Single Ladies Devastation Wins People’s Choice Award

He got 4.8 million views on a video (see above) of his son crying because he wanted to jam out to Single Ladies by Beyonce.

Then he got boat-loads of people to vote for that video, garnering a spot in the list of People’s Choice Awards Winners for Favorite Viral Video Star.

Now if that’s not a great combination of timing, SEO, social marketing, and cute-crying-kid-anomolyism, I don’t know what is. Well done Carlos Whittaker.

Google Places with Hotpot – New Google Local Maps Interface

As I went to login to my Google Places account this morning, I arrived at a very different place than I normally do. A completely redesigned landing page with a big bold graphic and an invitation to “Discover Yours – Local recommendations powered by you and your friends” and a button asking me to Start Rating now with Hotpot. So Google has entered their offering into the local-check-in-review-social-community-ratings race.  Took them longer than the others, but here’s to hoping it’s better than the others (not like the Nexus One Google phone).

Screenshot of Google Places with HotpotWill Google Hot Pot (or Hotpot) incorporate Google’s mobile check-in app SCVNGR?  Probably.

And is the choice of the name really just a coincidence given the recent California legislature voted down, to legalize marijuana? Or is Google keyword stuffing?

You be the judge, but one thing is certain – Google maps has changed.

The Old Sixty One .com Indie Music Site Reviewed

Pandora Radio LogoOk, so after reading my comment response to Sheila L.’s comment on my post about thesixtyone.com, I realized I kinda sounded mean, without truly understanding where the lovers of the old thesixtyone were coming from. So this afternoon I decided to turn on the old.thesixtyone.com.

Even after using it for maybe 20 minutes – I see why a lot of people are upset at the change. It’s WAAAAAAY easier to understand as far as user interface goes. Everything is clearly labeled. The problem is, of course, even the band pages don’t display the same “awe-power” of all the photo’s and Continue reading “The Old Sixty One .com Indie Music Site Reviewed”

A Good Bad Google Maps Review?

Cliche’s.

It’s funny how much most people hate them and avoid their use, and yet they seem to be grounded on apparent truth. For example:

There’s no such thing as bad PR.

If you take a look at results for a Google Maps search I did recently for New York Movers, stop at the 4th listing down – for FlatRate Movers – you’ll notice they have an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Not too shabby.

Picture of Google Maps Reviews

But as you look closer you’ll notice:

WORST, MOST DISHONEST MOVERS IN HISTORY.

with the term MOVERS bolded because it’s relevant to the search.

Google doesn’t care what that reviewer is saying about FlatRate, even if it’s true. All the Goog cares about is that Continue reading “A Good Bad Google Maps Review?”