Back-To-School Mobile Fashions

With millions of students heading back to school, lets take a look at school themed phone cases. From favorite toys to your favorite subjects – see how technology, education and creativity collide.

1. Relive your Etch-n-Sketch days with this Iphone case courtesy of iFoolish. Having a dull moment? Flip your mobile to have a full functioning Etch-n-Sketch toy at your fingertips. But put it away before the teacher confiscates it!

 

2. Never forget those masterpieces you made in art class with this creative Iphone cover. Available on Etsy for around $10, the case is also available in black and white.

 

3. Kate Spade joins in on the back-to-school craze with this composition IPhone 4 case for $40.00.

 

4. Getting hungry? Maybe this cover will satisfy those mid day chocolate cravings. Featured on Etsy, this phone cover is perfect for snack time!

 

5. Make your mobile a dual device with this $20 Etsy retro cover. Flip your phone over for a fully functional calculator – just in time for math class.

 

6. Stay ahead of the class with this pencil box inspired Iphone cover from Etsy for $15. Never have to borrow another pencil – just a pencil sharpener.

 

7. This adorable cover is perfect for teachers. Order the customizable cover at Zazzle to express your love for children’s art and your students. The stick figure is also available as a man or woman.

I just realized – school was not this fun when I was growing up.

@BCulture_CourtB

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The Olympics Total Twitter Stats

The 2012 London Olympics are over. Let’s all hum the theme one more time in our heads, as I’ve been doing daily. Go ahead. Dum-dum-da-da-dum-da-dum-dum… We saw a lot of drama, competition, and of course, the Spice Girls. Lots of the Olympics-related buzz was hosted on Twitter. Lots.

According to Twitter, the 2012 Olympics generated 150 million tweets. The most discussed athlete? You can probably guess: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. According to Twitter’s assessment of the 16-day event, Bolt’s 200m and 100m races generated around 154,000 tweets per minute (TPM). Last night’s closing ceremony, ousted Bolt’s short-lived record, with over 116,000 TPM, especially the Spice Girls’ performance, which accounted for a good amount of the attention.

Some other notable events:

  • Andy Murray’s gold medal in the men’s tennis singles: 57,000+ TPM
  • Jamaica’s world record and gold in the 4×100 men’s relay: 52,000+ TPM
  • Team USA defeats Spain for gold in men’s basketball: 41,000+ TPM
  • Kobe Bryant’s slam dunk near the end of the gold medal game versus Spain
  • Hope Solo’s save in the women’s soccer final versus Japan

Soccer proved to be the most popular sport overall, generating more than 5 million tweets throughout the Twittersphere. Swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and volleyball also did very well.

Can you name all ten athletes who prompted at least 1 million tweets?

In alphabetical order:

  1. Yohan Blake
  2. Usain Bolt
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Tom Daley
  5. Gabby Douglas
  6. LeBron James
  7. Ryan Lochte
  8. Andy Murray
  9. Michael Phelps
  10. Lee Chong Wei

Side note: I attended the University of Florida and am proud to report the Gators came out of the Swamp alive with 19 medals of their own. What did you think of the 2012 London Olympic games? See y’all in Rio!

@BCulture_Matt

The Great Survey (AskMen): The Internet Age

AskMen recently polled men in various subjects from drink orders to fashion statements to careers. The Great Male Survey 2012 Edition gives a good insight into the male mind, especially into some aspects of the digital age.

According to AskMen, 79 percent of men still prefer to pursue women face-to-face, but a surprising 21 percent prefer online interactions, a nod to the ever-growing online dating world.

64 percent of those surveyed have a neutral attitude towards technology. Around 48 percent check their emails by the minute, up until lights out. 64 percent check their social feeds first thing in the morning. The poll didn’t ask how many men use Facebook – what’s your guess? Less than 5 percent don’t use or have one at all? Over half of the respondents said that a glance at a potential mate/date’s profile page is the extent of pre-stalking he will do. 47 percent don’t care if their partners are friends with their exes on Facebook, and 55 percent keep exes in their network after a breakup.

10 percent of men surveyed admit to Googling their date’s name pre-date, but word of mouth, and a recommendation from a friend is preferred (49 percent).

