If you're among the many who've been searching Twitter for digital howls of revolution over the disputed Iranian presidential election, you may have turned up ads for UK furniture retailer Habitat. Habitat has apologized for the houseware ads, which were tagged with words like "Iran" and "Mousavi." But it's not taking the blame …
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What a shonky practice Habitat
They already show up in searches for tat
Twitter + Habitat = Habitwat
Mines the green dinner jacket - ahhhmedinnerjacket!
But using "for" in front of "free" should attract summary beheading.
As I was saying.
Twitter and other so-called "Web2.0" sites are entertainment only. Toys that can, and will, be abused by anyone that wants to abuse them. Why anyone would think that such sites would be a reliable source of information is beyond me ...
How does that work then?
"Yes, I'd two of those minimalistic and eye-wateringly expensive lamps and one of those astonishingly unconfortable but terribly stylish leather sofas please. Oh and an Iranian Revolution while you're at it. Do you do stain protection for the revolution? It took me ages to get the blood out of the last one...."
RE: As I was saying
Jake, why anyone would think Twitter was a reliable source of *entertainment* is beyond me.
10am took a dump.
11am ate some crisps
11:10 looked for info about Iran
Who believes Habitat?
Companys have been using these tactics since the internet was born.
What annoys me, is like the polititions, these companys actually think that we believe their denials
Stop insulting us
Habitat stuff is shit anyway
On the Social Media Today Site, the Habitat Press Office posted the following comment - which seems to have been missed by most news sources reporting the story:
"In response to speculation, we would like to clarify – this was not done by an agency. The hashtags were uploaded without Habitat’s authorisation by an overenthusiastic intern who did not fully understand the ramifications of his actions. He is no longer associated with Habitat."
Nice one notlong.com abuse team!
Thumbs up for your rapid response and anti-spam alertness! KUTGW :-)
Call for Seymore Bots.
The trouble with Bots its its Garbage in, Garbage Out.
As the bearded wonder, Dave Gorman pointed out the other day, Garmin have now found this. He posted something on Twitter saying the his Garmin blew goats (or words to that effect), the Garmin bot retweeted it ad nausium to the globe.
So you are telling me Twitter...
... uses the equivalent of Meta Tags! That really worked as a search tool on the Internet didn't it ...
You lot make me want to puke
FFS ... I've held my tongue long enough, but two (different!) manglings of this popular phrase in one thread is the final straw.
"ad nauseam". That's how you spell it. Not "nauseum", nor indeed "nausium". I believe a "nauseum" might be a large public building displaying exhibits of people throwing up, or perhaps somewhere you can go if you wish to throw up. "Nausium" is the 114th element, a heavy metal that can cause those exposed to it to blow chunks.
Don't they teach English any more?
No, it's entirely different.
Metatags were an old-skool FAIL. This is FAIL 2.0 replete with user-generated FAIL.
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