Oops: Pot-Smoking Elmo Already Claimed @Qwikster On Twitter

Oops: Pot-Smoking Elmo Already Claimed @Qwikster On Twitter

Netflix might have flubbed on its due diligence when checking out if there were any a priori uses of the name “Qwikster.” (Whether or not just picking that name itself is a flub is another discussion.) It seems there was already an entity out there using Qwikster, and it’ll make it hard for the DVD by mail service to have a good Twitter profile. Yep, @Qwikster is a joint-smoking Elmo who gets bored in English class, harbors negative feelings about his ex-girlfriend, and recently attained level 25 in the Original Gangstaz game for iPhone. [More]

Want A Starbucks? Use Jonathan's Card

Want A Starbucks? Use Jonathan's Card

Jonathan is letting anyone who wants to use his Starbucks card. He’s posted a scanned copy of the mobile-app code on his Starbucks card and invited anyone who wants to to have a cup on him. The crazy thing is that it’s working like “leave a penny, take a penny,” with some people adding onto the card’s balance after they grab a brew. [More]

NYC Deputizes All Citizens As Secret Shoppers

NYC Deputizes All Citizens As Secret Shoppers

Inspections by New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs found that two-thirds of the supermarkets they visited were overcharging customers at the checkout counter. That’s up from 1 in 3 last August. So now they’re turning all shoppers into “deputized inspectors” to report malefactors. [More]

New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years

New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years

The FTC has given thumbs up to a company, Social Intelligence Corp., selling a new kind of employee background check to employers. This one scours the internet for your posts and pictures to social media sites and creates a file of all the dumb stuff you ever uploaded online. For instance, this sample they provided was flagged for “Demonstrating potentially violent behavior” because of “flagrant display of weapons or bombs.” [More]

Blippy Realizes People Don't Want A Social Network Where You Share All Your Credit Card Purchases Online

Blippy Realizes People Don't Want A Social Network Where You Share All Your Credit Card Purchases Online

Blippy was a weird social networking site where users entered in their credit card information and then it let you publicly broadcast everything you purchased online. A year and a half after its launch, they’ve realized that no one really wants to do that and have decided to shut down that part of the site and reformat. [More]

How (And Why) A Pack Of Twitter Vigilantes Recovered A Stranger's Stolen Laptop

How (And Why) A Pack Of Twitter Vigilantes Recovered A Stranger's Stolen Laptop

A guy was able to hunt down his laptop after he lost it by using a program that gave him remote access to it, tracking its location and taking screenshots of the person who was using it. He even got the guys name after watching him log into Skype. Problem was the laptop was in New York City and the owner was traveling in Canada. So he began live-tweeting his predicament and the Twitterverse rose up and rescued his laptop. [More]

Twitter Company Reps Who Talk Big But Can't Actually Do Anything

Twitter Company Reps Who Talk Big But Can't Actually Do Anything

After a few bad experiences by their writers, TechCrunch is calling out this “scandal of toothless social media representatives” and demanding that it ends “now.” Seems some companies have figured out that rather than use Twitter to solve people’s customer service complaints, they can just use it to get you to shut up. Here’s how it works. [More]

Revolt Over GoDaddy CEO's Elephant Kill Video Makes 20,433 Domains Flee, Rival Claims

Revolt Over GoDaddy CEO's Elephant Kill Video Makes 20,433 Domains Flee, Rival Claims

Rival domain name registrar Namecheap says they’ve raised over $20,000 for an elephant charity and poached thousands of customers who switched 20,433 domain names from GoDaddy following an uproar over a video their CEO posted of himself killing a pachyderm. Bob Parsons is unapologetic, saying he did it to feed the hungry villagers and save their crops. But that’s just a moral fig leaf. In another video, Bob hunts and kills a leopard. I don’t think it ended up as steaks for hungry villagers. [More]

Guy Who Tweeted Chrysler F-Bomb Blames Tweetdeck

Guy Who Tweeted Chrysler F-Bomb Blames Tweetdeck

The social media marketer whose f-bomb tweet on Chrysler’s official Twitter account cost him his job and his firm the car maker’s account blames his screwup on Tweetdeck, reports WXYZ. [More]

