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Fluffy Links – Tuesday November 4th 2008

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Dan Boyle is going to try and get into Europe. The Two Faces of Dan Boyle Campaign will be starting sooner then. Libertas will have a rep in the mix too and Seán Kelly is going to be parachuted in and Burke will get shafted. Interesting times. Cork might end up with no MEPS after having 3.

BarCamp reviews:
Nice review and great pics from Phil. Come back soon!

Paul also has a great review.

Julian does a review and then goes on a riff about culture. Love it.

Nice stats on Obama and McCain and their rank on social networks etc.

I want this for my blog header. Yeah, if I ever get this blog designed.

Sweeeeet. Mobile phone with built-in projector. Want. Cheap too.

Nice. iMac-like touchcreen computer. HP were ahead of yiz all though lads.

Consumer purchases are more likely to be influenced by what they read on a blog versus what their social-networking rosters recommend.

For the day(s) that are in it:

Mr. Obama, I hope it goes well

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Good luck Mr. Obama, I’m quite cynical about your words but your campaign and how it was run is testament to a great leader and management team. That alone brings hope. If you win, it might give hope to all of us here in Ireland and every other country that people who want change can get it. Course it will also bring out all the half-assed wannabe style campaigns too.

Speaking of which, I see totally neutral Rock the Vote are running the campaign of Obama-esque (where are his FF logos and colours) Other Tubridy.

Review of MGMT – Ambassador Dublin November 3rd

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
MGMT – Ambassador Dublin November 3rd

Take the worst of the Oxegen music festival and put it in one room. Review done. In fairness MGMT don’t have a huge back catalog so it was no surprise that they started late and finished quite early with the very much expected “Kids” as the second song on the encore. Nice too that their banter is improving. They asked the audience do they like to drink. I wonder when they play in France so they ask the audience do they drive bicycles while wearing berets with strings of onions hanging from their necks?

The middle of the set seemed to play drawn-out b-sides or new songs or versions of songs that I didn’t recognize but I appreciated them. The band are a rock band at heart judging by the talented musicians that played tonight. Their backing band especially added to their live show. Saying that, some of the live versions of the songs didn’t have the same power at all.

The music as I stated was good overall but the crowd utterly ruined it. There were huge amounts of barely legal (drinking sense) teens drunk and just bombing into the crowd. Manners got taught to some of them but there were surges and shoving going on when the kids identified the tunes that 2fm or Spin played while there was total calm for unreleased album tracks. MGMT also play on the 4th and by that time every kid in the country will probably have seen them.

Rated 3/5 on Nov 04 2008
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Heineken’s badly done Facebook campaign

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

So you may have seen if you’re on Facebook there are some sponsored ads on the right from Heineken or even ads in the middle of your news feed that advertise some music festival they’re running:

Heineken No Clue on Facebook

Click on the ad and you are brought to their website for the event. It asks where you’re coming from on their Irish site after directing you there. Uhm. Hello?

Heineken No Clue on Facebook

There they ask you for your details including your age and country you’re from. Data they have easy access to on Facebook. They make you re-register all over again for their events when a simple app on Facebook which only those above 18 in Ireland or 21 in the States can see. Dopes.

Heineken No Clue on Facebook

I’m sure there’s a massive drop-off rate too. Why not create a fan page on Facebook which you can restrict to people of certain ages and message all of them about events through the website they are using on a daily basis and having fun on? You need to go and market where the people are, not go there and drag them away to another site and putting a barrier in front of them when you drag them over. This is not a dog show, the people are not your dogs that you can drag around an obstacle course and making them jump through hoops and run through tunnels.

Wasted opportunity there.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are spa spa spas

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Yeah Yeah Yeahs get their fans to lipsynch to their latest song and record themselves on video doing so. Fans do. Yeah Yeah Yeahs make a video based in part on these user-generated/fan-generated bits.

All is well. Money being made from super-fans.

Fans then upload their full versions of the videos Yeah Yeah Yeahs took snapshots of. Yeah Yeah Yeahs get fan vids shut down. How stupid are these people? Burning the people who are helping to produce the video and to spread the word to their networks. Nutso!

CD shelves
Photo owned by brunorepublic (cc)

Fluffy Links – Monday November 3rd 2008

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Robin and David feature on front page of O’Reilly Radar. Very very impressive. Yet at the same time you think it’s about time!

Meanwhile Robin’s friend is blogging again. Howya Fergal.

Aedan has done some wonderful analysis on Facebook ads and a campaign he ran on it.

