Dropping your brand new, highly sought after, three-week old cell phone in a body of water is a horrible, horrible thing. I know firsthand because that is exactly what I did one week ago today. The standard advice from the tech blogs, friends and co-works was to dry it off, cover the phone in rice, and wait patiently for 36 – 48 hours. But does that actually work? After accidentally dropping my iPhone into a fully submerged body of water… OK… a toilet to be exact… I had the unfortunate opportunity to test out the iPhone-in-a-rice-bag hypothesis, and I am sorry to say, it did not work for me. The main reason this technique failed me was because upon retrieving the phone from the “john”, I immediately tried to turn it on. I later learned that this one simple action may have fried the “mother board” and rendered my phone unusable.
I ended up being unplugged for five days… five… long… days. My cell phone isolation led me to wonder if I was only person addicted to my smartphone? So, I asked around the office to see how long people could survive without their phones and below is a nice mix of those who could go a lifetime to those who would not last a minute. Oh, and rest assured, tips for what to do when you submerge your phone are at the end of the post.
CAMPAIGN CONSULTATION, Inc.
|Dana wins the prize for going the longest without her cell phone. “During college I went for 5 months without my phone. My classmates and I traveled by plane to 9 different countries for study and tried to immerse ourselves into each culture. I thought going without a phone would be extremely difficult for me, and even thought about bringing it “just in case.” But to be honest after a short time I completely forgot what it was like to have a phone. If I gave up my phone today, in this time and place, I would miss having all knowledge at my fingertips. It would also be a matter of losing convenience. But, at the same time I would be forced to slow down–possibly a blessing in disguise. However, at this time I can’t say I would be thrilled about the situation.”
Vice President & Project Manager
CAMPAIGN CONSULTATION, Inc.
|Arthurine would be fine without her phone, unless she needed information in a hurry. “Fortunately, I am simply not that attached to my phone. I could go without it for days, maybe weeks on end. The thing I do miss when I don’t have it with me is the instant gratification of being able to look things up– (a must for an information junkie like me).”
CAMPAIGN CONSULTATION, Inc.
|Suzanne uses her phone to keep in touch. “Up until the arrival of our daughter last summer, my husband and I were not prolific cell phone users. And in many ways, we still aren’t. We don’t have a smart-anything and basically use our phones to make/receive immediate calls and texts. The longest I’ve gone without my cell phone has been a work day and despite not using it for mass communication or to go online, I do find it unsettling to be without my cell. It’s such a great resource to be reached in an emergency and to send quick messages to friends during the day. If I was without my phone I’d miss texting – especially on those “thinking of you” occasions – where I want to send someone a silly message that they can view and respond to at their convenience. “
UX & Web Development Director
Eye Byte Solutions
|Dan has the most practical use for his phone because one needs to know when an avalanche is coming! “The longest I’ve ever gone without my cell phone is a little over two weeks while I was in Alaska. How long I could go without my phone depends on what I’m doing. Potentially I could go a while, but when I’m working, it’s a must have. If I didn’t have my cell phone the thing I would miss the most is the quick access to see what friends are up to, checking the avalanche report here in Jackson before snowboarding, and pictures. It’s kinda my one stop fun-prep shop.”
CAMPAIGN CONSULTATION, Inc.
|Amber’s attachment to her phone is location based. “In the city, I could go zero days without my phone. I use it for directions, bus/light rail travel times, making sure friends are where they said we’d meet and re-routing if a meeting spot has changed. When I visit my friend’s farm in rural Ohio, cell service is so spotty there, I just turn my phone off. That’s gone on as long as 10 days and it’s AMAZING! In the country, I think I could go two weeks tops without my cell phone. While I would love it, I have a mother that would prefer I check in frequently (and keep up my end of our Words with Friends games!)”
Social Media Specialist CAMPAIGN CONSULTATION, Inc.
|The longest I’ve gone without a cell phone was last week. It amounted to 5 days, 18 hours and 4 minutes. This was difficult time for me. My phone is rarely more than a few inches away from me. It’s the first thing I reach for in the morning, checking news updates, calendar appointments and the weather. As a cyclist, I have to know what the weather is going to be before I jump on my bike. In the evening, I check in with friends, check my calendar for the next day’s events, read emails and then I will finally put the phone to sleep. Having said all that, I rarely call anyone. In fact, I find talking on the phone annoying. I do, however, text like crazy and no, I am not a millennial baby. I’m a boomer. My last thought never, ever, but your phone in your back pocket.
