A nice discussion of what’s been tried, what’s coming down the pike and what is here right now. More interesting are the possibilities this opens for innovation and unique application of technologies as our lives become more integrated with technology, social media and the Internet.
This past week I had the opportunity to play with a nest smart thermostat. Very elegant, very simple, yet functional, exciting. No wonder that the leaders of this company came from Apple. Just scratching the surface on what could be done.
How have you integrated technology into your home? Anxious to hear your thoughts.
We’re in the heat of the political season. The primaries have concluded and the general election races have begun. A common element across campaigns at all levels is the use of social media to brand the candidate, engage followers and participate in a virtual debate. A good article was posted today in socialmediatoday.com under the heading Social Media Tips of Politicians. The author has done a good job in identifying how to participate in social media, some good tips on what to do and what not to do. Enjoy!
Lenexa, Kansas – my city, is one of 600 or so cities across the country vying for the Google High Speed Fiber project. Our city staff, community and City Council has been working on this since it was initially announced. To find out more information go to http://www.yeslenexa.com. Of course we are hopeful that our wonderful demographics, positioning in the Bio Tech, Bio Science, education and IT sectors will make us an attractive candidate for this test. We’re a city of roughly 33 square miles, 50,000 population with over a 1,000 miles of fiber already in the ground, 20 of those belonging to the City.
Take a look at the following article from Wired.com. 190,000 People and 600 Cities Want Google’s Fast Fiber
According to a new study by Anderson Analytics that involved 5,000 U.S. social media users:
61% of social media users are under age 35
55% of social media users are female
29% of Facebook and LinkedIn users say they could “probably do without” the popular networks
35% said they could do without MySpace
43% could live without Twitter
Under 35, people rely on social networks for “fun” and contacting friends
Older consumers use them to stay in touch with family and friends
75% said Facebook was their most valuable network, 65% who cited MySpace
30% said LinkedIn was their most valuable network
12% said Twitter was most valuable
32% of male respondents said using social media for business/career contacts was a key benefit, 22% for females
The Anderson report also found an estimated 110 million people in the U.S., 36% of the total population, use social media regularly. Of that group, Facebook dominates with 78 million regular users, followed by MySpace with 67 million, Twitter with 17 million, and LinkedIn with 11 million regular users.
From stateline.org an article talking about politicians at state and federal levels using Twitter to communicate with their constituents. Twitter becomes political tool. I like the fact that there are some legislative directories that list those legislators who use Twitter and other forms of social networking. I also like the directories like GovTwit.com and TweetCongress.
Is this a good way for your elected officials to communicate with you?