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Thirty-eight years ago the first cellphone call was made, and since then we have witnessed how cellphones have transformed the way we go through life. Cellphones used to be for the elite top executives, and now they’re a must have for everyone. Just as cellphones have evolved, the way we use them has too. Are we overwhelmed, distracted, or using mobile phone productively?

Cellphones are a communication tool, and we don’t use them just to make phone calls to clients or candidates. Checking e-mails and replying is a great way to stay informed when you’re out and away from a computer. What’s easier than writing and sending e-mail? Texting. One text [160 characters] to reach a client to let them know you’re on your way or any last minute changes. Today people feel more comfortable sending out a text than making a call. Office employees used to worry about developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), but now we also worry about developing BlackBerry thumb (even for those not using BlackBerry phones).

The on-the-g0 business person also benefits from mobile applications. Mobile applications they have become a helpful tool when navigating through traffic (or avoiding it with traffic and GPS applications), and getting to your destination. Available on the app store you may find applications that help you keep track of lunches, organize clients, shipments, and stay in touch on social networking sites. Moreover, in a previous post we mentioned that there are helpful applications for job seekers just by going to the app store and searching “jobs” you get over 25 results–most of which are available for free.

According to a survey released last September, “1 in 4 U.S. Adults Now Use Mobile Apps” in the two years since the development of mobile applications the most downloaded applications are games.

So do you have the applications on your mobile device that are productive or counterproductive?

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This week there were:

  • 600,000 people pre-ordered an iPhone 4
  • 200 million blog posts published on WordPress
  • Reports of Facebook’s 2009 $800 million revenue
  • Twitter over capacity errors (poor birds couldn’t carry the whale)

and to top the list… Microsoft Office 2010–with an improved Outlook and SharePoint program–became available to the public. This week’s headlines are all in some way related. iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and E-mails reflect the way we communicated with each other, and the world.

The iPhone 4

The “it” phone and what virtually everyone appears to want is the new iPhone 4. They want it so much that 600,000 people pre-0rdered it the day pre-orders were taken. According to VentureBeat, “You can still pre-order the device from Apple’s online and retail locations, but you won’t receive it on launch day, June 24.” The iPhone 4 has various exciting features like FaceTime, camera with flash, HD video & editing, as well as many more apps. It will be interesting to see if people who use BlackBerry and Android phones switch and how professionals will use them.

WordPress

Unlike a 140 character status update, blogs allow bloggers to express themselves beyond that. As a guest blogger for Pro-Tem Solutions, I have been maintaining the blog updated trying to reach people’s computer screens as well as providing information. There are almost 12 million people that use blogs to provide recipes, advice, news, and much more. What does 200 million posts this mean? It’s simple, if you want people to read what you have to say then write it out for the world to read.

Facebook

If you still don’t see why social media is important, then maybe $800 million in revenues will.It exceeded expectations by $100 million. Facebook allows users to post updates, pictures, link suggestions, images, and is getting people addicted to online games like FarmVille (BTW: FarmVille was named one of the worst inventions  by Time…Ouch).  Oh, and you can’t forget to “Like” websites, blogs, pages, statuses, pictures, and you can Like comments too!

Twitter

The world is in a status update frenzy with the World Cup and the NBA Finals that users often saw the Twitter birds having trouble lifting the whale. Trending topics like “Stupid Whale” dominated and annoyed users. However, if you used a different app to update your status, your status showed up later when the site was back up.

So how does the above relate to Microsoft Office 2010?

Microsoft released its new Office 2010 version this week. Outlook allows users to integrate their accounts with LinkedIn, Facebook, the not-so-popular-any more-MySpace, as well as its own networking feature. It also has Share Point, a software that will excite IT professionals! After watching the YouTube demonstration on its features, it hit me… “I need an upgrade.”  

What a week!!

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The millennials–also referred to as “Generation Next”–have entered the work force, and there are many preconceptions about us. What is certain is that we were born after 1980, and we have a clear understanding of technology.

Bill Gates dream was to have a “PC in every desk and every home,” and there was always a PC in my home–same goes for other people my age. Having a PC at home-made it easier to do research, homework, projects, and at the same time surf the web. As a result, [millennials] we were able to easily pick up on things such as Microsoft Office. Being around the web virtually every day made social networking seem natural.

Mark Zuckerberg, a Millennial, created the most popular social networking site today. At first Facebook the only users were college students, but now the average user is about 47 years old. Other generations are catching on to social networking sites, and for good reason. Employers now use social networking to look at potential candidate profiles through LinkedIn, and in some cases they can even see the embarrassing pictures you have on Facebook.

My advice for people who are not classified under “Generation Next” is to learn from the way we use technology to our advantage, and not to be scared of social networking. Social networking is fun, and you may even find your next job if you use [Twitter, Facebook, and/or LinkedIn] one of those sites.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press wrote about millennials in a more in-depth look.

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