What’s next – official Yahoo! sponsored Farmville cheats?

May 16, 2011


According to the authoritative urban dictionary, “you can use it if there is an awkward silence.”

Bahhh! That’s what happened at Yahoo!s Bucharest Hack Party. Even perky prostitutes couldn’t get the party started. No one can prove anything, mind you – this was a cash transaction.

But if the party ended with a Bahhh! in the old city of the defunct little Paris aka Bucharest, what’s worse is that the culmination of the circle jerk was literally, a bahhh– as in the sound a sheep makes.

Beyond being morbidly GaGa over Facebook, Yahoo’s sub-genius crowd paid unhealthy homage to Zynga’s flagship Facebook game, Farmville, with a scaled-down, robotic simulation of a farm where the number of marching sheep reflect the number of your friends.

Get it? People. Sheep. Sheeple. Wiii… (pronounce it: weeeeee) Read the rest of this entry »

The Next Web Milestone: Social Web 3.0 (P1)

March 28, 2011

Social Web 3.0

I have a vision of the next milestone for the web. It may or may not be original, insightful, feasible, useful or amazing. I call it Social Web 3.0. It’s emerging in attitudes, ambitions and technologies. My new friend, Ben Barden, a blogger, thinks I’m mistaken. But also old friends like Mihai Fanache, Yahoo!’s ad man in Romania, believe I’m mistaken.

Triberr, a blog promotion Twitter app, may (or may not) become an app that helps us move forward to a more social web. Unlike those quick to ignore it’s potential, I’m willing to give Triberr the benefit of the doubt – until it’s shortcomings overcome it’s potential. But it doesn’t have to go down like that. JackB and I seem to agree that it’s worthwhile to see where Triberr goes. But that’s another blog post.

Before we can get into what signals Social Web 3.0 as the next milestone in the evolution of the web, let’s review Web 2.0.

Web 2.0

Try to imagine this with me: the sound of an angry (blue) bird being launched.

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Cammie Dunaway and The E*TRADE baby

February 5, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Youtube clip (link) of the E*TRADE baby and my take on the value of online strategy helps advertisers digest the high cost of a Super Bowl ad placement

Cammie Dunaway, former Yahoo! CMO and now head of marketing for Nintendo Americas, takes online strategy fifty yards down the field for a touchdown.

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Cammie Dunaway and marketing

Cammie Dunaway, former Yahoo! CMO and Nintendo strategist, believes marketers must rethink what they have been doing. Her advice: understand the consumer as an individual, integrate marketing strategy, and use more online media. User engagement and customer behavior are important in getting it right. Pushing information to a general audience is outdated.

The proliferation of media, Dunaway believes, has helped marketers remove the guessing from previous marketing strategizing. Most of all, she explains, it provides “the ability to really get to the right consumer at the right time with the right message in ways that you couldn’t in the past.”
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Another great movie from Emir Kusturica

February 2, 2008

Five cent tour:

Youtube clip (link) of a German trailer for Emir Kusturica’s award-winning movie, Life is a Miracle. And my take on how the ass saves the day.

Steve Ballmer: Will his stubborn vision revitalize Microsoft by taking over Yahoo. Or is he just an ass?

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Emir Kusturica

Today, I saw yet another fantastic movie by Emir Kusturica, Life is a Miracle (2004). Here’s a German trailer for the movie:



The orignial title is Zivot je cudo. This is the third movie by Kusturica I’ve seen. The other two were Underground and Black Cat, White Cat. Having enjoyed three of Kusturica’s movies, I’m grateful to my friend, Mihai Coman, for introducing me to Kusturica’s work.

A great and dramatic story that finishes with a happy ending- it can feed that faint spark of hope inside of me. That is important to me. Because I too need fuel, sometimes.

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