Who are you on Twitter? You Are What You Tweet!

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Visually Katie Shea Design

 This infographic was no surprise to Katie Shea Design.

YOU are what you Tweet, Facebook, Pin on Pinterest, Instagram, Meerkat and Periscope.

Visual.ly has a free tool on their website that takes your twitter profile and turns it into an infographic in 30 seconds.

Infographics and pictures are a great way to get your point across since images can speak louder than words on Twitter and across different social media platforms.

It is no secret that we smile a lot, love to eat, share food recipes on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Most of all love talking and drinking wine!

Katie Shea Design Pinterest

 

Instagram Katie Shea Design

Visual Content DRIVES Engagement! 

Visual Content Drives Engagement Montreal Notre Dame by KatieSheaDesign

 

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Image by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz

Meerkat App Available on Google Play – Game Changer for Live Streaming App!

 

Meerkat Now Available on Android  Follow Kathleen DeCosmo Of Katie Shea Design on Meerkat

  “Meerkat’s Android app, previously available as part of a closed beta program, is now AVAILABLE for all Android users.

With this latest update, Meerkat beat Twitter-owned rival Periscope to Google’s mobile platform. Meerkat was the first to launch on iOS as well — in February 2015 — while Periscope launched under Twitter’s wing in March.” READ MORE HERE

For my viewers who are not familiar with Meerkat:

What is Meerkat??

Meerkat is a new startup that has found a simple and captivating way to capitalize on our societies obsession with Live-Blogs, tweets and Instagramming of every major event. Meerkat, a desktop and (iOS app only right now) rose to popularity these last few weeks especially during the #SXSW15 event is Austin Texas. This new app allows you to easily live-stream video from your phone to Twitter, so your followers can watch and comment in real time..  read more here

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you.

There is an App available” Katch” that allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers.

By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here

We add  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Titles most of the time to capture our video for posterity.

Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015

 

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test..  All opinions are my own. **

Smartphone Devices used: Verizon  #DroidTurbo

Cooking and Katting with Chef Franco Lania

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Chef Franco Lania Cooking and Katting #meerkat Since live streaming Apps Meerkat and Periscope (owned by Twitter) were launched last month they have been highly publicized in the news and online.  Both apps, currently available only on iOS, let you broadcast live video from your smartphone to the app’s other users or to a private group of friends and followers.

***Update** Meerkat App now Available also for Android Smartphone Users!! Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015 We introduced Chef Franco Lania to the Meerkat App as the perfect venue for his brand and personality.

“Ever since Meerkat captured the imagination of this year’s SXSW audience, it has become one of the most hotly-discussed new platforms in recent years among marketing industry experts.” “It’s been claimed by many that Meerkat is the biggest SXSW breakout product since Twitter in 2007” read more here

Chef Franco’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking is contagious and can be caught by watching him cook and engage with people. We chose to showcase Chef Franco’s magnanimous personality using the Meerkat App during a cooking session.

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you. We decided to use the Katch App.

Katch allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers. By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here We added  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Title to capture our video for posterity.

When we reviewed the “Katch Video” we discovered that the last 10 minutes of our saved video was out of sync.  We had lost video view for a few minutes during our meerkat broadcast and that must have disrupted the recording. Chef Franco was able to have the video put back into sync then placed up on YouTube. Chef Franco Lanio Meerkat Cooking YouTube Chef Franco’s Mission is to inspire people that have hit hardships and adversity in their lives using the invigorating energy of cooking. Meet Chef Franco Lania His passion for the kitchen and its potential to heal the soul have made him a grassroots sensation, inspiring culinary professionals and novice foodies alike. The Master Chef has appeared on HTTV and The Food Network, where he served up delicious recipes garnished with his famous joie de vivre.  Now Chef Franco shares his joy of cooking, his recipes, and the story of how he found happiness in the kitchen with people around the world….and how you can do the same.

The following is a three-minute clip from Katie Shea Design’s Meerkat Video summing up Chef Franco Lania’s Cooking Mission: Short clip from Katie Shea Design's Meerkat Video of Chef Franco Lania

Some Cooking Tips from Chef Franco Lania: 

Tip 1: Boil the pasta nice and easy to keep the integrity of the shapes.

Tip 2: Large sweet onions do not make you cry as much.

Tip 3: Remove the onion root before cutting to enable the onion to easily fall apart into half moon shapes. 

Tip 4:  Undercook your pasta by about 3 minutes.This allows the pasta to cook the rest of the way with the other hot ingredients.

You can find the Spring Pea and Pancetta Pasta Mista Here

Pasta Mista Image shot with an iPhone6 VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design April 2015

While using the Meerkat App to video this cooking session; we used a Verizon WiFi Hotspot since “Live Streaming” devours Wireless Data.

What is a WiFi hotspot?

