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

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

  • Podcast experiment a great success
  • “I’ll admit I’m not a podcast “expert,” but I’m pretty sure live show recordings with a sell-out audience are few and far between. To mark their third season finale, The Unknown Studio hosts and co-producers, Adam Rozenhart (@bingofuel) and Scott C. Bourgeois (@scottybomb), put together a live show last Wednesday at Happy Harbor Comics featuring local talent, including musicians, a comedian, an author and much more.”

    So fun! Glad it was a success. Love when people take chances and try things like this (and love when others support it!)

  • Teen charged in stabbing death of 16-year-old girl
  • “A teenaged boy has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl over the long weekend. The girl was killed during an alleged break-and-enter early Monday morning at a north-end home… The 16-year-old boy has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, break and enter, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.”

    Senseless. Sad.

  • McCann family remembers couple on anniversary of disappearance
  • “For one Edmonton-area family, July 3 marks a sombre anniversary – it was on that day two years ago, that Lyle and Marie McCann were last seen alive.
    “We go about our daily life, but always with a heavy heart,” Bret McCann, the couple’s son said Tuesday. “There’s always that burning question, we just don’t know what happened to my parents.” The last time the couple was seen alive, was at a gas station in St. Albert on July 3, 2010 – as Lyle McCann pumped gas into the couple’s RV, ahead of their planned road trip into B.C. along Yellowhead Trail.”

    I hope they figure out what happened to them.

  • Charges dropped against Edmonton cop
  • “The Edmonton Police Service will not punish an officer who shot a man four times after the man stabbed his police dog. In a 90-page decision released Tuesday, retired Insp. Paul Manuel cleared Sgt. Bruce Edwards of misconduct for a July 27, 2006 incident in which Edwards fired seven shots at Calgarian Kirk Steele, hitting him four times. Manuel wrote in his decision the use of lethal force “was not only appropriate, it was the only available option for Sergeant Edwards.””

    If anyone ever stabbed my cats…

  • Arrest in Quebec earns Alberta man running across Canada for cancer charity surge of support
  • “Albertan individualism came up against the sizable Quebec state this week, as an oil rig worker making a Terry Fox-style trek across the country to raise $1-million for an Edmonton children’s hospital was arrested after arguing with police about his route. Curtis Hargrove spent several hours in jail, and then had to chase down four teenagers who stole the Canadian flag from his RV. But one bad day in a stretch of 45 good ones has earned the Cold Lake man a surge of support from Canadians who heard of his ordeal — he’s received a flood of donations, more than 700 likes on his Facebook page and now has a decent shot at winning $100,000 in a Scotia Bank Gamechanger contest since the arrest at 2 p.m. Monday.”

    Lol nice twist.

  • Famous 5 join ranks of Edmonton ‘giants’ as mural unveiled downtown
  • “The Famous 5 are officially Edmonton giants after a mural was made public Tuesday, depicting the women behind the Persons Case. The painting, attached to the side of a parking garage at 10027 102nd St., shows Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy and Louise McKinney, along with scenes of marches for women’s rights. The five Alberta activists won a 1929 legal case declaring women “persons” eligible to sit in the Senate, a major step in the move toward gender equality.”

    Wonderful. :)

  • Edmonton Experiment launches Capital Ideas
  • “Ta-da! Today we launch Capital Ideas, where Edmonton’s entrepreneurs help each other by sharing what they know. We’re building a community of business owners who have expertise to share and questions they need answered. So if you are a business owner in the Capital Region, join us.”

    Hoorah! Will be interesting to see how this develops. :)

  • Criminal probe launched into Elliot Lake mall collapse
  • “Ontario Provincial Police will launch a criminal investigation into the Elliot Lake mall roof collapse that killed two people and injured 22 others.”

    Would be very sad if the collapse was intentional.

    World

  • Cairo conference for Syrian opposition devolves into fistfights
  • “A meeting of Syria’s splintered opposition in Cairo on Tuesday descended into scuffles and fistfights that will dishearten Western leaders calling for unity against President Bashar al-Assad.”

    Oy. Also…

  • Report details network of torture centers in Syria
  • “A new report from Human Rights Watch out Tuesday identifies 27 detention facilities in Syria and details the arrest, detention, and torture of an estimated tens of thousands of people in the country since the beginning of the March 2011 uprisings against president Bashar al-Assad.”

    Awful… just awful.

  • Colombia decriminalizes cocaine, marijuana
  • “Colombia has decriminalized cocaine and marijuana, saying that people cannot be jailed for possessing the drugs for personal use.”

    Inteeeeresting.

    Health

  • The age of rage: psychiatrists battle over teen anger diagnosis
  • “Intermittent explosive disorder — a controversial mental illness marked by outbursts of uncontrollable rage — is so common among adolescents it affects one in 12 teens, a large new study finds… The findings suggest the disorder is affecting hundreds of thousands of youths — close to six million in the U.S. alone, according to a statement released with the study.”

    So it’s not just teen angst.

  • Hospital food not only tastes bad, it actually isn’t good for you
  • “While it’s not as though hospitals have ever been lauded for their gourmet cuisine, the idea that you’re filling your body with the nutrients it needs to heal has certainly inspired more than one patient to force that last bit of rubbery mystery meat down the hatch. Because when you’re lying prostrate in a bed on wheels, IV firmly hooked into your right arm and your wellbeing in the hands of the people around you, it’s important to trust your health is being looked after from top to bottom. But according to the CBC, your gag reflex may have been trying to tell you something all along. According to a host of experts sourced by the news network, hospitals often use frozen, processed food out of cost and convenience — food that, naturally, lacks proper nutrition. It’s edible, but it’s not actually good for you.”

