If you are mad that you are stuck home in bed with the flu, there is a new app you can use to try to track down who gave you the sickness.
Help, My Friend Gave Me the Flu is a social media app from drug company Help Remedies that scrubs your Facebook contacts’ status updates looking for signs of illness like coughs or vomiting. Once it finds the culprit, the app has social sharing buttons, so you can post the results to Facebook or Twitter. The tool also links back to Help Remedies’ Facebook page, which shares tips on how to deal with the flu.
Richard Fine, chief executive and co-founder of Help Remedies, explained to Health on Today that the app is offers a “light-hearted diversion to the misery that is influenza.” ”When you feel sick, one of the things that we do is look for people to blame,” he said.
Did you ever imagine charging your iPhone on a classic book charging station? Of course you didn’t. But you can now…
At the Social Curation Summit in Los Angeles, Copious cofounder Jonathan Ehrlich explained that people visit Google when “I know what I want and I’m looking for an answer.” He added that social media has fostered a new kind of “demand creation.” When you share a product with your Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest friends, you show them something they didn’t know existed.
Copious is a marketplace that requires all users to sign in through a Twitter or Facebook account, encouraging them to share new products on their pages and encourage that kind of new discovery. Designer Rich Neeley has used the site to sell his iPhone chargers created with classic books.
Just because you have your phone with you at the polls, doesn’t mean you should take to your social network and share photos of your secret ballot. It’s actually illegal in many states.
The Citizen Media Law Project has put together the Documenting the Vote 2012 report, explaining election laws from state-to-state.
In New York, for example, according to § 17-130 law, it is illegal to show your ballot, “after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents, or” solicit, “a voter to show the same.” In California, Election code 14276 states, “After his or her ballot is marked, a voter shall not show it to any person in such a way as to reveal its contents.” You might be able to get away with it in Delaware. To find out if sharing images of your secret ballot is illegal in your state, follow this link. (Via Gizmodo).
While Hurricane Sandy may take out your electricity and your Internet connection, if you’ve got a phone signal, you can still use access Twitter via SMS. This, and a radio, can be a good way to stay up-to-date on what is going on in your area and a good way to broadcast messages out.
Text the word “START” to 40404, and Twitter will reply with the word, “YES.” If you text back your username (without the @sign), you will set yourself up to be able to send tweets via SMS. You can also choose to receive select Twitter accounts, say the National Weather Service @usNWSgov or Michael Bloomberg @NYCMayorsOffice.
The Washington Post has all the details: “ You don’t need a Twitter account to get important tweets sent to your phone. Just text the word “Follow [username]” to 40404 on a U.S.-based phone. For instance, if you want to receive tweets from @CapitalWeather and you don’t have a Twitter account, text “Follow capitalweather” to 40404.” (Via @baratunde).