I’m excited for the new PBS web series, A Moment of Science. It will feature short video clips on YouTube discussing basic science concepts. I love the idea of skipping television and going straight for the web audience. But I think it all depends on the videos going viral.
This video is a tribute to the work of Aaron Sorkin: the recycled dialogue, recurring phrases, and familiar plot lines. This is not intended as a critique but rather a playful excursion through Sorkin’s wonderful world of words.
A photograph showing the owner of a lost camera has gone viral Monday after being posted on Facebook, Reddit and other websites. Internet users are teaming up to put the camera back into the owner’s hands.
Text on the viral photo reads, “This guy lost his camera with more than 2,800 photos in Amsterdam. Who knows him? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.”
On Facebook, people have shared the picture more than 24,000 times in the 13 hours after Roland van Gogh uploaded it.
The photo hit Reddit on Monday afternoon, with people offering tips and making jokes. “This could use more drama,” wrote redhousebythebog. “Threaten to erase a picture every 10 minutes until the owner is found.”
Would you share your organ donor status on Facebook? You share what you’re making for dinner, how your garden grows, where you’re going on vacation…But what about your organs?
Mark Zuckerberg is hoping you will.
On “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Zuckerberg and company Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook is letting those U.S.- and U.K.-based users add whether they’re an organ donor to their timelines and the story behind the decision to become one. There’s also a link to the official donor registry for those inspired to become a donor.
That was this morning and by lunchtime, of that same day, the news had gone viral:
“As of 12:30pm today, the Donate Life California registry has increased its online donor sign ups by nearly 800% from yesterday thanks to this mornings announcement of the partnership with Facebook! Thank you Facebook!”
The wait list can range from six to eight years, depending on the organ needed.
Donate Life California CEO, Charlene Zettel, said, “today, statistically, one-third on [the wait] list will die before an available organ is presented to them.”
An interactive Flash animation titled “Scale Of The Universe 2“, covering everything in the universe from the fabric of space-time to the estimated size of the universe, was posted earlier this year, and it is awesome. A month or so later, it went viral, but why…so popular?
First, the actual scale of the universe is mind blowing as it spans 62 orders of magnitude (that’s multiplying 62 10′s together).
Second, the animation is very well produced and packed with information.
Third, it was created by a 14-year-old, Cary Huang, and his twin brother, Michael, who worked on it for a year and a half as a fun project…
It’s true, it is really fun to play with, especially with all the weird objects they use for comparisons. I snapped a few screenshots below to show you some of them.
The first one is where the animation starts and the second is after scrolling out a bit. In both, you can see the size of a human in comparison to many objects (in the second one, there is a tiny human in the center).
In the last screenshot, you can see how California, Texas, and Italy are about the size of many moons and Pluto!
In what was quite certainly one of yesterday’s more complicated (sophisticated?) April Fool’s gags, the folks at Twilio rolled out an actual API… for telegrams. Built in the same spirit as their drop-in telephony services, the Telegram API lets any third-party developer add hand-delivered, TaskRabbit-powered telegram functionality to their applications. I was curious as to whether or not the telegrams really got sent, and the Twilio-team found the perfect way to prove it: old-timey Rick Astley, hand delivered.
And I quote:
Never Shall I Cause You Duress. Never Shall I Say Good Day. Stop. Never Shall I Say A Falsehood And Wound You. Stop.