Happy Friday! We’ve put together the best and worst of what the internet threw our way over the last few days, to deliver this week’s #EpicFriday! Put on the kettle, put your feet up and enjoy!
Ever wonder what Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch means?
If China has anything to do with it, the Welsh village made famous for its long name may come to simply mean ‘Word-Puzzle Town’!
In a novel and endearing new marketing campaign, Chinese travellers have been invited by tourism agency VisitBritain to create Chinese placenames for many iconic streets, tourist attractions and other locations across Britain. As part of their ‘GREAT Britain – You’re Invited’ international campaign, members of the public were shown video footage of various locations around Britain, including Hadrian’s Wall, Pall Mall, Tower Bridge and Wales’ Menai Bridge. (Our favourite is ‘公主道’ for Pall Mall – ‘Princess Road’!)
(Llanfairpwll, as the Welsh usually refer to the village as, means ‘the Pool of Mary’s Church’.)
We love cute videos of cats, and our office’s dog-lovers have been going googley-eyed over their ‘Tomato Catchup’ Christmas presents for their pets, but this is on the brink between adorable and bizarre.
As we edge ever closer towards the holiday season, McVitie’s Bbiscuits have released their Victoria range Christmas advert, which features as many puppies, kittens and other adorable animals as you can think of. It’s all levels of amazing/weird (delete as appropriate!):
We at TinderPoint are still recovering (or rather, our wallets are still recovering) from the success of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, both in the US and UK, but also here in Ireland.
Back in America, however, you’d have to feel sorry for anyone who was working in retail on Black Friday. Some places probably resembled a battle field, and Scott from Target in Maryland was ready for that battle!
A former Google employee has claimed that Google+ is “adrift at sea” in a lengthy opinion piece published via Medium.com.
Chris Messina, a former UX designer at Google, has heavily criticised the tech giant’s social media platform, designed to rival Facebook, but falling seriously behind in terms of popularity.
According to Messina, not even Google are entirely enthusiastic about their social medium, writing:
The last time David Besbris (Vic Gundotra’s successor and top exec on Google+) was interviewed by Recode, he said nothing. Literally. No vision. No insight. Just pollyannaish platitudes: “We’re … very happy with the progress of Google+.”
The most salient thing he said was, “[The Google+ audience sees] Google+ as a social network for their interests.”, which at least suggests how the team must be thinking about the network internally. But if they’re more worried about Facebook, Snapchat, or Pinterest — I can’t tell. And if they have a plan and a vision for creating something new and wonderful in the world, I certainly can’t deduce it…
Messina’s article has since been criticised by numerous commentators – including tech podcaster Mike Elgin – although it has been acknowledged already that Google have been clearly toning down their promotion of Google+. However, as Mashable’s Pete Paschal writes:
Although Google has been very clearly moving away from the Google+ brand in recent months, that idea of a personalized Google is stronger than ever, seen in many of its context-based products like Google Now. Messina’s criticism, however, appears to call out Google+ for not surfacing meaningful social interactions or content based on that identity — that it’s essentially “leaving a ton of value on the table.”
It hasn’t been a good week at all for Vine. Earlier this week, the popular video app suffered a glitch, which made Google Chrome users have their browser crash while trying to watch Vine’s videos. Since then, another glitch – this time for Vine’s latest Android app update – appeared, which stopped users from creating stop-motion video animations.
@hippiemendes We're aware of the issue and working on it. Hang tight for an update soon — sorry for the trouble!
— Vine Help (@vinehelp) December 3, 2014
Vine haven’t released any statement or further information about the glitch to the media, but if the above tweet is anything to go by, they may be searching frantically for the ‘Undo’ button.
This video puts the Epic in Epic Fail. There’s really only two things you need to know before you watch this video: Arby’s is the second-largest quick-sandwich restaurant group in the United States, and they have a mutual advertising agreement, which includes Pepsi being featured in two Arby’s adverts per year.
Now, watch and laugh: