Ferris Bueller Spends His Day Off on Twitter and Foursquare

  1. Ferris Bueller
    ferris_bueller_ i’ve said it before & i’ll say it again: life move’s pretty fast. you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Ferris Bueller, Jeanie Bueller, Cameron FryeSloane Peterson, Tom BuellerEd RooneyAbe Froman, and the Chez Quis Maitre D’ made their debuts on Twitter this week, in what might be my favorite digital ode to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (one of my favorite 1980’s movies).

The impersonator(s) behind this account  completely reenacted the entire movie on Twitter, including Foursquare check-ins to pivotal locations, Twitpics and Yfrog images of crucial moments, and tweets between characters.

Sadly, the fun ended, with an oh-so appropriate tweet from Ferris:

  1. Ferris Bueller
    ferris_bueller_ You’re still here? It’s over. Go home…. Go.


Twitter and Facebook Go (RED) for World AIDS Day

Above: Twitter’s (RED) look for Dec. 1st, World AIDS Day

Above: Twitter’s usual homepage, as of July 29, 2009

In support of World AIDS Day, Twitter and Facebook have gone (RED) for the day.

Facebook is running a campaign at facebook.com/joinred, where you can share the (RED) video, change your profile pic to a (RED) photo to support AIDS awareness, or shop (RED) products.

Twitter’s support is much more pervasive across the site, which is respectable. They replaced their usual homepage design with (RED) galore, including a red ribbon of text that implores users to “turn Twitter (RED)”. But how do we do that? Well, it says we can “follow @JoinRED to find out”! After visiting @JoinRED, I realized that there are three main ways to “turn Twitter red”:

1.) Use the hashtag #red
2.) Use the hashtag #laceupsavelives
3.) Turn tweets the color red

Above: If you use the hastags #red or #laceupsavelives, or tweet the word “red” your tweets turn red

Well, well, well! Get on it tweeters!

Even My Favorite Pizza Parlor is on Twitter

While visiting Artichoke Pizza this week, I noticed that they have really poured on the Twitter advertising since the last time I’ve been there. There was a beat-up white board outside the pizza shop, advertising their 32 ounce Bud beers (to stay or go – not quite sure if that’s actually legal…) along with their Twitter account, @ArtichokePizza. Inside, they had multiple pizza boxes imploring pizza-hungry customers to follow them on Twitter.
Well, I must say that it worked on me! I pulled out my phone, looked them up on Twitter and followed them on the spot! I wonder if they’re now taking orders by tweet!

Spin the Pen Revisited: Spin It to Win It

Last summer, my friend, Daniel McCoy, and I entered the Pentel Recycology Student Campaign of the Year contest, hosted by Alloy Media + Marketing. Our entry to the contest was called “Spin the Pen. Save the Planet.” Among our many campaign strategies, we utilized a Facebook group, YouTube page, Twitter page and website. We featured pen spinners JC and Xero spinning the Recycology products.

As winners of the contest, Daniel and I attended the John Caples Awards, were offered internships at Alloy Media + Marketing to further the Spin the Pen campaign, and received a lump-sum of $5,000 to split among ourselves and those who helped out, JC, Xero, and our cameraman, Josh. Great prizes, right?!

Unfortunately, I was unable to take the internship, but Daniel did a great job there. He continued the Spin the Pen campaign, but focused on the Pentel RSVP, a pen that many pen spinners consider to be the best pen to get started spinning with. I think that was a great move, as many spinners kept telling us that the Recycology products were too light and had too many protruding functions to spin.

His new campaign is called “Spin It to Win It“. The main video is shown above. Check out the website for a tutorial, an introduction to Xero (the featured spinner), and more. You can even upload your video for a chance to win $500! Here’s Xero’s entry:

My congratulations go out to Daniel and Xero! Great site, videos and campaign!!!

Twitter Launches New Homepage

(Above: The NEW and IMPROVED Twitter homepage!)

(Above: The OLD and OKAY Twitter homepage!)

Twitter launched their new homepage today, which focuses on searching and Trending Topics. The search bar implores of visitors to “See what people are saying about…”. Below the search bar, a cloud of the most popular topics being talked about on Twitter is featured. Oddly, there is a phrase that says “Most popular topics by the minute, day and week”… however, I’m not sure how to narrow them down by those time frames.

Yesterday, Chloe Sladden, director of media partnerships at Twitter, gave a lecture on the future of Twitter. One of the upcoming changes she mentioned was a new homepage that focuses on searching the content of the site. Well, I didn’t see it coming so soon! Congrats, Twitter!

Twitter for Businesses

Twitter just launched their Twitter 101 Guide for Business. To accompany the new subdomain http://business.twitter.com, the guide is a quick way to get your business up and running on the fastest-growing social network out there. So, give it a shot!

Twitter 101 for Business