Chrysler Fires Social Media Firm After Tweeting F-Bomb

Chrysler Fires Social Media Firm After Tweeting F-Bomb

Chrysler “will not renew” the contract of the social media firm whose employee sent out a cranky tweet ragging on Detroit drivers and using the f-word, AdAge reports. Why didn’t they just make fun of it? Perhaps give out a coupon code for discounts on driving lessons for Detroit motorists? Because that would denigrate the serious hard work Detroit residents and the car industry in general have been putting into rebuilding, said Chrysler’s Manager of Electronic Communications, Ed Garsten, on their blog: [More]

Chrysler Tweets No One In Detroit "Knows How To F****** Drive"

Chrysler Tweets No One In Detroit "Knows How To F****** Drive"

Chrysler is in damage-control mode after its official Twitter account chirped, “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to f****** drive.” Yeeks, that’s gonna backfire. Screenshot of NSFW language inside. [More]

Facebook "Like" Button Swallows Up "Share" Function

Facebook "Like" Button Swallows Up "Share" Function

Facebook’s “like” button is more than just Lil Wayne’s plaything. It’s now an all-powerful method of endorsement and conduit for viral spreading. [More]

Procter & Gamble Washes Hands Of Soap Operas To Focus On Social Media

Procter & Gamble Washes Hands Of Soap Operas To Focus On Social Media

After pioneering soap operas as ad vehicles for its cleaning products, Procter & Gamble — which cranks out Gain detergent, Head & Shoulders shampoo and Old Spice deodorant, among other products — has stopped producing long-running daytime serials to focus on social media. P&G-produced Guiding Light went dim last year, and As the World Turns stopped turning in September. [More]

CEO Says He Will "Make Digg As Good As It Used To Be"

CEO Says He Will "Make Digg As Good As It Used To Be"

Here’s the latest dispatch from contrite-CEO-land. The social news site “Digg” has a new CEO and he started things off with an admission that the site isn’t as good as it used to be, but promises that fixing things is his top priority. [More]

General Electric Responds To Twitter Distress Call, Fixes Shattered Stove

General Electric Responds To Twitter Distress Call, Fixes Shattered Stove

Mike writes that his parents came home one day to discover that the pretty black decorative glass on their oven door had broken into thousands of tiny black decorative glass shards. The stove was out of warranty, but they tried to contact GE anyway. After Mike learned about the situation, he posted to Twitter about it, hoping that GE might have some kind of special social media team scouring the Internet for dissatisfied customers. They did. [More]

Coffee Shop Owner Uses Twitter To Ban Breastfeeding In His
Store, Seems Surprised By Reaction

Coffee Shop Owner Uses Twitter To Ban Breastfeeding In His Store, Seems Surprised By Reaction

Yesterday, a coffee shop called The DoubleShot in Tulsa, OK sent out a tweet announcing that breastfeeding was now banned on the premises: “Notice: No breastfeeding at the DoubleShot. Thank you.” (The tweet has since been removed, but a tipster saved it for us.) This set off a torrent of angry reactions on Twitter, partly because everyone loves to fight about breastfeeding and partly because it’s World Breastfeeding Week. [More]

Consumers Hate Facebook As Much As Airlines, Cable Companies

Consumers Hate Facebook As Much As Airlines, Cable Companies

Has Facebook’s ongoing foolishness with privacy settings, fine print, and advertising taken its toll on the brand? According to The American Customer Satisfaction Index’s E-Business Report, Facebook scored 64 points out of 100, which puts it in the bottom 5% of private companies, “in the same range as airlines and cable companies.” The one bit of good news for Facebook is that MySpace scored 63 points. [More]

Chili's Gives FourSquare Reason To Exist

Chili's Gives FourSquare Reason To Exist

FourSquare, that helpful location-based social networking service for those oblivious to the fact that nobody on Twitter or Facebook cares which hardware store they’re frequenting, may have some redeeming value after all. That’s because Chili’s is now offering up free chips and salsa to those who check in at participating stores. [More]