Social Media Matters: Website helps you find the best airplane seat

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
Metro section

Website helps you find the best airplane seat

Do you travel often? If so, you may have figured out how and why to choose certain airplane seats. If you don’t travel that often, though, or are a frequent flyer travelling on an unfamiliar plane or airline, SeatGuru could save you a lot of discomfort.

SeatGuru goes through each plane in the fleets of most of the world’s major airlines and analyzes the best and worst seating options. Graphs of each plane’s seating are shown using colour codes denoting the best, average and bad seats. Scrolling over each seat gives you a rundown of its benefits or downfalls, including the reasons why it’s a good or bad choice.

The moral of the story: if you’re able to choose the seat on your flight, get the model of aircraft on which you’ll be travelling and look it up on SeatGuru! This gives you a leg up on the getting best seat possible and can mean the difference between a comfortable or miserable flight experience.

Need some self-imposed nagging?

HassleMe is a British website that allows users to set up alerts to remind themselves to do certain things, such as going to the gym, visiting their mother, feeding the fish or practising the piano.

When you arrive on the website’s home page, you find a message that says, “Hassle me roughly every (fill in the blank with a number) days, reminding me to (fill in the blank with what you want to be reminded about).” You can also add co-workers or children to the “hassle” to remind them of things, too .

For extra motivation, you can even make the hassles public. To read what kind of alerts users are setting up for themselves and others, click here. The service is free.

Looking for specialty kitchen tools?

If you’re like me and love shopping for kitchen gadgets, you’ve surely spent just as much time as I have driving all over town looking for specialty items that are nearly impossible to find. Often the Internet isn’t an option because the need is too urgent, for a recipe that is being made right then and there, so buying something locally is the preferred option.

If you have time to wait for items to be shipped to you, though, I’ve used a couple of Canadian specialty kitchen products websites and can vouch for them – at least in my experience: Golda’s Kitchen – Kitchenware for Canadians and Williams Food Equipment. Both websites are based in Canada and offer prices in Canadian dollars. Shipping is extra. You can also contact them toll-free by telephone.

Bad translations

There’s a hilarious Facebook page in French called Traductions de merde, which – roughly translated – means “really bad translations.” If you’re bilingual and are familiar enough with both English and French to know a bad translation when you see it, do yourself a favour and visit the page for a good laugh.

Basically, these are gut-bustingly funny (and sometimes scary!) examples of people who have obviously used an online translation service such as Google, which is OK for giving you the basic gist of what something means, but is certainly not meant to be professional and certainly not meant to be printed on packaging or anything official.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature three YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to Sept. 25.

1) TechCrunch (14,236 subscribers): According to its channel description, “TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.” This popular channel just hit the 10-million view mark this week. You can also check out their official website. (Most popular video: Swype Versus iPhone – 998,030 views.)

2) Samsung Mobile (95,727 subscribers): While a lot has been said in the past week about Apple’s release of its new iPhone 5, the new Samsung S III is nothing to sneeze at either. (This is the smartphone I use.) You may have seen the viral Samsung video commercial making the rounds online poking fun at Apple users who are standing in line to buy the new iPhone. It’s pretty funny, actually.Samsung’s official mobile channel is where “you can find the latest videos about our company and products,” according to its channel description. The channel features a number of playlists that feature product commercials and tutorials with a total of nearly 120 million views. (Most popular video: [GALAXY Note] Introducing Samsung GALAXY Note – 12,505,285 views.)

3) WIGS (88,036 subscribers): According to its channel description, WIGS’ is “the #1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube, brings you high-end, original series, short films, and documentaries, all starring female leads. Catch new episodes of WIGS series every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET!” There doesn’t seem to be much professionally produced drama developed solely for YouTube, but someone’s certainly watching WIGS since it has more than 16.4 million total views! (Most popular video: WIGS ’90s Commercial V1 | Feat. Stephen Moyer, Jennifer Garner & Virginia Madsen | WIGS- 1,456,350 views.)

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