Quirky News of the Web — Feb 2010

While news like the new Google Buzz, the new Facebook interface and soon to come mailing system dominate the headlines, there are always smaller headlines that tend to go unnoticed. They are the headlines that let us know how individualistic and unique some of the interactions on the web can be, and how much social media is shaping our world in ways that we could not have fathomed 20 years ago.

So the Quirky News of the Web section will be dedicated to those pieces of news that might go unnoticed but still pack quite the punch.

Google only looks out for Google’s privacy

After a wild party hosted by Orkut Büyükkökten, a senior Google engineer, Google exec barred the pictures of the night from being posted on the web. The home-warming party was wild, with  female and male strippers, booze and God knows what else; so there was a good reason for the ban. Thankfully, we can always depend on Facebook for leaks when Google fails, photos of the party surfaced on it.

Orkut at a party in Jan. 2009

Orkut at a party in Jan. 2009

Ambushing the Google Street View

Tipped off by their friend to the schedule of Google’s Street View filming truck, a couple of friends from Norway decided to ambush it. They did it with style chasing after it wearing wet suites and trying to hunt it down with tridents.

Now that’s the best 15 seconds of fame story I’ve heard in ages; I wonder how the Google crew felt about them. A local newspaper tracked them down and interviewed them to get the scope of how they have done it. You can go and see it on Google Street View here.

Facebooks convicts convict’s pages to the bin

Facebook has taken down 30 user pages upon the request of the British justice secretary after he received complaints from victim’s families that they were being used to taunt them. The prisoners having been using their Facebook pages to vent out their thoughts. Thoughts like wishing for a remote control so that the prisoner can “mute or delete people when I need to” and another one mentioning how he “couldn’t wait to see the fear in peoples’ eyes once he gets out“. The pages have been taken down by Facebook within 48 hours of the request and the secretary expressed how prisons are cracking down on smuggled cell phones. Of course, in order to detect those cellphones all visitors are now requested to sit on a special device that will scan for any contraband in the visitor’s orifices… OUCH!

A Japanese Pop star is born

The latest pop star sensation in Japan right now is none other than 14 year old Rebecca Flint, better known as Beckii Cruel. She is set to release her debut album on Wednesday which is expected to top the charts over there. She started off by posting Youtube videos of her dancing to Japanese pop music and just recently played to 600 hundred of her fans in Japan.

Basically to be a pop star in Japan all you need to do is look like a cartoon and act cute!

Bored of your online friends? Cam with a stranger!

People you might meet on Chatroulette!

People you might meet on Chatroulette!

The latest big thing on the net that is garnering quite a bit of buzz lately is the Chatroulette. It’s a website that enables you to randomly video chat with people from around the world. After taking it for a spin, it’s staunchly evident that most of the people on the web nowadays are quite eccentric. From exhibitionists to the costume wearing to frat boys being their obnoxious pity selves they are all there, but it’s quite the novelty to “see” them all in one place!

So what was your favorite piece of odd news lately? Share it with us in the comment section below…

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6 responses to “Quirky News of the Web — Feb 2010”

  1. Beiruta says:

    LOL!!! Funny! My favorite is:

    “a couple of friends from Norway decided to ambush it. They did it with style chasing after it wearing wet suites and trying to hunt it down with tridents.” Hilarious!

  2. Roba says:

    I love these posts! My favorite one is the first one. Google is becoming the new Microsoft. Sob.

  3. galkinelli says:

    Chatroulette. “it’s quite the novelty to “see” them all in one place!” Yeah. I am way too old for this. This is for 18 yr. olds. A bunch of weird people sitting around the cam, looking to pick someone up. Really really really weird. You know I am talking about “eww” kind of shiver.

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