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QR Code Voting | Celebrity | Big Head Competition for the most tech savvy fans..

 

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Interesting type of creative marketing, so we thought we would share!

With a snap of a camera, smart phone users can now give their favorite celebrity a big head, thanks to JumpScan, an all-in-one, custom QR code generator. The Big Head Project, an effort to showcase QR technology, features the top Twitter celebrities based on the number of followers, including Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, Lady Gaga, President Obama, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift.

Any web-enabled smart phone with a QR reader can scan the QR code under their favorite celebrity to cast a vote. Each vote inflates the head and scores a point. The celebrity with the most votes will have the most tech-savvy fans and win the coveted “Big Head” award.

They should consider putting howard stern in the mix, im sure he would receive a lot of votes..?

The idea behind the contest is demonstrate the physical-to-virtual capability of QR codes. “They work great for creating interaction between the offline and online worlds,” according to JumpScan co-founder Mike McKearin. “We’re seeing them used for everything from instant mobile purchasing, movie information and streaming video to real estate signage and scavenger hunts.” Get your free QR Code Contact at Scantac.com and start promoting your Scantac

QR (quick response) codes originated in Japan in the mid 90s and surged in popularity in the U.S. with the recent increase in smart phones, such as the Apple iPhone and Google’s Droid, as well as the move to high speed 3G and 4G networks on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

“We’re seeing a tremendous interest from brands and marketers looking to capture, connect and interact with consumers on the go,” states Phil Davis, fellow JumpScan co-founder. QR codes have shown up in Best Buy, Target and other large retailers beginning last year, familiarizing a growing number of shoppers to the curious looking black and white boxes. “Once more people are using smart phones with QR scanners, the ease of scanning codes will simplify the process, making it more intuitive,” Davis predicts.

“We’ll be making an announcement in the next couple of weeks about which celeb has the most smart phone fans,” Davis continues. “I know the President is a big Blackberry fan, but I wouldn’t count out Ellen’s base.” If she wins, we’ll even have her do a victory dance.”

 

QR Codes Give Twitter Celebrities a Big Head.

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QR Codes in the big city. How New York may start offering QR Codes for Public Transit… Smart!

QR Codes on Public Transit routes, Schedules updated internally, with a qr code delivering current and up to date information, scheduling, even detours or problems with a route or pickup. Very smart and a sense of security for the end user. If an end user saves the contact info to their phone they can check the information even when the qr code is not present.

Here is an interesting image of a sign in New York City!

The emergence of QR codes on city building permits Wednesday — and, before that, garbage trucks — raises a question: Where else might New York place these odd digital ciphers?

Fortunately, the city’s new chief digital officer, Rachel Sterne,  posed just that question on Twitter. The responses, some of which are collected below, are enlightening.

QR codes are square barcodes that resemble a scrambled cable channel and are meant to be scanned by your cellphone. In 2011, you’re likely to see more QR codes on billboardsprint publicationsmuseum placards — anywhere with limited space and lots of information to convey. On city building permits, scanning the QR code will direct you to a website with more information about the construction project, if you’re into that.

But the New Yorkers who responded to Sterne are more excited about the prospect of applying QR codes to the city’s public-transit system. One  common suggestion: place them at bus stops, where schedules aren’t always displayed and are often out of date. (See one vision of what that might look like in the photo illustration above.) The most obvious place however is your mean of communication, like a business card or social networking area.

Another frequent request: QR codes in parks and near public art projects, Large advertisement areas and almost anywhere an ad company can think to grab the consumers attention.

 

New York City

Your music, Scan a code receive a promotional offer for some type of download or playlist… interesting!

QR Codes on the sides of 2,200 New York City Department of Sanitation trucks. Scanning the codes will take users to a video from NYC Media’s show The Green Apple: Recycling. In 6 – 8 weeks the QR code will link to a Howcast recycling video an example of which can be seen here.