Liking Iain’s essay on America/Tourism/Music/Politics. I would like to subscribe to his newsletter, oh hang on…

Slattery’s are going to be blogging soon. I heard they have a new Online/Digital PR section now too.

John Keyes has an interesting post on trying to digitize his analog bits. Also he points out you can get online billing from the ESB now.

Via Drew B is O2 Litmus. O2 are building their own Appstore. Forget getting access to a single phone, imagine getting access to all phones on one of the largest mobile networks in the world. Clever.

Drew also talks about Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross being good for the UK economy by distracting people. Interesting perspectives.

“So if you want to change what I’m doing, don’t try to persuade me- don’t try to make me- do anything. Instead, enlist the help of my friends… “see here.


Perlico free mobile calls offer til 2010 – bollox

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

They’re letterboxing these promises again:

And the smallprint states:

Free mobile calls until 2010 – 40 minutes per month for your fixed line to any Republic of Ireland mobile network within Ireland

The picture of Rosanna Davison is much appreciated:
Perlico giant phone

They need to get Made in Hollywood for their props though:
Perlico giant phone

Find our AJ a job

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

AJ McKee is looking for a job at the moment. He’s currently based in Cork and yeah he’s a friend and there’s some bias but I think he’s still fantastic at what he does. Along with a few other lads he came up with an idea for analysing Twitter and built Tweetrush in no time. He talks the talk and walks the walk. This is his LinkedIn. He’s an IT Manager and a damned good coder too.

Ideally I think he wants to stay in Cork if he can. I okayed it with AJ to blog this too btw 🙂

Sarah Palin thinks he rocks too:
The Kiss of death for McCain
Photo owned by bobster1985 (cc)

Review of Hardwood Restaurant, Cork, Ireland

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
Hardwood Restaurant, Cork, Ireland,

Situated over the footbridge from the Coal Quay, this restaurant has all the charm and grace of a sweaty sock. To get to the point: The manager of this place is a prick. A group of us from BarCamp headed along to it last night and we were actually made feel totally unwelcome by their staff the minute we came in. Most of our group had already arrived and we made no booking plans. The contempt and hostility shown said it all. Four of us arrived and asked to sit next to the large group and were told no. We suggested moving a table to the large formation already there. “No.”

Then they decided to do exactly this. I asked should I take the glasses off the table as they moved it. I was told “No, don’t touch it ” in very hostile tones. Did I mention the manager is a prick? I hope I relayed that point. When we sat down he addressed us like we were four year olds speaking in slow broken and stressed english not to lean against a partition. Phil ordered a Carlsberg I think and was agressively told they didn’t have it and for what seemed like spite, was carded.

Our food arrived and the rare tuna steak I ordered was good but not fantastic. No pleases, no thank yous, no come agains. Mediocre food thrown at you while charged at top dollar.

Life is too short to deal with people and businesses like Hardwood. They won’t get my business again. I will happily recommend a bag of razor blades over anything they serve. No matter how good food can be when attitude like that is shown it ruins the whole experience. They only get a one star because I can’t give it a zero with LouderVoice.

Rated 1/5 on Nov 02 2008
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Tom Sykes, how do you like them Apples?

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Someone told me last week that they’re not going to start a blog now because Wired said blogging is dead. I think the blogging world has really lost out with that voice prefering not to be heard. No it wasn’t Tom Sykes.

For Tom I’d just like to point to this link from Google Trends:
Irish Examiner read less than an Irish blog aggregator

That’s a simple blog aggregator for just some of the Irish Blogs out there. Some.

Shame got fucked in July by Google:
Irish Examiner read less than an Irish blog aggregator

But hopefully you get my point. I’m reminded of that guy from the Indo group telling people at the UCC Journo soc that the kids (anyone under 35) that are leaving papers in their droves* will come back as they get older and get confused by the modern world and need a bit of conservatism and stability. No they won’t, you’re not the Catholic church lads. You don’t offer that heaven lie.

*Note for Cian Ginty. Yes droves. Like I said before. When I said newspaper readership was going down and you pointed out how wrong I was by pointing to declining readerships** of the Indo and the Examiner***, that actually meant I was, you know, right.

**Another note for Cian. When a population goes up and readership remains stable or declines (you know like you proved in your own post when you failed to prove me wrong), guess what that means?

****One last note to Cian. See, I never mentioned National readership when I did that blog post on newspapers. You just jumped to that conclusion. I’m sure that was the blogger part of your persona and not the trained journalist part of your persona coming through there. Of course.