In these next few weeks, we’ll focus more closely on mobility. First, I want you to read up on two concepts we’ve discussed in class: Mobile First, and its relation to UX (user experience). The first linked article lays out some pros and cons, but what would you add to that list? I’d also like you to look at this week’s Briggs chapter as users as well as students. How up-to-date is he on the subject? Is he telling you anything new, or is this all old wisdom to you, the so-called Digital Generation?
Since we’re on the subject of the up-and-coming, let’s talk about one of the up-and-comingest of subjects: Google’s Glass.
Some of you will find this fascinating; others will be possessed of an urge to slap the guy. Is this what’s coming next (Glass, not slapping)? Even Vogue magazine has an opinion on the subject. My friend and colleague Jeremy Littau at Lehigh University is an early adopter (of pretty much everything – Hi Jeremy!), so naturally he’s been fiddling with Glass for the past few months. Have a look at these seven takeaway points. Based on what you’ve seen of it, can you suggest a few potential applications of Glass for journalists, advertisers, or PR professionals?
Naturally, there are naysayers as well.
Aside from hardware, we’ve got mobile apps to consider. Twitter can certainly be used from a landlocked workstation, but it really shines in how it lets you instantaneously publish from the field (a few death stories that jumped the gun notwithstanding). Check out this tandem of links from reportr.net: “Why journalists should break news on Twitter” and “What goes into a good tweet.” Useful information? Do you agree? How does it square with Briggs’ perspective and what we’ve discussed in class to date?
Finally, here’s a tweet from @GeorgeBray that sums things up perhaps a little uncomfortably: