Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Edition!

Loki Photo of the Day

Welcome to Tuesday, July 3 2012’s Clicks of the Day! Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is. Edmonton/Alberta/Canada … Continue reading 

Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, June 13, 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.

I apologize for missing the last two days – I’ve been sick and busy! There’s probably lots of Clicks I missed over the last two days :(

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

    Since I missed out on Tuesday’s Clicks of the Day please don’t mind my belatedly linking this first:

  • Always in touch with social media
  • “Don’t get me wrong. I’ll try to be physically present at as many events as I can, but it’s nice to know when I can’t make it out, I won’t miss out. Although you may not get the full experience by following along online, thanks to Twitter I’ve been able to “attend” many events, all while seated in front of the computer.”

    :)

  • Homicide Unit investigating child abuse case
  • “Numerous charges have been laid against an Edmonton couple related to the alleged abuse of their twin toddlers, although both children remain in hospital – the Homicide Section is investigating. Police said paramedics were called to the couple’s home on Friday, May 25 – EMS arrived on scene to find one of the two-year-old girls in cardiac arrest, and the other suffering from numerous injuries… On Tuesday, following consultation with the Crown, police arrested and charged both parents with two counts each of aggravated assault, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, failing to provide the necessities of life.”

    This is horrible.

  • Tougher suspensions, seizures for Alberta impaired drivers coming July 1
  • “The province is less than three weeks away from putting into effect tougher penalties for impaired drivers. Longer licence suspensions and vehicle seizures will come into force July 1 for anyone with blood-alcohol of .08 and above, which is a Criminal Code offence. Tougher provisions for motorists who blow between .05 and .08 on a breathalyser will start Sept. 1.”

    So don’t drink and drive, basically.

  • Fraud allegations raise concerns over temporary foreign workers program
  • “Fraud allegations has a labour advocate calling on the federal government to scrap the temporary foreign workers program. A Calgary woman is accused of defrauding a woman from Japan of more than $2 million.. At the time of the alleged crimes, Melissa Holman, 40, was president of the Temporary Foreign Workers Association, which says its aim is to prevent such abuses.”

    To be in that position of trust and to do that…

  • Pet owners reminded not to leave animals in vehicles
  • “Edmontonians are being reminded about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles as the city enters warmer summer months. Firefighters were called to the parking lot at the Valley Zoo Tuesday where they found a dog locked inside a vehicle… Officials say the dog will be fine, but the incident serves as a reminder to others about how quickly animals in cars become distressed on a warm day.”

    Why do people bring their dogs with them on errands or day trips?!?!? Come on…

  • Body parts mailed to Vancouver belong to Jun Lin
  • “Montreal police say DNA tests have confirmed that the hand and foot sent to two Vancouver schools last week belonged to murder victim Jun Lin. The parcels arrived at False Creek Elementary and St. George’s School on June 4, and police quickly drew connections to the delivery of Lin’s body parts to the federal Conservative and Liberal parties.”

    Just awful.

  • Liberal leadership race ‘wide open’ after Rae bows out
  • “Bob Rae announced Wednesday he will not run for the permanent leadership of the Liberal Party, saying the decision is a political one rather than a personal one. He told reporters in Ottawa he would continue as interim leader until next spring when the party chooses a new permanent leader.”

    Hmm.

    World

  • Sandusky’s accusers say they were threatened after assaults
  • “One, a foster child, said he was threatened, warned he would never see his family again if he ever told anyone what happened. Another said he stayed quiet because he didn’t want to stop getting tickets to the hottest game in town — Penn State football. That was how two of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers explained the former Penn State assistant coach’s hold over them.”

    The details that are coming out of this trial…

  • Europe plunges deeper into crisis
  • “The bruised nations of the euro zone are plunging into several trying days that will test whether an increasingly fragile monetary union can withstand further blows. The 17-member group heads into this next round in its deepening crisis having suffered almost daily hits. Wednesday alone, Moody’s Investor Services cut Spain’s credit rating, Italy was forced to pay sharply higher rates at a debt auction, and even Germany, deemed the safe haven of the crisis, found bond investors cautious.”

    Very sad.

    Health

  • Canadian undercover sting reveals more evidence of sex-selective abortion
  • “A recent investigation by the CBC into privately owned ultrasound clinics in Canadian cities found that almost three quarters of the twenty-two so-called “entertainment ultrasound” businesses visited in the undercover operation said they were willing to do a scan solely to determine the sex of an unborn child, some as early as 14 weeks gestation. The release coincides with the release of several undercover videos in the United States by the group Live Action showing employees at Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics offer to help women obtain sex-selective abortions.”

    Ugh…

  • Diesel exhausts do cause cancer, says WHO
  • “Exhaust fumes from diesel engines do cause cancer, a panel of experts working for the World Health Organization says. It concluded that the exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumours in the bladder. It based the findings on research in high-risk workers such as miners, railway workers and truck drivers.”

