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September 4, 2009

Friday Recap: Sensation ‘Round the Nation Edition

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Happy Labor Day weekend! I’m sure everyone’s itching to start up the long weekend, so let’s do this weekly recap so you can go on your way and play!

Gmail had an outage on Tuesday. Users appreciated Google’s transparency about the source of the down time. Ironically it was caused by a server upgrade that took longer than expected and ended up knocking the server offline completely. Fun times had by all.

Gmail outages always cause a stir around the Web. Losing touch with your email is very stressful to some. And many people can’t afford to add any more strain to their pressure-filled routines. Forbes published their annual list of America’s most stressful cities. I know I’m a couple weeks behind on this, but if your city is on the list, make an extra special effort to relax this weekend.

happy bacons
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Here’s an idea. Comfort food. Maybe something sweet and savory, warm and crispy melting in your mouth? Tomorrow is International Bacon Day! Whip up some toasty bacon, take a few mouth-watering photos, eat the bacon and let it warm your soul like sunshine in your tummy, and then submit your photos to the International Bacon Day photo contest from BBQ Addicts. Entries put you in the running for a bacon-themed goodie bag.

Winning stuff is awesome. But imagine finding a treasure worth more than $1 million in the $4 painting you bought at the antique mart. It’s a stretch, I know. But one lucky art collector discovered an original print of the Declaration of Independence, one of just 24 known copies, in just this way.

Sometimes there are treasures hiding right before my very eyes, and sometimes the important stuff remains under the hood and out of sight. Edward Lewis, aka pageoneresults, has compiled and analyzed the validation of prominent search industry sites and news sites. The SEO Website Validation Showdown will be regularly updated to reflect the sites’ validation of HTML, CSS and errors and warnings. The BCI blog has some work to do, but we fully intend to fill that red and yellow box with more green.

chaos of going back to school
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With Labor Day we welcome back the school year — “welcome” might not be the right word there, but you know. [Depends if you’re the kid or the parent. For some it’s the most wonderful time of the year. –Susan] When the fall semester starts, DePaul University in Chicago will offer a first-of-its-kind journalism course: Digital Editing: From Breaking News to Tweets. The class will look at how to confirm the validity of breaking news in tweets and how to use the Web to find story leads and context.

Looks like kids aren’t the only ones with homework to do. An online survey by Common Sense Media suggests that parents are out of touch with their children’s social network use. Fifty-one percent of children report visiting a social network every day but only twenty-three percent of parents believe this is the case for their child.

Another survey released last week shows that in July, the online video TV channel Hulu had more unique viewers than Time Warner Cable. Considering the scope of Hulu’s minimal market share when compared to highly-viewed properties like YouTube, these statistics suggest strong tendencies for online video viewing.

If you like statistics — who doesn’t? — you may get a kick out of an infographic that maps the prominence of the seven deadly sins across the country. Los Angeles seems to be a hotbed for greed, sloth and pride. That’s a triple threat that’ll get you far! Did your region make the map?

Things I learned from Boing Boing this week:

As a reminder, since Monday is a holiday, we’ll be closed and there will be no blog update. We’ll see you all on Tuesday. Have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone!

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One response to “Friday Recap: Sensation ‘Round the Nation Edition”

  1. Lisa Barone writes:

    That Staples commercial is how I picture Michael Gray right around this time of year. #justsayin’

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