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Audio Tweets on Twitter Are Here!

On June 17th Jack Dorsey broke the news that audio tweets on Twitter are now available to be submitted via voice. This is not the typical speech to text you may find in your messaging app. This type of tweet will include the raw audio, literally projecting your voice to millions of followers.

Users will be able to record up to 140 seconds of audio clips and interact with anyone globally. This feature is one of the best additions by twitter in a while, the platform is truly trying to become a public square. 

Subsequently, you’ll see a new waveform icon beside the camera icon when composing a tweet. Tap that, and a red record button appears at the bottom of the screen, which you can tap to start recording your message.

Lastly, the use of audio tweets on Twitter by podcasters will result in huge influxes of fans and engagement. Additionally, audio tweets will alter how political candidates, creators, and tweeters gather an audience. Audio tweets will offer a lot of new challenges for twitter as a publicly traded American based Company. 

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Oddly Observant Long-Term View

Twitter has long lacked intriguing features to keep users engaged. Their previous release of allowing control of who is able to respond to you was not received all that well. However, Twitter is on fire right now with people talking about this new feature.

I have not felt this level of buzz on Twitter around a democratizing feature ever before. I am truly excited to see how big an impact audio tweets will have on creators, businesses, and the world.

The Oddly Observant long-term view is that Twitter begins offering features to their creators, brands, and business that allow for direct monetization and community building. Stay aware and Oddly Observant for new Twitter features on the way!

SpaceX Launch Postponed

SpaceX Launch Postponed

The historic SpaceX launch with astronauts onboard will be postponed until Saturday afternoon due to last second inclement weather. Although, this is saddening to all that are excited to watch, better safe than sorry.

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Clouds came from West of Kennedy Space Center 15 minutes prior to launch. Every piece of data around the rocket is tracked prior to launch. Since millions of things must go right to get a rocket off the ground, it is quite common to see back-up launch dates be used.

Subsequently, with humans on board there is an increased caution to anomalies in weather and other things that could cause launch failure. This would have been the first launch of humans from American soil on an American rocket in a decade.

Updated Information For No Launch

Ten minutes prior to launch clouds formed from the West meanwhile natural lightning started to occur in a tropical storm within the Atlantic. First, during abort of the mission the team would be in massive trouble if they landed within a choppy storm in the Atlantic. Second, due to the nature of today’s launch (only one chance for take-off), the next opportunity will be Saturday.

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SpaceX Rocket Launch

SpaceX Historic Rocket Launch

On Wednesday at 3:30 CT Elon Musk and SpaceX will be conducting a historic launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Subsequently, the SpaceX rocket launch is historic because it will be carrying U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. For the first time in decades there will be American Astronauts launched from American soil on an American rocket.

Additionally, the launch is the most important to date for SpaceX. They have never launched astronauts before, and to say the nerves are high at SpaceX would be an understatement.

The Time for Exploration is Now

Adventure and exploration are some of the most inspiring and productive processes in the human experience. The United States of America put humans on the moon 50 years ago, and since we have not returned. Regardless of past blights from our government, American Space Travel looks primed to inspire and offer practical use for citizens in the current decade.

Elon Musk has offered a much more inspiring future, where we as humans can be a multi-planetary species that is diversified against existential risk. We are just scratching the surface of what we are going to become as we become more intelligent as a species.

Oddly Observant View

Rocket launches are an inherently inspiring experience in person or through a screen. They inspire us to literally shoot for the stars within our own lives regardless of the astronomical odds. We should all take a moment tomorrow to look up at the sky and prepare for our entry into the new Space Age.

Space is the next frontier for us, and I don’t think we should avoid it. In our lifetimes we will be able to go to Space, feel free to link this post in 2050 if I was not Oddly Observant enough.

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Oculus Quest VR

The Oculus Quest VR Headset is the most important device since the original iPhone. The Quest is a fully interactive entertainment and gaming VR system for discoverers of all ages.

The World Is Your Arcade

First, if you have never experienced an immersive VR experience I highly recommend trying it out. Your mind will be blown and ignite with possibilities of the future of collaboration, gaming, and business. Surprisingly, Oculus Quest brings Disney-level entertainment into a fully immersive VR environment within your living room.

