Are You a Hottie? Find Out With Hotstagram

According to the movie The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg briefly dabbled in the idea of creating a site where people could rate girls. While the site only lasted a day or two, it inspired him to continue thinking about the medium.

So, too, apparently, is another internet sensation using the same formula.  A new site, Hotstagram, is actually crashing under the weight of its interest. Piggy-backing on the idea of the “Hot or Not” internet site, this site uses Instagram photos and puts two photos of women or men back to back for voting.

The creator is choosing to remain anonymous at the moment, but is a 27 year old with the code name Captain Kirk.

The site makers encourage women and men to be part of the game by adding the hashtab #hotstagram to their photos. Trying to avoid legal issues, Captain Kirk has made it known that anyone who wants his or her picture removed can do so with the Hotstagram site

Facebook, which now owns Instagram, has not issued an official response about the site.

Facebook Users to Design a Beer?


It seems that if you want to design a beer these days, all you need is a Facebook account. Well, not quite, but that’s the first step.  US Beer brand Samuel Adams joined forces with social-media mogul Guy Kawasaki to set up the competition that is asking FB beer lovers to design a beer by February 5, 2012.  Using the FB app Crowd Craft Project, anyone who loves beer has to put in their two cents worth on the new brew.  They will vote on: body, clarity, color, hops (bitterness), malt, and yeast.

Next, brewers from Samuel Adams will take the favorites from each category and implement them in their new recipe for the ale that will be brewed during February. Then, that beer will be debuted at Guy Kawasaki’s Girl + Guy party in Austin the following month.  It will thereafter be available in various bars around Austin as well as the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery and Adams himself will let people know when the beer will be on the markets, through Facebook.

So it’s all about fun and it’s definitely a great marketing ploy on the part ofAdams and Kawasaki.  Good team work guys!

Generation Gap Shrinking in Cyberspace

The stereotype is that Grandma just doesn’t understand the world of FaceBook, YouTube, or even making a simple purchase on Amazon, but according to a new research study conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life project, “The biggest online trend (we found) is that, while the very youngest and oldest cohorts may differ, certain key internet uses are becoming more uniformly popular across all age groups.”

This means that seniors are getting with the program when it comes to skill at using the internet. The 2010 Generations Report revealed that users aged 34 and above are actually more likely than those 33 and under to engage in a number of on-line activities among them visiting government web sites and finding financial information on the web.

The favorite internet activities are becoming more popular for everyone, in all age categories, including the use of email, search engines, finding out info on health issues, keep track of current events with news feeds, internet commerce including booking flights on-line, banking on-line, sharing reviews and ratings, donations to charities, and even downloading, including podcasts.

And the report has identified that pretty soon you should not be surprised if you get a friend request on Facebook from your grandma.