Aplicaciones de mensajería instantánea para Mac OS X | Bitelia.com


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Hace algunos días les presentamos una lista con algunas alternativas a los mensajeros instantáneos más populares, Windows Live Messenger y Gtalk –también conocido de forma pedestre como “el chat de Google”-. Pero el Mac tiene su propio universo y también otras alternativas de mensajeros. Además de iChat, el que viene de forma nativa cuando prendemos por primera vez el ordenador apenas salido de su hermoso packaging, tenemos otras opciones para instalar. A continuación, vamos a repasar las mejores alternativas a mensajeros instantáneos para Mac OS X.

Adium

Esta es, al menos en mi opinión, la mejor alternativa que podemos usar en Mac.  Adium es un programa multiplataforma que soporta a múltiples servicios de mensajería instantánea. Por ejemplo, podemos sincronizar en un mismo lugar nuestras cuentas de MSN y Gtalk, por ejemplo. Pero además de esto, tenemos otras opciones de integración con el ecosistema Mac que hace que sea la opción indudable. Este programa Open Source también cuenta con una interfaz de usuario muy agradable e intuitiva, con ventanas de chat en formato de pestañas para estar más organizados y no crear múltiples ventanas que retarden al ordenador.

En cuanto a integración con Mac OS X, se puede sincronizar con la libreta de direcciones y contactos que viene de forma nativa con la computadora. Cuando usamos múltiples cuentas –por ejemplo de diferentes correos electrónicos- podemos hacer una unión de los correos de nuestros contactos en un solo perfil para estar más organizados. Por ejemplo, si tenemos a una persona en MSN y también en GTalk, podemos verlos online y chatear con ellos sin importar desde donde estén conectados. Con Adium también se puedentransferir archivos, algo fundamental, pero lamentablemente no se pueden hacer conversaciones en grupo o en video, pero sí nos da opciones de seguridad –cifrado de conversaciones-. Finalmente, viene en versión portable, si trabajamos en muchos Macs periódicamente es algo que no viene para nada mal.

InstantBird

InstantBird es otro sistema multiplataforma –no solamente podemos usarlo en Mac sino también en Windows y Linux-, con la posibilidad de sincronizar diferentes cuentas de varios servicios. Una de las mejores funcionalidades es que no solamente puede oficiar de mensajero instantáneo, sino que además nos permiteadministrar redes sociales –de la misma forma que Digsby, en el caso de Windows- como Facebook y Twitter. InstantBird está construido sobre Mozilla 16.0.2 lo que permite que haya actualizaciones en base a complementos de terceros que se pueden encontrar en la página de InstantBird. En cuanto a interfaz, se jacta de tener una muy limpia y simple de usar, sin demasiados abalorios para priorizar la experiencia del contacto y nada más.

De la misma forma que Adium, también divide las conversaciones en pestañas en lugar de ventanas, para facilitar la navegación. Dichas pestañas se pueden reorganizar moviéndolas de acuerdo con la prioridad, por ejemplo, pero lo más interesante es que se pueden crear ventanas nuevas arrastrando una de las pestañas fuera de la ventana original, de la misma forma que se abren nuevas ventanas en un navegador. Otra cosa que comparte con Adium es la posibilidad de unir contactos. También cuenta con potentes herramientas de búsqueda de contactos y de conversaciones, fundamental para una herramienta de trabajo. Es ideal para usuarios que estén acostumbrados a usar Firefox en sus ordenadores, porque tiene muchos puntos en común.

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Con el nuevo iPad mini vuelve el debate sobre los tamaños de los dispositivos. Móviles grandes, tabletas pequeñas, mini ordenadores potentes. Entre las 4 y las 13 pulgadas está el juego, pero no se consigue definir cual va a ser el estándar que triunfará o si el juego continuará con diferentes tamaños y utilidades para distintos segmentos del mercado. Así está la cosa: Móviles de alta gama. Por encima de las cuatro pulgadas, y sin superar la barrera de las cinco…

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El extraño caso del Messenger de Microsoft