    Well, that sucks.

  • Smoking, drinking, obesity may not affect sperm quality
  • “Men hoping to become dads have long been advised to stick to a healthy lifestyle to keep their sperm healthy. But a new study suggests that drinking, smoking or being fat may make little difference to how many swimming sperm men produce… The factors that did affect the numbers, though, were: having had testicular surgery, black ethnicity (though the number of black men in the study was small), doing manual work that might expose them to chemicals, wearing briefs or no underwear instead of boxer shorts, not having had a previous conception.”

    Interesting.

  • Cold virus holds promise as cancer therapy: study
  • “Researchers have shown that a cold virus known to destroy cancer cells can be delivered to a tumour through the bloodstream without falling prey to killer antibodies on the way… The reovirus holds promise as a possible new way of treating cancer because it not only kill cancer cells directly, but also triggers an immune response — similar to what a vaccine does — that helps eliminate residual cancer cells.”

    Cool.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Macbook Pro with retina display torn down, virtually unfixable
  • “Those who throw down more than two grand for a new MacBook Pro with Retina Display will have a hell of a time trying to fix their notebook should anything go amiss. iFixit’s latest teardown reveals the newest member of the MacBook Pro line is the “least-repairable laptop” the team has ever had to tear apart.”

    Of course.

  • iOS6 announced! Here’s the details
  • Including a better Siri, expanded FaceTime, some new apps and more. But this is what I actually care about:

  • WWDC 2012: A look at what Apple didn’t deliver
  • “Sure, there’s a new, thin MacBook some are calling MacBook “Pr-Air.” And, yeah, we got a peek at OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6. There was some stuff to cheer. But there also was a lot not there. There was no “one last thing.” No Apple TV. No other Mac updates. No iPhone 5. This is beginning to sound a bit like an Amy Winehouse song.”

    No new iPhone? :'(

  • After hack, LinkedIn brings encryption up to industry standard
  • “Social networking website LinkedIn Corp said it will provide an additional layer of online security to its members following last week’s data breach, while adding that stolen passwords were not published with corresponding email logins. Some cyber security experts had earlier said LinkedIn did not have adequate protections in place, and warned that the company could uncover further data-losses over coming days as it tries to find out what happened.”

    A bit too late but thanks, LinkedIn.

  • Skype rolls out ‘conversation ads’ during audio calls
  • “Wondering what Microsoft had in mind for Skype when it bought the company in May of last year for $8.5 billion? Apparently, the answer is ads. Yes, today Skype announced “Conversation Ads.” Well, Skype doesn’t want you to think of them ads, but rather as icebreakers: While on a 1:1 audio call, users will see content that could spark additional topics of conversation that are relevant to Skype users and highlight unique and local brand experiences. So, you should think of Conversation Ads as a way for Skype to generate fun interactivity between your circle of friends and family and the brands you care about.”

    Lol. Okay.

  • .apple, .auto, and others among proposed Internet suffixes
  • “Proposals for Internet addresses ending in “.pizza,” “.space” and “.auto” are among the nearly 2,000 submitted as part of the largest expansion in the online address system. Apple Inc., Sony Corp. and American Express Co. are among companies that are seeking names with their brands.”

    Lol. Let’s get creative~

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Cyber scams getting more personal, thanks to social media
  • “Old high school classmates aren’t the only ones making connections on Facebook. The crooks are too… People are used to con artists pitching them via email. Who hasn’t received a sketchy alert that they’ve won an African lottery, inherited millions from a long-lost relative in Eastern Europe or had a security breach of their bank account? But Facebook, with its network of “friends,” has a way of making people let their guard down.”

    Always be careful. Don’t be stupid.

  • News organizations report yacht explosion hoax
  • “The U.S. Coast Guard is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of a hoaxer who claimed there was a yacht explosion off the New Jersey coast Monday… News organizations reported on the alleged explosion — with possible deaths — for several hours.”

    Embarrassing.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Human-induced ocean warming study addresses the ‘dominant role’ of people
  • “Despite the onslaught of politicians attempting to project an air of question around man-made climate change, studies continue to emerge proving the connection between human actions and our changing environment. The most recent study, published in Nature Climate Change, finds an “anthropogenic fingerprint” (human influence) on our warming oceans.”

    Of course the study finds that. We are a poison on this planet!

    Entertainment

  • Winnipeg lashes out at Rob Lowe over ‘hell hole’ comment
  • “Actor Rob Lowe has raised the ire of Winnipeggers with a tweet that appears to refer to the Manitoba city as a “hell hole.” Lowe is in Winnipeg shooting a movie about Casey Anthony. Late Tuesday night the actor posted a tweet while apparently watching the first game in the NBA series final between Oklahoma Thunder and Miami Heat. Lowe tweeted: “The local affiliate is interrupting the 4th quarter of the #NBAFinals to show city council election results!!! #TrappedInAHellHole” The response on Twitter was predictably harsh from residents of Winnipeg, which goes by the slogan “One Great City.””

