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Some Facebook ads that have started showing up

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Rob mentioned recently the dodgy ads he was getting in Facebook. So with their new highly targeted ad system, here’s the type of ads I’m getting on Facebook.

Facebook Ads
This seems just to be targeted to Ireland

facebook ad
Same with this, nowhere did I say I was into guys. Targeted to all males in Ireland?

Facebook ad
Seems like this is targeted just to Cork? Though they have a Dublin office too.

Facebook ad
Targeted to all of Ireland?

Blog Awards 2008 – Category suggestions wanted

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

The 2008 Blog Awards will be in February, not in the usual month of March. As a result planning for it is starting earlier this year for it. I’ve been getting feedback all through the year so I’lll be removing some categories and I’ll be adding others. If you want to suggest a category please do but do remember I’m looking for a category/niche where there are least 20 blogs covering that area. Otherwise I’m not sure it is worth creating a category but perhaps the next year there might be numbers for Blog Awards 4.

These are the existing categories for the Blog Awards:

* Best Blog
* Best Blog Post
* Most Humorous Post
* Best Photo Blog
* Best Arts and Culture Blog
* Best Political Blog
* Best Group Blog

* Best Personal Blog
* Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog
* Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere Replaced with another award along same lines
* Best Technology Blog/Blogger

* Best Designed Blog
* Best Sport & Recreation Blog
* Best News/Current Affairs Blog
* Best Specialist Blog

* Best Newcomer
* Best Business Blog
* Best Music Blog

These will be in the Irish Web Awards instead:
* Best Podcast
* Best Podcaster
* Best Videocast

Suggested new categories:
* Best Youth/Under 18 blog
* Best Food/Drink Blog
* Best Arts and Crafts Blog
* Best Popculture blog
* Best blog from a journalist

Science Week Ireland blogging competition Day 2 – “What invention do you want to see most in the future?”

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Another day, another Wii. Yesterday saw a load of entries and they’re all worth reading. Some of them are dripping with nostalgia and brought back a lot of old memories.

Today the question posed is “What invention do you want to see most in the future?”.

Already out of the blocks early this morning is Roosta with Giant Fighting Robots.

Daragh – Star Trek-like Transporters.

Simon wants room temp superconductors.

Gerry wants Rocket backpacks.

Kevin wants a Provigil prescription.

Darran wants free energy. Not love. Well. Maybe…

Rumble Strips wants calorie killers and self-cleaning houses.

Treasa wants a Bueqonit.

Liam wants a DNA analyser/fixer.

David wants a hyper-book.

Brian wants a big bloody feat of technology engineering, not something namby-pamby. Right on!

Red Mum wants a transporter.

Bernie wants a CarSynch.

Raptured Ponies want Super Strings.

Johnny K says he wants a product that will guarantee healthy teeth and gums.

Joe wants an ultracheap data plan for world travel.

Conor says a medical diagnostic machine.

Joe says a landmine detector.

Adam says wireless electricity.

And since people keep asking me, not the Science Week people, prizes are awarded next week after all the postings.

Fluffy Links – Wednesday November 14th 2007

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Check out Stephen’s latest blog.

Also check out Paul’s Skiing website.

A tribute to Dialup Dempsey.

How to put a Microsoft Live Messenger Widget on your blog/site. Unlike the Meebo widget, this has captchas to stop spambots.

Ireland only number 2 for alcohol consumption. Ah c’mon. We can be number one everyone! Put em under pressure. Olé olé olé.

Sindo fans have their own Facebook group.

Food art.

Vodafone and TomTom team up to monitor traffic congestion using the locations and speed of movement of Voda customers in the Netherlands.

Speaking of tracking. This guy tracks phones and devices around a town by listening/waiting for their bluetooth ID.

Abercrombie & Fitch is gay.

Flaming Lips, Cat Power – War Pigs

Science Week Ireland blogging competition Day 1 entries

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Simon on a torch.

Conor on the ZX Spectrum.

David on books.

Catherine on calculators.

Joe on Lego.

Kevin on K’Nex.

Other Joe on Mario Kart.

