Published November 25, 2010
Myspace was relaunched in October and has finally decided it’s strength is the fact that it is a great music content site.
It is no longer competing with facebook and allows members to ‘like’ something and lets them log in and tailor content on their personal stream using their Facebook profile.
They are embarking on a huge marketing push and looking for advertisers to come on board in the coming months to rejuvenate the brand and reactivate it’s membership base.
Good luck myspace!
Published November 18, 2010
Cool Stuff , Digital , Online , Technology , Video
Here is another great online find: www.screenr.com
It’s proprietary software that lets you record what is going on on your desktop including audio as well as recording external sounds too. It lets you record for up to 5 minutes and then allows you to tweet or to send the url to your friends/followers. It provides you with the code to embed it into your own site as well.
Oh what fun! Here is an example of how this looks.
Our Screenr screencast
Published November 5, 2010
Yes it’s Bonfire Night! We hope you are intending on watching some cool firework displays somewhere near you.
Here’s is a littler history in case you have forgotten why we celebrate Bonfire Night. Well it goes back to the year 1605 when Guy Fawkes and fellow conspirators plotted to blow up the House of Parliament as a protest against the monarchy not accepting their Catholic faith.
As November 5th drew closer some of the plotters got cold feet and sent warnings to their friends not to attend parliament that day. The information was leaked to the King, James I, and his men were told to storm the cellars of Parliament where they discovered Guy Fawkes with the gunpowder. He was later executed him for treason.
The people of England decided to celebrate the safety of the King, the day Gunpowder Plot was foiled, and since then November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night.
The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire.
Here are some online games that promote firework safety to keep you amused until later: Games!
We have just discovered something quite exciting. It’s similar to chat roulette in that people can watch you live but with justin.tv they give you your own channel to broadcast from.
You can log into the site and can attach a webcam or mobile phone (with a video function) to their software and start broadcasting yourself immediately. During the 20 minutes that we were live we had managed to attract 23 viewers that were IMing us with advice on how to block people and asking where we were from, it was quite overwhelming at first.
If you are not shy,a bit bored and fancy broadcasting something live then it’s quite entertaining. They do have a warning banning lewd and violent behaviour luckily and we were told that your channel is pulled quickly if they detect you breaking the rules. If you can behave yourself, however, then your channel will go out to 250 countries live, so if you fancy your chances at stardom then this could be the start of something beautiful! Your sessions are recorded and you can send a link so people can watch you live or a link to the recording of the session so they can watch it at a later date. It hooks up to facebook, twitter and the usual.
There is an option to make your channel private and to put an access code on it so if you want just your friends to see what your doing then that can be arranged.
On the whole a great online find that could potentially be a lot of fun!
Published November 3, 2010
T-mobile are at it again!
You might have seen this ad on facebook or flying around the web somewhere this week. It is similar to the flash mob event that T-mobile put on at Liverpool Street Station back in June 2009 when a crowd broke out into a choreographed dance routine to a megamix of pop songs which was pumped out over the tannoy. The dance off was captured secretly by planted members of the crowd and later spilled on to the web for viewers entertainment.
This time T-mobile decided to welcome back travellers, arriving at Heathrow – Terminal 5, by serenading them with songs such as Kasabian’s, ‘Oh my god I can’t believe it, I’ve never been this far away from home’ and Thin Lizzy’s, ‘the boys are back in town’.
The hundreds of dancers and singers that were involved in this spectacle certainly wowed and delighted the crowd at this highly entertaining event.
It’s definitely something you’d want to tell your friends about so ties in nicely with their tag line ‘Life’s for sharing’! Genius!
Published November 2, 2010
Cool Stuff , Digital , Music , Online
Move over My Single friend and match.com, here comes tastebuds.fm!
So if you love your music and can’t get enough of gigs and live events then you are probably put off by the idea of dating someone with no taste or bad taste or just no interest in music. These people do exist! Music snobs out there won’t even consider dating someone that is not seriously into their tunes man!
So this great new site has been born www.tastebuds.fm. The idea is that you choose people to date because of their taste in music. It is linked to your last.fm account so takes your likes from there but there is also the feature to add as many bands as you like. It also links to facebook so you can choose some pictures to add to your profile and the best thing is that it is free to use.
You can also add a link to youtube or to a favourite website to show potential dates what you are into.
As ever the internet is connecting us to people with similar interests and making it just a little bit simpler to meet people. We think this is a winner so why don’t all you single people out there give it a go!
Published November 1, 2010
At last Royal Mail are thinking about entering into the modern world!
How annoying is it to get one of those cards in the post asking you to go to a far away depot to pick up your package? It delays you getting your purchases and it is just plain inconvenient as you have to go collect the package at a specific time, there could be queues, you might have to take time off work to do this and so on. It’s not really what the doctor ordered and doesn’t fit in with many people’s busy lives. It could even put people off buying items online and not everyone works in an office, so it’s not always an option to have items delivered to work.
After some goading by online businesses, who say that Royal Mail are stifling growth in the online retail sector, they have decided to do a 6 month trial of night time deliveries for those that are not around in the day. House of Fraser and L’Occitane are part of the trial and Royal Mail say they are in talks with other retailers. We would have thought that amazon would be more than pleased to speak to them.
We’re sure it will be a success and will catch on which means you will be able to order items, such as a Tiny Idols t-shirt, and get it delivered to your home between 6-10pm without the fear of one of those red cards being popped through the letter box. Result!
We think it’s an excellent idea that will go down well with businesses and consumers alike and is a step in the right direction for Royal Mail. The way business is done is changing, our lives are changing so this traditional service that Royal Mail provides must change so it doesn’t lag behind in the progress stakes.
Royal Mail finally may be a help not a hindrance!