What is Notify App – From Facebook

In was in the news yesterday that Facebook introduced Notify App – So Whats is Notify App – From Facebook?  –  Notify is the latest app from Facebook which looks a lot like a twitter feed.  Notify consolidates all of the news notifications and alerts on your phone which you can view in a stream on your lock screen.

Can you get Notify app? – only if you are in the US at the moment as sadly it appears to be not available in the UK yet, so its rolling out gradually.

what is notify app

What is Notify App?

Its in the name, its a notification app – Notify gives you a personalised mix of notifications by selecting the things that you are interested in.  So if you want the breaking news, upto date weather, latest football scores, you can get them automagically on your screen.

if you like notifications instead of having to search for your favorite things then this app is for you.

You can choose subjects from categories (which they call stations) such as

  • News
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Business
  • Entertainment
  • Politics

Then you choose your station such as

What is Notify App

  • ABC
  • Bloomberg
  • Time
  • Washington post
  • Wired
  • Fox Sports
  • CNN news
  • Weather Channel
  • Vogue

and the list goes on.

 

These news items will be delivered to your lockscreen so that you can keep abreast with whats going on without even having to click on your phone but if you do want to read more you just swipe or tap through to the article.

You can then share these notifications via your text, email, Facebook or other social networks.

Check out the video for Facebook ‘s Notify

If you are in the US you can get now at the App store – Notify 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

Bolt by Instagram – 1 tap photo messages

Instagram-logoWell it looks like they’ve done it – Bolt by Instagram – 1 tap photo messages, has been launched – according to reports by Techcrunch, Mashable and The Verge.

We’ve been hearing about this new messaging app which is set to be a Snapchat Rival for about a week now.

Snapchat, Slingshot and now Bolt…..We really need more right?

Bolt by Instagram – 1 tap photo messages

It seemed that Instagram let the cat out of the bag before it was ready – or maybe it was one of those accidently on purpose social campaigns that Apple always seem to have.

This banner appeared on peoples instagram accounts introducing Bolt

instagram launched Bolt

Its being launched at first to just three countries, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa, and supposedly coming soon to the rest of us.

Its a real shame they decided to go with the name Bolt, I’m really not sure why they did. If you search on the App Store there are so many apps called Bolt and one developer actually asked instagram to please not use it as they’d spent the last year building their own Bolt brand.  What a blow to them.

Bolt Not integrated into Instagram

Its going to be completely separate from Instagram, thank goodness. Seems that it is the same as Snapchat, where you can send quick messages using photos that self destruct or disappear.  I hope Bolt doesn’t start leaking user names or mess up their privacy policy. 

This app doesn’t excite me in the slightest, I didn’t keep Snapchat, or Slingshot and I won’t get this.

We have enough instant messengers in our lives already, many of which are applications on our phones or applications within programs on our computers.  Which might be very useful and valuable however, Bolt as a messaging application, probably isn’t going to be for most social media marketers or companies but for children to play with.  Although of course if your target market is teens, then you might want to jump on the one tap photo messaging band wagon, and start one tapping your photos.

I will of course test Bolt by Instagram when it comes along, as I did with Snapchat, but I would think thats as far as it would go.

Have you got it yet?

amplify your message

How to amplify your message using your voice on Twitter #justsayin

If you ever feel confined by social networking restrictions,with only 140 characters, do you wonder how can you amplify your message ? With Just Sayin App you can do this and more – Twitter on Steroids, we like to call it. This isn’t a new network, well it can be used as such but the power is in integration with Twitter and Facebook, but mostly Twitter.     I’ve been testing out the live Beta of this voice application for a few months now, and I really like it, the uses are endless. People love to hear your voice to know you are a real person, and this app will confirm that with ease. 

Cloudtalk has now announced the release of Just Sayin’ App which is FREE on iOS and Android, and have now just yesterday launched the web based version too, so you now have all of the features from the application on the web.

How to amplify your message

with Just Sayin’ you can integrate your voice image/gifs/video messages on Facebook and Twitter, you can tag people on twitter and they can view and listen to your messages from within those networks. This is a brilliant way for comedians, singers, authors, to showcase their work – just one click and they can have a sample right there. What better way to amplify you message on social networks.

You also get your own vanity url for the website which will say http://www.justsayinapp.com/ posts/yourname

See the official press release here -> PRweb

Key features on Just Sayin

Voice Recording and Sharing

  • The ability to tag users from the application to Twitter
  • Post any combination of content using audio, video, photos and text and cross-post to your Twitter followers and Facebook
  • Discover and follow the growing community
  • Talk with and follow your favourite celebrity, musician, politician or athlete
  • View trending and featured topics
  • Private messaging
  • Freedom from character count restrictions on some social networks
  • Use directly from the webpage or the app

Read more about how to get and use the application here – Techieminx

 

are you a geek

Are you a geek?

Are you a geekSomeone called me a Geek today; of course it wasn’t the first time. People seem to say it as an insult, where as I’m quite proud to be a geek. Who would be ashamed to be a geek? Suddenly I realised with horror that maybe I don’t really know the true definition of geek and that I was being insulted.  Are you a Geek, do you know the definition?

Are there even different types of GEEK? 

 Are you a geek

Are you a geek?

Lets find out – Time to check on some on-line dictionaries

First stop….

 Wikipedia

A peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.

 Fine so far – that’s the one I had in mind, with a bit less of the odd.

dictionary.reference.com

A computer expert or enthusiast

 Yep, that’s cool, that will do.

I didn’t like the next one much

 Answers.com

A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.

In fact, geek is first attested in 1876 with the meaning “fool,” and it later also came to mean “a performer engaging in bizarre acts like biting the head off a live chicken.” Perhaps the use of geek to describe a circus sideshow has contributed to its current popularity.

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Dictionary.cambridge.org

a person, especially a man, who is boring and not fashionable

 Oh how rude!  This is getting worse 

 Yourdictionary.com 

Any person considered to be different from others in a negative or bizarre way, as a teenager seen as being socially or physically awkward.

Slang – a person regarded as being especially enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and skillful in the use of computers.

Okay… so I hope I’m not the first one.

 

Google/dictionary

If you call someone, usually a man or boy, a geek, you are saying in an unkind way that they are stupid, awkward, or weak.

You can refer to someone who is skilled with computers, and who seems more interested in them than in people, as a geek.

That’s not very good.

Dictionary.co.uk

Zero – Entries!

Haha!

londonslang.com

Geek is one of the many American words that have found influence in the UK. A geek is a socially inept person. The term is often applied to someone interested in computing. Also see ‘trainspotter’, ‘spod’, ‘propellerhead’

Trainspotter?

Not so great is it, next time I am called a geek I will have to ask – “What exactly do you mean by that?”

So are you a geek or do you find that an insult?