Fun Friday Links: Slapping the Sarcasm Out of Twitter, Teleportation and Karaoke
Welcome to Chelsi’s Number One Super Happy Fun Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Social media platforms have their ridiculous moments, but I’m always blown away by how supportive and helpful they can be during particularly tough times. In this article, David Carr provides an intimate account of how Twitter brought the people of New York together during Hurricane Sandy.
“Twitter not only keeps you in the data stream, but because you can contribute and re-tweet, you feel as if you are adding something even though Mother Nature clearly has the upper hand,” he writes. “The activity of it, the sharing aspect, the feeling that everyone is in the boat and rowing, is far different from consuming mass media.”
It’s a refreshing look at how being digitally connected helps us help each other, and that last part would be a great way to think of internal platforms in a business space. It’s about teamwork!
One other bit that I really liked:
“There were abundant news posts from @antderosa of Reuters, @acarvin of NPR and @brianstelter of The New York Times, among many others, but there were also tweets from ordinary people relaying very important information about their blocks, their neighborhoods, their boroughs. I knew what was happening to many of my friends as far away as the District of Columbia and as close as the guy up the block. There is no more important news than that.”
I’ve been fantasizing about the ability to teleport since as far back as I can remember. Globe Genie isn’t exactly what I had in mind, but the concept, I have to say, is pretty great. Click the link above and let it randomly take you somewhere magical.
Back when I was first learning how to type, my teacher was this dame called Mavis Beacon. She was OKAY. Kind of boring, really. Typing Karaoke — which isn’t so much a learning platform as it is a high speed, anxiety-inducing typing adventure — kicks it up several notches with vibrant colors, fun song choices and the nostalgic tug of 8-bit aesthetic.