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Article: @Instagram Introduces Instagram Direct

20 Dec

Instagram Introduces Instagram Direct

http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/12/instagram-messaging/

Imaginative Recursions? On .JPEG Compression – and DCT (Discrete Cosine Transform) – Discrete Math Class

10 Apr

The question being…

” Describe an activity in terms of its iterative components, such as solving a Sudoku puzzle, a game of chess or backgammon.

Please mention any recursive elements that may occur…”

And the answer, of course…

Iterative Recursions?

Games?

Howzabout compressing Images?

– Enter Rasterization

Meaning, how do you think we’ve been shuffling, schlepping and otherwise compressing those beautifuls shots, first over a feeble 2,400 BPS Modem (took a while, BUT in most cases, it was worth the while!)

First JPEG’s (or .jpg’s as they’re commonly known) made a big hit back in the late nineties, allowing for higher definition images to be a part of a website – besides those cheesy .GIF’s which yes, could be animated, but once one wanted a bit more resolution and color, ended up becoming larger and larger files…

(and I tag this as a “Game” as I’m having a ball with a suite of about six apps, my “Pocket Photoshop” which I use to shoot, edit, composite, bubble and prep for my portfolio)

#Prismacolor Crayons? Look again!

#Prismacolor Crayons? Look again!

So what’s rasterization?

It’s a process whereby a grid is created, and yes, each single individual point (pixel) has a very unique identity; for a print image for example, values that include its Pantone Colorization, as to allow CMYK Color Separation, along with other types of metadata required for the downstream print equipment, like channels to allow for perfect outlines, “Alpha Channels” that allowed for literally split hairs to BE printed OR not, masks, etc, they were all layered in these .psd (Photoshop) files, which then had to be reconverted as .EPS (Encapsulated PostScript!… talk about MATH!)… so yes, how does one quickly shuffle a preview file?

“Typical usage

The JPEG compression algorithm is at its best on photographs and paintings of realistic scenes with smooth variations of tone and color. For web usage, where the amount of data used for an image is important, JPEG is very popular. JPEG/Exif is also the most common format saved by digital cameras.

On the other hand, JPEG may not be as well suited for line drawings and other textual or iconic graphics, where the sharp contrasts between adjacent pixels can cause noticeable artifacts. Such images may be better saved in a lossless graphics format such as TIFF, GIF, PNG, or a raw image format. The JPEG standard actually includes a lossless coding mode, but that mode is not supported in most products.

As the typical use of JPEG is a lossy compression method, which somewhat reduces the image fidelity, it should not be used in scenarios where the exact reproduction of the data is required (such as some scientific and medical imaging applications and certain technical image processing work).

JPEG is also not well suited to files that will undergo multiple edits, as some image quality will usually be lost each time the image is decompressed and recompressed, particularly if the image is cropped or shifted, or if encoding parameters are changed – see digital generation loss for details. To avoid this, an image that is being modified or may be modified in the future can be saved in a lossless format, with a copy exported as JPEG for distribution.

JPEG compression

JPEG uses a lossy form of compression based on the discrete cosine transform (DCT). This mathematical operation converts each frame/field of the video source from the spatial (2D) domain into the frequency domain (aka transform domain.) A perceptual model based loosely on the human psychovisual system discards high-frequency information, i.e. sharp transitions in intensity, and color hue. In the transform domain, the process of reducing information is called quantization. In laymen’s terms, quantization is a method for optimally reducing a large number scale (with different occurrences of each number) into a smaller one, and the transform-domain is a convenient representation of the image because the high-frequency coefficients, which contribute less to the over picture than other coefficients, are characteristically small-values with high compressibility. The quantized coefficients are then sequenced and losslessly packed into the output bitstream. Nearly all software implementations of JPEG permit user control over the compression-ratio (as well as other optional parameters), allowing the user to trade off picture-quality for smaller file size. In embedded applications (such as miniDV, which uses a similar DCT-compression scheme), the parameters are pre-selected and fixed for the application.” (Wiki, 2013)

So maybe I do not play games… but I’m sure many in the audience are staring at these, right now!

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG

“A Month Away From Spring’s Equinox’s” (a/k/a: #3rdWinter/Day31) & #HelpRon #HelpsKlout?

19 Feb

En Castellano, Traduciendo y Expandiendo:

Okidoki; no posts via @WordPressDotCom for a WHOLE week!… #WhatGives?

@Klout!

Been to The TimeLine lately? (as in the wee hours of THIS morning?)

It’s all there, so to better understand my mind’s perpetual #ScavengerHunt modality, skim here, scan pics here and there, AND then take a look at your OWN Klout Score!

Why? Appears to be a new Job Requirement, that’s why!

