Get a Messenger Code that is scannable for your profile pic, business card, Website, etc.

Get a Messenger Code that can be scanned

Facebook recently introduced ‘Messenger Codes’ that allow you to easily share your ‘Messenger’ URL with others so that when they scan it (like a QR code) with their phone they will be able to message you directly.  The image could be used as your ‘profile pic’, put on your business card or Website, and emailed.

Here is how you do it…

  • Open the ‘Messenger’ app on your phone.
  • Look in the bottom right corner for ‘Me’ and click on it.
  • In the middle, you’ll see your ‘Username’ which is actually the URL for your ‘Messenger’ – m.me/____ (your Facebook name will appear after ‘m.me/’.
  • ABOVE THAT…Your profile picture should have a blue ‘wreath’ around it that is your ‘Messenger Code’
    • Click on your profile picture in the center to see three things –
      1. ‘My Code’ – your wreath/’Messenger Code’ profile pic
      2. ‘Scan Code’ – click that tab to ‘Scan (OTHERS’) Code’
      3. ‘Share’ button (arrow pointing up) – provides lots of ways to save, copy or share your code

Voila! That’s it!


(Thanks to Shannon McClintock Miller of The Library Voice for this tip!)

‘Google Keep’ – the Google product you haven’t used, but that you might really like

I am a Google Drive POWER USER and love most all of their applications including Google Sites, Google Slides, etc.  That is why it is surprising that I had never used ‘Google Keep’ before – until today.

Google Keep (source: Google.com/keep)(Image source: Google.com/Keep)

It has similarities to Evernote, to Mac’s ‘Notes’, and other programs, but better! You can use it to jot down notes, to make shopping lists, to make reminders, to save information from Websites, and more.

When you save something in the ‘Google Keep‘ app for iPhone or Android OR via the Chrome browser extension it syncs to the other devices. You can also add it as an app on your desktop or Mac dock (I haven’t figured out how to change from one email address on the desktop version yet.)

Keep has excellent voice recognition for recording audio notes.

It is very easy to save the things you ‘keep’ to Google Docs.

You can ‘tag’ items under categories such as: News, Inspiration, Music, Tasks, Lists, Websites, etc. You can then look at only items with the ‘tag’ that you select.

Here is a video that shows the BASICS (there is so much more you can do with Keep using its Apps and Chrome browser extension)

A feature I particularly like is the ability to ‘grab text from an image’ so you can use it in a word processor, etc. In other words, if you save an image to ‘Keep’ then you request ‘Keep’ to copy and paste the words from an image for you to use later. Click here for a ‘screen recording’ of me ‘grabbing the text’ from a Dr. Seuss image. (Sorry – no audio, just video)

Keep – grab text from image


Here are some articles on how to get more from ‘Keep’:




What is this VR or Virtual Reality like? I’ve seen a glimpse and WOW!

Just the other evening something on TV or something made me think, “I would like to learn more about VR (Virtually Reality), Google Cardboard, etc.”

The NEXT morning one of my students randomly said, “Mr. Jones, do you want to try my new Virtual Reality headset?”. Immediately, I said, “YES!”

(UPDATE: Ironically, a week later I got my second opportunity to experience VR at the Azalea Festival Street Festival compliments of Wells Fargo.)

Here is a video showing excerpts of the game, ‘Smash Hits’ that he let me play. Unfortunately, it nor pictures can do it justice – they are flat and not 3D, not to mention NOT Virtual Reality.

The headgear fit much like a ‘c-pap’ machine and doesn’t do much for your hairstyle either, similar to the c-pap. LOL

Me wearing 'VR Gear powered by Occulus' headgear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The headgear was a Gear VR powered by Oculus.

Gear VR powered by Oculus headgear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Galaxy S7 smartphone was attached to the front.

A Galaxy S7 Phone was attached to the front of the VR headgear

 

The experience was AMAZING! I could not believe how real it felt – I felt immersed in the game, felt like I would hit walls, fall off cliffs, etc. When I pulled the headgear off it was the weirdest feeling to see the real floor and things around me – It was like I exited another world!

I found out that the game is a mobile game that had been adapted for VR. I am not a ‘gamer’, but I could get addicted to it! Here is an article about it – ‘Mobile success ‘Smash Hit’ is even better in VR‘.

Here is a screenshot from the article –

Screenshot of 'Smash Hit' from UpLoadVR.com

Source: UpLoadVR.com

 

Here is a Wikipedia article on Samsung VR Gear, the headset the student owned.

VR headgear styles, functions and prices very greatly. Many eagerly anticipate the release of Vive VR which is available via pre-orders for $799.

Here are some more reasonably priced examples:



The headgear like the student had is currently available for under $100…

A less expensive kind that I’d like to try…

…Then there are lots of versions of Google Cardboard that are well under $20 (some under $10).


 

Learning more about VR or Virtual Reality >

The Many Colors & Options of GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH

Have you noticed the colorful changes to Google Image Search? Now when you do a search, you’ll see bars or buttons of colors across the top. These are clickable filters that you can select to get more precise search results. (Source: SearchEngineLand.com)

Here is an example:  See the image below AND click here for the actual search.

Google Image Search with color filters

Take a second look at the example above. Another set of very useful features you probably have never used lie beneath the button ‘Search tools’. Options include:

  • Size selection
  • Color selection
  • Type (Face, Photo, Clip Art, Line Drawing or Animated)
  • Time (date which image was posted OR found)
  • Usage rights
  • More tools (currently includes ‘show size’)

One more thing…did you know that you do a ‘reverse image search’ by uploading a picture. To be successful in finding a similar image, it has to be a basic picture without a lot of background and details. It isn’t easy to find a match but give it a try – what have you got to lose!