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Back to the Future: Augmented Reality Twitter

Marty McFly would have blown his flux capacitor if he read the post below.

Marty McFly would have blown his flux capacitor if he read the post below.

As the Joker famously said in The Dark Knight, “And… here… we… go!”

What is augmented reality twitter? The best thing ever according to some, and to others it will be yet more evidence of the impending downfall of our civilization. My take? The technology could actually have some life-saving real world applications. Check the video and read on.

So at this point you think I lost it. You’re thinking, “Adrian, there are floating faces sending tweets using GPS technology. Please tell me you’re kidding with the life-saving thing.” Well, actually I’m not. See, Twitter has already shown it’s unparalleled ability to provide up to the second updates in dangerous circumstances. The Iran election fallout was a high profile one, the recent plane collision over the Hudson River was another.

Imagine this scenario. There is a school shooting on a sprawling college campus. The day was well-planned and the tragedy has law enforcement playing catchup. On a campus this big and with the shooters separated in different buildings, a dangerous stalemate is taking place. No one knows where the survivors are hiding but its a race against time. The students could make a call from where they’re hiding but they risk being heard. A tweet will help. A GPS aided augmented reality tweet would really do the trick.

In this scenario a still disbelieving officer scans  an iPhone across three large buildings and he can see where students are hiding. Law enforcement concentrates their efforts efficiently and saves students. Imagine a terrorist attack. Imagine finding survivors beneath rubble before time runs out. It sounds crazy. But it could be a reality.

It will probably end up being primarily used by a teenager to find her friends in the mall. But it could be great. Apple has to open up its code so that this technology can become widespread first though because as of now it was done as a work around. Stay tuned. It might be as close as we get to time travelling cars.

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Friday Night Links: Twitter Edition

What? A graphic?! Yes, its that time of the week. This time a wrinkle. All of the links will come from my interesting tweets(and retweets) of the week. Don’t worry they’re not all about Twitter. Its a vibrant cross section of the news that is the fabric of this great nation. Oh and videos. I always bring the vids.

Jon Stewart earns the wrath of Rush Limbaugh. Looks like a win-win for Stewart.

The GOP isn’t worried about backlash from hispanics over Sotomayor. I think they should be.

Grad sues college for tuition because she can’t get a job.

Newly discovered pieces by Mozart, technically demanding and furiously paced. He was seven or eight years old when he wrote them. When I was seven, my teacher asked the class to find out the opposite of the word “sweet”. I came back the next day, told her it was “sour” and received some sort of prize. My accomplishment was not technically demanding, furiously paced nor was it an extensive concerto movement.

Cheesily produced video of the greatest basketball team ever assembled. The 1992 Dream Team:

The prevalence of these stories doesn’t make it any less alarming. We’re running out of oil at an unbelievable rate.

Apple tries to silence 11 year old with exploding iPod.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The time for lasers on top of airplanes has come.

The Onion: “Victim of Mall Shooting Determined Not To Die In Yankee Candle”

140 characters? Please. Old news. The cheapest telegrams used to be 150 characters. Includes awesome code words for shortening sentences. Thus: “If a sufficient inducement is offered, the hunting expedition will not set out” could be sent in code by simply sending “Inert hurst” in a telegram.

With the news that championship hero David Ortiz failed a steroid test in 2003, coming on the heels of the Patriots shady business during Spygate, a new song has come out. Boston Trophy Party:

Reuters CEO is going at online content distribution just like the AP…but the exact opposite. “I believe in the link economy.” Great read.

Hey so, why are Russian nuclear submarines snooping off the East coast of the US?

The Onion: Solitary Crow on Fence Post Portending Doom, Analysts Warn

Candidate Bloomberg: Let’s reopen LIRR stations in Elmhurst, Richmond Hill, and Glendale. Please do Mr. Mayor if you are reelected to be mayor once again. Transportation in some parts of Queens is a nightmare.

Seth Rogan talks about being rejected by Megan Fox with rejection clip. Hilarious.

Geez, why was he so nervous anyway?

Oh.

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Risky Business: News Corp. To Charge For Online Content

The Last Mogul will either be the first innovator or...the last mogul.

The "Last Mogul" will either be the first innovator or...the last mogul.

It happens in many of our favorite action movies. The hero has been outsmarted. He’s up against the wall and the pirate/ninja/dragon/girlfriend has the upper hand. The hero is out of options. Will we see him fall? Assuredly so…unless …unless of course he can pull off the riskiest of moves. He has no other options but to swing on a rope onto another ship/use a forbidden martial arts move that could leave him defenseless or deal a fatal blow/roll underneath the beast, avoid napalm-like flame and plunge his sword deep into its belly/feign sickness to get out of the scrabble triple date. This is the news industry. It’s zero hour. And it’s their move.

