MASH MY WEEK! Review of outstanding news from the Internet, Technology and Social Media for the week January 30 - February 4
Welcome to a new edition of Mash My Week! For lovers of technology and cutting-edge gadgets, we tell you about the launch of Kinect for PCs. We also explain how to make a film with the new Facebook Timeline. Finally, are you losing followers on Twitter and don’t know why? If so, don’t miss the advice we give.
Movement sensing devices for PCs
Microsoft’s movement sensing technology, used in its Kinect devices for Xbox 360, is now available for laptops and PCs.
Microsoft have launched a new version of Kinect, with speech and gesture recognition, for use with Windows on PCs. With this new device, the company hopes to change forever the way we interact with our computers.
The PC version of Kinect, which has been improved with respect to the system that is used in the Xbox 360 console, has skeleton tracking and more sophisticated voice recognition capabilities.
Microsoft executives claim that the technology has a potential that goes far beyond personal computer use: "It’s just over a year since we launched Kinect for Xbox 360 and we’re only starting to scratch the surface of what’s possible with Kinect,” explained Craig Eisler, general manager of Kinect for Windows.
The company put the software at the disposition of developers so that they could design new programs and adapt the program to their needs. Since then, hundreds of new uses for Kinect have appeared in search and rescue operations, the oil industry and medicine, to name but a few.
What do you think? Do you think that Kinect represents a benefit for PC use?
Facebook shows you in the video of your life
Do you remember the video that announced the new Facebook Timeline? It framed photos and short extracts from videos while it ascended chronologically through the history of the individual. Well, now you can make your own video based on your biography on Facebook.
The social network and the marketing agency Definitions6 joined up to launch the tool that enables you to make the film of your life.
To use the application, the user has to first activate “Facebook Timeline”, if you still haven’t done it you can sign up here. The second condition is you must have more than 75 images uploaded on your profile. Finally, go to the Timeline Movie Maker site and click on the green “Make your movie” button. Once uploaded, the video can be edited.
We invite you to try it out and tell us what you think.
Who gives a tweet?
As Twitter users we don’t just think about, “what’s happening?”, but how can we tweet what’s happening so that it gets the attention of our followers? And is what we are going to tweet relevant or at least entertaining? Interesting tweets are the key to attracting more users and maintaining our followers.
But, how do we know for certain that we are on the right track? And, if we aren’t, what should we do?
Firstly, we should ask ourselves, what interests Twitter users? The MIT, Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon University have the answers. These institutions carried out an investigation of more than 2,000 accounts, whose users evaluated almost 45,000 tweets and marked them positive, negative or neutral.
The conclusions of the study are:
1. The least interesting tweets are those referring to ‘me now’ and routine activities e.g. “I just ate a sandwich”.
2. Nobody is interested in old news.
3. Share your opinion. Give your point of view about the news you share.
4. Be simple.
5. Don’t use too many abbreviations.
6. Put your commentaries in context so that the idea is understood.
7. Too many complaints on Twitter bore followers.
8. Give users an incentive to hook up to your link using attractive sentences.
9. Keep it interesting and don’t ruin it with irrelevant tweets.
10. If you are a journalist or you write columns, promoting your articles will be well received.
You can ask other Twitter users to rate your messages here.
Now you know! Get tweeting!