Can you spot the cow?
Invisible cows. Invisible girlfriends. And some juicy social media numbers. Read on, or listen to the audio here.
More cows: if you can find them
Last week we met a real cow that tweets from the herd; this week it’s an imaginary one that hides on your computer screen. Find the invisible cow is, I’m told, an internet sensation. All you need is a computer with the sound turned up, and when you click on the screen you get clues about how close you are to the invisible cow. Click on the cow, and well, you get to see the cow.
Fun for everyone including kids and office workers.
Site of the week: invisible girlfriend
Sooner or later everything anyone can think of will be on the internet. Like this! Invisible Girlfriend is a site that for as low as $10 a month will make the whole wide (online) world think you have a girlfriend.
Your imaginary soulmate will do anything from send you texts, to interact with you on Facebook and even call home to ask your parents or flatmates if you’re there. And of course you get to change your Facebook status from L for loser single or needy It’s Complicated to “In a relationship with…” Awwww. The one thing the site doesn’t offer is personal visits, so you’ll need to come up with your own excuse with your invisible girlfriend doesn’t make it home in time for Christmas.
A week of milestones
The internet is all about numbers, and a few notable ones popped up this week.
The first was the news that photo sharing app Snapchat had reportedly turned down an offer of 3 billion dollars from Facebook. That sounds crazy until you hear the number behind the number: more images are shared each day on Snapchat than on Facebook…. 400 million a day, versus 350 million. Numbers like that obviously looked good to Snapchat, so they said no to Facebook.
The other number is a local one. Job seekers’ and general business networking site Linkedin announced this week that it has 1 million New Zealand members.
What they weren’t so keen to share is just how often those members visit the site, as since Linkedin’s best efforts, it’s still more than a little bit dull. Unless you’re looking to change jobs of course, in which case I’m sure it’s even more addictive than Snapchat.
App of the week: Lights, camera, iPhone
The world is still waiting for an amazing iphone video app, but Vivoom might be a contender. It’s free, which is great, and packs a huge range of video special effects and filters from the conventional 8mm movie effect through to a very convincing pencil sketch animation as seen in the 1980s video Take On Me. Download this one for the kids on Christmas Day and they’ll be busy until bedtime. Includes easy social sharing so you can bore people with your awesome 15-second clips.