And so it is amidst these dire circumstances that Rupert Murdoch decided that his success with the Wall Street Journal is enough to test the waters of monetizing online news across all of his newspapers by June 2010. The New York Post, the UK’s Times and the Sun, and Australia’s Daily Telegraph are just some of the newspapers he owns besides the WSJ.

As I blogged about a couple of weeks ago some companies are trying to get ahead of this coming wave of news organizations trying to figure out how to receive revenue for quality journalism. The trick is that they must provide a price point or a pay model that retains enough readers so that advertisers don’t jump ship. Whether news organizations use an intermediary or develop their own system, it’s clear that they will have to create a delicate balance between opposing forces.

If Murdoch succeeds? Besides inflating his ego, it will save newspapers. Plain and simple. In an era where classified advertising went to Craigslist, newspapers would receive a life preserver in the form of revenue injection across the board. If it fails? News Corp. will stumble badly but I don’t think it can get much worse for other news organizations. The worst of the recession has passed by most accounts and newspapers are hurting, but they are surviving.

So the movie will play out in front of our eyes. The trouble–of course–is that at the end of movies you leave the theater happy. In real life? The good guys don’t always win.

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For a chance to have my blog posts delivered to the comfort of a popular social network, follow me @TheRealAdrianC on Twitter, where I retweet  loads of interesting and important stories each day, send out social media news, and of course, pass along my humble blog posts, to you, the discerning new  media devotee.

Newsgasm:On Clinton/North Korea, Clunkers, LA Fitness Shooting and more…

I’m going to try something a little different here. I had a little bit to say about multiple news stories, nothing I wanted to ramble about. Maybe this becomes a weekly feature maybe not, but can you say recurring? I think so.

Bill Clinton/North Korea: It’s amazing that the United States was able to pull this off with a huge assist from Bill Clinton. But as information came out yesterday that Clinton already had a guarantee that he was going to be taking the prisoners home, I wasn’t surprised. Howard Kurtz, Washington Post media critic, opined that this was the case on @HowardKurtz on Twitter, before it became public. What I find most interesting is that North Korea rejected Al Gore and seemingly Hillary Clinton as emissaries, and asked for Bill Clinton.

Cash for ‘Clunkers’: Click for data on why the program is working. I, like so many others in this country am tired of the political games that seem necessary to achieve progress in this country. It doesn’t matter what your politics are. Let me repeat, this is not about politics. The program set out to improve the average mileage of cars in the United States, have  positive environmental and economic repercussions because of it,  and help Americans who were three of four thousand dollars short of being able to finally get a new car. Guess what. It’s a success. Getting the extra $2 billion should not necessitate arm wringing and nonsensical posturing. This time it was Republicans but neither party is immune to the idiocy that is common place. When progress can only be accomplished at a glacial pace, Americans lose out in the long run.

LA Fitness Shooting: Click for story from CNN. This tragic story may have a lasting impact on law enforcement. Mashable details online diary entries from the  murderer who set out to kill young women. He was planning it and talked about  how he was lonely, hadn’t had a girlfriend since 1984 and that he didn’t want to live anymore. How will law enforcement patrol the internet for dangerous people who are making their criminal intentions known beforehand?

Healthcare: The article explains that Democrats are feeling good about passing healthcare reform after a pep talk from the Head Coach-in-Chief. I know that healthcare is a polarizing issue and even within a party, there is disagreement. I even blogged about an issue that’s been dismissed that may be crucial in the debate. But why exactly are Republicans so up in arms? So astonished, bewildered and enraged about the prospect of healthcare? This was one of the pillars of Obama’s campaign. He won. Did you think he would decide against it once he was able to kick his feet up in the Oval office? I don’t mean to trivialize the issue. But last week Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats have the votes to pass healthcare. Politicians are the cagiest of people, why would she say this and have it blow up in her face? It seems that the Democrats can push something through if they want because of the public signing off on it in the election and because they can get the votes. Disagreement within the party has slowed progress of the bill because Blue Dog(more conservative) Democrats want consessions in the bill that progressives are against. Its pretty clear that Republicans will not work with Democrats for the best possible bill. It goes against their principles to do so. But why the uproar? If its so bad for the country won’t people realize this? If the bill is just another collosal mistake by the Obama administration, won’t this make it easier for a Republican challenger to harness the momentum of public opinion and defeat Obama in the 2012 election?