With the Oculus Quest you can experience entertainment such as Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and other services in a customizable collaborative VR environment. Subsequently, the Quest allows you to play fully immersive games such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Beat Saber.

The Oculus Quest is sold in two memory options 64GB and 128GB at $399 and $499 respectively. The Oculus Guardian system is designed to remember the boundaries of your play space and help you avoid nearby objects while in-game.

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Top 5 Experiences on Oculus Quest

1. Be a Virtual Explorer

VR Oculus Quest Explorig

The Oculus Quest allows you to experience historic events in the comfort of your living room. Therefore, VR makes learning extremely fun, it is the future.

2. Watch TV, Video, and Apps with Friends

VR Oculus Quest with Friends

Connect in a virtual space with your friends. Lately, this has been one of the top use cases of the Oculus Quest since the outbreak of COVID-19.

3. Attend Live Sports Matches with Friends

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You can always have a front row seat at any sporting event in the world that supports Oculus Quest. Secondly, bring your friends and enjoy the match together!

4. Watch TV, Films, and Apps

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Watch your favorite entertainment with your friends from anywhere in the world. The Oculus Quest comes with several pre-made environments to enjoy the latest entertainment luxuriously.

5. Destress In Any Customizable Environment

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After a stressful day’s work, you could meditate or listen to music in any peaceful virtual environment you can imagine. Sometimes to get away all you need to do is turn on the Oculus Quest. Good one Zuckerberg.

Oddly Observant Future

Amazingly, the surface is only being scratched when it comes to immersive Virtual Reality for the common person. Therefore, much like the screens, internet, and social media have pervaded our world immersive VR will act no different. There is a very plausible future a decade away where we work, play, and discover within a virtual reality. I will let you formulate your own opinion on what our obsession with VR tells ourselves about simulation theory and our place within the construct. For now, just enjoy early VR with friends, we are at a technological turning point.

Joe Rogan and Spotify Sign Exclusive Deal For the JRE

The media world paused for a moment today as the news broke the headlines “Spotify signs Joe Rogan to Spotify Exclusive starting September 1st”. Spotify cemented its role as the lead company in the podcast industry today.

Joe Rogan will still hold all creative control of the podcast. However, the JRE Podcast will no longer be on Youtube in its full length format. Only clips from the episodes will remain on Youtube after 2020. The whole JRE Library including video will be moved to Spotify exclusively; Spotify just made a generational power play.

Spotify Signs Joe Rogan
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The Big Picture

Joe Rogan will without a doubt cash out heavily from this deal, however it is very enlightening for creators to see that Spotify allowed for creative control to continue from the show’s team. Spotify due to its technological infrastructure and licensing deals is able to conglomerate talent, statistics, and features to leverage the power of audio and podcasting.

Rogan delivered a massive blow to Alphabet, parent company of Youtube. Joe Rogan has constantly highlighted censorship issues from Youtube on his podcasts. Subsequently, this fact may very well be playing a part in his decision to leave Youtube for Spotify.

Spotify made a chess move that now leaves Pandora, Apple, Google, and other large technology conglomerates on their heels. With interest rates and economic conditions at record lows, Spotify as a well capitalized company was able to leverage the power to lock in top talent such as Joe Rogan. Spotify can be the omnipresent technology company that pushes forward podcasting and other audio content for decades to come.

Spotify is the best place for podcast creators currently with in depth statistics, tutorials, and features to create a long lasting brand.

Joe Rogan’s Logic

For a look into Joe’s thinking watch the Youtube Video that released alongside the Spotify news. First, Joe offers insights into why he made the decision to move his production to the audio giant Spotify.

Secondly, Joe is a very well thought-out individual who understands that Spotify is the largest audio platform in the world with increasing market share. The decision of Joe to go with Spotify likely accelerated the podcasting industry’s growth greatly.

What does the future look like for Joe? The Oddly Observant view on the situation is that Joe is a man of many interests who loves podcasting. However, the allure of a large licensing deal on top of annual payments with creative freedom, is perfect for Joe. Additionally, being a strategic and analytical mind, Joe will likely want to touch more people’s lives through his actions.

Stay Oddly Observant and be on the lookout for follow up moves from industry competition in the coming weeks.

Peter Shortino