“Imagine a gadget that’s smaller than a deck of cards, as easy to use as a light switch and powerful enough to provide a super-fast Internet connection to numerous devices. That’s a mobile hotspot, which lets you take Wi-Fi with you. Wi-Fi hotspots—or Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspots—keep multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network. Unlike a USB modem or wireless modem, which can be used only with your laptop, a mobile hotspot can easily connect your laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.” We keep a sharp eye on  Data usage since the business smartphone has a 2GB plan. By using the Verizon Hotspot we did not consume a chunk of the Data plan for one “Live Streaming” session.

The following image illustrates an example of a possible Verizon Wireless Customer’s Monthly Data Usage:

Katie Shea Design's Possible Data Usage

Please Click on the following image to calculate your Monthly Data Usage:

Verizon Data Usage Calculator

After calculating your estimated Monthly Data Usage stop by Verizon Wireless and check out all the latest Wireless Plans available for your wireless devices.

The scale is tipping in our personal and business lives to a more “Video Usage” world.  Ensuring we have a “Data Plan” that can accommodate our lifestyles and budgets is essential.

A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot Katie Shea Design’s images and Meerkat Video in this post.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Watching First #MCEOtalk Using My FiOS Quantum Gateway Router

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Last night was the first ever #MCEOTalk hosted by Vincenzo Landino, social media strategist and a community ambassador to name a few.

Vincent Landino on MCEOTalk

The first topic for discussion was “What it takes to be a Millennial Leader.”

#MCEOtalk is a live omnichannel panel discussion held weekly on Wednesday’s at 9pm ET. Hosted by Vincenzo Landino and the Millennial CEO team.

MCEOtalk Ep. 1 40115 at 9pm ET discussing What It Takes To Be A Millennial Leader via MillennialCEO

Topics are centered around solving business problems with a millennial mindset.

The format includes a Twitter chat, Google Hangout, podcast, blog posts, and live streaming video from hosts and guests on Periscope and Meerkat.

#MCEOtalk encourages ongoing dialogue throughout the week via the hashtag and community members are encouraged to communicate directly with hosts and guests on the channel of their preference. The learning never stops!

What impressed me the most about was the integration of all the multiple platforms used by the #MCEOtalk hosts as well as the smooth collaboration of topics during the conversation.

Some of my Favorite Talking points:

Millennial leaders must earn respect and practice bottom up management. Collaboration is key!  Image by KatieSheaDesign

 

Different Things Motivate Different people Image designed by Katie Shea Design

Labels can make you a manager but not a leader Image by katieSheaDesign

I am able to upload and stream on multiple Social Media Platforms (Meerkat, Periscope, google+ and twitter) like last night’s #MCEOtalk at breakneck speeds because of my Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway router.

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Boost your bandwidth.

The FiOS Quantum Gateway uses dual-band technology for faster sharing and the best connection to the FiOS® network.  Dual-band technology gives you two separate frequencies, allowing your family to perform both high and low bandwidth activities such as checking email and streaming movies simultaneously.  More bandwidth means less congestion making for a more seamless Internet experience even when using multiple devices.

Fios Quatum Delivers

I look forward to next weeks #MCEOtalk!!

Disclosure: **I am a member of the #LifeOnFiOS Ambassador Team – A  select team of influencers for Verizon FiOS who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

 

Meerkat Update Resets Score to Zero

Meerkat Kathleen DeCosmo At KatieSheaDesign VZWBuzz

I am really enjoying meerkat.  It has opened up so many new worlds to me.

I have learned so much, am seeing so many parts of the world I would not otherwise have been able to see and have met the nicest, most interesting people.

What are my favorite features of Meerkat?

The comments and the interaction among the broadcast host and the commenters.

The fact that the broadcast announcement is tweeted and the comments are tweeted on your twitter account as well.

  • This gives all that participate in a broadcast the ability to go back after the broadcast and answer more questions as broadcasters
  • As a broadcaster the ability to go back after the broadcast and answer more questions as broadcasters
  • As a participant or viewer go back onto twitter to read the comments that you might have otherwise missed
  • Follow some of the meerkatters that were in the broadcast

So today when I woke up this morning, jumped on Meerkat while sipping my tea and found out that my measly little score had just been reduced to zero…

Meerkat  KathleenDeCosmo Katie Shea Design Meerkat Scorre reset after update

I asked myself… Hmm Was I in the penalty box for a meerkat offense I am not aware of??

After doing a google search I found that a fellow meerkatter Matt Navarra also updated his meerkat app only to be reset to zero as well.

For my viewers who are not familiar with Meerkat:

What is Meerkat??

Meerkat is a new startup that has found a simple and captivating way to capitalize on our societies obsession with Live-Blogs, tweets and Instagramming of every major event. Meerkat, a desktop and (iOS app only right now) rose to popularity these last few weeks especially during the #SXSW15 event is Austin Texas. This new app allows you to easily live-stream video from your phone to Twitter, so your followers can watch and comment in real time..  read more here

I have only hosted two meerkat broadcasts so I really did not have a large score by any means (118) but it still is time invested in the app.

