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Quirky News of the Web — March 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.

A Pickle Has More Fans Than Nickelback

Once upon a time a pickle had a dream, and it set out on its seemingly unachievable goal of being more popular that Nickleback on Facebook. So, it created a fan page for itself and asked the question “Can a pickle get more fans than Nickleback?“. It was the 3rd of February and only 16 days later the pickle’s dream was achieved and Chad Kroeger was pissed as hell! The frontman of the Canadian Rock Band, Nickelback. was infuriated and sent this to the page creator:

Is that really Chad?

Is that really Chad?

Safe to say, the page still exists and has almost 1.58 million fans (Nickelback Fanpage has 1.48) and has spawned others like the “Can this pickle get more fans than Twilight“, and I’m honestly cheering for that one!

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

Google Vs. Viacom

Google Vs. Viacom

More and more people are watching TV on the web through Youtube and Hulu. This phenomenon proved everyone wrong in the television industry because they believed people will not sit to watch an hour long show on their computer screens. That comes naturally to all industries, they are just too slow to react to revolutions in technology. The music industry is still fighting tooth and nail to maintain its hegemony on distribution and wrestling with iTunes over pricing and control.

So, naturally, television production studios and companies will try to head towards the same track as the RIAA and the music industry and try to fight the evolution. In the end, it only helps alienate their customers and shows them for their true colors. A bunch of greedy and hypocritical fat cats. A prime example of that hypocrisy is the legal fight between Youtube and Viacom.

13 Viral Twitter and Flash Games Analyzed!

ThoughtPickers dived into the world of simple viral games – mostly twitter and flash based games –. We played, researched, and investigated… but mostly played ;) …

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