Neil Gaiman And Amanda Palmer Raise $88K In 2 Days
Literary-and-music power-couple Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer launched a campaign to fund a Halloween-timed West Coast tour via Kickstarter, offering shiny packages for backers. Their goal was $20K, but in just over 48 hours, they've more than quadrupled that. That is a lot of social media ROI!
Samsung Sends Us Beetlejuice-esque Spam
If you increase the number of exclamation points, people will be more excited. Or at least that seems to be the jist of this ridiculous piece of spam that popped up. We wonder if saying "Congratulations" three times will find us swimming in Samsung electronics suddenly.
Facebook Just Hired the Guy That Hacked Playstation
Facebook just hired George Hotz. He's the guy who posted PS3-jailbreaking instructions online and got sued by Sony over it. Meanwhile, the trouble that hackers created for Sony in retaliation for the suit against Hotz continues to cost the corp in excess of $24B.
Cartoon Versions of Smartphones
More and more kids are using smartphones these days. And some say that it's not a good thing. But maybe they just learned the habit from their favorite cartoon characters, some who have been getting bailed out with smartphones or smartphone-like tech since before smartphones even existed.
People Alone in Meadows With Computers
It's summertime and that means for most of us holed up in the office, the closest we'll get to getting sunshine is stepping out for a lunch break. Not to worry, because here are stock photos of people enjoying themselves while computing. They're tranquil, they're happy, and they're getting so much done. You can live vicariously through them. (See also Men Laughing Alone With Fruit Salad)
2 People Bid On This Michigan Girl's 2 Year-Old Cousin
Mediaite reports that a Michigan teen tried to auction her cousin off on eBay. In her defense, the teen says she was bored and was just trying to figure out how eBay works; she didn't think anyone would take it seriously. Although there were obviously 2 bids. Not to mention, $30 shipping? What a deal..
Quora As a Self-Help Book
We all love Quora. It's a social media Q&A platform that, with everyday, seems to be filling up with answers to anything we could wonder about. But take a few minutes of your day to read this prolific post from Marcus Geduld--on important things we all need to know...but aren't told about.
Arianna Huffington Loves to Quote Will.i.am and Shakespeare in the Same Speech
While Arianna Huffington is embroiled in a battle with her ex-bloggers, she did make some time out to stop by ad:tech, a marketing industry conference, and give a keynote. She quoted two very different poets: Shakespeare and will.i.am. will.i.am even retweeted the Huff love.
NYC's DOT Gets Sexy With Pothole Tumblr
NYC's commitment to using social media to make the lives of New Yorkers better is coming true! The Department of Transportation is leveraging social media in the best way ever: By slapping bits of information and photographs of men filling up potholes on a tumblr called The Daily Pothole. These still seem more effective, though.