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This month I have collected 27 tunes that sound like inspiration to me. Feel free to listen here:

 

Treasure of the month:
The most inspirational track from this collection is the Starkey Remix of Ludovico Einaudi’s Experience. Classic instruments meet dark beats:

 

Most fun of the month:
The most fun track is the Meow Version of Zeds Dead’s Ratchet. You can not resist cat images on Facebook or 4chan? This track mixes trap music and cat memes into a 2:38 fun ride:

Since the Facebook’s IPO crash people think different about the worlds largest social network. Katherine sent me this infographic, made by the team of researchers and designers she works with at Online Graduate Programs. The illustration delivers some key facts about the revenue streams of Facebook and its competitors. Even as an internet pro I missed some them. Thanks to Katherine and the team for thier efforts! Enjoy!

Facebook: Programmed for Disaster
Created by: www.OnlineGraduatePrograms.com

It is time to say goodbye to Google Wave, now that Google officially announced to stop the development of Wave promising to maintain the unique web collaboration tool until the the end of the year 2010. To clarify this: Google Wave is not dead – yet. As many of Googles efforts in social tools the service runs as long as Google wants it to. Other discontinued tools are Google Answers, Lively and Dogdeball.

In the last months a lot of people wrote about why Google Wave failed. I think the mayor failure was to promote Wave with a big bang on the Google I/O conference 2009, followed by personal invitations. As many others I subscribed to be invited, looking forward to test Wave. Weeks later the invitation code showed up in my mailbox. I was pretty pissed off by Googles product policy and so my first attempt was to find out what does not work on Wave. I found a lot of errors, unfulfilled promises and the user interface was difficult to understand and adjust.

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Yesterday I found this amazing video, music performed by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. (watch it on Youtube). Visually it is a fresh cover of the Tron style mixed with 80′s and freestyle rap elements. The lyrics are also great, an abstract of todays mindset. Quote:

We’re never gonna, believe in, the stories, that you’re weavin’
We’re never gonna, believe in, the stories, that you’re weavin’
We’re never gonna, believe in, the stories, that you’re weavin’

We’re believin’ in the proof, we’re believin’ in the truth
We’re believin’ in each other, not you, you, you

Stories (you with the tall tales), how many stories (so many tall tales)
We climb the structure (you scale the ladder)
You build it higher (you make us madder)
We take our aim (so now we’re bearin’ off)
You perch above your nest ( _ in your charms)
The stories in your head (it’s a crazy bald head)
That’s what got you dead

Bang Bang Bang!

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Slideshare makes it easy to upload and share presentations, documents, videos for free. I would like to thank the team for making this possible. But there are some things making me mad, I don’t know how many time I did like they do in The Big Lebowski:



The Big Lebowski Fucking Short Version

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Here is my checklist for Youtube video marketing, adressing the needs of small and medium sized businesses – plus a bonus fail list and PDF download at the end of this post.

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This Video is called “Secret Powers Of Time”. The words of Professor Philip Zimbardo are animated by whiteboard artists of RSA Animate. A both amusing and interesting adventure in which Mr. Zimbardo illustrates how our individual perspectives of time affect our social coexistence. At the end of the video Mr. Zimbardo describes why young people consume time from a totally different perspective. Thanks to derdoc for the link!



RSA Animate — The Secret Powers of Time

A whiteboard sketch about an integrated online feedback strategy including online channels, web site, analytics, crm, customer feedback and recommendations. This Map is made for printshops, the basic structure could be used for any other business with some changes.

The key element of the strategy is the “Electronic Line Of Visibility (eLOV)”. The “Line Of Visibility” is a strategy to describe the areas of contact with customers. eLOV does the same for online communication. The idea of the map is to close feedback loops between customers and employees as well as employees only.

Inspired by the Contact 2.0 Strategy by Marc Keating, Chris Brogans Trust Agents and Thomas Scheuer’s Marketing für Dienstleister.

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Youtube: The Vuvuzela – Legendary Horn!

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A few days ago I saw the La Roux “Bulletproof” music video for the first time. I was surprised by the visual style, reminding me of the early Cindy Lauper (80′s pop rocker), the “Tron” movie (clean and simple) and design elements I have seen before in Daft Punk music videos (lens flare, colors). What really strucked me: This video has been published in May 2009 – a year ago!

Yesterday I saw the “On a mission” music video performed by Gabriella Cilmi. This track has been released in January 2010 and is much more a classic dance music video than La Roux. It is set into a space frontier plot and is a great reminiscence to the visual style from the late 80′s and the interstellar science fiction/fantasy art from the 50′s and 60′s.

While I was searching for videos which remind me to these styles, I stumbled upon the Tron 2 trailer. I think all these examples proof that our culture is heading into an new era of design: Post-Futurism. The “new thing” seems to be that technology which surrounds us today – like Smartphones, Tablets, Websites, Online Services, Mobile Internet – make visions from the past more tangible than ever. Which is great, because the imagery of classic futurism is shared with equal ideas across the world: Unity, freedom, new frontiers.

La Roux – Bulletproof (2009)

Image taken from Youtube, all rights reserved by the respective owner

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