Storm Area 51

Joke, Social Experiment or Human Disaster

It all started rather jokingly with a Facebook event entitled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” but then it grew into a massive – 2 million+ people say they’re “Going” – social experiment full of possibilities.

College student Matty Roberts, the creator of the event, came up with the idea after watching the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on June 20, 2019. At some point he started a Storm Area 51 website to capitalize on all this publicity. People even made a song/video or two or three about it.

This rural, rouged, dangerous area is no place for millions of shock visitors. They don’t have the resources to hold that many people; even Las Vegas – 65 miles away – doesn’t have enough capacity for that many people.

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee doesn’t expect many people to show up, but he knows what’s possible. “I think this started out as a joke but there may be enough people taking it seriously and it could be a problem,” the sheriff said. “Someone is going to get hurt and people may go to jail. It’s not anything to joke about.” Source: AP

Of course the US Air Force has warned people not to participate in this joke – and do not trespass on government property. The AF operates the Nevada Test and Training Range (Area 51 is part of), and they are ready and willing to “protect America and its assets.”

It all kicks off at 3 AM PDT, September 20, 2019. Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair.

#Happy4thofJuly and the Hacking of Fox News Twitter

Happy July 4th. I woke up and checked Twitter and what’s the first thing I see? A tweet from someone I trust:

I think FOX News and/or Twitter might want to clean this up a bit. http://bit.ly/msyMFL

The link points to the FOX News Twitter feed that shows the half-dozen or so tweets saying that President Obama had been killed.

Now, what do I do with sensational tweets? Verify! I checked Google News and found this – The Associated Press: Hacking on Fox News Twitter reports Obamas death. Tada! Mystery solved. Sensational tweets placed in the Recycle Bin.

So the lesson here kids: verify trending tweets that seem incredible – chances are they are uncredible. Oh, and, fireworks should only be played with by sober adults. #HappyJuly4th #Happy4thofJuly

Twitter helps airline passengers

Airlines are quickly learning that social media tools, particularly Twitter, can act as an excellent customer service channel. Source: Twitter is handy tool for airline passengers – CNN.com.

Here is a list of major passenger airline Twitter names:

Alaska Airlines: @AlaskaAir
American Airlines: @AmericanAir
Continental: @Continental
Delta: @DeltaAssist
Frontier: @flyfrontier
JetBlue: @JetBlue
Southwest: @SouthwestAir
United: @United
US Airways: @USAirways
Virgin America: @VirginAmerica

Empire Avenue: Invest In People

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Empire Avenue let’s you “invest” in people by buy fictitious stock in them on a website; specifically their social media identity. The most social media presence one has the higher their stock price. The more investors one has the higher their stock price. Users can buy and sell stock in other users or non-users via their social media identities like Twitter or Facebook.

Blogs are also consider social media currency and they can contribute to a user’s value. Hence I’m writing this blog to have my blog accepted as part of my social currency.

Foursquare Day 4/16/2011

This is it! Foursquare has once again created a special badge and logo for 4sqday! We’re super proud to unveil the new 4sqday 2011 logo and confirm that users will be able to unlock a 4sqday badge by checking in on April 16th, 2011! Details on exactly how to unlock the badge has yet to be revealed, but stay tuned! via Announcing the official foursquare badge, logo and T-shirt! « Foursquare Day.

There are several sites aligning themselves with this day/event, but nothing from foursquare officially. That makes me think this it is a grass-root movement. It’s cool though.

According to their tweet today it appears McDonalds is planning something for 4/16/11.

One place to find information is http://4sqday.com/ or @4sqday.