- Best Time To Post On Twitter & Facebook [Infographic]
- Space Invaders Drink Markers: Never Lose Your Beer Again
- Clockwork Horrors & Ancient Time Lords At PAX East
Posted: 15 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT
If you have been on Twitter for a long time, you know that Twitter, just like any other social networking service, has an activity cycle. There are times when the service is buzzing with posts and updates and other times when it seems like a ghost town. This is quite normal since the people who use these social networks the most also need to sleep. For example, when it's nighttime in the U.S., there is a huge decrease in activity across the board.
In order to get the best results out of your content sharing and updates, especially if you're a company or a brand, it's important to know exactly when the spikes in traffic occur. We here at Bit Rebels have studied this phenomenon for over two years now, and we pretty much adjust our own activity to that of Facebook and Twitter to maximize the interaction between us and our readers.
But how exactly do you go about figuring out what times are the best to post on either Facebook or Twitter? Is there even a way to do it without having to pull your own data for a couple of years? Well, of course there is. As a matter of fact, I have found an infographic called When Should You Post This? that tells you all about it. It's put together by a company named Raka who used bit.ly as their source of data. It clearly outlines the best times when you should post your most urgent content to gain as much traction as possible.
When it comes to Facebook it's a little different. While the best time to connect and post content on Twitter is between 1:00pm and 3:00pm EST, you'd do best in starting to post content after 11:00am since traffic starts ramping up around 9:00am and dies down after 4:00pm. Facebook has a larger window to get traction than Twitter does, which has made Facebook the main source of traffic for a couple of years now.
Of course, it also depends a lot on the number of fans and friends you have. The infographic mentions that if you have important news to share, you should definitely not post it on Twitter after 8:00pm any day and absolutely not after 3:00pm on Fridays. Of course, all of these times mentioned are constantly changing slightly due to daylight saving time and whatnot. A good thing is to always keep a close eye on things to see how they develop.
If you find that you have a better "reach" during other hours than what are mentioned in this infographic, it's a good idea to write them down since that could mean that you have followers with greater influence that are online during those particular hours. Of course, there are also deviants that pollute the data, but with some experience you'll learn how to take those out of your data set and more clearly see when your chances are to reach as many people as possible.
Posted: 15 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
You lucky dogs. You get not one but TWO Space Invaders articles today. w00t! I'm the real lucky one since I get to write about them. Space Invaders art is fantabulous in its own way, but this is a must-see for a whole different reason. These little stickers are downright practical, and they would probably come in handy if you had them this weekend. How many times have you been at a party, set your beer on the table while you talked to someone, and then turned back around to pick it up but you weren't sure which one was yours?
With these Space Invaders drink markers, you'll never have that problem again. I'll take the pink one please. If you don't drink, no worries, you can stick these to the car window, your refrigerator, your ass (wait, silicone won't stick to skin) or any other smooth surface where you want to add a little retro flavor. The are just silicone stickers, so they'll peel on and off almost anything so you can use and reuse them over and over again.
They come in six different colors, so I guess if you use these at a party, you can only invite five friends (so you save one for yourself). Choose wisely. To me, these are so much better than any other drink markers I've seen (especially those fancy ones with the chains and charms). Yup, I'm all over this. You can welcome these little guys to your own party by picking up a 6-pack at Think Geek for only 4 dollars.
Posted: 15 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT
There's always some awesome stuff to be found on Reddit, though sadly, I have to admit that I wasn't the one who discovered this one this time around. Designed by the wonderfully talented Clara Kim, the costume is designed after the Clockwork Androids from the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace."
The most impressive part of the costume, aside from the well designed Victorian era clothing, is the fact that if you take the mask off, it's actually got clockwork in the head. Kim achieved this rather creepy effect through a rather ingenious design in the petticoat, crafting it so that she could see out the front while walking around with the clockwork face worn as a hat.
Oh, and she also included a mechanism with which she could raise and lower the oversized arms. Creepy, no? Kim admitted in her cosplay blog on livejournal that she lacked the experience, materials, and skills to make the clockwork within the head show-accurate, so it's a simplified clockwork model, but at the same time, the rest of the costume is so brilliantly done that such a small detail hardly seems to matter much at all.
I'm horrendously inexperienced at cosplaying myself- though I've been told I make an excellent Doctor Horrible- so I always feel a sense of admiration (tinged with the tiniest prick of jealousy) whenever I see a truly excellent costume. And this costume right here definitely fits the bill. The fellow with her makes a rather fetching Fourth Doctor, to boot- though I don't recall any of the Time Lord's incarnations being bearded. I've included a few photos below, and you can check out a larger gallery of the build photos here.
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