Lexmark adds Twitter to printer
Another productivity reduction opportunity
It was recently joked that Twitter's downtime marked a boom in worker productivity - or would have if World+Dog hadn't been spending its time by posting 'why is Twitter down?' messages on Facebook.
So popular are these social networks in the workplace that Lexmark has added the ability to use them through its networked printers.
Yes, if you have a Lexmark Web-connected All-In-One printer, you can download Twitter and Facebook apps - Lexmark calls 'em SmartSolutions, a term only a marketing droid with the brightest of pearly white smiles could come up with - and read Tweets on the machine's touchscreen. A second app lets you search the Tweetosphere.
Meanwhile, Says Lexmark: "Our new Facebook SmartSolution will allow you to view News Feeds, Wall Post, comments and pictures directly from the touchscreen of your All-In-One. You can also print pictures from your albums and feeds without even turning on your computer."
Lexmark has a video on YouTube showing both apps in action. ®
So people can't even be disconnected for the minute or so it takes to scan or print a document.
Clearly Social media has become a threat to public health. We need to start putting restructions on it like other threats to public health.
Plenty of room for it.
It's amazing how much junk you can stuff in there if you leave reliability and repairability out.
It could be worse...
They could give the printers email address so they could spam your printer... oh wait...
This is what happens when they fire everyone and have marketing come up with the new features. I guess they are just trying to out stupid HP. If only they spent half the money they spend on making it had to use no-name ink on making the printers work better.
Now were is my toaster / wifi hotspot combo?
It's not a *bad* idea, on the face of it...
...but it is SO wasted on Twitter. There ought to be an RSS reader and simplish HTML parser so we can use our printers to check El Reg and BBC News headlines, plus read the articles that interest us.
Of course, we will know humanity is doomed when your kettle includes an LCD display in the handle that provides scrolling Twitter updates from Stephen Fry.
releasing yet another paper jam from this !#~'!ing printer! lol