Every once in a while, I like to play, “How did I survive without this?” If you’re old enough to remember the day before cell phones, then you’ll remember how important it was to carry change around with you so you could make a call at a payphone. When was the last time you saw a payphone — other than at the airport? I fondly remember a time several years ago when a friend invited me over to see this new device called a TiVo. My reaction, “Me want.” Last week, my microwave was on the fritz, and I had to go five days before I had a replacement installed. I survived, but I can’t imagine living without a cell phone or a DVR. This brings us back to trending topics. (It does!). How did we know what was a trend before the Internet. Right now, Scotland and a bunch of football players are trending (the latter for all the wrong reasons). If you wanted to know what was trending way back in the pre-Internet days, you would have had to take to the streets. Yes, that would mean actually talking to people.
If you want to see some fine examples of capturing the trending topics list, look no further than Apple. True story: this week’s topic is all about trends, as you’ve probably already guessed. Today’s post is all about the new iPhone. Before writing, I checked in with Google Trends. Top trending topics? “When does the iOS 8 come out?” Coincidence? I think not. Just another prime example of how I’m in complete sync with the universe. Plus, everyone is talking about the new iPhone 6, so it’s not much of a stretch. As of this writing, there are upwards of four million online pre-orders for the new iPhone 6, and we’re still just a few days from the phone being sold in stores. Yes, they are already lining up outside the Manhattan Apple store. In fact, there has been a line since September 5th. Talk about dedication to a trending product. To help you decide if the new iPhone is the iPhone you should have iPoll has rounded up some specs.
Yesterday, the Google trends were all about football. This morning it’s Dancing With The Stars, Urban Outfitters and Surge soda. Apparently, that last one is a drink that was put out by Coke back in 2001 to compete with Mountain Dew. It couldn’t compete and disappeared as fast as it came. However, thanks to an Internet Surge movement, Coke is now selling the soda again but just on Amazon and for a freakish amount of money: $14.00 for a 12 pack. This is a great example of the power of the trending — this soda was brought back because it became a trend.
Keep in mind that just because a topic isn’t trending at the moment, doesn’t mean it’s not a trend. Consider your new car. That new car smell will always be in demand, but there are several other development trends that are changing how a car looks and operates. Most of us drive cars for at least five years before making the switch. Often, it is a lot longer. That means if you’re going shopping for a car this year, you’re in for a lot of pleasant surprises. The following is iPoll’s list of new car trends you should look out for.
At any given time, something is trending. The number crunching wonks that work for various Interwebs marketing companies would like nothing better than to have their employer top the trending list. Of course, there is no way to guarantee that every trending topic is a positive one. For the most part, trending topics are like an instant snapshot of the zeitgeist of that moment. How’s that for fancy talk? As of this writing Miss America, Seahawks, RG3, Brandon Marshall and the Green Bay Packers are what’s trending on Google. Yes, you get a lot of football stuff on Monday morning! Here at iPoll we’re all about what’s trending. We want to keep you engaged and get the conversations flowing. We also want you to participate fully in as many Mobile Missions as possible. This is how trends are born.
Ever since we found a way to communicate with written symbols, there have been some form of books. I consider the pyramid walls, chocked full of hieroglyphics, a kind of early graphic novel. Books for the masses didn’t come about until Gutenberg fired up his printing press and started cranking out Bibles. Then everybody had the chance to read and discuss. The book club was formed. While the modern book club might have its members reading their tomes on a Kindle, that still counts. If you like reading and you’ve got a few friends who enjoy literary pursuits, then it is high time you formed a club. iPoll will show you the way.
When it came to social groups in the ’50s, there was a fine line between clubs and gangs. The gangs were referred to as “greasers” and went around wearing leather jackets and quoting Marlon Brando from The Wild Ones. They were rebels without a cause. Yes, they occasionally got into some shenanigans, but for the most part, they outgrew their greaser ways eventually and decided to hunker down and start families. That’s when they began to join clubs. Just as today, there were plenty of social clubs one could be a part of back in the ’50s. A lot depended on where you lived and who your friends were. With these clubs, you were never far from a place where everyone knew your name.
After-school clubs have been a staple of schools since the bells began ringing at three o’clock. There has always been a gap between “pencils down” and “dinner’s ready.” Why not fill it with a club or two? After-school clubs are a structured and positive way for teens to stay engaged, form friendships, and step away from the video games (unless of course it is a gamers’ club). I checked the website of the nearest high school to my mission command center. They currently have 25 active after school clubs, ranging from art appreciation to poetry to the World Peace Club. These kids have got it going on. If you’ve got a teen heading into high school, you might want to check out that school’s after-school club roster. Here are some types of clubs to keep an eye out for:
Becoming a member of a club provides you with a sense of belonging. Many clubs are purely social. Nothing wrong with that! However, a few clubs were specifically designed to teach valuable life lessons. The experiences and memories created within these clubs can last a lifetime. We’re talking about the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of America. These are two well-established organizations that provide interesting activities and lessons for young people. If you or your kids have been a member of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, then you already know all about the history. For those who need a refresher course, read on!
Groucho Marx once quipped, “I’d never join any club that would have me as a member.” Sadly, this meant he never joined any club, because who wouldn’t want to hang out and trade barbs with Groucho? Today there are many versions of clubs all around the world. These run the range from ancient orders to Dungeons & Dragons to book clubs and afterschool programs. Joining a club lets you pursue a hobby or simply increase your social interactions. However, there aren’t many clubs that let you earn money by joining. iPoll would be that rare exception. When you become part of the iPoll Mobile Mission Club, you have a chance to earn cool cash every time you step out of your door.
Did you hear that the TV powers that be are looking to bring back the 90s sitcom Full House? Dallas has come back. And there is a current Boy Meets World sequel on the Disney Channel called Girl Meets World that features a grown-up Topanga and Corey as parents. Yikes! Clearly, this idea of resurrecting old TV is not new. Over in the feature world, they are constantly rebooting characters and borrowing from TV. Not to take a swipe at Full House, Dallas, or Boy Meets World, but it is high time that we bring back some TV shows that really matter. Fortunately, I have the list of the top five shows that need a comeback.