Social Appliances?

Jun 30 2012


Sometimes it may seem as though social media has taken over our world. Our friends, local organizations, and favorite brands seem to be present on all sorts of different social media platforms. In fact, it may seem odd to us if they are not! Now, it looks like the world of Twitter has taken the next step to incorporating itself with our everyday household appliances. Here are three “2.0” home appliances that connect to social media:

  1.  The Samsung Wi-Fi Refrigerator. This Internet-enabled refrigerator makes us never want to leave the kitchen! Equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, you can access your favorite social media pages while simultaneously whipping up dinner. Not too shabby, if you have an extra $3,700 to buy one.
  2. The Tweet-a-Pot. Although not yet mass-produced, if you are handy with wiring, code, and following step-by-step directions, you may be able to create your own for little cost. Watch how it’s done: Tweet-A-Pot

3. The Tweeting Alarm Clock. If you double your iPhone as an alarm clock, you’re  in luck. Simply download the OKITE app to your iPhone and set your alarm. It’s wise not to hit snooze, though – OKITE will send an embarrassing Tweet from your personal Twitter account each time you do. Talk about motivation to wake up in the morning!


We’re hoping to learn about more social media appliances in the future – until then, we’re happy here in Westchester County with our non-Tweeting Keurig brewer!


Yammer – Social Networking for Business

Jan 18 2011

YammerThis fall, Yammer released the latest version of its product, which brings it ever closer to a combination of Twitter and Facebook for business.  Yammer has expanded to include applications like links, polls, chats and events, and companies that are using this product say it fosters better communication and growth of relationships between co-workers.

Unlike Twitter, which is used for broadcasting messages to the public, Yammer is used for private communication within organizations or between organizational members and pre-designated groups, making it an example of enterprise social software.

Access to a Yammer network is determined by a user’s internet domain, so only those with appropriate email addresses may join their respective networks.

According to TechCrunch, the service is being used by more than one million users and 80,000 companies worldwide (that includes 80% of the Fortune 500). And Yammer is doubling revenue every quarter. A quote on the Yammer website from one of their customers says, “It’s helped drive innovation and build community”, “we’re finding new value in the tool every day.”

The price point for Yammer is great for small businesses – $5 per month per user, with discounts available to non-profit organizations.   It is definitely something to investigate if you’re interested in enterprise social networking.