The Latest Social Media Revolution Video

By Erik Qualman – author of Socialnomics

“Each day, 20% of Google searches have never been searched before.” That is quite something.

1 in 5 divorces are blamed on Facebook as well.

Keeps you thinking!

The #SleekGeekChallenge

The Sleek Geek Chllenge came about after a random Twitter conversation in which @elanlohmann asked @jonathanab for suggestions on how to get a six pack in 6 weeks, at which @idale, @el_burro and myself all chimed in that we were keen to do the same. It started as a bit of a passing comment and from there has evolved into a 6 week challenge in which we are all going up against each other, with a R500 entrance fee, and the winner at the end wins the whole pot.
There is a Facebook event page up and running with all the details of what is required for entry, as well as the rules and regulations – find it here.

As far as I’m concerned the R500 entry fee is a good motivation to try and stick to it and the winnings at the end should be even further motivation. And if worst comes to absolute worst, if you don’t win the money at the end of the day, at least you should have made some progress with the bo-day!

All are welcome and anyone can join – in fact the more people who get involved the greater the pot will be for the winner. If you’re worried about the handing over of money – check out @elanlohmann on twitter I think he’s pretty legit ;) (2 legit to quit). All you have to do is email your measurements to Jonathan before 5pm today and get the money to Elan during the course of this week (you just need to ask him for his banking details and make a deposit).

I’m in! And I intend to win ;) So I’m planning to update my blog with progress coz hopefully the accountability will also motivate me get my ass into gear. Fingers crossed anyway!

Here’s to being the sleekest geeks around :)

Who’s Who on Facebook in South Africa

Facebook South Africa – Infographic

Lookie what I made: A look at the demographic of the Facebook users in South Africa

Facebook South Africa

[Based on stats from Socialbakers.com]

Zumba Fitness Wants You

We are just over 3 weeks down and just a few days to go of the one month Zumba Fitness challenge (Go Like the page and mention on the wall that I referred you). There are 7 Girl Guides jockeying for 1st place, and it’s every girl for themselves.

I sense a slight undercurrent of competitiveness (that doesn’t sound like a word?) from some of the girls, and even the potential for some sabotage, or if not actual sabotage, then definitely some shady reconnaissance. But hey, perhaps I’m totally over reacting…

Naturally, the idea of the challenge is awareness, and to reveal how great the product actually is. The product itself is Zumba Fitness for Wii and Xbox. And I have to admit I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the whole thing. Having grown up dancing throughout my school years I figured this would be a cinch. Little did I know! Zumba is completely different to any kind of dancing I’ve ever been trained in. I’m not sure it’s right that people’s hips should move that way to be honest!

More to come on the whole process, including embarrassing pictures and, you guessed it, video!

In the meantime, do me a favour and go (Like, and then) write on the Zumba Fitness SA Facebook wall “I was referred by Lauren Prior”. (Did I mention that already?

You could also win a Wii and Zumba goodies by entering their competition here (but you have to write a referral on the Facebook wall first. Not really, but please do!)

Get that bootay shakin’ baby

So this is what I’m up to this month. Courtesy of the lovely peeps at Zumba Fitness South Africa, and Girl Guides, I have myself a Wii for the month of July, as well as a Zumba Fitness for Wii game. There are 8 reviewers from Girl Guides who have been challenged to Zumba for a month and write a little about the experience. The whole point of this is to get Zumba out into the South African market and raise awareness of the product.

Naturally, there’s plenty in it for me, writing about it! Not only do I get the awesome opportunity to try out a newish game that has been at the top of the UK charts for about 31 weeks running, kicking off other new releases like Duke Nukem, and get some exercise in, in the form of a dance class, in the comfort of my own home, but I also have the opportunity to win a Wii at the end of the month. All I need is your help. What you need to do is go to the Zumba Fitness SA Facebook page, Like it, and write my name on the wall as your referrer. The more people who do that, the more likely I am to win (and I’ll even let you come play with my Wii when I win ;) if you tell your friends)

Here’s a little background about Zumba for you. Zumba is a fitness program inspired by Latin dance. Apparently it is Spanish slang for “to move fast and have fun”. It is an is an aerobic fitness program created by Miami-based dancer and choreographer Beto Perez and two entrepreneurs, Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion. It originated in Colombia in the 1990s and is taught by some 20,000 instructors in around 35 different countries. The Zumba for Wii has been developed so that you can learn the moves and see whether or not you are doing it right. With the Wii controller tucked into a special belt, the sensor registers your movement and changes colour when you match the movements you should be doing. By doing the moves correctly, the ‘instructor’ on screen turns green and you earn ‘energy’ on the bottom strip, sending you up to the next level when it’s full.

Sounds easy right? Wrong! I tested it out last night and did one simple tutorial which lasted about 6 or 7 minutes, by the end of which I was totally out of breath and breaking a sweat (that whole “girls don’t sweat, they glow” thing? Yeah, no!) So anyway, there are about 30 routines from beginner to advanced and you can start with the tutorials to try and get your hips moving in ways you didn’t know your hips could move.

