There are no shortage of music streaming services out there. With apps like Spotify, Rdio, Slacker Radio, and Pandora, there’s something for everyone. Now, Google has thrown its hat into the streaming game with the launch of All Access. Part of Google Play Music, for $9.99 per month, you can get access to millions of tracks, while still accessing your personal music collection.
After spending several days with All Access, I’ve found several pros and cons. Will this be the Spotify killer that helps Google dominate in yet another area? Watch the video below to find out.
Calling Google Now impressive would be an understatement. Of course, some prefer the word “creepy” in regards to its eerily accurate ability to predict what information you need. When Now was first rumored, then called “Project Majel”, the odds seemed to be stacked against Google. Siri had already launched on iOS eight months before Now was officially unveiled at I/O 2012.
While many of us were questioning Google’s ability to pull off a similar feature, they pulled it off to much success, even having their iOS app remain in the top 100 free apps. For many months, Now integration on the web was talked about. Finally, on May 15 during the I/O 2013 keynote, news was made official.
With Google expanding well beyond search, the possibilities for Now on the web are (almost) endless. Utilizing a Google Now Chrome extension, users could have a wealth of functionality at the sound of their voice, no matter what tab they’re currently in.
I don’t know if Google has such an extension planned, but if they did, here is a small list of commands/integration that I think would be pretty epic to see:
Google Play Music
Okay Google, skip song/pause song/shuffle songs/repeat song(s)/listen to playlist [playlist name]/start radio/
Okay Google, call [person's name]/send text to [person's name] [your message]/listen to new voicemail/
Okay Google, compose email to [person's name]/show new email/reply to email with [your message]/
Hangouts (replaces Google Talk)
Okay Google, start hangout [video/chat] with [person or person's names]/read most recent hangout message/send new hangout message to [person or person's name] [your message]
What commands or integration would you like to see, or do you see yourself not using Now at all?
Every major platform goes through changes, and in the case of Google+, it’s evolved drastically. In December 2012, Google introduced a brand spankin’ new mobile design that was gorgeous to say the least. Now, almost six months later, they’ve felt the web deserves the same treatment.
Even if you’re an active Google+ user, the redesign is quite the departure from the layout of past. However, change is a good thing. In the video below, I walkthrough the new design, what’s new, how to get where you wanna go, and the Google Talk replacement called “Hangouts”.
What do you think about the new Google+ design?
Update: You’ll also be able to send and receive SMS messages via Hangouts.
Since the beginning of content delivery systems dating back to the newspaper, the basic underlying principle has remained the same: How do I get my content in front of as many people as possible?
With the internet picking up steam the last several decades, content has taken a new role in the form of ones and zeroes. We now consume content from blogs and websites not just on our desktops or laptops, but also from our phones and tablets.
Apps such as Flipboard and Google Currents provide an easy, visually appealing way to consume your favorite content. However, at least with Flipboard, recently only a select few could have their content featured proudly. As we’ve seen with doing well on social media, it’s all about being where your audience is. That, and making it super easy to consume your content wherever they may be.
With Flipboard having over 50 million users as of March 2013, and Google Currents not too far behind, they’re not your typical run-of-the-mill content aggregators. In the video below, I show you how to add your content to both platforms in a few simple steps. Where do you consume content the most?
Facebook Home launched on select Android devices April 12, and offers a very different experience from the mobile app. Facebook claims it’s their best mobile experience ever, but is it truly? As of April 15, Home has an average rating of less than 2.5 stars on Google Play which seemingly answers the question.
However, most reviewers are mistaking Facebook Home for a regular app when it’s actually something quite different. In the video below, I walkthrough the UI, bust some misconceptions, show off an awesome feature called Chat Heads, and share my findings…
Every so often, an amazing opportunity comes your way. Since 2005, I’ve been heavily invested in social media. In 2010, I ventured full-time as a consultant and manager of accounts. A couple months ago, I was contacted by Swag International.
Chances are, you’ve heard of the word “Swag” and may have even seen some of their t-shirts like this one available at Walmart.
They’re looking to expand their online presence and connect with a younger audience that connects with their message of having fun and looking good doing it. Well, without further announcement, I am now the Head of Social for Swag International.
There’s a good reason why I haven’t posted anything here in the past week. We’ve been talking back and forth, discussing strategies, initiatives, and working out further details. As far as what will happen with my current services and posting on this blog, it’ll have to be put on the back burner. Having such a big role in furthering Swag will take up a ton of time and my posting will go down considerably.
Everyone on this planet has Swag. It’s your style, it’s your presence, it’s how you present yourself. Do you have it? Thank you for your support over the years and here’s to a bright future for the both of us!
Actually, I’m not really the head of social for some organization who’s founded on some word that is misused in an effort to look and be cool when they’re really not. April Fool’s!
In fact, I have an even bigger announcement to make. This just seemed like a better, more humorous way to go about it. A lot of things have changed over the past year. While my love for helping others with social media is still there, I’ve pursued writing about technology for various websites.
Writing has always been my first passion and over this past year, I’ve started to replace my social media income with my writing income. Some may say, “You can always do both”, but to be completely honest, I’m having much more fun writing. The bureaucracy and amount of bullshit in the social media industry has turned me off quite a bit, but that’s far from the only one reason nor is an excuse.
I’ve thought about this for many months now and have procrastinated making any real decisions. Hell, I’ve invested my entire life into social media for eight years, three years as a full-time business. However, things change and people change.
From this point forward, I will no longer offer any social media related services.
I will however continue to ocassionaly write about social media here and thoughts have been brewing about writing a book. There’s no guarantee a book will ever happen, and if it does, it’ll be completely independent and not backed by traditional publishers. But there are some ideas that have been appealing to me so we’ll see.
If we’re already connected on social media, nothing will change. I’ll still be posting great articles, discussions, photos of my stupid dogs, you know, the usual.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and will hopefully see you around the blog or wherever we follow one another online!