Ever have one of those days where you’re ready to do something big but all you do is respond to emails with people who are either highly efficient or they are just waiting for your email so they catch and shoot the rebound? It’s 3:30pm and I’m thinking it would’ve been a faster phone call…
Anyway, while I’m “in a meeting” which means it’s time to nam on some web soup. Today is June 12, 2012 and here are five byte sized hits of the things you should know about today.
“Whats the fuzz with jews. You can’t even see if a person is a jew, unless you see their penises, and even if you do, you can’t be sure!?”
Real people say real things regardless of what the greater population deems “right” or “wrong”. That’s a fact. Was it bad?
- A Medieval hoodie is sweeping the web and got the maker, Chadwick J. Dillon’s Etsy account suspended. He also is impossible to contact. You can see all his updates on Facebook but no way to message him. *SIGH*
- Prometheus… sucked? reddit explains it all thanks to redditor Happyguy815. So get all those questions answered… Nat. (Nat saw Prometheus on opening night, FYI)
- There’s nothing “new” about the “new” MacBook Pro. Natch. Are you surprised and/or disappointed?
The hottest things we found on the web!
1. Order pizza in Dubai with a magnet - Because making a phone call takes way too long
2. 8-bit beer - Gimmicky and delicious. $8.49 for a 4 pack!
3. Burrito Bison Revenge - Kill time the Marie way!…By killing gummy bears.
4. Twitter on the Shitter - No no, not what I’m doing right now…Make your TP someones timeline.
5. Fight the Foot - Hope for TMNT in Fan Flicks.
There you have it. That’s what we loved on the net this week. Let us know what you think, and tell us via @NatandMarie if you have anything you’d like to see on the next Hot 5. Tune in wednesday at 9pm EST on NatandMarie.com to see what we dig up this week.
Some dude named Mark Davidson is apparently a social media consultant and guru. Really it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that over the past 12 hours a former employee goes rogue and starts typing angry posts.
Now, I’m not saying it’s fake, but I’m not entirely convinced it’s real. Mainly because, who leaves all those tweets up? Screen shot below of @MarkDavidson’s account.
But, I’m starting to think it’s a lame marketing ploy so he can go to his next public speaking gig and pull up the stats and say, “Manipulating the conversation is easy when you appeal to users’ emotions. Can you believe that they thought I would have 3 ghostwriters to manage one twitter account? hahahahaha. Stupid, Twitheads. They’ll believe anything!”
Then a room full of boring people in suit jackets and jeans, will live tweet to the hashtag #SMAwesomesauce, just before they circle jerk over questions about metrics and mow down on sponsored swag.
Twitter is making me irate these days. I think I’m going to go thow something at someone who is Tweeting right now. brb -m
This is what was going in in the world this week!
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is leaving Twitter - for start-up incubator called Obvious. Twitter now without creators fully focused on the micro blogging site.
Google+ - Google’s answer to Facebook is now in its next round of tests. Add your email to get notified about the next round of invitations!
Uproar in Egypt over a tweet - Naguib Sawiris one of the richest men in Egypt tweeted pictures of Minnie and Mickey mouse dressed in conservative Muslim attire. Pictures caused Facebook and Twitter campaigns asking for a full boycott of Naguib’s telecom company.
Internet as a Human Right and the CIA - The CIA is developing briefcase sized Wi-Fi hotspots that can be brought into Iran to give citizens internet access when the World Wide Web is shut off to the country.
When phone lines got knocked out, the internet was largely unaffected. Doctors were able to send out messages to let people know where to get medical help.
“Our experience has shown that social networking services, run concurrently with physical support, were significant in triumphing over many difficulties in the recent catastrophe…” - so said Japanese Doctors.
Badass. Awesome. We love it. Twitter has another practical use. Win. What else? Oh, yeah, TEPCO, the folks responsible for the Fukushima nuclear power plant - the one that was (is?) moments away from going South - has started their own Twitter account. With over 300,000 followers and little over 80 total posts, the Twitter account was designed to give out updates on the state of the damaged reactors.
Japan, the country with the incredible Tsunami warning/emergency system, has found an intelligent and effect use of Twitter to help folks. I also heard that Twitter popularity in Japan is higher than Facebook… before or after Tsunami?