Of Facebook and Tweeting

Facebook is a fan favorite while Twitter has yet to grow on some.

Facebook is a fan favorite while Twitter has yet to grow on some.

Social networks get a bad rap. Sure, many people use Facebook to stalk a hottie they’re smitten with, waste time chatting with friends, or take a four question quiz which magically deciphers which household appliance they are. And sure Twitter can be 140 characters of status messages about how you  “just jumped rope” or “walked to the store and bought gum but not cinnamon flavored because I hate that flavor”. A large swath of Twitter users even make one Tweet and never return(@PaulBongo, I’m looking at you). I gave a lot of negatives there. But here’s the thing.

Despite the negative attention social networks get, or the dismissive air of many nonusers, eventually people come around to the popular ones. Myspace was this way and then eventually people were jostling for top friends recognition. Facebook was this way and then all of a sudden adults and mothers and fathers were getting them(much to the chagrin of their children). But Twitter isn’t this way. Twitter has some fierce holdouts unseen in the social network era.(Who knows with athletes tweeting from the bench during games the steroid era might actually be followed by the social network era.) I know many people who’s attitude towards Twitter borders on vitriolic. People who’s principled stances against even one solitary tweet seem ready to pass the test of time. And its only because people don’t understand the applications for Twitter or how to tweet.

*A Guy Explains Twitter to His 85 year old mother with Transcript. Excellent.

I’ve been doing some tweesearch recently and I’ve come across some interesting things. See, new Twitter trends are constantly changing, the possible uses of Twitter are still evolving. One story from Mashable looked at the top five Twitter trends last month. Real-time search is what Twitter provides that Google can not. When the uprising in Iran become a global news story, the #IranElection tag was(and still is) an up to the second way of knowing what was happening in the country and what people were saying about the issue.

A breaking story by the second. Click for an excellent piece on Iran and Twitter by Time.

A breaking story by the second. Click for an excellent piece on Iran and Twitter by Time.

I won’t go through every trend but this month’s article showcases live video sharing and Twitter petitions as new and interesting trends. Live videos could be used by someone with a certain expertise who is holding a question and answer session. It could be used for interviews or to promote content and creativity. Twitter petition’s could give a measure of power back to the consumer. After AT&T customers and iPhone users circulated a “Twitition” about unfair iPhone upgrade deals, AT&T decided to lower their prices. Journalists also use Twitter in interesting ways but I’ll cover that in another post some time.

I used a lot of content from Mashable and its in their best interest if more and more people use social networking sites and their content gets more viewers but the point remains that Twitter has a certain level of utility. If its not for you that’s fine. But it’s for more than just tweeting, “Boy, does Adrian love Twitter.”

Friday Night Links

I’m starting a new weekly feature. Is Friday night the best time time to get readers to check out interesting links? Maybe not. Is Friday Night Links the best ‘links’ related phrase I could come up with? Yes. Yes it is. On to the links.

I defy you to keep a straight face during this:

Groundbreaking stem-cell treatments help animals get back in the game for $3,000. Humans could be next.

Texas Governor Rick Perry may consider invoking 10th amendment’s state’s rights to pushback against a national healthcare plan.

Mayors, assemblymen, and rabbis, oh my. Corruption scandal nets two mayors and other officials from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

Time-lapsed video of Manhattan Bridge swaying with trains and cars. It’s supposed to happen to some degree but it sure is a little disconcerting:

If you like James Blunt’s, “You’re Beautiful”, you will love ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s “You’re Pitiful.”

You know how they say people in sports or pop culture are geniuses? ESPN’s Patrick Hruby debunks some of them.

Just a shoutout(linkout?) to where I like to get my politics fixin’.

Lebron gets dunked on by high school kid. Nike and James went to great lengths to keep this underwhelming video off of Youtube. Here’s the Youtube link:

Bill Simmons answer’s 5 Questions from Mediaite including thoughts on Twitter.

A sentence from this piece says it all. “The transformation brings new blood to the doughnut war in America’s most competitive market.” I knew not of this cutthroat dougnut war. I guess I was naive.

Lifetime’s Movies. An A through Z listing. So amazing. I think “When The Cradle Falls” and ‘Vows of Deception” are my faves.

Newsweek with some not-so objective journalism when it comes to the star of The Ugly Truth.

Saving the best for last. Japanese Fangirl beats over 10,000 people to meet the stars of Harry Potter. What ensues is so fantastic, so unfailingly unique, that you can’t help but watch in utter amazement. You want to look away but you just can’t. Oh and click the link. The one with Daniel Radcliffe(Harry Potter himself of course) is even better than this one.