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Fluffy Links – Wednesday May 9th 2012

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

IRISSCERT are running a campaign aimed at teenagers and young adults in getting them to use secure passwords when online. They’re giving away 20,000 free toothbrushes with the message “treat your password like you would your toothbrush – Use it often, change it regularly and never share it with anyone”. See the campaign page on Facebook.

If it can be measured, measure it, but use it well. Restaurants copping on to big data. And medium data.

Twitter gives away Obama’s location! Hand wringing about security. Think terrorists in Afghanistan rely on Twitter to give them local info?

Another day, another Apple post but it also shows the depth to the company. More insights for any business about how to inch into a market before taking over a lot of it.

Trust in advertising, thanks Pat.

Zynga making ther money back quickly with Draw Something, even if usage is plummeting.

Via New Aesthetic (RIP) is the Descriptive Camera. You take a picture and it is turned into a textual description thanks to Amazon Turk.

Fluffy Links – Monday April 30th 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Open Paths. Log all your location data, keep it safe, use it how you want to use it.

Kamori Studios have a blog. It can be read. For free. By humans. Free humans.

Doing some PR Workshops in Cork and Dublin. Sign up if interested.

Mr. Brand Ireland links to an agency called Huge. We’re motherfucking hipster creative motherfucks. Pivot! Creative! Dogs! Passionate! DanishDesignerEyewear!

Ouch. So Google did know they were scanning WiFi networks and intercepting data on those networks. They only got fined $25k for this.

Future of retail? Apple Stores perform 17 times better than the average retail store. Ask them.

If this, then that. Make your web tasks more efficient. Automate things.

Low – Lullaby

Fluffy Links – Saturday April 21st 2012

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Association of Online Publishers release a survey on online engagement.

The mp3s of the talks from are now online.

Netflix has a script that acts like a rampaging primate in their systems to train/prepare them for unexpected failures. Great idea especially if you like chaos.

Via Suzy. How hotels now making supremely sure that your first 15 minutes in the hotel are excellent. Damn that social media!

More on Steve Jobs, this time the “wilderness” years which we can see built the man that changed the world.

Mindfulness in Education.

Pinterest list of PR Stunts.

When in doubt, buy out the research company.

Amazing. Using mobile phone usage data to learn about society and relationships.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday April 10th 2012

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I woke up one day, age 33, and realized I’d never been 23. He said this. Still a valid quote.

Letter to the troops from Google’s Larry Page. Mostly uninspiring and defensive but I like the philosophy of: work on something that is uncomfortably exciting.

A/B testing of ads on Plenty of Fish. Shitty MS Paint ad wins. Plenty of reasons why I’m sure.

Devloped countries Google the future, poor countries Google the past. A future orientation index.

Ballard – Invisible Literature. I wonder what aliens generations 100s of years in the future would make of our world if they just had to figure us out by instruction manuals, bills and Littlewoods catalogs?

We’re reading more these days, not less.

Collusion. Firefox plugin allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web.

Final Fantasy model Prada.

The other Final Fantasy

Fluffy Links – April 5th 2012

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Congrats to NCI as their Digital Marketing Cert is now HETAC certified.

When your agent becomes your publisher. I like this idea if done right. Same way that TV stations shouldn’t just be about TV and newspapers should not just be doing print.

We’re looking for judges for the Social Media Awards.

Invisible book clubs. Are you actually in a book club with friends but don’t know it?

And the above was found via a link from a link from this Bruce Sterling piece on the New Aesthetic.

A Facebook share is worth £2.25.

The Magnum PI theme tune:

Fluffy Links – March 29th 2012

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It’s March 29th already!

These aren’t so much Fluffy Links as tabs being closed and rammed in here.

Lots of people talked about the South by SouthWest keynote by Bruce Springsteen. It’s worth soaking up every single minute of the 50 odd minutes he spoke and riffed and sang. Shame they took the damned thing off YouTube except for some excerpts. For those not fans of him, you will be after this. For those already fans, you’ve watched it and had your heads pop already. Music insights, creativity insights, life insights. Anyone that wants to know about creativity should watch this. Here’s just one small bit. You can read the keynote here.