Looking for tips on what to do if, like me, you submerged your iPhone in water? I found the OSXDaily, Dropped an iPhone in Water? Here’s How to Save It from Water Damage, blog post to be the most helpful. Again, the rice didn’t work for me but countless others have said it was a lifesaver. Oh, and don’t try to fool Apple into thinking you did not submerge your phone. According the OSXDaily:
Each iPhone is equipped with several water damage sensors that turn red if contact with any fluid is made, and if they are triggered than the likelihood of free repair service is fairly slim and your warranty may be toast. You can check these yourself by looking at the following locations, depending on your iPhone model (image via Apple):
Living in todays’ ever-connected world has its challenges and opportunities. There are hundreds of advertisers vying for our attention at every moment with ever more customized and sleek advertisements encouraging you to click over and consume. In this disposable age where people are told to keep buying items to achieve status, be happier, healthier and more organized there are people bucking that trend. Using technology thees people are coming together to be the bartering engine driving the Share Economy. In the spirit of sharing, we thought we’d bring you four ways websites and apps give folks an opportunity to make better use of what they have to get more of what they need.
- Tools: Tool libraries such as the one in Baltimore’s Station North district are popping up everywhere. They allow who need tools like a table saw but don’t want to invest in one and store it after the project’s over to borrow it from the library. Local Tools makes it easier for these libraries to manage both investors and inventory. They allow libraries to post their inventories on the web so members can find and reserve tools before they even reach the library. You can even use their map to find a tool library near you!
- Leftovers: You heard it right leftovers. A new app LeftoverSwap will let you trade your spare ½ pizza for someone else’s extra kung pow chicken. Does that make your tummy rumble or flip-flop?
- Clothes: Not sure how many friends you can get together for a clothing swap? Look no further than the internet! For a membership or rental price retailers like Gwynnie Bee, Thread Tread and Rent the Runway will gladly send you what you’d like and they even do the laundry.
- Tutoring: Learn to Be is a 3 year old organization that connects tutors with students. It’s completely web-based and 100% free!
And remember, Sharing is Caring
Adapted from a post in Resources Now.
Approximately 36,000 Baltimore City public school (BCPS) students use the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) to get to school each year yet there voice isn’t always heard by officials. A partnership between the MTA and Wide Angle Youth Media, is changing that.
At the beginning of last year, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) launched the “Rate Your Ride” program, which allows public transit riders to give instant feedback on the quality of their commute. Following a successful pilot program launched by the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, this program allows commuters to submit a quick and easy evaluation of their daily commute. Commuters can participate by calling, texting or completing the 4-question survey online.
Rate Your Ride adds to the performance met rics the MTA collects, whether on-time performance or customer complaints, in real-time with very little effort says MTA’s Chief Performance Officer, Michael J. Walk – it’s a great way to identify performance problems and develop solutions while keeping the lines of communication open with customers and community stakeholders.
Any tech tool, no matter how incredible, is only as good as the people who use it. This is where Wide Angle comes in. Their organization provides media education for youth so they can tell their story and engage in their communities. They are working with the MTA to develop a campaign to increase Baltimore City Youth participation in the Rate Your Ride program. Wide Angle students are advertising on the ground using posters, business cards, and newsletters in addition to online outreach. Students produced a Rate Your Ride commercial (see their great work here) and are creating infographics to illustrate the data collected. By increasing awareness of the Rate Your Ride app, more students are now having a voice and providing feedback for the MTA on their experience.
Often times when creating new technologies we forget the important work that needs to be done to make sure people are aware and using the new tools created for them. Engaging the community, both online and offline, is incredibly important to the success of any program. The MTA partnership with Wide Angle Youth Media is a great example of how you can tap into new communities, listen to previously unheard voices, and in the end make the community better for all.
I attended the When Advocacy Goes Digital Event last week, and wanted to share some of the highlights. The presenters at this event represented Netcentric Campaigns, SumOfUs.org, and United for Change USA in the digital advocacy field (one presenter also previously worked at moveon.org).
- The U.S. has hit a saturation point in terms of number of emails being sent. The smaller the target (community or state-level issues), the more likely you are to gain traction and inspire followers to read emails
- Test all emails with a small but diverse group of followers to ensure your ideas “stick” (can be gauged by number of clicks to site, petitions filled, etc.)
- Petitions need to have a next step and be linked with a theory of change – cannot just be a petition for petition’s sake
- Expand digital efforts – partner with groups on the ground/in the field to advance your cause
- Consistently gauge these metrics: Growth and Impact
- Don’t fall into the trap of educating your members – put faith in their knowledge and let them educate you… Hold a platform discussion if you aren’t sure where members fall on an issue and let them reason it out
- Advocacy Networks are different than Social Networks: Advocacy Networks keep protocols and are designed to build groups of advocates; Social Networks are unpredictable and uncontrollable
Digital Organizing is…
|Garnering a rapid response from followers
||Sustaining a long-term or prolonged response from followers
|Stopping bad things (through petitions, etc.)
||Starting new good things (need to build off of existing momentum)
|Multi-issue organizing (humanitarian efforts + environmental efforts + politics, etc.)
||Single-issue organizing (doesn’t hold follower interest for long)
The folks at FORCE are at it again – creating a spoof of the Playboy Top Party School List that raises awareness about consensual sex. The anti-rape activist group posted a mock website, partywithplayboy.com, with the “Top Ten Party Commandments” for a consensual good time. The commandments included “Thou shalt ask first,” and “Thou shalt make evident thy gentleman virtues,” praising male on-campus efforts such as the No Shave November at the University of Michigan, which raises awareness about consent.