Microsoft anuncia la retirada de su Windows Live Messenger el próximo marzo de 2013 en todo el mundo salvo en China, y su sustitución por Skype, empresa que adquirió en mayo del pasado 2011 por 8.500 millones de dólares.
La noticia no deja de ser curiosa: en su momento, Messenger llegó a ser una auténtica bandera de Microsoft, el servicio triunfador que todos los jóvenes utilizaban para comunicarse, la bandera de todo un estilo comunicativo entre niños y adolescentes, uno de los escasísimos productos estrella de la compañía en la web, y una plataforma publicitaria con un nivel de facturación relevante. En España se calcula que la plataforma llegó a tener, en su momento de mayor éxito y según datos de la compañía, más de quince millones de usuarios únicos. Y la pregunta, lógicamente, es: ¿qué fue de todo aquello? ¿Qué ha llevado a que Microsoft, con un producto indudablemente ganador en su momento, perdiese completamente la oportunidad y el segmento a manos de terceros?

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Sinceramente, me fascina cómo pudo Microsoft perder la oportunidad de consolidar su liderazgo en un segmento que tenía conquistado y en el que el efecto red jugaba completamente a su favor. Adicionalmente, surge otra pregunta: dado que Microsoft tenía una fuente de ingresos en la publicidad de Messenger… ¿quiere esto decir que pasaremos a ver publicidad en su sucesor, Skype? ¿Será capaz Microsoft de recuperar el estatus de liderazgo que una vez tuvo con Messenger mediante el recurso a una plataforma no especialmente novedosa como Skype, que ademas no fue diseñada originalmente como herramienta de chat? A mí, francamente, me parece una tarea muy compleja, pero ¿cómo lo veis en este sentido?

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App translates languages during real-time phonecalls | springwise.com


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Japan24th October. Web users can already easily take advantage of translation services that convert text from one language to another, and we’ve also seen TransFire bring that capability to web-based instant messaging on smartphones. Providing a similar service for speech conversations, Japan-based NTT DOCOMO is launching its Hanashite Hon’yaku app, which offers …Read More 

¿Qué significa IM?


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Lo cierto es que esta semana hemos comenzado con una serie de definiciones en el mundo de la mensajería instantánea que les hemos dicho íbamos a continuar a lo largo de estos días entremezclándolas como siempre con la información de actualidad del sector, así como a las nuevas aplicaciones de mensajería dedicadas. Así que hoy vamos a descubrir qué significa IM.

¿Qué significa IM?

Muchos lo habrán visto en los propios nombres de muchas apps, otros en las páginas que hablan de la mensajería en inglés, pero de seguro que aún hay alguno que no sabe que significan las siglas IM. Y la verdad es que es muy sencillo, porque IM significa exactamente Mensajería instantánea, nada más. ¿A qué se han quedado a cuadros? Bueno en realidad es Instant Messenger por sus siglas en inglés.

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The Pirate Bay en el aire

A muchos puede que les haya sonado a broma cuando The Pirate Bay, la página web de torrents, anunció hace pocos días su intención de evitar la persecución de la ley en plena orgía de legislación antidescargas con un sistema tan novedoso como poner sus servidores en drones voladores. Pero a Liam Young, arquitecto/pensador y cofundador del think-tank TomorrowThoughtsToday, le sonó a gloria.

Él tiene el sistema perfecto: su proyecto Electronic Countermeasures, un enjambre de drones capaces de generar su propia red wifi que demuestran que un The Pirate Bay aéreo es más que posible.


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A muchos puede que les haya sonado a broma cuando The Pirate Bay, la página web de torrents, anunció hace pocos días su intención de evitar la persecución de la ley en plena orgía de legislación antidescargas con un sistema tan novedoso como poner sus servidores en drones voladores. Pero a Liam Young, arquitecto/pensador y cofundador del think-tank TomorrowThoughtsToday, le sonó a gloria.

Él tiene el sistema perfecto: su proyecto Electronic Countermeasures, un enjambre de drones capaces de generar su propia red wifi que demuestran que un The Pirate Bay aéreo es más que posible.