(En Castellano, les contare e interpretare pronto!)

Au Revoir!

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#TimelineTuesdays: on Valentine’s Day, some romantic Decor, straight from the Heavens!

14 Feb

So it all began as an app, downloaded a while back, which along with @PInterest and @GooglePlus, a dreaded #Homework item, become hath….

… Add a dreadfully unseasonal season, a romantically laden day, and voila! Here’s me synapses attempting to learn a brand new nomenclature of “Toasters”, “Inkwells” and “1977”‘s – in lieu of 60+ steps to achieve same in my desktops prehistorical copy of PS 6.0!

One word?

Amazing!

Anyway, here is the Tweet, pls follow if u r already an @Instagram user; or check it out, if your phone so allows!

Cheers!

@FJPalacio: #3rdWinter/Day38 an Eighth Layer (Finally!) hath brought? Finalmente, algo de nieve, quizá San Valentin? http://t.co/aFHYYZTu

Original Message:

Sent from HootSuite for iPhone
http://ow.ly/7trFE

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And a Valencia layered on a Nashville? Cool! (and yeah, why the Xmas lights still run, too!)

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Can’t stop!

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10 things you still need to know about social media / social business.

9 Feb
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Hola!

Five languages? A Polyglot libro! #Kudos!

First stop today!

https://twitter.com/fjpalacio/status/167586897684742144

The BrandBuilder Blog

Since I am bouncing around Europe this week, (come say hi at #tsc12 if you can), now is a good time to republish this list from a few months ago. It is still as relevant today as it was then:

1. “Social” is something you are, not something you doIf your company culture doesn’t focus on building relationships with your customers, then chances are that you won’t use social media to do it either. The “media” doesn’t dictate how social a company is or isn’t. It simply enhances its ability to be a social business – if in fact it is – or illustrates the extent to which it isn’t.

2. You cannot effectively outsource customer relationships to an agency. Research and intelligence, sure: that can be outsourced. Creative? That too. Implementing technologies and helping you with strategy? You bet. Marketing, PR and advertising?…

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#HootSuite – Social Media Dashboard – Announces #HTML5 Rollout and host of other features (#FaveApps) (#InCaseYouMissedIt)

29 Jun

[REPRINTED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MEDIA MENTORING SOCIETY AUDIENCE]

  • Filed under #Homework #FaveApps #Dashboards #ThirdParty Apps
  • Credit/Source: Ryan Holmes – HootSuite [newsletter@hootsuite.com]


HootSuite5 with HTML5

HootSuite5 with HTML5

HootSuite users will see significant changes to the social media dashboard today beginning with a completely refreshed HTML5 user interface, plus geo-located search, native Twitter ReTweets, and integrated Google Analytics.

With the recent announcement of Google’s HTML5 site and many other brands like Apple on-board, HootSuite has made a substantial investment in this new technology standard. HTML5 allows us to release unique features like geo-search and drag & drop, plus improve performance with more responsive tabs and streams.

Geo-Searchable

Now, search for tweets by proximity based on geo-location information sent by some (not all) users. Using this HTML 5 powered feature, you can narrow down results to messages sent from your area, wherever you are. This feature will help you learn about local resources, get tips while traveling, and find new customers or followers.

Geo-Search in HootSuite 5

Analytics in Dashboard

Google Analytics users no longer need to switch screens to analyze site traffic and performance because all the data is now available in HootSuite’s dashboard. Using OAuth secure login functionality, you can track conversion to sales, lead generation, or other metrics from your Google Analytics, using advanced URL functions.

Analytics in dashboard

More Tools

Other new tools to help broadcast messages, monitor conversations, and track results include:

Themes to choose in HootSuite

Interface Re-creation and Themes

The most noticeable change is a fully re-imagined dashboard, with more space for updates and an intuitive arrangement for HootSuite’s many features. Additionally, you can now choose a design theme which suits your tastes.

Options include the familiar green & blue “Classic,” the sleek & stunning “Blue Steel,” or the darkly cool “Magnum.” Which one will you choose? Switch at your leisure to find your favorite.

Facebook Media Preview

Include a photo when you upload a link to Facebook, and then add titles and descriptions to make your update more meaningful and inviting. BTW, this media preview functionality was one of the most requested features on the Feedback Channel.

Native ReTweets now in HootSuite

New or Ol’school RTs

When Twitter launched, early users created shorthand to define actions and attributes, including @replies for addressing, #hashtags for context, and RT for Re-Tweeting or quoting a message which became a powerful way to spread messages beyond users’ local networks.

To standardize the process, Twitter.com added an auto-Re-Tweet functionality, which HootSuite has now integrated. HootSuite users can choose whether to Re-Tweet with initials “RT” or to use the Twitter web native auto-Re-Tweet tool.

