Posted tagged ‘myspace’

Twitter spam… yuck.

September 15, 2009

twitter_spam_yuckSpambots on Twitter are really starting to get me down.

I logged in today to find 2 new followers, but my excitement quickly took a dive when I realized they were obviously spam. One was a redhead in what I think was supposed to be a micro-shirtdress and the other was some old guy whose entire page was filled with links to real estate options. And there was also that suggestive “@–” message from “loljasmine” about getting on my webcam and having some “fun.”

This whole porn spamming deal brings back bad memories of MySpace. Remember when MySpace was infiltrated by porn sites and pedophiles? (Actually I think this demographic still overruns the social network…) After the 30th come-on from “susie” and “maria”, I decided it was time to jump ship and give up my MySpace account. It got to be overwhelming to be constantly bombarded by porn spam messages, as well as seeing raunchy pictures pop up as profile pics left and right when searching for friends. I’m in favor of the whole social networking idea, but wading past so much spam to get to the real stuff became exhausting and annoying. It’s plausible to think this is in part why MySpace lost some of its popularity to Facebook converts. Facebook just does a better job making sure their users are real people. It always befuddled me why MySpace didn’t step up and crack down on the amount of porn on their network with NewsCorp as their big-time owner. MySpace lost out on a hefty percentage of advertising revenue since businesses were reluctant to pay for space among porn sites – it’s tacky.

I’m beginning to see a similar trend start on Twitter where porn is being pimped to users.

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Social networks and their one-liners

August 31, 2009

A friend recently showed me a spiffy site called Wayback Machine – basically it’s an internet database that archives old web pages starting from 1996 onward. They have so much stored from all over the web… I started searching some popular websites to see what past versions looked like. (Apparently YouTube in 2005 had a thick, dark grey border and web 2.0 style tabbing. Visually, I kind of prefer it to the current design.)

Naturally, I also had to search Twitter to see how their pages have changed since their massive jump in popularity in the past year or so. Especially since their most recent homepage updates were released just this past summer in July. Wayback Machine archived the first Twitter page version in 2001 and as expected it was very simple – no cute logo and no bird. (Actually the Twitter bird mascot didn’t show up on pages until recently, really.) Looking through the Twitter page archives, I realized that Twitter used a tagline in their old homepage that I never noticed (or never realized was their tagline). This tagline/question appeared in almost all their old versions: “What are you doing?”

It was even on the last version of the Twitter homepage before their summer face-lift. However for some reason, now that Twitter is all the rage it has decided to drop this quick and easy tagline and opt for something more flowery and optimistic: “Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.”   

Before this summers new unveiling

Before this summer's new unveiling

After

After

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Twitter goes to Hollywood?

August 24, 2009

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First, let me just say I haven’t seen “Inglourious Basterds” yet. I seem to be a week behind on my new releases considering I just went to see “District 9” this past weekend. (INSERT TANGENT: Yes, the buzz is right. Excellent overall, though there are a couple plotlines where you really have to stretch your imagination… eerr, and beware of slight motion sickness at the beginning because of the quick cuts and camera shots while running. Probably just me though – I’m sensitive.)

Anyways, I’ve been excited for “Inglourious Basterds” ever since I first saw the trailer during previews for “Angels and Demons.” Over-the-top violence, quirky dark characters, history that doesn’t require knowing anything about actual history… I was sold. (Not to mention the fact I’m a huge Tarantino fanboy.) I expected a masterpiece. Hence my confusion when I read the LA Times review for the film with the tagline: “Quentin Tarantino’s WWII movie has blood, but its heart doesn’t beat.” Ouch.

I like the LA Times, but I don’t trust film critics. I read the review. The guy (Kenneth Turan) seemed to know what he was talking about, providing convincing evidence to back-up his argument. I thought, well I guess it won’t make that big of a splash then. I read the review on Friday, the 21st.

48 hours later, I see that “mini” reviews of “Inglourious Basterds” have taken over Twitter. It’s still going on actually. It’s been talked about so much that it’s jumped to Trending Topic status. (Huzzah! Joining “District 9″on the most popular list I might add.) The tweeple have spoken and the consensus is clear – everyone thought the film was terrific. (Just a few tweet examples: “Tarantino’s best since ‘Pulp Fiction'”, “Best film I’ve seen this year”, “Watching ‘Inglourious Basterds’ again for the 2nd time” … the list goes on.)

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How I was tricked into watching a MySpace commercial. Arg.

August 3, 2009

Did anyone else notice this?… Who went to see “Funny People” this weekend?

First, let me say that overall I quite enjoyed the Sandler and Rogen comedy. I know it’s been receiving mixed reviews from the critics, but I’m a fan of Judd Apatow’s latest effort to appear more serious than his usual stoner-type pictures.

What confused me was in the middle of the film: The two characters end up at a MySpace corporate event to do stand-up… and then conveniently spend 10 minutes making jokes about MySpace.

Check out a snippet below:

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