Has Snapchat Reached Its Tipping Point?

March 14th, 2016

To use Snapchat up to now has felt like Twitter and Facebook used to feel: raw, in-the-moment and fun. As more users adopt the channel, I've noticed the snaps getting more polished and seemingly planned. Instead of a fun tool used to communicate, Snapchat is becoming a more formal communications channel. All signs point to Snapchat having reached its tipping point. The Snapchat app launched…

Snapchat 101

February 17th, 2016

SnapChat has evolved a lot since we last talked about it as a “sexting” app. At it’s core, SnapChat is still temporary messaging: pictures and videos, with notes and graphics that can be added. You can send them to one person, or you can add them to your 24-hour “story” - a compilation of all your pics and videos from the last 24 hours. Ten…

Alexa: My New Best Friend

January 25th, 2016

One evening, admittedly after a few glasses of wine, my husband and I saw a commercial for the Amazon Echo. We were so intrigued, I purchased it from my phone right then and promptly forgot about it. By the time we received it a few weeks later, I wasn't even that anxious to plug it in because I couldn't imagine what we would really do…

Book Review: The Clasp, by Sloane Crosley

January 25th, 2016

I am probably a little too old to still relate to stories of reconnecting with high school or college friends after trying to find oneself independently. Or maybe we are never too old for those tales of first loves, unrequited loves and friendships based on envy and jealous and competition. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley is just such a tale: we are introduced friends from…

Reddit 101

January 7th, 2016

Earlier this week, I visited with KATV about Reddit, what it is, how to use and whether your kids should use it. Key Things To Know About Reddit It is an online community forum: anyone can post anything. Before you post, know your Reddiquette! The site is against censorship, but there are rules the community expects you to follow. Use sub-Reddits to narrow down the…

The Phone Will Rule Black Friday

November 25th, 2015

Fighting to get in the door of a large retailer on Black Friday is no longer necessary to get the best deals. Now shopping happens in micro-moments on mobile devices in between physical locations and shopping activities. This holiday season, shopping will be all about the mobile phone -- for pre-shopping, for price comparisons in store and for shopping online. Though more than 60% of shoppers say…