Now, either Ophelia likes them pretty, or hawt male SL avatars just equals sweetie boys. This lot are way too dainty for my taste: I don't spend enough time in SL to know whether these are as goodlooking as the SL male avatar can get.
I love this stat: 25% of boys cheat, against 5% of girls, even though the gender split is equal. Boys suck! :-)*
The percentage of boys and girls who play online games was virtually
the same, 77.7 percent vs. 78.5 percent, respectively. Boys are more
likely to go online to get tips or cheats for gaming: One-quarter of
boys (25.8 percent) reported doing so versus 5.6 percent of girls.
Lots of lucky folks got a Wii for xmas, so the flickr tag "gaming" is full of new Wii fun shots. I hope this guy did a bit of warmup before tackling bowling for the first time - this looks like he probably hurt the next day.
I don’t care if my local grocery chain store knows that skirt steak and
Corona beer are usually purchased together by males between 24 and 42
years of age.
However, I do care if a search engine company knows that I purchased these items
at the grocery chain store at four in the afternoon on Saturday,
recently bought a round-trip ticket to Argentina and returned an item
to the Macy’s in Union Square last weekend.
Do they serve my needs any
better by inserting advertising for Niman Ranch beef, hotel discounts
in Buenos Aires and Macy’s latest sale on my Facebook page? I
understand why, in terms of advertising rates, this is good for
Facebook, but why am I giving up my privacy for this service?
The author goes on to list a great bunch of to-dos for safeguarding your privacy a bit, in this crazy datamining day and age...
Do not use desktop search tools like Google Desktop or Microsoft Desktop Search.
A full index of every keyword on your hard drive in the hands of
marketers is very useful for the purposes of targeted advertising.
Do not use webmail from a service provider like AT&T, Google or Microsoft. Same reason as above, except here it applies to every email you send or receive.
Do not use browser toolbars or desktop gadgets. Both of these
types of add-ons from companies like Yahoo and Google are known to
gather information on your online activity for marketing purposes.
Remove all social network accounts. There is loads of good
information there that can be used for targeting and correlation. At
the very least, remove all personal information and have a username
that does not give any clues to your true identity.
I know I'm super leaky: I filter my popmail through Google to soak up the spam, for instance. It's not good.
Amazon.com will soon launch a virtual world and [be] entering the virtual currency marketplace with a new service called Questville, which ties in with its new human-powered answers site, Askville. The company has adopted roll [sic] playing game terminalogy [sic] including leveling, experience points, and virtual currency in the form of Quest Coins.
I'm not that familiar with Askville, but it seems to already have some kind of levelling and coin-based system in place:
... and, according to VWN,
Quest Coins can eventually be used on an upcoming website called Questville.com which will
launch in 2007. On Questville you will be able to use your Quest Coins
to participate in "exciting new adventures and other cool things!", the
This is pretty amazing:
We humans are such reward-oriented critters, aren't we!