The main reason for our post, is to show you how technology behind the QR Codes is equally important as the method of extracting the message, QR code or Text messaging being those methods.  RealtyGo has created a very unique type of QR code Application, attaching a MobileURL or Unique “Name” to a QR Code for more relevant SEO and better organization of your important information for end users. Not to mention the fact that a Unique Name “mobileURL” is much easier to remember then the web address of some random QR Code you may have noticed, and forgot to save to address book after scanning, etc.. . Often consumers will remember a name as it relates to something important they saw or interacted with, hence the MobileURL. See a MobileURL in the image below, as the header of a QR Code. Thanks for reading, follow us on Twitter for some extra goodies and free stuff.

 

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Twit Tools and Web links to different services | All About Twitter | Pimp Twit your Biz/Social

Here is a list of different companies offering some great tools to help you customize your twitter. The great thing about a lot of these links, is the “other” sites and articles they lead you to about all kinds of interesting and relevant information on the Web, that you may have heard snips about but just didn’t find the article or review when your originally heard about it.

Enjoy!

twitfollow.com – Coming soon.. icon biggrin 60+ Twitter Tools On Web

tweettop – Tweet Top is the latest and greatest from Twitter people on popular topics. We update the latest thinking from topic experts every 15 minutes or less. Pick a Topic below and we’ll deliver it to you 24 x 7. All the top “Tweets”, All the Time.

Huitter – Mutually, GTalk2Twitter, Microsites, Feeds, and more yous can also request a tool.

MyCleenr – Unfollow your inactive following.

Who Follow Whom – Find out who follows whom, simple apps.

Twittangle – a free service that helps you untangle the mess of having too many friends on twitter. We allow you to rate and tag your friends and then filter your timeline to help you easily find the tweets that are most important to you! NEW Now you can create custom groups of your followers and filter your timeline by that group.

Tweet-Rank – Tweet-Rank provides you the relevance of each tweet by checking how much followers you won or lost with each tweet.

retweetrank – a representative of the number of times a user have been retweeted by others recently on twitter.

Friend or Follow – Who are you following that’s not following you back? Who’s following you that you’re not following back? Find out!

twtrfrnd.com – A new follower? Should you follow back? Find out if you have common followings with them, and which people you follow that follow them.

Mr. Tweet – Discover and Maintain Great Relationships. Helping you find great people and followers relevant to your interests

Topify – Power Twitter email notifications.

Tweepular – Know your popularity on Twitter.

Who Should i Follow – Find your friend on Twitter

Twerp Scan – check the number of followers of everyone on your contact list, the number of people they are following, and the ratio between those.

Search Twitter – Default search engine on Twitter, provided by Twitter.

Tweetvisor – Tweetvisor is a web-based interface that extends Twitter’s meaning.

Twitt(url)y – track and rank what URLs people are talking about on Twitter.

Twistori – Love, hate, think, believe, wish, feel..you can filter by these word.

Twittermail.com – Post Twitter updates via email

Twitterless
– Track your followers

Qwitter – e-mails you when someone stops following you.

SplitTweet – Easy management for multiple Twitter accounts and brand monitor.

Twittervision – Cool! Integrated with Google Maps, see updates with location visual.

CoTweet – Designed for businesses using Twitter to engage existing customers and attract new ones, CoTweet is a comprehensive Twitter business platform that supports both proactive marketing communication and response-driven customer support.

TwitterFeed – Automatic post your blog entry to Twitter.

Tweet Later – Scheduled Twitter post.

Twist – Monitoring trends on Twitter

Does Follow – Follower checker

Scantac _ Changes with you!

Refollow – Refollow helps you discover, manage, and protect your Twitter social circle.

TweeterTags – Twitter application, currently in public beta, which aims to add to the existing functionality of Twitter by allowing users to tag themselves, and find others according to similar tags.

Twalala – a client for Twitter that allows you to control what you see, and more importantly, what you don’t see in your twitterstream.

TwitterSnooze – Hit the snooze button on your “verbose” Twitter friends.

Twimailer – Tired of shallow e-mails from Twitter when someone follows you? Want to know more about the people who are following you? Twimailer is a free service that delivers that information right to your inbox!

