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Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

23rd April 2016

The most expensive keywords in the UK? The list may surprise you. At No.1, we have ‘Play Live Blackjack’- yours for only £148.51 a click.

So, the Web isn’t dead after all? Six years after Wired Magazine pronounced that it was deceased, it now appears that this is not the case. The reason is down to mobile – ..’as Google releases the latest incarnation of its browser, the company has revealed that a billion people now use Chrome on mobile devices each month — about the same number that use it on desktops and laptops.’

From Marketing Week. The (ongoing) saga of Boaty McBoatface proves that the public would rather humiliate a brand, than engage with it.

This has been on the agenda from some time ( going all the way back to the Cluetrain Manifesto) but this is an interesting piece from Ashley Friedlein, head honcho at Econsultancy. Will Conversational Marketing become a Reality in 2016? ‘ One of digital’s great promises, along with accountability, is personalisation at scale. Similarly to accountability, it is questionable how far digital has yet fully delivered on personalisation.’

The 54 most clicked articles from the Open Strategy newsletter, in the last year. Top links include – ‘A teenager’s view on social media, ..’the secret sauce of brand building’ and ‘ ‘The Art of More’.

From The Economist. The New Face of Facebook. ‘The firm has maintained its dominance by becoming one of the tech industry’s most active acquirers, buying other services that might have lured users away. Since 2012 it has spent more than $25 billion on businesses including Instagram,WhatsApp, and Oculus, a virtual-reality firm. Americans spend 30% of their mobile time with Facebook and other apps it owns.’

Merriam-Webster, the US dictionary, has added some new words  “ICYMI,” “hella,” and “athleisure,” along with “TMI,” “dox,” “microbead,” and “wacky tobacco”. Not sure what some/all of these mean? Take a look here.

I’m not sure you can get more post-modern than this. A castaway marooned on a desert island is rescued by a film crew.

Simply fabulous. From the Tribeca Film Festival – 100 years of Film in 100 clips. This is six minutes long , but it is worth it. Perhaps the best bit of all, is the music.

The rather wonderful Drafthouse Alamo cinema chain, from Austin Texas, has a draconian disciplinary approach to the use of mobile phones in its theatres. They turn this into a positive by featuring it, rather humorously, in their advertising. This is a recent (and somewhat rude) edition featuring Melissa McCarthy.

This Week’s Top Ten Stories

22nd February

1) Why Facebook Had To Have WhatsApp.The messaging service is hugely popular outside the U.S., with over 450 million users. Facebook just bought the only app that could truly call itself a Facebook killer – Read More

2) MIT Technology Review presents the 50 smartest companies
of 2014 – Read More

3) The most scandalous social network? Secret is , allegedly, is about people in San Francisco – devouring their Secret feeds, with an unpredictable mix of gossip – It’s all here, maybe true and maybe not, but guaranteed to get you guessing about who posted it – Read More

4) Some interesting tools and apps you can use to get to know a city – read more. And Citymapper is an incredibly popular travel guide to London, Paris, Berlin and New York. According to Wired half the phones in London have it loaded – Read more

5) Winston Churchill’s statue finds a home in a London hotel bar – The bar offers the Churchill Martini, apparently he liked his martini served without vermouth added – ‘it just had to be present in the room’. – Read More

6) Keep on Running? – Heat maps reveal where people run in major cities – Read More

7) Like to travel? A big fan of Disney? Here are 52 Disney animated movie locations mapped around the world – Read More

8) Great piece from Wired on how data is improving football teams performance on the pitch – The Winning Formula – Read More

9) Where Data Viz began – a brief history of infographics – Read More

10) The Future of Love, from TED – Read More

And finally, on January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours. The climb rises 2,500 feet to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less climb in history – Read More