Draw Something gets update, gets better…

The incredibly addictive mobile game Draw Something has just got a whole lot better.

Following a $200m acquisition by Zynga, game creators OMGPOP have just released an update for their most popular title, bringing much wanted updates to the simple game such as the ability to undo mistakes, the ability to share drawings on social channels, and increasing the streak cap from 99 to 999.

A quick look into the list of Facebook friends who are also playing Draw Something, and it’s obvious that everyone and their dog seem to be playing this game. Of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, chances are you’ve most likely heard of it too.

Draw Something is incredibly addictive, and I can’t put it down.

Lion King Draw Something

Gameboy - Draw Something

Gorilla - Draw Something

Van Gogh - Draw Something

The game is available from the iOS store here.


Pippa Middleton’s bum is worth £200bn

The social media oligarch and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg opened up f8 (Facebook’s annual developers’ conference) with the announcement that, on one day last week over 500 million people were logged into Facebook.

Add to that all the people who may have had something better to do that day, and you have more than 800 million ‘active’ users. Putting that in perspective, that’s the population of Europe. You can start to see where their $80 billion valuation is coming from.

In contrast, an estimated 2 billion people tuned in to watch the royal wedding earlier this year. Two billion. That’s one third of the world’s population tuning in to watch Pippa Middleton’s arse. Four times that of Facebook.

Therefore, I’m putting a value on Miss Middleton’s backside. A crude calculation based on very little I agree, however it’s estimated that 2 billion people have access to the internet in the world, and I’m of the belief that news of the royal wedding could have reached even those without access to the World Wide Web. So for Coca-Cola to slap their logo on Kate’s little sister’s rear end, she should have put a value at least quadruple that of Facebook. Her bum reached more viewers than the internet!

Hence, in terms of grossly overestimated advertising value, I’m arguing that Pippa Middleton’s arse is worth at least 4 times that of Facebook, $320bn, or just over £200bn.

Try insuring that one J-Lo…

Steve Jobs – the younger years

Following the news that Steve Jobs is stepping down from CEO (and the step-up to the leisurely post of Chairman of the Board) at Apple, the technology company he helped found and grow to the cult fame it now holds, here’s collection of some older pictures from his earlier years. How cool is the popped collar in picture three?!

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Steve Jobs in his younger years

Looking for Brad Jordan?

A search for Brad Jordan pulls up thousands upon thousands of search results on Google – predominantly due to some rapper in the USA.

Whilst born Bradford Jordan, everyone knows me as Brad – Which, in SEO terms, is pretty tough to get anywhere on Google’s search results. From famous actors to sportspeople, there’s no shortage of Brad’s in the world.

Jordan, as a surname, has been in the UK for well over 900 years, though to have been bought over by the Normans. It became popular in europe as a personal name during the Crusades when it was common practice for Crusaders to bring back vials containing the waters of the River Jordan to baptise their children with. Needless to say, there’s a heck of a lot of Jordans too!

So, how are people, looking for Brad Jordan (me) supposed to find, me? Those looking for someone else, why not try and look up Brad Jordan on Twitter or maybe Brad Jordan on Facebook. AND, if that doesn’t do it, you can always try looking for Brad Jordan on Linkedin. But for those looking me, Brad Jordan, Social Media Marketing Consultant at Receptional, well, you’ve found me! For those that haven’t, but are looking, I’ve tried to help them out by purchasing bradj.co.uk and bradjordan.co.uk.

If you are another Brad Jordan, and would like to purchase one of these domain names for a lottery winning-similar fee, by all means, do let me know!

Top 5 jobs for Rebekah Brooks now she’s left News Int.

Poor Rebekah. Where did it all go wrong? Being a Sideshow Bob lookalike has stopped you from being been booted off News International has it? (probably by Edelman, which if it’s the case, I raise my glass to you sirs). However, you’re a bitbull Rebekah, and with a CV like yours, and your (probably burnt) contacts, you shouldn’t find it too hard to get a job elsewhere. So here, just for you Rebekah, is a top 5 list of jobs for you to apply for, from the people on Twitter.

1) The Met Office

2) The Doctors

3) John Frieda

4) Number 10

5) BT

Thanks to @flashboy, @mostly_grumpy, @FashionBeautyEd, @charlieconnelly and @TheBigOBowski for the ideas! If you’ve got any more top tips for Ms Brooks, post them below!

Why I’m unplugging on social media day

Mashable has deemed the 30th June to be Social Media Day – “A day to celebrate the revolution of media becoming social”. It’s the second year of the annual occasion, but this year, I won’t be partaking in the celebrations.

Don’t get me wrong. Social media has undoubtedly changed our lives, and for the most part, for the better. We’re able to communicate with friends easier. Share photos without sending monumental zip files over email. Interact with brands on a more humane level – there are a thousand and one benefits.

However, it has come at a price, and this goes for the internet too. The problem is our inability to unplug.

Connecting online is something we do almost unconsciously now. I pull out my phone to check in somewhere, to take a photo, to edit, upload and share that photo, to tweet, to check links friends are sharing. The list goes on, and it all happens without thinking about it.

I’m regularly advising clients on how to use social media more efficiently in the workplace, and at work, I’ve become militaristic on organising my time on social platforms. Working in an agency, and even more so, freelancing for six months, taught me that very quickly. Being so plugged in can be a huge detriment to productivity if not managed right, hence I strongly recommend any client of ours to have a social media policy in place (contact me if you’d like us to help with yours).

However, it all seems to fall apart once I leave the office. I get sloppy, and browsing becomes lazy. The commute home is led by a check on Twitter, Facebook, and then another check after dinner, and last night I even found myself on Facebook in bed. I idly browse through friends photos, uploading some of my own, check on the progress of some of my client’s pages. It doesn’t really stop.

I’m addicted, which I guess is partly why I do what I do. But tomorrow, I won’t be celebrating social media day. I won’t be tweeting. I won’t be on Facebook. I won’t check LinkedIn, and I won’t be blogging. I won’t surf. I won’t browse. I won’t poke.

This social media day, I’m going to be unplugging, and I’ve scheduled this post. Besides, the 30th of June is my fiancée’s birthday, and I’m taking the day off to go hot air ballooning.


Ok, so I might tweet a photo…

Hot air baloon fail

(this post was written and published at Receptional.com on the 29th June 2011)