    Lol.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • ‘Forest Boy’ still a mystery after German police release photo
  • “He turned up in Berlin nearly a year ago claiming he had been living deep inside the German forest with his father for five years. Blond and blue–eyed, the English-speaking teen known only as Ray told Berlin police that his parents were now dead and that hadn’t a clue as to his own identity. 90-“There is no one to appeal to; all my family are dead,” he told the legal guardian appointed to him, according to Berlin police, who say he’s refusing to make any public appeals to find any relatives. Now, after lengthy investigations by German police and the international police organization Interpol, Berlin investigators have released a photograph of the mystery boy in the hope that someone would come forward to finally help authorities discovering his identity.”

    So strange.

  • B.C.’s first $450 pizza hits the market at Steveston Pizza Co.
  • “Eating in Vancouver can be expensive, but Nader Hatami has set a new standard with $450 pizza… he $450 pizza, dubbed C6, features thermidor of lobster and black Alaska cod, with a side of Russian Osetra caviar.”

    Not worth it!!

  • The bacon sundae is coming
  • “Burger King announced that it will be offering a bacon sundae throughout the U.S. this summer. The dessert — a 510 calorie monstrosity featuring both a whole strip of bacon and bacon crumbles atop a fudge and caramel sundae — was released in April in Nashville to reasonable fanfare, but will now receive a wide release as part of Burger King’s expanded summer menu.”

    De…licious?

  • [Video]: Kitten meets German Shepherd
  • “A litter of Ragdoll kittens get to meet the family’s German Shepherd Mari.”

    So cute!!! Narration is wonderful as well.

  • [Video]: Kitten bath time
  • “A litter of kittens get a bath after coming home from the animal shelter.”

    They are so precious. :'(

  • [Video]: Cat massages tiger
  • “Helga refines her technique on a compliant client.”

    Hehehe.


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

Loki getting licks from Thor. :)


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Linda

Social Media: Different (better) forms of Follow Friday

I’ve never really liked Twitter’s weekly “Follow Friday” (#FF) trend.

I always found it to be something of a popularity contest, partly spammy, but mostly I questioned how effective it really was. Of course there’s different ways to lay out your #FollowFriday/#FF that I find to be more effective than others. I don’t think a #FollowFriday tweet listing username after username after username actually gets the user very many new followers.

But I do find individualized Follow Friday tweets – where you’re listing just one or two people and including a bit about why they should be followed – are a bit better.

Still I rarely participate in Follow Friday but some “different takes” on the trend that I’ve seen pop up recently is catching my eye and slowly making me more interested.

Take for example @ProducerMatthew‘s Follow Friday twist. He decided to do a “Hire Friday” and spent the day suggesting people follow journalists looking for work.


He says:

“I’m hoping the platform that made me and my work visible, fueling my later success, will help make a few other people visible who are doing some incredible work while they’re in college or on their off-time. They’re connected, they’re trailblazers and they’re risk-takers. They’re looking for someone to give them a chance.” – Matthew Keys.

And later listed those he recommended that day on on his blog. Now I don’t know how many journalists actually got a job through his Hire Friday experiment (let alone a follow) but the point is that it was a different twist on an otherwise repetitive trend.

Another great take that goes beyond on your typical Follow Friday is @jeffelder‘s ““Beyond #FF – meet the people I like on Twitter” Storify.


Like me, Jeff says he doesn’t get much out of Follow Friday tweets.

“It seems like an empty recommendation, because I can’t see anything about the person being touted.” – Jeff Elder.

So he created a Storify page featuring 11 people he recommends you follow on Twitter. He wrote a small blurb about them and listed a couple of their tweets so you get an idea of the kind of information you’d be getting if you did follow that person.

Now that kind of thing takes a lot more time and effort than your typical #FF mentions, which probably means they won’t catch on as much or as quickly. One of the obvious perks about #FollowFriday is that it is quick. You can be a part of the trend without putting too much work into it. But to me it’s that extra little bit of work someone puts into it, that snippet of information, that different take on #FollowFriday, that would make me actually click on a user and consider following them.

Matthew and Jeff’s versions of Follow Friday have also encouraged me to see what different take I can put on the trend. So what about you? What kind of different Follow Friday have you seen (if any)? Has this inspired you to try something new with your #FollowFriday tweets next week? Or is it too much work to go beyond just listing some usernames (which is fair… sometimes we just don’t have enough time to dedicate to some things and this would be one of them!)

But what are your thoughts on the trend in general? Do you actually find yourself following people based on Follow Friday recommendations?

Also… don’t forget to follow me! ;)

Linda