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December 19, 2008

Friday Recap: In the Spirit Edition

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The BC writers started their weekends off right! Last night I went to the most head-bangingly awesome concert.

Metallica! I am not even kidding.

And Susan and Katie (Have I introduced you to Katie before? Everyone, meet Katie. Katie, our beloved readers. You guys play nice, but not until you’ve finished reading today’s Friday Recap, hear me?) went to the special crew (that’s Katie!) screening of The Spirit.

[We'd totally tell you all about it but super-secret Hollywood agreements mean that we'd have to ship Katie back to Albuquerque to face Abu-Ghraib-style torment. She promises us details after the December 25th release. I'm not under a confidentiality agreement so I'll tell you it's freaking awesome. --Susan]

That’s all to say we are in a jolly mood at the Bruce Clay offices, just counting down the days ’til Hanukkah and Christmas! And so are my favorite weblebrity gamers, the folks from The Guild.

Last year, my favorite present by far was my iPhone. It’s been attached to me ever since I got it. I used to think it could do everything but I was wrong. Now it can do everything — like let you know if you shouldn’t drive yourself home after all that egg nog and mulled wine. iPhone app developer Konami announced a version of Dance Dance Revolution that lets your fingers do the walking. And Microsoft released its first iPhone app, Seadragon Mobile, which allows for high-tech mobile photo-display technology.

Speaking of presents, there are some great opportunities to give to causes this holiday season while at the same time feeding your need for Web 2.0. Use that heart of yours this season. If you don’t have one, I hear you can pick one up at the car wash.

If you’re trying to think of something new to get that loved one who really deserves a lump of coal in their stocking, try a healthy lesson in humiliation. If you’re looking for a perfect gift for that blogger you love, how about a Pulitzer Prize? Yeah, I’d take one.

No weekly roundup would be complete without news on what the search engines are up to. Google AdWords has spiced up the paid search results for the holidays. The pretty images couldn’t save the search engine from dropping off the Ponemon Institute and TRUSTe list of the top 20 most trusted companies in the U.S. Could have something to do with sneaky stuff like this.

On the flip side, Yahoo’s getting props after announcing that the search engine will anonymize their searcher data after 90 days. Ex-Yahoos have created the Purple People Collective, a resource to help their laid-off peers transition to their next position. In somewhat belated news, Live Search is testing MSNBot 2.0.

A recently reported sleepwalking behavior has researchers amazed at the complicated processes people can perform in their sleep. A woman claims that while she slept she turned on her computer, logged into her email and sent several obscure messages. That makes two reasons to use Mail Goggles.

The end of the year means top (insert number here) lists. E-commerce marketing firm Invesp released its list of the 100 most influential Internet marketers of 2008. Michael Streko graciously awarded his annual list of the top 20 people who didn’t suck. What an honor! Now to subscribe to 120 new blogs and Twitter feeds…

I love the Internet as much as the next gal, but such ridiculous hypothetical scenarios are unnecessary. I also love me some Flight of the Conchords. And those wacky Kiwis are hyping the new season (starts January 18!) with a YouTube lip-synch contest. I bet you could top Andy Dick’s attempt. Okay, actually, that’s pretty funny.

Where my Apple fanboys in the house? Apple gave Macworld the cold shoulder this week, announcing that Steve Jobs would not be giving his usual keynote speech and that January’s event would be the last that the company participates in. Kara Swisher at All Things Digital showed us that Apple’s press release is eerily close to the infamous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa” letter of yesteryear. Also, Apple fans in the Big Apple may be disappointed to hear that iTunes downloads may be taxed.

Burger King, usually a shining example of a company that’s doing viral marketing right, seems to have overlooked search in its most recent project. It’s still better than their latest product release. Sorry, I don’t need my man to smell even remotely like charbroiled beef. Maybe if you’re looking to attract a pack of hungry dogs — but even butt-sniffing canines would prefer to lick garlic salt off a road worker’s pants. What?

Ralph Wilson posted his PubCon interview with Aaron Wall in which Aaron runs down some innovative ways to attract links to your site — for free! Aaron runs SEO Book, and in line with the release of the video interview there’s a great post up over at the SEO Book blog on small business link building ideas.

I’ve got some good news to share with you regarding the recession. No, it’s not over yet. But, it has brought down the price of yummy, yummy lobster. And it’s helped reintroduce people to laughter. Try it once in a while. Also, there are some serious deals ripe for the swiping.

And to prove I’m not getting soft

What your cat is really thinking

Things I learned from Boing Boing this week:

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7 responses to “Friday Recap: In the Spirit Edition”

  1. Michael Martin writes:

    iPhone doing everything?!?!

    What about video recording, physical keyboard, open source, CUT & PASTE – Android CupCake Update – oh and Android will shortly be able to display FLASH.

    Happy Holidays to everyone and a great 2009 SERP prediction from Bruce at PubCon of which I am in complete agreement.

    ,Michael Martin

    Google And Blog

  2. Lily writes:

    Am I coming from a deep few months sleep or I just saw Adsense ads on the youtube video above????

  3. wannadevelop.com writes:

    Staying busy as always eh :)

    Regards,
    Mike

  4. chris writes:

    I find it ironic that your last post was about tolerance and yet this one includes an image which uses the word “gay” in a non-PC manner. Just saying… :)

  5. Virginia Nussey writes:

    The word “happy” would have screwed up the rhythm, ya know?

  6. Virginia Nussey writes:

    It’s easy to slip into hibernation this time of year :) http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/google-goes-gaudy-with-youtube-ads/

  7. Virginia Nussey writes:

    Okay, okay. Maybe not EVERYTHING. If Android gets Flash support they’ll be ahead of the game if I’m keeping score. Happy holidays to you too, Michael!



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