The most loved and hated socnet du moment is partnering with Crushpad, a company that lets amateurs make, sell, brand and market their own wines -- to produce a Twitter-branded Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
1/4 of the proceeds for the project, dubbed The Fledgling Initiative, go to a nonprofit called Room to Read, which promotes literacy for children in places like Sri Lanka, India, Laos, Zambia and Nepal.
According to Biz Stone and Ev Williams, the partnership's in keeping with their commitment to grow Twitter -- "because if you can't read you can't tweet!"
So there you have it. Ignite a future for the high-profile navel-gazers of tomorrow with your own bottle of Twitter wine, which goes for $20 a pop. Every case sold buys 60 local language books for Room to Read. You can also keep up with The Fledgling Initiative and find ways to get involved by following @fledgling.
If you're a fan of that Warren Beatty Bulworth-esque statement about everyone "co-mingling" until we're all the same color, you just might like this new effort from We Love People for fashion brand Blend. The agency worked with artists from baghdad, Tehran, Myanmar and Afghanistan to spread positive messages about "blending" the world.
So yes, it's the same old if we could al just get along" message that everyone always agrees to and aspires to but, sadly, never seems to work.
So yea, there's a video. It's typical. Give it a watch.
Here's an approach to doggy family planning we haven't seen before. The SPCA in Malaysia is urging pet owners to neuter or spay their dogs. But they've done it in a very interesting "There are some things you can't teach your dog" kind of way.
If only dogs actually were this smart. Then when the moment struck us humans, all we'd have to do would be to send old Butch to the store for us.
We watched this black and white PSA filled with disbelief as images of deserted grocery stores selling apples for $11/lb, cans of chicken noodle soup for $22.78/ea and ground beef for $52.49.lb faded in and out. We wondered is this a post apocalyptic world movie trailer? Then it brightens, a woman returns a loaf of bread to the shelf and a tagline reads, "Imagine a world where food was too expensive. For 36 million Americans, it is."
So yea. October 2 is Lee National Denim Day, a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Pimping its participation, DDB Chicago created this cute little video in which a woman is a bit shocked at what she feels and experiences when she puts on a pair of Lee jeans.
In the promo, the woman whisked away on a flying seahorse through the clouds until she falls of the things and lands back in reality. Namely, the dressing room of some random retailer. We're sure all form of fantsay have occurred in dressing rooms around the world but orgasm-causing jeans and seahorse rides is a new one on us.
- Former Mayor Ed Koch tells us why New York's Presbyterian Hospital should be considered a national treasure and funded as such. Munn Rabot created and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly directed.
- Tired of annoying acronyms and abbreviations brought on by the pop culture of cell phones and instant messaging? So is Jul3ia. Irritated with social networking sites taking over your life? So is Jul3ia. Don't remember the last time you actually saw the sky or went outside? Neither does Jul3ia. (Go easy. It's a friend's daughter.)
- Hilton HHonors is offering members a Live Like a Mad Man Sweepstakes to win a trip to New York to be wined and dined, made over by the show's stylist, as well as receive their very own autographed script by booking the "Mad Men" rate at any Hilton hotel.
- The extended Halo 3 trailer.
If you don't mind staring at a quick-cut succession of boobs for 30 seconds on a Monday morning, you'll love this new PSA for Pink Ribbon Magazine which raises money for breast cancer research. Grey Amsterdam created and Chris Palmer from Gorgeous Productions directed.
You see? There's absolutely nothing wrong with boobs. Even on a Monday morning. What? You gonna complain about a little nudity? You better not. That'd be like saying the human body is ugly and you don't care about breast cancer. So watch this thing. Appreciate human beauty. And become ever more aware of the importance of breats cancer research.
Oh OK, breast cancer has it easy. After all, it's boobs we're talking about. No one wants to see a :30 filled with disgusting colons, charred lungs, a scarred pancreas or swollen testicle. But breasts> Everyone wants to see breasts. It's like these breast cancer PSAs write themselves.
Alongside the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation, the Adobe Foundation kicks off "Plant and Inspire" -- a campaign that encourages digital literacy among youth.
The site, linked above, solicits your inspiration and invites you to share creations across socnets. You can also build a snazzy digital flower out of media, sounds and other stuff. Here's a PSA in which will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas sows one out of mean urban earth.
Sure, having one of the plushest icons in hip-hop list ways to reduce your negative impact on the environment -- under the amber light of his posh leather-and-mahogany office -- might be effective. But really, is it more effective than this?
Teen Pregnancy Prevention, the parents you didn't know you had, is slathering bus shelters and other minors-enhanced public places with an ad featuring a cell phone wrapped in a condom.
Text on the decidedly antiquated handheld reads, "Please practice safe text." Heh. See what they did there? Clever.
The objective is to discourage teens from sexting -- sending nude pictures to each other via mobile -- which can actually result in a child pornography charge.
There's something spicy for the resume. But the ad, which does admonish teens to think about their reputations, actually has deeper motivations: keeping teens from getting pregnant.