This week marks the last issue of Market it Write Monday Madeleines before we move the clocks ahead as spring approaches. The change of seasons always seems to offer great hope and promise, but especially spring when we emerge from the darkness. Here are this week’s morsels for your consumption. Have a great week ahead.
Incomprehensible Shouting Named Official U.S. Language [VIDEO]
Leave it to The Onion to make something we unknowingly take for granted and make it into a news spoof that will get you thinking. In this ‘breaking news story’, even immigrants will have to show their ability to use incomprehensible shouting as their primary means of communication if they are to gain U.S. citizenship. Thanks to the Onion News Network itself, @ONN, for the smile.
World’s Tallest Buildings [PICS]
These amazing feats of architecture and construction were featured on Discovery News recently. Some great photography, too. Hover over the bottom of each slide for a description and location of each building. Via @GuyKawasaki.
Charlie Sheen Sets Twitter Record: Becomes Social Media Darling and Trendsetter
You may be sick of Charlie Sheen by now, or even starting to feel sorry for him, depending on your point of view. But just to show the power of social media, Mr. Sheen opened a Twitter account (or at least Twitter broker Ad.ly did for him) on March 1st. That’s right, last week. He hadn’t been on Twitter at all before then. He set a new Twitter record after amassing over 1 million followers in 24 hours. As of Friday afternoon he was well on his way to 2 million. What social media marketer wouldn’t salivate over numbers like that? Thanks to @TMMPDX (Thoroughly Modern Marketing) of Portland, OR for regurgitating this.
Video of the Week
7 Billion: Are You Typical? — National Geographic Magazine
This creative and engaging video is full of interesting facts about the world’s population. Specifically, who the “typical” person is in the world today. The video is a kickoff promotional piece for a year-long series planned by NatGeo on the challenges and solutions we face as the worldwide population reaches 7 billion people.
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