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December 23, 2009

Friday Recap: Midweek Minicap Edition

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Happy, er, Wednesday? With Christmas just around the corner it’s a short week for most, so you get your mini recap early.

This morning Bruce Clay, Inc. came together for some jolly making around the tree. Hot cocoa, apple cider and eggnog were all close at hand, though it was an otherwise dry gathering. Nowadays “dry” doesn’t necessarily mean alcohol-free. With the help of a newly developed technique, vodka and other liquors can now be distributed in pill form. Can you say “trouble”? [To clarify, there was no drinking going on at the party. –Susan] Please! I had a belly full of cocoa!

We also held a Secret Santa gift exchange this year, and I had no idea the secret was supposed to stay a secret! I want to thank my Santa for their thoughtful gift! (If you’re reading this, I love my gift! Whoever you are, you have excellent taste!) If you’re stumped for gift ideas, consider making a donation in someone’s name to one of these worthy charities.

There’s the Red Cross:

[12/22/09 2:34:44 PM] BCI-Paula Allen: I had no idea the Red Cross can be called out with the fire dept

There’s also the Modest Needs Foundation [I’m planning on donating to this in the upcoming year. –Susan]:

[12/22/2009 11:12:27 AM] BCI-Susan Esparza: Aw, heartwarming.

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Deena and her daughter Jayna at the BCI holiday party!

Helping us to be responsible consumers, Ann Smarty informs us of the “greenness” of online shopping. Spoiler alert: while online shopping can be greener in certain circumstances, there’s really no cut and dry answer. Shop smart!

Today’s holiday party was a reminder of the power of community to spirit to bring joy and togetherness. Last week we were reminded that community spirit should be a part of your online efforts in Does Your Website Have Community Spirit? because a sense of belonging goes a long way.

An old Christmas classic was given a clever search twist in Twas the Night Before Caffeine. Who knew search engine infrastructure could be so festive?!

Here’s another Christmas tradition gone mod:

[12/18/2009 8:57:46 AM] BCI-Susan Esparza: I think there is a limit to the level of bacon related products that you can have before they become tiresome. These are still on the awesome side of the line.

This next one’s on the infuriating side of the line. It appears that Verizon has made it so that Storm 2 BlackBerry devices on the network are restricted to search only Microsoft Bing from the browser’s search box. I can understand setting the default search engine, but making it impossible to set the search box to anything but Bing is going too far.

The Google Blogoscoped blog also scooped a new Google tool:

[12/22/09 3:02:07 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: neat little tool

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched a forum to discuss public access to federally funded research. The forum is set to run through January 7 and will move on to the next stage from there. Let your voice be heard.

While that sounds really smart, here’s something a little less intellectual:

[12/18/2009 3:55:10 PM] BCI-Paula Allen: Note to self: Register; make millions.

We’re reaching the end of a year, nay, a decade! As is tradition, the end of something means lots of reflective lists. For a laugh, enjoy the top 10 stories on Digg, and in a more serious vein, check out the top 50 SEO posts of 2009.

Kristy Bolsinger’s list was more forward looking than those above, in All I Want For Christmas — A Social Media Wish List — great tips for any social media marketer.

And just for fun, I’m going to close on a totally unrelated note — Susan’s favorite Gawker picks this week (all commentary is by Susan, copy-pasted from our Skype convo):

  • Facebook doesn’t care about Fort Hood (and other inflammatory deductions).
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  • You know you’d do the same thing.

Happy holidays, everyone! (And be sure to come back tomorrow for a rare glimpse of Santa Clay!)

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One response to “Friday Recap: Midweek Minicap Edition”

  1. Jeff McIntire-Strasburg writes:

    Thanks so much for the link, Virginia… I was really happy with Ann’s post.

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