GISHWHES: The Preparation Guide

The List of Essential Things to Horde:

  • tape
  • glue
  • cardboard boxes
  • paint
  • safety pins
  • more tape
  • kale
  • recyclables and “clean” garbage
  • poster board, cardboard or something else that can be used to make a sign
  • chalk, markers, pencils, crayons, or other writing / drawing supplies
  • leaves/sticks/acorns/pinecones/rocks … although these don’t need to really be collected ahead of time
  • creativity
  • snacks and easy to prepare food. (when all of a sudden it’s 2AM and you don’t want to stop working, but you’re hungry darn it!)
  • scotch tape, electrical tape, duct tape, whatever tape
  • just buy lots of tape, you’re going to use it

Other logical steps to prepare:

  • Get a camera or camera phone
  • Follow Misha and GISHWHES on Twitter
  • make a Youtube Account if you plan to do videos
  • if you’re going to make collages, Picassa is free. practice
  • if you’re going to make videos, Windows Movie Maker is free. practice.
  • learn to play an instrument. no, really.
  • Tell all your friends now so you can bother them later. They’ll still think you’re really weird, but at least they’ll know why
  • Scout out your office for potential useful supplies
  • Scout out your town for potential random acts of kindness
  • Sleep well the night before

Things you don’t need for GISHWHES:

  • sleep
  • to be nervous
  • a car
  • lots of money
  • fame
  • stress
  • idk, you don’t need much really. stop freaking out. it’s fun. enjoy it.
Google to Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push

Say goodbye to the Picasa and Blogger names: Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products, Mashable has learned.

The move is part of a larger effort to unify its brand for the public launch of Google+, the search giant’s social initiative.

Blogger and Picasa aren’t going away, of course — they’re two of Google’s most popular products. Instead, according to two sources familiar with the matter, Google intends to rename Picasa “Google Photos” and Blogger will become “Google Blogs.” Several other Google brands are likely to be affected, though our sources made it clear that YouTube would not be rebranded. The technology giant shut down Google Video, its failed web video service, in May.

More here at Mashable

Take my Picture Please Google+

I want to make something clear.

I disagree strongly with the ‘supposed’ content creation strategy Google+ is pursuing highlighted by the read only access to their v.1 API.

I think it’s important to not become that network where noone actually goes and just automates their posts. I also think it’s equally important Google+ does not turn into a blogging platform either.

One of Facebook’s core value propositions is your friends. They say funny, relevant, random and cool shit about their lives and stuff that has value to them - maybe throw up some pictures they took that show you what they’ve been doing and you can comment on them. Maybe they share their music tastes via videos too and create event invitations - it’s a social hub.

Google+ needs to focus on what people actually do on facebook, and do it better. Upload - look at - comment on pictures. Because visual appeal is in this day and age more appealing than any other until social networks start smelling like indian food.

They need to have a better product and add more value than the competition, but what can Google do to beat Facebook at their own game ?

The answer is to focus on the picture element of their network and add more value and provide a better experience so that users are happy to try Google+ and even make the switch. 

What could they do ?

  • Huge marketing push - creative adverts to keep pictures away from those eyes who should never see them via circles ? (some funny ads brewing in my mind)
  • Buy Postagram & Instagram ?
  • A superior UI vs. the Facebook lightbox which seems to be constantly changing… 
  • NFC sharing of images between different devices ?
  • Increased Picassa storage waiving the $5 per year fee ? 
  • Exportable picture comments so Businesses could embed intro their own website.
  • Integrate Picassa into Android ?

One thing I KNOW FOR SURE is that Google need to give Picassa the same UI and UX overhaul as the rest of their web based products. (I will volunteer to assist the product manager of Picassa to help achieve the awesomeness required ! :-)

As you can see I am not 100% sure what Google+ has to do to take the pictures crown away from Facebook, at all - it’s very difficult. 

I know they need to provide a viable alternative to Facebook for picture uploading, sharing and commenting and other aspects of everyday life that is now heavily (rightly or wrongly) dependent on the internet.

Recomiendo usar Picassa para las imágenes en las webs
  • Esto es porque va muy rápida la carga, y se pueden obtener en distintos tamaños automáticamente cuando se cambia en la URL el número que sigue a la s, que indica el ancho.
  • En mi caso, he creado un álbum privado, así por probar, espero que eso no os impida ver las imágenes.
  • Es hora de que deje respirar mi hosting y no sobresaturarlo como siempre de programitas, e imágenes que luego no uso realmente en la página que corresponde a la cuenta.