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The @TweetBomb

November 23, 2008

If anyone one is keeping up with trends going on on Twitter (I have a feeling a couple of people may be doing so), you may have noticed a spike in conversation about @tweetbomb. It is a pretty cool “social experiment”, as its calling itself. Although the real motive behind it is un-clear, it seems like just a fun way to get distracted for a few minutes in the afternoon.

The concept is simple. @tweetbomb will send out instructions to ‘BOMB’ an apparently random (there has been mention of some criteria being involved) Twitter user simply by send nothing but an @(username) message (it happens daily at 3:33pm est). Ideally, the person will receive tons of messages from random people. It seems like a pretty good way to find some new followers or followees on Twitter.

So far, there are 350 followers of @tweetbomb, and that number seems to dramatically increase each day and it appears a large portion of these people are participating. You can see some of the chatter going on about @tweetbomb here. We will see where the bomb leads us next. So if you aren’t following, you may as well


The AWWW Factor: Unveiling the Puppy-Cam

November 12, 2008
I thought its puppies!

I thought its puppies!

Every once in a while something comes along on the internet that draws massive attention, something that everyone is talking about. Usually it is something that someone creates with the intention to get as many viewers as possible, much like Fred Figglehorn. This time around though, a viral sensation has taken over the World Wide Web, with seemingly non-viral motives.

Enter Puppy-Cam. Originally launched as a way for the owners of 6 Shiba Inu puppies to keep an eye on them when they were not home, the puppy-cam was discovered by the general public and has created hysteria among dog-lovers everywhere.

Most incredibly, the puppies have developed somewhat of a cult following. They consistently have more than 10,000 people viewing at any given time, and have maxed out at over 15,000 viewers. In just the 5 weeks that the puppies have been on air, they have received nearly 2 million views to their cam.

At MGH, we can thank our own wom-mer, Ashley, for exposing everyone to them. It has been a mainstay on a few co-workers desktop – which in turn translates to frequent “AWWW’s” from across the office.

The Shiba Inu puppies prove the power of online word of mouth. I do not think a day has passed in the last few weeks that I have not seen a Tweet about “the puppies”. When you have something unique to offer, people will talk about it. With that being said, go enjoy the puppies. They have missed you for the three minutes you’ve been away!

***UPDATE*** All this puppy chat has lead to an article on Not to mention a dedicated fan who is Twittering the pups every move (@pupdate).  This continues to show how powerful word of mouth really is!!!

This has also been posted on the MGH WOM Blog.

Doesn’t That Defeat the Purpose? (CONTEST)

November 11, 2008

Ok, so the other day the secret service released the new First Family-Elect’s codenames. Is it just me or does that seem to sort of defeat the purpose of codenames. AND if you are going to pick names, names for the President of the United States, the best you can come up with is Renegade? Oh, and Biden’s name is Celtic. AWESOME.

Here’s the deal. What would you name the President and Vice President-Elect? Best answers get these two candy canes sitting on my desk, and the scratch off from my car (non-winner).

obama code namesbiden code names

Hundreds of reasons CNN’s Hologram was a Good Investment

November 7, 2008

Whether you liked it or not, whether you realized it wasn’t a real hologram or not, whether you thought it didn’t add anything to the coverage or not, whether you thought Jessica Yellin looked like a video game character or not, you can not deny that it got people talking about CNN’s coverage of the election. Do any of the other networks have this:

CNN Holograms – Behind the Scenes Video

Stop the insanity: CNN’shologram‘ was horrendous

How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works [Cnn Hologram]

CNN’s holographic freakout begins, seems totally bizarre and

CNN Hologram first….

CNN Hologram Camera Technology

CNNhologram‘: How much did it cost?


Stop the insanity: CNN’shologram‘ was horrendous

That freaky CNN hologram, author Crichton dies and more


CNNhologram‘: How much did it cost?

CNN Hologram was all Smoke and Mirrors

CNN’s Hologram. Real or Fake?

Comment on CNN Hologram Interview by nzm


CNN Hologram

CNN’s Hologram Technology, Verdict=Fake

The Daily Show: Moment Of Zen — CNN Hologram

Forget The Magic Wall. CNN Now Has Holograms

CNN Hologram

Daily Show on CNNHologram

CNN’s hologram machine

Did you like the CNN hologram? Made in Israel

CNN Hologram Technology Explained (VIDEO)

The CNN hologram that wasn’t

CNN Lied to Us About the Holograms…What Else are They Hiding??

