29th May 2012
Pinterest + Instagram = Pinstagram
Two digital entrepreneurs in San Francisco have cleverly combined Pinterest and Instagram to create Pinstagram http://pinstagram.co. This new service is a lovely way to view, comment and easily share Instagram images on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
Display Instagram images like a Twitter wall
I came across a great new way to display Instagram images recently using a website called Search Instagram. http://www.searchinstagram.com. It shows images as a scrolling display and would be a great way of presenting images at an event. All you do is add search criteria and images start scrolling just like a Twitter wall.
The QR code garden at the Chelsea Flower Show
The Chelsea Flower show ended on Saturday. This year the show featured a ground breaking garden designed by Jade Goto and Shelley Mosco. The focal point of the interactive garden was a large QR (Quick Response) code, created from a wall of vertical planting. Visitors were able to scan the wall with their smart phone and access instant information about the garden. It seems QR codes are not dead yet! http://www.qrcodegarden.co.uk
Tatler’s augmented reality corgi
I love augmented reality technology. Condé Nast’s Tatler title is celebrating The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a special augmented reality issue that brings the front cover to life. Powered by the Zappar app http://zappar.com readers can try on the crown jewels and bring a corgi to life! I would like to see this technology being used in product brochures, conference literature and on exhibitions stands. Read the full story in Media Week here http://mediaweek.co.uk/news/1129530/Tatler-partners-Zappar-Diamond-Jubilee-augmented-reality-issue
The digital Diamond Queen
I’m in love with infographics. This one created by digital agency Tamar http://www.tamar.com shows how socially savvy the Queen really is. Her Maj has had over 37 million views on YouTube and Buckingham Palace has had 157,122 check-in’s on Facebook. I wonder how many were her and do you think she uses Foursquare? I’d love to think of her as Mayor of Buck http://www.tamar.com/thinking/digital-diamond-queen
How to Thrive in the Digital Age
I bought a great book from The School of Life last week. It’s by Tom Chatfield http://tomchatfield.net who has worked for Google and the guys behind Moshi Monsters so he knows his stuff. Tom examines what our ‘wired’ life is really doing to our minds, for better and for worse. Offering innovative and practical research, he teaches us how to prosper in a digital age without losing our humanity. I highly recommend this book. I can’t put it down http://www.theschooloflife.com/How-To-Thrive-in-the-Digital-Age_4
The world’s first Wikipedia town
Now known as the world’s first 'Wikipedia town', Monmouth aims to use QR codes to link every notable place, person, artifact, plant and animal to a relevant Wikipedia page in as many languages as possible. I would love to see more digital content enhancing real-world experiences like this. Their Wikipedia page explains everything http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/MonmouthpediA
Facebook multi-person video conferencing made possible by OoVoo
Video chat company http://www.oovoo.com/home.aspx has rolled out its service to allow up to 12 friends to conference call face-to-face at once on Facebook. The Facebook integration makes the service similar to Google Hangouts http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts, which allows video chat for up to 10 people using Google+. On the iPad, ooVoo doesn’t just support 12-way calls but also four-way HD video chats which is an industry first.
Identify those who follow you on Twitter who are likely to become customers
Now you can identify which Twitter users have a greater probability of becoming your customers. Percollate http://percollate.com offers a paid for service that analyses and filters huge amounts of Twitter data and using measurement tools such as klout http://klout.com to help identify influential people to actively engage.
Ignore the crazy name, this web site is going to change my Twitter life
Followerwonk http://followerwonk.com allows you to search Twitter in a very clever way. I can now find all users who have the word ‘events’ in their bio. You can also measure yourself against competitors audit and track followers and find cultivate relationships.