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World leaders hashtag too
While you may think of Twitter as a platform used mostly by consumers and brands, PR firm Burson Marsteller’s annual study ‘Twiplomacy’ revealed that international leaders and governments are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon.
Call me nerdy but I think this is pretty cool! The study showed that more than 83 per cent of all United Nations governments have a Twitter presence. More than 3,100 international embassies and ambassadors are now active on Twitter, with a 28 per cent rise in accounts this year among government users.
The survey placed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Twitter account in 44th spot among 50 world leaders. But fear not – the survey also revealed Ottawa is getting digitized! As reported by the Toronto Star, Canada was actually identified as one of a small group of countries that have Twitter accounts for most embassies and missions.
What world leader are you following or would like to follow? I bet you’ll be able to find them in the Twittersphere!
Welcome IT Nerd!
We are excited to welcome our friend the IT Nerd to the Rogers family. In a recent blog post, he wrote about customer recommendations that led him to switch to Rogers. He said that since switching, his life has become “much, much better.” He shared his positive installation experience, painless migration and gave kudos to our customer service – music to our ears!
IT Nerd: Thanks for choosing Rogers for your Internet, phone and cable services. We welcome you with open arms and fast internet speeds, and wish you the happiest of surfing, chatting, and PVRing!
New messaging app ‘Slingshots’ its way into Canada
As of Wednesday, Facebook’s new messaging app, Slingshot is ready for Canadians to download – so… shoot away! Available for Android and iOS devices, Slingshot lets you send photos and videos that self-destruct. As explained by the Financial Post, photos and videos on Slingshot disappear shortly after people swipe them away. Viewed messages which can only be seen once by each member of the conversation, are wiped from servers in a week, and messages that are never opened are deleted within 30 days.
As explored by Mashable, users are required to respond with an image or video in order to unlock the messages they receive. While some may see this as a ‘catch’, I think it adds a little more excitement to opening up a new message.
Do you think you’ll be ‘Slingshotting’ any time soon?
A golden device
The HTC One (M8) in the stunning shade of amber gold is now available in Rogers retail locations and online at Rogers.com. This fashion-forward colour is exclusive to Rogers and complements the device’s innovative, sleek and award-winning design. Check out our previous posts to learn more about the HTC One (M8)’s specs and user-friendly features.
Do you think smartphones are becoming the latest fashion accessory?
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What celebrity duo ruled Instagram this year? And how do you program your Christmas lights with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring system? We’ve got answers to all that and more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
The New Year is right around the corner, but everyone is already starting to share their year in review lists. Twitter rolled out its #YearOnTwitter, with highlights in news, entertainment, sports and a showcase of the “hand-picked” best tweets of the year. You can also browse previous years’ selections.
Google, meanwhile, released the Google Zeitgeist for 2013, offering up a year in review video as well as the top 100 searches of 2013 – everything from the most searched Canadians (including a certain mayor) to our favourite cocktails. Over on Facebook, the most talked about topic was Pope Francis.
The BBC also pulled out some online highlights of 2013. While the list is a little bit UK-centric –be prepared for lots of One Direction – we learned that Justin Bieber and Will Smith starred in the top photo on Instagram and the most popular place to upload an Instagram photo was the Siam Paragon shopping complex in Bangkok. Runners up included Times Square and Disneyland.
Don’t feel left out –you too can create a photo highlight of your year on Facebook. Logging in with your personal account, you can have Facebook curate your top 20 moments of 2013. The “Year in Review” feature includes life events and popular posts – check it out at: www.facebook.com/yearinreview.
We’ll soon be revealing our tops hits of the year that was– so stay tuned! What was memorable for you in 2013?
Your ideas in action!
Since Rogers Idea Box launched in August, our customers have submitted more than 130 ideas about how Rogers can improve your customer support experience. After ideas are posted, they’re shared and voted on, with the most popular ideas reviewed by our team. And this week we shared that six of your ideas have already launched! From changing the process of downloading your My Rogers bill online and additional tech support to better reporting of malicious activities and making the MyRogers App available on WiFi, customers are already seeing Idea Box posts in action. Have an idea? Share it today!
Home has been top of mind this week. Not only am I headed home for the holidays, my bags are all packed and I’m ready to go! But like many travellers, I worry about my home while I’m away, so I brushed up on home safety tips from our Rogers Smart Home Monitoring team.
We also caught up with three Canadian bloggers who have been testing the Smart Home Monitoring system for the past year. During our Google + Hangout, we learned about keeping an eye on loved ones, family fun and games and hunky firefighters. Watch the full conversation here.
How do you keep your home safe when you’re on the road?
Weekend Reading will return in 2014.
Pew Research released a report this week that said nearly one-in-10 Americans get their news through Twitter. Of those who get their news on Twitter, the report notes that “the vast majority, 85%, get news (of any kind) at least sometimes on mobile devices.”
This week’s report found Twitter users who get their news via the microblogging site tend to be younger and more educated than those who get their news via Facebook. Last week, Pew issued a report on how many Americans get their news via Facebook.
