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August 5, 2011

Friday Recap: Beer O’Clock Edition

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According to my peoples on the Facebook, it’s International Beer Day. Now if that doesn’t make your Friday special, you may be doomed to an eternity of parched misery. J/K. Bartles & Jaymes Fuzzy Navel all the way, baby.

Whatever your beverage of choice, why don’t we both enjoy this one with a cold one (your boss need not be concerned with our little game) and see if we can’t have a little Friday Recap fun. Let’s start at the bar and venture on from there. The robot bar, to be exact!


This next one made my day since suddenly the light bulb is on. With this video, the question “hipsters: why?” has been put to rest. Society’s most ridiculed subculture is simply the natural evolution of yuppie, hippie beatniks. As we already knew, they just can’t help themselves. Thank you, puppet teachers. Since the days of Sesame Street, you’ve never failed me.

If you’re a history buff or find old people adorable, you’ll enjoy this clip from a 1956 episode of “I’ve Got a Secret.” Watch 96-year-old Samuel J. Seymour coyly reveal his mystery: he witnessed President Lincoln’s assassination. The cigarette company sponsorship and Sam’s winning prize add an extra dose of vintage delight.

I know this next one’s so last week, but since there was no Recap, I gotta give a shout out to the White House for showing some hu-meme-or. On Twitter, the @whitehouse busted out a rickroll. Some may argue they’re late to the party, but if you ask me, the classics never go out of style.

Hissing cat

Now that we’re loosening up a bit, I think it’s time for some gossip. This week, Microsoft and Google had at it with some catty tactics. First, Google wrote a blog post outing Microsoft and Apple for colluding to take out Android by buying up patents, the consequence of which would require Android device makers to pay high licensing fees to use said patented technologies. The alleged hope was that the added expense would discourage device developers from using Android, opting for Windows Phone 7 instead.

Microsoft fired back on Twitter that Google had been invited to the patent purchase, it was their choice not to join, and those patents could have just as well been theirs, too. Google’s retort: “Yeah, and how would we have defended against you if the patents were both of ours? We want our own patents.” To which Microsoft replied: “What team players. ” Confused? Check out TechCrunch’s we-said-they-said coverage.

Now tell me if I’m wrong, but infographics are like cocaine in the 80s. They’re fun and cool. They’re kind of addicting. You find mountains of ’em everywhere you go. And don’t take this the wrong way, but it may be time to lay off ’em a bit.

Oh who am I kidding?! Everyone can use a stiff line from time to time, so check out this collection of notable infographics making the rounds the last couple weeks. Wait, what? Oh, it must be the alcohol talking. Um, that makes it better, right? [Disclaimer: Bruce Clay, Inc. does not condone the use of illicit drugs or excessive infographics.]

This week Eric Enge interviewed the most trusted mustachioed man in SEO and their Q&A on search and social integration will get you thinking.

Likewise, musician John Mayer had insights to share with music students this month, raising important questions about whether social media can harm the creative process and the value of promoting one’s art online. We don’t often get to hear from this viewpoint in our industry echo chamber and I appreciated the new perspective.

Before you jet off to your weekend, don’t forget to cast your vote (up to one a day, please!) for the post you feel gives the best Digital marketing advice for local businesses. Voting is open until next Wednesday. The grand prize of our contest is an All Access Pass to SMX East, and with a prize like that, I’m glad I’m not choosing the winner myself. No pressure. Happy weekend!

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2 responses to “Friday Recap: Beer O’Clock Edition”

  1. Kent writes:

    Hi Virginia, thanks for the infographic, very useful for my readers and for my customers! :)

  2. John Minter writes:

    Funny how I was celebrating beer Friday last week without even knowing of the holiday! Thanks for the read and I especially enjoyed the clip of the 96 year old who claimed to have seen Lincoln’s assassination.

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