“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it,” says Erik Qualman, the man behind Socialnomics has released another video that I came across while perusing the social media section of Mashable. It has some pretty crazy statistics about social media.
One of the sadder facts I took from the video is that Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Sweden, Israel, Greece, Chile, North Korea and Australia. That to me is slightly upsetting. That those three people hold that much influence. But there are quite a few interesting facts, like that 3 of every 5 gay couples meet online, online gamers will buy more than 6 billion in virtual goods by 2013 and that the Ford Explorer Launch on Facebook generated more traffic than a Super Bowl ad. Check out the video below, try not to be inspired and awestruck by the Lion King-esque singing and drumming. SIMBA!!
Being a blogger (I can call myself a blogger right?), I read quite a few blogs because I enjoy the online format and they’re generally pretty entertaining. Brentertaining even. So, I’ve decided to start a series highlighting blogs that I find amusing and I hope you might too. Enjoy.
I feel like it’s safe to assume that everyone at some point has received an email or been linked to a post on Failbook, a section of Failblog, that exemplifies the sheer stupidity of human beings via Facebook status updates. I’ve always been interested in social media and I started following Failbook a long time ago initially for the same reason everyone else does. People are stupid and it’s hilarious. Aside from the random stupidity that runs rampant throughout the Failbook site, there are quite few posts that are very news worthy. These stories vary from amazing feats of modern technology and the good that social media can achieve to the uses of social media in order to bring criminals to justice (this does border on the rampant stupidity side but seems to have more of a news hook). Failbook also informs Facebook users of new upgrades, technologies and policy changes on the site, some of which generally aren’t publicized. Below I’m going to offer a few stories that I’ve come across in just the last few weeks that I found of interest.
MMMMM, I love me some mash-ups, especially when they consist of R&B from the 90s and modern indie rock. So, with that, I present, When No Diggity Escapes from YouTube user madden4343. A mash-up of No Diggity by Blackstreet and When We Escape, an instrumental, by Minus the Bear. Minus the Bear actually posted this up on their Facebook page, which I think is pretty cool, seeing as at the time of writing the video only has 300 views.
Earlier tonight, I came across an interesting tweet that someone I follow had themselves retweeted. Wanting to help, I retweeted it as well. The person I retweeted it from currently lives in Japan, I live in Ottawa and Joshua Kaufman, well, he lives in California. This tweet has been retweeted over 100 times, which is the limit to how many people Twitter will say something has been retweeted.
Here’s part 2 of my little series of blogs/rants about the JET programme and what to expect. If you’re looking for the first post on general advice, scroll down, or for the lazies in the crowd, click here. Feel free to scroll past the what to pack section if like MacGyver you’re ready to go with a paper clip and the plastic ring from your last six pack of Coke Zero, pre-departure prep will be below it. For reasons why you should take my senpai advice like the word of God himself, the second paragraph in the first article gives my JET bio. Ok, moving on…
Drinking wine and listening to my Ipod, this came up, haven’t heard it for awhile, but I’m sharing. From the Yoshida Brother’s album Hishou. The full version of the song is really good, but I can’t find a version of that anywhere. Here’s a bit from their youtube channel below.