Joe Chiodo - News From the Net

1. Mashable

With voting season quickly approaching, we’ll soon be heading to the polls.  And those polls, in many places, hav remained somewhat, well, “old-fashioned.”  But in Mashable’s '6 Apps You Don't Want to Miss' article they show us one app that puts a modern spin on voting. AT&T’s VoterHub App doesn’t exactly let you vote from your phone, but it does give you all the other voting/election knowledge you could ever need right in the palm of your hand.  The app was just recently launched, check it out: 

What it does:

  • Shows how to register to vote in your state
  • how to find the nearest polling place
  • provides sample ballots
  • gives candidate info
  • allows political debate/argument with users through nearly all 
  • BUT — only available on Android right now.  Don’t worry though, iOS is on the way

Check out a slideshow of the App Here!

2. Gizmodo

Speaking of a modern twist…how about modernizing something that’s already pretty modern.  A Gizmodo article shows us some not-so-well-known tricks to take your google chroming experience to a whole new level.  Almost everyone, or at least everyone I know uses Chrome — so these tips may come in handy.  Or at least make your life a little easier for a while.  Here are two of the tips I had no idea existed:

  • Chrome in Split | View.  I hate jumping back and forth between tabs…but this article teaches you how to have one window with two tabs open at the same time.  Pretty much PIP (picture in Picture) for browsing.  Pretty cool.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA SOLUTION: I always hate instagramming a picture and sending it to facebook and twitter….knowing that most of my followers follow me on each of these accounts.  So, chrome, solved that problem.  It’s called Buffer, and it spaces out something you want to share over the course of the day.  So when you hit share, it may post to Twitter in the morning, Facebook in the afternoon, and Instagram at night.  

3. Mediashift

This mediashift article gives us a little insight as to where our presidential candidates stand in the online/social media world.  The article dives deep into how much the two candidates use social media and the public perception of their online presence.  The most surprising thing I found … Romney’s Twitter usage compared to Obama’s: 1 to 17 a day.  It shocked me that it wasn’t equal as this would be easy to stay on top of, and surely help get votes and change opinions of voters heavily indulged in social media.  Here’s a graph I pulled from the article: