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 daily influence – Ogilvy’s social media nerve center

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Ogilvy’s 360 Digital Influence practice released this site that allows industry practitioners to stay up to date on information and trends in social media. After 1 week of use, it is full of good insights, trends and practical examples. Highly recommended to all who want to stay up to date with thinking on social media for global brands.

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Queenstown Police use Facebook to arrest burglar

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Recently the Queenstown Police’s investment in social networking paid off. A burgler stole some goods on 12 Jan 2009, his picture from security camera footage was uploaded to Facebook and he was arrested the next day.

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Click here to read the Police’s official post thanking people who helped them. Also notice the timestamp on the post (4:21pm).

The implications of this event are quite significant. For a start, it is quite clear that government agencies are really beginning to tap into social media and are actively using it.

There are also loss of privacy implications, and we will now see the emergence of private personal networks.

Article on All Facebook providing more detailed analysis.

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Causality in Social Media

Some timely thinking from Sean’s Idea Kitchen on the the timeliness and longevity of content and attention in Social media.

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This makes some excellent points:

  1. Twitter is right now
  2. Social Sites have a little more stickness to them when it comes to events
  3. Email is queued naturally, but doesn’t need your attention right now
  4. Forums have longevity which can be searched or deal with issuses in the happening right now
  5. Blogs have the ability to address the “now” as well as act as a great resource

For the full post click here.

With this, the position of websites, micro-sites and general advertising campaigns must also be considered.

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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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