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Tech Talk Radio Show 14 of 2011
Transmission date: April 4, 2010
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Ep 14 of 2011
April 4

Social media is here to stay whether you like it or not. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, recent surveys highlight the fact that it’s no fad and here to stay with 80% of internet users in Australia interacting with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to name just three.

But with the proliferation of social networking sites, the consumption of information being posted by friends and organisations on sites like Tweeting and Facebook is becoming quite a challenge. The good news is, we’re seeing a raft of new applications that help pull all our favourite social media into an easy to consume injection of gossip and scuttlebutt.
Flip board, and app for iPads, is one just application which facilitates consumption of social media.

The sales pitch goes along the lines of  a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on social network sites. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read. Share articles and photos, comment on posts, and like or favorite anything. Customize your Flipboard with sections created from your favorite people, lists, groups and blogs on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Google Reader.

Funnily enough, this app just happened to be Tech Talk Radio’s app of the week a few weeks ago, and rightly so. It does exactly what it claims to do. There are other apps and programs which such as Tweetcaster, an Android app, which, as the name suggests, is written solely for twitter, and lets you tweet and consume many twitter accounts at once. It also lets you share photos with the click of a icon and simultaneously post to Facebook at the same time.

So as we all plunge head first into the world of social media, there is salvation in the new range of apps and sites that help us sift out what we came looking for in the first place.  Now’s the time to embrace the new way of communicating. For those who don’t, you’ll find yourself in the breakdown lane of the information super highway in the not too distant future.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

  • Microsoft's Dave Glover returns to updates us on Phone 7, we ask the question, how do you consume your social media? We have our last Plantronics give away for App of the week, and Adam talks to Rolf Hansen from low cost mobile provider Amaysim. The NBN hit’s a stumbling block with 14 tenders rejected for fibre laying.

Also tonight, App of the Week and a competition!

App of the week:

Air Display

Apple: Air Display by Avatron Software, Inc.

Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that! With Air Display, you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop.

Available for iPhone and iPad.