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5 of the best, serving up icecream dispensing robots and a plate full of fashion

Posted in 5 of the best and 5 of the rest, Social media with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by glennwhite

Our favourite social media stories from the past week and  5 other random things that may or may not be interesting.

5 of the best

Advertising Firework, Social Bonfire

If advertising is like fireworks than social media is like the bonfire. A really good slide show to help explain social media, just remember “No one wants a firework in their bonfire”. Well worth a flick through 🙂

Daily Booth

Sort of like a pictorial Twitter. The site launched a few months back and is already picking up a reasonable user base. Not sure if I would use it, or what someone could do with it, but it looks like it has the potential to be really interesting. Also check out their live updating map…kind of creepy.

Has Twitter’s popularity peaked?

I am sure a lot of you are fed up with everyone banging on about Twitter, Qube are just as guilty as everyone else (we Love Twitter!). Perhaps Twitter has hit its peak. This is a really interesting bit of research into hype, there is usually a huge amount of interest as everyone clambers for the new exciting toy followed by a big trough as everyone realises it is not the second coming. More interesting to me was how interest slowly grew again though as people discovered the technology’s real uses and got to grips with why people were so excited in the first place.

iPhone Dethrones Rebel XTi as Most Popular Camera on Flickr

On the surface level this is an interesting look at how the iPhone has affected social networks such as Flickr and Youtube. Underneath that though this is an interesting look into how technology can change our lifestyles. From these statistics it looks like iPhones may well have increased people’s appetite for shooting video and taking pictures. As technology moves forward we will probably end up documenting more and more of our lives in a public online arena. Much like Gordon Bell (see our story further down on Digital Planet).

Myfashion Plate

It seems like almost every lifestyle and niche is covered by a bespoke social network these days. That is not a knock at all against fashion plate, in fact I would love to compliment it on how it has taken ideas from other sites and turned it into a really good network for lovers of fashion. Users can take their virtual wardrobe with them everywhere, put outfits together and get advice and comments from other fashionistas. Here is a brief but slightly more detailed write up over on springwise to check out.

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Carved Magazines by Nate Page

Some slightly creepy but very creatively sculpted magazines

Dr. Whippy Serves More Ice Cream to Sad Customers

If anyone is wondering why I  have been so upset and stressed recently, don’t worry! I am just putting on an act to beat this machine, just like I did with the lie detector in my court case (JOKE! They don’t use lie detectors in court cases anyway). Everyone on the office was looking a little glum earlier so I went out and got everyone an ice-cream…not sure if they are still sad or just angling for more ice-cream!

Financial calender predicts next months bank balance

I have ranted before about how I would like to see Banks move forward with their online offerings. My wish has not yet been granted on these shores but it seems like some of these American bankers are getting their web services in line with the modern day internet.

Digital Planet

Digital planet is a BBC podcast that looks at the world of technology. Really worth a listen, especially the part about Gordon Bell and how he digitally archives every part of his life.

Cavuto: Universal healthcare is terrorist recruitment tool

Not so much one of the “best” things this week, but worth watching purely if you like to get really, really angry. 15 people retweeted me after posting this, so it clearly angered a lot of you as well! I just hope our news channels are never this ridiculous.

Bad jokes are almost as good as good ones (Twiday)

Posted in twiday with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by glennwhite

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The Qubites favrouite tweets from the past week.

@glennw’s favourite tweets

@TheGreatBundini It is truly the most pressing issue on the national agenda http://tinyurl.com/rynmd7

@gwarek: Girl’s new boyfriend not l33t enough for her parents: http://bit.ly/1QjXJw (CollegeHumor video)

@jonburgerman Bad jokes are almost as good as good ones. http://www.flickr.com/photo…

@nijay’s favourite tweets

@paulbradshaw: 2 random stats: 70% of newspapers are sold before 10am; 50% of magazine buyers buy on impulse http://bit.ly/Xm9ny (PDF)

@MrsPBoutique: Answer is a millionairre who ‘as a woman I can kill quite easy’. My cabbie has it all planned out #twago LOL

@itsnicethat …Photographer Nils Jorgensen… captures moments and coincidences beautifully. http://nilsjorgensen.com/

@banpuppyfarmsuk: http://bit.ly/Wlspa #banpuppyfarming SO SAD BUT SO TRUE. PLEASE RT.

