Quirky News of the Web — April 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.

The 1st lady’s 1st tweet

What is this? I don't know how to do this!

What is this? I don't know how to do this!

The first lady was coaxed by CNN’s Ed Henry into posting her first tweet ever. Given her husbands track record of using his Blackberry and spreading his message through social mediums, it is surprising that it too this long for her to test the waters!

@flotus Jay Sucked and wasn't a lot of fun

@flotus Jay Sucked and wasn't a lot of fun

Best “Server Down” Message Ever. Kudos to Grooveshark!

I was just surfing to Gooveshark to listen to a crazy song* stuck in an infinite loop in my head. If you don’t know what Grooveshark is, it’s one of my favorite websites to listen to on-demand music online.

Today, I got their server-down message. But, it’s not your regular “server is down” message, thus this post!

If you’re geeky like me, you’re going to love this. Here it goes… meet Pickles:

Grooveshark's Pickles panda bear

Grooveshark's Pickles panda bear

I found this hilarious and just had to share it. I guess the fact that I felt the need to share it, makes it social-media related. Seth Godin’s definition of the word “remarkable” pops to mind.

Makes you wonder: if something as simple as a “server down” message can be made in a way that is as note worthy and remarkable, why are people struggling with understanding what “social media” is all about.

* P.S: If you want to know the name of the crazy song stuck in my head, it’s Jogi by Punjabi MC. Don’t judge me! :P

Earth Hour 2010 – Learn Social Media By Example

Earth Hour is an event organized by the WWF to raise awareness about global warming that started off in the city of Sydney, Australia in 2007, and its message spread like wildfire through the internet by word of mouth through social media networks and blogs.The event usually takes place at the last Saturday of March between 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time for all the participants.

In the 2009 event, 88 countries and 4,159 cities participated in Earth Hour of that year, with the biggest participant being the USA and an estimated number of 80,000,000 participants in 318 cities across 8 states.

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Little Chubby Lin Yu Chun – The Newest Meme on Youtube!

First, it was Justin Bieber, and now the chubby Taiwanese Lin Yu Chun: Is social media becoming the new star attraction and lift off? I am inclined to say I believe so!

Augmented Reality Campaigns — Learn Social Media by Example

Augmented Reality Campaigns — Learn Social Media by Example

Twitter is buzzing

There is a new marketing landscape that is starting to form with internet ads and campaigns. According to data from the Pew Research center 40% of internet users claim to have "never" clicked on ad on the web, and 77% of them totally ignore those ads. Given the reluctance of internet users to click on internet ads, and their habitual...

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Don’t Piss on Youtube Because Google TV Might Just Piss on You!

Don’t Piss on Youtube Because Google TV Might Just Piss on You!

Google Ads On Your MF TV

More and more people are watching TV on the web on Youtube and Hulu. Those people proved everyone in the television industry wrong because they believed people will not sit and watch an hour long show on their computer screens. This instinct to fight change comes naturally to all industries, they are just too slow to react to revolutions...

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Who the F*** Is Justin Bieber?

The other day I was flipping through the channels, just trying to numb my brain in between things and not trying to think of anything in particular. It is one of my favorite procrastination techniques and an absolute time waste. As I was flipping I happened across a music channel, I'm inclined to say MTV out of habit but since they...

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The New Dork – Entrepreneur State of Mind, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys Spoof [video]

"The New Dork" is Grasshopper's latest video targeting entrepreneurs and aiming to raise brand awareness. According to Jonathan Kay of Grasshopper (@GrasshopperBuzz), the video got over 150,000 views in the first day and Ashton Kutcher even blogged and tweeted about it

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Tron Legacy Viral Campaign – Learn Social Media by Example

Tron Legacy Viral Campaign – Learn Social Media by Example

The Puzzle Being Revealed

Tron is by definition a cult classic that spawned a video game, a comic book and an up and coming TV series. The movie was released in 1982 to mixed critical review, while it had a solid story and featured the first heavy use of CGI in a feature film it never appealed to the critics or the general public. But there definitely was...

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Harry Potter Tweet – Learn Social Media by Example

Harry Potter Tweet – Learn Social Media by Example

People are still using it...

With this campaign, you can select from a range of spells and then cast a spell on your chosen followers Twitter account. The three spell-casting options include shrouding the follower's Twitter page in darkness, sending a flock of birds that fly across the screen and declaring affection for a follower by sending a love potion.

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