Where are you now? Have you checked in?

How many of you remember the old days when you rolled into town , called to check in with your friends or relatives and say..” Hey, I just arrived in LA, I’m here for a few days and I would love to get together”. Well, social media applications have allowed us to make leaps and bounds with those types of announcements.

Forget about making one phone call! All you have to do these days is use your favorite application to “check in” at a location and “Shazam!” your entire connected social network of friends or business associates now know that you are at a specific location. Next thing you know, a few texts, messages or a tweets roll in  saying something like: “Hey, I didn’t know you’re in town. Do you have some time to get together?”

Thanks to the pioneer efforts of Foursquare, with a growing list of 7 million users, your connections can know where you are every time you check in.

Foursquare vs places

Do you see me know?

As they say, great ideas are always mimicked.  After a short time Facebook with its massive network of 500 million users jumped on the bandwagon with the “Places” application.

Geo-location use continues to rise. If you are in a concert or convention you may see who among your friends are at the same place you are at. One of the other great tools of these apps is the ability to read the recommendations left for the location by other people you may not know. Let’s say you check in at a new restaurant and you want to know what’s great on the menu. You may want to Check In with either application and see what people have recommended. Hey, you may even find that this is a popular hangout of your friends!  So, which app do you like using when arriving at a destination Foursquare Check-in, or Facebook Places? One thing is certain, we love hearing where we are and what we think about the places we travel to.

Getting comfortable using your gadget

Smart phones for Tech Success

Features we can use for Tech Success

These days you may find thousands of articles and posts covering each new device that is brought out to market. This is great news and I am an avid fan of new tools! There is also something that we need to consider when we decide to make the eventual shift to any new device.
How will I manage my data now? How will I access my older data?
Just like with any other device we use, it takes time to become comfortable using it and having our brain understand what we need to do in order to access the information we have at our fingertips.
Do we rush to embrace each new tool? Will it give us infinite new ways to do what we already can do today?
The question we should always ask ourselves is as simple as looking at the paper and pen in front of you, next to your computer.
Why do you still use pen/pencil and paper? Perhaps it is because even with all the advancements we have in our lives, we have not yet managed to be as comfortable as we would like with what we have by our side. The simplest tools or the ones we have had time to learn how to use well are those that we tend to gravitate towards.

Overwhelmed by choice

Making apps choice that will work for you

It seems to be that no matter where e find ourselves these days the rule of thumb is that we have choices. Walk into any store and you will find many types of the same products. If you have ever stood in front of a row of products and starred aimlessly at the choices and then said to yourself  “forget it!” I’m certain you are not alone.

Knowing to select a unique product that  is the  right one from sea of same products can be overwhelming. Which is better? Is the cheaper brand not as good? Will the expensive one be the best? Let’ take milk as an example. This should be simple right? Now, what if we are talking about something that you will use everyday and always have it with you? Yes. I’m referring to the applications we download onto our smart-phone device.

At least for now it is good that we are limited to what apps we can chooses depending on our device operating system. This still leaves us with an enormous selection of apps. Yes. The deluge of new apps coming into the market is something that can be hard to know what are the most useful or most entertaining.

In this rich social media environment it is great that we can get fast reviews and opinion from people we trust. Having the most useful apps at our fingertip will allow us to achieve Tech Success.

Those were the days my friend…

Choosing applications for Tech Success

Choosing applications for Tech Success

Once upon a time, not too long ago, we used to place disks in our computers for the sole purpospe of running a program. This might seem as if I am writing about the distant past but the fact is that in the 1980′s we were inserting floppy drives (one after another) to hungry machines. Take a fast jump to the present and you will find that our need for running applications has not slowed at all. In fact, we have increased both our needs and desire for applications that will help us make our work and personal lives more manageable and enjoyable.

In the past only a  handful of application would come out each year. They would be designed by a fraction of the folks who are sitting right now and writing the next great app. Application are coming out to the market at super fast speeds. Although the app are easy to use, it still take most consumers a certain amount of time before we can understand how to use each app. Tech Success is at our fingertips (and thumbs). Sorting out what app is best for your needs is not as difficult as it seems. Keeping pace with all the new apps that are coming out, now that is another story.