Jun 22, 2012

A Twitter Economy: Pay For Tea With Tweets Instead Of Money



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How We Might Share Too Much Online [Infographic]

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT

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A couple years ago, social media was on everyone's mind, and it still is. Twitter had just become a huge deal, and we all started extensively using networking services all around the globe. A new addiction was born, and if you had it, you quickly became the go-to place for the latest and greatest news and content. Whether or not that was a good thing we'll have to debate; however, you could always trust that a social media addict had what you were looking for. I can imagine a lot of people missed out on a lot of things because of their addiction. It's not an easy one to just cut off, especially when mobile phones started hosting our favorite apps which further increased our already huge consumption of social media.

People started sharing their entire lives online and didn't really care about the consequences of it. I mean, there has been a lot of news about people's jealousy, rage and whatnot when it comes to what other people are doing in their lives and then sharing. The nonstop usage of mobile apps has more then likely lead to several deaths not only in traffic accidents, but accidents involving pedestrians as well. Still we consume social media at an ever increasing rate.

So are we possibly sharing too much of our lives online? Are we putting ourselves in a position that we never wanted to be in in the first place? A classic example is when someone leaves their home and then tweets it or makes a status update about it on Facebook. For a burglar, it's just the message he's been waiting to get. They are quick, skilled and will clear out a house in a matter of minutes.

There are of course other examples as well, but this one should serve well as a reminder for just how important it is to keep some things off the Internet. Another perspective is the sharing of your party stories, your love life and other more personal things. What people don't realize is that any employer could easily look you up on any of your social networking profile pages. Some people think that you are safe just because you have your profile page set on private. But how could you know if your employer acts as someone else in order to get approved onto your profile?

There are a lot of different scenarios when your most private messages, pictures and stories are the focus of sneaky eyes. A fresh infographic called Are People Sharing Too Much Online? created by Online Education goes deeper into what you shouldn't share or put on the Internet. It's a great little guide for anyone who feels they want to secure their personal life just a little bit better, yet they don't really know what they should and should not share if they want to feel completely safe.

If you don't feel like carrying this infographic with you your entire life, there are a few quite straight forward things you can do in order to feel a little bit more secure. If you have doubts about putting something online, it's probably a good idea not to. If you feel stress over the fact that people can tag you in photos, there is usually a setting in your profile dashboard on your preferred social networking service that will enable you disable people from tagging you entirely. If you want to feel even more secure, which some people have suggested a million times by now, just don't use social networking or social media altogether. That should keep most of your private stuff off the Internet.

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Via: [Visual.ly]


A Twitter Economy: Pay For Tea With Tweets Instead Of Money

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT

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Now this is the kind of economic system I could totally get down with – A Twitter based system where we pay for things by tweeting and using certain hashtags instead of actually having to pay with money. Imagine if we could get shoes, handbags and even cars by doing that. Yup, that is how I imagine Utopia. The only thing we'd have to worry about is whether or not our iPhones were fully charged, and if we had the latest version of Tweetdeck installed. We could just go around tweeting to buy everything we want…

Unfortunately, I'm back to reality and this is not quite how the world is set up. Bummer. At least the people in South Africa are getting a taste of this, literally.

There is a vending machine there stocked with BOS Iced Tea. Instead of putting money in the vending machine, people can pull out their smartphones and send a tweet with the designated hashtag, and they are rewarded with a super cool robot voice, a flashing sign with their username, and best of all, the iced tea they are standing there waiting for. You can follow @BOSMachine to see all the people who have tweeted for tea. That's what I'm talking about! All I have to do now is figure out how to get a machine like this in Atlanta. Oh, and I'd want to stock it with Caramel Macchiatos, cupcakes, Diet Dr. Pepper, chocolate and hot chicken wings (extra crispy). Hmm…I wonder if gadgets and other devices would fit in there too.

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Via: [Incredible Things] [Gizmag] [Gadget]


Wonder Sauna Hot Pants For Men & Women

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT

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Welcome back to the world of the weird and wonderful, or as we say here at Bit Rebels, the WTF of the day. If you have ever tried to lose weight by using one of the TV Shop "wonder" solutions, you know that most of the time it is just the selling technique that really works. After all, you bought the product and tried it without experiencing the incredible results they showcased on the channel. That's how they pretty much do it. They sell you stuff and then give you a few weeks to return it if you don't like it. Sometimes I think the whole business plan behind it is to sell stuff and earn money off the people who don't have the energy to send it back. It most likely isn't, but how can you argue with that when you see some of the products presented?

However, back in the '70s these things were a whole lot different, the products I mean. They were a whole lot more weird and funny. Back then, it seems like people just bought things because they saw an ad, no matter how ridiculous they looked. You don't understand what I mean? Well, have a look at these Wonder Sauna Hot Pants for both men and women. Do you understand it a little bit better now?

Did people actually buy these things and sleep in them? They must be ridiculously uncomfortable, and they sure can't be good for ANY part of your body. Like for real! But then again, if you look at it from another perspective, mainly the weird, they are kind of rad. It's like a pair of party trunks that you could totally sport to a beach or a pool party. I wouldn't recommend using them after having a few beers though, but as cool as they look, they could be what totally jump starts the party.

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Via: [Retronaut]


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