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Category Archives: Social Media

Posts about the social media channel.

Testing a new plugin suite – Shortcake Bakery

Shortcake Bakery uses the Shortcake plugin and extends use of WordPress shortcodes. Makes embedding content in my blog pretty easy.

 

[facebook url=”https://www.facebook.com/RHCPChad/videos/904042432993659/”]

The above video link from Facebook via the Shortcake Bakery.

Last week, Daniel Bachhuber and the engineering team at Fusion releasedShortcake Bakery, a plugin that extends the Shortcake project to supply a suite of handy shortcodes for publishers. The plugin currently includes the following:

  • Image Comparison (powered by JuxtaposeJS)
  • Facebook embeds
  • iFrames (require whitelisted hostnames)
  • Infogram embeds
  • PDF’s (powered by PDF.js)
  • Playbuzz embeds
  • Rap Genius annotations
  • Scribd embeds
  • Scripts (require whitelisted hostnames)

Plugin writeup and detail found here.

Cold & Starving

Cold & Starving

I felt like playing at lunch and this is the result. Original image is a screen shot from the early-access sandbox version of The Long Dark – a survival game.

I pushed the screen shot through the iOS app Waterlogued, then into another iOS app to make the album cover — VinylizeMe. I kinda like the results 🙂

Goodbye Apple. Hello Alberta School of Business!

I guess it’s about time I mention it broadly, rather than simply hint at it or just let a few folk know.

As of the end of the month, I’ll be leaving my very cool and amazing world-class family at Apple retail and joining the team at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta.

It wasn’t an easy decision, leaving the industry-leading unique culture of Apple retail. But it basically boiled down to lifestyle; I wanted my weekends and evenings back to spend time with my family.

I leave with very fond memories. Apple is an amazing organization. I consider it a personal privilege that I was able to learn and grow within, and perhaps help influence and contribute to the growth others.

Yes, I’ll miss the people and the unique Apple culture.

In my new role at the Alberta School of Business, I’ll be working with the marketing and communications teams to bring my social media, PR and communications knowledge to bear on the School’s strategic plans. Similar to what I’ve done with the AMA, Empire Avenue and BioWare.

So, yes, bittersweet, and full of promise and excitement!

I can’t wait!

A sidenote: it’s very cool when the Dean of the school follows you on LinkedIn and you’ve not even started yet! Reassuring, in fact.

On Flipboard


EDIT: 2 days later and my readership has almost doubled!

So. I’ve got 28,000 51,000 readers of my online gaming magazine – a Flipboard titled On Gaming.

Holy Cow!!!! When I started my Flipboard I had never realized it would become this successful. I’m totally humbled and blown away.

What’s a FlipBoard?

If you follow me on Facebook (and if not, why not? 😀 )  you likely have seen that I’ve been posting or crossposting more articles to FlipBoard, a gorgeously laid out magazine format curation system for content.

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Whut?
Flipboard is, quite simply, an online magazine that lets you take content you find online and group it into one online ‘magazine’. Similar to what Pinterest lets you do with various image content. Flipboard originally launched on the iPhone and iPad, now is available for Android devices and Computers too. A very nifty platform. To quote the creators:

Millions of people use Flipboard to read and collect the news they care about, curating their favorite stories into their own magazines on any topic imaginable. Now magazines created by our readers, from Nepal to Sauce and spread, can be shared and enjoyed on the Web by anyone, anywhere.

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And why is it something you’d want to do?
Well, in my case, I love finding neat stuff and sharing it with others. And, having a successful Flipboard allows me to extend the reach of articles *I* write by simply including them in the appropriate Flipboard.

As well, having a popular Flipboard also enhances my ability to profile content I think is important.

So, if you’re so inclined, feel free to check out On Gaming, or any of the other magazines I curate, and let me know what you think! If you’ve got something you’d like me to share with my readers, just contact me. And if you start your own Flipboard magazine, then let me know too! I’d love to have a look!

Godspeed Commander Hadfield

Canadian astronaut, space enthusiast, educator, social media sensation, and now entertainer? Yep, those are just a sampling of the roles that Commander Chris Hadifeld fulfilled during his 146 day posting to the ISS as Station Commander.

His Soyuz capsule returns to Earth tomorrow evening, but as a last surprise, the Commander released this video reworking of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Enjoy, and thank you Commander Hadfield! Have a safe journey home!

So. Google’s shutting down Google Reader

Frankly I’d not thought about my RSS reading process in a while. I use NetVibes (pictured above) as my main reader, and it’s been pretty stable up until today; they posted a note saying they’re dealing with an influx of new members — likely emigrants from Google Reader.

I like NetVibes because it gives me a simple headline-in-a-tile view that makes it easy to quickly scan my news, and NetVibes manages my feed subscriptions.

This is where the pain will be felt by those using Google Reader when the big G shuts it down. Many 3rd party apps for mobile devices use Google Reader as the ‘subscription management’ feature of their app. When Google Reader closes on July 1, these apps will have to have in place some sort of replacement for subscription management, or they’ll break.

Update: If you’re looking to migrate your Google Reader subscriptions to NetVibes, the team at NetVibes have this handy guide. (Thanks Randy!)

For now, this won’t impact me or my newsreading habits, but as I mentioned at the top, I’m rethinking my RSS reading, and as Dave Weiner states, rethinking my use of Free when applied to services I’m coming to depend on.