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All the talk of the Internet right now if focused on the rumors circulating that Google is in final stages of negotiations on the acquisition of Twitter. This is interesting news, especially when you remember that Twitter doesn’t make any money. It was recently valued at $250 million yet turned down an offer from Facebook for $500 million (*including stock).
With Twitter a part of the Google family, Google could really extend the speed as which social data travels. Twitter is the place to be if you want real-time info on whats happening around the world, in a countless number of topics. Google News and other Google products could certainly benefit from some synergistic efforts with Twitter, extending reach beyond what they are capable of today.
Samsung recently worked with Viral Factory on a viral marketing initiative. Pretty interesting approach to getting people’s attention – get a huge herd of sheep and cover them in LEDs. When it gets dark, make them run around and timewarp the video playback for all kinds of interesting visual effects. While I’m not a big fan of herding sheep, I watched the video until the end – one of those things where you’re just not quite sure why you keep watching, but you do.
A story out of Yahoo Tech about a dispute that recently took place in the streets in Broughton, Buckinghamshire, southern England. Apparently people don’t like having pictures taken of their houses and plastered on the Internet for all the world to see. A man ran out to the car – guess he forgot to close the blinds.
Read the article now.
Everywhere I look these days, whether it’s DMNews, OMMA (MediaPost) or a random blog like the SitePoint article linked to below, Zappos is getting a ton of credit these days for their marketing practices. They were featured in Celebrity Apprentice a couple weeks back – the project was building a comic book super-hero for the brand.
You can check them out on Twitter as well.
SitePoint article: How Zappos does customer service and company culture