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Sending Your Own Kisses! Coolest Tech Discovery of the Week!
Google works on art projects around the world and has labs that use their creativity to come up with new ways to use the internet and to communicate. They also work with different brands to create combined projects like this burberry kiss project.
I just tried it out by sending Nestor a Happy Father’s day kiss and card- you can send images or text along with your kiss. But what is really fun about this project is that it is animated.
The entire process is interactive. You first say you want to send a kiss. Then you take a photo of your own lips in the shape of a kiss right from your computer. Then you choose your lipstick color if you are a girl. If you are a guy you send your regular skin color lips. I guess if you want to send lipstick colored lips you can:).
Then you create your message, you add the email address you want to send your kiss to. The envelope gets sealed with your original authentic kiss.
You then can watch the kiss traveling the world to its’ destination on the 3D website. It is fun, the song is great and it is quite a joy to watch. You also see other people’s kisses floating to their destinations.
On this map you can actually see all the kisses being sent around the world in realtime! http://kisses.burberry.com/map/
All kisses are private unless you choose to share. You can share them on google plus of course!
Try it out now at: kisses.burberry.com
Burberry Kisses is the latest campaign in our Art, Copy & Code project, an ongoing series of brand partnershipsto re-imagine how brands tell stories in a connected world. With this project, we’ve tried to create a beautiful experience that comes to life across all screens, and helps connect you to the people who are important to you, wherever they are. For more details on the campaign, see our agency blog or visit our website.
Google’s CEO- Larry Page and David Drummond the Chief Legal Officer at Google came out with their official statement regarding the latest requests by the United States Government and the rumors of PRISM.
The rumor is that Google gave the U.S. Government access to their servers through a secret program run by the National Security Agency called PRISM.
Google’s official position is that they have NOT joined any secret program and have not joined any government program of any country that would give those governments secret access to their servers. Google is not giving anyone information about their users’ internet activity.
Google is very adamant about making sure that EACH and EVERY request by any government fulfills the law in which that request is based. Google has a full legal team that reviews every single request by any government that requires them to turn over information. If the request does not fall within the law- it is not granted.
Verizon received an order to turn over millions of user records and data by the U.S. government. This of course, creates a lot of other press articles about other companies, Google included.
Google stands by their position that there needs to be transparency in any requests made for their users’ internet activity or records of any kind. That is why they have their Transparency Report page. Google is the first company to create such a page.
You can see by this chart that there is a continuous increase of requests for information about our internet activity which is very worrisome as to the errosion of personal liberties and the danger of subverting the freedom of expression.
“But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.” Larry Page
Google Updates for Google Reviews
If you know brick and mortar businesses who are using Google Local ( places pages) please pass this on to them. If you are an agent who asks your buyers and sellers for testimonials, here are the new current updates from Google:
1. You can no longer use your comment box in your place of business for Google reviews. This means that you can not take those comment cards and type them into your Google Places page reviews section.
2. Customers must have a Gmail account and be a bonifide G+ user to help keep their reviews from being flagged by the spam filters.
3. You can not use your iPad at your business to log your customers into Google Reviews and ask them to leave you a review. Google will not allow reviews from your IP address.
4. You can not in ANY way, shape or form incentivize your customers to leave you a Google Review. That means no offering of gift cards, Starbucks coffee, etc.
5. You are allowed to email your customers after they have left your place of business to encourage them to leave you a Google Review.
For the small mom and pop shops, doctors offices and for REALTORS® this creates too many hoops for your customers to jump through just to leave you a review. Most people don’t hang around their computers all day every day and know the workings of Google and other platforms.
Here in South Florida, we have a lot of over 65+ residents who still use AOL for their email! They have never heard of Yelp and don’t have G+ accounts. Our chiropractor was going to get an iPad to get the reviews right in his office which was a great idea but now he can not do that. Google keeps changing the rules.
It is one thing to be in the business of ad revenue that Google is in. They get to make their own rules. They are about profits. I have no issue with that. But when consumers take to the internet to search for a doctor or hair salon or a REALTOR® the reviews are important. I understand Google is saying this is the way they are dealing with fake reviews and spam but real people in the real world just don’t take the time to jump through dozens of hoops to say something good about someone, but they will do that in order to say something bad about someone!
Maybe you could add to your Google Places page: “To see our client testimonials please visit our website”. And then post all your testimonials on your testimonial page on your website. Link to that page often throughout all your blogs and websites.
authored by Katerina Gasset