Joost Will Rock Your World

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If you've been in the online industry longer than a day or two, you've certainly heard about a company called Joost which is, seemingly, about to turn the world of online video and television on its head. Still in private beta with an official launch date set for several months out, Joost describes itself as "free TV, with the choice to watch alone or with friends. Joost is packed with internet tools such as instant messaging and channel chat, allowing people to really share the TV experience. It's a completely secure platform for content owners that respects their rights, while protecting and enhancing their brands. And it's an incredibly flexible way for advertisers to reach a truly global audience, in ways that really work. Joost isn't just video on the internet - it's the next generation of television for viewers, content owners and advertisers everywhere."

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Online, Television, Trends and Culture



Reebok Runs Easy With Route Sharing Site

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Molecular and Carat Fusion have put together a site called Run Easy for Reebok. The site allows runners to enter and share their favorite running routes as well as discuss routes in a forum, view run route images and listen to play lists people have created for those routes. The site is smarlt designed and allows for the traditional use of the back button unlike most overly designed Flash sites. They get points alone just for that. Check it out. We like.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Social



Lynx Mynxes Head to Miami For Bom Chica Wah Wah Rally

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Following its long running strategy of attracting men with the most powerful aphrodisiac, women, and its latest Bom Chica Wah Wah theme, Lynx, with help from the Lynx Mynxes, has launched Lynx Players and the Bom Chicka Wah Wah Rally - some kind of flirting contest. Anyway, it's all about bodacious babes and Florida sunshine. Oh, and, apparently, some deodorant gets sold along the way.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Events, Games, Good, Online, Video



'Splat the Mat' Gets Mat Splat With Splatterific Splattishness

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Here's one for you neat freaks out there and, well, for you slobs as well because, after all, you're the ones who really need the help. For its client YES Essentials which makes stain and odor resistant, custom fit automotive floor mats, Erwin-Penland has created Splat the Mat, a site hosted by one of those annoying perfectionist neatniks who deserves what she gets: Ketchup, blueberry pie, coffee, dirt and an ice cream sundae pour all over her.

After choosing your method of splat, you are treated to a time-lapsed cleanup during which the mats is cleaned using just paper towels and water. Hmm. Maybe they should add baby puke to the list. Now that would be the true test of a mat's cleanability. Actually, there's a section of the site where you can "suggest a spill."

This is one of those sites that perfectly delivers it message and does so in an interesting and amusing manner. Props to Erwin-Penland on this one.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Best, Online



PETA Says Bludgeon Thy Fellow Man if Tastes Differ

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Because PETA gets a seratonin high from symbolic violence, they're using Adwords to push the crap out of these supposedly banned ads. We just finished watching an awesome one for their Fur is Dead campaign in which a woman in fur is clubbed unconscious and stripped of her coat.

There are a lot of people we'd like to club because of their clothes, but hey, we hold back. Why bunny-huggers who guiltlessly pillage living plantlife think they're special, we'll just never know.

We get the point, PETA, but why do you have to be bitchy about it? We'd even venture to say you'd look less mean if you left burning crosses on lawns, but somebody else has already got that gig.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Online, Social, Video



Scion Wants Us All 2 B Square Really, Really Badly

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For their ongoing Want 2 B Square campaign (whose Boy Meets Girl video we're still fawning over), Scion throws out the last of its six worlds, The Beat. It's music-themed and contains a Dance Dance Revolution-type game, which we like but are ashamed of liking.

We've grown fond of Want 2 B Square and are even starting to think the xB's aren't bad on the eyes. But sentimentality aside, Scion has done a good job of using alternative forms of marketing and subculture inclusions to push the weird customizable vehicle. Which is more than what we can say for some.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Events, Good, Guerilla, Online



Porsche Highlights Trophy Girls

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This is a really nice retrospective of Porsche's racing history. Firstborn and Carmichael Lynch have created new website for the Porsche Cayenne that contains a video which highlights the automaker's Trophy Girls who narrate the video and talk about their past involvement. A nice piece of work.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



MySpace to Host Presidential Primary

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MySpace will host its own presidential primary on January 1-2, 2008. Advance polls will be conducted as well. If the number of friends is any indication of who will win, Barack Obama, by far, will crush the competition. He's got over 90,000 friends. The next closest is John Edwards with 17,070. Separately, the thought of MySpace actually influencing a Presidential election is, well, odd to say the least. Or not. Depending upon how you view social media and its impact.

One could argue MySpace is just a collection of teens uploading risque photos of themselves for middle aged horny men to slather over. Conversely, one could argue that's just a bad generalization and MySpace members are socially connected people and representative of society in general. If you ask us, we'd like nothing more than the convenience of voting for President from the comfort of home without having to deal with crowds and grumpy local officials.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Online, Social, Trends and Culture



Nike McFly Effort Contunues With Petition Site

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It seems the very dedicated Al Cabino just might have his way after all. For years, the man has been behind a grassroots effort to get Nike to manufacture the sneakers Michael J. Fox wore in the 1989 movie Back to the Future 2 during the year 2015 scene. A petition site McFly 2015 has been launched to collect signatures and convince Nike there's a market for the shoes. Oh, naturally, there's a MySpace site too.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Online, Social



Google Streams the 'Net Through Porcelain

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Google has a lot of fun with easter eggs, probably a big reason why, despite its soul-sucking bulk, it manages to keep the allegiance of Gen-Yers who prefer smoothie options to 401Ks.

While we panicked over a spotty internet connection a friend sent us here, which seemed like a joygasmic option until we read up on installment.

If you want to don the gloves, be our guest. Is this what Google employees spend the allotted 20 percent of their independent project time doing?

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Online, Spoofs










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