I realize it’s been a week since my last post and I missed this week’s Snaps To. My apologies, I was a little busy adjusting to working full time. Anyway, here we go!
Sunday Funday is a weekly round-up of the week’s news in the marketing, advertising, or PR industries. Or anything else I find amusing.
With the ever-increasing presence of social media in our day-to-day lives, it’s becoming as common to some of us as eating and sleeping. This has led to an interesting trend as many people decided to give up social media for Lent this year. Jesus died for our sins, so we can lay off the tweeting, right?
Tonight was the season 3 premier of Game of Thrones on HBO. Big news to those of us who can stand the confusion long enough to have watched all the previous seasons. To celebrate the premier Ommegang, a craft brewery in Cooperstown, N.Y. that specializes in Belgian-style beer, teamed up with HBO to release a blonde ale called “Iron Throne”.
My Facebook newsfeed turned a brilliant shade of red this week as many people changed their profile pictured to a red equal sign showing support for marriage equality and gay rights. Huffington Post takes a look at the popularity of this trend through numbers and geographic location.
In recent years Microsoft has struggled to compete with Apple’s seamless operating system and software. Businessweek takes a look at how well Microsoft’s Xbox, Skype, Office, and SkyDrive work well together.
I’ve never been a big fan of weight-loss products, diet fads, and the way they are promoted. Luckily, Weight Watchers and Slim-Fast have abandoned diet-focused ads in favor or ones promoting overall wellness.
Some claim that ads are nothing more than heartless industries trying to take advantage of unknowing consumers. These days, though, advertisement can be used to spread important cultural messages. Expedia’s “Find Your Understanding” commercial, promoting gay rights and marriage equality, actually helped the couple featured in the film with their efforts to secure parental rights to their son.
One more article about Game of Thrones (can you tell I’m excited?): Voyage to 10 Game of Thrones Cities on Travel Site Kayak
I might be one of the few people that doesn’t like April Fool’s Day. I don’t like being pranked, OK? Youtube just made an announcement that they were shutting down and removing all their videos (GASP!) but it just turned out to be an April Fool’s prank. Jerks.
Money can’t buy happiness, sure. But there’s nothing wrong with using technology to track it. I love the idea of the app featured in “Can an App Actually Make You Happier?“
I posted a video previously about Bing and Jay-Z creating an interactive map around the world for users. Similarly, Artist Jay Shells has wandered around New York, putting up signs with rap lyrics at the specific places the songs referred to in the songs, creating a new map of the city based on its homegrown art form.