“Empezamos a desarrollar este proyecto el año pasado”, explica Young desde Londres, “inspirados por las revoluciones de Oriente Próximo, donde el papel clave que jugaron Internet, las redes sociales y los mensajes de texto llevó a varios Gobiernos a cortar el acceso a la Red para tratar de parar las manifestaciones”. Preocupado por esta posibilidad, Young pensó que una “infraestructura nómada para que las comunidades pudieran contrarrestar este tipo de censura y facilitar la auto organización”.

Electronic Countermeasures @ GLOW Festival NL 2011 from liam young on Vimeo. Leer más “The Pirate Bay en el aire”

Google Talk vía SMS en Personal

Ahora, lo que me soprende es que el video oficial tiene casi 3 meses y fué visto menos de 250 veces lo que es simplemente ridículo porque el servicio, si NO TENES UN SMARTPHONE puede ser algo muy bueno para vos, si lo usás de forma inteligente.

¿que es usar SMS Gtalk – Personal de forma inteligente? Básicamente hacer toda la carga de contactos, códigos y etc vía web para evitar cargos de SMS y luego, tener todo agendado perfectamente para usarlo cuando tenés que contactar a alguien que sabés que está en su PC para mandar mensajes de texto de forma rápida… no te olvides que, si tuvieras un plan de datos, el costo de usar GTalk está incluído pero los SMS tienen un costo individual que, en un chat largo puede convertirse en un problema 😉


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Todos sabemos que Google Talk puede comunicarse con cualquier servidor Jabber, lo que no sabía es que Personal había habilitado un server para poder usar Google Talk con SMS en 4 clics. A ver, no es tan en 4 clics porque hay que registrarse, ingresar el número, confirmar la titularidad del teléfono y luego agendar un número para asociarlo a tus contactos de GTalk. Leer más “Google Talk vía SMS en Personal”

Get Facebook Instant Messaging On Your Desktop Now

Are you itching for Facebook to make available its new messaging platform? Do you like chatting on the social network but wish it didn’t require you to keep a tab or window open in your browser?

Two U.K. developers, Daniel Offer and Henrik Larsson, designed a solution for just this: An independent application that syncs up with Facebook chat to allow you to IM all your buddies straight from your desktop. The desktop chat messenger client for Facebook called Chit Chat works a lot like other other instant messaging applications.

Offer and Larsson developed the product when they noticed two main problems with Facebook chat, according to an article in SmashingHub. “Not everyone wants to access the Facebook site itself every time they want to chat, post status updates, and write on walls, and the chat function on Facebook was” not very reliable.


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Are you itching for Facebook to make available its new messaging platform? Do you like chatting on the social network but wish it didn’t require you to keep a tab or window open in your browser?

Two U.K. developers, Daniel Offer and Henrik Larsson, designed a solution for just this:  An independent application that syncs up with Facebook chat to allow you to IM all your buddies straight from your desktop. The desktop chat messenger client for Facebook called Chit Chat works a lot like other other instant messaging applications.

Offer and Larsson developed the product when they noticed two main problems with Facebook chat, according to an article in SmashingHub. “Not everyone wants to access the Facebook site itself every time they want to chat, post status updates, and write on walls, and the chat function on Facebook was” not very reliable. Leer más “Get Facebook Instant Messaging On Your Desktop Now”

What Americans Do Online: Social Media And Games Dominate Activity

Portals remain as the second heaviest activity on mobile Internet (11.6 percent share of time), despite their double digit decline and social networking’s rise to account for 10.5 percent share means the gap is much smaller than a year ago (14.3 percent vs. 8.3 percent).

Other mobile Internet activities seeing significant growth include music and video/movies, both seeing 20 percent plus increases in share of activity year over year. As these destinations gain share, it’s at the cost of other content consumption – both news/current events and sports destinations saw more than a 20 percent drop in share of U.S. mobile Internet time.

“Although we see similar characteristics amongst PC and mobile internet use, the way their activity is allocated is still pretty contrasting, added Martin. While convergence will continue, the unique characteristics of computers and mobiles, both in their features and when and where they are used mean that mobile Internet behavior mirroring its PC counterpart is still some way off.”

NOTE: This piece of research looked at the share of all U.S. Internet time each of the 84 “standard” NetView subcategories/sectors holds. Only the top 10 sectors were actually called out, the remaining 74 were grouped into “other” and not called out.

