Dial Into Google Hangouts By Phone: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

With UberConference You Can Dial Into Google Hangouts: With the UberConference app, you can now call into Google hangouts from your phone.

Tumblr Adds Support for SSL: “You can now take extra precaution against hackers and snoops by enabling SSL security on your Tumblr dashboard. Just head over to your Account Settings and flip the switch.”

tumblr security

“It doesn’t change anything about the dashboard; it just encrypts your connection to it.”

Path Adds Video to Android: “You’ll be able to share up to 30 seconds of video with the people you care about.”

path video android

“To capture a video, open the Path camera and hold down on the camera button.”

Here’s some other social media news worth following:

Twitter Introduces Data Grants: This is a pilot project in which Twitter will give a handful of research institutions access to their public and historical data.

Here are a few cool social media tools worth checking out:

Instaradio: An Android app that is a “new way to share your voice and the sounds around you.”

instaradio android

“Broadcast audio to anyone, listen to the people you care about, be featured in the Editor’s Picks and connect with your friends’ microphones.”

Peek Calendar: A tool that “cuts away the overwhelming features of mobile calendars.”

peek calendar app

“It redefines an on-the-go experience for people to use when they need it, so that they are not consumed by its entirety and benefit from its existence.”

Fuzel: A tool that allows you to create photo and animated collages on your iPhone.

fuzel animation

“Create fun collages with Fuzel’s creative tools.”

Other Mentions

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Phone Etiquette in the Digital Era: Think Before You Dial


It’s Time Consuming and Inefficient
(especially for asynchronous communication)

It may only be seconds, but it takes much more time to process a voicemail message than it does a text-based message of some sort. This is especially true when the call comes from someone you’€™ve never heard from before or don’€™t know very well. You have to dial into the mailbox, listen to the message, find a pen, write down the contact information… And if the message isn’€™t clear, you may have to listen to segments of it over (and over). What was that last name? What that a 9 or a 1 in that phone number?

Plus, the contact information is often incomplete. People may leave one or two phone numbers, but they don’€™t usually offer their email address. Sometimes it makes more sense (and is more convenient) to return a message via email or under circumstances when calling is not a viable option (e.g., in the evening, while traveling). I was initially inspired to write this blog post on a Sunday morning, out of aggravation. I had a note from someone who had phoned me, and I wanted to message her back. She left a phone number in her voicemail, but I couldn’t call her. And I wasted at least 10 minutes trying – unsuccessfully -€“ to find an easy way to contact her via LinkedIn or email. My only option was to try to find time to call her back the following week, running the very real risk of continuing the game of phone tag she started. Grrr!

Finally, there’€™s the risk that the note we write the message on gets lost, or we forget about it. Yes, that can happen with emails and texts too, but those methods are less vulnerable to being overlooked.

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