Texting Water Fountain lady to sue

Did anyone read Metro newspaper this morning whilst stuffed like a sardine on the train? Well I did and giggled to myself when I read the article about the woman who has become a hit on YouTube after falling into a water fountain at a shopping mall in the US. Ok so first off it could come across as quite mean to giggle but she was texting on her phone and not looking where she was going. She only has herself to blame.

Check it out:

The video in question is a mall security video with audio of mall employees laughing at Marrero as she texts whilst walking, ending with her falling into a fountain. The video on YouTube has attracted over 2 ½ million views so far. Cathy Cruz Marrero, known as the fountain woman is now considering suing Berkshire Mall because of the upload onto the internet’s number one sharing site. The silly thing about all of this is no one knew who she was when the clip was posted online. Now she’s in the public eye and trying to sue over her own silly mistake.

“My issue is I don’t think security was professional because they didn’t send anyone to check on me until 20 minutes later and I had already left,” Marrero told Reading Eagle.

“We are troubled by the fact that anyone at the Berkshire Mall responsible for releasing this video would find humor in an employee injured on the premises,” her lawyer, James M. Polyak, added. “We intend to hold the appropriate persons responsible.”

If that had happened to me, I wouldn’t of come forward. The embarrassment of falling into a shopping mall’s fountain because you were too dozy to notice it whilst engrossed in whatever you were texting, makes you sound a little idiotic. We’ve all done it (well I have anyway) the text-and-walk move a lot of times but am not that clumsy to walk into a fountain, person maybe but fountain?! Wouldn’t you text and look or keep an eye out for the path ahead? It appears that Marrero is trying to get her 15 minutes of fame. Only at the same time she’s branded herself as an clumsy fool.

What do you think of Marrero’s reactions?


Why didn’t I think of this? Comedian asks viewers for $1 million….and gets it!

Have you ever asked someone you don’t know to give (not lend) you money? No? Me neither. What about, have you ever asked the world’s millionaires to give you $1 million and got it? You may be crying is it that simple, but it was for one guy. Sketch comedian Craig Rowin put a video request back in November for a millionaire to give him $1 million saying “I don’t need it for anything specific, but I think it would be awesome.” And lo and behold he got it. It seems to really be that simple. Lucky bugger.

On November 21st 2010, Rowin put up the “Please Give Me One Million Dollars” clip followed by another video by the same title to update millionaires. He told viewers he hadn’t yet received one million dollars but he had received many emails at his PleaseGiveMeOneMillionDollar@gmail.com email account. A couple of weeks later Rowin updated viewers once again in ‘Still Please Give Me One Million Dollars,’ in which he rips up a $5,000 cheque because he asked for one million dollars NOT $5,000. Jeez get it right!

Rowin even pleaded his case and requested $1 million from Alabama’s millionaires in an interview on Wake Up Alabama. In the interview he says, “I don’t have any current debt, but I am asking for a million dollars because it would be pretty awesome to have.”  Helping Craig’s case was the fact that he really is hilarious.  In the Alabama interview you can hear the anchors cracking up while he’s answering their questions.  And surely the guy who has decided to give Craig one million dollars must have a great sense of humour as well. We don’t get any specifics, aside from the fact that the millionaire who is giving him the money is named Benjamin and that he will be receiving the money live on stage at the UCB Theatre on February 2 at 8 PM.  He says he has received a notarized letter that he will give Craig one million dollars and expect nothing in return.  “On February 2 I will be a One Millionaire!”

You can’t help but think this is a hoax and if it is think that Rowin has done a very good job convincing everyone that he’d be ‘awesome’ to receive such a large sum from some generous millionaire who has clearly too much money. It doesn’t appear to be but wouldn’t it be better if he would become a millionaire for something that is more worthwhile rather than just ‘awesome’ like give it to someone who actually needs it and could benefit from it. We’ll have to wait and see on the 2nd February to find out if this really is for real. If it is, well done to him for bagging it, it really ‘would be awesome!’ Maybe I should send him an email and ask randomly if I could have $1000 if he could bag the large amount maybe a small cut he wouldn’t mind parting with it. No harm in trying hey?


Don’t shoot the messenger

Asos stylist Candice C Bailey briefly caused panic across London town yesterday via Twitter when she tweeted “Street style shooting in Oxford Circus for ASOS and Diet Coke. Let me know if you’re around!” at 11.17am. It took 3 minutes for someone to grab the wrong end of the sitck and tweeting “Shooting in progress in Oxford Circus? What” posted by @TreborFlow. Which soon turned into the next chinese whispers prompting further tweets such as “Gun alert on oxford circus right now? is it true” by @HannahLisaGreen and 15 minutes later it had elevated to “LONDON: Gunman on the loose around Oxford Circus.”



