Amusement

8 Weird Word Trends You Probably Never Heard Of

1) Love and Hope always overcome Fear and Hate

love-and-hope-overcome-fear-and-hate

2) Life is Greater than Death

life-and-death

3) Our Fears often make it hard to Enjoy Life

our-fear-makes-it-hard-to-enjoy-life

4) Gender Studies 101: Part I

gender-studies-101-part-1

5) Gender Studies 101: Part II

gender-studies-101-part-2

6) We are Less Happy than we ever have been and More Busy. In fact, we are #SoBusy*

#sobusy
PS. Stop telling me (and Meredith) you are so busy.

7) Existentialism is Winning

existential-crisis

8) No One Cares about “The Bubble”

what-bubble-im-famous

*Sources [1], [2], [3], [4]

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Amusement, discovery

Playfish SEO Google Fail

So I was doing some research for a project I’m working on and I was looking through the Google Results for “Social Games” when I got to a very peculiar meta description. Look carefully below, do you see it?

Can you spot the egregious META fail?

Can you spot the egregious META fail?

Look a little closer. Yea, that’s right. Apparently, some troll tweet was the top of the Twitter feed on the homepage at the time the spiders hit the site, thus the GoogleBot made it into the Meta description for PlayFish.

That's what you get for not having a meta description tag.

That's what you get for not having a meta description tag.

Way to go Playfish, try some meta tags next time.
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Update: A quick query on search.twitter.com reveals the lucky winner of the “override my meta description” contest:

Congrats DeAxl (Oliver Lopez)

You have successfully smote playfish’s SEO.

The Lucky Tweet!

The Lucky Tweet!

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Amusement, discovery, thoughts

If you think Verizon is rebranding, you got your head in the clouds

If you think Verizon is rebranding, you got your head in the clouds

verizon_logo change

Ok- so my friend Joe tweeted (about 20 minutes ago actually) about an alleged new branding campaign for Verizon Wireless. I looked at it and though, oh, this is… interesting… Even the Brand blog site Under Consideration picked it up.

Now, maybe I’m the sucker and Joe, UC and the rest of them are in on it- but some quick research shows this is totally bogus.

[UPDATE: I’m not a big reader of Under Consideration and apparently they pulled this with Ford last year, also upon closer look at the comments and the whole thing, this was pretty obvious… but my post here remains!]

Aside from being more of a stark out of character change than the Tropicana switch. The “announcement” website it particularly bare with no official link back to verizon, only “For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.”

Another thing that’s an immediate redflag- The Who Is listing.


Registrant:
   Nuncio Nunez
   5618 Shoalwood Ave
   Austin, Texas 78775
   United States

   Domain Name: SOVERYVERIZON.COM
      Created on: 30-Mar-09
      Expires on: 30-Mar-10
      Last Updated on: 30-Mar-09

   Administrative Contact:
      Nunez, Nuncio  nuncio@10000reasons.org
      5618 Shoalwood Ave
      Austin, Texas 78775
      United States
      (917) 755-0750      Fax -- 

   Technical Contact:
      Nunez, Nuncio  nuncio@10000reasons.org
      5618 Shoalwood Ave
      Austin, Texas 78775
      United States
      (917) 755-0750      Fax -- 

   Domain servers in listed order:
      NS1.DREAMHOST.COM
      NS2.DREAMHOST.COM
      NS3.DREAMHOST.COM

Who is Nuncio Nunez? Not someone at Verizon, that’s for sure… and 10000reasons.org, also definitely not something Verizion would allow itself to be tracked to. The domain was also registered two days ago, the first thing you would do is secure the URL, how could you plan the marketing materials otherwise?

Upon further inspection, I’m pretty sure Under Consideration is in on it. The website does not have ANY of the material they display except for the cloud logo and it isn’t anywhere on the Verizon site. The only other possibility is that Under Consideration doesn’t check their facts and received a mysterious email with all the promotional material attached which they blindly posted about.

Also, did anyone else notice that the guy in the top right of their “promotional material” doesn’t appear to be wearing pants or underwear for that matter…is it just me? And when were Crocks back in style?

verizon_ad_samples_small

Not to mention the phones they mocked the logo up on are ancient.

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