It’s valentines day and this year A Life Online wants to recognize someone special. ALO is pretty choosy so the list was short but by virtue of that fact that she thinks A Life Online is “Cool!” (wink to Melissa 😉 ) we set our sights on Bunny. Now obviously Bunny has a boyfriend but ALO is willing to overlook that and the fact that she was willing to sell her box to the highest bidder (Girl Sells her Box for Charity) on the basis that, like Spring Break, “What happens online, stays online!” And hey, if it doesn’t work out, maybe she can hook us up with her sister. So how about it Bunny, be our valentine?
a.k.a. “Tag Surfer – you better believe it’s beta”
So I noticed a while back the new Tag Surfer feature on WordPress which is supposedly “a collection of posts … from people talking about the same stuff that you do.” Except it’s not. I checked it out a few weeks ago and something like 13 out of 15 recommendations were hardcore political blogs despite the inverse proportion of posts being political here at ALO and there was not one mention of anyone else with ‘A life online’ despite devoting most of January’s posts to that subject.
I don’t normally trash services in beta but I left it a few weeks and checked again today: this time round most of the reco’ real estate is taken-up by 4 huge posts from the same blog (monavoir.com) which seems to be about life after divorce, there’s only 5 political blogs so that’s an improvement and there’s a few travel related posts which is in the right direction.
Now as I mentioned, I know Tag Surfer is beta so the only reason I bring it up is because this could be a really useful feature and is EXACTLY the kind of thing Google could do really well so WP may have to work hard if they don’t want Blogger to steal a charge in this area. Anyway Tag Surfer just isn’t working for me right now and I wanted to bring that to the attention of the world. Let me know if it works for you.
Ok so it may look like I haven’t had much of ALO this month, the problem is the whole ‘real world’ thing has been getting in the way. Don’t builders and accountants realize people have blogging to do? I have actually managed to write a half-dozen entries but have yet to post them as I haven’t had time to proof them yet, let’s just say they’re tied-up in the legal dept. Anyway I’m sure the rest of the Internet has kept you busy in the mean time, what have I missed?
You heard it here first, the NFC Championship Game isn’t over yet but i’m calling it now and that headline is mine! 2 weeks to go to Super Bowl XLI.
This follows on nicely from our last couple of posts on “How the Internet changed my life.” Today I stumbled across an Adidas marketing campaign Impossible is Nothing. Whether this has anything to do with Yale student Aleksey Vayner is unknown, but it made me remember the saga played out after Aleksey included a video of his ‘inspirational’ self with the CVs he sent out while applying for jobs on Wall St.
I followed the story on IvyGate, go there and start at the beginning to catch-up if this is the first you have heard of the story. Basically the video shows Aleksey weightlifting, dancing, breaking bricks, playing tennis and purportedly skiing – although Aleksey now acknowledges that may not be him. In addition Vayner created a fake charity, named himself CEO of a non-existent investment firm and plagiarized a book on the Holocaust. Other reports have included claims he “KILLED 24 people in the caves of Tibet” and is “qualified to handle nuclear waste.” There’s much more to the story and it looks like Aleksey got busted in 2002 too, all of which means this gets catalogued as infamy via Internet rather than going in the fame pile.
The best way to get a handle on this is to watch the video:
WordPress won’t let me embed Veoh video.
I think the video below is proof that the Internet, and in this case YouTube in particular, can still launch careers and change lives. This might be the start of a series of posts about those with famous online lives, so stay tuned. But for today let’s take a look at what MSNBC called “a racy internet satire of a racy internet satire.”
The story starts, as others have before, with a skit on Saturday Night Live (SNL) with Justin Timberlake, “My ____ in a box”. Apparently many found this hilarious and it quickly became the talk of the town. Two weeks later, Bunny, a 20yr old from NY released her parody of the skit. Having seen both videos, I found “My box” the best and liked the well-produced but amateur feel. Of course being young, cute and having a penchant for low-cut tops helps but 500,000 YouTube views and counting say something. Not to mention over 2,000,000 plays on radio and TV.
I’m sure it won’t be long before some media hotshot with an ear to the ground wraps this future talent up with a contract. Carson Daly seems to be at the forefront of the TV/internet media crossover, having already signed-up Brookers and recently launched ItsYourShow. Carson used to be the man. He was funny, he was hip, girls thought he was cute, we looked-up to him. Will Carson continue to be ‘the man’ and support indie artists looking for A Life Online, or will he become ‘The Man’ by controlling them. You know, as in ‘The Man’ in School of Rock, the Google of crossover media. Only time will tell, but now:
A video clip is worth many words so with further adieu…
Bunny, your life online is just starting out, here’s hoping it’s a good one. My box is just for you readers.