It always brings a smile to everyone to read those amusing, and sometimes weird, occurrences in the world of social media. It seems that 2010 has started out strong, so far, with a lot of news really bringing a smile, or a smirk, to many. Sadly, given our information saturation, we sometimes miss the chance to actually read a bit more about them or even skim through the headlines and quickly miss the chance to enjoy them.
So here at Thoughpick we collected the headlines that we thought were amusing and warranted to be visited, or revisited by people:
“No Kicking Penguins”
Colby is a seven year old that started a craze that reached all the way to Antarctica. When his mother just happened to kick an inflatable penguin across the hall, this kid felt offended and expressed himself by painting a picture of a women kicking a penguins with a crossed circle on top of it; making his position clear. This was so cute that it caught on among the family until one of them decided to post it to Reddit where it was celebrate and gave birth to a fund-raising effort for Autism. So visit www.nokickingpenguins.org and support Colby’s mission by buying a T-shirt. Next campaign seems to be “No Kicking Flamingos”
Apparently You don’t Own your Identity… Facebook Does
Harman Bajwa, a Facebook affectionado, was told by Facebook that the name Harman has no clear connection to his identity and hence FB revoked his vanity Url. Of course, the link was not left vacant and was immediately “sold” to Harman International, effectively establishing a system in which your username is the property of the highest bidder. After the outcry, the PR mess and a FB group that even Mark Zuckerberg joined, the vanity URL was returned and FB apologized about the mix up, claiming the reason was for ‘copyright’ protection rather than ‘monetary’.
Twitter … In SPACE !
Astronaut T.J. Creamer posted the first unassisted tweet the other day from the ISS’s new Crew Support LAN. While previous tweets were sent through email the new system allows astronauts to have remote access and control of a computer on the ground utilizing a laptop on the station, effectively allowing astronauts the browse the web via an “Ultimate Wireless Network”.
I read it on the “internets”, it must be “true”
While all those net-only experiments never really appealed to anyone – not even the person doing them – and were largely publicity stunts on par with the balloon boy, this one smells different. Five journalists are set out to (re)find the answer to the heated question: “How reliable will news be if your only interactions with the world at large where through Facebook and Twitter only?“.
They will be stuck in a farm house, stripped of their cellphones and other forms of communication and they have to report on stories using only Facebook and Twitter as sources. The experiment aims to test the reliability of information in social media. Expect a lot of celebrity gossip and fake deaths reported!
Thee Are Worthy of “THE Bill Gates”
Bill Gates has finally felt that Twitter would be worthy of his presence and has also rejoined Facebook. Followers of THE Bill Gates quickly rushed to welcome him and pledge their pleasure and allegiance making him hit the 100,000 mark in as little as 8 hours (putting the Oprah drones to shame). Although he was selective in his replies, there was something interesting; the first two people that he followed were actress Ashley Tisdale and Queen Rania of Jordan. What’s up with that Mrs. Gates?
With so many stories and the amount of skimming going around on the internet we feel more and more inclined to ignore the little stuff, while becoming international experts on tectonic plate movements and tsunamis (or whatever is in season). So it helps to step back a little a great a breathe of fresh air every once in a while.
What do you do when you come across such headlines? Do you feel that you are too focused when it comes to your sources on the internet? What are your thoughts?