UPDATE (9/20/11): There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not this is an April Fool’s joke. I can assure you that it is not April and I am not a fool. The website http://twitbookplus.com/ was registered in June of 2011 by a company called “MockInt” in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, according to WHOIS records. As to why there are no other news organizations reporting this story, we are not sure. However most of the information below is in fact speculation.
Peter McDermott, creator and host of Micro Patrol holds discussion with prominent Google Plus users Prisoner, Michael Nast, Susi C Pentico and Thomas Ward. This week the panel discusses the pros and cons of using your real name on social networks versus using a pseudonym, an emerging debate. Also, the panel gives tips on where to buy technology safely and how to prevent yourself from getting taken like a woman in South Carolina who bought an iPad out of the back of a car in a local McDonald’s parking lot. All of this and much more on this week’s episode of Micro Patrol.
Now many of you have probably met someone from Twitter or one of your favorite blogs in real life. Of course, when you had this first interaction it was probably awkward as you had never had a face-to-face conversation with the person and weren’t sure if your personalities would be compatible enough to carry on a conversation, no matter what the topic.
Having gone to Podcamp 2011 in Nashville, I have really taken a larger interest in social media and connecting on the local level. It is amazing how many people around you share common interests. Of course, there is always that boundary of figuring out how to meet them.
Our culture has a certain set of norms that we are expected to follow. If you are engaging in conversation with someone, no matter how much the subject or person you’re speaking with disinterests you, you are expected to remain in that conversation. The situation only gets worse when you go out with a bunch of friends that are talking about things that either you’re not involved with or do not interest you at all.
Now on the other side of that is the mystery of meeting someone from “the Internet” (read in scary movie voice) that you have only chatted with in text or possibly over Skype. What we have been missing out on is the opportunity to come into contact with like-minded individuals that we would otherwise have a hard time tracking down or bumping into serendipitously.
Just over the last few days, not even weeks, I have become very active in Google+. If you’re a frequenter of Google+ hangouts, you very well may have seen me. Whether it is chatting with my good friend +Brad Chasenore from Australia’s Tech Webcast, or watching +Cliff Roth do an amazing job of painting other Hangout participants in a 30-second window, everything I have come across has been completely amazing.
Surely, there have been some things that are less than amazing, like that person that joins your hangout and has 13 children screaming in the background or their television blaring so loud it overpowers everyone’s mic. So, of course, you mute that person and they immediately unmute themselves. Admit it, there are people like that in life that can’t handle themselves in a cocktail party, so don’t sweat it.
The point of this post it to declare that I absolutely LOVE everything I have discovered, the people I have met and the opportunities that have presented themselves since I have joined Google+.
This week Peter McDermott discusses a photo in which Steve Jobs looks pretty ill. A sneak peak at the iPhone 5 prototype. A laser keyboard! Can you believe it!? Google Plus for beginners. Our Griffin Technology Mystery Product, can you guess what it is? Also, our Google Chrome App of the Week and a giveaway for a brand new Rocketfish Webcam!
So a few guys got together on Google+’s new Hangout feature and had a earth-shattering debate. Pay close attention and you can get a chance to win a brand new 2 megapixel webcam from the folks at Rocketfish! Click Read More to watch!
In this episode Peter McDermott from MicroPatrol.com unboxes the Griffin PowerDock Dual for his iPhone and iPad. He also shows you a FAILED attempt at unlocking and jailbreaking a 1st Generation iPhone 2G. Also, a discussion of Google’s attempt to verify all Google Plus users, our Google Chrome App of the Week and our YouTube video of the week. All this and more on this week’s edition of the Micro Patrol netcast!
Peter McDermott interviews the masterminds from Australia’s leading tech podcast, The Tech Webcast which is now featured on http://www.micropatrol.com/ In this episode, Peter speaks with Brad and Jason about NYPD’s new social media squad and what that means to our privacy. Will they ever shut the web off? That conversation and much more on this week’s edition of Micro Patrol!
Peter McDermott from Micro Patrol gives you a first look of Google Plus and one of their only business users, Ford Motors. Sony will be retiring their MiniDisc player in September of this year, but don’t worry, they’ll keep making those little discs. Also, we’ll show you Computer World’s Top Tech Gadgets of the Summer. Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Twitter? With so many different choices for Twitter apps, Peter shows you a few, his recommendation and a great website that shows all of the apps out there worth looking at. Our YouTube video of the week is an Adele-Angry Birds mash-up from the folks at BarelyPolitical and our Google Chrome app of the week is the Huffington Post News Glide (beta). Check out all of this and more in our Micro Patrol episode for Saturday, July 9th, 2011. Music by Kevin McLeod.
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