Friday, June 29, 2012
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
- Latest Twitter Statistics Broken Down [Infographic]
- World's Cheapest Cardboard Digital Camera (Yes, It Really Works)
- Tongue Controlled Mp3 Player Now Available
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT
It's pretty much on everyone's mind these days. Just how do you break through the noise on Twitter without coming across like a bulldozer? If anyone knew exactly how to do that at any point in time, they would have the secret formula to everlasting Twitter success. It's just not possible to always "win" on Twitter. This social networking platform was created to give everyone an equal opportunity to reach out to potentially millions of people. Twitter has even made available a way for companies and brands to reach out to the masses through Promoted Trends. It is quite expensive, but it does the job well if you want to make sure you are the one thing people check out and talk about.
In the endless stream of "how to" articles, I didn't want this one to become a tutorial of how to win on Twitter. I think there are way too many articles out there already that try to lead you on paths that could totally work for you, but each individual approach has its own pros and cons. So, in order to lean off of things like suggestions, I was thinking I would delve into the more solid facts about Twitter, namely the statistics that are accumulated each day.
If you are prepared to take a closer look at them and really soak up what they tell you, there is a lot to learn here. You don't have to be a math genius or a statistical fanatic in order to understand most of it. All you need to know is really why you are on Twitter in the first place, and where you want to head with your presence. After that, it's pretty much all up to you what you do with these numbers.
This infographic called "The Who, Why, And How Of Twitter" is a jam packed presentation of Twitter statistics with seemingly every piece of accumulated data you can think of. It is brought to you by BuySellAds, and it attempts to educate you on pretty much everything Twitter is about. Since I am constantly watching statistics for Bit Rebels, I always know where they are from and what they are based on. However, something that always throws me off when it comes to statistical infographics is that unless they include the source of the data and how exactly it was acquired, they don't say much.
Statistics are always based on a research where the study base has a certain number of subjects. Even though I doubt they have been able to track data from all of Twitter's 200 million users, it is still quite an interesting data sheet to study. Whether you are planning to reach out to individual tweeters or to companies on Twitter, it doesn't really matter. This infographic should be able to give you the answers to who, why and how people are using Twitter, and how you could potentially reach them with your content.
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
I started reading about this super simple cardboard camera a few months ago after IKEA put it in their press kit during Milan Design Week. The more I see these pictures, the more I'd love to get my hands on this little guy. It runs on 2 AA batteries and can hold up to 40 images on its memory stick.
It's called an IKEA Knappa, and it is part of a promotional campaign IKEA will be running soon. This camera can't be purchased, but it will be given out at select stores for free to people who purchase their PS 2012 collection. They are calling it the world's cheapest cardboard camera, and I have to admit, it's a cutie for sure.
The charm of this little camera definitely embodies the fact that it's all about budget. This isn't going to sport any fancy features, or even any of the features you might consider basic. It's just a point and shoot camera whose shutter button is also the power button. This disposable digital camera can take 2.3 megapixel images, and the whole thing runs on one circuit board. It's simplicity at its best. You can read all the geeky details at Everything We Officially Know About IKEA's Cardboard Disposable Camera.
I think it's cute that as IKEA continues to release all kinds of new innovative products, the one that is getting the most attention worldwide is the free little cardboard camera they'll be giving away soon. It just goes to show us once again that creativity doesn't have to be packaged in something fancy or sleek to steal the show.
Posted: 27 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT
The things that some people come up with aren't always things that completely connect with us. Sometimes we have trouble understanding just why something was invented in the first place. But there is always a reason, and usually it is simply because it can be done. That might seem like a weak argument for creating something that might not become the latest and greatest gadget in the world, but it is exactly stuff like this that makes the technology in the world move forward. If it wasn't for the fact that people keep dreaming up concepts that are utterly insane, we wouldn't have things like the smartphone and the computer. It all boils down to the fact that we want to optimize our lives so we can do more things faster and with less effort.
The invention I am going to share with you today must have been created just because it could. It comes from the unique styled concept designer Aisen Caro Chacin, and it is ultimately weird and wonderful. It's the Tongue Controlled Mp3 Player, and it couldn't be more innovative. I can see a market for this when it comes to disabled people who can't use their hands. However, I am also sure a few people out there would get a kick out of being able to play music without anyone even knowing where it came from. It is controlled by the buttons on the inside of the "gadget," and it has pretty much the same features as any simple Mp3 player.
I think it is safe to say that this thing is definitely the WTF gadget of the day. It's one of those inventions that once again makes perfect sense, but lacks a clear purpose, if you know what I mean. We here at Bit Rebels love to see new concept ideas, and this one has to be one of the better ones. Whether this will become the next popular gadget is of course impossible to say. I would dare to say that it will be quite some time before it will become the mainstream mp3 player on the market. I think we can go as far as saying that, but it is still a pretty brilliant gadget!
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