In a scene from Pixar’s 2008 hit “WALL-E,” the space captain types into his computer: “define: earth.” The computer then begins to display a series of text, images, and video as a computerized voice provides a biographical narration of the earth.
Qwiki hopes to one day revolutionize the way we consume information by bringing that futuristic event into reality. As you can see in the demo video posted below, the tool searches the web to produce a short presentation narrated by a computerized voice as relevant images and video are displayed.
When Tumblr’s servers were inexplicably unavailable for over 24 hours recently, users became a bit too comfortable with the familiar “We’ll be back shortly.” Luckily, Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal decided to take matters into his own hands and published an alternative error page:
Hours later after his post was published, Tumblr decided to make his artwork a permanent part of their 503 page.
Let’s say you’re a singer. And, since everyone including aspiring boy bands are abandoning Myspace at alarming rates, you have a Facebook page where fans can follow your illustrious career and listen to your lastest songs.
Recently, you’ve started a nationwide tour for your latest album. First stop? San Francisco. Naturally, you decide to update your Facebook page:
Hey, guys! Hear me sing this Friday at 7pm at the Moscone Center! RSVP at the events page!
Last summer, I had the privilege to work as the social media and marketing intern at ecoAmerica, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging Americans on the importance of protecting our environment. One of my responsibilities was to manage the Nature Rocks Twitter account, which now boasts over 55,000 followers. Quite a leap from my personal account, eh?