What bots can teach us about Social Media.

A story in Technorati yesterday revealed findings that almost half of all Twitter followers are bots. That can hold conversations. And no, I don't mean yesterday's @sweden account either. I mean actual bots, as opposed to real people.

Brands use the bots to increase their followers in the same way you have to "Like," a brand on Facebook to engage with their shiny new app. It's clever. And the article makes the point that no real value comes from having a a huge follower count, especially one where half is made up of software.

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Help Stephen Control @Sweden - Tweet #artificialSwedener

"How should countries use twitter? Same as everyone else - when they're drunk". Stephen Colbert from the Colbert Report spoke about @Sweden last night. Yes, as in the "Visit Sweden" government sponsored tourism twitter account - also known as the gift that keeps on giving, finally toppling Karen26 the fake single Danish mom seeking the father from her throne of worlds most embarrassing tourism ad ideas.

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DUCK Adds Wenlock's Distinct Animation Style to Its Roster

DUCK is pleased to announce the addition of animator/director Ned Wenlock to its roster. Best known for a distinct, inventive and vibrant 2D animation style, Wenlock has worked across the advertising and music video worlds. His ad work, which has been featured at onedotzero, Annecy, Supertoon, and PromaxBDA, includes engaging spots for Honda and UBank. His music portfolio includes videos for CasioNova, MGMT, and Danger Beach's Apache, which was selected by IdN magazine for its best of 2011 roundup.

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ThinkLA awards in pieces

"The problem with awards" Margaret explains "is that they have on statue when an entire team worked on something..." and on that thought alone, the rubiks cube like award for ThinkLA was born. With this new trophy design each member of the team can reveice a part of the award, and they can be displayed alone or together.

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Link Lust: Albert Einstein was an ad man, the ugly olympic logos and Cannes Lions everywhere.

Cannes Lions broke records this year, it received 34,301 entries and approx 22,304 of those are ghost ads. It'll be a minefield out there this year, judges. Good luck.

Kevin Roddy dubs Albert Einstein the best advertising man that ever was and he's got all the cool quotes to back it up.

Albert Einstein once said, "Creativity is intelligence having fun." Now I don't know about you, but that's one of the best descriptions of advertising that I've ever heard -- and he wasn't even describing advertising.

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Tweet #ISPCC and shatter the glass

The ISPCC want to stop emotional abuse of children and hope to get #ISPCC trending on twitter. Five hundred more tweets are needed before they shatter the glass seen in this live stream. The broadcast only began an hour ago and there's already been well over five hundred #ISPCC tagged tweets, so keep 'em coming people.

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Swiffer Telescopic Duster - The Planet (print)

.... ah. The moon. No wait, is that a penny? *squints and reads tagline* "Reach unexplored places - Swiffer telescopic duster". Aaaaah. Guys, if you ran this in National Geographic and magazines like "Science illustrated" I am so high-fiving you.

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