@MrTomasz’s favourite tweets

@strutting When you’re feeling down, I want to be the one who feels you up.

@thepetnet Today’s #petoftheday is Lady Binkleton, owned by @special_noodles . Hat’s off to Lady Binkleton. http://ow.ly/jli0

@qubemedia Facebook takes on Google and the Isle of Man has never been so close to a Natural Disaster! http://tinyurl.com/q6hzxq

Facebook takes on Google and the Isle of Man has never been so close to a Natural Disaster! (5 of the best)

Posted in 5 of the best and 5 of the rest, Social media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by glennwhite

Our favourite social media stories from the past week and  5 other random things that may or may not be interesting.

5 of the best

Facebook in challenge to Google

Revealed: why Facebook acquired FriendFeed

Facebook acquires Friendfeed

The big news this week was that Friendfeed was snapped up by Facebook straight from under Google’s nose and we have not one, but two articles about the event.

99 Designs

99 designs is a site for designers to find clients. Competitions are set up with a brief and cash prize and designers then enter their ideas for a logo or design. It is a great way for a designer to build a portfolio, find clients and make some money at the same time. A good example of how the web and social networks can bring people together who may otherwise not have met.

The legend of the Witch lives on

In amongst the possiblity of a “true” Blair Witch project story is an interesting story about an internet marketing campaign. Funny to think how inventive having a fictional website for your movie was, but 10 years ago Blairwitch.com was one of the first. Now entire marketing campaigns have been built around crossing fiction with reality.

5 social media campaign killers

5 reasons your social media campaign might die!

A tinythread

A very simple looking website that allows you to create conversation threads that can be commented on using your twitter account. Will be interesting to see if it takes off.

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Wikispeedia

The rules are simple; get from one wikipedia article to another in as few clicks as possible by using the hyperlinks within the articles. Take on a random challenge or set one for yourself. Can anyone beat my score of 4 for Isle of Man to Natural Disaster.

23 Badly Placed Internet Ads

23 internet ads that probably shouldn’t have appeared on the pages they did.

Hurrah Bah

A weird and slightly surreal selection of images and text. I am not quite sure what to make of it…but I can’t help but read it.

When feminism went nuts

Has our society given up on feminism? What does the current generation think of the treatment of women in the modern day world?

Invisible Hand

Finally we have a Firefox plugin to help you bargain hunters out there! Have been using this for a week or so now and I have been quite impressed. Mainly because unlike a lot of Firefox plugins this one is really unobtrusive.

It’s Twiday (featuring our shiny new logo!)

Posted in Qube, Social media with tags , , , on August 7, 2009 by glennwhite

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The Qubites favrouite tweets from the past week. This week features our new and exciting logo designed by @colossalblue, if you missed how this logo came to exist check out the blog post from earlier in the week.

@glennw’s favourite tweets

@gwarek: Alain de Botton on success and failure, career anxiety, criticisms of meritocracy … interesting and funny http://is.gd/1YTol

@nijay: OH at a wedding: is a duck a fish?

@nachimir Did you see this TED talk about modifying the behaviour of crows? http://u.nu/2dpr

@mrtomasz’s favourite tweets

@glenntomltd Buy your “I survived the twitter blackout” T-Shirts from GlennTom. Available in Woolworths and Virgin Megastores.

@alqaeda Really sorry about the #ddos. We were trying to take down the CIA, but Azzam fat-fingered the setup & ended up importing my bookmarks file.

@MonaWalsh’s favourite tweets

@endthesentence I tweet therefore I…am fabulous daaarling.

@marcthevet Don’t miss Part II of Channel 5 News #Banpuppyfarming tonight at 5pm & 7pm PLEASE RT

@qubemedia: How do you solve a problem like Efficiency? http://bit.ly/1vxNRC

@nijay’s favourite tweets

Predictive text fail :) RT @Luke1972 Very shove of myself for cycling to work. Poet’s corner to falmer. Wasn’t as hard as i expected. #twago

@kevinpatrick: “What is the soup de jour?” “It’s the soup of the day.” “Mmm, that sounds good. I’ll have that.” http://twitpic.com/cur7w

@mashable Twitter is BACK!! Malicious DDoS attack blamed: http://bit.ly/Wv0Il

@AnnaFuller I think the lesson here is: don’t get involved with Macauly Culkin. Or you will die. (this made me laugh, that’s all) FRIDAY

What the F**k is social media and why does your sandwich bore me? (5 of the best)

Posted in Social media with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by glennwhite

Our favourite social media stories from the past week and  5 other random things that may or may not be interesting.

