Android users now have features similar to iMessage on iOS
If you use an Android phone like I do, there's exciting news this week: Google has officially rolled out RCS messaging. It replaces SMS/MMS messaging with something (almost) feature parity with iMessage on iOS devices. And while all US carriers reportedly support it now, you'll have to download the apps to make it available:
According to a blog update from Adam Mosseri, Head of News Feed, as well as a post from Mark Zuckerberg today, another major shift is coming to how business pages work on Facebook. Social Media Examiner thinks this could be an "end of days" for Facebook business pages. Please watch their video above for the full details.
Remember when you made a post and all your followers saw it? Now, unless you pay with a boosted post, only a small fraction of your followers will see it. But with this new update, Facebook is tightening the screws even further.
If your content creates interaction between friends, it shouldn't be affected much, but most likely you'll need to pay to play even more after this update. Depending on how you look at it, that might be a good thing since non-paid content will be even less likely to show up than before.
Facebook has said for years that ultimately they wanted all businesses to pay to play, so this seems like just another step in the evolution in that direction. We'll watch and see how this turns out. Facebook isn't going to do anything that would decrease ad sales because they are a for-profit company, so I'm not necessarily subscribing to the doomsday scenario. But it's clear a significant change is about to be put in place and online marketers should prepare.
If you spend a lot of time looking at your computer screen, it may be time to consider a higher pixel density display.
Pixel Density Explained
Most LCD and LED monitors currently display at standard HD resolution, commonly referred to as 1080p. Without getting too much into the technical aspects, this is the same resolution as a standard, high-definition television (HDTV). What's important to understand is that this pixel resolution -- 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high -- is the same regardless of the size of the screen. So whether you buy a 21", 23" or 27" display, if they are HD displays, you're seeing the same number of pixels. The larger the screen, the lower the pixel density and the more obvious the pixels appear.
I picked up a pair of these LG Tone Ultra HBS-810 Headphones at Walmart yesterday for $60.37 plus tax. Hint: always check prices with the Walmart app when you're in the store. They were full price in store ($94.88), but they always honor the web prices. Here's the link online to the lower price, if you're interested: goo.gl/icB8CI
These things are wonderful. They sit around your neck and you totally forget you have them on. When you need them, you just pull the retractable cords out and pop the headphones in your ears. You can use one or both earphones for phone calls. I've been listening to music for hours and they don't hurt my ears at all.
Russ has over 25 years of experience providing computer technical support and digital marketing services to corporations, educational institutions and individuals. He holds an M.A. in telecommunications from Michigan State University, where he performed research on new media and interactive media technologies, and a B.A. in communications from Western Michigan University, where he studied mass communications, video production and theater. Russ has a unique set of skills, bridging the gap between media and technology. Social media and website design have allowed him to marry his technical aptitude with his creative interests, including marketing, graphic design, and photography.
Due to his spouse’s acceptance of a tenured faculty position at Wenatchee Valley College in 2012, Russ relocated his business, Alternative Marketing Connections, from Olympia to Wenatchee and has continued to work with his Western Washington clients, providing social media and online marketing management, content creation and website design services, as part of the new DMNW partnership.
Russ’ client base has included organizations of a variety of sizes and market segments, including contractors (electricians, plumbers, builders, landscapers), medical professionals (medical clinics, massage therapists, chiropractors), and restaurants. Russ has also worked with chambers of commerce, a large casino, a Fortune-500 outdoor recreation supplier, and the University of Oregon.
Russ also has college-level teaching experience in computer information systems at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.