Saturday, 31 July 2010

First impressions of social media

I have to keep this short because I've had too much to drink and I'm typing under difficulty. But I wanted to get this down while it's all still so new:

Twitter is basically IRC in super-slow motion AMIRITE?

And the way that Facebook lets you see the friends of people whom you look up is more than just a bit creepy. RL points out to me that by using this identity the whole experiment is flawed. He's right of course -- it's a real positive skew on the exercise.

Friday, 30 July 2010

iPhone4: no luck

So we thought we'd try our luck at the Telstra shop in the city that was opening at midnight. We weren't keen enough to start lining up way ahead of time; we just thought we'd get there at midnight and see what the line was like.

[The scene might appear blurry, but this is an accurate
representation of how it looked to my eyes at midnight]

At first we were quite encouraged, because it didn't really seem all that long -- I'm crap at estimating distances, so I won't try, but the Telstra guy who wandered down the line to talk to us gave us a form and told us we were 92 in the queue. He also told us that there were already more people in the queue than they had phones, but that if we waited, they could at least get all the paperwork out of the way and we would be early in the queue for the next batch. At that point, he said he thought it would be about an hour.

This seemed like a reasonable suggestion, but when 45 minutes later he came down to report excitedly that they were getting though the "30s" in the queue, and that we would be served in "about an hour" we called it quits; we'll try again next week.

In the meantime, I've signed up for Twitter and Facebook. What else do I need?