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Hawaii Geek Beat: Facebook Paper, Flappy Bird

February 11th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Social Media, Technology, Video

This morning’s “Hawaii Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now focused on a couple of new offerings from Facebook as the massive social networking site celebrated its tenth birthday. First, there were the “Look Back” videos that compiled a photographic retrospective of users’ history on Facebook (here’s mine, fittingly starring my wife Jen).  If you […]

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Going Back In Time on Twitter

July 9th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Social Media, Technology, The Web

When I first signed up for Twitter in November 2006, it was even harder to explain than it is today. Twitter was born as a group SMS messaging service (a side project of a now defunct podcasting company), evolved into a “microblogging” platform, and eventually grew into a social network and a major player in […]

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Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

August 17th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Education, Government, Social Media, Technology

A federal program to train government employees, first responders, and other disaster response personnel in the use of services like Twitter and Facebook got its first trial run yesterday. The Hawaii-based National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) held a pilot demonstration of its course titled “Social Media for Natural Disaster Response & Recovery” at the […]

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Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

May 18th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 10 Comments · Social Media, The Web

Update: Namesake is again limiting signups, but you can use this invite link to jump the queue. I obsessively sign up for every site or service that I find. But if I measure my level of enthusiasm for a site based on how much time it takes away from the other sites I love, then Namesake is […]

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Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

April 24th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 49 Comments · People, Social Media, Technology, The Web

Last updated 12:32 p.m. HST on May 2, 2011. See end of post. Ryan Suenaga, “Hawai’i’s best known Apple II Geek and social worker.” A Blogger. A Twitter user and Facebook friend to many. He’s shared hundreds of personal stories, from his job as a social worker to his love for hacking and gadgets, from […]

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Social Media Tsunami Coverage

March 14th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Media, Social Media, The Web

Once again, social media played a key role in reporting and distributing information during a crisis. In the wake of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Japan, communities around the Pacific Rim braced themselves for the inevitable tsunami waves. In Hawaii, the “#hitsunami” hashtag aggregated thousands of posts from news media, government officials, and everyday citizens. […]

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Audi’s Social Media Fail

March 3rd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 21 Comments · Blogs, Social Media, The Web

By most accounts, global carmaker Audi’s high-profile Twitter campaign was a success. Great press, thousands of Twitter mentions, $25,000 going to charity, and glowing quotes to put in a press release. But for some of us, it was a failure. Which is a pity, because it could’ve been something truly innovative and meaningful. Hopefully, it […]

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John Garcia on Audi’s Twitter Campaign

February 11th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 9 Comments · Business, People, Social Media

Honolulu designer John Garcia has been named one of ten finalists in a groundbreaking social media campaign by Audi. He moves onto Round 2, which kicks off on Monday, and with the help of the Hawaii social media community, he and his supporters could win $25,000 for charity. I was eager to find out how […]

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Next Stop: Korea

January 12th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Social Media, Travel

Hawaiian Airlines is launching its new service between Honolulu and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. And I’ll be among the people aboard the inaugural flight, leaving shortly after noon today. I’ll be representing the geeky, social media contingent, along with Burt Lum (“digital ronin” and my Hawaii Public Radio partner in crime) and […]

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State Senator Hosting Twitter Town Hall

January 5th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Education, Politics, Social Media

Hawaii voters approved the change from an elected board last year, but it will take legislative action to determine how the new system will work. On Friday, Sen. Jill Tokuda, chair of the Senate Education Committee, is hosting a “Twitter Town Hall,” or “Twitterview.” She’ll be taking comments and answering questions about planned legislation that […]

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