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

South Park on Facebook – Hilarious yet True

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched South Park Season 14 Episode 4, you can bookmark this page and read it later.

I have been a fan of South Park ever since it came out, and it has always astonished me by how they tend to always be relevant to current events and always take an insightful and refreshing look at things. So when I heard that they are going to tackle Facebook in one of this season’s episodes I was thrilled and knew that Trey Parker and Matt Stone will take their scalpels and dissect Facebook gently and humorously, and last week when I watched the episode it didn’t disappoint.

As always with every South Park episode I ended up laughing hysterically, but I also came out with several lessons out of it.

Social Media Networks are just masked dating sites

No words are truer than the ones that come out of Cartman’s mouth, and one of those statements cut through the core purpose of why most men use Facebook. Facebook is just a nice way to stalk  your female interests and keep up with them, so that’s why the statement “Chick friends are worth almost triple what dude friends are!” couldn’t be truer.

Why is Facebook Panicking about the Panic Button? Thoughts & Insights

It seems that sex offenders, murderers and stalkers are seeing Facebook as a great and effortless platform for seducing and attracting children and causing tremendous disturbances in families and in the overall safety of the community!

An Interview with a Pre-Social Media Dinosaur!

In efforts to lay down the facts for you about the difference between pre-social media times and the times we live in now, we decided to interview someone who witnessed life through less geeky eyes. Someone who was there before the internet grew to become one of life’s necessities.

How to Plan the Perfect Trip – Where & When to Go On It

How to Plan the Perfect Trip – Where & When to Go On It

What do you feel like doing?

Take a look at how social media changed the way we travel and our out of country experiences, through tools and sites such as Facebook, Trip Adviser, Voyji, Seat Guru and Couch Surfing.

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Facebook: Facts and Figures Infograph [image]

Facebook: Facts and Figures Infograph [image]

Now the fact that Facebook has a lot of users, more than 400 million of them, is pretty well known by now but there are some more starling figures that are included in this infograph by Website-Monitoring.com. Some of the more interesting figures are that more than 50% of active users log on to Facebook on any given day, that must...

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Nestle: Even Giants Are Afraid of Social Media!

Nestle: Even Giants Are Afraid of Social Media!

Nestle's Facebook Page

Nestle's fear is all related to sustaining its image. Understandable of course. However, the over protective and controlling method which they are going about to protect this image and reputation seems to be upsetting the crowds and bringing more criticism than positive reactions!

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HOW TO: Create a Kick-ass Facebook Fan Page

HOW TO: Create a Kick-ass Facebook Fan Page

The Victoria's Secret PINK

One of the main tools that a business should equip its self with in its social media marketing assault is a Facebook Fanpage. Now no need to get into the "Why" (but if you insist --- those 350 million users should be the only reason that you need) but we are going to be concerning our self with the "How" today. We will go over...

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The Chronicles of Facebook: The Ex-Detective at Work!

The Chronicles of Facebook: The Ex-Detective at Work!

The Ex Detective @ Work :)

Are the many tricks Facebook is pulling out of the same hat helping it face the numerous criticisms and accusations its facing?

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What Is It Like to Work With Facebook & Zuck?

What Is It Like to Work With Facebook & Zuck?

We have all heard about how it feels like to work in Google and how Google is the trend setter of creating the perfect environment for creativity and employee retention. But Facebook is different, rarely have we ever heard about how it feels like to work with Mike Zuckerberg, a company that employs more than a 1000 able people must...

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