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Calculator fail

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via TweetFails – a twitter feed that monitors all “FAILS” across the twitterverse.

I hope this is not the kind of math that drives page rank calculcations.

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Where is my Twitter background from?

Today on Twitter I was asked where I got my background image from. Made me realise I had been remiss in crediting the creator of the model – Hilary Talbot.

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The original concept comes from the work of Yiyung Lu – the illustrator that created the look for Twitter.

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BTW – both these artists are from Australia.

For the full story on the fail-whale and other excellent artistic renditions of – please visit http://www.whatisfailwhale.info/.

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I also follow John Cleese

I have recently been accused of being a @stephenfry-o-phile. This is not true, I also like John Cleese, especially when I get twits-of-wisdom like this set.

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Just look at the dates.

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The failure of Ferrit – a dire assessment

@nzBen was interviewed on 95bfm and gave a compelling view as to why Ferrit was destined to fail.

You can listen to the interview here.

A quick search on google reveals that Ferrit’s demise was predicted for a long time. IMHO, they did not invest in creating a compelling user experience. Instead they chose to invest in

Official Telecom press release

Ferrit finally shuts down

Ferrit Writes own customer reviews

And finally the a definitive analysis from Alistair Helm (CEO of realestate.co.nz). In particular I liked the graph based analysis of traffic on the website and the condemnation of poor user experience.

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In reading the assessments from all bloggers, it is clear that the issues were well understood. The question has to be asked, why was it so hard to transform the user experience?

Suspect that the retailers were not ready for the honesty from consumers.

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Keeping track of viral videos

There are a number of different ways of keeping track of viral videos, but if you are part of the English speaking world, the Viral Video Chart is possibly one of the best ways of keeping up to date.

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The funniest one so far is Bush defending his presidency.

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Brooke Burke now on Twitter

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Ok so now Brooke Burke is on Twitter (from @ev, CEO of Twitter). So far she has talked about attending the Golden Globes. Can just see the ladies in the office adopting Twitter now. The more celebrities on Twitter, the more mainstream an application it will become. Wonder if Twitter are actively courting celebs ?

Actually some of her tweets remind me of the book Neutronium Alchemist, where Kelly (celebrity blogger) gains a massive following on the “ether” for her reporting of what is happening around her.

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A snappy analysis of the male Facebook profile shot

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Great post from 2Birds1BlogThe 20 male poses of Facebook.

There was another titled #17: The Future Pedophile of America Shot!

Imagine, in 5 years when these guys are older, wiser, etc and someone does a search for them. I think that our society’s norms will change due to this very significant phenomenon.

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