Welcome reddit users

Server is getting slammed today due to a couple of links on reddit… I know lots of people use TimerResolution with Counter Strike and it seems that in the last 48 hours VAC decided that TimerResolution was a hack/cheat and automatically banned a bunch of users. They have seen the error of their ways and have now unblocked the users wrongly blocked. Good job Valve.

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except your own obituary

There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.

Brendan Behan

Irish author & dramatist (1923 – 1964)

This is surely what Cummins Nitro and Naked Communications are telling their clients. These agencies  are the ones behind the IslandReefJob and Man in the Jacket.

Both of these have now had bad press this week revolving around fake videos. Tourism Queensland have apologised for causing confusion and last night we got a video from “Heidi Clarke” coming clean on the hoax. See it here.

So, is it true, is there no such thing as bad publicity?

Commentators seem to point out that “the man in the jacket” may not have worked the way it was originally intended but it did succeed in getting the brand name in the media. I would bet a large amount of money that hit on their web site have grown as well. Question is, will anyone now go and buy the jacket?

How to launch an internet based marketing campaign, badly… Part II

Looks like I wasn’t the only one who noticed the less than perfect launch of www.islandreefjob.com. The Age had an article the same day about how the site was unable to cope with the number of hits.

This week the site is working and is now getting publicity but not for the reasons they had hoped. First comes the accusation of discrimination against vision-impaired users, the site does not cater for their needs.

It was also revealed this week that one of the videos listed as a applicant for the job is actually a fake – in 2 ways. The video showed a girl calling herself Tegan getting a tattoo of the Great Barrier Reef on her arm. YouTube users were onto the first part of the fake immediately, the tattoo had none of the redness of a real tattoo. I think that part can be excused, the video was original even if the subject wasn’t scared for life.

However the next revelation is less acceptable. It appears  that “Tegan” is not a genuine application. She works for the ad agency that created the campaign! Her video has now been removed but you can check out the other videos on YouTube.

Facebook Garage Melbourne

Last Friday was the first Melbourne Facebook developer Garage. I had Friday off work anyway so I popped in for a couple of hours and next thing I know I was sitting on the discussion panel with Markus Weichselbaum (The Broth), David Eedle (collectZing), Terri Dentry (thinkRED), and Tom Beeby (TravelApps).

For me it was just so great to meet these people, plus all the other people I met at the event.

The event itself can be found at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=9997025951

And Facebook Developers Melbourne can be found at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21606671216

Bebo Part II

Ok after a lot of messing around and thinking that Bebo was a broken platform I finally go my simple application to work.

I thought that the PHP library I was using was broken so I waited till the new version was released. Alas, it didn’t work either…
I was getting error 101, my application key was invalid.

Time to turn to the forums and I found this post http://developer.bebo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=235

My site is hosted on Joyent so I added the code suggested

ini_set(‘arg_separator.output’, ‘&’);

and everything started working!


I’ve been playing with applications on Facebook for about 2 months.
Yesterday I decided to see if I could port some of them to Bebo. Well, I though Facebook was buggy but Bebo is clearly still in the early stages of application development.

I hope by tonight I might have something I can release.