Anyone who’s spent any time on the internet knows that online advertising is targeted very particularly sometime. Ads appear based on the content of a given page, your geographic location, or even your browsing history.
Sometimes this specific targeting goes ironically wrong. Here are some of the worst examples…
When Elizabeth Wisdom posted pictures from her family trip to the West Coast on Instagram in June 2012, she wasn’t expecting to find love.
Neither was Denis LaFargue, who saw her pictures, and thought they looked familiar. When he realized that had made the same trip just the summer before, he decided to leave her a comment…and their modern day fairytale began.
The two started chatting in the comments section, and a few months later in September, Denis decided to take a leap of faith and offer up his phone number—which, in the online dating world, is a big move.
Using real-time text recognition, the new app PhotoMath recognizes algebraic equations on a page and then instantly solves them. If you choose, it will then take you through all the steps it took to come to the answer…
Last week, after 18 agonizing hours trapped in her car at the bottom of a ravine, 28-year old Melissa Vasquez was rescued…because of an app and a brilliant police officer.
Vasquez lost control of her car in San Jose, California, driving off the road into a 500 foot ravine, which was so far down that her OnStar GPS system couldn’t locate her.
The day of Vasquez’ accident, the OnStar system in her car alerted police officers to an accident in San Jose — but after searching for two hours while OnStar honked the horn, first responders couldn’t locate her. Later that day, an OnStar signal indicated that her car was in downtown San Jose—though of course, they didn’t find her car there, either.
When she didn’t come home that night, her family called to report her missing, and the responding officer, Dave Cameron had a bright idea: Find My iPhone, an app from Apple that allows users to track the location of their other devices.
During yesterday’s keynote presentation for the iPad Air 2 release, the guy controlling the visual demonstration was supposed to type “Utah road trip.” Autocorrect had something else in mind and 15 seconds into the video, the man’s disgust with the mistake is captured on camera…
Of course, his mistake continues to appear over the next minute as the text appears several times on the screen, especially when a feature is highlighted that requires the typo to be featured front and center.
But as funny as the mistake is, it’s the man’s look of disgust with himself and with the technology that turned “Uta” into “It’s” instead of adding an “h” that made the moment hilarious.
In case you missed it in the video, here it is again in a GIF…
We’ve all been where this guy was, but for most of us it wasn’t live on camera in front of millions of people. Thankfully, we now have the perfect GIF to send our boss when it’s just time to admit that there’s nothing we can do to fix our latest mistake.
Just in time to have her wall fill up with happy birthday wishes, Minnesota’s oldest resident has signed up for Facebook.
The catch? Anna Stoehr, who just turned 114 this past weekend, had to lie about her age to be allowed to have an account. When she entered her actual age, it came back as invalid. So she pretended to be a 99-year-old spring chicken in order to join…
So how does a woman who has literally witnessed the invention of electric lights, telephones, cars, and the internet, get on Facebook? With the help of her 85-year-old son and the Verizon sales rep who sold him an iPhone, Joseph Ramirez.
I had just sold him the iPhone, and he was talking about his mother. And I realized that he was 85 years young, and I was just astounded…I [asked] “Well, how old is your mother?”
Now Joseph is teaching Anna how to use email, Google, Facebook, and her personal favorite: FaceTime. Anna has made friends all around the world and loves calling people on her new iPad mini for a chat. But she doesn’t have much use for Google, as proven by Joseph, who once googled Susan B. Anthony, only to have Anna sassily tell him, “I could’ve told you that.”
She also had Joseph write Mark Zuckerberg a letter (on a typewriter!) to request that she be able to list her real age, telling him, “I’m still here.”
A cracked screen on an otherwise perfectly functional phone is an annoyance many of us have dealt with at some point. But some people just know better than others how to be awesome when things don’t go as planned.
Screen repairs are relatively simple but if you aren’t up for fixing it yourself, you’ll probably pay at least half of what your phone cost you for a fresh screen. Apple charges over $100 for the privilege of replacing your iPhone’s spiderwebbed glass.
Fortunately, all you need to fix it yourself is…Chuck Norris.
Most of us have way more friends on Facebook than we do in real life. In fact, a “friend” online is often not even as close a relationship as what we would ordinarily call an acquaintance.
But one Australian man is changing this for himself, and is making his online “friends” turn into real-life friends, too. How is he accomplishing this?
Instead of regularly removing Facebook friends he doesn’t stay in touch with, he is on a mission to meet every single one…in person.
All 1,008 of them.
Matt Kuleza, a student and digital strategist, started his blog 1000+ COFFEES in an effort to develop real relationships with people he already “knows” online, and to change the way we think about social media along the way.
And, yes, he has been meeting up with every single Facebook friend — ex-girlfriends included…