DtmDevmo) March 22, 2013
Jumpwire Media HQ Bands Together, Nike+ Style
If you haven’t heard of it, Fuelband is a bracelet that tracks each step taken and calorie burned. The innovative part of Fuelband is that it sets daily goals for you, shows you your progress and allows you to compete and share with your friends. We’re keeping tabs on who is the most active, so be sure to follow us on twitter to see who is on top (FYI We are all very sore losers)
Minuum Flattens the Keyboard
Minuum breaks down the traditional keyboard, and creates a tiny keyboard meant for modern typing. What is even more interesting is that it allows you to type on anything. Minuum boasts potential for typing by writing on your arm, using google glass and even wagging your finger. This Toronto based startup is definitely on our watch list.
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One of our clients has us swimming in movie related content lately. If you were already excited about the new Star Trek into the Darkness movie, this is definitely up your alley.
DreamUp: Built for creative professionals by creative professionals
DeviantArt, one of the top 100 websites in the United States, has launched a new, exclusive, creative site called DreamUp. The site is meant to connect creatives with clients and boasts the elimination of costly scams for both parties. The new site makes up for previous attempts by creating a simple network to facilitate fluid communication between creative and client. For more on DreamUp, check out the write up from Wired.
Google Reader Bites the Dust
Earlier this week, Google announced it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1st. This announcement was met with such protest that a petition to keep Google Reader has reached 100,000 signatures. The move is meant to increase traffic through Google+, yet Reader’s traffic still dominates over the faltering social platform. ReplaceReader is a handy site that was created shortly after the announcement to pull together tweets on what users will be using instead of Google Reader. If you’re looking for a new reader to use, check out ReplaceReader.
Ever wish your phone speakers were louder?
Now you can sync up all of your friend’s devices around you and play one track, simultaneously through all of your gangs phones. Cool? We think so. Check out their video above.
Hashtagart Mosaic: Turning fans & followers into art
The patent-pending Hashtagart Mosaic application is a real-time collaborative art piece, which is built by the capture and collection of avatar images from social networks. Every fan who publishes a status with a client’s marketing message, is added to the mosaic. We call it art 2.0.
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Mental Floss, a bi monthly magazine, and website has finally launched the YouTube channel we have all been waiting for. Hosted by the New York Times bestselling author and YouTube sensation John Green and his brother, the co-founder of VlogBrothers, Hank Green, the channel shows much promise. If you’re interested in fun educational videos like CGPGray, MinutePhysics and ASAPscience, you’ll love Mental Floss.
A Refreshed Facebook News Feed
Facebook unveiled a brand new look for its news feed this week, in an effort to reduce clutter and concentrate more on stories from the people you care about (according to their algorithim). The new feed is extremely visual and aims to make each story more vibrant and eye catching. Photo’s, Videos and friends multimedia posts are highlighted – sharing and engaging is also highlighted making it easier to interact with content. Ad Age has a great wrap up of what this change means for brands.
Furnish: Decorating with Augmented Reality
Augmented reality is something many have tried but few have stuck. Launched in September of last year under a more common moniker ‘Ikea NOW’, Furnish helps interior decorators of all levels imagine how that new piece will look in the room of their choice. Although it is not without bugs, Furnish shows promise into the future of disrupting the traditional way of designing your new space. Download the app on iOS and let us know what you think.
Everything’s bigger in Texas: SXSW 2013
The 2013 SXSW® Interactive Festival will feature five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer. Join us for the most energetic, inspiring and creative event of the year.
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With a new song and tour announced, it’s always good to know who could’ve been apart of the dynamic indie duo. Weird Al? Tom Delonge? We think they made a good choice but you be the judge.
Here at Jumpwire Media, we love how innovative radio has become with the use of technology, a true blend of the old with the new. Here are 3 recent breakthroughs in radio’s evolution that may interest you:
1) Instaradio is a young company that contacted our president Gavin recently. Coming soon, this app will turn your phone into a broadcast radio station. Very intriguing, and perfect for parties/sharing music with friends - instarad.io
2) ‘Dumb’ radio gets smart: TuneIn Radio adds a trending feature for live programming across 70K radio stations. As Jeffrey Remedios said at Crossmedia Toronto, music industry focus has “shifted from moving units to moving people,” so this feature has great potential. Read more here.
3) Some radio stations are using this app for real time traffic alerts using mobile crowd sourcing. We think this is the future of traffic updates for radio. Learn how you can start using it at greenowlmobile.com