The class of ’98 is spread out all over the globe. Amongst the people who are on the facebook distribution list some live in california, canada, or other far away places by now. Still, I will be able to meet quite a few people again, after all these years, which makes it ever more exciting. Having pints at the students pub with everybody, picnicing at the Loch of the Uni, may be even pub crawling through Bridge of Allan, like in the messy days. And after that I’ll visit some friends in Glasgow. More about my travels will be posted to my German blog (in German, sorry about that).
I was going to comment on Pete Blackshaws Post “Twitter Spam“, but unfortunately, the long and complex typekey registration process put me off. So I will comment here and trackback, why not. And I can even add my own screenshots.
In his post, Pete suspects twitter now having spam profiles. I second that, I have a Chinese Hotel,a kidney stones and a prostrate cancer follower. Seems like twitter is slowly becoming a playing field of professional spammers, too.
I subscribed to an RSS Newsfeed of Google News with the keyword iphone. There is so much happening, it’s amazing. If apple had tried to construct a viral or word of mouth campaign around the iphone, they couldn’t have done a better job than the web just did. Or may be they did help spreading the word?
Jobs’ secretive computer and gadget company, has been quietly positioning millions of units of a mysterious new productâ€”almost certainly the new iPhoneâ€”in key markets since March. And yet, incredibly, not one credible image of Apple’s new product has yet been published.
[...] One clue: Jobs began racking up serious mileage on his corporate jet during the company’s final quarter of 2007, as he likely finalized deals with distribution partners in Europe and Asia, and perhaps scrutinized the first 3G iPhone handsets to come from his partners’ factories. Morgan Stanley’s Kathryn Huberty was the first to spot the enormous jump in Jobs’ airplane expensesâ€”to $550,000 from $203,000 during the previous quarter.
[...] By May 6, it became clear that AT&T was getting ready for something big, with a blogger publishing an all-hands memo to employees at AT&T stores telling them they couldn’t take vacation time between June 15 and July 12. That news hit amid widespread reports of iPhone shortages in Europe and across the U.S.
With all the clues, hints and gossip around the web, it appears to be like a giant world wide scavenger hunt. The whole setup and effect should be every marketers dream (and every ad agencys dilemma, since less or no advertising will be needed for the launch). Once the product itself carries viral potential, it automatically triggers word of mouth. The iphone is a classic example of this.
PS: if all goes well, I will be owning an iPhone 2 by next week