“There’s no right way, no pure way of doing it – there’s just doing it.”

You’ve seen the RTÉ Sport 404 page yeah?

Ever wanted to know what the bosses of “charities” in Ireland get as salaries? Most of them are on 100-130k with some on even more. Plus expenses. Remember that when some asshoe chugger bleats at you asking for a hug.

The big fashion brands are starting to sell directly online and not just do the sell to retailers who resell. Not a new concept but new for so many of them.

Issac Newton’s life via Google Earth. Great idea.

Robert Wyatt interview, another amazing and insightful man

Alternatives to Yahoo! Site Explorer.

Fluffy Links – Sunday March 18th 2012

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

I’m going to try and tone down the social media links and stats here and have them mostly show up over on

The Bord Gais Energy Social Media Awards are now open for nominations until March 26th. Get cracking kids!

The Irish Abroad. Special online edition of Morning Ireland.

Tom Nixon is back blogging and talking about social businesses in South America.

The Danish Government have a one-pager on their Ministers and their social media profiles. And in Ireland we have a Minister being schooled on copyright by men wearing plastic bags on their faces.

Twitter Ireland are hiring.

Want to make your Powerpoints pop? Duarte now doing *nice* diagram clip art for Powerpoint and Keynote.

Love this clip from Joss Whedon about the way he writes and him wondering why Jessica Fletcher isn’t going insane when she realises death follows her everywhere. Go directly to min 3.35 for the quote.

Fluffy Links – Monday March 12th 2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Great post from Martha Rotter on long-form reading.

Techovate Wexford. (Disc: I am helping them out with coverage) The biggest tech companies in an amazingly beautiful venue – Wexford Opera House.

Some social media facts and links.

Facebook has their own printing press. Of course. Love it.

Great interview with David Hieatt co-founder of the Do Lectures and now running a denim company in Wales.

On the company:

Our aim is to get 400 people their jobs back, so we have a long way to go. We have 396 to go.

On living life:

I think the important thing is to be yourself. That way you don’t have to act, you never get found out, and you don’t have to lie to yourself or anyone else. It is much easier this way.

Rules that chuggers are meant to adhere to. Of course they change their rules to suit them.

TED and Improv Anywhere.

On creativity and where ideas come from.

How the Daily Mail uses SEO wisely.

Breton – Interferene

Fluffy Links – Monday March 5th 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012

NY Times piece about doing business in China or Russia. Leave all electronics at home as you’ll be snooped on/hacked.

eircom Start Up. Video pitch about your business. Winner gets 2.3k in telecoms credit and gear.

And on eircom. Revealing data on their three strikes rule which they have told the Govt they do not like and doesn’t protect their customers enough.

Great data and insight on how to use Kickstarter exceptionally.

3D Printer prices from various manufacturers. In a few years you’ll be using Pirate Bay to download designs to print on your 3D printers.

What else is needed for startups in Ireland? Dylan Collins weighs in.

Tabs on Facebook are shite and the new changes kind of reflect that.

There’s a whitepaper for the Social Media Awards out. We interviewed winners from the 2011 event and compiled them together. Worth a gawk.

A word that gets you wrecked

Fluffy Links – Friday February 10th 2011

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Teach your child baby sign language whether they are hearing or hard of hearing.

Building companies using the movie studio model. Instead of incubators or VC. Highly interesting. Still, the studio model is also meant to be broken, right?

Realex talk about StartupBootcamp.

via Dylan. DuckDuckGo. A new search engine that is the total opposite to Google and Facebook when it comes to logging data. It doesn’t at all. The anti-filterbubble.

Are Universities (the places that are good at learning) any good at social media and all that lark? No.

Piracy is the new radio. Says Neil Young.

Mobile strategies for retailers.

Django Django – Default (fav song on Phantom at the mo it seems)