Twitter has turned 5 and as a celebration we will go through some of the statistics behind the popular “gossip site”. Let’s begin with one of the impressive ones: on average more than 1 billion tweets a week! Some of these tweets are mainly everyday life updates while others are spreading the news. A great example of this is June 25 when Michael Jackson died which resulted in 456 tweets per second. Twitter can be used for spreading the news but mostly it’s just a great time consuming activity. However some do use Twitter to power a Mercedes-Benz. Looking at a few growth rates reveals an increase in the daily number for tweets is on the rise (March 2010 – February 2011 =280%) and an increase in the number of new accounts (an average of 460,000 per day in February 2011). Whether all of these accounts are active users or are used as spam generators is not something Twitter want’s to comment on, but the number is remarkable.
To celebrate the anniversary the folks at Twitter has put together a video of a couple of users and what/how the user their Twitter account. We will visit many – everyone from Snoop Dogg to astronauts.
Human Beatbox has been popular since the beginning of the 1980’s. The art of beatboxing has been used in multiple contexts: from “Stranger in Moscow” by Michael Jackson to the YouTube sensation “Hyperactive” by Lasse Gjertsen – who is beatboxing in a different but fresh way. The British candy manufacturer Rowntree’s Randoms is using the beatbox champion Beardyman in their new campaign. The fairly hyperactive Beardyman tears around in a shopping mall, while impersonation an elevator and a dog.
Beardyman is know from multiple YouTube videos. One of the most popular features is made up Austrian professor Bernhard Steinerhoff, who is beatboxing while lecturing students. Here he is even impersonating Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and many others.
A very entertaining campaign and the campaign site is definitely no exception.
The movie Der Untergang started an online phenomenon, where YouTube users create their own subtitles, to the famous scene in the command bunker in Berlin. Among some of the best: Hitler can’t find Waldo and Hitler finds out Michael Jackson has died.
This time Hitler reacts to Apples release of the iPad. Hitler is very disappointed with the lack of functions with the iPad, and he concludes that there is no sense in buying the iPad. Enjoy the movie, and be prepared to laugh.