Posts Tagged ‘google glass’


All-Stars at MLB Game Logging In Live

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Major League Baseball fans already have their calendars marked for the July 10 All-Star Game taking place at 7:30pm eastern time (via FOX) at the Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But instead of just tuning in on July 10, it’s time to login to Twitter and Facebook as well. Why?

The Major League Baseball Players Association announced that for the first time ever players will also be logging into their personal social media accounts to post status updates, shout-outs on Twitter, and even upload photos and videos captured from their devices.

In an announcement made on, Executive VP for MLB Business Tim Brosnan stated:

We’re thrilled to expand this effort to include the All-Star Game. This initiative will bring fans closer than ever to their favorite players, resulting in what will no doubt be the most ‘social’ events in baseball history.

For the Fans: Engagement

Die hard fans no doubt already follow their favorite players’ social media accounts, yet this level of interaction during an actual game is unsurpassed. Who needs old-school fan mail when, via social media, fans get to sit on the bench with their favorite All-Star.

For the Players: Media Skills

It would be a grave mistake to call this type of interaction a ‘trend.’ It’s here to stay and it’s only going to get more intertwined with everyday life. Pre social media, players had to ‘field’ a few microphones every now and then with an occasional press conference. Now they’re logging in, snapping photos, and uploading videos.

Last year’s “Social Media Derby” in Phoenix was a harbinger of what athletes can expect when they engage with fans. @RobinsonCano’s Twitter following grew by a whopping 84% during the All-Star game alone.

So what’s next?

Just have a look at Google’s Project Glass in the video below and imagine what could be when intertwined with sports and social media.

Week in Geek: Tech News You Might’ve Missed

Friday, April 13th, 2012

It was a big week for tech/geek/social media-ites replete with billion dollar deals, stock splits and wearable technology. Here’s a few highlights from this past week…


Facebook Does a Photo Flashback

Social media giant Facebook purchased the groovy picture app Instagram for a few bucks: $1 billion to be exact.

Some were not so impressed with the merger:

Additionally, Instagram recently made their app available to the Android platform whereas it was previously only available to iPhone users.

According The Washington Post, the Android version has already been downloaded over 5 million times. That’s a lot of Toaster and X-pro II pics of brunch, fingernails, and cuddly animals.


Wearable Tech

Last week Google’s “Project Glass” made it’s debut (and will also most likely be available ), and this week ushered forth a smart little device called Pebble: the E-Paper Watch.

If you’ve ever got your phone out of your pocket just to:

Check the time.

Change the song.

Read an text.

Check your pace on a jog or bike ride.

Then you might want The Pebble.

The Pebble is a gadgeteer’s dream, and apparently the demand is high. The Kickstarter goal was set at $100,000, yet at the time of the publication there is over $1.4 million pledged.

The more I write about it and watch this video, the more I want one.


Google Gets the Ax

Later in the week, after reporting 61% net increases for first quarter earnings, Google announced it will be splitting its stock for current stockholders.

Under the plan, expected to win approval in June, all current stockholders would get one share of the new Class C stock for each share they now own. This effectively splits Google’s stock price in half. Source: BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer

By breaking their stock in two, Google hopes to make their pricey stock (currently over $650 per share) more appealing and affordable.

What’s your favorite? What did we miss?