In/outputs - a taste plate of stuff that’s passed through my feeds this week
- Samsung’s Best New TVs Beat Apple to the Voice (And Face!) Recognition Game (Updated) It was only a matter of time before UI features like gesture control, facial recognition and voice commands which are in other technologies came to televisions. And that time is now. Samsung’s new TVs featured at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show include what they’re calling ‘smart interaction’ which include all of these features we’re getting used to in our mobile phones (Android’s Face Unlock, Apple’s Siri) and gaming consoles (XBox’s Kinect. UPDATE 11 Jan 2012 @ 8.12 AM While GIZMODO is also reporting that the outcome is less that amazing, it won’t be long till all the television players have perfected it. Awesomely, Samsung has also introduced slot-in hardware upgrades. Pitching it as “future proofing your tv”, their Evolution Kit you can “… easily enjoy the benefits of the latest TV technology year after year without purchasing a brand new set.”
↷ Sam Biddle on GIZMODO, 9 January 2012.
- #qldfloods and @QPSMedia: Crisis Communication on Twitter in the 2011 South East Queensland Floods Marking the one-year mark, the Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation‘s Media Ecologies and Methodological Innovation Project has released a detailed report on the use of Twitter during last year’s floods. The increasing role of social media in times of crisis is undoubted, but like a lot of occurrences in social media is not widely researched yet. While I haven’t read the report in detail yet (I’ll post a dedicated post about the report when I have), I know the quality of research from Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess and Kate Crawford well and it is always of a very high quality. Just a read of the executive summary demonstrates the depth of research. Definitely worth a read. ASIDE The report is also available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Australia licence.
↷ Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Kate Crawford, and Frances Shaw, January 2012. ★ CCI Report Highlights Role of Social Media in Floods Coverage and Response on CCi, 10 January 2012.
- [New Data] What Percentage of your Tweets Should be Links or Replies According to (self-proclaimed) social media scientist Dan Zarrella engaging in the conversation isn’t the way to get retweeted on Twitter. Turns out tweeting links to interesting content is. While I question the motivations to want to get retweeted, it is an interesting finding. He came up with this myth-buster by analysing a random sample of 100,000 active Twitter accounts’ tweets. He looked at the number of their tweets retweeted and at the number of their tweets containing a link or starting with an at reply (although of course, not all tweets place the at reply at the beginning of tweet). (On the data) it turns out that those accounts with high numbers of links (between 60% and 80%) and those with low numbers of at replies (between 0% and 10%) had the most retweets.
↷ Dan Zarrella on DanZarrella, 11 January 2012.