Hello. After the fairly going-through-the-motions of Eurovision last weekend, my chum Tom told me about Chairlift. We looked ‘em up on YouTube and next thing you know it was about 3am after falling for the classic pass-the-keyboard YouTube game…
So, the Foxes and Convicts Christmas Special went out last week, and the acts were all brilliant! As a special thank you to everyone who’s listened in over the past year, here’s a special video version of the show – all the Christmassy songs in glorious high definition
There’s no doubt google can be awesome. Check out (FNAR) this video they made about online checkouts:
That said, they just can’t get a handle on social media. I have some big problems with G+.
Running the trial almost successfully google-wave-style-choked it, limiting the people that you can share with to a small fraction of the amount of people you *want* to share with… So, they have brought together a group of people to sit and stare at their screens, asking “now what?”.
Also, because g+ has only just launched on google apps, I was using a seperate google profile to use it – now if I want to use my main email address, I have to start all over again… and I don’t fancy that…
I read that Google have canned Buzz, their version of Twitter, to focus on G+. This was after Google canned Wave in order to focus on stuff like Buzz.
Google’s like that chum you have who’s full of GREAT ideas, but stumbles a bit when starting them off. Google do some things brilliantly. Docs, Analytics, tools like that. They’re not that good at Social Media, but why should they have to be? in an attempt to widen their protfolio, they’re in danger of dooming their good work by association with their bad.
UPDATE: I think I’ve worked out what I’m trying to say here… (sorry, I’m very tired)…
By setting themselves up as “the next Big Thing” they have massive boots to fill very quickly – and unless they can claim some big successes (credibly) very quickly, they are inevitably going to suffer from cynicsm towards the hype that they founded.
By becoming a specialist sort of place, for techies and beardwearers, they are probably fulfilling what they should have set out to do in the first place.
I had a nice email in this morning from someone who’s looking into how Rags – University Charity Appeals – have worked together in the past, cos of my work with Martin Smallridge on UKRag.net.
I was rootling through some related stuff and found this absolute gem – it’s footage of the Rag Parade in Glasgow (back then known as Ygorra… as in “Ygorra give us some cash”… yes, really) from 1924. It’s good to know that nearly a hundred years before I was pratting about in a daft costume trying to raise money for charity, they were doing the same.
Unfortunately Pathe don’t let you embed their videos (BOO! What’s up with THAT, British Pathe?) so I’ll have to link to them, but here’s some great archive footage of news reports of the old days of Rag.
SCOTTISH STUDENTS – RAGS – COMPILATION
And here’s some from 1932:
A CITY HELD UP (aka GLASGOW STUDENTS’ RAG)
Which was the same year Middlesex Rag actually kidnapped Santa Claus: