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A Link Drop of Sorts, 3 things that really spiked today & their similar paths | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

A Link Drop of Sorts, 3 things that really spiked today & their similar paths

Up until a couple months ago I’d collect a number of links over a week, look at what patterns tied them together and make a mind map of it. Things have been really busy and I haven’t had the time to focus on that type of post. I’m also looking at a huge magnitude shift in the number of things I can read during a week—it is really hard to take the time to stop reading and start posting. Today was strange in that I kept tweeting about three topics that most people came across today too. 800% Justin Bieber, Twifficiency and Web is Dead. What I’ve done is list the tweet, a screen shot of the link to the site and pulled a relevant quote. By doing this I was curious to see what things might have been a pattern.

There was an interesting similarity that each three took topics took. First it was a gut kind of wow to pass along the link, second, it was about demystifying the link—was it fake, which lead to talking about potential consequences which lead to interviews with people actually involved. Tomorrow I could pull three different things and come to similar conclusion. But as it was Tuesday and typically things that want to be released come out on a day like this, I thought it was worth taking note.

There was a lot of data issues, age issues, visualization issues, stuff that could be passed along easily issues, and the fact that Twitter was the glue to spread all those issues is valuable to know.

JUSTIN BIEBER

RT @Switched: how to make bieber sound incredible: slow him down 800 percent http://gawker.com/5614579/how-to-make-justin-bieber-sound-incredible-slow-him-down-800-percent morning zen

You totally hate Justin Bieber, right, because you’re a rebel, or whatever? That’s just because you haven’t listened to Bieber slowed down 800 percent. Now his new single “U Smile” is a 30-minute epic. And it sounds awesome. No, really.

RT @hamsandwich: We’ve been had! RT @zefrank: Bieber’s slw down is a fake 🙁 sorry the original :: http://photonwaveorchestra.bandcamp.com/

We are aware…

RT @scandb: @MichaelSurtees @hamsandwich @zefrank It’s real! Observe: http://www.avclub.com/articles/great-job-internet-justin-bieber-sounds-amazing-wh,44254/ /cc @SuGeneris

UPDATE: As someone pointed out in the comments below, a group called “Photon Wave Orchestra” has claimed this song as its own original work. The poster of this MP3, known as Shamantis, has already addressed these claims, saying, “I DO NOT KNOW WHO THESE GUYS ARE: http://photonwaveorchestra.bandcamp.com/ but they are claiming to be the original makers of this song. THIS IS FALSE. take my song and speed it up 8x if you don’t believe me.” Many Soundcloud users say they have put the original Bieber song into software like Audacity and Paulstretch and gotten the exact same results heard here. So the question now seems to be who did it first—Shamantis or “Photon Wave Orchestra,” a supposed musical group whose sole output seems to be the above song, who claims to have posted the track on April 1 on its profile but whose RSS feed reveals that it really did so on August 16, and whose mysterious origins may be answered by some now-deleted 4chan posts—but there is apparently no question that this really is “U Smile” slowed down 800 percent. For once, something on the Internet appears to be genuine

“I guess the Internet really hates Bieber and to see him in a new light is quite a revelation of sorts” [INTERVIEW] http://mashable.com/2010/08/17/slowed-down-justin-bieber-song/

Who are you? You know, age, profession, where do you live, etc?
I’m Nick Pittsinger! I’m 20, I live in Tampa, Florida, and I produce music all day, everyday. I’ve recently been signed to Big Electric Management. I’m trying to score a job as a producer/songwriter for a record company at the moment!

TWIFFICIENCY

My Twifficiency score is 41%. Whats yours? http://twifficiency.com/

Twifficiency uses oAuth for Authentication. This is designed to protect your account. You will be redirected to Twitter and asked to allow the Twifficiency application. Simply click Allow to use Twifficiency. Twifficiency will tweet your score on your behalf. Do not use this app if you do not consent to this.

Twifficiency might be a password stealer, so it’s better to revoke access http://twitter.com/settings/connections

How Twitter took a teenager from Zero to Villain to Hero in five hours http://thenextweb.com/uk/2010/08/17/how-twitter-took-a-teenager-from-zero-to-villain-to-hero-five-hours #Twifficiency

One young Scottish web developer wanting to learn about Twitter development ended up learning some harsh lessons about Twitter users today.

DEAD WEB

Is the web really dead? – Boing Boing http://www.boingboing.net/2010/08/17/is-the-web-really-de.html

Assuming that this crudely renormalized graph is at all accurate, it doesn’t even seem to be the case that the web’s ongoing growth has slowed. It’s rather been joined by even more explosive growth in file-sharing and video, which is often embedded in the web in any case.

Update: It’s also worth adding that bandwidth, though an interesting measure of the internet’s growth, isn’t so good for measuring consumption. It doesn’t map to time spent, work done, money invested, wealth yielded… Does 50MB of YouTube kitteh represent more meaningful growth than a 5MB Wired feature? And, as others point out in the comments, many of the new trends are still reliant on the web to work, especially social networking.

We’ve all read this, need to tweet it to prove a point for a post: The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet | Wired http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/ff_webrip/all/1

Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching and more about the getting. Chris Anderson explains how this new paradigm reflects the inevitable course of capitalism. And Michael Wolff explains why the new breed of media titan is forsaking the Web for more promising (and profitable) pastures.

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