So for the next month I’m gonna be shakin’ my bootay to test out this bad boy but I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Hopefully it’ll have awesome get-fit, slim down effects (fingers crossed) but I guess we shall have to wait and see.

Ditch the workout, join the party!

now, go like the Facebook page :)

xx

Aaah me, the wonders of technology

On Friday afternoon I got off work a couple of hours early in order to get home and finish packing for my Durban long-weekend (and to catch the Royal kiss but that’s beside the point). Having managed to get myself organised without a major panic, finish packing and do everything that needed to be done in time to leave home by 3, to check-in at the airport by 3.45, I was surprised how smoothly everything seemed to be going.

Naturally, this was all too good to be true. My dad kindly drove me to the airport and on the way we got involved in a chat regarding all sorts of new technology. He’s recently started reading TechCentral and now fancies himself quite “clued” for an old guy. This means that at every possible opportunity, he throws in a comment, a knowledgable and relevant one at that, about anything technological that he has recently learnt about.

So, interesting convo in progress, I put my beloved phone under my leg on the seat (partly in order to avoid encouraging a smash and grab situation by leaving it on my lap, and partly to stop from being distracted by the wonders of Twitter via Echofon).

Getting out of the car at the airport, I grabbed my handbag, and went to the boot to get my suitcase and hand luggage bag, kissed me dad goodbye and missioned off into the airport.
At the check-in counter, I went digging in my handbag, in which my phone is ever-elusive, as is I’m sure the case for lots of gals. Not locating the phone in the first round of scrabbling, my heart dropped ever so slightly. Thinking I must have missed it I continued the scrabble post-check-in with bag on floor in middle of airport, chucking out wallet, charger cable, camera, and any number of other random crap that lives in the deep dark depths of said bag.

No phone. No beloved iPhone that keeps me in touch with Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and on Whatsapp, and in touch with friends whose numbers I do not remember off-hand. No way to get hold of brother who I am going to see in Durbs. No phone with the sms of the address of the complex I need to tell the taxi to take me to when I arrive.

So I bolted downstairs to the payphones – yes, they still make those – threw in one of the two R5 coins scrounged from the bottom of bottomless-pit-handbag, only to have it fly straight through and drop out the bottom. At this point I was already trying to dial. Put the coin in again. Still no go. Apparently the pay phone does not accept “new” R5 coins. Or this one didn’t anyway. Went to try the phone on the other side – card phone. Panic – need to get hold of dad before he gets too far to bring it back to me. How will I get hold of anyone all weekend? How will I survive?

Run to the hotdog stall to try and get change for the only R20 note in my purse. He gives me new R5 coins. Give it back and ask him for R2 coins. Run back to the phone. Get the coins in, manage to dial half the number before it spits them back out at me. Try again, dial a different number – still no go. It’s now 4.05pm. My boarding gate closes at 4.15pm and I figure even if I get hold of dad he won’t have time to get back to me before I fly so I give up. Go back upstairs. Hold frustration at bay. Go through the security check. Try one last pay phone to try and find out address of accommodation for the weekend. Which was in an sms on my phone. Manage to get the coins to go through. Manage to dial the number. No ringing tone coming through. And yet the payphone is taking my money. Hang up and try one more time. Same story.(No wonder people have cell phones.)

4.15pm. I’m going to be late to board. Mission back to gate D1. Look at my ticket and realise I’m meant to be at gate D8. Mission back across to the other end of the domestic boarding gates. Just past the bank of payphones I was just standing at. Stand in the queue. Listen to the announcements.

4.30pm. This an announcement for the Kulula/BA flight blablabla – we have been delayed due to a late inbound wakawaka… New departure time is now 5.30pm.

As much as this annoys me, it means I still have time to try and figure out where I’m going at the other end, and try and let my brother know that I’m going to be late and won’t be able to get hold of him.

Sit myself down on the airport floor. Take out my netbook (thank goodness I threw it into my hand luggage at the last minute). Wifi hotspot – score! Purchase airtime – no score. Grab my 3G and plug in. Thank goodness for my 3G. (Which I won in a competition with Gadget at the beginning of the year). Tweet desperate “delayed and have no phone” tweet. More than one friendly response of – who do you need us to get hold of – thanks millions to Frankie and Tam.

Tam phoned my mum. Mum gave her the address of the flat where I was to be staying. Tam tweeted me the address. Tam told mum about delayed flight. Mum phoned brother and explained situation. Brother said he’d wait outside flat and lookout for me at about the time I should hopefully be getting there.

Thank heavens for technology. Maybe a little sad to know how much I depend on it but in these sorts of situations it really does make life so much easier. A quick phone call would have saved me so much admin. But netbooks and 3G rocked my world this weekend.

Moral of the story – all the technology in the world can’t help you if you leave it on the front seat of your dad’s car.

xx

The Desperados Experience

An example of some seriously awesome video/application design with Facebook integration (if you want to) for Desperados.

http://www.youtube.com/desperados

It doesn’t seem to be embeddable so you’ll need to click the link to the YouTube video, but it’s well worth it.

On another note, Happy Monday peeps, hope y’all have a good week and I’ll be posting more regularly from here on out.

xx