So, the first Epic Friday is upon us. What is it I hear you ask? Well it’s a collection of all the online highlights and the hiccups from the week that’s been.
To ease our weary minds into gear for the last few hours of the working week think of Epic Friday as a little bit of light reading. A few minutes out of your day to remind yourself of what’s good in the world and how it could be worse.
#RestoreTheBlock trended on Twitter yesterday in response to changes to Twitter’s “block” function. Previously a blocked user could not follow you or have their @ Tweets appear in your Connect tab.
However, in new changes, blockee could follow the blocker, while their Tweets would still be hidden from Connect and Activity tabs. The term “Twitter stalking” was rampant, with many users saying they wouldn’t feel safe on Twitter if their profiles remained public.
Bowing to the pressure, Twitter retracted the changes with a statement from Vice President of Product Michael Sippey on the official Twitter blog:
“… we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe.”
We’re reverting the changes to block functionality. https://t.co/H3W3V27rKN
— Twitter (@twitter) December 13, 2013
Auto-correct has provided many a hilarious text message, as anyone with the name Niamh will now. Although Google’s auto-correct search may have gone too far.
A high-profile court case in the United States sees self-described “mild-mannered” Jeffrey Kantor seeking $60 million in damages, after he claims his search query, which was intended to be “How do I build a radio controlled airplane”, was auto-completed to “How do I build a radio controlled bomb”. Without realising Google’s error, Kantor pressed enter and sparked a chain-reaction of both physical and digital surveillance by government agencies, harassment and threats.
The case is on-going, so Kantor may well feature in an Epic Friday post in the future depending on the outcome of what is sure to be a landmark ruling.
#GetCovered was intended to be a positive message from President Obama encouraging fellow American’s to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. What it turned out to be, however, was the perfect candidate for some creative Photoshopping. First place goes to Sen. Ted Cruz, who is an active opponent of Obamacare, and many more followed – paying particular attention to Obama’s recent “selfie” incident.
Although, this would be my personal favourite:
Santa Clause is coming to town
Earlier this week, one bah-humbug boss in Canada refused to allow a bus driver to wear a Santa costume while on the job. However, no one can keep the spirit of Christmas down apparently as Santa himself was spotted driving the 32 Dublin bus from Malahide this morning.
Note the duct-tape for grip, clever Clause.
This mornings bus driver.. Santa! pic.twitter.com/CwidGpj06H
— Katie Brady (@_Katie_Brady) December 11, 2013
Social Media Explained Using Donuts
An oldy, but a goody. This made the rounds in the office emails this week and we all loved it so much we had to include it. If you’ve ever found yourself trying to explain the difference between Instagram and Pinterest, or want a quick reference tool to match the right social channel to the right situation, you can’t go wrong with Social Media Explained With Donuts.
Sign Language Sing-along
With 2.5million views and counting Claire, aged 5, has taken the Internet by storm with her performance at her Kindergarten holiday concert. Born to deaf parents, Claire, has been exposed to sign language all her life, and while her classmates stuck to the choreography, Claire signed for the whole performance for the benefit of her parents. Not only is it adorable, her facial expressions are priceless.
In the spirit of the season, next week’s Epic Friday will be Christmas themed – so be sure to let us know of any epic Christmas wins or fails you find online and we may be featuring them this day next week.