You don’t have to be an artist to make art, or a comedian to make lulz…at least not on The New Hive, where you can create one-off websites by drag-and-dropping any type of content. Upload some pics of friends, draw mustaches on them, and embed a ridiculous soundtrack from SoundCloud. Lay your latest YouTube creation on a bed of animated kittens. Or get serious and publish your photography portfolio with contact info and links to your other sites.
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How To Explain Facebook (and Its IPO) in 150 Seconds [VIDEO]
Got friends returning from a four-year stint on Mars, or elderly relatives who still don’t get why Facebook is such a big deal? Want to spark a discussion about whether the site is worth its $100 billion valuation? Then you could do a lot worse than simply screening this video.
Made by online investment platform Kapitall, the 150-second vid takes some of the most eye-popping stats about the social network and delivers them in a pleasing animated infographic-style format (not to mention a thumping proto-80′s style synth soundtrack).
At the recent Fuorisalone event, a design expo held in Milan, Ikea gave out branded cameras in its press kit to media attendees. The simplistic cardboard camera has built-in memory that can store up to 40 digital photos. It’s powered by two AA-sized batteries and has a pull-out USB connector so you can transfer the photos to your computer. Once you’ve reached 40 photos, you can wipe out the internal memory and start over again.
Ikea’s disposable camera probably won’t be able to handle the wear and tear of ordinary cameras, but it’s certainly a nifty gadget for a branded merchandise.
The FBI wants to build a web app that monitors social media activity across Facebook and Twitter. The FBI is looking to develop a web application that can monitor social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, in order to gain better real-time intelligence about current or potential future security threats or situations.
This plan was inadvertently revealed by the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) in a market research request for a “Social Media Application.”
The eagle-eyed New Scientist picked up on the request, which aims to “determine the capabilities of the IT industry to provide a social media application.”
Government agencies like the FBI are usually reluctant to openly discuss how social networks are used as an intelligence tool.
Read the full article (via Mashable): http://mashable.com/2012/01/26/fbi-social-media-monitoring/
Advertising and brand communication can be beautiful and engaging in many different ways. Take the example of this video by Edwin, a Japanese denim brand. I love it. It’s a behind the scenes look at their manufacturing, and at the people that create such a unique product.
Small brand (and small budget) doesn’t mean basic or poor advertising. Think simple. think beautiful. And most of all, don’t forget who you are talking to.
Free online knowledge site Wikipedia has gone dark as part of a protest over legislation in the U.S. Congress intended to crack down on online piracy.
Can the world live without Wikipedia for a day? The shutdown of one of the Internet’s most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work.
Wikipedia’s English-language site shut down at midnight Eastern Standard Time Tuesday and the organization said it would stay down for 24 hours.
Instead of encyclopedia articles, visitors to the site saw a stark black-and-white page that said, “Imagine a world without free knowledge.” It carried a link to information about the two congressional bills and details about how to reach lawmakers.
It’s a stark contrast to TechStars New York’s first demo session five months ago, a lower-key and more slapdash affair. This time around, there’s rock-star trappings, right down to the choice of location: Manhattan’s meatpacking district, a nightclub-filled celebrity hotspot.
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