The Mobile Internet data is derived from a survey which tracks self-reported mobile internet usage from over 5,000 respondents each month. Mobile internet universe is defined as people that they have used the mobile internet, email or instant messaging on their mobile phone in the past 30 days. The Mobile internet data is weighted back to benchmarks for age, gender, income, race/ethnicity and operator share collected in Mobile Insights.


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Text and graphics updated Aug. 6 to clarify category definitions, timeframe and methodology (see note at bottom)

Americans spend nearly a quarter of their time online on social networking sites and blogs, up from 15.8 percent just a year ago (43 percent increase) according to new research released today from The Nielsen Company. The research revealed that Americans spend a third their online time (36 percent) communicating and networking across social networks, blogs, personal email and instant messaging.

Top 10 Sectors by Share of U.S. Internet Time
RANK Category Share of Time
June 2010
Share of Time
June 2009
% Change in
Share of Time
1 Social Networks 22.7% 15.8% 43%
2 Online Games 10.2% 9.3% 10%
3 E-mail 8.3% 11.5% -28%
4 Portals 4.4% 5.5% -19%
5 Instant Messaging 4.0% 4.7% -15%
6 Videos/Movies** 3.9% 3.5% 12%
7 Search 3.5% 3.4% 1%
8 Software Manufacturers 3.3% 3.3% 0%
9 Multi-category Entertainment 2.8% 3.0% -7%
10 Classifieds/Auctions 2.7% 2.7% -2%
Other* 34.3% 37.3% -8%
Source:Nielsen NetView – June 2009-June 2010
*Other refers to 74 remaining online categories visited from PC/laptops
**NetView’s Videos/Movies category refers to time spent on video-specific (e.g., YouTube, Bing Videos, Hulu) and movie-related websites (e.g., IMDB, MSN Movies and Netflix) only. It is not a measure of video streaming or inclusive of video streaming on non-video-specific or movie-specific websites (e.g., streamed video on sports or news sites).

“Despite the almost unlimited nature of what you can do on the web, 40 percent of U.S. online time is spent on just three activities – social networking, playing games and emailing leaving a whole lot of other sectors fighting for a declining share of the online pie,” said Nielsen analyst Dave Martin. Leer más “What Americans Do Online: Social Media And Games Dominate Activity”

60 Exclusive Free Icons: “Childish”

As you probably know, we love great icons and we always like to give away some great sets.

Today we have a set of 60 exclusive free icons that we call “Childish”. As the name implies, these are ideal for children’s websites or for websites that are more relaxed, with a fun feeling. They’re definitely not suitable for a serious corporate website.

The set contains all of the icons in 4 different sizes, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64 and 128×128.

In addition, there’s a vector file containing all of the icons so that you can easily resize and modify them as needed.

All icons are free to use for both personal and commercial purposes, with attribution required (you can waive the attribution requirement by paying a small fee).


thumbAs you probably know, we love great icons and we always like to give away some great sets.

Today we have a set of 60 exclusive free icons that we call “Childish”. As the name implies, these are ideal for children’s websites or for websites that are more relaxed, with a fun feeling. They’re definitely not suitable for a serious corporate website.

The set contains all of the icons in 4 different sizes, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64 and 128×128.

In addition, there’s a vector file containing all of the icons so that you can easily resize and modify them as needed.

All icons are free to use for both personal and commercial purposes, with attribution required (you can waive the attribution requirement by paying a small fee). Leer más “60 Exclusive Free Icons: “Childish””

10 Dead Simple Gmail Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts

Gmail can be tweaked almost endlessly with various Firefox and Chrome extensions, and offers some pretty nifty Labs options too. However, we’ve taken a look at some simple tips, tricks, tweaks and shortcuts you can use without going down the plugin or experimental route.

These 10 features will help you get so much more out of the webmail service, from an enhanced chat experience, to smarter filters, to offline access.

Have a read through now and let us know any neat Gmail (Gmail) hints you’d like to share in the comments box below.


Gmail can be tweaked almost endlessly with various Firefox and Chrome extensions, and offers some pretty nifty Labs options too. However, we’ve taken a look at some simple tips, tricks, tweaks and shortcuts you can use without going down the plugin or experimental route.

