With Michael Smyth


For online listeners; here’s my MP3 ABC Radio Segment Collection

Facebook; RIP LOL

Company Says in Report That ‘Haha’ Has Overtaken ‘LOL’ in Online Chats (yep “e-laughing” is now a “term”)

According to a report released Thursday, “haha” and its variant forms are used 51.4 percent of the time to show laughter on Facebook, compared to 1.9 percent for “LOL” and its variants.

What term do you use for e-laughter?


New “news feed” update

If you’re noticing a new tab at the bottom of your Twitter app for iOS and Android, you’re not alone. The social network is experimenting with a “Featured News” tab that surfaces trending news items in its mobile apps to keep users engaged. The new tab sits right in the middle of the apps’ bottom row and when tapped, surfaces what’s currently happening in the world. Tapping on a news item not only opens up a screen with an image, block of text and link from the source, but a list of tweets from other publishers and Twitter users about the item. According to a Twitter spokesperson, “we’re experimenting with a news experience on iOS and Android as we continue to explore new ways to surface the best content to users.”

Common users (like me) get to use the typical search tool to see trending items only.

Trending Fun – #CalmYourselfIn4Words (which happens to be 4 words plus a number)

(a sample from the feed)

  • Humble Before You Stumble
  • Greg Counsel batting stance
  • Eat well, read well
  • You’ll always have pizza
  • McDonald’s is 24 hours
  • Travel Makes Everything Better
  • There’s food in fridge
  • Stop texting, go out
  • Chris brown is daddy


**Axel Bruns Professor, Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology has suggested Google buy Twitter?

As a platform, Twitter is not and will never be a competitor to Facebook, whatever its shareholders seem to think. Both might be classed under the overall rubric of “social media”, but any direct comparisons constitute a category error: the appeal of a strong-ties, small-world networks platform like Facebook, where we tend to network predominantly with family and friends, is necessarily fundamentally different from that of a weak-ties, large-world space like Twitter, where we can follow – and attempt to strike up conversations with – celebrities, politicians, and other users outside of our immediate networks.” Reference:


Major Google News

We said last segment Google was switching to a service orientated model – well – it’s now fact. They are headed for the ABC… or rather “Alphabet” otherwise currently known as Google! How many songs can we sing? How many puns can we make?



Larry Page is CEO of Alphabet.

Sergey Brin, Google’s other cofounder, is the president of Alphabet.

And Sundar Pichai is now CEO of Google.

“G is for Google. As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses.” From the start, we’ve always strived to do more, and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have. “


It’s sounding like a Richard Branson “Virgin” business model.

Jeff Jarvis: “Do what you do best and link to the rest!”

How many people are now running off to create business names starting with the letter of a Google Alphabet business case not yet taken.

An existing business – C is for Calico. Calico; We’re tackling aging, one of life’s greatest mysteries.

Calico is a research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan. We will use that knowledge to devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives. Executing on this mission will require an unprecedented level of interdisciplinary effort and a long-term focus for which funding is already in place.

What else could they make? Other than Maps and Search (they took search, not social?), there’s Droids. They have NASA permission (  but did you see the eagle take out the droid in the air video….?

Maybe Twitter will get a lookin after all and take over T?



How to make your blog work for you. Make money (like affiliate marketing), write books (by using the blog content in a reshuffle) and get connections (using sites like wordpress as a social media platform).


iPhone films

3 Films captured completely by the iPhone:

  1. Tangerine (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  3. Night Fishing (aka Paramanjang), a well polished South Korean tale in which a man who goes for a routine fishing trip, but finds something much more disturbing on the end of his hook.

There’s no excuse for not making short films on the weekends with your friends, shot on your iPhone.


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