I knew the internet was good for something

Online crowd-sourcing has unraveled the molecular structure from an enzyme in an AIDS-like virus found in Rhesus monkeys.

Link

Pretty fascinating stuff, really. The possibilities for this are amazing, using the world wide web as a sort of collective conscious to solve difficult problems.  I knew there was something more than online games, celebrity gossip, and porn on the internet.

A Business Card You’ll Hang On To

Look at the business cards Lego employees get to hand out

As most of us are just big kids at heart, I can’t imagine too many people getting rid of this “card”. Instead, I imagine most of us would keep it on our desk, maybe even bringing in a few other Legos to supplement the fun.

Lego must be a great company to work for….

Read the full article here.

Google+ hits a wall?

According to this article, Google+ traffic is falling.

No surprise here.  Personally, I’ve found it to be rather boring. Perhaps its because many of my friends aren’t yet on there, or maybe because the few people who are aren’t particularly active, but whatever the reason, I’ve found it to be much less engaging than Facebook or Twitter, despite the fact that it’s sort of a hybrid between the two.

Will it pick up? Probably, Google basically runs the internet. Then again, maybe not, who knows?

Google+ – the new Facebook?

So I finally got around to finding an invite to Google+. Thus far, I am not overly impressed. While I like the idea of circles and being able to limit access to specific content, I’m just not particularly thrilled about the idea of creating a new profile, finding friends, and basically starting over from scratch.

With that said, assuming Google+ catches on, and I believe it will, it could very well be the demise of Facebook, much as Facebook caused the demise of MySpace, which killed off Friendster, etc.

On the plus side, in addition to the circles, I also like the complete integration that Google offers, something Facebook has been striving for, but Zuckerberg & co. simply don’t have the universal reach that Google has. Thus in the next social media war, I don’t see how they will compete.

At any rate, Google+ is worth checking out, if for no other reason than to see what will probably be the next big thing.

Twitter and Amateur Scouts

According to ESPN.com:

“Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has asked the club’s fans to act as scouts by suggesting potential signings on Twitter. “ (link)

Apparently the football (soccer to us Yanks) club, located in Yeovil Town in Somerset, southwest England, can’t afford a scouting program, so manager Terry Skiverton has asked the club’s supporters to take over that role.

With so many youths dying to be discovered, this could be a great opportunity for Yeovil Town to scoop up some diamonds in the rough. Of course the nature of the English leagues means they won’t be able to afford to keep them, but at least they could potentially get a nice transfer fee out of it.

Interactive Web Sites and Hip Hop

Screwing around on StumbleUpon today, I came across this site.

An interactive site detailing the bio of German super DJ Tomekk and his record label F-Records, this site leads you through an interwoven story about Tomekk’s career, and the growth of the label.

I spent a good 30 minutes just playing around with this site, primarily because of the infectious beats and the presence of KRS-One. If you like hip hop and/or interactive marketing, I highly suggest you check it out.

Ridiculous Ad Idea

Scene: Chaotic flash of events, a baby crying, bills stacked high on a table, man pulling his hair out in exasperation, a couple arguing violently, image of bad fast food job, teen reading pregnancy test

(Cut to bedroom scene where two young people are getting kissing passionately)

Boy: Hold on (runs to bathroom, pulls out box from under sink)

(Black screen simply reads “Trojan”)