1) Passing Down Digital Assets After Death
Emily and Melanie argue about whether acknowledging your digital footprint in your last will and testament is ridiculous (and what is at stake).
What happens to your email, social media, blog, photos, cloud documents, financial, professional, and gaming accounts when you die?
Why online accounts matter after death:
1) Wishes of the deceased: do they want the FB account up as a memorial? for how long? who should be trusted with the emails, records, photos, videos, messages, etc.?
2) Money: U.S. consumers value their digital assets, on average, at nearly $55,000. –2011 McAfee Survey. That includes MMOG (massive multiplayer online game) assets, photos, projects, hobbies, personal records, career information, entertainment, and email.
“Online companies face a ‘patchwork of state laws’ and are usually cautious when it comes to granting access to a deceased user’s account.” -via nbcnews.com
U.S. General Services Administration recommends you set up a social media will
Only five states’ estate laws include digital assets: CT, RI, OK, IN, and ID. Some statutes only relate to email. Just OK and ID clearly include social networking and blogging as part of an estate (well done, y’all).
How to: digital estate planning – Consider using a paid service on this list: thedigitalbeyond.com/online-services-list/
The “bad actors” that Facebook targets are people with many fake accounts
As of 8/1/12, CNET reports 8.7%, or 83.09M accounts are fake: “Facebook estimates that 4.8% are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are user-misclassified accounts, and 1.5% are undesirable accounts.”
“We want to ensure that one of the core tenets of Facebook is that you have your unique identity on Facebook.” -Facebook’s Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson to Business Insider
3) Facebook to roll out more Timeline changes
In New Zealand and parts of Europe, FB has started to roll out new changes to Timeline. Changes to expect for profiles (and probably brand pages eventually):
Boxes below your cover image will be replaced with a simpler, tabbed design. Posts in single wide column on the left as opposed to being randomly split into two columns.
New “collections manager” lets you drag to reorder your collections (e.g. maps and friends)
Nods to Twitter: 1) Subscribers will be called followers. Subscribers/followers are different from friends.
2) Your name will appear in white over the bottom of your cover photo. Basic info including location and job will be located to the right of your profile pic instead of below.
4) Facebook Ads, Mobile, and Stock
Facebook shares are way up ($30/share).
Mobile has gone from being perceived as a challenge to Facebook toa huge opportunity.
Mobile revenues predicted to make up 20%-24% of Facebook’s overall top line in Q4-2012, up from 3% in Q2-2012.
Analyst Anmuth says mobile will generate $2.13 billion for Facebook in 2013, up from his previous $2 billion estimate.
FB mobile revenues to surpass desktop in 2014
Ads in the Newsfeed are much more effective than ads on the right side
Facebook Gifts – predicted to contribute $1 billion+ by 2015, and 5% of Facebook’s profits in 2013.
1. Home Inventory: As we begin a new year, here’s a life admin tip to ensure that your home or renter’s insurance really will cover you if disaster strikes. With camera phones and free online storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox, you have no excuse not to make a video documenting your possessions and store it in the cloud. Try CNET’s recommended WhatYouOwn – home inventory software. Free trial version for Mac OS or Windows 8. Why create a home inventory:
Purchase enough insurance to replace things you own.
Get insurance claims settled faster.
Substantiate losses for income tax return.
2) AppGratisis a free iPhone app that recommends a new app each day that’s free for that day. It is available on Android in France and should be coming to the US soon. Emily downloaded the super skeuomorphic Daily Weather app. Its merits are discussed.
Melanie and Emily interview Dan Scanlan, drummer of psych metal band Zoroaster, about the changing landscape of music in the digital age.
Distribution – pros and cons of reaching a wider audience through digital, loss of control
Revenue sources for musicians – mysterious compensation algorithms on YouTube and Pandora
Internet radio – Spotify, iTunes, streaming services
MP3 downloads, CD sales, merchandise, touring, and ticket sales
Amazon, CD Baby, and outlets selling physical albums
Why Dan loves vinyl and 8 tracks
Emily’s favorite song by Zoroaster- Odyssey (off Matador)
Tips on Tap
Excel – how to open a new instance:
If you or your company are still using antiquated versions of Microsoft Excel, you’ve likely discovered the frustration of not being able to open two Excel documents in two separate windows, and thus compare side by side in the same view.
How to get around it:
Open up the first Excel document
Create a new shortcut for Excel on your desktop and open Excel using the shortcut
You should now have two separate windows open for Excel
In the blank worksheet, use File>Open to open the second document.
How to clear the “other” space on iPad – the yellow bar can take up gigabytes of memory, with phantom files, email attachments, duplicate music files, corrupt data, notes, contacts, unfinished downloads, etc. First try this: Turn off the iPad, plug in to your computer, sync to iTunes. Try using iExplorer. iTunes will not display all the files that will take up “other.” Check your app usage in Settings -> General -> Usage and look for apps with unusually large memory usage. Otherwise, do a backup then full restore. Forum: Apple Support – Yellow Bar “Other” Capacity
Wanelo shopping app and website – This very simple app shows a Pinterest-style mosaic of product images that you can endlessly scroll through. What sets Wanelo apart from Pinterest is that it provides a much easier shopping experience. Every image you see includes the price of the item. A simple tap will take you to the site where the image can be purchased. Yay for mobile commerce! Click here for the web version…be warned, it’s addictive.