Smart Calculations – gift from Google

While most of us are still figuring effective ways of increasing the visitors time spent on business websites and blogs, Google has found a great way already.

As soon as they figured out that many people are a fan of their easy search bar calculations, they found the most effective way to increase their time on the site and add real value to their experiences.

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Integrating a fully functional scientific calculator right into Google Search when you type in number(s) with an operator, is the smartest thing a search engine could attempt to turn users and visitors into fans.

Kudos and three cheers to Google for this smart move.

How many of you like this?

Doltish Green Beer Day 2011

I love Beer, like many of you and don’t need a reason to sip on one. However, I would not go pissed drunk to Office or School for the sheer respect for that place.  And then I find this “tradition” of Green Beer Day.

For those like me, who did not know what Green Beer Day was, its a rather silly reason to drink Green colored Beer all day and go drunk to class, started by Miami University Students and a tradition since 1952. Sometimes I feel students of Miami University just ran out of ideas and the juniors who were happy just copying the illogical habit.

Gmail Ad on Sohi Sandwich Club

Gmail Ad on Sohi Sandwich Club

How did I get there?
This SoHi $1 Sandwich ad on GMail got me curious and went to their Facebook Page. And the likes on this page suggested Green Beer Day 2011.

Likes of Green Beer Day 2011 on Sohi Sandwich Club FB Page spotted by Brandbull

Likes of Green Beer Day 2011 on Sohi Sandwich Club FB Page

Curious to know why Green Beer Day was so popular I googled it.  And Viola! I find this Wiki article feeding my curiosity.  And after reading the tug between Miami University and Miami Student editorial board, I concluded, by practice, that arriving at class inebriated, would lead to disturbing the sanctity of the place of study. And this is certainly not a tolerable act.

Firstly, just adding color to the golden potion to make it green, seems so mediocre. Secondly, making it a big event, is lack of creativity. Thirdly, making it a ritual and rebelling against principles of a study place is sheer indifference. And beyond it all the display on http://greenbeerday.com/ shows Green Beer Day is March 3, 2011 and has a counter that has the countdown senselessly running even now. Also observed that the counter resets back to 30 mins 00 seconds, every time the counter expires.

Now that’s what I call Comedy of Errors :)  What say?

Green Beer Day dot com stupidity spotted by Brandbull

Green Beer Day dot com stupidity

Green Beer Day dot com countdown counter stupidity spotted by Brandbull

Green Beer Day senseless Countdown

A Serious Privacy Threat – Affluence.org

Affluence.org invited me to join using my friend’s name:

from Affluence.org <support@affluence.org>
sender-time Sent at 1:40 PM (GMT-06:00). Current time there: 9:11 PM. ✆
to
date Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 1:40 PM
subject You have received an invitation to join Affluence.org.
hide details Dec 14 (1 day ago)
Hello,You have been invited by Kashyap Vyas to apply for membership in Affluence.org. Affluence.org is an exclusive community of affluent people dedicated to making life better for both themselves and others.

As a member of Affluence.org you will have the ability to find and interact with other affluent people from around the world, evaluate and contribute to your favorite charities, and gain access to exclusive lifestyle guides to luxury living, travel and the latest trends.

To accept the invitation to our exclusive network, please follow the link below.

http://www.affluence.org/signup.php?signup_referer=kashyapventurecapital

Message:

Best Regards,
Affluence.org
support@affluence.org

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This message was sent by Affluence Corporation, 2100 W. Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

and like a curious networker, I went to sign up. I have the habit of checking the Terms, Conditions and Privacy detailed while accepting forms. And I was shocked to see that page blank.

No TOC and Privacy text at all at Affluence.org spotted by BrandbullNo TOC and Privacy text at all at Affluence.org spotted by Brandbull [Source: http://affluence.org/help_tos.php ]

Would this mean we are agreeing to anything that may be put there tomorrow?

And mailed them :

Hi Affluence Support,

The mail below introduced me to Affluence.org. And when I followed it to sign up, I checked the Terms and Condition (attached as  affluence_org_terms_and_conditions_blank_spotted_by_brandbull.png (220KB).

The Terms and Conditions page seems to be blank and for those who fail to go there, they are probably agreeing to whatever that may be put hence, which is a serious offence of misleading the public and threat to privacy; certainly not acceptable under any lenience or condition.

Kindly react to it fast and apologize with the users signed up such. I would be posting this on my blog by the same name at http://brandbull.wordpress.com, where you could render your public apologies.

How many of us check the TOS when we sign up for something? Isn’t not knowing a serious Privacy Threat?

WordPress on BlackBerry reviewed

While its easy to write big posts on my laptop, posting it through my BlackBerry Pearl has its own thrill. I can use it while travelling and not be bothered about time.

WordPress for BlackBerry allows me to post while travelling.So Cool!

A simplified interface and buttons to include Ordered and Unordered lists; the usual Bold, Italics and Underlined and s way to include Media and Links, makes it so perfectly mobile.

If I expect more from WordPress for BlackBerry on a mobile interface, I might just have to bear a rather sluggish software.
Overall a Good Experience. If you differ, do write to me in the Comments and I would love to discuss the same.

Very Obviously Fake

While one part of the world is creating the buzz about Social Media Marketing, the other is betting all its money on just the mention of the word. With money in their budgets and practically no knowledge about Social Media Marketing, corporate firms are plunging into the SMM sea and being taken advantage of.

I found a clearly obvious example of fake profiles created on Facebook by either pranksters or more likely by Social Media Marketing companies armed with incorrect knowledge wooing clueless clients with big promises.

some very obviously fake facebook profiles spotted by brandbull

Obviously Fake on FaceBook (spotted by BrandBull)

Wish they realized before they damaged their brand!