Mass Moonwalk at 6pm?

by Claire 26/06/2009 11:07
 
 
Michael Jackson's death last night flooded the Internet.  News came first via gossip website TMZ and then spread unusprisingly to twitter.  At 11.30pm last night least 30% of Tweets involved the topic of Michael Jackson.
 
During this time the TMZ website crashed from the surge of users, as did celebrity gossip site PerezHilton.com and twitter was frequently over capacity, struggling to fully load profile style sheets.

Social media trumped traditional print media with many early editions of newspapers missing the headline, such as the Independent, The Guardian, the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and Metro.


A topical satirical message came across the internet airwaves, relating to the recent Habitat Marketing embarassment.

"Very sad about Michael Jackson. HABITAT - for all your furniture needs - habitat.co.uk."

A more interesting idea came from twitterer @robmanuel who said: "If I claimed there was a mass moonwalk being organised for 6pm at Liverpool Street Station would anyone believe me?"

The idea of a moonwalking flashmob is remeniscent of a similar stunt held by T-mobile earlier this year which saw actors and some eager passers-by dance around the station to music from the announcement speakers.

Using the twitter search, it's possible the see how many re-tweets (how many users have passed this on) there have been.  In half an hour there's been 60 re-tweets and growing.  Will we see mass moonwalking at Liverpool Street at 6pm today?  Might have to head down with some shiny shoes and find out.



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We're getting a bit of a Hunch..

by Claire 18/06/2009 10:11
It appears that not only do we need search engines, but we also need 'decision engines' to tell us what we should do, think, or like.  Bing, the new Microsoft search engine, is not only a Google competitor, but also offers an untraditional function of "decision engine," says Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer.

Another sole-purpose decision engine has recently hit the world wide web.  Hunch.com does what Bing does not; it gets to know you, and becomes more intelligent.  It's the concept of a Furbie that tells you what you think, on a website.  Whereas Bing attempts to tell you decisions based around a string of results, Hunch asks you a list of questions, slowly 'getting to know you' - or rather, storing your data - and uses this to answer your query more specifically.  Created by a team of MIT computer scientists and founded by Caterina Fake who is the co-founder of flickr it's already gathered 2,400 questions, and 50,000 possible outcomes, allowing the program to get very specific the more it gets to know you.

It's not all quite as pointless as it sounds though, even if does resemble a pop quiz and persuade your office that no work is occuring in your vicinity (today I had fun 'researching' it).  Away from 'should I go to the park?' it's more informative and can prescribe cocktails, fashion designers, and your new favourite Twitter app.  Yes, unsurprisingly Twitter's there already.  It can also tell you why you're always late: will "it's because you spend too long playing on wasteful internet sites" be a result?

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Twitter Calendars at the Ready!

by Claire 17/06/2009 02:51
Organising your life around Twitter? "No, don't be foolish, that's for geeks."  Probably quite right, but themed days of the week are taking off.  Hashtags are ways of giving conversation topics a name and organising content.  If I want to talk to the twittersphere about 'office smells' then I might say 'smells like pancakes in the office today #officesmells' - thus someone might reply 'smells like dog over here #officesmells'.  It's not difficult science. (It's not actually science.)

So away from #officesmells and back to the new trend of #charitytuesdays which have just become pretty big.  Logically, they occur on tuesdays and now less in-your-face and demanding than regular chartiy giving, all your followers can find out about your cool charity prowess through the 'virtual badge'.

One enthusiastic Monday night the founders of Lovebox.org.uk came up with the idea and it caught on pretty quickly, gaining popularity within the first two hours of release.

"It's done absolutely remarkably well," says John Carnell, Chief Executive of Bullying UK.

This absolutely remarkably good idea stems from simple daily themes already trending on twitter such as #musicmonday (tell people what music you're listening to) #followfriday (suggest some people that you like following), #woofwednesday (claimed by dog-lovers)and #thankfulthursday had a bash too (say what you're thankful about).

Will this extend to the weekend?  Interestiongly twitter users appear to tweet mostly during the week, so it'll be interesting to see if anything makes it big in the twitter calender.

Or use Twistory to put your tweets into a calander;
 
"You didn't realize it, but you really want those Twitter messages in your calendar"  
 
..Sounds ace!


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Facebook to get "vanity usernames"

by Claire 11/06/2009 10:20
News in: Facebook's going to be offering its 200 million the ability to replace a string of numbers with a username.  On 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13 (5am on 13 June GMT for us in the UK) the floodgates will open like Selfridges on boxing day with hungry facebook customers jostling for their favourite 'pinkkittygirl' username - or more seriously, the many people that rely on a brand identity (with sites such as twitter, flickr, google, myspace, and domain names) and will hope to continue this through facebook.

One problem though: with over 10% of the world on facebook won't the usernames eventually become as long and as complex as the mass of numbers we started out life with?

More seriously, facebook have issued a warning:
 
"Think carefully about the username you choose. Once it's been selected, you won't be able to change or transfer it. If you signed up for a Facebook Page after May 31 or a user profile after today at 3 p.m. EDT, you may not be able to sign up for a username immediately because of steps we've taken to prevent abuse or "squatting" on names," they say.
 
So what about brands and celebrities that are too slow for this bandwagon? With Twitter busy this week creating 'verified accounts' for its users this week following a string of complaints from celebs about fake accounts, will Facebook come up with a response to this?


Maybe we shouldn't take ourselves so seriously all the time..
 
 

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Twitter: addictive for some...

by Claire 09/06/2009 04:49

Twitter: addictive for some, egotistical yuppie nonsense for others.. and now research to prove  it!

According to new research, 10 percent of users are making a massive 90 percent of tweets.  Harvard looked at 300,000 users and found that 40 percent of users stopped making posts after their first day.  With sites like @bbcnews or @guardiantech you can use Twitter as a 140 character e-reader to get your daily dose of news.

Not just this though, with research finding that not everyone's engaging in the phenomenon; two-thirds of people follow fewer than ten people and 25 per cent of people don't follow anyone. They also found that twitter users are more likely to follow men and not women, unlike other social networking sites.

 

According to this technical diagram courtesy of Despair.com, Twitter is the sole social networking site to attract Narcissisistic, Stalking, and ADHD personas.

So for big names such as @Wossy (and a personal favourite @CharltonBrooker) it might be a great way to tell us about socks, the weather and hot pants. Meanwhile for the majority, we either stop tweeting or get addicted.  It does seem that once you're hooked through, the somewhat irrelevant nonsense of your day becomes important news.  

Now, off to a certain website to tell you all about this lovely blog post I've just written...

 

via: readwriteweb.com and news.bbc.co.uk

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We are now Tweeters!

by Dudley 04/03/2009 03:29

We* here at (untitled) have finally caught up with the social networking times (although we haven't got a mybook or facespace yet) and are fully fledged tweeters! We hope not to become tweeterboxes, I'm not even sure if that much goes on here besides arguing about who's making the tea to be honest, but if any tweeple out there liked to twead our tweets and keep updated on (untitled) studio life then click here or alternatively, thanks to the amazing Apostolis, you can twead the latest tweets at the top of the blog.

* I use the term 'we' lightly as I know it will probably be down to me to update it. 

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