Playbook - Research In Motion just released its answer to the iPad, the BlackBerry Playbook, to some not so good reviews, and not a whole lotta fanfare. Definitely not the iPad 2, but we’ll see how it goes! Check out some of the over 3000 apps available!
Twitter makes you a quitter - …but it also makes you a masturbater? According to this blog, Twitter users are more likely to break up with their partners than are their non-tweeting counterparts, and tweeters apparently masturbate more….hopefully not while they are tweeting
Weird Al Yankovic is a master hype man - There was a bit of beef last week when Weird Al wrote a long blog post saying that he wouldn’t be selling or creating a video for his Gaga Parody “Perform This Way”, as Gaga herself had vetoed the song after he had created it….but apparently Gaga didn’t even know it had been ixnayed? My first thought was that Weird Al made the story up to build some hype for his upcoming Album “Apocalypse”? Apparently it was all a miscommunication though as Gaga had never heard the song and her manager had made any decisions on it for her….hmmmm. Anyways, it’s been given the go ahead, so we’ll be seeing a video soon enough!
Vote Compass - Canadians are going back to the polls on May 2 and some U of T political scientists along with the CBC have launched a tool to make your decision a little easier. “Vote Compass” takes all the main issues parties are building their platforms on and helping you find out which of the Big Five shares your views all under 5 minutes.
CBC “Citizen Journalists” - CBC is also looking for 13 “Citizen Journalists” (one per province and territory) to blog about the impact of the 2011 federal election from their part of the country. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be considered.
Justin Bieber - Typical, but especially trending in France…C’est Typique!
Angry Birds- The addictive game becomes the real live action thriller Movie!
Hack Twitter Trending Topics? - Did a guy in India figure out how to hack Twitter Trending Topics? With only 2 tweets he was able to get his topic trending in India. How? He’s not saying, but there’s a call out for folks who want to participate in the next round of testing!…or is this some kind of early April Fools Joke?
1. Real Life Mario Coin Block- Make your own, then you’ll be RICH!
2. The Bicycle City - What happens to a impoverished developing nation when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? Progress. Check out the trailer for the inspiring doc The Bicycle City!
Our very own @DariusBashar, co-founder of DailyChallenge.org spoke to us this past week via Skype (Skype/NatandMarie) to tell us about his recent trip to Ghana giving bicycles with @Cadbury and The Bicycle Factory.
3. Elephant Quest - Fun Flash Game anyone?
4. 24 hour London, UK Twitter Traffic - Tweets are red dots while the yellow things are the retweets between accounts.
5. Neu Sex - Porn Star turned photographer @SashaGrey turns the camera on her world in her new monograph.
OH My Gawd! Justin Bieber was trending!!! I know so out of the ordinary…but seriously it wasn’t because the Twitterverse was talking about his new bangs that he unveiled at the Globes, nor was it because his 3D biographic movie is coming out in 2 weeks (can’t wait)…It was because there was ANOTHER Justin Bieber Fake Death Hoax! The first Celebrity Fake Death Hoax of 2011 I might add. Honorable mention goes to Snoooki, who also had her own bout of Fake Death this week! Here’s what she had to say about that, “I’m not dead bitches, get real”.
Black People make up 25% of the Twitterverse and start trends like #hoodhoe
If you only get paid when yo baby daddy get paid #hoodhoe
#hoodhoe emergency kit= leggings, track glue, cab phone number, ebt card, rush visa card, boost mobile phone and pre paid legal
I don’t get that last one fully, but apparently funny, but also “racist” and demeaning trends are started and proliferated mostly by the black population on Twitter. Here’ a great article that goes into detail about the trends started and also urges black people to use their power of numbers to promote positive black culture rather than derogatory culture. Check it here!
Alay Style “JuD9e mE aLL y0u wAnT, jUSt keEp tHe VeRdiCt t0 y0uRsELf.”
Alay is an Indonesian word used to mock anyone who uses a writing style that incorporates upper and lower case letters, numbers and SMS text style printing rather than full fledged language that is taught in school. The style of writing is now referred to as Alay Style. It’s kinda confusing, this article explains the phenomenon Gr8! ««my attempt at using it!
Malaysian Prime Minister-answered his publics questions from Twitter and Facebook via youtube videos. Pretty cool seeing as the last we heard of the Malaysian Prime Minister Derek Zoolander was being brainwashed to kill him by Mugatu. More here.