These 10 features will help you get so much more out of the webmail service, from an enhanced chat experience, to smarter filters, to offline access.

Have a read through now and let us know any neat Gmail (Gmail) hints you’d like to share in the comments box below.


1. Add Emphasis in Chat


Gmail’s instant messaging Chat function is one of the more basic options around, but there are a few bits of formatting you can use to add nuance to your online communication.

To bold a word, asterisk it like this: *Mashable (Mashable)*

To add italics, just underscore before and after the word like this: _Mashable_

And to strike a word through, add hyphens before and after like so: -Mashable-


2. Customize Your Web Clips


You’ve no doubt noticed the “Web Clips” line of text that appears above your Gmail inbox which contains news, blog posts, ads and other info. But did you know you can personalize it to make it more relevant to you?

Simply go to “Settings” on the top right of your screen and select the “Web Clips” tab. From there, you can search, browse from the categories, and add and remove items to your heart’s content.

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Turning All Clients Into Dream Clients (or Common Client Difficulties)

Clients can be tough… real tough. Working side by side with some clients can be an agonizing experience — an experience so painful that you often wonder what exactly you have gotten yourself into. On the other hand, some clients are an absolute dream to work with. Every day spent working with them reminds you why you became a Web designer and just how enjoyable your job actually is. The question then is, how do we take our most difficult clients and turn them into dream clients? The answer may be easier than you realize.

Clients often require a bit of hand-holding. When dealt with correctly, this is not too overwhelming; it just calls for some simple guidance. You may be surprised by how a few extra emails here and there can make a world of difference. Outlined here are some of the most common client difficulties our Twitter followers have run into and how to best resolve them.
Common Client Difficulties
Doesn’t Know What They Want

Tweet-1 in Turning All Clients Into Dream Clients (or Common Client Difficulties)
“They have no idea what they want!” (@daveom)

More often than none, clients have no idea what they want and look to you for your expertise. For a designer, it can be annoying. Then again, how many times have you been to a restaurant and had no idea what to order and asked for a recommendation? Clients are no different. They are looking for recommendations, not fixed solutions. Talk it over with them, get all the details, and then start making educated recommendations. As ideas start to bounce around, one will hit home and provide a base from which to work.

It takes a great deal of patience, but getting all of the necessary information and building a solid starting point will not only help you throughout the project, but also reassure the client that they made the right decision.
Feels Left Out of Process

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“They never feel ‘in the loop’ — so to solve this, I try to call them each week for an update and a chat.” (@jaaved)

Communication is the foundation of any successful client relationship. When this foundation starts to slip, the relationship begins to crumble. Starting a project on the same page as the client is easy, but staying on the same page throughout the project requires tenacity.

At the beginning of each project, create a calendar outlining a timeline of events for the project. The calendar should explain when the client can expect certain tasks to be completed and when they will need to provide certain information. A calendar is just the start to keeping the client in the loop; it should be followed up with regular emails and phone calls. If you are making a change that will take up to a day or two, send a quick email to let the client know. A quick email takes only a minute to send, and it assures the client that you are indeed working. Simple and small efforts such as these keep the client happy and informed of the entire process.


Clients can be tough… real tough. Working side by side with some clients can be an agonizing experience — an experience so painful that you often wonder what exactly you have gotten yourself into. On the other hand, some clients are an absolute dream to work with. Every day spent working with them reminds you why you became a Web designer and just how enjoyable your job actually is. The question then is, how do we take our most difficult clients and turn them into dream clients? The answer may be easier than you realize.

Clients often require a bit of hand-holding. When dealt with correctly, this is not too overwhelming; it just calls for some simple guidance. You may be surprised by how a few extra emails here and there can make a world of difference. Outlined here are some of the most common client difficulties our Twitter followers have run into and how to best resolve them.

Common Client Difficulties

Doesn’t Know What They Want

Tweet-1 in Turning All Clients Into Dream Clients (or Common Client Difficulties)
“They have no idea what they want!” (@daveom)

More often than none, clients have no idea what they want and look to you for your expertise. For a designer, it can be annoying. Then again, how many times have you been to a restaurant and had no idea what to order and asked for a recommendation? Clients are no different. They are looking for recommendations, not fixed solutions. Talk it over with them, get all the details, and then start making educated recommendations. As ideas start to bounce around, one will hit home and provide a base from which to work.

