December 31, 2012 |
A popular smartphone app that tracks Metrobus arrivals has stopped working. NextBus DC, which uses Global Positioning System tracking and other data to determine when the next bus will arrive at a stop, quit working a few weeks ago after a contract ended between companies that provide the data to riders. The data for NextBus DC was provided by a company called NextBus in Emeryville, Calif. But a contract between the company and Ken Schmier — who invented the bus-tracking technology — ended in mid-December.
June 7, 2012 |
"The profile page should be a representation of me and what I do when I go out into the world," Foursquare Head of Search Andrew Hogue told me, but what he really means is that you as a person are quickly becoming the sum of everywhere you've been and everything you've done. On Facebook, you're the sum of all your interactions and photos with others; but on Foursquare, location and detecting patterns are key. Foursquare today released a completely revamped mobile app for iOS and Android that takes years of data...
May 15, 2013 |
On the photo-sharing app Instagram , search the keywords #Fairfax, #Rockville or #DC and up pops hundreds of photos from children. Among them, until recently, were many from Kyle, a 12-year-old. His full name, Gaithersburg middle school and favorite Montgomery County hangouts were on public display before his parents put a stop to it. Technically, Kyle was not supposed to be on Instagram, the mobile app owned by Facebook . The company's policy sets the minimum age...
December 8, 2011 |
Twitter has pushed out a new layout for its mobile applications and will be pushing out the new design to all of its users over the next few weeks. The new layout introduces three new buttons: Home, @Connect and #Discover. The Home button takes you to your main Twitter feed. The @Connect button shows you all the interactions you've had with other users (favorites, conversations, etc.) and displays suggested accounts. The #Discover section features trending news stories and hashtags.
December 3, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican unveiled Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter account on Monday (Dec. 3) as it announced a series of new initiatives aimed at raising the church's online profile. The pope's account, @Pontifex, drew nearly 200,000 followers in the hours after the announcement even though Benedict will not officially start tweeting until Dec. 12. That's when the pope plans to answer questions about faith submitted to him via Twitter through a special hashtag, ‥askpontifex, set up by the Vatican.
June 14, 2012 |
Everyone wants to make their site/product/app/widget go viral. Unfortunately, most of the time when people say that, they mean "I want the world to do all my marketing for me. " Good luck with that. Let's start with some wisdom from about 2500 years ago, when mobile apps were long, sharp, and nasty: In other words, marketing dweeb, going viral has a lot to do with luck. That is, unless your mobile app jumps up and pokes users in the eye. Unless it makes a dent . Unless, in other...