VOTE!

2012

It’s Election Day! I hope you’re all going out to the polls today.

FYI: If you don’t know where your closest polling location is, go to www.google.com and type in Voting Location. Simply type in your address and find your nearest polling location.

Can’t wait to see the results!

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It’s true. I have tablet fever.

I’m using iPad 1 and iPad 3 with retina everyday at work. We are now publishing our publication in 3 places: print magazine, web, and tablets. My main responsibility is to edit the content within the app, including creating and testing hundreds of links. I absolutely love it.

My company is a very Apple-friendly place. The editorial and art departments both work on Apple products, and we only create tablet versions of our publication for Apple products.

But after seeing this commercial, I can’t help but wonder…should I push for my company to start producing for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet?

I saw this commercial and it blew me away. Yes, it’s marketing. Yes, it’s Google and they have an infinite amount of money to produce fabulous commercials. But I’ve never held a Nexus 7 before, and after watching this commercial, I really want to.

In this Apple-dominated tablet industry, it seems impossible for anyone to challenge the beast. But if I was a betting woman, I’d put my money on Google giving Apple a good fight.

I’m still in love with Apple products and always will be. But as the tablet industry grows, I’m interested in trying out new products. I can’t wait!

After coming across this article from the New York Times, I started thinking about how social media affects high school reunion attendance rates. I have had conversations with friends about this topic before, and I was not surprised by the statistics in the article.

According to the article, a woman who owns a reunion planning company claimed she plans 220 reunions annually, down from 350 a few years ago.

I predict these numbers will only go down from here.

So why is there such a decrease in attendance at reunions? One reason is that the allure of the unknown about classmates is often gone, thanks to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. The usual catch-up phrases like “Are you married now?” and “Where do you work?” are not as common anymore…if you are already Facebook friends.

Most people admit they follow their Facebook friends’ updates, such as a new promotion or a marriage proposal. Social media has taken the fun out of catching up at high school reunions, and many agree.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of my high school graduation; my class did not plan a formal celebration. Other high schools, on the other hand, planned 5-year reunions around Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Although social media outlets take much of the mystery and excitement out of reunions, many people claim that seeing those people in person makes a strong impact that Facebook just cannot provide.

I agree that Facebook has taken away some value from reunions, but at the same time, I appreciate social media for allowing me to keep up and stay in touch with people I grew up with.