What would you trade your iTouch for?

Posted in Case Study with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by gobecky

A little over a week ago, I traded Kim an iPod Nano for her iTouch she won (and never opened) 3 months ago.  Now this may surprise you. You may say to yourself, “Why would someone trade down from a newer more cutting edge product to a smaller, simpler device?

We exchanged a few emails after the trade, and since getting her the iPod Nano, Kim has rediscovered her music and made her iPod her new running mate:

Me to Kim, April 13, 209 9:39 AM

“Hey Kim! Hows that new ipod treating you?”

Kim to me, April 13, 2009 10:54 AM

“I love it.

Or should I say, I love having it.  I am still having trouble with it but i WILL prevail. (e.g. can’t get the Genius to work yet…) And now I have started to gather more music to put on it. Thank you so much again!

In fact, I am about to order some accessories online, including an arm band and the Nike Plus. Are you familiar with it? You plug it into your iPod and wear a chip on your shoe and if you press the center button while you are on your run, it will tell you the length, distance, speed, calories burned for your run, and you can make it play a special song if you feel yourself lagging. Then you plug it into your computer after your run at nikeplus.com and it will keep track of your runs, help you set goals, give training advice, etc.

How sweet is THAT? Totally motivating me to run more.”

It is indeed “very sweet”, considering that this small switch has motivated her to get back into her music, develop music-related routines, and “trick out” her device with accessories. She also says that she will be purchasing an adapter to play her iPod in her car.

Plus, I have a new toy.

How sweet it is.


On-Site and Interactive!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 13, 2009 by gobecky

As the Director of Interactive Media at On-Site, my ideal way to spend the kick off party is tweaking with our social networking sites. While the RV buzzes with excitement, I have been generating our presence on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, and YouTube (any more ideas?). On any of these sites you can look for CyberCensus2009 and you will find us. you could even just google it. I am currently exploring ways to unite all of these social networks into one command central. If you have any favorite programs or methods, feel free to share!

The information posted on these sites will enlighten you to our daily insights and experiences in digital ethnography, technology, music, cell phones, how to live with your colleagues, etc while RVing across the country. (For example, you can easily fry a Sony Desktop when you try to hook it up to a power converter.) Look for updates, lessons learned, and professional insight into american cyberlives.

Map of The Cyber Census 2009 Route

Posted in Planning Stage with tags on April 1, 2009 by cybercensus2009

We have formally launched the Cyber Census for 2009 and plan to visit as many as 22 States and talk with 100 Americans about their cyber habits. We look forward to posting more information, videos and pictures of our trip and hope that we connect with some of you along the way.

View Cyber Census 2009 Route in a larger map