Do you still remember the cute dog in Disney-Pixar’s movie “Up”, which had an automated collar that could translate his thoughts into human languages? When he first met the little boy in the movie, he looked at him with a waving tail and happy tongue, saying: “I just met you, but I love you already!”
Hurray for the New Orleans Saints! Their first Super Bowl trophy in their franchise history! They really pulled out a fantastic show starting from the unexpected twist at the beginning of the second half, that was a real momentum builder, and from that point they just rocked! Cheers also for the four Trojan alumni on the two teams that played tonight! Fight on, Trojans!
I think one the biggest advantage of Twitter is that it is an open-source platform. With a clear interface and simple functions, it has encouraged many talented people to design thousands of programs to facilitate and enrich other people’s Twitter experience.
Here are some of the serendipities I discovered in this open-source Twitter treasure land:
Portwiture: Their self introduction: “Portwiture grabs photography from Flickr that matches the content of your most recent Twitter updates. The result is a serendipitous visual representation of your Twitter profile.”
Here is my Twitter status in pictures generated by Portwiture:
(Seems my mind stream is quite flowery, but I do not quite understand where these cute frogs came from…)
Another interesting tool I just found out is called Trendrr. On its site, it introduces itself , “Trendrr allows you to track the popularity and awareness of trends across a variety of inputs, ranging from social networks, to blog buzz and video views downloads, all in real time. You can even compare trends to one another, monitoring and evaluating this comparison across a variety of sources.” Mashable just did a very interesting report about how it captured the trend of Lady Gaga on many social media platforms and co-related the discussions about Gaga on these platforms with the growing trend of people who actually listen to Gaga’s songs. A clear relationship could be drawn from the comparison, which shows that the buzz from social media can actually bring real business potential.
This piece of news from Engadget.com, “Stanford University shows that clothes make good batteries too“, talks about how a Stanford science group has invented a kind of cloth that can store electricity in it. This reminded me of a recent episode of ABC’s “Modern Family”, where a young girl, Alex, tricked her sister Haley into rubbing her hair to charge her cellphone. Maybe one day this act will not be considered a prank anymore, but instead something everybody does for a legitimate reason, and this day might come very soon! But for now? This episode of “Modern Family” is still funny and really makes me laugh.