Webometric Thoughts

October 5, 2007

Facebook Flyer Fun

Filed under: advert,facebook — admin @ 10:25 pm

Whilst all the Facebook pages now have bright enticing ‘Facebook Flyer‘ adverts down the side, the lack of variety in the adverts (at least in the West Midlands), and the fact the flyers don’t seem to be content driven, means that you can happily kill time finding a group that (vaguely) amusingly matches a flyer that you have seen, and then re-find the flyer with the help of the refresh button:

An advert for gay dating on an anti-gay group:

Or the chance to win an iPhone on an anti-cellphone group:

I am almost tempted to join the London network for a greater choice in the adverts…. although I am sure there are more productive ways to spend my time.

September 24, 2007

Has Paddington Bear sold out?

Filed under: advert,marmite — admin @ 9:10 am

It seems that a bit of a controversy was brewing last week, and as with many things in the real world, it just passed me by. Nonetheless, now my attention has been brought to the subject I feel compelled to blog about it. The new advert for Marmite has Paddington Bear (famous for eating marmalade sandwiches) trying it. So, most rational people would be asking, where is the controversy? Well, that is it. Paddington Bear tries Marmite. He doesn’t permanantly ditch marmalade or even fall head over heels in love with Marmite, he merely tries it.

The most outraged are the usual suspects of tabloid journalism (an oxymoron if there ever was one), Quintin Letts in the Daily Mail says it has “pillaged our heritage“, whilst always one to keep things in perspective, The Sun has described the backlash as a war.

Personally, I just thought it was a really nice advert. I can think of a million things to get annoyed about, but this is definately not one of them.

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