Quirky News of the Web — September 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 Revenge of the Beiber — Maniacs

It was as ground breaking as learning that Justin Beiber is not a virgin, the 16-year old heartthrob shattered the hearts of his legions of fans by being caught making out in the back-seat with his tour-mate Jasmine Villegas. The beibermaniacs jealousy meter skyrocketed and they quickly hit Twitter and made #getsomejustin a trending topic in which they teased and mocking the star for “gettin’ some“.  Things got so bad to the extent that his agent tried to step in for a little damage control. But finally it was Justin who managed to pull a quick one on his fans recapturing their hearts by kissing another girl, you go playa!

The Blacklist: Google’s Response to Defamation Conviction

Google, Google, Google: What have you done to piss the French off?

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. The new function, which suggests options as you type in a word, brought up the words “rapist” and “satanist” when the plaintiff’s name was typed into the search engine, legalis.net reported.

The court ordered Google to make a symbolic payment of one euro in damages and take measures to ensure they could be no repeat of the offense.

Google’s Reaction:

Google's Blacklist

Google's Blacklist

After reading Mashable’s article which was published only a few days after the conviction, I think that Google is trying really hard to fix this problem and avoid further convictions by monitoring and regulating its instant suggestions with: Google’s 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.

Facebook & Twitter Stalking: Court Orders May Apply!

You think life could never get more complicated then you read a news headline that goes something like this: Stalkers could be banned from Facebook and Twitter in major crackdown on harassment. In other words, there are talks about applying certain existing laws to limit stalkers from targeting their victims through social networking sites. The [...]

“Twitter: The Movie”… Are You Kidding Me?

Once you think: “This can’t get any weirder!“, you find out that you were totally wrong! With Facebook’s “The Social Network” trailer becoming a hugely viral hit, it seems to make sense that real social networks would become breeding grounds for trailer spoofs. The latest: “Twitter: The Movie.”...

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Twitter Saves a Life, by Preventing a Suicide!

Twitter Saves a Life, by Preventing a Suicide!

If you take the time to really look, you will find that sometimes, social media has the power to solve problems and maybe even save lives!

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The ‘Haul’ Video — Learn Social Media by Example

The ‘Haul’ Video  — Learn Social Media by Example

AllThatGlitters21 aka Elle Flowers

Every teen queen knows, a bountiful trip to the mall is never complete until you get to show off your 'Haul' to your BFF but now with social media you can have a much bigger stage to show off on! In essence that's what a Haul Video is all about. But this is not all, the Haul video seamlessly ties in micro-reviews, clues about...

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Feeling Lonely? Why Not Rent a Friend?

Feeling Lonely? Why Not Rent a Friend?

Do you want Michael to be your friend?

This evolution of moving into more personal and more private interaction would have realistically ceased at the level of friends and family, but what about those who don't have their friends and family immediately available to them? What about those who want to spend time and hang out with their friends rather than just stay in touch....

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WTF: Are You Next on Facebook’s Hit List?

WTF: Are You Next on Facebook’s Hit List?

Three teens who were on a hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say. Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it.

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Quirky News of the Web — August 2010

Quirky News of the Web — August 2010

Sesh Roulette, the quickest way to catch a case

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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