5 of the best

Sport driven

Sport driven is an online community for sport teams to find sponsorship and advertising and vice versa. Social media and online communities are a fantastic way of putting people together with similar interests or goals. Good luck to Sport Driven and we hope to see more from them soon. (Found via springwise)

On Feedback, Web Technology, Culture and the Individual

Are you thinking about “the impending age of feedback”? You probably should be, read this article to find out why and how drastically it could change everything.

What the F**k is social media: One Year Later

This is a really well put together presentation, full of great facts (and some good laughs to). Well worth checking out whether you are a social media marketer or new to the whole thing.

Playing Together: What Games Can Learn from Social Software

This talk explores how the games we play for fun can learn from the networks and tools we use to communicate. Since this talk Microsoft have announced that they will be adding Facebook and Twitter intergration into their Xbox 360 console and this may lead to game intergration. I will apologise in advance if I start tweeting video replays of my  “amazing” goals in Fifa.

Jam Legend

Jam Legend is a social network for jamming. The site revolves around a “Guitar Hero” style game where players can play on their own or against each other with a variety of songs. Users can even upload their own songs to play with. This is another great example of a platform that is pulling together users around a common interest and allowing them to interact with their music and each other.

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Emails from crazy people

Another great email exchange from the people that bought us “7 legged spider

Sandwich Design

You will never want to eat a normal triangle sandwich again!

Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes

If you read this blog you could read @mrtomasz‘s tweets in 0.0034 seconds. Probably.

DIY Kyoto

This amazing little device tells you how much energy you are using in your house. So not only could it save you money but it looks pretty stylish too. I want one!

Video Interview With Moon Director Duncan Jones

If you haven’t seen Moon go watch it now! I will wait…

…you seen it? Amazing wasnt it! Now watch the video interview with David Bowie’s very talented son 🙂

Happy Twiday Afternoon!

Posted in Social media with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by glennwhite

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The Qubites favrouite tweets from the past week 🙂

(Also do you like the awesome logo I made? Looks like something from “My first lesson in Microsoft Paint”…it will do for now I guess, if you can make me a better one please do! As you can see my design skills leave a lot to be desired. So help your good friend Glenn out and email him a better Twiday Logo)

@glennw‘s favourites

@willmcinnes: First time in a long time: I wrote a blog post on Feedback, Culture, Web stuff and the Individual. http://bit.ly/uCPkq

@ja2ke: Trailer for new Coen Bros film “A Serious Man” is pretty much the best http://is.gd/1UDpP

@warchildUK: Contrary to popular belief, none of our staff in Congo have even heard of Um-Bongo, let alone drink it.

@mrtomasz‘s favourites

@glennw Holy sh*t the pier is on fire! http://tinyurl.com/kkle5l

@maxwellinever Woop woop, it’s the sound of the police (community support officers) #classichiphopupdated

@abigvictory My OCD daughter forgot to set the DVR for the show about OCD and now she’s freaking out about freaking out about missing the show.

@monawalsh‘s favourites

(from various) For all Brightonians – there’s going to be a flypast today: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/... – #Brighton http://bit.ly/CfPTo

@qubemedia: Back in my day we didn’t have any of this internet thing (5 of the best) http://bit.ly/ElXYP

@nijay‘s favourites

@rapella: We iz dead. http://twitpic.com/c0j3o yo @Sweena

@leapfrogg: New blog post: How 24 Year Old Girls Consume Media http://bit.ly/bqemr

My absolute favourite #twago twicpic for the photo map so far…RT: @twago @joecoyne Found near the palace pier http://twitpic.com/c01qu

@thedailymash: NEW CRACKDOWN ON ORANGE PEOPLE http://bit.ly/JjoVY

@fionajane‘s favourites

@joecoyne need to chill? this is beautiful http://bit.ly/2m7JlV Nice way to end my day 🙂

@seelpod‘s favourites

@twhume perfect storm of worried, tired, f*cked off and feeling out of touch.

@special_noodles just got on the bus behind a woman who was mooing to herself #twago