You may have noticed… Or not. I’ve taken a mini hiatus from updating my blog, largely due to rather crazy work schedule, a much needed vacation (to Hawaii) and the launch of World of Warcraft’s Mists of Pandaria expansion. Yesh, my friends, I’ve been playing a Kung Fu Panda whom I’ve named Rangoon.
I still have a few new posts and interviews in the works you won’t want to miss. Plan for regularly scheduled programming in the upcoming few weeks.
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In the thick of an election season, I usually hunker down in my office to avoid exposure to political ads of any sort… When, suddenly, this gem crossed my screen on Wow Insider.
As a former mage, and current hunter, I’ve never been a fan of the proverbial stunlock. At least she’s not combat spec with dual maces… Just sayin’.
That’s right. Maine State Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz’s online persona in World of Warcraft is being used in a bizarre attack campaign to convince voters they need “a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.”
Her critics have dug through online forums, screenshots and social media to surface quotes and comments, many out of context, to use against her. Visit the campaign site > For example, would you vote for a candidate who has re-speced heavily into assassination?!?
+Agil bonus for purple mohawk.
Politics aside, yes, one’s online actions are always “on the record,” but… This? At least she’s not a facerolling Death Knight. Pretty ridiculous, in my opinion. Read the article on Wow Insider >
You remember the oldie, but goodie Atlanta Grape Lady who bellows like a beaten seal after a grape-stomping spill on a live newscast, right?
I was rather surprised this morning when I glanced at the view count: roughly 2.7 million banked in 8 years. Impressive, yesh? Perhaps.
The Digital Timeline is Speeding Up
But, In a post-Bieber and Rebecca Black world, 2.7 million views can happen overnight. Paid for with video-seeding media spends, or organically through the Underbelly, “viral” videos rack up impressive view counts more quickly nowadays than in the past… This makes it significantly easier, and more important than ever, to be able to identify and understand paid vs. natural view counts.
Here’s an organic gem I found on Reddit.com, likely to invade news feeds and tweet streams near you: Rope Swing Fail of the Century.
Posted to YouTube yesterday, and currently view-capped at 303 views, I expect it to rise fairly quickly.
P.S. Notice how similar the poor chap and the grape lady sound after their respective falls? Ouch, but… Classic.
Haven’t had the opportunity to post many updates lately, but have a few posts in the works: YouTube celeb Brittani Louise Taylor’s interview about working with marketers, an analysis of why I’m lovin’ McDonald’s latest “social” campaign, digital Easter eggs and more.
Tonight, I’m speaking as a panelist at 313Digital’s Evolution of Data event in Ferndale, Mich. on Big Data. Check out the snazzy promo.
“Every time we leave from visiting Misty’s family, her brother, Jay, walk us out to our car and performs an entertaining dance to whatever music we have playing in the car. We started recording these dances and have compiled them into dance video to play for our child. Every time she sees this video she can’t help laughing, smiling, and dancing. You can tell she loves her Uncle ‘Jay Jay.'”
From the Underbelly
Currently view-capped on YouTube with 303 views, don’t be surprised when you see Uncle “Jay Jay” on Facebook news feeds in the near future. I rather enjoyed watching the lady gawk in the background. Check out the Reddit discussion >
On a side note, I also won’t be surprised when the RIAA petitions YouTube to pull the video for copyrighted music distribution. Gah.