Paul on the Acorn.

Ken on the tape.

Seán on the Internet.

Will on speed dial and transformers!

Cian on the Playstation.

Red Mum on the rubicks cube.

Simon McGarr – The Calculator.

Darran on VHS.

Bernie on the phone.

Sinéad on Hotmail.

Suzy on Simon.

Treasa remembers the Etch-a-sketch.

You have til midnight to talk about your fav invention. The odds are fantastic to win a Wii! Get blogging. Also keep in mind the topics for the next few days.

Nokia and Carphone Warehouse launch free Nokia Concierge service if …

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

You buy one of the following contract phones from Carphone Warehouse: Nokia N95, N95 8GB, E90, E61i, 8600 Luna, 8800 or 6120.

Link to more details. Small print is here.


This holiday season, why not live the movie star life-style with the Exclusive New Nokia Concierge Card. Need a table at a top restaurant, VIP tickets to the must-attend concerts or perhaps you need to organise a party for the loved on in your life or you lack the free time for mundane tasks, such as taking the cat to the vet or grocery shopping? With Nokia Concierge Service, you have easy access behind the velvet rope, whether it’s a full-service travel planner, personal shopper, city entertainment guide, home maintenance guru, all-purpose coordinator or research expert. The Nokia Concierge Service will deliver on anything and everything you will ever need. The perfect gift for your loved one this Christmas!

Green Party: Praise due for blogosphere engagement

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Since I said well done to Labour today (and prob had some people choke on their fairtrade cornflakes and soy milk brekkies) I should also give praise for the level of engagement by the Green Party. Recently Roderic O’Gorman and Ciaran Cuffe left comments on my blog post about them turning their backs on samesex marriage. I still don’t agree with the comments on follow-up blog posts and I still think they’re modern day judases but that’s ok. The good thing about them is that they’re engaging and this is definitely the first time members of the Government have officially engaged, in this medium at least. Great to see that. They’ve continued to blog once inside the tent (Galway horseracing one or not) and continued to leave blog comments. A big step in changing policy is first being able to engage so personally I find this a positive thing. I also see that their press people are going around leaving comments on blogs and via email and clarifying some facts. Again well done. This is good for everyone, it shows the Greens are listening and it is helping bloggers by sharing factual information with them too. Baby steps…

Fluffy Links – Tuesday November 13th 2007

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

They is back.

If I ever decide to write a blog post as gaelige, at least I now can use these Irish words and phrases were I to talk about tech in Irish.

Remember the upcoming National Dig Out day for Bertie et al.

Buying this t-shirt. Just so you can’t.

Indeed. I agree with Joe. Brian Caulfield won Technology Person of the year. Met the guy a few times and he’s very in tune with technology and one of the few people that was involved in venture capitalism that took the time and effort to come to Barcamps and other events and share his widsom.

First blog post for the Science Week competition. Remember you can win a Nintendo Wii for blogging about science. Don’t forget to take part!

Via Andrew:
Twin Musical Tesla Coils playing Mario Bros

Irish Labour Party* – Live streaming, Flickring, Twittering and blogging their conference

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Labour on UStream

The Labour party is now without doubt the most web savvy political party in Ireland. More credit to them. Their conference is on this weekend and they’re using UStream to stream it for web viewers. They’re doing an online Q&A, they’ve got a Flickr stream, they’re using Twitter and of course there’s their blog. I’m well well impressed. Well done to them.

Also best of luck to Neilformer as he goes for the NEC.

* (For the sake of consistency, assume there’s a dig at Labour Kids as well somewhere in this blog post. 🙂 )

Not Enough Hours – RTE program looking for commuters

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Ronan Flood from RTE left a comment on an old blog post the other day about commute times:

I’m actually researching for a new program in RTE called Not Enough Hours. It’s a Lifestyles program based around time management and helping people make a positive impact on it. I’ve been charged with finding a commuter who would be willing to take part… a difficult task because they’re all on buses or in their cars… anywho if any of you are interested in taking part in the program why don’t you give me a call on 01 2084587.

If you want to be involved. Give them a holler.