Quirky News of the Web — October 2010

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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.

Meg Whitman’s Campaign’s Unfortunate “Oopsie”

It is really amusing following the mid-term elections this year, especially the number of loonies who are parading themselves as legitimate candidates, people like the I’m-not-a-witch O’Donnell, or the lying Miller time. It’s just one amusing train wreck after the other, and one of the most amusing so far has come courtesy of the Be-scared-of-Latinos Whitman’s campaign, in which a campaign spokesperson had the misfortune of missing an “r” in the link she retweeted, so instead of linking to this she linked to …

Who must be the luckiest Youtuber on earth for getting it since invaluable gesture of free advertising from the Whitman campaign, and the best justification that the spokesperson could come up with for her gaff was “oopsie“.

XKCD’s Map of Internet Communities 2010

It’s as if Randall Munroe of XKCD has been eaves dropping on the conversation. Shortly after Ethan Bloch posted his updated version of Munroe’s original map, which we posted on this blog earlier on last month, he went and posted his own take on the Map of Online Communities 2010 and it is LEGENDwait for itARY !

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The details on this map will keep your eyes glued on the screen for some time while reading all the indecipherable small print on each isle and sea. I really love how he depicted the blogosphere as a peninsula of conservative and liberal blogs separated by “the Bay of Flames” or how Craiglist has a giant crater at the edge of the island as a result of them removing their adult services. Certainly this is one juicy comic from XKCD.

So which version do you like better? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section below.

The Blacklist: Google’s Response to Defamation Conviction

Only some days ago, a Paris court convicted US search engine giant Google and its chief executive, Eric Schmidt, of defamation over results from its “suggest” function. Google’s response: The Blacklist!

Google Pretending to Care? — Two New Transparency Tools

Corporate Transparency and user information privacy are hot topic issues on the net, and with bigger and bigger services people are becoming more and more aware that their information is not solely accessible by those whom they decide to share their information with. Their information might be shared with hackers, nosy friends, and even governments. Google has released a couple of new services that will address privacy issues and raise the level of transparency that Google has about its interaction with the governments of he world.

FAIL: ‘Hack is Wack’ Video Contest — Learn Social Media by Example

FAIL: ‘Hack is Wack’ Video Contest — Learn Social Media by Example

Viral for All the Wrong Reasons

Symantec is certainly a power house when it comes to anti-virus and security solutions and it is one of the top brands in the business but when it comes to its marketing initiatives let us just say that they are lackluster to say the least. Their latest surely has been born after an extended "brain storming session" between their...

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HTML5 + Google Street View = Music Video 2.0

HTML5 + Google Street View = Music Video 2.0

The Arcade Fire

The video starts by asking you to input your childhood home address after which it will pull images from Google Earth, and Google Street view and age them in order to incorporate them into their video giving the entire soundtrack a nostalgic feel.

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The Walled Gardens of the Internet

The Walled Gardens of the Internet

Is the Web at a Dead End?

It is one thing for Prince, or whatever name he is going by these days, to proclaim that “the internet is dead” and that “all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.” It is a completely different thing when a [...]

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Quirky News of the Web — July 2010

Quirky News of the Web — July 2010

Isn't This Precious?

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...

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How To: Disable Facebook’s Social Plugins

How To: Disable Facebook’s Social Plugins

Instant Personalization on Yelp

It is already pretty ubiquitous on the web,; your Facebook profile seems to pop up everywhere! If you go to CNN, you find yourself already logged in with your Facebook profile and able to comment with it. If you go to Pandora, your music preferences are automatically shared with the site.

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20 Top Social Media Jokes, Clips & Cartoons May/June 2010

20 Top Social Media Jokes, Clips & Cartoons May/June 2010

We are back with more efforts to bring a smile to your face and brighten up your day! Therefore, we would like to invite you to enjoy our ninth fun collection of social media and networking related cartoons, jokes and clips! (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8)

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