Quirky News of the Web — November 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.

Ugly People Need Love Too

TUBB Love

The Ugly Bug Ball is a site for those who are “aesthetically challenged”, people who have been fighting ridicule and loneliness their entire lives because of their looks. The site offers a safe space for people to “dive into an ocean of uglies and have more choice“. To mark the success of their approach, the website is celebrating their first engagement. Tom Clifford, who describes himself as a person who has “a face that makes children cry“, met Janine Walker and they fell in love and plan on getting married soon, the website awarded the couple with a free honeymoon to Borth in Wales.

[HOW TO] Getting the Elderly Up To Speed On The Internet: The Prerequisites

It is certainly not an understatement that the internet has revolutionized communication for my generation, but at the same time, there are plenty of people that missed this revolution’s train and now they are feeling more and more isolated since everyone has completely migrated to the internet.

My mother is one of those people; she has been holding back on learning how to use a computer or browse the internet for the past 20 years, but now that everyone is just sending their photos through email and Facebook rather than through a post, and they send each other messages through the internet rather than through voicemail, she has been getting more and more interested. Therefore, I decided that it is time to bring her up to speed on the net. So in these posts, and hopefully some follow ups, I will be introducing her to the various parts of the net and I’ll be sharing with you various parts of what we have learned together. The aim is to create a method for teaching those computer holdouts how to use computers and the net and making the internet interesting, enticing and relevant for them using social media.

The internet is vast in what it offers and while a students starting point for learning to use the internet might be Google, for my mom, her interests lies mostly in Facebook. Facebook allowed me to only teach her using one platform what was split up into 5 or more platforms just 3 years ago, it combines chatting, messaging, profile updates, address book, pictures and videos on a single platform. So I decided that this will be our starting point.

Prerequisites

Gmail and Facebook are enough!

An email is still a requirement for setting up your online presence. So, after finally finding a suitable Gmail account name that doesn’t involve numbers – so that it is easy to remember – I went on to setup the account, and saved the username and password in the browser. Upon logging into the email account, I checked the “stayed signed in” so that my mother won’t have to deal with usernames and passwords, and I also added a bookmark that is visible at the top of the browser.

Black Friday Social Media Campaigns

Black Friday is a shopaholic’s crack cocain, it’s the one day that people don’t need to make spurious reason for why they need to buy an item, they just do. The name comes from the accounting practice of marking off profits with black ink, and the Friday following Thanksgiving marked the first day that retailers traditionally went into “black”.

This year Social media has forced marketers to change their game plans while they traditionally were tight lipped about their offers, now they are trying to create buzz among consumers and trying to out-do the competition by carrying on a successful social media campaign that will help them attract more than their share of an expected 138 million shoppers that will hit stores this Friday.

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PicFog: Exposing your Twitter images to the world!

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