18 percent admit to sexting to keep up a woman’s interest, another 18 to spark interest. Don’t worry ladies. 83 percent of men say that they would never share sexts with a friend (17 percent would…).

Last one: “Which social media outlet do you think is the most useless for men?” Answer: Pinterest with 35 percent.

@BCulture_Matt

In Love with WeHeartIt.com.

Most women can barely go a day without saying those three little words: “I love it!” Ironically, my Internet adventures brought me to a refreshing site appropriately called Weheartit.com, where I have been in love since the first click.  Weheartit.com shares a similar concept with Pinterest, while taking love and visual imagery to the next level. Set up a profile and begin the process by connecting with friends on other social platforms (Facebook and Twitter). After creating a profile, install the “Heart It” button your toolbar and begin sharing photos, videos, and all the things you love.

The images are put in sets, or collections.  Choosing pictures is effortless as you explore pages of tastefully inspirational images. Omitting caption altogether, Weheartit.com brings images to the forefront making browsing and uploading a manageable task. If the image is on Weheartit, simply click the “heart” button and the image is uploaded to the selected set. If you find great content on other pages, the “Heart It” bookmark “Saves it to your heart”. Either way – it’s totally up to you.

Add tags to your photos so other users can find your image easier within the site. Weheartit.com also allows users to add tags to specific categories so your favorite topics categories are within reach.

Weheartit.com is a great way to show off personal taste while exploring different perspectives and fancies. The site’s navigational ease is the most attractive feature, seeing that I have been signed on for about three hours. Move over Pinterest – there’s a new competitor in town.

Why are you waiting to spread the love?

@BCulture_Courtb

The Next Evolution Of Domain Names

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently closed the applications submission period for Top Level Domains or gTLD’s. As the council is currently in the reviewing process, Internet users are left to ponder on the fate of the Internet. It is projected that in 2013 common domain names like .net and .gov will soon be forced to compete with .lol and .whatever, ultimately pushing the boundaries of the Internet and the online experience. Businesses, large and small, flocked at the chance to gain rights to domain names as future investments and marketing ventures in the efforts of expanding and protecting their brand.

It was reported that Google submitted the most applications, approximately 101, vying for obvious names such as .google, .android and .youtube. The corporation also took a chance on .blog .book .soy and .boo. Amazon applied for 76 names including .search .wow .video and .kindle. Some brands applied for names solely for brand protection, rather than apply for a slew of domain names. For example, Apple and Microsoft opted for obvious choices like .microsoft and .apple. Majority of applicants view this as an opportunity to rejuvenate brand marketing creativity and innovation. Brands intend on implementing the domains into marketing strategies to promote and foster consumer engagement. There is a great deal of buzz and speculation surrounding the bids and the process itself – but not everyone or every business is buying into it.

A few brave brands have withdrawn their interest completely – something that will inevitably prove beneficial of detrimental to the overall security of the brand. Critics believe brands that have taken this route are more susceptible to fraud and false or improper representation. Critics also believe that brands that do not participate, increases brand vulnerability as that it will be “predisposed” to risks. Then this introduces another concern:  Is ICANN pressuring businesses to participate, completely at the brand’s expense? Check out some of the numbers.

For a brand to successfully secure a domain name, there was an application process with a fee of $185,000, and with about 2000 submitted applications, ICANN collected over $350 million in application fees, alone. The next step involves ICANN reviewing the applications and determining which applicant is qualified to have the rights to the domain (currently underway). Once rights are granted, the brand or corporation has complete control over the domain and has the right to license it out and implement it into brand marketing strategy as seen fit. There is an annual renewal fee of $25,000 for brands interested in maintaining rights to granted domains.

But what will this mean for the average Internet user? It is simply time to step out of the comfort zone. Prior to ICANN’s domain announcement, we have only used 22 domain names, the most common being .com, .net and .org. In a less than a year, hundreds of domain names will be added to the list, leaving some Internet users a little confused and uncomfortable. Nevertheless, as time progresses, we will grow accustomed to the interesting and creative ways brands incorporate these names into marketing strategies. Our complaints and confusion will be short lived.

There’s only thing for sure: the Internet is on the verge of a great evolution. And in the meantime, we have to sit back and wait for the outcome.

@BCulture_CourtB