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I set up this blog post way back in 2008 (autumn) and began by contemplating what I found as I rambled round the interwebs.  It occurred to me the other day that this had been quite a journey.  I have never been scared of IT, or nervous of the internet – I got a Computing O Level in 1979, so I know my stuff!  What I hadn’t really realised was how much control I could have on the interwebs.  So what’s happened since I set up this blog?

  • Attended a Birmingham bloggers meet (December at the Frankfurt Farmers Market)
  • Attended the Birmingham Twestival (12 February in the Arcadian)
  • Set up and hosted a B’ham City University Tweetup (January, with about 15 attendees)
  • Set up and about to host the next one (19 March, over lunch, Bar 42)
  • Was in at the concept and helped deliver #wxwm (the antidote to SwSWi, March Kings Heath)
  • defined a hashtag @tagref and @tagalus
  • had over 2,640 views on this site since November
  • Created a brand new website celebrating great Brummie Women
  • Had a couple of impromptu social media lunches in the Fighting Cocks on Moseley Farmers Market Days
  • Instigated a late night snow hunt with 6 other people in Cannon Hill Park (url available on request)
  • Crowd-sourced ideas for Modern Day Plagues and found 10
  • created a tumblr website with my dort – and lost it!
  • posted photos on twitpic
  • become an iphone addict (thanks to our uni)
  • made so many new friends, I’ve lost count

Some say the social media world in Birmingham is a clique.  Well, I have to say it’s a very easy clique to break into.  I don’t know where else a newbie like me would have been allowed to get away with quite so much.

So, one of the categories I’ve been filing blog posts under is “the ramblings of a novice interwebs adventurer“.  As we know, my newbie days were not very long ago.  But what I also know, is that if I met someone with that list I would not think them a newbie.  So I’ve decided it’s time for a new category.  I’m thinking “the further adventures of an interwebs adventurer

So what next, I do want to start embedding this into our work more.  Our website is coming along, but we need to be having conversations with our stakeholders through the internet.  Meanwhile, thanks for reading my first term report.  I look forward to stumblin’ over you in the ether sometime soon…

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Big cheat on my part, but I found this:

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/01/20/the-top-10-things-we-hate-about-the-iphone/

Points 2, 6, 7 and 8 are all sound.  I have to say the others haven’t troubled me…

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Created in Birmingham is currently in a neck and neck race with Melanie Phillips of the Spectator and Daily Mail.  She appears to have a good deal of US support, overnight she’s stolen a nearly 200 vote lead on our lead yesterday.  So we need to keep voting and here are the rules:

  • Polls close January 12, 2009.
  • You may vote once every 24 hours in each poll.
  • After voting in an individual poll you will be locked out from voting again in that poll (on the computer you voted from) for 24 hours.
  • Each poll has its own separate 24 hour lockout control. Voting in, for example, Best Blog will not lock you out of voting in other categories.
  • Vote totals are not final until certified.
  • Vote totals are subject to periodic correction for identified cheating.
  • Cheaters will be banned from accessing the site for the duration of the voting.
  • We reserve the right to close some or all polls earlier than the posted end date.
  • In the event of identified cheating, the decisions of the judges as to the manner of correction is final.

And the site helpfully advises you to not vote simulataneously from computers on the same home or corporate network – so, don’t forget to do vote on each of your machines in turn…

Oh and if you find out if you can vote on an iphone – please leave a comment telling me how!

I am quite sure we can reclaim the lead during the course of today and tomorrow. So let’s get clicking…

So, I’ve had my iphone nearly a month and felt some more feedback would be interesting. 

I think it fair to say I am now well and truly attached to it.  Not really as a phone, although I have made and received calls on it and a few sms messages.

More useful is for the access it gives to the internet.  Some fab applications that make it really easy to stay in touch – FB, yammer (which I’d never seen before) and Twitter all have apps.  Twitter is the one I use most.  Hmm, use most, perhaps that should read use constantly.

But what of my comments from Day 1, have I shifted at all? 