Flying with your tablet just got better
Last week, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), announced the electronic devices, such as tablets, e-readers and phones no longer need to be turned off, or switched into flight modeduring takeoff and landing. Canadian airlines are not subject to the new rules, as they are governed by Transport Canada, not the FAA.
“It is our opinion that a change in regulation will be welcomed by travellers and airlines alike,” WestJet spokeswoman Brie Ogle told the Toronto Star earlier this week.
An important question comes from the change in regulations. Does this mean Airplane Mode on electronics (that turns off all cellular signals) will have to be renamed?
A year ago, we launched the first SIM-based mobile payment system in Canada. This week, we announced the next step to that: The suretap wallet.
The suretap wallet allows Rogers customers to make payments using their smartphone. The wallet will include a Rogers Prepaid MasterCard, and also has gift card functionality.
Additional cards will become available for download soon, including payment cards from various banks and payment networks and loyalty cards.
Twitter chat with Kathy Buckworth
Every kid has their favourite show. For me growing up it was My Pet Monster. I loved that show, and even had a doll from the show that I cuddled with for years after it ended. I can’t wait to share some of my favourite kids’ shows from when I was growing up with my kids.
We want to hear about your favourite kids shows, and how you and your kids watch TV. Have you shared with them your favourite show from when you were young? Join us for a Twitter chat with parenting expert Kathy Buckworth where she’ll share family TV viewing tips. Follow @RogersBuzz on Nov. 14 from 1-2 p.m. EST to share your tips with us and have a chance to win a new iPad Air.
Email goes mobile
Forty-eight per cent of emails are now opened on smartphones and tablets, according to new research from Litmus. This is a one percentage point gain from September, 2013, and an increase of 10 percentage points since last September.
When it comes to devices, the majority of mobile email opens comes from the iPhone and iPad (nearly 8-%), followed by Android (20%), with BlackBerry and Windows making up less than 1% of mobile opens.
Where do you open your email?
This week, we’ve got television on our mind, with research linking tweets and TV ratings and the launch of our new NextBox 3.0. Plus, we learned that more people are tuning in from their devices than ever before. Finally, for something a little different, we look at the state of social around the world. Learn more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!
Tweeting and the tube
As reported by 680 News, the study looked at 221 broadcasts, finding that active Twitter conversations boosted the number of viewers for nearly 30 per cent of the episodes. This turned out to be especially true for live sports. Increased numbers of viewers also boosted the number of tweets about the program. That said, not all social media buzz-worthy events also saw great ratings – for example, Sharknado’s numbers didn’t live up to the hype.
Personally, I tend to tweet about sports, but I don’t share potential spoilers from my regular True Blood or movie sessions. Do you tweet about events you’re watching on TV?
Marathon even more movies and shows
While appointment viewing may be the only way to truly spoiler-proof my TV experience, there are so many times when I just can’t be home in time to catch the latest episode – or multiple shows I love are occupying the same timeslot, forcing me to make a tough decision. The PVR has become an essential tool for catching what you want to watch, when you want to watch it – and this week, we were excited to announce our new NextBox ™ 3.0. You can now record up to eight HD programs at once and store up to 240 hours of HD shows and movies. Check out our list of three ways to tell that you and your PVR are BFFs and let us know which shows you just can’t bear to miss!
Video to go
Size may still matter when it comes to traditional sets, but for video content on the go, Fox reports that people now spend the same amount of time consuming media on the small screens of their smartphones and tablets as they do on their laptops and personal computers. This same research estimates that nearly 40 per cent of media consumption in the U.S. this year will be digital – and evenly split between mobile devices and laptops and computers. On average, people spend more than two hours a day watching online video or using social media. Of that time, tablet users spend a larger chunk watching videos than people who are using computers.
What’s your preferred device for screening?
It’s a social, social world
Last week, we learned that Facebook is still dominating the social sphere around the globe – but this week’s research from eMarketer shows that even though we’re all fielding friend requests, different countries have very different attitudes about social networks. In Asia, mobile messaging applications continue to rule, and are evolving to include photo and file-sharing. In China, where Facebook and Twitter are blocked, microblogs (or weibo) continue to grow, with 50.9 per cent of internet users having an account. Only 46.6 per cent of Chinese internet users belong to a social network. In Russia, local networks such as VK and Odnoklassniki.ru are still the most popular, a trend that continues in Germany.
Another fun fact: people who live in the United Arab Emirates are the most likely internet users in the Middle East, with 71 per cent of residents online in December 2012.
I’ve got a pretty robust collection of social network logins, but definitely still focus most of my time on the biggies, including Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare and Instagram. Where do you spend most of your online hours?
We’re wrapping up a busy week with a lot of action in the tech sphere. Tweet is now officially a word, thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary, New York will soon see solar-powered charging stations and we’re still having fun with our research into Canadian video viewing habits. Plus, we launched our LTE Max network in even more cities. All that and more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!
