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The Muppets Go Viral On Youtube

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

The Muppets Channel

As many people know, Sesame Street is the longest running program in the history of television. It broadcasts in dozens of languages and has been doing so for decades. Well, their success continues thanks to youtube. The muppets have their own channel on youtube called muppet studios. It only makes sense that its success would continue to the internet and become viral. I don’t think anything on the internet could be more successful than muppet studios latest video… Bohemian Rhapsody.

As if this needs a caption...Its the muppets

Yes the muppets have been singing classics since its inception, but I feel that this video just demonstrates the power of a viral youtube video. According to google news, their Bohemian Rhapsody video has received over 7,000,000 views since 11/23/09. I’m no mathematician however, I can assure you that means more than 1 million views per day. Break that down by hour? By Minute? It doesn’t matter, what it proves is how successful the internet can be in spreading a video, an idea, or a random song by one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Yet again, the power of youtube and social media is beyond epic, it is omnipresent.

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Youtube and crime, this time the other perspective

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Using Youtube to rap and get messages out

So I know that I’ve written a few posts about people bragging on the internet about crimes they committed. I’ve often said how stupid it is because they always seem to get caught. I have now found something from the other side… how to avoid a crime by using youtube. According to an article I just read on Allgov.com, a man in London avoided a murder charge by creating a rap video on youtube. Although it is unclear if the man actually did commit the murder, it is clear that his rap song definitely helped.

His song allegedly had lyrics which intimidated the potential witnesses. It talked of snitching and how those who mentioned his name would end up dead. The song worked…the witnesses were too scared to come forward and the man was convicted of acting to pervert the course of justice. This basically means he did something to prevent his conviction but hey… he only got four years of it. So I guess if I’ve learned one thing is that youtube and the internet can be used in one of two ways. It can either get a conviction by misuse, or help a man to stay out of prison.

Facebook going public?

November 29, 2009 1 comment

Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t posted in a while in case anyone reads my blog. I’ve been away for the holidays and I came back to a fried computer (I’m using my roommates). Anyway, I just read an article on Facebook in the New York Times online, facebook is currently remodeling its share system. Although Facebook hasn’t decided to go public with its company yet, it has changed its stock options.

Marc Zuckerberg the Creator of Facebook

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Unfortunately, I really don’t know alot about Dow Jones or any of that stuff but I still found it interesting.  Apparently, it is changing its share system to a duel one. I think that means that there are different types of shares to be sold (again, this is why i transferred out of the business school. Despite my lack of knowledge on the matter, I do know that dual-share systems stir controversy around it. Facebook has already been around for years and has proven not to just be a fad. It is now selling shares and continues to grow and expand.

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U2 The Biggest single Stream on Youtube

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment
Bono

Bono, the lead singer of U2

According to the LA times U2 has recently succeeded in having the single largest live stream in the history of the internet. While that isn’t really a huge accomplishment for one of the biggest bands since the beatles, I still think that it’s pretty cool.

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U2’s live broadcast took place last Sunday at their Pasadena stop on its 360 tour with one of my favorite bands Muse. Okay I know I’ve been creating a little suspense with what the number is. Is is 500,000 for the single largest live stream ever? Try 10,000,000 streams from 7 continents. That information came from a youtube spokesman. I don’t know how those from Antarctica use the internet to watch one of their favorite Irish bands but hell… what do I know.  Even though youtube’s channel only has 8.4 million subscribers, its pretty cool that they reached 10 million on a single concert.

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Man… If only people read my blog

October 23, 2009 Leave a comment
Yet another idiot, caught via the internet

Yet another idiot, caught via the internet

Literally last week I had a post on this blog about how the police are using social media to catch suspects. Last week the arrested suspect was aprehended in Mexico after bragging via facebook status updates. He was just asking to get caught… and well, he did.

According to an article I just read from the Star Ledger, a man from Middletown N.J was arrested after posting a youtube video. The content of this video? A 21-year-old man bragging about his sexual encounters with underage teenagers. Gary Wolchesky has since been charged with fourth degree child endangerment and authorities have said they found pictures of children under the age of 16. He is now being held on $100,000 bond and faces 18 months in jail.

I can’t reiterate this enough people. Do not post self incrimitating pictures and videos on the  internet. You will be caught, and bragging about touching kids is really messed up. I hope he rots in jail for a while.

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Facebook, the new mp3 site

October 23, 2009 1 comment
Music on Facebook

Music on Facebook

According to an article I read, facebook is now going to give its users the opportunity to download and enjoy music.  They have partnered with LaLa, an online mp3 website for this new venture. The reason that they are doing this…competition from other web sites. Google has recently announced that they too will allow users to download music, and myspace has done this for years already. The competition between these goliath web sites is forcing them to be more creative and give users more options.

I may be a bit over the top with my music consumption but I think this is an absolutely great idea for facebook. Not only can you download the music you want to listen to for a reasonable price, you can send the music to your friends as a gift. I am actually very excited for this to come out and I can’t wait to use their music service.

free-music

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A fugitive, A social media website, A conviction

October 16, 2009 1 comment
Maxi Sopo

Maxi Sopo

According to police, A Camaroon man is now in police custody after stealing approximately $200,000 from American banks. He was living a life of luxury when he was finally picked up by authorities. How was he caught you ask? Was his cell phone triangulated and a swat team stormed his hotel room? No… He was updating his facebook about how fantastic his new life has been since fleeing to Mexico. Law enforcement are now using facebook to identify suspects and attempt to track them down.

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Some of his facebook updates talked about how great of a life he was living in Mexico, and through these updates, the police were able to figure out where he was. He is now in a Mexican prison waiting to be extradited to America. If convicted he could face up to 30 years. jail

From the time we are very young we learn that anything and everything on the internet is public. There is a possibility that the police may find out what you are doing, and what you are saying. Keep this in mind the next time you show some incriminating photo’s and updating your facebook.

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