Photorankme Ranks Your Social Photo-Sharing Popularity

Are you an avid social photo sharer? Do you own a mobile device with camera, a point and shoot and an SLR with a bunch of different lenses? And, do you often cart all three (or more) of these around, snapping photos and then uploading them to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr? Do you love Instagram?

Well, if you are answering yes to all (or most) of this, then you should go to Photorankme and get your social photo-sharing score (or rank).

This simple (and quick) little analytic asks you to plug in the social media photo sites/apps you use the most (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram). It quickly assesses how many photos you’ve posted, how many “likes” you’ve received, number of comments made and gives you a score of 1-100.

My ruby slipper photo (shown here) taken with my iPhone and posted to Facebook a couple of weeks ago when I was road tripping through Kansas (seriously) factored into my score of 50. A score I thought was pretty good. Turns out, though, that on my leaderboard I’m already ranked #2, after Robert Scoble (not a bad person to come in second place after, by the way). Of course, I haven’t asked any of my other social media friends to play yet. If you want to compete with me on Photorankme – click here.

From Australia to Silicon Valley – Feature Story in Virgin Australia’s July In-Flight Magazine

ANZA Technology Network CEO Viki Forrest, Startup Bus founder Elias Bizannes and startup successes Andrew Lacy (Tapulous), Ryan Junee (Omnisio) and Mick Johnson (Whereoscope) are just some of the Aussies profiled in Joel Meares’ “From Australia to Silicon Valley.” (Note: After August 1, this issue is archived – see pages 114-115)

The piece appears in Voyeur, the in-flight magazine of Virgin Australia for July 2011.

For many years, Australians and New Zealanders have been coming to Silicon Valley. Known worldwide for their innovative spirit dating back to the Hills Hoist, Down Under entrepreneurs have naturally gravitated to technology.

The ANZA Technology Network was established in 2001 as a gateway to the US for many of these innovators and their early-stage companies. ANZA holds an annual Gateway to the US event to showcase many of Australia and New Zealand’s latest breakthroughs in software, social media, cloud computing, clean tech, gaming and more.

Additionally, two Down Under entrepreneurs have recently purchased a building in the Valley’s hottest sub-hub, South of Market San Francisco (SOMA). An exciting spin-off of Bizannes’ Startup Bus, the Startup House is in the works for the space. Hermione Way of The Next Web talks with Bizannes and gives us a sneak video peak at the space.

Today We Are All Grassroots Activists

Last night, President Obama addressed the nation. The country is facing a major fiscal meltdown and there’s no use pointing fingers at which side is right or wrong. It’s time for compromise. It’s time for a bipartisan solution. It’s time rich people paid their taxes, middle class people caught a break and poor people get a shot at what’s left of the American Dream.

It’s time to create jobs, too.

Polls across the board are showing that the American people think Washington is out of touch with reality. Obama called the negotiations that are leading the country to the brink of default a “partisan three-ring circus,” and he urged Americans to call their elected Representatives and tell them how they feel about the situation.

“The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government. So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard. If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your Member of Congress know. If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message.”

Today, according to David Weigel of, Americans are doing just that. Ringing Congressional phones off the hook urging elected officials (mostly Republicans, and in particular Tea Partiers) to sit down like adults and hammer out an agreement. Heeding the words of the President, many Americans today are calling Congress, being grassroots activists, some for the first time.

While democracy may be breaking down at the highest levels, it is alive and well at the grassroots.

English Get Knickers in Knot Over Americanisms

BBC News Magazine has asked a bunch of Brits (and a few Canadians) what they think are the most annoying “Americanisms” creeping into what’s left of the “English” language.

They’ve compiled a list of 50, and the comments are surging with over 1,200 more beefs against Americanisms as well as “get over its” by Americans (and those who love us).

In the past decade or so we’ve seen the “dumbing down” of English in general not so much because proper grammar is a tedious business, but because the way we communicate with the written word has so dramatically changed. Overall, it’s probably a miracle that we can still find time to speak to each other rather than bundle up that thought into a text or a tweet.

So, “reach out” and “touch base”. “It is what it is,” “24/7”. “My bad” and “I’m good.” Do you have an “issue” with that? (Read more)

Source: BBC News Magazine, “Americanisms: 50 of Your Most Noted Examples”.