Have you ever actually completed typing a name into the Facebook search bar? If you’re like me, all you’ve ever done is begin typing a few letters from the name of a friend or business, then select them from the dropdown menu. Earlier this week, Facebook announced a new function of it’s search capabilities that will change the way you search on Facebook.
This week, Google has launched a new “alternate reality game” designed for Android phone users named Ingress. The story line is definitely unique and tailored to a tech-savvy urban audience, which is why it is ideal for Android owners.
In a nutshell, the purpose of the game is for users to explore the physical world through the camera in their smart phone. Using augmented reality, users collect virtual currency pieces as they walk along pre-mapped paths, turning a leisurely stroll into a collection game similar to Pac-Man. These collectible items can be “cashed in” at other real-world points of interest, such as sculptures, libraries, and public art murals.
This past week was a high water mark for usage of social media (for people in flooded areas, no pun intended!). In addition to YouTube videos of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, many voters took Instagram pictures of their completed ballot from directly inside the booth. People of all political persuasions had some heated debates on Facebook and Twitter. According to a tweet from Twitter’s verified Government & Politics team, Election Day was the most tweeted about event in US political history with 20 million tweets.
Hurricane Sandy was a life changing event for anyone living on the eastern seaboard of the United States. For people in other regions of the country, social media provided a spotlight on the pre-storm preparations, emergency announcements, on-the-ground reports of damage, and a network of support for victims and volunteers.