Tweepler – Tweepler is a much needed and more intuitive way of processing your Twitter Followers.

Twitter Karma – is it like Plurk? icon biggrin 60+ Twitter Tools On Web

TweetEffect – Find out which of your Twitter updates made people follow or leave you. Simply enter your Twitter ID in the following form.

Tweepme – 100% opt-in group of Twitter users who all chose to follow each other on Twitter. When a new member joins, every other member automatically follows the new member, and the new member follows them back. The process is gradual and happens over the course of weeks or months depending on the number of TweepMe members.

Twitoria – Twitoria finds your friends that haven’t tweeted in a long time so you can give them the boot!

Twitnest – display followers like a nest..

Twollo – Find and Follow Twitterers with similar interests to you – automatically, for FREE!

TweepDiff – Compare Twitter friends and followers.

TwitterRatio – Shows the ratio of your followers to friends.

Twitter100 – Just another Twitter management tool.

iFollowBack – Follow back your followers..

Friend me Please – Make more friends on Twitter.

TwitHive – Monitor and Interact with the Twitter Hive Mind

Foller – Twitter service that can provide you with the most detailed information about a specific Twitter user in the least amount of time!

FollowLists – Create and share your Twitter friends.

TweetValue – See how much your Twitter value ($$$)

TwitterGrader – Grade your Twitter account.

TweetStats – Analyze your tweet..

TwirGraph – Make graphic for your Twitter.

Twittords – Add words you use in Twitter, IM clients, and SMS!

CityTweets – See Twitter users in specific city

Monitter – Simple. It’s a twitter monitor, it lets you “monitter” the twitter world for a set of keywords and watch what people are saying.

VisualTwitter – Picture post on Twitter.

TweetScan – Email Alert System

TwitSpy – Watch real time tweets. icon biggrin 60+ Twitter Tools On Web

Twitscoop – Better than Twitter itse

iTweet – Built-in auto-refresh, search, Twitter trends & hashtags, view user bio, location, URL inline with tweets.

TweetCube – TweetCube allows you to share files on Twitter. Simple as that. Blast out your images, videos, music and more with just a couple of clicks, and your files are automatically posted on Twitter.

TwitPic – Upload pictures and shorten url service..

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“If you want to know what people like us will do tomorrow, you look at what teenagers are doing today. Email… is probably going away.” — Sheryl Sandberg, as quoted in FastCompany, June 15, 2010

Facebook Messages VS email..

Great article on Facebook Messages, please click the link to find out more.

http://www.exacttarget.com/Resources/facebook-me

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Nasa using QR Codes…?

NASA using QR Codes in a new Ad to show volcanic activity in  nature!

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Time for Carriers to step up | Here comes fast apps | RealtyGo_blog

Fast App

Understanding the interplay between the wireline and wireless worlds is important as value shifts occur. You can’t have a blockbuster iPad2 launch without Wi-Fi. And 55% to 60% of the embedded home Wi-Fi base is coming through cable modems. Apple Inc.’s success eventually results in Comcast Corp.’s, Time Warner Cable Inc.’s, Verizon Communications Inc.’s FioS and even AT&T Inc.’s U-Verse’s success.

With the next generation of tablet and phone devices (Apple’s iPad2 and the HTC Corp. Thunderbolt, for example) comes the front facing camera. We wrote about this with the column “The iPhone without a contract” last Labor Day. Sprint Nextel Corp.’s HTC Evo 4G launched last year with a front-facing camera using the WiMAX network and QiK (now owned by Skype) as the pre-installed app. New hardware begets new software. And this new software is high BPS (bandwidth per second). The higher the BPS, the faster the app.

The next $100 billion of value in the telecommunications industry (inclusive of software) is going to be created by the fast app ecosystem. Combine secure cloud computing with gigabit Ethernet backhaul and dual-core processors and you have the makings of an entirely new industry. It’s not that Groupon brought millions of us daily deals – it’s that they now bring them to us in 1080p (or whatever form factor your device can support). I can now see next year’s holiday blockbuster toys in action at Amazon.com (or through their app), not still photos. And video communication, including a revamped Pandora + YouTube, is now connected to my television. Why do I have a V-Tech cordless phone (and a $40 per month bill)? Why do I have a premium digital video tier?

