Archive for May, 2009

Fluffy Links – Thursday May 7th 2009

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Ireland steals Lauren away from Brighton. Welcome to Ireland. Lauren is a friend and is a genuine social media expert and is now in Ireland showing us how it’s done. Have a chat with her if you want to run some online campaigns.

Kieran is spot on. Tesco removing Irish produce from shelves is bad for all of us.

This is why Stephen Fry rocks.

Glen of the Downs Craft Centre needs some help.

Via Keith. Enterprise Ireland have a blog. Officially.

Attention blogopolis, welcome Ronan Gallagher to the fun and freedom of blogging. Or don’t. Be that way.

Not the official anthem of Libertas.

50 Cars, one bus. Good statement on the environment.

Coolness. Art student paints car so it blends into background.

Via Outside Line, great ad for Google Chrome. Very Apple.

Paris update

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Some videos from Paris so far:

Eiffel Tower sparkling at night:

Hall of Mirrors in Versailles:

The Mona Lisa, the most photographed painting in the world and the crowds capturing her essence:

And best:
A rotating Swarovski crystal Jesus for sale for €1500 in Notre Dame Cathedral:

Fluffy Links – Wednesday May 6th 2009

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Three Mobile called IrelandOffline ill-informed? Eh no. IrelandOffline have an army of people who know their stuff. More ignorant engagements from Three Mobile. Nothing surprising there.

Tom has a great offer. Want €2k worth of Online Marketing help? Apply.

Gavin has put the whole lot of the Ansbacher report online.

A little web app for reddit, predicting how many votes a submission will get based on past submissions. Predict Reddit

Hard hat Day. From the Niall Mellon Township Trust. Hard Hat emblems will be on sale nationwide for €3.00.

Adrian Weckler takes Terry Prone to task.

Nice interview from Kevin Dunne with Steve Rappaport.

Two interesting talks coming up in the National Concert Hall. Allan Pease and Mindmap god Tony Buzan.

Nice one. Pew Internet now sharing their presentations.

Nice history of how Virgin Airlines used PR stunts to get attention when they didn’t have a big marketing budget.

Via Gamma Oh how I laughed. I’ll be done for blasphemy again.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday May 5th 2009

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

This Sunday Paper summary from Bernie is excellent. Entertaining and informative. Give him a TV show!

Le Cool Dublin, a new online culture/entertainmentguide for Dublin kickstarts on May 14th.

Examiner sums fail. Also reused and knocked down on Drivetime.

New blog dedicated to spread trading and financial investments:

New website for the Joe Higgins Euro campaign. We need him in the damned Dáil not Europe though.

Kieran McCarthy is a local election candidate in my area. He met Hilary Clinton recently when she was in Shannon. Unlike Palin, she’s been over here a few times for more than a stopover. are blogging again.

Men doing almost perverse things with bananas.

Even the US Military is getting into social media. They even admit a terrorist in a cave was better than them for using the web. YouTube. Twitter.

Saying that, the FBI are on Twitter and are interacting too. Garda Patrol is so there. In 15 years time.

Ahhh Pat Kenny

via This is a real movie? OMG

Off to the Paris office

Monday, May 4th, 2009 will be working from the Paris office for the next few days. We’re hoping the dodgy WiFi works so we can keep blogging and replying to that email thing. While in Paris we’re going to try and see a few sights like strikes and distain for English tourists by the people they twice bailed out. We’ll also try and get rid of that afflicition where one person talks in the third person. We like it like that.

On a side note. How many Star Wars jokes will be made today?

May Day Manif
Photo owned by aiross0 (cc)

Another gobshite wants to regulate Irish Blogging

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Simon Palmer from Republic PR, come on down. People are saying things on the Internet that he can’t control.

Simon wants a code of conduct and a watchdog for those that blog. I bet he’d also like women to lose that vote that we gifted them with recently.

Ideally, the Irish blogging sector should have a professional membership body with a code of conduct. Even better, they could come under the remit of a watchdog for blogs that would have a role similar to an ombudsman.

Simon suggests he contacted Irish bloggers to have coverage about a client removed. Can those bloggers he contacted step forward?

These days, though, news spreads fast, so the story was quickly on the blogs. When I started to contact those blogs, I presumed they would also want to ensure the information they were covering was correct.

The reaction, however, was surprising. The majority of bloggers couldn’t have cared less whether the details they’d printed were accurate or not.

How many bloggers? I’m thinking he contacted a dozen the way that’s phrased.

They seemed to think they had turned into Ireland Inc’s answer to Perez Hilton just because they were writing a blog. Others justified passing on inaccurate information by saying that they were repeating what had been written in the papers, which is simply passing the buck.

So come on folks. Can the Irish Perez Hiltons step forward and show us the emails that Simon Palmer sent you? No comments by Simon on any blogs either. Blogging relations 101?

The bit of the article I find most troubling and actually sinister is how Simon goes about his business with the media:

It allows me to bring them closer to the story by giving them‘‘ off the record’’ information, or details on an ‘‘unattributable basis’’, confident that I am protected by their professional standards and that what is agreed as off the record and unattributable will remain exactly that.

Unfortunately, this is not something I can feel confident of when dealing with most blogs.

Yeah bloggers have a low tolerance for bullshit and fakery I suppose. How sneaky is that? What a cynical way of dealing with the media. That’s the complete opposite to transparency and openness.

I’m not at all surprised it was someone from the PR world that wrote this. If ever there was an industry all about control, it’s this one. Well it used to be actually. Thank god this is changing though. It’s great to see so many Irish PR companies embrace the new ways of doing business and communicating. Many of those that have yet to do so are asking how to do it and are going about educating themselves. Not all though. Some seem to want to lock the doors and windows of their firm and hope that web thing will go away. Slightly embarassing too that the PR Institute of Ireland was all hip and cool by including a Twitter question in a recent exam. And getting it oh so wrong. Still, they tried.

I know, let’s censor and create a special code of conduct for PR companies that they have to tell 100% of the truth and can’t do the shadow lurking off-record bits anymore just because one of them is clueless. Yes, let’s rail against 1000s for one of them being a fool. Oh right yeah, that’d be stupid.

The Republic PR website is a hoot too. Check out their balog. Love this phrase too.

Marketing over the internet is a critical part of any companies marketing

Who the fuck wrote it? Marketing over the Internet. Is that MoIP like VoIP?

Update: The PRII have their AGM next week. Head along to Jurassic Park and spot a brontosaurus.

Tommy has his say.

Cliffs of Moher videos

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Took some videos yesterday too:

Sign and sticker

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I was in Galway yesterday and today for the board meeting (I’m now on their board) and on the way back visited the Cliffs of Moher. I loved how this sign was photographed so much while being ignored at the same time:


But I loved this sticker on it on the upper left:

Everything sounds better with More Cowbell

and this is what you get to see when you ignore signs:

Want to be an extra in Bord Gais Energy’s next online ad?

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Bord Gáis are kicking off a new campaign and they are looking for “extras” for one of their new ads. Even better news, you get paid €100 for a half days work. To be part of it contact them through their Twitter account. It happens next Thursday.