CNN’sHologram” Just Video Quackery, Not Holographic

Headzup: The Wolf Blitzer CNN Hologram

Awesome CNN Hologram Interview video

CNN Holograms are actually Tolograms

CNN Hologram: A New Kind of NewTeeVee

CNNHologram” and Other Studio Gadgetry

Beam me up Blitzer: Jon Stewart takes on the CNN hologram

CNN hologram interview

CNN Hologram TV First: YouTube

CNNHologram” and Other Studio Gadgetry

CNN Hologram! sorta… trapped in CNN hologram, hurtling through space-time

Stop the insanity: CNN’shologram‘ was horrendous | The Digital

VIDEO: CNN’s holographic Star Wars trip takes Net by storm

CNN Hologram TV First

Stop the insanity: CNN’shologram‘ was horrendous

How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works

Dept of Fail: CNN’s hologram a fake

The Magical CNN Hologram

Ugh…Another CNNHologram

CNN Hologram Technology


CNN Hologram – Telstra Live Holographic Projection by Musion Eyeliner

Stop the Insanity: CNN’sHologram‘ Was Horrendous by Don Reisinger

Tribe Has Spoken: CNNHologram” Ripped Off From Star Wars

CNN Hologram

CNN’s hologram may save the universe

CNNhologram‘: How much did it cost?

CNN hologram Virtual View… not quite Star Wars

CNN Hologram Technology

CNN Hologram – Video

CNN’s Hologram. Real or Fake?

Rumor: LANSA Generates CNN Hologram

Stop the insanity: CNN’shologram‘ was horrendous

The CNN Hologram

That CNN Hologram thingy

CNN Hologram TV First

CNN Hologram: A New Kind of NewTeeVee

CNN Hologram


How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works [Cnn Hologram]

Re: Has anyone seen this CNN hologram thing

CNN hologram confuses non-geeks, still neat

Cnn Hologram: How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works

CNN Hologram

Expert Says CNN Hologram Not Technically A Hologram

CNN’s hologram – the future of social interactions online?

CNN Hologram TV First

CNN’s Holographic Technology: Wolfe Blitzer and Jessica Yellin

How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works [Cnn Hologram]

What Really Happened: cnn’s hologram interview technology explained

CNN Holographic Interview System (Video)

CNN Holographic Reporters On the Air Last Night

That Freaky CNN Hologram

CNN’s Hologram: ‘Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope…’

Question of the Day: Was CNN’s Hologram Stupid or Cool?

YouTube – CNN Hologram TV First

Technology – That CNN Hologram

Jessica Yellin Is CNN Hologram

CNN Hologram: “Cheesy Tech” That Added No Value

Cnn Hologram: How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works

CNN Holograms? Not really.

CNN Hologram, Cisco explains

How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works

CNN Hologram For US Elections

Cnn Hologram: How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works

CNN Hologram

CNN Hologram on the Election Night

ICYMI: CNN Hologram: ‘Help Me, Wolf Blitzer. You’re My Only Hope

Oh, and that was only the first 10 pages of a Google search. There are plenty more as well!

Obama’s Newest Campaign Supporter

October 23, 2008

BREAKING NEWS! Keeping up with the recent trend of d-rate celebrities thinking their opinions matter in the 2008 election, one more has announced his support.

Teddy Ruxpin Officially Endorses Obama

Celebrities Unmasked

October 16, 2008

Proof that with enough money everyone can be attractive.
See: Penelope Cruz.

Who is the most attractive before makeup? I am going with Halle Berry.

Taxi Cab Confessions with Chevy

October 7, 2008

This is my first post on this blog. There will be much more to come, hopefully on a fairly regular basis. You will learn more about me and the purpose of this blog as I figure it all out. With that said, here we go.


Chevy has recently launched an online microsite promoting their cheap, fuel saving car, the Aveo 5. The site, dubbed “Livin’ Large in Aveo 5 College Cab” is an attempt to create viral media for a brand trying to reach further into the college market.

The concept of the site is that Chevy travels around the country visiting different colleges and universities offering free  rides to students in the Aveo 5 College Cab. The students are then filmed inside the car and the videos uploaded to the microsite. The student who does the best job of pushing out their own video has a chance to win the car.

The idea behind this is sound, in my opinion. The method being used in order to get the site to a viral status is interesting. By adding an incentive such as a car, Chevy is empowering users to heavily push people to the site to check out their own video, and obviously Chevy hopes they will stick around a little bit and check out some of the bad-ass features this hatchback has to offer.

So, like I said, the IDEA behind this is sound. It is the execution and direction of the videos that has be a bit concerned as to whether or not this has the potential to be a viral success. The success of this campaign relies upon quality content, and from what I can see so far, the content from the students is pretty dull. The interaction with the cab driver is kind of creepy at times, and it really does not make me want to show anyone, mainly for fear that they would think I was weird for watching it. The whole thing gives off a much more “Taxi Cab Confessions” vibe than the “crazy college kids” vibe that I think they were hoping for.

Check out the site and leave a comment as to what you think!