internet: June 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg An image of a man with the head of a horse has become the latest odd sighting on Google Street View to go viral.

The man - dubbed Horse Boy by online fans - was snapped in the Hardgate area of Aberdeen, wearing dark trousers, a purple shirt… and a plastic horse's head.

After being highlighted on the BBC News website, Horse Boy has now been viewed more than a million times on the mapping site and many people are trying to work out who it is.

So can you help, there must be someone out there who can recognise him, let us know in the comments… but please restrain yourself from making any obvious Sarah Jessica Parker jokes.

275x250.jpgYouTube has started adding a special button to videos on the site, which plays the sound of a Vuvuzela over the normal soundtrack.

The football shaped button started appearing on videos this morning and when pressed plays the droning sound which has annoyed millions of football fans.

Just like being at a World Cup game the Vuvuzela sound will drown out whatever you are trying to listen to and can't be adjusted by the volume button.

While TV stations broadcasting the South African tournament have tried to reduce the Vuvuzela effect the button is sure to be a hit online.

It's expected the button will remain in place till the end of the World Cup BBBZZZZZZZZZZ.

275x250.jpgGoogle appears to be getting over-excited about the start of the World Cup 2010 if their search search results are anything to go by.

A search for "World Cup" displays upcoming fixtures and live group standing from the South Africa contest, all above the normal results.

Not only that but the traditional "Gooooogle" at the bottom, used for accessing additional pages of results, has been replaced with "Goooooal".

"World Cup" has also become one of the most searched for terms online and it's predicted a third of UK workers will watch games online at work.

In odd news, those who will not be streaming games to their computer have already decided which matches they will be phoning in sick for.

275x250.jpg A tweet by a Canadian who has only been using Twitter for six months has been dubbed the most beautiful ever sent, by judges at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales.

Broadcaster Stephen Fry - who has over 1.5 million Twitter followers himself - announced Marc MacKenzie had won the contest for the message yesterday.

The winning tweet read: "I believe we can build a better world! Of course, it'll take a whole lot of rock, water & dirt. Also, not sure where to put it."

Organisers had said a beautiful tweet could be one which was eloquent, impassioned, evocative, emotive or include a good pun… so non of ours then.

275x250.jpgAn author has spent the past four years scouring the internet for the world's most unintentionally funny URL website addresses.

Andy Geldman has now compiled his results, which include a music site called mp3shits.com and a wine site ipwine.com in his latest book.

'Slurls: They Called Their Website What?' features over 100 amusing URLs - normally created when businesses did not consider the impact of removing spaces from their name.

For example, Who Represents, can't have noticed the other meaning whorepresents.com might have. Nor can programmers site Experts Exchange, or expertsexchange.com

In odd news we know exactly how easily this can be done… we almost used News Hits, or newshits.com before we settled on NewsLite.




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