    Who knew ~

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Where do the world’s tweets come from?
  • “The map shows that the top six tweet producers (for geocoded tweets, in absolute terms) are the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, the UK, Mexico, and Malaysia. The authors observe that just two of those countries — the US and the UK — are from the industrialized West and “are traditional hubs of the production of codified knowledge.””

    Interesting results! Canada not in the Top 5 and colour-coded as “low.” Surprising.

  • The world’s favourite browser is Internet Explorer. Or Chrome. Take your pick!
  • “As CNET’s Lance Whitney is reporting, the latest browser market-share numbers from Net Applications show that Internet Explorer’s once-overwhelming lead is slipping. Except–well, the report still shows that Microsoft’s browser has more users than everything else combined.”

    Barf, please if you’re still using Internet Explorer. Stop.

  • ‘Sexting’ among teens more common than previously thought
  • “Nearly 30 per cent of U.S. teenagers have sent a nude photo of themselves via text or email, according to a study suggesting that the practice of sending explicit digital missives is more prevalent than once thought.”

    Cut it out, people! You don’t want that stuff hanging around the digital world.

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • China court orders Apple to pay $60 million to settle iPad name dispute
  • “Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market… Apple Inc. says it bought the global rights to the iPad name from Proview in 2009 but Chinese authorities say the rights in China were never transferred. A Chinese court ruled in December that Proview still owned the name in China. Proview, which is struggling financially, asked Chinese authorities to seize iPads in an apparent effort to pressure Apple to settle.”

    Quick what other “i” names can we come up with so we can get a money settlement when Apple needs to use it?!

  • Toshiba fined $87m for LCD price fixing in the US
  • “Japanese electronics maker Toshiba has been fined $87m (£55m) for conspiring to fix prices of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels in the US. It has been accused of holding meetings with other LCD makers in a bid to keep prices of the panels at a high level. The fine comes just months after Taiwanese firm AU Optronics was found guilty on similar charges.”

    Tsk, tsk.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • It’s official: There is no such thing as mermaids
  • “You might have thought the federal government wouldn’t have to weigh in on an issue mainly popularized by Disney and 4-year-olds, but apparently you would be wrong. NOAA has made an update to its “Ocean Facts” site stating that mermaids do not exist, and “[n]o evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.””

    I still believe they’re out there! ;)

  • Rise in sea level can’t be stopped, scientists say
  • “Rising sea levels cannot be stopped over the next several hundred years, even if deep emissions cuts lower global average temperatures, but they can be slowed down, climate scientists said in a study on Sunday. A lot of climate research shows that rising greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for increasing global average surface temperatures by about 0.17 degrees Celsius a decade from 1980-2010 and for a sea level rise of about 2.3mm a year from 2005-2010 as ice caps and glaciers melt. Rising sea levels threaten about a tenth of the world’s population who live in low-lying areas and islands which are at risk of flooding, including the Caribbean, Maldives and Asia-Pacific island groups.”

    We’ve screwed the planet beyond repair.

  • Hidden portals found in Earth’s magnetic field
  • “According to NASA, Jack Scudder, who is a researcher at the University of Iowa, has found “hidden portals on Earth’s magnetic field [that] open and close dozens of times each day”. Some of them are open for long periods of time. Scudder says that these portals “create an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere” 150 million kilometres away.”

    Fascinating.

    Entertainment

  • Iconic TV actor Andy Griffith dies at 86
  • “American actor Andy Griffith, best known as the folksy Sheriff of Mayberry, died Tuesday at his home in Dare County, North Carolina. He was 86 years old. The legendary actor, director and gospel singer was best known for his television roles as lead character Andy Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show” and the kind but shrewd criminal defence lawyer “Matlock.””

    I have little memories of watching him but I know a lot of people were sad to hear of his passing!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Expedition launched to find wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane
  • “A $2.2 million expedition is hoping to finally solve one of America’s most enduring mysteries: What exactly happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart when she went missing over the South Pacific 75 years ago? A group of scientists, historians and salvagers think they have a good idea, and are trekking from Honolulu to a remote island in the Pacific nation of Kiribati starting Tuesday in hopes of finding wreckage of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra plane in nearby waters.”

    Amelia Earhart’s story is soo fascinating. Wonder what they will find!

  • Are ‘cat ladies’ more likely to attempt suicide?
  • “Women who are infected with the common cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii may be more vulnerable to suicide, a new study finds, adding to the evidence that T. gondii or Toxo, as the bug is known, may cause subtle changes in the human brain that lead to personality changes and even mental illness.”

    I think I’ll be okay! My kitties contribute to my life happiness meter, lol.

  • [Video]: Kitten saves friend from laser pointer
  • “This kitten has seen too many friends throw their 9 lives away because of their addiction to chasing a laser pointer, and he isn’t about to let it happen again.”

    SOOOO CUTEEEE :)

  • [Video]: Breaking News
  • “A breaking news story so fresh there aren’t any facts. That’s not going to slow down the Onion as they report it anyway. It’s better to be first then right.”

    Lol. Hilarious.


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

Super comfortable sleeping position :)


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Linda

Clicks of the Day, Current Events, Lists

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. :)


Have your say on some of these Clicks of the Day’s! Leave a comment! Or tweet me!

Linda

Social Media

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