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October 24, 2008

Friday Recap 10/24/2008

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s almost time to relax, or maybe like the kids attending Scary SEO you’ve already started. I know that they’re kicking back by now because I saw it with my own two eyes!

Yup, the two-day search engine marketing mini-con going down in Florida today and tomorrow is being streamed on the new video sharing site dedicated to the search industry, IM Broadcast. If you missed it today, they’ll be back tomorrow, and you may even be able to catch our very own Christopher Hart’s presentation on SEO project management. You’ll also want to check out IM Broadcast for the many videos on SEO, SMO, PPC, affiliate marketing and so on, that have found a cozy place to all hang out together!

These days California has even made voting a cozy experience by opening drive-through polling booths. My state is genius! And lazy. That’s what 350 days of sun and sandals can do to you. Google’s also making it easier than ever to get to your polling place with their U.S. Voter Info site and maps of voting locations. [I just found out my polling place is literally up the street from me! Yay! –Susan]

But it’s not easy trying to make the world a perfect place, poor Google. This week they ran into some resistance to the launch of the new iGoogle. As one of the few who likes the new canvas view, let me just send a little smiley their way — easier than ever now that Gmail’s got emoticons. :D

Also working to make the world a smilier place, actresses Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones have found the best way to cope with the lousy economic state, and I couldn’t agree more! I also get the warm-fuzzies from this list of ways to make your office life more eco-friendly.

The art form that is drunk dialing/texting/emailing, often results in warm-fuzzies of the messaging variety, but just as often, they’re not-so-friendly. To protect you from, well, yourself, Gmail’s Mail Goggles program may put an end to the late-night pastime of drunk emailing. Brilliant or tragic? You decide.

In my opinion, it will be a real tragedy to see newspapers go the way of the dinosaur, but my all-time favorite medium is facing hard times. I’m hopeful that it’s not the end, as I’ve seen an impressive evolution in the way newspapers are finding their way in the Web space.

One woman who doesn’t appear to have adapted well to the virtual world has been arrested for murdering her ex’s avatar. Unfortunately for her, the punishment won’t be virtual.

And finally, a new fan-, won-, marv-, uh, what’s the word… oh yeah — really sweet tool for writers who can’t find that word that’s just out of reach. I can’t tell you how handy this could come in on those days. You know those days.

Things I learned from Boing Boing this week:

  • Duct tape move out of the way. Scotch tape is the new wonder adhesive.
  • Scared of snakes? Pre-historic snakes were way worse.
  • Parrots in slo-mo are like angels wearing rainbows. (My faves are the first, second and last.)
  • While you’re out picking up pumpkins to carve, grab a watermelon, too. [Mmm, brainalicious. –Susan]
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