We can now check this one off the feature request list.

Drag it, Drop it, Send it

Quickly attach an image or other file to your social update by dragging directly from the desktop and dropping into the message box — this simple act will auto-upload the file to Ow.ly file sharing and add a pre-shortened link to your message. Then you are ready to send your enhanced note to any of your social networks.

HootSuite Localized for Japanese

Language Localization

Konnichiwa! This release also features interface localization in Japanese, allowing more users to enjoy HootSuite in their native language. More linguistic choices are coming soon, to spread the international enjoyment.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Clicking Shift+Enter on the keyboard now sends the update, saving mouse-clicks and time — another popular user-requested feature.

Handier Help

Listening and learning from HootSuite’s userbase is an important part of making decisions which meet the needs of social media marketers and enthusiasts. HootSuite offers assistance via a Help Desk and and gathers opinions via a Feedback Channel.

With the new release, these channels are easier to access directly right from the HootSuite dashboard. We invite you to share your ideas, and to enjoy a sense of pride when your requested feature is added to a future release.

Twitter Status

The World Cup football/soccer tournament in South Africa has shown the worldwide popularity of Twitter as fans everywhere document their opinions and the nuances of each match. This popularity is also evidenced in the massive demand on Twitter’s systems especially at gametime.

Keep tabs on uptime and performance via Twitter’s status blog and API Status on dev.twitter.com.

Media Resources

Press release – meda announcement about this release:
http://ow.ly/21XAc

Media Kit – company descriptions, logos, executive bios and media contact info:
http://blog.hootsuite.com/media

Social bookmarks – media and blog articles referencing HootSuite:
http://delicious.com/hootsuite HootSuite is a Trademark of HootSuite Media, Inc. More: HootSuite Online Media Kit.

#InCaseYouMissedIt: @DowntownGarden’s “What’s up With Social Media” Series: Session Three: Facebook Basics

29 Jan

… Hello Media Mentors, Examiner.Com readers!

We were able to broadcast live last evening using UStream:

That said, here we go!

**** Ustream “Show”:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mediamentoringsociety

**** Slide Deck/Pitch for SECOND Hour tonight (THREE (3) topics ONLY will be chosen by attendees from this lecture at PBSC)

http://www.slideshare.net/secret/eeuxUHkevxuTEe

**** Slide Deck/Pitch we repeat every session, as it contains a useful overview of WHY/WHAT FOR we do Social/New Media at all…

http://www.slideshare.net/secret/2UOyUDCiXWf4GP

See you soon… FTF or here, via CMAC!

Saludos!
Stay tuned!
Francisco Palacio
@MMSocieties
Francisco.J.Palacio@MediaMentoring.Org
http://MediaMentoring.Net
http://CMAC-Labs.US


  • First Hour of the Session, Broadcast LIVE On @UStream and archived there as well…

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4094879

  • Second Hour of the Session, Broadcast LIVE On @UStream and archived there as well…

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4095963


And here we have the video archives from the prior one, on Tuesday 2010 01 12 so that anyone can catch up… want them all? visit us at MediaMentoring.Net for all the proceedings so far – and to stay updated


Hello everyone!

Also: here’s the audio from 2010 01 12’s Session (number two: on Wikis and Communities)

http://sn.im/u437h

http://sn.im/u437n

as well as the video from that same night (Session #2)

http://vimeo.com/8742121

http://vimeo.com/8740625

And the slide deck/pitch (remember, the overview is the same for all sessions; we will only spend a few minutes on it this third time, as we open up the floor to CHOOSE which topics we will be working on that night’s second hour!)

http://www.slideshare.net/secret/1ptXKoqIqkNCU0

Also, here’s something I wrote on the Event page, as to encourage everyone to bring their tools so we can work together and get somethings done every night you attend:

“We would encourage everyone with a Laptop, Notebook, iPhone or Blackberry to come prepared with these tools as this third session will be the most interactive of all so far, given the feedback we’ve received, we’ll not only be sharing the overview, but also the lecture portion of the class to be given at PBSC soon; however, we’d ask the attendees to pick THREE topics of their choice, so that we can focus the second hour on a sample lab situation…

Webcams, Audio Recorders, Video Recorders and other gear, we also hope you can bring those from now on, as to allow YOUR participation to become part of the interaction!…

Stay tuned also as we give out locations to the LIVE UStream and LIVE CinchCast Broadcasts for this evening, so that you can tune in in case you cannot attend personally – or share with your friends, as to allow them to see you AT WORK with these magnificent tools!….”

So for example, check out what we did together on Friday!


http://sn.im/u4383
or
http://www.facebook.com/video/?oid=269534585125
or
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/testing-webcam1