Has anyone had a good August? I’d actually be surprised to hear they have and that’s not being negative it’s a general look at what the month has been like for Lipcrack and at the same time a bit of an overview of what’s been happening online generally. Now of course you might have all these companies consolidating and maximising their profits but has any of it really done any great favours to the general public. Lets face it with rising costs across the board, when has business ever done any great service to the general public?
That said, let’s take a closer look at what’s been occurring at Lipcrack.com. I did mention that we were going to have a brief discussion about app’s and now seems a good time to do it. I put aside some time to consider developing a new EP and as such a quick look at current operations was needed. Now believe it or not, once again it’s been determined that Windows updates are most likely rendering the equipment I’ve used previously, no longer functional. That said the so called new developments in the music programs are meant to be keeping pace with those developments. Fact – that is not what is occurring and like many of the internet services you get drawn into these traps that end up costing you more money than you really need to be paying. Let’s face it, the ABC Corporation just recently cut back on a range of their “Twitter accounts”, and like most things it’s done after some very serious consideration of the facts, figures and what people get sold on in the first place. Point to note, I paid for my sound equipment from the service, Twitter accounts were originally free. So before we go any further, lets just consider some of the additional costs that you might end up spending on apps that might cost you more money than service provision.
Twitter is actually a good example because a lot of the network apps are geared and developed with the idea of bringing in more business for the companies the apps promote. Eg in last months blog I used a link made via an app to the videos I have available on Youtube now the moment you click that link, you are no longer on the Lipcrack site, you are on a different service which allows video updates to its service.
Now if I were a street merchant and now had a Twitter logo on promo’s that I’d just paid to have printed and a Twitter logo on my website with a link, it’s now been called X and I would need to pay for a new printing run and possibly further web page changes. And in actual fact you might not like the new Twitter logo and not want to put it on your own products. You can see how quickly money gets thrown down the drain, the new update is required and you can’t do anything about that. And in actual fact if you do update it and people have never heard of Twitter, you are the person who ends up paying their advertising budget. If you take a look at these facts, “40 million American people regularly visit porn 35% of all downloads are related to pornography”, well you could ask yourself is Twitter undergoing the first stage of a business transformation from a messaging service to a XXX service?, I mean the branding is certainly heading that way.
Don’t get me wrong, apps can be very handy in general tasks you might want to do but do not rely on them because they could become redundant as quickly as the 2 cent coin did when a business group comes in with an agenda. Then again that free service that you were planning to depend on for your next update to all those friends you told the service about, is now costing you $25 dollars a month if not more to connect with. So much for Free Speech huh?
That said, I’m going to leave any comments in regards to Lipcrack’s own findings in terms of site checks till next month and mail outs will once again commence. The only good news in terms of any improvements that occurred in regards to Lipcrack.com, is that in the process of assessing equipment and functionality for track development (while I’m fairly certain the current equipment could be used somehow and is all that would be required to produce another one), some 20 additional apps that work on the computer and do a variety of tasks were located and could be used for all range of purpose in music development. I’d liken it to a field day mushroom picking. You might find three basket fulls to make a nice mushroom soup, you only need two but the third can be freeze dried for some time later. No point letting them go to waste. Oddly enough while all range of app’s are built for your particular computer or phone, it doesn’t always mean it will work on someone else’s.
Have a great month and catch up with visitors again next month.