Tweet is the word
Twitter has made its mark on the Oxford English Dictionary: Tweet is now listed as both a noun and a verb. The social network’s term for posts and the act of sharing a message was added in June, along with big data, crowdsourcing, e-reader, mouseover, redirect and stream (verb). The Chief Editor, John Simpson, says “tweet” actually breaks the dictionary’s rule that a new word needs to be current for 10 years before it makes the cut – “but (tweet) seems to be catching on.” And, the Globe and Mail notes, Twitter actually has its roots in the dictionary – the founders landed on the name after reading a definition about short bursts of communication: “Twitter, A series of short, high-pitched calls or sounds; [mass noun] idle or ignorant talk.”
What other social media terms would you expect to see in the dictionary?
Charging on the go
While tweeting madly at the #SocialAtRogers conference Wednesday – where Rogers hosted great speakers from IBM, Dell, Hootsuite, Hailo, LinkedIn, McDonalds and more – I couldn’t help but panic as my battery meter dropped further and further into the red.
Now, the traditional plug in the wall might be a thing from the past. This week, our attention was drawn to alternative and innovative ways to juice up your gadgets, using sun and heat. We learned that soon, New Yorkers will be able to access 25 solar-powered charging stations for mobile devices, thanks to an experiment by AT&T. From New York we were transported deep into the woods. We learned about the BioLite CampStove, a portable wood-burning stove that can also charge your phone and save you from becoming a bear’s dinner. Even better, the same technology is used to bring clean, safe energy access to families across the developing world where people still cook over open fires daily. Pilot projects have launched in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
LTE keeps on rolling
After rolling out our LTE Max network to Manitoba last week, we’re continuing to bring Canada’s fastest wireless internet to even more Canadians. On Monday, we launched our LTE Max network in Baie-Comeau and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Medicine Hat, Alta., Portage la Prairie, Man., and expanded our coverage in the Hull region. We also expanded our LTE network to Grande Prairie, Alta.
We continue to launch in more cities as part of our commitment to expand to 44 new markets this spring. To learn more about our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices visit RedBoard or www.rogers.com/LTE.
We did a deep dive into the video viewing habits of Canadians with our Rogers Innovation Report, released last week. We learned the average Canadian logs 22 hours of video per week, has viewing marathons that last up to 7.5 hours and often stays up past bedtime to squeeze in just one more episode. So what have we been doing with our newfound knowledge?
In addition to sharing our findings with you, we also turned it into a game with a live chat on Tuesday, with TV fan @Magnalicious winning the trivia crown – and a great prize pack. We also created an interactive infographic that helps you discover your TV viewing persona – from marathoner to casual viewer. Blogger @ChickyMara reported on the study earlier this week, sharing that she’s among the 80 per cent of women who control the remote! She also learned she’s “right up there with the most Marathon-y watchers of them all.” Find out your results here.
Well folks, 2012 has been a blast and I hope you’ve enjoyed our Weekend Reading series as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them. With the holidays upon us, we’ve decided to take a short break – this is our final edition for 2012! Don’t worry Weekend Reading will resume January 4, 2013 bringing you trends, hot topics and stories from around the globe.
Since this is the last Weekend Reading of the year, we thought it might be appropriate to take a look back on some of the top stories that were shared online in 2012. Facebook, Twitter and Google all came out with reports this week on what was being shared, tweeted and Googled worldwide, while Time Magazine and Mobile Mag both expressed their opinions on the top gadgets and innovations of 2012 respectively.
So sit back with some cocoa or eggnog by the fireplace, and review the past 12 months with us – Happy Holidays everyone, see you in the New Year!
2012 online year in review
With only 2 weeks left in 2012, some of the biggest names synonymous with social started releasing their year-end reports on some of the hottest trends this year.
On Wednesday, Facebook posted a look back at the people, moments and things that created the most buzz in 2012. Categories included events, songs, movies, check-ins, public figures, books, tech, politics, TV, sports, and memes – now that was a mouthful! Check out the comprehensive list here and see how many you posted about. Interestingly, you can also create your own “Year in Review” to see your own 20 biggest moments you shared with your network.
Twitter also posted their “Year on Twitter” where people can check out Golden Tweets, Pulse of the Planet, Only on Twitter, Trends, and New Voices. Unsurprising, a lot of the topics mirrored Facebook’s results as well – but who could have guessed #throwbackthursday would be such a hit, coming in at #9 in Conversation Starters! You can also check out your personal year on Twitter at Visify.
Mobile Mag also devised their own Top Mobile Technology Innovations of 2012 revealing what they thought were the most innovative mobile technologies making their way into the “mainstream” this year. Wireless technology and NFC technology made the cut in Mobile Mag, while in a similar report, Time Magazine ranked the iPhone 5 as its Gadget of the Year.
But what was Canada in particular interested in this year? According to Google’s Zeitgeist 2012, Toronto is the most searched city in Google Maps, bacon is the most searched Canadian food, and teacher is the most searched career/job. More quirky stats in the full report here.
What stood out for you in 2012? Any surprises?
Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard