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Google+ Android App & the Google+ Desktop – The Power to Delete


Google+ remains my favorite social network for its conversational styles.  When using the app, I noticed one major thing on the Android Google+ App that is slightly more obvious than the Google+ web UI app :

-The ability to delete comments.

-Notice on the Android app you can delete comments while on the desktop app, the X button is a bit more subtle.

In fairness of the web developers, the web UI has a different feel than the mobile UI.  The mobile UI is a bit more gridded with tables whereas the desktop UI assumes more screen space.  Nonetheless, deleting is much more obvious on the mobile app.  Anytime you get a pesky spammer with a random comment that has nothing to do you with your post, you might have an easier time deleting on your mobile app with 2 clicks!


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Check out the desktop web UI for Google+. The delete option is a bit more subtle.





TechnoAlert #1: Digital Whining Perspectives on $16 Billion Facebook Buy of WhatsApp

My colleague +Eli Fennell and I ( +SanaAhmed ), talk about Facebook’s $16 Billion acquisition of WhatsApp on a Google Hangout TechnoAlert session!  We discuss things main stream tech blogs don’t dare to cover:

-Facebook buys WhatsApp for user acquisition for ‘reef approach’

-As +Mark Hopkins, Editor of Silicon Angle, explained to me that Facebook has single point offailure. If people stop using Facebook, it’s gone.  Google has several points of entry. If say Google+ didn’t succeed, at least they have Google Apps to retain revenue.

– +Eli Fennell talks about the technicalities of mergers, and how the financial merger for $16 Billion is a make or break for Facebook. Facebook makes $5 Billion in revenue (not profit), so it will be interesting to see where it takes Facebook.

– We both ponder on privacy concerns around the 2 apps.

– I explore the various ways Facebook could possibly monetize via WhatsApp on mobile. Perhaps Eli and I gave Facebook a few ideas to think about!

The question remains if Facebook can pull this off without going out of business, not ruin the user experience, and new creative ways to monetize on WhatsApp without actually annoying the users.

Who knows, maybe they have a contender to Google Adsense for all we know!

Product Training perspective on Technology Evangelism


In this hangout on air, I ( +Sana Ahmed ) talk with my friend +Eli Fennell regarding Technology Evangelism. I bring my product training perspective on helping people get with it in technology.

In this section, I talk about how the Product development cycle is inverted.  If you:

  • listen to your customers
  • empower them with the technology you’re proposing
  • You will build better product and serve the ecosystem of serving the customers

iOS 7.0 vs. Android OS

My hangout on air with +Eli Fennell on Google.  You can watch it here:

Key takeaways include:

+Eli: ‘Apple users’ love for the brand go beyond the reality of what the products can do.’

+Sana: iOS 7.0 does deserve credit for its simplicity.  But iOS 7 is nail polish on an OS and philosophy that still doesn’t allow users to do more with their personal technology.

+Sana +Eli :  Apple is a [digital] distributor of specific hardware and software.  Google is a SaaS that has succeeded in fantastic software that is NOW influencing hardware (opposite of Apple’s track).  Microsoft may become a backend technology vs. the personal technology people used it as in the past.

In a Nutshell: Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft

In reaction to my colleague’s share of this article on Business Insider, I’m going to be a slight snob about the analysis on this article.  It was done a bit poorly (and having worked at the ”big” social media blog and seeing fluff firsthand, I can confidently spot it).

Apple defines itself for being a digital device distributor whereas many networked technologies run off of Microsoft. Speak to any developer or engineer and they will tell you how Apple’s products are hardly networkable the way many PC based products are.  (It’s true and as I work more in an IT role during my day job, I see it).

Here’s the other story, Google is more of a software as a service company that has managed to sell its products on all types of OEM mobile and desktop devices.  It’s done a good job adapting it’s SaaS products via internet capabilities.

Final word:

Apple will sell cute, sexy products (and I own a Macbook pro which is a stable piece of laptop I might say), but I see its limitations beyond its practicalities.  Google will continue to succeed in its SaaS products whether people get it or not.  Microsoft will be around for its technology network capabilities.  But, oh please, get rid of windows 8 will you Microsoft?  The users want to love you-just help them out with the UI.

Musings on “The Google Keyboard”'s take on the Google+ keyboard

THE ‘Google Keyboard” folks!

I could not ask for a better birthday weekend.  I just got my Samsung Galaxy S4 in this past week, Google rolls out’ The Google Keyboard” app on The Play Store for android devices. I’m certainly not complaining folks!



The Google Play Google+ page describes this app as:

The Google Keyboard is now on Google Play:  Type faster and more accurately with gesture and voice typing, word recognition,  next-word prediction, and more.

After having the Galaxy S4 for about a week, I described the keyboard as ”slippery” to my friends who were curious as to why I switched from the i5.  Without digressing my Android Fan-ily, we’ll save that conversation for a next post.  I’m a pretty savvy Android user and had the Samsung Moment, Epic, SIII and now the S4.  So I was pretty savvy with the text inputs available for android phones.

Thanks to the Google Play google+ handle, I saw that the Google Keyboard app came out on June 5th, 2013.  My fingers skedaddled to the Play Store to immediately test it out.

My Test Cases:


Having used SwiftKey, which I had purchased on the Galaxy SIII, I was hopeful that I would have an easier experience.  On top of that, Galaxy S4s were reported to utilize SwiftKey into their Samsung keyboard input.  With a slightly bigger screen than the the S3, the thumb was just not quick and long enough to have the same smooth typing experience that I experienced on the Galaxy S3.  Swyping on the swiftkey seemed easier than typing in individually.  But ironically, I had to keep going back and changing individual words one by one which was counter-productive.

Samsung Keyboard

The Samsung keyboard provided some hope with smaller keys and the ability to still swype.  But I was running into spelling errors as I was typing.  The typing was not fluid.

Swype Keyboard

The Swype keyboard provided a similar experience like the Samsung Keyboard.  Its swyping capabilitie were much better than individual word typing.  But individual words had to be typed as some word suggestions/mistakes were extremely far off.

Google Keyboard

With the Google Keyboard, both typing and swyping (known as “gesture typing” in Google settings lingo) worked much more seamlessly.  The keyboard has a more reserved layout but its much easier as a simpler, usable user interface.  Punctuations are available in the number keyboard when pressing “?123” or holding down the period button (which can easily be overlooked by users).  The Google Keyboard also has a solid auto-suggest word feature (called “content suggestions” in Google lingo) much like the keyboards mentioned above.

Overall, as a user advocate, I would encourage users to not boggle their minds over a variety of keyboards, and start out with the Google keyboard first.  Being a pretty savvy user, I was having trouble with the other inputs above for a week.  The Google keyboard has relieved my english major ticks of not having crazy spelling errors in my texts and quick emails!

Don’t Eff Around with Readers’ Time and call it Social Media News

Social media humor-Tech blogs **itting on people for social media news

Technology blogs that sacrifice relevant news quality for sake of hits.

If you’re going to talk technology, do it truthfully and stick to the topic!  It’s super annoying to watch some tech blogs have their list of topical spam content ready and firing away at its readers.  Someone asked me what my favorite tech blog was while we were having conversations about our favorite phones.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have an immediate answer.

After working in the tech blog industry, I’ve see firsthand how tech bloggers are trained to go after trending content and write about it on their tech blogs – even if it doesn’t have to do with tech!  This technique is a way to enlist topical spam against trending content in hopes of getting traffic back to their site in a quick and dirty manner.  That traffic then turns into ad revenues and ”blog success” for ”new verticals” of a blog.  Before you know it, that blog is reaching out to media buyers and selling ad content packages to these folks on their new successful vertical that gets high traffic.  Press releases are flying out on that blog’s new vertical of greatness and innovation.  The “Kiss the Screen” mentality of when you see my posts come into play with these tech blog egos.

Take 2 steps back.  Ask yourself what this is doing for readers in the long run?  Well in the short run, these tech blogs continuously weaken the business mode of traffic and ad revenues.  They continuously prove how shallow their services become.

In the bigger picture, readers are being spammed by the blogs they once loved.  These readers are coming in for social media news and strategy, and now they are reading about something totally unrelated to technology [but it was trending and sounded fun to report on].  Even better, editors teach this writers to put a social media spin on this topical spam because – for example, a non-tech related vine video was shot by an iPhone that was uploaded to Youtube.  So this is now social media news that will prepare technologists and tech enthusiasts for greatness.  Really? That’s how badly they need ad traffic revenue?

I’m just too passionate about technology and social media to let these tech bloggers who’ve found mainstream success crap over readers.  Yes, I do feel like the good Samaritan making a ”citizen’s arrest” when I see poor tactics on social media and tech news being manured on people!

So not everything you read is truly social media news.  Your once starred tech blog on your RSS reader that gave you reliable news may be indeed falling into a spam bucket of topical content whose link-baiting is your time my friends.

Ask yourself and fill in the blanks:

I never got ahead with my technology / marketing knowledge because the [FILL IN THE BLANK] blog started sh***ing topical spam my way.

As Judge Judy named her book, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”  Your time is that tech blog’s money.  Make them earn it.  Your informed actions shape a better internet culture!