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Tablet living

On habit changing tablets

Early summer in the middle of Sweden. There’s six of us sitting on the front porch of the summer house. Two laptops with tonights Icehockey game is placed in front of most of them. Me, I’m watching the other nights gardening show on my iPad. I admit it, I never watch TV except for on TV before I got my iPad. It was too much hassle. The only reason I do it now is because it’s sooo easy. I have it next to my bed, I bring it to the summer house and watch it in the sun.

Later the same summer heat and humidity makes it impossible to be in our apartment. Having looked forward to finally watching a summer tv-show I simply placed the iPad on a table on the balcony and both me and my boyfriend could watch the show quite easily.
Granted it’s a bit silly to watch a 10″ when we have a 32″ and a 40″ in the apartment – but still!

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I finally caved and took the time to learn why geo-tagging has been (is) all the rage….
As usual, consumers are so much faster than the brands and only a few companies can consider themselves awake enough to have kept up the early-adopters within geo-tagging.

I warned my Twitter feed that I was going to try out Gowalla, Foursquare etc but that I would try not to spam them with too many check-ins.
The joke was on me as I have yet to manage to share on Twitter even ONCE!

Never mind that, here are the basics of some of the geographically related social media services that people use today:

Gowalla

Initially the one that made the most sense. Start with choosing “Check in” and then search for where you are. The fact that you get cute badges and stuff at random can probably act as both a repellant and add to the addictiveness.

I’ve managed to check in on several places, sharing 9 photos, getting 21 “stamps” and 6 “pins”.

Me – being the less socially driven of their users – got a bunch of points for being “the first of my friends” to check in to places. Now, this is a good idea – if it weren’t for the fact that I had 0 friends 🙂

Foursquare

It took me more than a bit of time to get how the check-ins worked. Once I had that figured out I quite liked the structured way in how they told me how many points I earned for every check-in.

Although I managed to add 4 friends, I only checked in 11 times, got 3 badges and a mayorship -and I still have NO idea what I would use this information for 🙂

Facebook places

This seems like the obvious choice if you want to share. I mean how many hundred friends do you have on Facebook? Despite this, I don’t feel more compelled to check in here. Maybe even less because I know a big portion of the ppl I know aren’t interested in my every move!
A big minus is the lack of photo adding – photos is what I want to share, that much I’ve learned.

In general, the want to share is the only driver that matters. It’s nice to collect points, offers and stuff. And you always share, with the people that be-friend you on each service – but that’s not enough to remember to check in to every place you set your foot every day.

These services are good when they bulk the truly social of the web with the chance to gain real benefits from it (discounts, free coffee etc)

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