New App to Answer All Your Questions

JellyIconTwitter co-founder Biz Stone has created a smartphone app that enables users to ask short questions of their social network through pictures. His idea behind developing the app was more about people helping each other – something that’s both meaningful and fun.

Stone and fellow Jelly co-founder Ben Finkel are looking to make their app more than just the next version of Yahoo Answers or Ask.com. The concept is pretty simple. Let’s say you’re out exploring and come across something unusual and don’t know what it is. Launch Jelly, take a picture, circle it with your finger, and type “Know what this is?”

Connections from the user’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, who also use Jelly, are flagged and can either answer the question or forward it on to others who may know the answer. Questions can also be forwarded outside the app so friends who don’t have Jelly can still help.

Since the questions are image-based with limited text, Jelly is really not suited for profound and detailed responses.

Jelly is available for free on both Apple and Android, but for most of the countless millions of active Android devices running on 2.3, it’s a different story. The app is not available on anything running less than 4.0. Curses, that means me!

Well, gosh… all I can do is read the reviews and continue to ask my internet friends questions on the numerous other existing social networks I already use:(

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Jelly just launched the second week of 2014 and there is already a comic about it.

Shoot, Print and Share Photos Instantly!

SocialmaticImageLast week, it was announced that a company by the name of Socialmatic has developed a new instant camera in collaboration with Polaroid and C&A. I couldn’t be more thrilled because it resembles the old Polaroid instant camera with social sharing capabilities!

The camera is expected to arrive in stores this fall and will have a 14 megapixel front-facing camera with a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera. The new camera will also run on the Android operating system.

The Socialmatic will have Wi-Fi built in so photos can be uploaded to social networks. It also will be Bluetooth enabled, which can send those photos to a smartphone when a Wi-Fi network isn’t nearby.

Best of all, the Socialmatic will be able to print pictures! Even though the pictures will look more like they were printed from a photobooth than the classic Polaroid snapshot, it will still print the image in physical form. The 2″x3″ full-color sticker-backed ZINK photo bridges the virtual and real world in under a minute!

“We are very excited about the partnership with Socialmatic and the pending launch of this remarkable camera,” said Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid. “Polaroid was the original social network: allowing people to instantly capture, print and share life’s moments in a way that had never been possible before. This relationship with Socialmatic allows Polaroid to come full circle and once again allow people to capture and share images in ways that are only possible with a Polaroid camera in their hands.”

Images can be touched up, edited, and consumers can add clip art, icons, or text to any image prior to printing or posting. Now if only they would make the Socialmatic instant camera into a smartphone too!

Socialmatic is not involved or linked in any way with any existing social network and/or photo sharing service. Check out their website by clicking here or read more at Polaroid.

Share your thoughts with us about this amazing camera in the comment section below.

They’re Live! Announcing Four New Websites

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve launched FOUR new website designs in the week before and after the New Year. It was a lot of work and I couldn’t be more proud of how they turned out. Here are just a few of the features of each:

  • Created with the user experience firmly in mind, the websites each have been designed using the latest responsive design technology to provide a consistent and enhanced user experience across mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.
  • These new websites are each based on WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) and allows executive members and other contributors to keep content current, as well as permitting many other dynamic and interactive features.
  • The prime objective of each site was to create a website that would provide up-to-date information to viewers in a timely and efficient manner with an improved spacious layout, including a cleaner, easier layout to navigate.
  • Viewers can now benefit and stay informed with the latest news of each business. The News section features the latest announcements, activities and opinion pieces from industry experts.
  • These new sites each allow users to share these news pages that interest them with others across Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn which helps all of them to spread and share important and timely information.
  • Updates to the websites will continue over the next several months as these brands look to build upon the design of their new site and integrate more solutions to better serve their clients.

Cambridge Creations & Restorations – www.cambridgehomedesigns.com

CambridgeSolon Chamber of Commerce – www.SolonChamber.com

We also designed their new logo, tagline and shot all local photography!

SolonChamberDab of Class – www.DabofClass.com

DabofClassPlumbing Source – www.plumbingsource.net

PlumbingSourceAs we head into 2014 we’re excited about what’s in store. We’ve been developing some great client partnerships and we have some more amazing projects in the works that will be launching soon.

We would love to hear your thoughts on these new web designs so please drop us a line or two below. “Likes” and “shares” are always welcome as well…

 

A season of giving instead of getting

CharenePromoGreed and selfishness has consumed America at all levels. From our politicians, to our legal system, to religious leaders, universities and school teachers….from the very rich to the very poor, we are dealing with out of control greed.

So, given the rampant greed in our culture, how can you do your part to make a difference in the world? Baby steps, that’s how.

Here at Charene Creative, we feel it’s important to give back and help make the world a better place. But, it’s difficult for most small businesses like ours to find ways to give back because we are often short on time and cash.

Below are some meaningful ways to take those first baby steps.

  1. Help out a nonprofit in your community – Every business or industry can offer expertise to local nonprofit groups. Your time is just as valuable as any financial contribution and a great way to share your knowledge. Employees can volunteer together which can be a great way to build on teamwork.
  2. Collect items for your favorite charity – Let’s face it, budgets are tight for all of us but why not help out your favorite charity by collecting much needed items. Customers and employees can all help contribute however they are able and in the end, everyone feels great.
  3. Offer to donate part of any sale to a local charity – Let your customers know that with every purchase you will make a donation to a local charity. Go further and let the customer pick their favorite charity. Maybe you match any contribution made or offer a certain percentage of sales, either way, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

If you’re interested in how Charene Creative is giving back this year, click here. Share with us in the comments below any ideas you have on giving back to others this Thanksgiving/Christmas season.

We’ll be taking a break over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday from our blog postings, but check back in January! Christ is Risen

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Why are teenagers leaving Facebook?

teenagersWith two young adults myself, I’ve seen this trend coming for the last few years. Once parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles started to join Facebook, it no longer was the cool place to hang out.

On Wednesday, Facebook’s Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman confirmed our suspicions and said teen usage of the social network decreased in the last quarter. Of course, these kids aren’t spending less time online, they are just using different social networks. So where are they going and why?

Among high school and college kids Instagram is the place to be. Considering that Instagram is owned by Facebook this is not bad news for Mr. Zuckerberg. It looks like Facebook saw the trend happening just like we did back in 2012 when they purchased Instagram for $1 billion!

Facebook saw the future of mobile and knew they needed to capture the younger audience. I am sure that Mark Zuckerberg saw the increasing adult presence on Facebook as an ominous sign of things to come.

Twitter is another place these young kids have flocked to because they can avoid mom and dad by editing privacy settings. Bragging by posting hundreds of photos and status updates about the party or recent vacation on Facebook seems more like fiction and a popularity contest than sharing on Twitter.

Snapchat is also very appealing to the younger generation because their photos and messages disappear within 10 seconds. No longer can mom and dad comment on their status and nothing is permanent like Facebook! It is estimated that 350 million photos or “Snaps” are sent every day across this popular network.

Facebook won’t disappear anytime soon because they seem pretty on top of things and are able to anticipate what the future holds. After all, that is the key component with all successful companies (Kodak, anyone?) and how they are able to bridge rapid cultural change and technology trends.

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