New Facebook App called Paper

Written: February 9, 2014

Last week I read glowing news about this new App from Facebook called Paper that was somehow supposed to change my life for the better. Time newspaper called Paper, “The Future of Facebook”. Here’s what Paper looks like on an iPhone:

So Paper has a vertical orientation and lets you scroll through Facebook news in the bottom half by swiping left or right. On the top are major news categories that you can scroll through, which then changes the articles that show in the bottom half. Facebook has pre-defined news categories for you to choose from, however you cannot add your own personal categories which is a huge limitation for me.

Being curious, I downloaded the app to my iPad3 and was instantly shocked that this app only works in the vertical orientation, not at all in the landscape orientation which I use my iPad for 100% of the time. So Paper is worthless to me on the iPad, end of story, epic design fail for Facebook:

Paper by Facebook

 

It’s really difficult for me to imagine an App being released in 2014 by a major technology company that is limited to vertical orientation only.

A Trademark lawsuit has already been filed by FiftyThree against Facebook for using the name “Paper”. Not only did Facebook fail on the app orientation, they lacked enough creativity in naming the crippled app.

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50GB of Free Cloud Storage, Sweet

Written: February 6, 2014

My social media and real friend Kevin Ferrasci O’Malley sent me an email this morning about this cloud storage company called Box, so I gave it a try on my iPad by downloading their special free App. Sure enough, I now have a new account all setup with 50GB of free cloud storage.

Box

The concept reminds me of what I already use for cloud storage with:

Here’s the promotional link to get your 50GB of free cloud storage for iPad or iPhone devices.

Long live free cloud storage.

I think that companies like Box will make money when we all get hooked on the storage concept, and then go over our 50GB limit and start to pay a monthly fee. So far, I’m quite happy with my multiple free storage accounts.

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Photographers United

Written: February 1, 2014

Several years ago I developed a web site for the Portland Metropolitan Photographer’s Association (PMPA), at first using a custom Content Management System (CMS), then a few years ago I migrated it to the WordPress platform. Using WordPress means that the volunteers that run the association can login and update the site, manage the membership, send out email, count up merit points, schedule events, blog, etc. There’s another photography association in town called the Professional Photographers of Oregon (PPO), and they recently decided to merge with the PMPA.

Now the challenge was to import all of the membership information from PPO into the PMPA system automatically, so that there wouldn’t be any manual re-typing. I just finished up the work today, and now the united photography association has a single place where the public can visit to find a professional photographer; and the members can network, find events, update their profile, send out email, and add up their merit points which lead to an official title in photography as recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Using an online approach to membership management saves the volunteers hours of work, and lets them concentrate on improving their craft through education and networking.

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Non-profit site developed pro-bono

Written: January 27, 2014

Every year I meet interesting people that volunteer their time, talent and energy for  worthy causes. Such was the case with Austin Burres and Cassie Eichenberger. Their cause is called: A Village For One. They are a Portland based not-for-profit organization developed to serve children who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. An astounding number of youth in the Portland and surrounding areas have experienced this global crime against children.

We first met at a Tualatin Chamber of Commercing networking event back in October, so I followed up with her and offered to remodel their web site, and migrate them from a hand-coded site to a Content Management Site using WordPress. Now they can update their own website by just using a web browser.

 

We added several features to this site to make it relevant for their audience:

The banner of their site uses a special logo that they had designed earlier, and then the menu colors were selected to complement the logo.

We just had a WordPress training session today, so Cassie and Austin are all geared up to spread their message of hope, healing and change to our hurting community.

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