The 1,000 tweets alerted the media and within minutes the BBC and SkyNews were on the case. Thankfully @Tom_Rayner defused the whole situation by checking with the Met Police tweeting “They say there is no incident, and nothing going on…” Bailey later tweeted an apology “for any confusion-it’s all about fashion photography!”

Incredible how social media can make one little tweet clearly about fashion photo shooting turn into a nationwide frenzy within minutes! Clearly @TreborFlow’s wrong-end-of-the-stick-moment might have been a little bit of a giggle at first or clearly he is a little silly to assume it was something else especially when it’s Asos and Diet Coke.


Asos launches fully stocked shop on Facebook

Asos, the online fashion retailer for womenswear has become the first fashion retailer to sell all the brands on Facebook. Originally brands used third-party social commerce providers or used Facebook as a shopfront directing shoppers to their site to complete their transaction but now with the new ShopTab on Facebook brands are starting to showcase andsell their brands through the social networking site. Already Coca Cola, Coleman and Silly Brandz Global are using ShopTab to sell some of their merchandise and others have followed suit but Asos is the first to have its entire stock on the Facebook store adding 1,300 products each week!

James Hart, ASOS ecommerce director, said, “We have millions of visits and millions of pounds coming from Facebook to ASOS. At the moment the Facebook shop doesn’t have real targets as such but in theory fewer clicks and barriers to purchase should mean greater conversions. We’ll have to see if it does lead to increased sales.”

The ASOS Facebook app is powered by Usablenet, which also powers the fashion etailer’s mobile site.


Cute little opossum becomes Facebook hit

Heidi the opossum


An overweight opossum with bulging eyes has become an internet hit through social networking site Facebook. Heidi the cross-eyed opossum has been catapulted to fame since a story was done about her home Leipzig zoo in Germany. So much so that the little furry friend has attracted nearly 180,000 Facebook fans and wait for it… a YouTube song. Yes that’s right, she has her own song. Heidi’s fame has made her more popular than the chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel who only has 65,000 fans.

The little opossum has poor vision but has struck a chord with the public. Opossums are nocturnal they rely heavily on their sense of smell to find their way around which doesn’t cause many problems. Heidi is currently on a high-fibre, low-calorie died as her weight problem could be behind her condition.

Heidi and her sister Naira, arrived at the zoo last May after being abandoned in North Carolina. Peter Walschburger, a biological psychologist at the Free University of Berlin, has analysed the unprecedented attention the opossum has attracted. He said: “It triggers a reaction in our unconsciousness when we see these creatures that make us think of children.”


Facebook to shut down on March 15th 2011? True or False?

WTF? Is the only three letters I can say without being too rude. What is going on here then?

“Facebook to shut down on March the 15th 2011.”

Erm, excuse me, have I missed something? Have I not just spent my last 2 years being totally addicted to you, like a relationship and you now what to end it all? I have seen you regularly, I check up on you EVERYDAY. I share my thoughts, photo’s, pastimes with you and I include you in ALL my events/parties/birthdays you name it I’ve been there. I’m hurt, shocked even.  What do you have to say for yourself?

Don’t give me that blank expression. I’M NOT HAPPY!

Ok, just so you know I’m not going crazy. AT ALL. Let me explain, I was checking out social media news earlier today and came across an article that said that Facebook was going to shut down. I scanned everything, read everything to only learn that it’s not true. Phew! Someone’s happy little hoax sent thousands of Facebook users (including me and you no doubt by your facial expression 2 seconds ago) into a whirlwind of worry and a sense of betrayal that Mr Zuckerberg would do such a mean thing to us his devoted users who spend their time communicating with their friends online, playing social games and being just cool. How dare he, was my first reaction but thankfully I now want to know which funnyman out there thought this idea of a joke should get away with it. I want my 10 minutes of being worried and shocked back-replaced by happier thoughts.

This is what I had come across on TechWacky earlier today:

PALO ALTO, CA – Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March. Managing the site has become too stressful.

“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”

Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts.

“After March 15th the whole website shuts down,” said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. “So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back once Facebook goes out of business.”

Zuckerberg said that the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult, but that he does not think people will be upset.

“I personally don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said in a private phone interview. “And to be honest, I think it’s for the better. Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That’s always a good thing.”

Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news.

“What am I going to do without Facebook?” said Denise Bradshaw, a high school student from Indiana. “My life revolves around it. I’m on Facebook at least 10 hours a day. Now what am I going to do with all that free time?”

However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief.

“I’m glad the Facebook nightmare is over,” said Jon Guttari, a single parent from Detroit. “Now my teenager’s face won’t be glued to a computer screen all day. Maybe I can even have a conversation with her.”