It takes a great deal of patience, but getting all of the necessary information and building a solid starting point will not only help you throughout the project, but also reassure the client that they made the right decision.

Feels Left Out of Process

Tweet-2 in Turning All Clients Into Dream Clients (or Common Client Difficulties)
“They never feel ‘in the loop’ — so to solve this, I try to call them each week for an update and a chat.” (@jaaved)

Communication is the foundation of any successful client relationship. When this foundation starts to slip, the relationship begins to crumble. Starting a project on the same page as the client is easy, but staying on the same page throughout the project requires tenacity.

At the beginning of each project, create a calendar outlining a timeline of events for the project. The calendar should explain when the client can expect certain tasks to be completed and when they will need to provide certain information. A calendar is just the start to keeping the client in the loop; it should be followed up with regular emails and phone calls. If you are making a change that will take up to a day or two, send a quick email to let the client know. A quick email takes only a minute to send, and it assures the client that you are indeed working. Simple and small efforts such as these keep the client happy and informed of the entire process. Leer más “Turning All Clients Into Dream Clients (or Common Client Difficulties)”

Cyber Bullies – The Terminators of the Design Community

Not everyone has been mistreated by a school yard bully. However, everyone knows bullying exists. Bullying is not restricted by age or environment and doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical altercation to be considered bullying. In fact, designers and developers are also prone to bullying – cyber bullying. You may have been unfairly and unreasonably criticized and made to feel small or defeated. Clients, designers, developers and even the audience you cater to are all capable of bullying if they choose to do so. More often than not, culprits hide behind false identities and abuse others just for their own twisted pleasure.


Not everyone has been mistreated by a school yard bully. However, everyone knows bullying exists. Bullying is not restricted by age or environment and doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical altercation to be considered bullying. In fact, designers and developers are also prone to bullying – cyber bullying. You may have been unfairly and unreasonably criticized and made to feel small or defeated. Clients, designers, developers and even the audience you cater to are all capable of bullying if they choose to do so. More often than not, culprits hide behind false identities and abuse others just for their own twisted pleasure.

Cyber Bullies – The Terminators of the Design Community
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Cyber bullying is a rapidly increasing trend that is not a good sign for our web community. Statistics show that almost all bloggers have experienced some form of cyber bullying at one point or another.

Negativity online can become too much for anyone to bear. In extreme cases, it will terrorize and traumatize people and affect their quality of work. When one becomes afraid of criticism and negativity, you are prevented from fulfilling your full potential. Stamp out bullying. Treat others the way you would like to be treated; with respect and dignity. In order for the community to grow, we must do our best to minimize and discourage cyber bullying.

Today, we’ll take a look at the negative effects of cyber bullying on the design community as well as on the writer. Cyber bullies are like weeds in a garden. They are not outright lethal or dangerous, but they stunt the growth and quality of the surrounding plants and flowers. If all bullies think twice before committing this “cyber crime” and consider mending their ways, the web community would be a more enjoyable place and will be able to flourish and grow positively. If you are a cyber bully, consider these factors mentioned here and reflect upon your actions.

Cyber Bullying – More Than Just A Term

Let’s explore the term cyber bullying and clarify the definition of this “crime”.

Cyber bullying presents itself in many forms; mean-spirited comments are very common, so are threats and offensive behavior. When digital technology is intentionally used to torment, threaten, harass, humiliate or embarrass, it is considered as cyber bullying. While missing the physical aspect of bullying, often times, cyber bullying is even more vindictive because physical wounds can heal but emotional wounds leave a lasting impression and mark on a person.

The Bully’s Cyber Playground

Cyber bully can happen to you anywhere online and on various platforms. Social networking sites, chat rooms, instant messaging programs, email, text messaging, personal digital assistants (PDA), and of course internet websites like design blogs or forums.

Playground
Image source: Martin Cogley

Putting a Face to the Cyber Bully

As mentioned above, anyone is capable of being a cyber bully. No one is perfect. We are all susceptible to our human emotions and frailties. Fellow designers could very easily cross the line when the green eyed monster is in play. Very easily, what should have been common and objective criticism can turn very ugly, very fast.

