- In living colour: I switched up my Twitter background this week, using one from Colour Lovers (I use another, similar pattern from them on my business cards). Free and easy to make their designs your own.
- In your phone: Mobile app usage is increasing, says Nielsen, and so did the Pew Internet Project. Joe Bonner took the latter data set and matched it up with the "mobile first" strategy that TBD.com's Steve Buttry recommends for news organizations (e.g., mobile first, even at the expense of your print or web vehicles). Bonner and I are co-organizing a panel for the ScienceWriters 2010 meeting and Buttry's on our panel.
- In your laptop, live: YouTube's rolling out live-streaming video, and I'd love to hear whether you plan to use this new tool.
- In my equipment pile, soon: Microsoft came out with a new 1080p LifeCam Studio Webcam. It's got a wideband microphone, a 360-degree swivel and you can fit twice as many people in the picture as the previous version at 720p. It'll retail around $100; haven't found it yet for sale.
- In the health department: Google Health offered some updates this week, including tools to track your health and fitness goals, and the Centers for Disease Control introduced the new blog Health Out Loud, which looks to be a must-read for on health communications and social marketing. They started out on the right foot: The first post asked readers what the blog should be named.
- In the you-ask-this-all-the-time category: Nonprofit social media icon Beth Kanter asks--and answers, "Social Media: Who Will Do the Work?" An excellent read to help you think through making your social media efforts operational.
Check out don't get caught on Facebook, where I'm floating ideas and discussing them before they appear on the blog. It's shaping up as a great networking community for communicators.
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