Friday, 26 February 2010

Google Facts and Figures - as presented by Pingdom

This is a really nice one-stop-shop of all you could wish to know about Google, posted by Nick Burcher (Post found here), I felt compelled to have this for my own record. The information covers not only stats about Google Search, but a timeline, people, Money, and other product such as YouTube, Android, Blogger and Gmail to name just a few.

Image originally posted & Created by Pingdom - Google facts and figures (massive infographic)

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

YouTube pulls orginal Rickroll Video!

Today a little piece of internet history died, Gizmodo reports that the original Rickroll Video (which has achieved over 30 million views to date) has been pulled by YouTube sparking an online protest. Apparently Sony BMG have requested that the video of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" has to be pulled due to terms of violation.

Pic - YouTube Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" Pulled

It will now be interesting to see how the YouTube community reacts, as we saw last May with the 'porn day' carpet bombing of elicit videos to the site, shows just how devious users of the video site can be when they want to be.

The original article can be found here: YouTube Pulls the Original Rickroll Video, Spurring Inevitable Wave of Protest Rickrolls

Update: Mashable has since reported that upon contacting YouTube, they have been told that the revomal of video was in fact a mistake and the video should now be back as normal. This is a good thing, and so says the internet:

Mashable - YouTube: Rickroll Removal Was a Mistake
Nick Burcher - Rick Astley is back! (YouTube restores original RickRoll video)

Video - Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up"

Related Articles:

Rick Astley - Rick Dinner Rolls (see what they've done there?)

Friday, 12 February 2010

Tiger Beer Augmented Reality App - Helps you Celebrate Chinese New Year 2010!

Well it's nearing Chinese New Year once again, the year of the Tiger, and what could be more fitting than beer brand Tiger creating an augmented reality iPhone app to help all those revelers celebrate this weekend. In association with Dazed and Confused magazine, according to iTunes this app is 'your expert guide and precision compass to electrifying festivities'.

Video - Tiger beer iPhone app demo

Features include everything you'd expect from an AR app like this, as we have seen similar apps from Stella Artois, and other such as Urban Spoon etc. It therefore uses AR to point you in the direction of all the top hotspots, and includes reviews for the best events, restaurants and bars, with previews of each venue’s offering with exclusive Dazed and Confused reviews.

Pic - Tiger beer iPhone app

I think what sets this app aside from others out there is a neat little game, which although simplistic, does make this app feel a lot more rounded, adding a bit of standout to the others in the App Store. Definitely worth checking (App found here) out as it is free, and fun to play around with.

Enjoy, & Happy New Year!!

Related Posts:
Augmented Reality - Do you believe the hype?
Top 10 Augmented Reality Advertising Campaigns… so far
Top 10 Augmented Reality Advertising Campaigns… so far - PART 2

Thanks to Lee for pointing this in my direction!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Puma Hardchorus - Valentines Day Viral

What do you do if your team happens to be playing this Valentine's Day? Well, Puma have released the Hardchorus to help you out, and dedicate a song to the one you love!

Video - Puma 'Hardchorus'

The video is a surreal clip of a group of football fans in a pub setting singing Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Deeply, and gives users the chance to email the video or send via Facebook Connect to ensure users have no excuse come Sunday.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Barclaycard Rollercoster advert launched online

Recently you would have seen that Barclaycard has revealed their anticipated sequel to it's waterslide commercial, which takes place on a rollercoaster. The four week campaign was actually launched online on YouTube and Barclaycard’s Facebook page on Friday 22nd January with a 60 second advert, with it played on air on Saturday 24 January on ITV1.

And yes before you all ask following on from the success of the Waterslide iPhone game, Barclaycard will launch a Rollercoaster download game later in the year.

Cheers to Dan and Scarlett for the info!!