Ho, Ho, Ho-ld up a minute! Gone are the days of sitting on Santa's lap and now it's all about Kohl's Santa app.
Kohl's is going digital this holiday season with the debut of their "Snapshots With Santa" app that allows kids to pose in front of a green screen and have their parents or friends take photos which they can then personalize by choosing from festive backgrounds, stickers and greetings. When you’re finished, you can spread the holiday cheer by sharing your photo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Shutterfly or via email.
I tried it out with my sister and her friend who are both eleven years old. Of course they made silly faces and were laughing the entire time, something they probably wouldn't have done if there was an oversized old man dressed up as Santa wanting to take a picture with them like you traditionally find at the mall.
Give it a try and tell me what you think about the app! I recommend you be patient.. It took a few photos for me to pick the best background to accompany the photo. Download the app here.
With the power and advancement of social media on a daily basis throughout the world, it made me think.... How quickly would The Holocaust have ended if we were to have had social media back then?? It amazes me how we have used it lately on social and economic issues like the Arab countries uprising, the death of Osama Bin Laden and yes, even last year's Charlie Sheen #winning meltdown. Most importantly, in usually 140 characters or less if you are using the traditional Twitter methods, news can be told in real time without the wait of the local news station reporting it "first" or the "Breaking News" tag bar on the bottom of your TV.
With the ever-evolving digital world, we must learn how to adapt to the different mediums of social media and their initial intent. The graphic in this post at the top demonstrates the 10 different types of social media that exist with each one having different versions and different even subcatergories of that social media medium.
Next time you think about going on to Twitter to tell everyone you are in a relationship or go on Facebook to use #hashtags follow this simple and easy-to-read Social Media Infographic courtesy of flotown. If you need the infographic larger, please click on the photo and it will open up in a new window. Now get to tweeting.