The Top 10 Marketing Lists on Twitter

With Twitter Lists being rolled out to a greater  portion of users earlier today, there is a lot of buzz being created around the new feature.  In a nod to my friend Manoj at Web Analytics World, who just posted a set of web analytics Twitter lists, here are a some marketing lists to follow on Twitter. This top 10 list is based on the number of followers each list has at the time of this posting.

Top 10 Marketing Lists on Twitter

  1. @Scobleizer/tech-pundits
  2. @dannysullivan/searchmarketing
  3. @dannysullivan/marketing
  4. @seanpower/analytics-and-measurement
  5. @teresaberry/seattle-nw-faves
  6. @SEOdojo/members
  7. @adland/adagencies
  8. @stevewoods/b2bmarketers
  9. @AdvertisingLaw/marketing
  10. @susanbeebe/social-media-smarties

For the complete list, visit the Listorious page: http://listorious.com/tags/marketing.

Top 5 April Fools Jokes Courtesy of Google

It’s that time of year again when offices around the world brace for the worst, the most creative, and most daring ideas to surface in what is known as April Fools.

Search engine company Google hasn’t shied away from the fun over the past few years, and has even used the April 1 date to launch new products, for example, Gmail in 2004. As it turned out, the story of a free email provider providing a whole Gigabyte of storage was unheard of in the day, and spread like an April Fools joke.

Here I’d like to share my five favorite Google April Fools Jokes:

1. Project Virgle
The Adventure of Many Lifetimes, inviting participants to enter and qualify for an epic journey to Mars. This actually was a collaboration between Sir Richard Branson (Virgin) and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, hence the name Virgle. I came across this by accident several months after April Fools, and seeing Richard Brandson talk about out-of-this-world plans for Virgin seemed quite plausible. They had me going for a while.

www.google.com/virgle

2. AdSense for Conversations
AdSense for Conversations promises to be a new type of monetization solution that “puts the ‘context’ in contextual advertising”. An interface attaches to the head of a speaker and lists ads related to what is being spoken about. As a recommendation for untargeted ads, it recommends rambling.

3. Gmail Custom Time
Be on Time, Every Time.
This innovative Gmail feature allows users to back-date the send time and date on an email, ultimately eliminating the concept of being late. It utilizes an e-flux capacitor to luckily work around the issues of causality. Unfortunately the use of this tool is limited to 10 per user per year.
custom-time-for-gmail

4. Google Romance
Dating is a search problem. Solve it with Google Romance.
If you choose the Contextual Dating option, be prepared to deal with thematically appropriate multimedia advertising throughout the entirety of your free date.
www.google.com/romance

5. Rick Roll’d
Rick Astley’s video of his 80’s hit single Never Gonna Give You UP was the unintentional destination for many YouTube visitors on April Fools 2008. When clicking on any Featured Video on the YouTube homepage, users were taken to the music video in a practice which has since become widely known as being Rick Rolled or Rick Roll’d.

I’d like to give special mention to Google Gravity from the Chrome Experiments Group. Although this wasn’t an April Fools joke, it is a whole lot of fun. You can try the page for yourself, and it is best viewed in – you guessed it – Google Chrome. It actually is an impressive display of Chrome’s ability to process Javascript at speeds way above other browsers.

For your further amusement, here is a complete listing of Google hoaxes over the years on Wikipedia.