Meerkat Stream of The VZWBuzz weekly Recap from the VErizon Boston Destination Store by Katie Shea Design

Okay so I did not feel alone and possibly in Meerkat jail for a possible offense like on Twitter when you exceed your tweet limit.

So then I began to think WOW The Meerkat Leaderboard must have tanked and all those people that have worked so hard on Meerkat and have become Meerkat “mavens” must be upset this morning!

Meerkat Leaderboard scores

No, come to find out the “leaderboard” was still intact.

We found out  that ” it’s a bug”!!!!

It's a bug

Now my score is published at 118.  I thought it was previously 126 ..) but hey I earned it and am back on the scoreboard!!

Score Reset for Kathleen Decosmo of KatieSheaDesign

 So Let’s see WHAT that this new Meerkat App Update brings to the table.

What’s New in Version 1.1

“Version 1.1 is the first version to be released since we committed our whole team to the project. It is much more stable, and user friendly. We fixed tons of bugs, related to audio video sync, rotation issues, and fixed many crashes. We have also added some features you’ve been asking for:

– Recommended people to follow [In Search]
– Opt out of comments posting to Twitter as @replies
– Follow new users from inside the stream.
– In app notifications when multiple people you follow begin streaming.
– Ability retweet scheduled streams from the app.
– Now you can discover new streams based on what your friends like, retweet and subscribe to.
– Share your profile to Twitter from the feed. Let others easily follow you.
– Improved Search”

Meerkat 1.1 update features

What do you like about the Meerkat App and how are you using it for your business??

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test..  All opinions are my own. **

Introducing the New Verizon Destination Store Boston.

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Tour Of Verizon Boston Destination Store  KatieSheaDesign VZWBuzz

Verizon Wireless Opens First East Coast ‘Destination Store’ on Boston’s Boylston Street

Verizon Wireless’s ‘Destination Store’ opened in Boston, and it is the first of its kind to open on the East Coast. The Verizon Destination Store’s unique design and interactive elements will empower guests to explore how technology supports today’s active and connected lifestyles. Located at 745 Boylston Street, the new store is one of only four Verizon Destination Stores among 1,700+ company-operated locations nationwide.

Spanning two storefronts on Boylston Street, the 8,000 square foot showcase is staffed by over 70 Verizon Wireless professionals, all specially trained to provide expertise and guidance across six distinct “Lifestyle Zones.” Each Lifestyle Zone depicts ways technology can be incorporated into the home, office or on-the-go. These zones include “Amplify It,” “Customize It,” “Get Fit,” “Have Fun,” “Home and on the Go,” and “Anywhere Business.”

The store also includes:

  • A stationary bike, to use while customers test fitness-trackers while virtually cycling around any street in the world.
  • A selfie booth, stocked with Boston-themed props.
  • DJ equipment to demo the array of headphones on display
  • A station to design and print custom phone cases that can be taken home the very same day
  • “Wireless Workshop” training space for free informational classes
  • Charging stations available to all guests
  • Focal Wall – This interactive wall creates avatars and allows guest to play virtual games such as football.

We toured the new store, shopped and tested out some of the different areas mentioned above.

I especially enjoyed the selfie booth and decided to design my own Droid Turbo smartphone case from the image taken of some of my team members and myself in the selfie booth.

Custom Design Booth at Verizon Boston Destination Store VZWBuzz KatieSheaDesign

Custom Droid Turbo cover designed at Boston VeriOn Destination Store VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design

I had fun watching one of my VZWBuzz team members Robyn Wright try out  the interactive Focal Wall – that creates avatars and allows guest to play virtual games such as football.

Robyn Wright testing out the interactive focal wall at the New Verizon Boston Destination store image by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzz

Some members of our East Coast VZWBuzz team tweeted our weekly Twitter chat from the New Boston Verizon Destination Store.

VZWBuzz  team tweeting for Weekly Twitter chat from the Verizon Boston Destination Store

After our Twitter chat we usually have a video Recap of the chat which gives our audience another opportunity to ask questions, view Tech products and win prizes.

We broadcasted our Recap from the New Boston Verizon Destination Store.

While Misty and Marty McPadden were filming the broadcast I test drove the new Meerkat App to Stream the broadcast from my iPhone6 to my twitter followers.

Meerkat App

After the Broadcast, the Meerkat App gives you the option to upload the video up onto YouTube.

This was my first ever Meerkat stream!  I will be needing to buy a microphone that cancels out background noise for future broadcasts.

Meerkat Kathleen DeCosmo At KatieSheaDesign VZWBuzz

Meerkat Stream of The VZWBuzz weekly Recap from the VErizon Boston Destination Store by Katie Shea Design

The Boston Verizon Destination Store is the first of its kind to open on the East Coast and is well worth a trip to test out all that it has to offer as well as ask any questions from the very enthusiastic staff they have on board!

Verizon Boston Destination Store Employee Team Spirit VZWBuzz Katie Shea Design

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test..  All opinions are my own. **

Images shot by Katie Shea Design with a Verizon iPhone6 and a Motorola Droid Turbo