Android or iPhone

Home screenRecently I upgraded my cell phone to an Android capable phone.  This is my first smart phone of any kind.  Today I got to thinking, how do people decide on whether to get an Android or iPhone. Is it because of recommendations from friends?  Maybe it is because of all the publicity of one or the other.  So how do you choose?

Here is why I choose an Android:

  • I don’t like AT&T! I have been with them before and I was not impressed. I would have to use them if I got an iPhone.
  • I am already with Verizon.  A lot of my family is with Verizon, which means I can talk to them FREE!
  • I could upgrade FREE.  I didn’t get the Droid but the LG Ally and I didn’t have to pay anything for it because of my contract.  So once again I got it FREE!

It really had nothing to do with whether I would like an Android or iPhone it was all about economics for me!

How do I like the Android?

I love it!  I have had it for two weeks now.  I am finally pretty comfortable with it.  I got an Android because of my business.  Since I have four children I am not always home.  There is a lot of waiting in my life. Waiting for the kids to be done at the dentist. Waiting at the school for my daughter to receive an award in an assembly.  Waiting for my son to be done with choir practice. Next month we will be starting sports and piano lessons.  Yes, more waiting.  When I am waiting I can be working on my phone!  I can blog, tweet, update facebook, answer emails, etc.  I have loved being connected.

I don’t forget things!

I have also started using my phone for grocery lists, to-do lists and my calendar.  As a mother of four I can’t forget activities, meetings and everything, everyone else is doing.  I use my Google Calendar to keep me on track!

I know there are a lot of things I haven’t done yet with my phone but so far it has been great! So the question I pose to you is what do you prefer an Android or iPhone? And WHY?

HOT Social Media News for Sept. 25, 2010

Social Media NewsIn the ever changing world of Social Media you have to pay attention or you will be left in the dust.  No more do we have the newspaper to rely on to know what is going on!  I have my mother visiting for a little while at my house.  She doesn’t not know how to use a computer. She keeps trying to share news of things from back home but I keep saying “Oh, I know that already from Facebook!”  These days we can keep in touch with anyone we choose!

Here is the Social Media news from this week:

Pedigree was offering free dog food to bloggers who blogged about Pedigree’s adoption program.  Looks like a win-win to me!

I love this blog post by Billy McDonald called 6 Dinner Table Setting Steps for Optimizing Your Blog Posts. Those of us that are visual people it is a great visual on how to optimize  your posts to get the most out of them! So how do you set your SEO dinner table?

Do you feel like you have a voice in this world.  If you say no you need to read this post: How Social Medial Influence Reinstated a Popular Facebook Page. We can gather together and make a difference and let our voices be heard, after all this is Social Media!

In any business it is so important to stay on track.  How do you stay on track?  Use some time management skills and here are 5 Useful Time Management Tools that our really helpful!

Remember last weeks Social Media News? There were some really big announcements on the Twitter front!  Here are two great posts featuring the changes: Twitter to Release a Real Time Analytics Solution This Year and A Comprehensive Look at the New Twitter.

This wraps up this week in Social Media News.  This will keep you up-to-date for at least a day or two ;) ;)

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HOT Social Media News for Sept. 18, 2010

SteupRightUpTweetPoster2This was a great week, full of Social Media news! Twitter seemed to be the highlight this week,  they are working on a lot of changes!  We have chosen just a few blog posts for you to see what has happened this week!

Did you know that Burglars use Facebook? Make sure you use extra caution with what you are saying on Facebook.

At Nokia World 2010 Twitter Vice President Kevin Thau says “Twitter is NOT a Social Network“.  You could have fooled me!!

Have you signed up for Digg and not used it much.  Do you know how to use it to your benefit?  Problogger has a great guess post this week: 4 Ways I Compose Posts to Drive Millions of Page views to Blogs Through Digg.

If you are on Facebook you know that it is constantly changing.  This is a good thing but often frustrating for users.  This week they have made a change that some people will really like.  When you have a friend request instead of ignore you can hit not now and this places the request into hidden requests.  This will allow you to come back and accept them as friends later.  If you want to read more about it go to the Mashable post Facebook to Change How You Process Friend Requests.

There was a lot of speculation about Twitter the beginning of the week.  Twitter had a large meeting all about changes.  The Socialnomic blog has indicated how all the changes Twitter is making is all about money!

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Social Media Online Generation

KARPOV THE WRECKED TRAINDo you know who is using social media online?  Most people assume it is only the teens or those in there twenties.  Well think again!!  I recently read a post on the Village Soup called Think social media is just for the young? and it talks about this specifically!  There is also a great post written by Pew Internet that refers to the older population online!

Young adults tend to be the highest users of social media but a survey done by Princeton Survey Research Associates International shows that the older generations have been signing up and joining the fun.  Here are some of the stats:

  • Between April 2009 and May 2010, social networking use among internet users ages 50-64 grew by 88%–from 25% to 47%.
  • During the same period, use among those ages 65 and older grew 100%–from 13% to 26%.
  • By comparison, social networking use among users ages 18-29 grew by 13%—from 76% to 86%.

If your target market is 50+ years do not count out social media online as your marketing plan.  From personal experience Most of the people that I know that are 50+ years have really gotten involved in Facebook.  In some cases they participate in social networking on Facebook more than I have in the past!

This survey goes to show you that a well rounded marketing plan is important for any business.
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