It’s an exciting world to dream about, and developments are coming very quickly, thanks to companies like Apple and Google Inc. The highest returns can only occur, however, when you expand the market from portable (Wi-Fi) to mobile devices. In car. On train. On bus. If you are moving, you need mobility, not portability. And mobility requires bandwidth that moves with you.

This is where the wireless carriers come in. They hold the keys to mobile fast apps. As much as the developer community wants to circumvent or ignore relationships with the wireless carriers, they cannot achieve a high common denominator (“fastest app”) without the ability to achieve consistent bandwidth speeds and consistently low latency. Said another way, those applications developers that invest in the network interfaces and carrier relationships will create differentiation (and value) faster than those who dumb performance down to the lowest levels. When technology moves quickly, value is created from those companies who can expand with the market, who can achieve the highest and best result instead of the lowest and least. The bandwidth disparity created by 2G/3G/4G and Wi-Fi networks operating simultaneously is too great.

The only way Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA Inc. (combined or separate) can grow 10 to 20 million net adds in the next three years is to partner with the fast applications developers. Multi-player Angry Birds in 3D with optional voice chat does not happen without network integration – the connections are real-time, not “push” and servers need to be very close to the network. Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA may need more growth than 10 to 20 million net adds over the next 3 years to remain relevant. Dropped calls be damned – what about dropped apps?

So we have a willing development community, at least two willing carriers (on top of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility who will definitely not take this lying down), and capital waiting to earn disproportionate returns. Where do we get started? Three ideas:

1. Multi-player Angry Birds in 3D with optional voice chat takes applications to a new level. Maybe an “all green” AB on March 17?

2. Facebook (or their replacement) could reinvent video communications singlehandedly (and take advertising to a new level).

3. Cloud-based communications directories with caller identificaton (app free version includes a mini-advertisement delivered on every incoming call).

One of the biggest reasons for any directory is discovery. In the old days of White Pages, we discovered a street address and a phone number associated with a name. With the advent of fast apps, I may want to know if you have FaceTime and if you are available for a quick chat, even if you are not in my contact list. Where’s the FaceTime (or Skype or Fring or ooVoo or YouTube or Facebook) listing on my BlackBerry? It doesn’t exist. Then how do I discover that you have FaceTime (meaning an Apple device that has a front facing camera on a participating carrier that has optimized FaceTime for their 4G network)? We need a better discovery engine to make FaceTime or their competitor a more relevant communications application.

The directory needs to protect privacy. I need to be able to turn off applications from being used by some and make an entirely different set of applications available to others. The directory needs to be connected to individuals, not Exchange (which, as explained in the last paragraph, doesn’t have room for these listings anyway). Privacy is easiest with an independent source – friendly to but free from wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, and operating systems.

Finally, the directory needs to be free. Listed or unlisted, private, user-controlled and free. This is not to say that there aren’t charges for “end caps” (featured fast apps), or that larger corporate or association directories don’t pay some fees, or that we show a mini-message on every incoming call in exchange for a free app, but this is not the calling name data storage margins of the past. And, if it can bring in 10 to 20 million customers for Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA (together or separate), it’s worth the carrier effort.

Fast apps are the next $100 billion opportunity in the communications industry. A well executed fast apps strategy by T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel (combined or separate) can break the current duopoly (or Verizon Wireless can execute it on its own with LTE and cripple their competition). To make fast apps a reality, the discovery process needs to be radically simpler, privacy needs to be protected, and it needs to be free to the end user. We need an independent directory.

Here come the fast apps. Are you ready?

Jim Patterson is CEO and co-founder of Mobile Symmetry, a start-up created for carriers to solve the problems of an increasingly mobile-only society. Patterson was most recently President – Wholesale Services for Sprint and has a career that spans over eighteen years in telecom and technology. Patterson welcomes your commentsatjim@mobilesymmetry.com.

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