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Archive for November 2010

Archive for November, 2010

Anniversary

Die Ärzte – Alles für dich

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Grisu

Web 2.0

Änderevon 14. – 17. November dein Profilbild, nimm den Comic-, oderTrickfilmheld deiner Kindheit und bring andere auch dazu! Lasst uns versuchen für ein paar Tage keine menschlichen Gesichter auf Facebook zuverwenden und zeigen, dass in jedem von uns ein Kind steckt!

This message appeared in my facebook profile this morning. Many of my countless fb friends posted this into their profiles and so I became aware of it. They started to change the avatar to the hero of their childhood. Although there were many many mistakes in the request (not as many as in this blog entry!), the people obeyed. This Action started 2 days ago, but almost nothing happend. This morning it started like a landslide. Within a few hours thousends of people updated their profile picture.

Then my lecture started and I had to pay attention to boring business administration stuff. The lecturer is a relict from the past, stil using overhead slides, calculation the arithmetic problems by heart always asking us “you got the same result, didn´t you?” afterwards. It was so boring that I couldn´t resist to open my lovely notebook again to write a couple of emails and check facebook. And there was a surprise. The message from above had changed to

Time to change our profile pics from the 12th to the 18th November! Takethe favorite comic hero from your childhood, so at the end there are nonormal profile pictures on facebook anymore! Let’s revive the memories of our childhood for one week! 🙂

Now even english speaking people started to upload pictures of their most adored cartoon-heroes. I was spreading all over the world. It was a perfect example for the “snowball-system”. Many of you know the “Telephon-Lawine” of the The investigators (???). You call 5 friends, each again calls 5 other friends and so on. Damn fast and very efficient. Of course some people receive the mail several times, but that doesn´t matter. Fact is, it was spreading!

After the lecture I went to the office to do some work for my organization. When I entered the room they asked me “who are you?”. Actually tat was a strange question, because we know each other since more than a year. But I knew instantly their intention. They saw my avatar and didn´t recognized my hero. I chose Grisu, the small Dragon who wants to become a firefighter although his dad wanted him always to set fire to houses, trees and other stuff. Like a real Dragon. But he resisted and used his abilities to protect people and to delete the fire. It was my hero!

After this little tribunal I was allowed to sit down and to start my computer to. Anna Lena and Katharina were sitting next to me, typing to each other even though they were in the same room. Anna Lenas Hero was “Darkwin Duck”, Katharina took “Rainbow Brite”. To my shame I had no clue who this girl was. I base this knowledge gap with the fact that I am a boy and not really interested in white ponies and girls who can make rainbows. Then Lars entered the room and greeted us with “Zwo, Eins, Risiko” – Everybody was talking about this facebook hype.

For all the faithless among us here is the trailer

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It was a funny day with many nice smalltalks about our childhood. At the End of the day there was a facebook update message. “30 friends changed their profile picture”. Usually you see pictures of your friends skiing, posing with sunglases, etc.. But this Time there were cartoon pictures. Aladin, Arielle, Werner, SailorMoon, Bibi Blocksberg, Rainbow Brite, Darkwing Duck, SheRa, Speedy Gonzales, Cptn. Baloo, Homer Simpson, Lucky Luke, Gregor (kickers), Pickachu and many more. SailorMoon was the most popular one, 6 friends took it.

But most avatars repeated. The funny thing about this is, that most people used google to find pictures to update their Facebook Profile. And they took the first Image they found, so that many Avatars were the same. But Google and Facebook aren´t know for their good cooperation and partnership. Actually they are sworn enemies. Theese two knowledge lusty companies try to overmatch eacht over in their greed for data. But the internet-user doesn´t care

All in all it was a very interesting day for social behaviour scientists. Even people who are very sceptical obverse facebook  joined this childhood event. It was a collective action. Now even my friends from the USA or NewZealand have Cartoon Avatars. This virus-like phenomenon infected the world withing hours. In a couple of days the Facebook will look like nothing ever happened, but what remains?

This event was a huge waste of time and energy. Millions of people all around the world spreading the news, searching for pictures, checking the friends pictures, asking questions, spending time. Can´t estimate the cost of this event, but assume that 10.000.000 people (2,5% of all Facebook users) changed their picture and spent 90 minuntes each just because of this in facebook. The Time, the energy for the Computers and the Servers ….. For nothing!!!

Apart from that was it a minor point, that not a single Indian in my circle of friends changed his Picture, although they were aware of this action. Is it because they hadn´t television in their childhood? Is it because Indians set a high value to their appearance? We will never know.

All in all it was a funny day with lots of beautiful talks and memories about our childhood. I’d like to fell a few hundred trees for that 🙂