If Earth Had A Social Network Account…

like Facebook, today, it would look something like this:

Spacebook:  If Earth Had A Facebook Page Comic.

Posted with permission by “The Joy of Tech.” [via Mashable]

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Like-A-Hug Vest Gives You A Virtual Hug Each Time You Get A ‘Like’ On Facebook. Jubbling Wants ‘Unlike-A-Pants’

Like-A-Hug vestThe Like-A-Hug vest designed by Melissa Chow, Andy Payne, and Phil Seaton at the MIT Media Lab is a cute idea but totally unnecessary. It works by inflating when somebody gives one of your Facebook posts a Like. Now if they could port the technology to pants and include a kick to the butt or groin for Unlikes… it would still be wasteful but definitely much cooler. [CNET Crave]


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Prevent This Tragedy: Selling Pre-Peeled Bananas In Cellophane Covered Foam Trays.

Pre-peeled bananas sold in a Billa Supermarket.The photo of the pre-peeled and wrapped bananas for sale was posted on Facebook and caused quite stir for the Billa Supermarket chain. In the face of threatened boycotts and the social media uproar, Billa has apologized and they’ve promised not to pre-peel & wrap their bananas again.

Jubbling’s take: BFD. They did it and won’t do it again. Move on. But one there is one issue that hasn’t been cleared up: who would buy pre-peeled bananas wrapped in cellophane on a foam tray? Hate to think that there are people living among us who haven’t figure out the whole banana peeling thing. [Gizmodo and Austrian Times]

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Sorry Kids, But The Xbox And PS3 Have To Go Because They Consume Too Much Electricity

Playstation 3 with Netflix InstantCnet posted an article about the overall electricity consumed by video game consoles (PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii) and how the amount has grown by 50% over the last 3 years. The article was based on a report released by Carnegie Mellon University. In 2010, 1% of all residential power consumed was through video game consoles. Anyone that owns a Xbox or Playstation 3 is aware of the fact that when it’s on, it sounds like a desktop computer and the reality is that it consumes power at about the same rate. Of course it’s the mega processor in the game console that needs the juice and as the quality of the systems has increased, the amount of power needed has increased too. Here’s the breakdown from Mr. Electricity (tv/monitor not included):

  1. Nintendo Wii – 18 watts
  2. Xbox 360 – 185 watts
  3. Playstation 3 – 194 watts

We’ll leave the Wii out of this but with the Xbox and PS3, you get some pretty big power consumption numbers from such a small box and that doesn’t include the power consumed by your TV. The Xbox and PS3 require 4 times the power needed for an average laptop and 18 times the power required to run a plugged in iPad. Yes, you could go rogue and give everything away but that never works out too well.

My recommendation: stick to only playing video games on the PS3 and Xbox 360. It sounds obvious but if you own a system, you know that they include Netflix, Pandora, VUDU, Hulu, Youtube etc. The number of non-gaming services available on each system is growing and making the console a power-draining app player. Facebook, Tweet, Netflix and Pandora on your laptop (45 watts w/display) or iPad (10 watts) and use the game machine for games. [Cnet and Carnegie Mellon University]

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Congressman Allen West Of Florida Is Not Happy That It Costs $70 To Fill-Up His H3 Hummer

Congressman Allen West is not happy it costs $70 to fill-up his H3 Hummer.I’m surprised it only cost Congressman Allen West $70 to fill his Hummer’s tank – sounds like he’s getting the Hugo Chavez price for his gasoline. There are so many ways to go with this but I think the beauty [and stupidity] of his post on Facebook should speak for itself. [BuzzFeed]

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Greenpeace Used Facebook To Get Facebook To Stop Using Coal Power

At Greenpeace headquarters…Greenpeace Over Facebook
…at Facebook.Facebook benefits from Greenpeace "Boycott" or is it a Boynott?We posted an article about this back in Feb 2011 but it looks like Greenpeace is happy now that Facebook is moving toward renewable energy to drive their data centers and unfriending coal. And who knows, maybe the Rainbow Warrior Powered By Facebook is around the corner. But what gets me is how this was a reverse boycott – kind of a boynott – where Greenpeace and thousands of their supporters pushed for Facebook to make this change by using Facebook which in turn, consumed more coal-powered electricity.

It’s interesting that this worked or did it? Maybe now, Facebook will piss off more people by dropping a deuce on their causes in order to drive more traffic to the site. Mark Zuckerberg might go on a elephant hunting trip with the GoDaddy CEO and drive even more activity on Facebook when people use his site to protest his actions. What a dilemma – finding new ways to create controversy and generate more traffic. (A couple quick suggestions: “Facebook for Bachmann” or “Facebook Presents Family Planning Corner with the Duggars.”)

Imagine if all the groups that oppose Walmart decided to send them a message by telling people to shop there and let them know what they didn’t like about their practices. Walmart would make some changes but whenever they needed a spike in revenue, they could release new information about something else they’re doing bad in the world.

So maybe next time, Greenpeace and like organizations that are not happy with Facebook will encourage their members to remove their profiles from the site in protest instead of spiking their traffic and benefiting Facebook. As I concluded in my previous post about GP and FB, a true boycott is not likely to happen but it sure seems like a better way to send the message.

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