Anyone
Image source: Arthur Coddington

There are many various motivations that can propel a person to partake in cyber bullying. Anger, jealousy, revenge, and in some cases, just entertainment is a sufficient reason to bully. Humans put other human beings down to feel better about themselves, and to exert the fact that they have power over someone else. Sometimes, a victim could suddenly lash out after much repression only to find themselves becoming the bully they once feared so much.

There are so many reasons why people bully, as such each case of cyber bully needs to be tackled different. Unfortunately, because of our human complexity, there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution where cyber bullying is concerned.

Be aware that it is not necessary for you to have made any mistakes to be targeted and persecuted by cyber bullies.

Understanding the Bully

Doctors have to first diagnose a patient’s illness before they can prescribe an appropriate medicine. This is the same with the cyber bully. In order to try and resolve this issue, we must first understand the reasons why cyber bullies bully. What do they want? What is their psychological mindset? Is it fame, notoriety or attention that they seek? Leer más “Cyber Bullies – The Terminators of the Design Community”

The Five Levels of Communication in a Connected World

In the digital world in which we live, it has become too easy to send emails, ping people via instant message, text, tweet, etc. Upon reflection, I think I’ve been too haphazard about how I communicate with my colleagues, clients, friends, and family. Oftentimes, an email about a problem should have been a phone call. And sometimes a phone call should have been an in-person meeting.
Knowing what to say and when to say it is not enough. In the modern day, we must decide HOW to communicate.

Consider the five levels of communication:

Level 1: Message into the Ether
Snail mail and email have a few things in common: They can be of any length, and they are not conversational. Emails and letters are sent out, and then new messages are composed and returned. Sometimes it takes days or weeks before a response arrives. Since emails and letters are not conversational (they lump all points together rather than go point, counterpoint, point, etc…), there is a HIGH LEVEL of misunderstanding with this medium of communication. As many of us know, little issues can escalate over email…


In the digital world in which we live, it has become too easy to send emails, ping people via instant message, text, tweet, etc. Upon reflection, I think I’ve been too haphazard about how I communicate with my colleagues, clients, friends, and family. Oftentimes, an email about a problem should have been a phone call. And sometimes a phone call should have been an in-person meeting.
Knowing what to say and when to say it is not enough. In the modern day, we must decide HOW to communicate.

Consider the five levels of communication:
Level 1: Message into the Ether
Snail mail and email have a few things in common: They can be of any length, and they are not conversational. Emails and letters are sent out, and then new messages are composed and returned. Sometimes it takes days or weeks before a response arrives. Since emails and letters are not conversational (they lump all points together rather than go point, counterpoint, point, etc…), there is a HIGH LEVEL of misunderstanding with this medium of communication. As many of us know, little issues can escalate over email… Leer más “The Five Levels of Communication in a Connected World”

The Revolution Will Be Telepresenced

For some reason, I have never fully adopted the use of video conferencing.

In my defense, I think I’ve been pretty accepting when it comes to incorporating new technologies and communications platforms in my daily routine. Over the years, I’ve expanded from AIM and AOL chatrooms to GChat and message boards, from (gulp!) MiGente to Facebook and Twitter. But, so far, I’ve resisted the siren call of real time, face-to-face communiqué. And I believe my rationale is sound: I’m lazy.
rolfcopter

Given my social circle, it would probably be laborious (and aggravating) for me to attempt to migrate my friends and coworkers into fully adopting a telepresence. And frankly, call me old fashioned, but I still prefer to be texted, emailed, and, depending on how serious the circumstance, (gasp!) called.

However, there is one desirable consumer segment that is already embracing (and taking ownership of) the telepresence platform as a viable platform for communication: teens.
Here’s Looking at You, Kids

The youth market- which I’d like to think I’m not completely removed from- is unique. They’ve never known a life without some form of digital-enabled, hyper-communication. And because of that, the rapid adoption (and abandonment) of new technology is second-nature to them.

Recently, I was chatting with a colleague who mentioned that her daughter (and all her friends) took to ooVoo every night to socialize.

