Odd Stuff

Cool Tip: How to capture screenshots on your iPhone

If you’re a blogger, tweeter or regular garden geek, you’ll like this little iPhone tip. It’s not an earth mover, but you will say “Oooo“.

As someone who blogs, but lacks design skills, I find the process of creating images – particularly screenshots (aka screen captures) – to use in my posts a little clunky. I don’t have Photoshop, so I bodge it using trusty old Paint. Results can be a little hit and miss.

That changes with the discovery on my iPhone of the screen capture feature. I found it by accident, after an image of a webpage I’d read earlier appeared in my Photo album. A little bit of digging revealed how my clumsy fingers had stumbled upon this niffy little tool.

Capturing a screen shot

It’s quite simple.

  1. Find the image / webpage you want to screen grab
  2. Hold the ‘home’ button at the base of the iPhone
  3. Press the ‘power/sleep’ on the top of the iPhone
  4. There will be a white ‘flare’ on the screen and an audible click as the image is captured
  5. That’s it! Open the Photo album on your iPhone to locate the image file

You now have a file on your iPhone you can upload to your blog / website or tweet to a friend.

Bonus Tip: If a friend foolishly leaves his iPhone unsecured in your presence, you can always screengrab a copy of his iPhone home screen and set it as Wallpaper. I’m not condoning this childish behaviour, but I’m just saying…

Odd Stuff

Social Media 2009: In Doodles

Okay, so I’m really late on this one. There was snow and…well, snow really.  It’s 2010 and it’s really time to put finger to keyboard again.

You’d have to have been in a dark hole for a fortnight not to have seen the deluge of 2009 reviews across the web. There are some really great ones out there, but after a while repetition sets in and you’d rather tackle that mountain of paperwork than look at another one. However, when I saw the video below I had to sit up and take notice due to the novel approach taken to illustrate (pun intended) the key events of the year.

The video and sketches are by a guy called Rob Cottingham, who I have to admit I’d never heard of before this (though his 3,000 Twitter followers are looking smugly on). Rob has a great sense of humour and is very adept at finding the giggles and snorts in technology.

Check out his Noise to Signal blog here. I’ve added the blog to my Google Reader and followed him on Twitter, so I’ll no doubt be sharing more of his stuff throughout 2010.


Innovation Odd Stuff

Space for hire

Would you pay a guy $1 (or £0.60p at today’s exchange rate) to wear your branded t-shirt for a day?

Seems an odd question, but hundred’s of companies are apparently doing it.

Jason Sadler of has made $70,000 this year by selling ad space on the tshirts he wears, according to Mashable. Prices start at $1 for January 1st, $2 for January 2nd and so on until you get to $365 for December 31st. It’s working so well that he has sold out all of 2009 and the first four months of 2010. From next year the prices have doubled (outrageous price hike!), but you do get the benefit of his friend Evan wearing your t-shirt too.

Aside from the people he meets during the day, your t-shirt will get exposure on his blog, his Twitter and Facebook accounts, plus photos and a video show.

So is it worth it?

Well, the daily video blog runs on, which reports his videos have been viewed over 129,000 times since 16th December 2008. He also distributes the video content to Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion among others. The top video on Youtube (below) was watched over 9000 times, though most sit around the 150-350 mark.

So there is plenty of exposure as a whole, but it’s debatable whether your single day of exposure and subsequent viewings will have much impact for you. But then we are only talking $1…

As an advertiser, I’m not convinced I would do it. Yes, it would be pretty easy to get a ROI, it would probably only take one person to visit your site or purchase your product to make the investment back. But in that scenario, it’s almost not worth the time to process the paperwork (unless of course you sell high price products). You probably have other more pressing projects that need your attention.

Where it would work, is if you could make the video of him wearing your t-shirt the one that reaches 9,000+ views and get it to prompt a whole series of purchases. For that to happen you’d probably need to have an extremely clever idea or giveaway, and utlise it as part of a larger campaign.

What really impresses me about this though, is the fact that it’s a great idea. Kudos to Jason for making this work. He’s come up with a really simple idea and found a way to make it work. And did I mention he made $70,000 wearing t-shirts? I do that for free. Actually no, I pay brands to wear their tshirts. I’m a mug.