FORCE knocked it out of the park – their mock website went viral, and the humorous but meaningful commandments resonated with both men and women. University of Michigan student Meghana Kulkarni praised the effort in a Huffington Post article, explaining that “people responded well to the Playboy prank because FORCE used humor and put sex in a positive light. They didn’t use ‘social justicey lingo,’ and avoided the negative ‘rape is bad’ message because people tend to tune that out.”
Want to get involved?
(Reposted from Eyes Wide Open)
Learn more how you can use humor for viral social media campaigns:
1. Come Face to Face with History: When Richard III was found under a parking lot, we gained new knowledge of this infamous British monarch and Shakespeare’s literary villain from his remains. The Richard III Society took this find a step further by using 3D printing a complete replica of his remains for researchers as well as a model of what Richard III would have looked like in real life.
2. Hop on a Bus: Have you ever gotten to the bus or train stop only to remember you don’t have your pass? With the Seasame ring, you can kiss your bus pass or your metro card goodbye. Just like a card, all you need to do is press this ring against a scanner and presto! You’re in. (Well, that is if you’ve loaded your card up with enough money to cover the fare of course.) A much more stylish way to commute via public transport, wouldn’t you say?
3. Get a Wardrobe Makeover: Shoes can protect our feat from cuts and parasites and yet throughout the world many people don’t have access to them. Models like TOMS shoes are changing that and 3D printing might make it even more accessible. Unifold is a new printable shoe which makes the complicated process of shoemaking easy. With their design and the right technology, places throughout the world could easily be making affordable shoes for their community. Protos Eyewear is another startup providing custom 3D printed glasses to fit your face. With many variations in facial types, store bought mass made glasses sometimes don’t exactly fit individual faces. 3D printing makes it easier to create glasses that are right for you.
4. Become a Bionic Human: From ears, arms, faces, to even a duck foot 3D printing may revolutionize the field of prosthetics. This could help the 1.7 million people in the United States living without some of their natural limbs be able to create prosthetics that work for them.
5. Rocket into Space: Even NASA is getting in on the 3D printing revolution and showing the advances this technology could have in manufacturing. They printed a rocket engine injector, which usually takes about a year to make, in just 4 months. In case you need some snacks while you’re up on the moon, NASA has also given a grant to construct a food printer. The original prototype was able to squeeze out some chocolate, but we haven’t confirmed whether it’s actually something you’d want to taste.
6. Save a Life: If you are Kaiba Gionfriddo, 3D printing is more than just a fad, it’s a lifesaver. Doctors in Michigan were able to 3D print a tiny trachea when the boy’s own windpipe couldn’t hold up on its own. 3D organs are currently being used for surgical practice. Doctors are able to recreate a patients heart so they can practice with that’s individual’s physiology before ever opening the actual person up. This reduces risk and saves time under anesthesia. Tiny organs can also be used for better drug testing and help us better understand the human body before testing out new solutions on real humans.
Bonus: If you’re a dinosaur fan like me, you’ll be uber excited about this 3D printed dino skull. Imagine having you’re own T-Rex skull mounted over your bed!
Shannon Mouton leads the internal marketing and digital communications efforts for McKinney & Associates. She is a relationship marketing professional, with a passion for utilizing social technology for building business relationships, sharing information and advancing the greater good. Her 20-plus years of marketing, communications and community-building experiences have afforded her unique opportunities to foster communities where none existed, develop and launch innovative programming and bridge generational, economic and racial divides. Shannon is a contributor to Women Grow Business and has been featured on the Digital Sisterhood Network and American Express OPEN Forum.
Shannon had these social media tips to share:
1. Social media is an integral part of my workday as I’m responsible for the virtual marketing for the organization. We focus on social tools and platforms that allow us to showcase our expertise and experience as a strategic communications firm. Instead of spreading a little content over a lot of platforms, we do a lot of content over a few platforms. For instance a team member will write an article, “How to Pitch to Reporters” and we post that article as a blog post and a week later we turn the article into a presentation for SlideShare. We will also post both forms of the information to Facebook and Twitter because we understand people receive and retain information differently.
2. The three social media sites the firm will probably still be using in two years are YouTube, SlideShare and Facebook. While the written word will always be important, visual communications is becoming increasingly so as a method of delivering messages to a variety of audiences. These sites focus on visual communications and lend themselves to the written (and spoken) word. We enjoy and use Pinterest, Instagram and Flickr, which are visually based platforms, but they lack the strong written or verbal component that we need for long-term strategic communications.
3. My best social media tip is also a tip for living your best life: do a few things exceptionally well, instead of being adequate at a lot of things.