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Domain Hacks - 100 Sites Using Unusual Top-Level Domains

Coming up with a short and memorable domain can be tough. Most of the good .coms are taken and those that aren't are usually expensive. Increasingly, more sites are going with domain hacks. Thanks to international top-level domains like .am, .ly, and others, a lot of words can be spelled out in an efficient use of space. But it's not only domain-name shorteners like bit.ly and sn.ip, tr.im and ...

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Celebrity Twitter Spelling Report Card - Grading Obama, Neil Patrick Harris and More

Twitter isn't exactly known as a medium condusive to excellent spelling. Who doesn't occasionally truncate a word to make the 140 character limit? Barack Obama doesn't. That's who. I evaluated all of the recent tweets from nine celebrities and public figures, from politicians to physicists, to actors to critics, to see how they compare....

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How Well Did Facebook Predict the 2010 Midterm Election Results?

Yesterday, Facebook's head of consumer marketing Randi Zuckerberg tweeted "In 20 of last night's hot races, we accurately predicted 16 based on Facebook candidate "like" comparisons. Check out @allfacebook's map!" On AllFacebook.com Nick O'Neill reported that fan counts for candidate's fan pages correctly predicted 81 percent of Senate races and 74 percent of House races, while they didn't have...

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Who Is 'Parked Domain Girl' and Can I Marry Her?

Shortly after I posted my article about how stock images often become memes on their own, people started sending me links to recent posts on Fimoculous, Poploser and HTMLGiant about the infamous Parked Domain Girl. I was immediately familiar with the image. We've all been there. You're typing in a domain. Your finger slips. You end up with that cute blond college student staring at you and befo...

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Who's Bigger Than Jesus on the Internet? Only Two Celebrities and a Pet

It's been over 44 years since John Lennon's claims of being bigger than Jesus caused parents and church groups to burn Beatles albums. In 1966, this may have been true, but we didn't have the popularity metrics that we have today. People across the globe, young and old, still find common ground in the music of The Beatles, but how do they compare in 2010? And for that matter, what about Steve J...

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'Approval Guy,' a Famous 4chan Meme, Came to Our Halloween Party

For people like Antoine Dodson or Tom "Epic Beard Man" Slick, having the whole Internet know your name can be rewarding. In other cases, like Jesse Slaughter, Internet fame can be a nightmare. For Approval Guy, being known as a 4chan meme is something he's been understandably uneasy about. After all, the original photo is less than high-class. But that didn't prevent him from coming to Hallo...

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The Accidental Google Image Meme - How Organic Memes Just Happen

Nowadays, when a new meme pops up, so many people jump at the chance to create new iterations of it that we often forget how memes occur organically all the time. In fact, those who rush to propagate the meme too quickly are often met with the backlash of others claiming "this meme is forced!" This is because not all memes happen intentionally. Quite often, whatever image is the ...

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Infographic: If Celebrity Google Searches Were Text Messages, We'd All Be Broke

On Tuesday, Yelp co-founder David Galbraith estimated that if the total bandwidth used on Google Searches for Lady Gaga was converted into SMS messages on AT&T, it would cost 10.5 trillion dollars. According to my calculator-dependent math education: if all 6.7 billion people on the planet made 10,000 texts about Lady Gaga (using 1120 bits per text) at AT&T's rate of $0.20 per message, ...

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How to Make an Old White Lady Rap Parody That Doesn't Suck - How to Internet

Hey Mom, I saw the video that you and your coworkers put up on Youtube. I'm really proud of you for putting yourself out there, but... how can I say this nicely? If you want people to appreciate the video for what it is, you'll need to understand a couple of basic fundamentals about rhyming and editing. I get that you're going for kitschy. Being awkward is the point, but it needs to also be ...

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Guinness World Records and the Universal Record Database Explain Why They're Not Afraid of Each Other

Urlesque reader Alex Micu wrote in to tell us about Anastasia, the Jack Russel terrier who holds the world record for the fastest time popping 100 balloons. (Video after the jump.) This got us thinking: are we crazy, or is Guinness starting to open up to more wacky, web-friendly records than before? Could it be that Guinness is now taking cues from web startup Universal Record Database? I sp...

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