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.
Therefore, 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.
The French discover the fun of binge drinking
The French are peculiar people; they like their wine and cheese, hate the burqa and apparently their police force are begging people to stop binge drinking.
A recent phenomena has been started on Facebook where people call for an outdoor binge drinking fest – called affectionately apéro gêant. The police have made pleas for parties to stop after a 21-year old stumbled to his death over a bridge in Nantes during a party that attracted about 10,000 people. The problem police are facing is that they don’t know who is organizing the party because it is done “anonymously” on Facebook.
I think FB’s marketing should use this story to show case their privacy, or maybe someone can tell the French about something called IP addresses…
United by a tweet
It’s a very normal occurrence: you add someone on Twitter, you start talking to them, exchanging tweets, you develop a relationship with that person, you get to know them better and then realize that they are your long lost sibling!
That’s exactly what happened to Fox web producer Mathew Keys who received a tweet from a guy named Adam Smith saying, “Hey you’re my brother.”
Facebookers piss off Pakistan and Bangladesh
Molly Norris, a Seattle cartoonist, wasn’t too happy that South Park was censored heavily during its 200th episode and had to depict the prophet Mohammad in a bear costume to sidestep the producers. So to protest for the sake of freedom of speech and expression, he created a Facebook group called “Everybody Draw Mohammad day” and declared May 20th as the date for everyone to draw the prophet.
The humorless Muslims of the world didn’t take to the sarcastic nature of the group too well and the governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh were so offended that they decided to block Facebook in protest. To commemorate the day here is one of the finalist for the competition.
You can’t silence the Bieber
You should, by now, have an inkling about who Justin Bieber is, you have checked out the lesbians that look like Justin, and right about now you have became so sick of seeing his name all over the web that you have also installed the Firefox add-on Shaved Bieber which filters and censors any mention of him.
Well you are surely not the only one, even Twitter has became so sick of him being a trending topic that they tweaked their algorithm to allow for newer topics that have a surge in popularity to have an advantage. Mainly to boot Bieber from being a trending topic.
Smart plan but alas his fans were smarter, and instead of having only “Bieber” as a trending topic we also have “Jieber” and “Twieber”.
Peaking at the past
The Museum of London has released a great augmented reality app for the iPhone that was received very well by everyone on the web. The app draws from the museum’s historical images archive to juxtopose historical images in present day London using a combination of iPhone magic and geo-location. Now if only we can get that for every major city.