Quirky News of the Web — January 2011 #want1million #imafish

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.

Want To Earn 1$ Million? Just Ask For It!

Craig Rowan, some of you might recognize him from his “College Humor” videos, had a simple request of the internet and he had posted it a few weeks back:

A simple straight forward request to give him a million dollars, and not for any grand project or anything, just because you are able to. Lo and behold he was successful; a mysterious Benjamin contacted him and sent him a notarized obligation to provide him with 1$ million on February 2nd at the NYC Comedy Theater. Now, expect to see a flood of people asking for money and starting a new trend of people asking for change online.

Google Jumps in to Aid the Egyptians

People in Egypt today are hoping to organize a million man March, and the government has cracked down on all communications channels. Their last internet server provider, the Noor Group, has gone offline and there are talks about shutting mobile networks as well.

A Voice From Egypt

In a move that truly displays that there is still a caring and beating heart inside of the company, Google has released a service especially for the Egyptians so that they will be able to communicate with each other and the world. The new service will allow people to call in on specific numbers and be able to tweet their phone calls through the speak2tweet Twitter account. Tweets will be posted under the #Egypt hashtag with links to the phone calls. People will also be able to listen to the latest tweets, on this account, using the same service. In an environment that is starved for information, this will truly contribute and help in not only aiding the spread news but also in organizing.

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