Archive for November, 2010

November 24, 2010

New analytics tool on a Facebook Page – am I the last to know about this?

by Priya Chandra

Just noticed today that there’s a new analytics tool on the Facebook pages that I administer. Essentially it is now possible to see the number of impressions and percentage of feedback per post. It appears just below the status update or link details – sadly I’m not able to produce a screen shot of this, so you’ll just have to imagine it! (or check out your own pages if you’re an administrator of Facebook pages I guess)

 

I think this is cool but not exactly sure how I’m going to utilise it – I’m not very good at measuring my Page stats at the moment so maybe looking at individual posts this way will be a better option for me.

How about you? How do you think you’ll use this new tool? Will you use this new tool at all?

 

Is the impression number the number of users who have seen the post? (from the Facebook Help Centre)
No. This is the raw number of impressions that have been shown to users. These impressions can come from a user’s news feed, a visit to the Page, or through an Open Graph social plugin.

It only measures comments and likes, and no other actions (such as video plays and link clicks). The percentage is computed as (comments + likes)/Impressions.
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November 18, 2010

Trying out Google Maps Navigation feature on my HTC Desire

by Priya Chandra

So I read yesterday that Google Maps Navigation feature is now available in Australia for Android users and of course I had to try it out as soon as possible.

Sadly, living in a small city (and having a pretty set routine) means that I know how to get most  places and barely even look at a map let alone need a full turn by turn navigation solution.

Then tonight I got to go to a completely different part of the city for dinner with a friend which meant I could use the Maps Navigation feature to get me back home – yay!

It is a really cool piece of kit I have to say – I typed in my home address, turned on the GPS and we were off. I did try the voice command option but sadly that doesn’t seem to be calibrated for my particular accent (much like most automated telephone systems) and the result was pretty funny to say the least.

The computer generated voice does get a bit annoying and if I had a passenger in the car I’d certainly choose to mute the voice and have the passenger do the navigating using the directions. However as the only person in the car it was handy to have someone/something reading out the directions and they really are turn by turn.

Each street that I needed to turn into was named, and reminders given as I approached them to ensure I turned into the right street or exited the roundabout at the correct point. The GPS kept up briliantly, no lag at all and overall the trip was nice and easy.

Some of the additional features of Maps Navigation include:

  • Satellite and Street View. My house was obviously shot before the lawn was laid which is nice as it is now more like a small jungle than lawn – at least it looks nice on Street View!
  • Search. You don’t need to know the exact address of where you want to go – you can instead use Google’s search capabiliies to find for example “Sydney airport” instead of typing an exact address. Or type the name of a contact and Google will use their address as your destination.
  • Favourite destinations. Self-explanatory really
  • Alternate routes. You can see alternative routes to your destination on a map along with distance and time so you can pick the one that suits you better.
  • Traffic information. This apparently provides information on traffic in your area. Sadly it isn’t available for my city but I live in hope!
  • Sync with starred places from maps.google.com. This has to be one of my favourite tricks. Locate your destination on maps.google.com on your computer and star it. Then sync your phone and under Maps Navigation, select starred places. Hey presto, there’s your destination. Nice.

Overall I have to say I’m highly impressed with this piece of kit, and it is all free – so cool. I’d gladly pay though if it meant replacing the default comptuer generated voice with a more natural sounding voice.

 

 

 

November 16, 2010

Coffee art at work

by Priya Chandra
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Left to right pacman, Jasmine and a seahorse.

November 16, 2010

Amazing sunset.

by Priya Chandra
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Absolutely amazing sunset at my place tonight. Beautiful sight.