Swap Tweet time for a JAJAH call

17 09 2009

If you consider yourself to be an early adopter then you might be interested in the Beta Twitter-JAJAH application which allows you to make free two minutes calls (the verbal equivalent of a tweet) to other Twitter users without giving your telephone number away.

You only need to tweet “@call @twittername” and where “twittername” is, type the Twitter name of the person you wish to call. Your phone will then ring and the call is connected. Of course, the other person must be a member of JAJAH for it to work!

BETA invitations have already been sent to selected Twitter accounts. If you’re fortunate to have received one, it will show up under “My Services” / “My Account” / “Twitter Calls.” And if not then you can email them to request an invitation twitter@jajah.com


Buzzwords make you hip

13 06 2009

I was at home yesterday having a discussion with a friend over the the pros and cons of the computer age. Throughout the conversation, he used buzzwords and acronyms which literally flew over my head and out the window. Of course, I could have asked him to elaborate but I didn’t like to stop him in mid-flow.

Anyhow, when he’d gone home, I pondered on whether he thought spouting buzzwords made him look smart and in turn, me stupid. Or was it the other way round. He was the stupid one, as he couldn’t speak plain English and I was the smart one, talking without using precarious words.

I needed to find out more about the use of buzzwords starting with a definition. PC Magazine described them as a term that refers to the latest technology or a term that sounds catchy. In the beginning, everyone uses the terms to appear knowledgeable and cutting edge. However, if not a flash in the pan, new technologies become mainstream, and the words soon become everyday vocabulary.

So what were the current words being used by those in the know? This year, Cramer-Krasselt, the US creative agency released an update to their popular Cultural Dictionary. A collection of words and slang reflecting the changes in our culture, not only in technology but politics and relationships too. Its a fascinating and a comical read, I say that because its hard to imagine being cool using terms like “Mullet Strategy” or “Digi-necker.”

Cultural Dictionary

Cultural Dictionary

Undoubtedly, the internet savvy generation dominate what we do, how we do it and now, what we say. It seems if you are serious about technology, culture and emerging trends then you need to understand what’s being said. You’re likely to be considered hip, using the odd buzzword than sticking rigid to the Queen’s English. I realise now that there’s no escape and after all, nobody likes to feel like an outsider. If belonging means expanding my vocabulary with a few fancy words, then I’m in!

Shoetube connecting shoe lovers

10 06 2009

If like me, you’re addicted to shoes then you’ll love Shoetube.tv web channel. A site dedicate to everything there is know about shoes. You’ll find videos clips and features that show you how to walk in stilettos, keep your shoes in tip top condition or find the perfect shoe.

There’s a shoe agony aunt who will answer shoe related questions and the Shoetube community provides a place for shoe-lovers to share their passion and even upload personal videos, as part of the ‘My Inner Sole’ series.

Issues to address over internet shopping

11 05 2009

Today, the Office of Fair Trading reported on its findings from consumer surveys on Internet shopping, providing comparative results to the original study carried out in 2006. Fortunately, there’s been significant improvement in the awareness of consumer’s rights but in terms of consumer confidence; statistically there was no difference with 30% of UK Internet Users accounting lacking of trust for choosing not to shop online.

Only one month ago, my consumer confidence was high; I felt relaxed about purchasing with my credit card or PayPal account and was mindful to buy from SSL certified sites, displaying the padlock icon at the bottom of the page. Although, it’s now clear to me that I wasn’t as security savvy as I thought when a cyber criminal found a loop hole in my security which led them straight through to my PayPal account.

He or she attempted, with my money to buy an electric guitar for $900! I say attempted, as thankfully my Dutch bank to which the credit card was attached to, knowingly put a stop to the transaction. As for PayPal, I’m awaiting the results of their investigation.

I’ve since been told that I could improve my security even more by using a different password for each and every online shopping account and purchase. Ashamedly, I was one of those people who used the same password for years, as it “made my life easier” but at the same time, I was leaving the door wide open for the cyber thieves.

For more information read the full report from OFT or article from Daily Mail

Shopseen: A Lifestream for Shopaholics

21 04 2009

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This post is part of Mashable’s Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark.

Name: Shopseen

Quick Pitch: Social shopping for local shoppers. Post pics of interesting products, find out what’s available around you now and earn gift cards to the best local stores.

With Shopseen you can either sign in via Facebook Connect (sign in with Twitter is coming soon) or create a new account. Then you can use the site to share products and accompanying personal photos from your shopping outings. Other users can then like or comment on your seen product, or add photos of their own.

Read more…

Sucked into Twitter world

21 02 2009

I must admit, it took me quite a while to understand what all the fuss was about. Twitter that is! The micro-blogging platform that brings strangers together with their simple answers to ‘What are you doing?’ in 140-characters. After all, why would anyone, let alone strangers, want to know what I’m doing morning, noon and night.

You won’t find me twittering about a secret rendezvous with a stranger, or the time I sat next to Madonna in a London restaurant! Its more likely to be: What Are You Doing? “cycling to work in rain – must remember wear waterproof mascara – panda look not good” or “eating peppermints today – cos read article can lose weight quicker.”

I think you’ve got the picture! My 140 characters are generally uninspiring (unless you want to lose weight quickly; I’ll share with you the peppermint diet!) But surely the majority of people on Twitter, live a similar non-eventful existence, so why is it so popular?

To answer my own question, let me share a blog post that I stumbled across, by Samir Bharadwaj. He explains how you get sucked into Twitter, what keeps you there and living with the growing idiosyncrasy’s of Twittering.

Twitterpated with Twitter by Samir Bharadwaj

So I went ahead and joined Twitter, and I am currently quite twitterpated with it. I’m always a late adopter of social media and online social network sites, as I am with this 140 character restricted micro-blogging sensation. This is mostly because I don’t always assume the latest cool thing is actually going to be of any use to me. After plenty of waiting through, Twitter seemed like a mature enough idea to join in on the fun. Not that I’m saying Twitter is used for anything mature, but at least it has all grown up as a platform for fun.

I know there are few of you who are just jumping up and down there in the back dying to ask the most important question: What does twitterpated mean? And most of you in the front are just too shy to ask, so I will try to define twitterpated for you. The Urban Dictionary does a very comprehensive job at a definition, but in case you’re more in the mood for the dummies version which makes just as much sense here goes. To be Twitterpated is to be aroused, intensely attracted, enamoured, smitten, practically in heat!
Click here for full article

One click instant chat room

18 02 2009

There’s nothing I like better than a girlie chat, but get me talking on the phone, the minutes turn to hours, leaving me with an astronomical bill to look forward to.

Of course, I could always use Skype online but whilst mum, sister, niece and best-girlfriend don’t have an account or the equipment, its pointless! Thankfully, some of my girlfriends like to use instant messaging but then this brings with it a new problem; keeping up with who is using what service!



So, I’ve come up with a plan to introduce them all to TinyChat, where after all, you only need an email address and the ability to type, for an instant online 1-to-1 or group chat.

Via the TinyChat no-frills website, you click ‘Create Your Chatroom’ button and email your contacts the generated link which appears on the screen. To enter the Chatroom, your contacts need only click the received link and then create a nickname to join in the conversation.

Every TinyChat Chatroom is disposable, unless you save the log, otherwise upon exiting all content is non-recoverable. Needless to say, as with any Chatroom, don’t share your private information unless you can account for all the participants present.