StarStar MyInfo – contact sharing with no app required

StarStar My Info

StarStar MyInfo has taken a new approach to contact and business card sharing for mobile devices. There is no app to download, no bumping of cell phones and no sending contacts via SMS.  The person simply dials ** (followed by your phone number) and they are told that they will get a link to your shared contact card. Your phone then gets a text message, with a link, saying who has requested your contact information to confirm the sending.

StarStar MyInfo experience

After clicking the link., you are then able to choose sending a personal or business profile card (or both) to the requester. This allows you to have a couple personas established depending on if it is business or friendly encounter.  What I did not like is the inability to simply reply via text to approve the sending of my card. Why could I not have responded with a 1,2 or 3 saying send personal, business or both. Instead I always have to launch a web browser. That made it a bit cumbersome and multiple clicks needed.

Skype is storing your file transfers in their cloud now – where and how long?

Skype logo

With the recent changes of Skype moving to a cloud based architecture some of you may be seeing a link when sending file transfers. These transfers used to be peer to peer. Skype has not issued any statement or documentation where or how long these file transfers are stored.

Skype File Transfer URL link

As part of Skype’s move to a cloud-based architecture, pictures sent via chat are now uploaded to the cloud. All of our Skype clients are currently moving to this new cloud-based architecture, and once we complete the rollout, your pictures will show (as normal) inside the conversation. For the moment, to view the picture that your contact sent, all you have to do is click the link and log in.

As Skype declares above, they are storing your files in their cloud and then presenting them to you inline or as a link. I am curious about the architecture behind this and the availability of the images long term. Can the images be found using simple URL replacement? Are they protected with some form of attribute so only those that were in the chat get get access? Or can anyone with the link that can authenticate into Skype get the file or image?

Checky helps you stop checking your phone so much – Virtual Gratification Syndrome

checky screenshot

How many times a day do you check your phone or tablet? Checky can help by telling you the number of times and where you do it using the location services built into your device.  The idea of the free application is to inform you where and how often you keep checking for that Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS).  Think about your own habits and when you unlock that screen.

  • In the car?  Of course
  • In the elevator? Yes
  • At lunch? Always
  • At dinner? If the other person does
  • In bed? Oh yeah
  • Randomly because you have to? VGS

The Checky app does point you to the other app they make for meditation, which isn’t free. But using the simple display you get a feel for how you trend during the week.  Checky does not know how long you were on the device, just that you checked it.  I can see this being linked to things like Facebook or IFTT to set alerts and show who can check the least amount of times.  Or help you curn that VGS habit by slowing you down some.  Maybe even setting specific times or places you check your devices.

I am going to see how my trends are and update this later.  Don’t forget how VGS can affect you each day. Read all the VGS articles here on TheSocialNetworker.

Q-Spot by SpotUse – supposed quick and easy meeting planner

q-spot by SpotUse logo

Q-Spot by Spotuse is a mobile application that is supposed to help easing the creation of quick, in-person meetings with your contacts. After setting it up and the limited help files I am not sure it was any use at all yet.  It is available on iOS and Android and you must install the application to establish an account. It has a web interface after you confirm your setup.

The first thing after installation that Q-Spot asks for is an email address and password to establish your account.  A verification email is then sent and Q-Spot is active once verified.  I quickly and easily added my name and profile picture. That was all of the preferences right now for your profile.

Q-Spot asks to access your contacts (and I think uploads them looking at how the web interface works) to send invitations. If you only have a cell phone number then this is not the app for you. That would have been much more useful if it sent texts too with a link. You could then reach far more people.  I was able to add native contacts to Q-Spot which was nice. Once again it only allowed an email address.  The interface itself does make it quick to set up the event.

It asks a category for the event such as drink, lunch, call and a large list. It then lets you select when (now, later, and even dates) and where.  The default is now at the usual place which was quite cool. I found it easy to set somewhere else and even have it say to be decided later.

Unfortunately it fell apart for me from there for anything but right now kind of meetings. I could have easily used a real calendar (like Google) if I had their email address. I simple create the meeting and invite them. You had the ability to syn to your calendar in preferences, which would mean your local device calendar. Which would then sync (supposedly) to your web calendar.

One thing I did not like was the lack of any help information via the web.  It was basically a blank page with a feedback button.  Some how-to stuff for new users and basix Q&A would be beneficial.  I know it is a new beta launch, but I am sure they had questions as they built it.

One last point is the name they chose for the app.  Q-Spot is a very popular spotlight that is used for things like clubs and DJ’s. So finding them via the web is tough unless you know the name SpotUse, who make the app.  Something they may want to consider.

Download the app from either the iOS or Android store and visit the website to hopefully learn more. Oh and they have a Twitter account