Halloween weekend has arrived. It’s time for corn mazes (maize mazes, HA), costume parties, haunted houses, and scary movies. Have you picked up a bag of Halloween candy for those pesky trick-or-treaters? And then a second bag after you ate the first bag?
Some Halloweenies took their love for social media out on these innocent pumpkins.
Asking for submissions from supporters, the Tumblr blog is meant to be a collaborative endeavor among advocates of Obama 2012.
I can only assume the president doesn’t know that an Obama-themed Tumblr blog already exists? I won’t link to it here due to a crude word in the URL (and no free handouts!), but I will include a few gems to pique your interest and encourage your Google search efforts.
Obama shows off his finger-stache.
Obama uses motion-capture suit to record his presidency in 3-D.
No explanation needed. You’re welcome, James McAvoy.
Looking for a free tool with which to create and edit YouTube videos? Try YouTube’s own video software tools.
Whether you’re looking to create an animated video, add transitions and effects to your current scenes, or work on a video from different locations (cloud editing), YouTube offers the programs to help.
These well-kept secrets are becoming less secretive as YouTube improves the features of each tool.
Set aside ten minutes to test out each tool, and find which one suits your needs. Then run with it! You’d be surprised what you can come up with.
If you’re looking for an extra method to help brand your company, consider editing the photostrip on your Facebook page.
Use PhotoShop, Paint, or Pixlr to create a minimum of 5 images with a size of 97x68 pixels. Make the images simple in design, so they don’t take away from your profile picture. Upload the images to Facebook, where they will immediately become your photostrip pics.
As you continue to add new photos to Facebook over time, the custom images you created will get pushed out of the strip to make room for the most recent ones. To prevent this, hover your mouse over the photos you don’t want in your photostrip until a small x appears in the upper right corner. Click the x to remove the unwanted photos from your customized photostrip.
Change the images as often as you wish, to coincide with sales, specials, and holidays.
Keep in mind! You cannot control the order of the photostrip photos. Each time the Facebook page is refreshed, the 5 images will change order. Keep this in mind when designing them. Don’t make a boo-boo like this:
I believe this is supposed to say HyperArts. So why does it say HerAyps RT?
Well guess what HyperArts, I’m not comfortable with ReTweeting Her Rapist. Find another sucker.
I have found myself rather entertained when following the #buffalobills on Twitter during Sunday games. The happy, the angry, and the very drunk can all be found tweeting away from 1pm to 5pm.
The NFL is taking advantage of the passion that fans feel for their teams by putting a 150-person crew in charge of the NFL’s social media program. The goal is to keep the NFL on fans’ minds Monday through Saturday as well.
The NFL is working with social enterprise software Buddy Media to get the most out of their social media regimen, and it seems to be working. Mashable reports that the NFL Facebook page has 474% more active users now than this time last year.
The last time I used a SwearJar was in Hurlbut Church Youth Group back in the glorious decade known as the 90s. My fellow Sunday Schoolers and I had to put a quarter in the jar every time we said an abhorrent word like “crap”. It was actually total crap.
Anyway, that SwearJar idea has gone digital. Twitter users can sign up for SwearJar and pledge an amount to donate each time they tweet a curse word. The end of every week brings a “pay up" reminder email from SwearJar, like a virtual collector. But don’t worry, no one gets their legs broken here! SwearJar is just for fun, an easy way to regularly donate to charity. All money raised is donated to UNICEF. (I’m still partial to the heifer project, but potty-mouths can’t be choosers.)
If you want to blog, bro, go for it. Just do it. Stop pondering it, stop Googling it, stop shaking that Magic 8 Ball.
When I speak to aspiring bloggers, I often note the hesitation they have in choosing a blogging platform.
There was a time when I thought WordPress was the only choice for blogging. It has a customizable design, is eminently search engine friendly, allows plug-ins and add-ons, and, you know, all the cool kids are doing it.
But not every big league chew company is using WordPress.
This social media tool capitalizes on the idea that “word-of-mouth” online marketingis more powerful than ever. With the expansion of review sites like Angie’s List, web users are finding more and more opportunities to share their opinions on products and services that they love (and hate).
Let’s say I’m looking for a place to get french onion soup in Buffalo. I’m considering Average Joe’s, but then I read some negative reviews on Joe’s soup. Chances are, I’m going to go somewhere else.
That’s the power of word-of-mouth online marketing.
Flip.to encourages patrons to check into and review restaurants and hotels from their mobile phones. Negative reviews create instant alerts for the establishment, guaranteeing that your opinion is heard (and possibly rectified). Positive reviews can get discounts for your friends.
One of the founders of Flip.to, Brian Kent, expressed, “Your guests are the single best source for spreading the word about your [business]. Most folks trust their friends and family more than advertisements. Collectively, they’re a huge, untapped marketing force.”
Zuckerberg keeps switching things up on Facebook, much to the dismay of his Facebook junkies. To straighten him out, Cool Material has derived a short list of Facebook modifications users might actually appreciate.
"Oh Good, More Netflix Changes," Says Sarcastic Cat
Welp, Netflix really is going in the pooper.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Netflix’s joke plan to split its services into 2 distinct companies: Netflix, which would continue to stream videos, and Qwikster, which would take over the dvd-by-mail service.
Apparently Netflix CEO Reed Hastings believed this change would make up for the price increase Netflix had sprung on its customers. It did not.
The change further enraged customers, caused for a plummet in the value of Netflix stock, and gave worldwide media attention to a Twitter-using degenrate. The snafu is explained through sandwiches in the comic below.
Señor Hastings listened to the cry of his people. Today he announced the premature end of Qwikster.
“It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.”
Let’s see if Netflix’s attempt at rewinding to the good-old-days will save the company.
Lauren Barnes got married last month. Barnes, shown in the below photograph, changed her Facebook status to “married” in front of her assembled friends and family. In the middle of her wedding ceremony.
Barnes’ reasoning? “Nothing is official until it’s Facebook official.”
That’s the bride’s granddad in the background of the photo, looking hella pissed. I figure he’s thinking something along the lines of, “What the hell is wrong with these kids; I wish I had died back in Korea.”
Something Happened to Steve Jobs, or Something. I'm Not Quite Sure Just Yet.
Hey, did you guys hear Steve Jobs died?!
Wait, you did?
27 times since last night, eh? Via tweets, Facebook statuses, Google news, your morning radio station (what’s a radio?), and even a text from your gram?
Well dang. Your gram is cool.
I was amused this morning by Google’s teeny homage to Jobs. No Steve Jobs Doodle, just some plain text indicating his death.
The phrase “Steve Jobs" links directly to Apple’s home page. If that’s not easy advertising, I don’t know what is.
I would have thought that Google would link to a Google-written article about Jobs, as Google and Apple are more often rivals than business partners. Is Google patronizingly throwing Apple a bone while they’re popping champagne?
Upon entering the palace of a building we are greeted by the gracious master-of-camouflage, Miss Jenny Lipomi. Can you spot her?
In the optimization room we see the Marranca cherubs, hard at work.
Ladies, the soap here is enriched. Jigga what?!
No joke, one wash and my hands went from this to this..
Below: a special place for recyclables. Yup, we’re saving the world here at Mainstreethost.
In complete seriousness, the new Mainstreethost building is absolutely lovely. A heartfelt thanks to the Marranca family and everyone who helped with the move; months of work have paid off in spades. Congratulations, Mainstreethost!