Archives for March, 2011

I recently found a few interesting tools to show some global economic / social statistics. You might find them useful or interesting or inspirational in terms of how data is being shown.

Fed Ex – Happiness Index
http://experience.fedex.com/us/en/#/data/default/topic/money_and_happiness

The Economist – Comparing Chinese provinces to Countries
http://www.economist.com/content/all_parities_china

The Economist – Comparing U.S. States to Countries
http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/01/comparing_us_states_countries

For all of you wondering why I was posting random decreasing numbers over the last few days on Facebook, here’s an answer – I was counting down the number of views for Justin Bieber’s “Baby” Youtube video to achieve *the remarkable*. The video has became the first video ever to hit a staggering HALF A BILLION views. Although not my favorite singer I will let Justin also invade my website – you can watch the video below. You might also be interested in this – an all-time Youtube videos chart (be sure to change your location to “Worldwide”, otherwise it might show the most popular videos in your country).

Justin Bieber’s video was quoted for a long time as the number one watched Youtube video of all times, but it was also notable for a different statistic – the number of dislikes. Although it has been the most disliked video at Youtube, it seems that Rebecca Black’s “Friday”, which went viral only about a week ago, will quickly top “Baby’s” number of dislikes. Now, having your art or work disliked is ok, not everyone has to like it. But cyber-bullying and hatred shown to Rebecca over the last week was horrible… The comments, directed at this 13 year old, are often awful, cruel and show the dark side of the Internet. In one of the interviews Rebecca said that she actually cried after reading those, however got used to them fairly quickly – good for her, she’s only 13! She also mentioned that she would love to do a duet with Justin Bieber… I guess that would be a solid candidate for the first billion views on Youtube.

Now, although I wasn’t enticed by “Friday’s” lyrics (even though the melody was stuck in my head for all of Saturday morning) as a tribute to the quickest one million dislikes on Youtube, you can watch the video below.

Whatever you want for $5!

Well maybe not whatever you want, but check out this website: www.fiverr.com. It is (quote): “The place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5″.

I guess it’s a great opportunity for young artists, but also for consumers to get services like caricature drawing over the web. I’m wondering myself what would be worth doing for $5 and posting on fiverr. Here are some of the more interesting things I found:


 

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Beginning February 2011 I have started a new job at Google in its EU HQ in Dublin, Ireland. I will be responsible for AdWords-related issues for the UK / Ireland market.

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