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3 Apps That Let You Text for Free

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment

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After buying my smartphone, I never pay any months for messaging unlimited plans. Actually I can’t believe that some people are still using paid texting these days, because in reality, there are several great apps available that allow users to text for free.

Many of these apps also offer additional perks like group chat and video. Here are several options that will save you money and offer you more than just your basic text.

KaKao Talk                                                                                                                              KaKao Talk is a free app that lets you call and text anywhere at any time for free. All you need is a phone number. Not only does it support 12 different languages, but it offers fun alternative communication options like funny voice filters during phone calls, animated emoticons, and a walkie-talkie setting. Sending photo and video is also included, as are group chats, and rewards for adding a favorite brand as a friend. Plus, this app is especially popular in South Korea. 

Available on: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Bada, and Windows.

WeChat                                                                                                                                   WeChat not only provides free texting, but includes multimedia features like voice messaging. Using its “shake” feature, you can exchange information like photos and contacts with nearby friends. Users also have access to a “look around” feature that let them see if anyone close by is also on the app. Also, this app is very popular among my Chinese friends. 

Available on: iPhone, Android, Windows phones, and Symbian platforms.

LINE                                                                                                                                                Call and message as much as you want! LINE is a new communication app which allows you to make FREE voice calls and send FREE messages whenever and wherever you are, 24 hours a day! LINE has more than 85 million users worldwide and is used in over 230 countries!

In my opinion, I would recommend LINE to you. In fact, I have those three applications, but LINE is the most stable and never delay messages while using. Go to download for free and enjoy it! 

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Instagram Declares War on Twitter, Social Media Loses

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment

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Having issues viewing some Instagram photos on Twitter? Few days ago, Twitter announced Instagram cuts support for Twitter cards, meaning that Instagram, the photo-sharing app that let user apply a range of effects, using different filters to pictures, no longer show up on Twitter, a popular place to share them.

You can still post your Instagrams on Twitter, in the sense that a link will appear to Instagram’s website. Instagram made an active decision to disable the ability to show its photos properly within tweets, knowing full well the consequences: making millions of users’ harder view it. It is an act of war between social media.

This represents the growing tension between the two companies, Facebook and Twitter, ever since Facebook bought Instagram this April. In the Internet age, data and dwell time are equal money because the amount of time visitors stay on a website is an important figure for advertisers choosing which sites to patronize. Facebook pushes to grow its mobile revenue. In this way, Instagram’s website gets more clicks, especially from mobile. Instagram and parent company Facebook were to conspire to make Twitter look bad, this is probably the first move they’d make.

“The companies obviously realize how important photos are to getting users to share and interact on the web, so it looks like the competition isn’t stopping any time soon,” wrote Eliza Kern for GigaOM.

However, the only victim here is the user; the hundred million Instagram users, the hundred million-plus active Twitter users — is that social media became a little less cozy. 

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How Social Media Impacts TV and Film Ratings

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment

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Social media is a great way to get users excited about TV shows and movies. These new forms of technology and innovative business models are transforming the media landscape.

Kay M. Madati, head of entertainment and media and global marketing solutions at Facebook, discussed this and the effect of social media on entertainment at Mashable‘s Media Summit. According to Madati, the “Big 5″ broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and the CW — collectively launched about 25-30 shows this season, but only about six will survive. Madati said “Even the shows that are considered hits…they’re seeing lower and lower ratings,” “So the challenge, or the opportunity, for content producers in the [entertainment] space is: How do you get people aware of your content across multiple platforms?”

Before discussing the issue, first, I think TV and Film they have different lifespans. The film business, the social media or advertising for movies means pushing fans to the box office, but in the television business, getting viewers to actually tune in on the night of premiere. Therefore, social media may help maintain interest with the show week after week, and keep fans engaged, perhaps turning them from casual viewers to regulars.

What do you do about keeping that content relevant and the fans that you’re engaging around that content excited when it’s not on television?” Madati said. “That’s where the before, during and after [an episode] framework comes in. He also suggested that pages include content related to the show but not necessarily tied to it, keeping the audience connected to the story, even between seasons.

As for movies, think about when you want to see a movie, we usually ask friends first if they’ve seen it and liked it. Social media is just the digitized version of “word of mouth.” Social networks like Facebook can connect people to share their thoughts on a new piece of entertainment. Recently, I just saw the movie, Life of Pi, because of word of mouth on Facebook, drawing me to it through social media. 

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