Be Safe, Be Smart, Stay Social

Anyone who has read my blog knows that I’m an advocate for meaningful communication, Internet privacy, and having ownership (and a smart plan) for your personal Internet legacy. Many people, especially young people, do not think very far into the future about how a post, comment or picture can come back to hurt their future self. While this doesn’t apply to things posted on closed networks such as High Low Glitter, there are more ways to go wrong than right on the myriad social platforms and apps out there. Just as most journalists would never publish without an editor, one should be very particular about what is self-published.

Josh Ochs is one of the most articulate and active voices on this subject, with a focus on smart usage for teens and tweens. We were thrilled when he reached out to us to learn more about High Low Glitter and talk about how it can help improve family communication.

Safe Smart Social logoTaking the time to read Josh’s views on the various popular apps and platforms that you personally use or have considered will be time well spent, regardless of your age. He gives you the 30,000 foot view of the app or service, basic how-tos, pros and cons, and also suggestions for best practices. You can find many excellent articles and resources on his website http://safesmartsocial.com.

Ted-ZuhlsdorfTed Zuhlsdorf is co-founded highlowglitter.com with his partner Stephanie Ross.  A serial entrepreneur and Internet marketer, Ted spends the majority of his waking hours helping clients increase web traffic and business revenue.  When he is not at his computer he can be found riding one of his seven bicycles.

iPhone App Update 2.0.2 Now Available

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First, a big thank you to all our app users who have pointed out issues or given us feedback for improving the High Low Glitter iPhone app. We heard you, jumped to action and have been working hard to quickly make improvements and deliver an updated, improved version of the app. Here is what’s new and improved:

  • Fixed crash issue that occurred while editing connections
  • Resolved connections/invitations “not showing up”
  • Fixed issue with adding or changing your avatar photo
  • Added “forgot password” reset functionality
  • Enhanced date of birth functionality for iPhone 4

Please update your app if your phone has not done it for you. And please keep the feedback coming so that we can continue to improve and expand the app’s functionality.

A note to iPad users.  There are two ways to use High Low Glitter on your iPad: the iPhone app or the website. From the home screen of your iPad, click on the blue App Store icon. In the upper right hand side of the screen type “high low glitter” into the search box. Click the box that says “download” – the app will appear in the next available spot on your home screen. As a reminder, commenting is not currently available on the app.  To see and share comments visit your account at highlowglitter.com.

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Android users: you have not been forgotten.  Your app is in development and being tested as this post is typed.  We are excited that it will be available very soon!

Stay tuned!

 

 

Today’s Lows

Today was an average Monday: continue tying up loose ends of the previous week and attend to some newly formed loose ends. It was a four-day weekend so the strings are magnified in number and size. That’s a low.

The house was quite today, with the kids having flown the coop back to college. The ruckus of two 20-year-olds coming and going and being twenty prevented me from “productivity” this weekend.  But now I hear not a need for quietude but the silence from their absence.  That’s a low.

Today I got out for a 30-minute bike ride, for which I should be grateful this time of year in Minnesota. Thirty minutes after getting home, it started to snow, so it may be the last ride for a while.  That’s a low.

If today I come off as Mr. Complainer-Pants, that’s okay because, if you don’t have the lows, you can’t see the highs. Today I can embrace both my highs and lows in their symbiotic necessity for balance and gratitude.

Ted-ZuhlsdorfTed Zuhlsdorf is co-founded highlowglitter.com with his partner Stephanie Ross.  A serial entrepreneur and Internet marketer, Ted spends the majority of his waking hours helping clients increase web traffic and business revenue.  When he is not at his computer he can be found riding one of his seven bicycles. He can reached at [email protected]

High Low Glitter Market Research Update

High Low Glitter is in the third week of gathering feedback from a group of test users, via the expertise of Lutter Marketing.  So far, it has been very informational and not without technical hurdles.  We are building the car as we drive down the road, so to speak, and of course we’ve had various bugs hitting the windshield, such as the dreaded Can not connect with server:

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(Next time you see this error, which we hope you won’t, it will read “Cannot Connect” not “Can not connect.”)

 

 

Thanks for everyone’s patience so far.  We will be unrolling notifications and alerts this week, and commenting this week or the next as well.  Keep checking highlowglitter for new features.