Those in the financial circuit are criticizing Zuckerberg for walking away from a multibillion dollar franchise. Facebook is currently ranked as one of the wealthiest businesses in the world, with economists estimating its value at around 7.9 billion.

But Zuckerberg remains unruffled by these accusations. He says he will stand by his decision to give Facebook the axe.

“I don’t care about the money,” said Zuckerberg. “I just want my old life back.”

The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their personal information from the website before March 15th. After that date, all photos, notes, links, and videos will be permanently erased.

Is this the end on internet?

Facebook Shutdown Statuses Screenshot

Thankfully this is all very untrue as confirmed by All Facebook that the source to this rumour is by WeeklyWorldNews that have posted in recent times “Young Adults Moving Into Nursing Homes,” “Mike Tyson Pigeon fetish” and “Alien Spaceships to Attack Earth in 2011” basically says it all. Facebook”s Larry Yu (Facebook’s Director of Corporate Communications)  posted a status soon after saying “We  didn’t get the memo about shutting down, so we’ll keep working away like always. We aren’t going anywhere; we’re just getting started.” Thanks to the chaps at WeeklyWorldNews the impact of their little joke brought in 6,000 comments and some idiots out there are supporting a group which has nearly 2,000 supporters to keep their group/site/blog up. I for one won’t be supporting this.

Now I can breathe a bit better and get on with my day, check my Facebook status and carry on as if nothing happened.

How do you think you’d react to this news should Facebook actually close down?


I will survive? Will MySpace survive the year?

It’s been a question that’s been floating around for the past year. I remember when MySpace was the Facebook of its heyday. I used it daily, updating my pictures, status and connecting with friends (some real, some I ‘knew’ through the online world who shared the same interest as me in music). Ok I admit, I wasn’t in a band (I can’t play an instrument to save my life-well maybe the triangle), can’t sing (unless you count in the shower), can’t rap and definitely won’t be the next member of a lip-syncing girl band but MySpace really was my all time cool network to communicate with other people. Everyone used it. Launched in 2003, I remember using MySpace at college, all my friends used it and we’d all sit huddled around our computers checking out our favourite band, singer etc and being part of the cool crowd for having an account. If you didn’t have one, what was wrong with you?

But that’s all changed. Zoom past a couple of years and in steps Facebook who rapidly become the biggest and best social network out there and MySpace becomes a distant memory. After having my MySpace account hacked by some pain in the ass person I ditched my account and joined Facebook back in 2008 and have loved it ever since. Poor old MySpace-out with the old and in with the new.

So the question is, what’s happened?

Talk has been circulating about parent company NewsCorp considering selling the struggling social networking site and recently rumours of a massive lay off of as much as 50% of their staff. Back in 2005 NewsCorp purchased MySpace for $850 million but are now considering selling the struggling network. A lot of people called it a smart move by a media company. Forbes said it “looks like the purchase of the century.” At the moment MySpace has 1,100 employees worldwide, with the majority working in the USA. Questions have flown around as to whether 2011 would be the make or break year for MySpace.  How did Facebook replace MySpace? Facebook’s share of the market since its launch has seen Facebook Connect in 2008 with partners Digg and WordPress. MySpace launched a similar product called ‘Data Availability’ but failed to get the same support and interests from big partners. Dana Oshiro of ReadWriteWeb wrote “Facebook moved from being a college forum site to a full-scale lifestyle platform. Whereas MySpace is still a website, Facebook has become an entire eco-system.” I think MySpace is no longer the best because it’s too old and wasn’t prepared for the changes in this market. Trying to catch up with a network as young, strong and with a visible footprint on the social media world, it’s clear to see Facebook is way ahead in the competition.

In November saw MySpace take on a new design, which made the service seen more as an entertainment hub for the social network crowd. It’s their lack of product development, user experience and expansion to be up and coming, new and awesome and something that appeals to this changing market. Even though their new design shows a new side to the entertainment network, has the feel of too much going on, shotgun approach in comparison to Facebook’s clean tidy layout.

MySpace did try to boost its presence with MySpace TV that came out in 2007, that looked like a move to be in competition with YouTube and in late 2007 MySpace announced a self-serve ad platform at the same time as Facebook. The problem is MySpace is struggling to keep up with Facebook. If the axe does happen, the international offices of the social network will be hit the hardest. Employees across London & Sydney (55 people) and Berlin (20 people) will be hit the worst. Hopefully for MySpace users, they can put their foot down and show why this community should be kept alive. It would be a shame for the entertainment hub to be knocked off without a second glance. Although Facebook is huge, it can’t be the only networking site in the world that takes over everything.

What do you think?