iPhone Leaf Trombone; Defriending on Facebook

Meliza Solan Surdi · April 18, 2009 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/81e

What am I Missy? Episode 17

For all of you local artists and musicians...don't be surprised when I show up to the next open mic show without an instrument. I plan on performing on my iPhone.You too can play if you download Leaf Trombone, which is an iPhone application recently launched by Smule and worth only 99 cents. With this app you can listen others playing some pretty bizarre sounds, such as country twang or an exotic tune from overseas.You can rate your fellow musicians,if you can call them that and learn how to play! This definitely brings down the language barriers of communication.

See: Leaf Trombone will blow you away

 Kaixin001, a Chinese social network also known as Happy Net just received $20 million in funding, from Qiming Venture Partners and existing investor Northern Light Venture Capital, reports peHUB. It's the 13th most popular site in China and it's pretty cool.You can upload original music, share photos, micro-blog, and  even poke people just like Facebook. Will Happy Net succeed as a business? Well it depends on the model Most Asian social networks have figured out how to make a fortune through virtual goods rather than advertising
See: Chinese social networking site snags cash

Speaking of social networks and having "friends"...do you really need social networks to be social? In a recent interview with Bambi Francisco and Charlene Li, they discuss friend management within social networks. Finally somebody is making sense of this stuff!.The whole idea of friends really needs to be redefined.If you're friends with everybody, are you really friends with anybody? And who needs social networks as Charlene Li predicts. In 5 years it'll be as readily available as air.

See: We won't need Facebook to be social

 

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