Social Media Matters: Let me Google that for you

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Dec. 9, 2011
Metro section

Let me Google that for you

If you’re like me and you’re online quite often, friends who know this assume you “know everything” that’s found on the Internet. In fact, you probably don’t – you just know that searching Google will likely point you in the right direction no matter what question you have.

I’m not sure how I never heard of this website, but there is actually one called Let Me Google That for You at www.lmgtfy.com. When someone asks you a question that they could have easily Googled for themselves, do a search through Let Me Google That for You, copy the link and e-mail it to your friend, colleague or family member.

When they open the link, the site opens and they actually see an animated Google search take place before their eyes, including the typing of every word in the search bar. The results then show up along with a snarky little message that reads, “Was that so hard?” It’s a fun little way to encourage your overly dependent friends to use Google more before asking you for answers that you’re going to Google anyway.

Many thanks to Heather Anne Ritchie for suggesting this website. I’ll definitely be making good use of it!

Hackers hurt hockey team

Hackers who somehow took control of an online voting process have disappointed a Cole Harbour, N.S., hockey team who hoped to have their YouTube video voted the most popular in a contest that could have won them a trip to the World Junior Championships in Edmonton later this month.

The contest, organized by Tim-Br Mart –a building supplies dealer – was put on hold by the company after hackers got hold of the online voting system for the videos. Despite the fact that the Cole Harbour Pee Wee AAA Wings were a leading contender among voters, the company has decided to do a random draw instead just to make it fair to everyone. Efforts to reset the votes were unsuccessful.

According to a Dec. 5 CBC Nova Scotia report, contest organizers say that the RCMP and an IT forensics security firm are currently investigating the incident.

Hoax alert

The Tim Hortons gift card scam hit Facebook again this week. Yup, Tim Hortons will be giving away $100 gift cards to everyone (yes, everyone) on Facebook because it’s Christmas. That’s a $100 gift card for 800 million people – so $80 billion worth of gift cards. Really?

Again, it’s sad to think that people get taken in by these things, but they do – and these hoaxes continue to be propagated by the gullible. Whenever I tell someone these things are a hoax, I usually get the same answer, “I thought so, but just in case…”

Another one that popped up again earlier this week was the supposed “fact” that the Government of Canada would be releasing cell phone numbers to telemarketers. Does this sound familiar? “REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month…. Info from the Government of Canada. REMINDER….. all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.”

This is a hoax. It isn’t true, and it isn’t going to happen. It’s a derivative of a well-known American hoax. Stop the insanity! Stop spreading hoaxes!

World records website

If you’re a fan of world records, RecordSetter is the place for you! They even have social media-related records for websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook categories include: longest two-person comment thread on a Facebook status update (5,323 comments); longest comment thread on a Facebook photo (50,779 comments); and, most “liked” Facebook post (573,528 likes).

Twitter categories include: most consecutive tweets using every letter of the alphabet (34 tweets); and, most words starting with the letter “P” in one tweet (70) (same person has the record for the letter “T” with 48 words). As you can see, the Twitter-related records are slightly absurd.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I offer three suggested YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current as of Dec. 6.

1) Yours to Discover (4,208 subscribers): Retrontario’s YouTube channel is loaded with clips from the 1970s and 1980s from television stations in Ontario. While many here in the Maritimes won’t recognize local news celebrities, there are some hard-to-find clips of Canadian shows that were broadcast here, too, including the children’s shows Let’s Go, Romper Room and The Uncle Bobby Show. (Most popular video: Dar Robinson Jumps Off the CN Tower 1980 – 137,065 views.)

2) 80’s Commercial Vault (8,150 subscribers): This channel is an archive of old television commercials from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. But beware… you may find yourself looking at these for hours as you stroll down memory lane. (Most popular video: 90’s Commercials Vol. 1 – 397,083.)

3) seanquigleymusic (subscribers unknown): Sean Quigley is a 16-year-old high school student from Winnipeg whose awesome rendition of The Little Drummer Boy has gone viral in a major way with about 400,000 views to date. It’s the only video there – for now. I hope he’ll do more!

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