On the +ve

  • It’s feels like such a treat to have one – STILL TRUE
  • It’s beautiful: packaging and machine – YEP
  • It’s easy to use, it just makes sense – YEP
  • It was sooooo easy to set up the wifi connection at home – AND ELSEWHERE, IT JUST FINDS IT
  • I’ve added a couple of apps very easily (facebook and twitterfon) – NOW MORE THAN A COUPLE

On the -ve

  • I couldn’t find the instructions in the beautiful packaging.  Of course they were there, but hidden away. – FIND HELP ONLINE NOW
  • On the keyboad, there is no ctrl function.  Maybe it’s different in apple land, but I want Ctrl c, x and v! – STILL A REAL PROBLEM
  • The phone didn’t appear to work (which is ironic at the least) – I updating the firmware and now it’s ok.
  • My email wouldn’t send and ditto
  • The screen gets really quite mucky and I don’t want to carry a cleaning cloth with me. – I BOUGHT AN ANTI-GLARE FILM TO STICK ON IT – SORTED
  • It took me a while to get itunes working with it – not sure how to use the cloud thingy – ITUNES/IPOD GOOD. NOT A CLUE WHAT THE CLOUD THINGY IS!

So, for me, cut and paste is still the biggest problem.  I keep finding great web-links, which I can’t forward.  If I see a phone number on a website, I have to re-type it into the phone.   I often find I want to move a sentence around in an email or other piece of text and I can’t highlight it or drag and drop.  All of this makes it really limited as a piece of kit to type on.

Also, now I’m back at work after the Xmas break, I’m finding a few shortcomings on the calendar too.  I’d really like to forward appointments, check availability and set up meetings with other people.  None of this seems possible, so again as a mobile “office” it’s not what it could be.

I haven’t got any office applications on it, which I have on my other phone.  I rather thought it would come loaded with Word and XL .  I haven’t missed them yet, but am sure I’ll want to use them at some point.

In terms of apps and buttons, I’ve loaded quite a few:

  • Google Earth – which is amazing, I can see my garden table cloth on this tiny screen
  • WordPress – which is simply a shortcut to the website of my blog stats
  • Facebook – dedicated app
  • TwitterFon – Twitter app
  • Yammer – ‘cos I joined the B’ham City Uni network
  • LinkedIn – which I rarely use
  • Shakespeare – all his plays on my iphone – which is quite cool
  • Dictionaire – dictionary
  • InnTouch – american restaurant guide (maps and reviews)
  • Brain Toot Lite – a free game
  • BixLite – another free game
  • Frenzic – addictive game
  • i-Clicker Lite – makes your iphone a remote control for PowerPoint, not used it yet.

Having access to this has really opened my eyes to the enormous volume of apps out there.  Engaging with new contacts on Twitter has really opened my eyes to the changes coming on the internet.  The extent to which that is where it’s all going to be at.   Everything stored online, with much freer access to information and all you need is a small box of tricks (iphone) to access and share it.  For me, this will completely change the way we will engage with our members and indeed friends.

I’m in the very fortunate position of taking part in a pilot for iPhones at work.  I’m required to give feedback and want it to be constructive.  For this to work best, I need to record what I find as I find it.

So what have I found.  Well day 1, here goes:

On the +ve

  • It’s feels like such a treat to have one.
  • It’s beautiful: packaging and machine
  • It’s easy to use, it just makes sense
  • It was sooooo easy to set up the wifi connection at home
  • I’ve added a couple of apps very easily (facebook and twitterfon)

On the -ve

  • I couldn’t find the instructions in the beautiful packaging.  Of course they were there, but hidden away.
  • On the keyboad, there is no ctrl function.  Maybe it’s different in apple land, but I want Ctrl c, x and v!
  • The phone didn’t appear to work (which is ironic at the least) – I updating the firmware and now it’s ok.
  • My email wouldn’t send and ditto
  • The screen gets really quite mucky and I don’t want to carry a cleaning cloth with me.
  • It took me a while to get itunes working with it – not sure how to use the cloud thingy

There we go, I’ve used it for one evening and already uploaded photos, downloaded 2 apps and got to grips, somewhat, with safari.

So, despite my -ve list being longer, I am liking it.  I will write more when I’ve done more with it.  Am, of course, delighted to get any top tips from experienced users…

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