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February 5, 2010

Friday Recap: Freakishly Out of Proportion Headline Edition

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Welcome back, Friday! We missed you so! Lots happened while you were gone. Lemme tell you all about it.

Facebook celebrated its sixth birthday by getting a facelift. It hasn’t been rolled out to me yet, though I’m sure Facebook users everywhere are so excited about yet. another. redesign. Yawn…

Now this one’s a little peppier — it made me laugh anyway. You know how geek is the new black? Well the real geeks aren’t so keen on having their culture kidnapped by the mainstream, as explained in 10 “Geeky” Things That Are Not Geeky, So Quit Acting Like They’re Geeky. Sorry guys, but everyone hearts geeks now. You’re popular. Deal with it. [Hipsters need to step off our turf is all we're saying. —Susan]

The Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) is conducting its sixth annual State-of-the-Market Survey, and everyone should totally participate. The info gleaned is good for the whole industry — and participation is good for you, too. If you fill out the survey you’ll get the final report free, saving yourself $249! The survey is open until Monday, February 22.

As you may know, February is Black History Month and in the spirit of remembrance (and entertainment) a series of motivational posters pays tribute to the occasion. Here’s the one I’m ordering for the office:

Bill Cosby quote on motivational poster

The annual Doodle 4 Google contest is back and this year’s theme is “If I Could Do Anything, I Would…” Young’uns grades K through 12 can enter the competition for a chance to have their artwork on the Google home page. Registration ends March 17!

It looks like Mexico might be jumping on the Twitter censorship bandwagon. The reason? To reduce crime, of course. You know, because the drug traffickers are using Twitter to communicate quickly. And rather than get hip to the technology, the police want to ban the social networks. Because well-connected, well-funded underground organizations aren’t going to figure out a way around that…

Much more impressive is AT&T’s attitude toward social media:

[2/3/2010 2:00:37 PM] BCI-Paula Allen: AT&T is using Facebook to engage and doing it right — case study

Over on social news site Digg this week, an astute eye might have detected a hack had taken place. But on closer inspection, it looks like the spooky face in the page source code was really a clever advertisement for a soon-to-be-released video game. What will they think of next?

That was just the question I asked myself when I discovered that my cousins to the north have a slightly different way of doing things:

[2/4/2010 3:46:22 PM] BCI-Virginia Nussey: fun fact about canada
[2/4/2010 3:47:19 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: I knew that about Canada. Also their Mountain Dew doesn’t have caffeine. Why on earth would anyone want to drink noncaffeinated Mountain Dew?

Pshaw! Good question, Susan. Here’s another good question. Who in their right mind doesn’t retrieve these strange, unclaimed airline baggage items! A 300-year-old violin? A Space Shuttle camera? A 40 carat emerald? If you don’t want them, I’ll take them!

Things I learned from Boing Boing this week:

  • Jon Stewart took the blogosphere to task for overhyped headlines. Giggle fit commences.
  • China thinks pajamas are totally ruining its image.
  • I take proper grammar and punctuation very seriously. It can actually be a matter of life and death.
  • Twitpics. In space!

Alright, that’s it for me today. Friday, I’m all yours!

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3 responses to “Friday Recap: Freakishly Out of Proportion Headline Edition”

  1. FreeMsPointsGuy writes:

    great post. on another note, i really dont like that facebook keeps changing their interface while your’re just getting used to it haha yea annoying. Also thanks for posting the “10 geeky things” post, i had some laughs.

  2. Mark writes:

    I think it’s ironic, though not geeky, that the Sempo survey link ends up at a badurl.htm page. It links to a response.jsp page, which doesn’t seem quite right either (shouldn’t I take the survey before I go to the response page?). In any case, I haven’t been able to figure out how to get to the survey from your link and even more ironically I can’t for the life of me find anything about the current survey on the SEMPO site itself. Go figure.

  3. Virginia Nussey writes:

    Hmm… that’s actually pretty funny, Mark. I wonder if it’s going to the response.jsp page because I’ve taken the survey and it knows that? Here’s a tweet from SEMPO linking to the survey: http://twitter.com/SEMPOInstitute/status/8637583113. If that doesn’t get you there, I don’t know what will… :P



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