“Delete Post… Delete Post!!!”

If you’ve ever Tweeted while being enraged, inebriated, or a U.S. Congressman, then you know the feeling of wishing you hadn’t posted something online. The folks at Retrevo — a large consumer electronics reviewer and shopping site — recently conducted a study of over 1,000 people to find out what percentage of social media users had posted something they regret. Below are the highlights, but check out the full post, too.

Study Highlights:

– Have you ever posted anything online about yourself that you regretted?
35% of everyone surveyed said yes
54% of respondents under 25 years old said yes
32% of respondents over age 25 said yes

– Of people who posted something online that they regretted:
11% said it didn’t cause any other problems
3% said it ruined their marriage or relationship
6% said it caused problems at work or home
15% said it caused problems, but they were able to remove it.

– Smartphone Owners
51% of iPhone owners have posted something they regretted
43% of Android owners have posted something they regretted
45% of BlackBerry owners have posted something they regretted

– Smartphone owners are 26% more likely to post something they regret.

In the Cards: Ball State Thrives with Smartphone Technology

Indiana is truly blessed to have the many esteemed public institutions of higher learning that it does. Thanks to efforts from Indiana schools, men have walked on the moon, more people now survive cancer (ask Lance Armstrong) and our food is grown incredibly efficiently. But lest we not forget, the fine folks in Muncie are considered a national leader in the world of technology. Here is just one example:

Under the direction of computer science professor Paul Gestwicki students spent an entire semester developing several dozens applications for Google Android. The new smart phone operating system was launched in 2009 and quickly is proving popular with consumers as potential rival to the BlackBerry and the iPhone.

When they were done in fall 2009, 18 students with no computer programming experience had created a bird-watching program, several games, an English-to-Spanish tutoring system, math flashcards, and a Dungeons and Dragons character generator with Web-based database storage capability.

"This was an incredible experience because it opened new doors and new ways of thinking for all of us," says Travis Cawthorn, ’12, of Frankton, Indiana, majoring in accounting. "I created a game that should be fun to play with for hours. Let’s be honest, many students my age use smart phones for entertainment."

The class was part of an experimental partnership between Google and several technology-centered universities including Ball State, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Colorado, and University of Michigan.

Google provided the class with 20 G1 developer phones loaded with Google’s Android operating system and gave them access to the new App Inventor for Android, which makes it possible for users with no programming experience to create mobile applications.

And stay tuned for our September/October edition of BizVoice for my article on Ball State’s WiMAX test bed. The school’s work is helping America’s top companies perfect their wireless broadband technologies and rendering Ball State an archetype in the field.