Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pottermore

Pottermore is as mysterious as the Department of Mysteries. JK Rowling defined her new website to be "An online reading experience" and "the same story with a few crucial additions".

But what does that mean? To me, this is a child born from Harry Potter, YouTube, 4Chan and the Kindle. it sounds to me like a website where you can read the Harry Potter books (for a fee?) and watch animated content. Jo described it as a "digital generation you'll enjoy" and a "unique experience built around the books". She also said she'll be sharing information about the Harry Potter world that she's been holding onto for years.

I have to admit, I'm not overly psyched for this new information. I want it to be awesome scenes with Snape being brave and chivalrous, but the odds are against that. More likely, it will be as important as "Quidditch Through the Ages".

The animated content could be pretty awesome. It eliminates the need for child (awful) actors, and your characters age when you decide they should. Seriously, how old is Dan Radcliffe? I'm guessing here, but it sounds like users will be able to add videos, too. Exciting for people who have that skill!

JKR also announced The Harry Potter books will be available in e-book form. However, she didn't list any specific platforms.

Pottermore will be open sometime in October. A lucky few will have a chance to get in early, you just need to check back on July 31 to find out how.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Facebook is a Vicious Circle--A Seven Sentence Example

On Facebook, Mary did her laundry, Johnny is ‘Getting Ready 4 A Seriously Sick Night!’ and David posted a link about the new season of Survivor.

This reminds me that I’m too busy to watch the premier live, so I grab the remote and DVR all new episodes.

At my convenience, I watch the first few episodes, laugh at Russell and wonder if Phillip Shepherd is really so self-unaware.

I Google him on my smart phone, but while surfing CBS’ page, I accidentally touch an ad for JustFab.com.

JustFab loads and this website’s shoes are so fabulous I join and buy a pair of heels on the spot.

The shoes are amazing, and JustFab offers rewards points that turn into store credit when members they make a purchase or refer a friend.
So I post the link on Facebook.