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Print Your Own Makeup and Self-Promotion or Selling Out?

Hi there!

On today’s podcast, Cathi Bond wonders whether you’d print out your own makeup? Grace Choi wants to convince you to. She’s the founder of Mink, which aims to market a 3D printer for makeup. Part of the reason, according to this interview, is that she wants to offer a broader range of shades to reflect the diversity of women’s skin tones. You can watch the video of her speaking at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY below.

Meanwhile, Nora Young talks about the trend towards authors getting fans and friends not just to buy their books, but to promote them as well. It seems like a trend for selling and marketing all kinds of things, but when does it just become too much? Are Cathi and Nora missing the boat by not doing this with their books?

The Sniffer, Sept 7th, 2013: Trends in Smart Watches and Phones

Hi all! Welcome back to season NINE(!) of The Sniffer! This time, Cathi Bond and Nora Young pick up on a trend they talked about last season: smart watches. The Samsung Galaxy Gear came out this week to lots of buzz. Cathi rounds out some of the rumour mill about other smart watches coming down the pike. The Guardian has a great summary here. Would you wear a smart watch? Do you see it doing stuff that your phone doesn’t? Let us know in the comments below.

Nora Young has been reading this article by Nick Bilton. It reminded her that travelling with friends now means that you bring their social media friends along with you, since part of vacationing for so many people involves posting photos-as-you-go. Have you had this experience? Does it change the nature of vacationing for you? Nora also points out that although it’s very convenient to have GPS, maps and guide books with you on your phone, it takes a lot of the serendipity out of travelling.

Your thoughts welcome, and thanks for joining us for another season of the podcast!

The Sniffer, Oct 23rd, 2012: Social Media Blues and Human Intelligence Online

The Sniffer takes a serious turn this time around. Cathi Bond, like so many of us, has been thinking about the nature of behaviour on social media, in the wake of Amanda Todd’s suicide. She was bullied online and in person, but we wanted to know: Do people behave differently online, or is bullying simply bullying regardless of where it occurs?

Nora Young’s been noticing some new examples in the ongoing push to capture something like “human expertise” online. She talks about a number of services, including Quora, Sulia, Branch, and Swift River. Where do you go to get expert advice?

The Sniffer, Jan 23, 2012: Trends in Social Media and Employment

On this week’s podcast, Cathi Bond is feeling inspired by her participation in 1,000 Songs, a Facebook group about music, coordinated by arts guy about town, Jim Shedden. She’s discovered great tunes by The Cowsills and more. If you can’t get depth from long form journalism, maybe social media is the answer after all.

Meanwhile, Nora Young talks about this article in Technology Review, about the impending job loss as a result of the rate of change in computer technology. It reminded Nora of this article by Farhad Manjoo. Oh, and watch out for flying robots.

After we recorded this podcast, Nora thought it might make for an interesting topic for Spark. If you’d like to hear more, here’s the full interview with Andrew McAfee, co-author (with Eryk Brynjolfsson) of Race Against the Machine.

Cathi continues her search for novelty personal transport with the Seabird personal submarine. Check it out here!

The Sniffer, Sept 23, 2011: Trends in Cool Displays and Social Networking

In today’s trendwatching podcast, we talk about the future of multiple displays and seamless screens. Cathi Bond looks at nsquared’s application for Windows phones and the surface (via PSFK). It lets designers and clients move seamlessly from screen to screen. Watch the video for a better idea. Can you imagine practical applications for this?

Meanwhile, Nora Young recently joined the alpha version of Diaspora, the open source social network that works on a model of dispersed ‘seeds’ as opposed to a central hub that holds all users’ data. A lively yip-yap about social media ensues!

The Sniffer, June 24, 2011: Trends in Solar and Niche Social Media

In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond talks about innovations in CIGS solar, which may promise solar technology that’s cheaper to produce, has a flexible surface, and is becoming more efficient at power generation. What would it take for you to go solar? Cheaper? Easier to install on small surfaces than conventional panels?

Meanwhile, Nora Young talks about this post by designer and blogger Swiss Miss. It intrigues her for a few reasons. One is the trend to sponsored RSS feeds, two is the elegant site, Listgeeks, itself, and three is the notion that maybe we’re moving towards niche social media sites, which are defined by their high quality content, but which may not necessarily scale. Cathi wrote a great article at Rabble about the decline of the bricks and mortar human expert in an age of Netflix, Amazon etc. Cathi’s a great writer. Check out our gal’s story here.

Trends: Social Media for the Big Guys;

In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond talks about a recent conversation she had with an executive about using social media.  Like many big companies, this fellow had concerns about opening up a can of worms. What if people start talking smack about your product? What if there’s something legitimately wrong with the product? How do you track down commenter “Werewolf5000″ to get to the bottom of it?

What do you think the best way for big companies is to use social media?

Meanwhile, Nora Young mentions that Lupe Fiasco has a new mixtape which contains an ad for Hewlett Packard. (via Blackweb2.0).  Your thoughts on ads with music?

Trends in Digital Media

In today’s trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond gets into ‘sharing’.  Why not have a USB sofa so you can leave digital media behind for your friends?  (via Gizmodo)

Meanwhile, Nora Young has been following Danah Boyd’s discussion (here and here) of her experience at the Web 2.0 Expo, where, amongst other distractions, a Twitter feed that contained unkind remarks scrolled behind her as she was giving a presentation.  It’s got Nora thinking about our blind assumption that more communication tools are necessarily better. The talk itself is here, and is well worth reading.

Trends: Social Media for Business and Inspiration for Artists

In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond refers to the Like Minds conference, and the observation that social media isn’t free: it costs your, or your employees, labour (via PSFK)

Meanwhile, Nora gives a quick mention of a quote she found at Caterina Fake’s blog.  How about you, creative types? Does your artistic process seem mysterious to you, or is it more planned out than that?

Oh, and Nora’s colleague, the delightful Dan Misener, thinks thesniffer is getting too self-referential.

Life on Display: Celebrity Twitterers and Glass Houses

In this trendwatching podcast, Nora Young talks about this Business Week article on the cosy relationship between social media services, such as Twitter and Tumblr, and celebrities.  It reminds Nora of Andrew Keen’s recent talk at The Next Web conference (via TechCrunch).  Will social media eat itself?  Cathi and Nora, erm, discuss.  They also mention the great music writing of Carl Wilson and Robert Everett-Green.

Meanwhile, Cathi Bond points out beautiful homes in Chicago (via mocoloco). Stunning, yes, but you can also see right through them! Is this about living your life on display?