Wait, ooVoo, the video conferencing software that I use to connect with coworkers is being used by 13 year-olds to casually shoot the breeze? Seems like overkill. (Almost as absurd as anyone other than doctors using pagers for communication!)

But upon further inspection, maybe I’m just a Luddite. In March, Ad Age reported that “although video calling and video instant messaging are still a small fraction of overall internet traffic, video communications will increase tenfold from 2008-2013.” Skype, ooVoo, iChat, GChat, Stickam and a growing number of other services have created a playing field for a new culture of communication that will likely have far-reaching cultural implications.

Teens’ use of “video chatting” might be the catalyst that precipitates the widespread adoption of the technology. If text messaging, IM, and prior to that, beepers are any indication, teens tend to sit at the vanguard of electronic communication, not only creating the credibility and initial user base that allows the critical mass to migrate, but also defining the rules of engagement (lexicon, etiquette) for the new platform.

The question is, however, how can brands offer value by engaging consumers through this platform-from-the-future?


For some reason, I have never fully adopted the use of video conferencing.

In my defense, I think I’ve been pretty accepting when it comes to incorporating new technologies and communications platforms in my daily routine.  Over the years, I’ve expanded from AIM and AOL chatrooms to GChat and message boards, from (gulp!) MiGente to Facebook and Twitter. But, so far, I’ve resisted the siren call of real time, face-to-face communiqué.  And I believe my rationale is sound: I’m lazy.
rolfcopter

Given my social circle, it would probably be laborious (and aggravating) for me to attempt to migrate my friends and coworkers into fully adopting a telepresence. And frankly, call me old fashioned, but I still prefer to be texted, emailed, and, depending on how serious the circumstance, (gasp!) called.

However, there is one desirable consumer segment that is already embracing (and taking ownership of) the telepresence platform as a viable platform for communication: teens.

Here’s Looking at You, Kids

The youth market- which I’d like to think I’m not completely removed from- is unique.  They’ve never known a life without some form of digital-enabled, hyper-communication.  And because of that, the rapid adoption (and abandonment) of new technology is second-nature to them.

Recently, I was chatting with a colleague who mentioned that her daughter (and all her friends) took to ooVoo every night to socialize.

Wait, ooVoo, the video conferencing software that I use to connect with coworkers is being used by 13 year-olds to casually shoot the breeze? Seems like overkill.  (Almost as absurd as anyone other than doctors using pagers for communication!)

But upon further inspection, maybe I’m just a Luddite. In March, Ad Age reported that “although video calling and video instant messaging are still a small fraction of overall internet traffic, video communications will increase tenfold from 2008-2013.”  Skype, ooVoo, iChat, GChat, Stickam and a growing number of other services have created a playing field for a new culture of communication that will likely have far-reaching cultural implications.

Teens’ use of  “video chatting” might be the catalyst that precipitates the widespread adoption of the technology.  If text messaging, IM, and prior to that, beepers are any indication, teens tend to sit at the vanguard of electronic communication, not only creating the credibility and initial user base that allows the critical mass to migrate, but also defining the rules of engagement (lexicon, etiquette) for the new platform.

The question is, however, how can brands offer value by engaging consumers through this platform-from-the-future? Leer más “The Revolution Will Be Telepresenced”

When You Need to Send Someone an Important File Really Fast..

When you need to send an important file to a contact, you can either send it as an email attachment or, if the file size is too big for an email message, you can upload it to any of the file hosting services and share the download link with your contact over email.

IM software like Skype, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger also let you to easily transfer files from one computer to another without imposing any restrictions on file size or the file type. This is generally quicker than sending files over email but the only downside is that both parties should be running the IM client in order or send or receive files.


send files fast When you need to send an important file to a contact, you can either send it as an email attachment or, if the file size is too big for an email message, you can upload it to any of the file hosting services and share the download link with your contact over email.

IM software like Skype, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger also let you to easily transfer files from one computer to another without imposing any restrictions on file size or the file type. This is generally quicker than sending files over email but the only downside is that both parties should be running the IM client in order or send or receive files. Leer más “When You Need to Send Someone an Important File Really Fast..”