Weekly Roundup – 2/26/12

I decided that I am going to take more initiative in posting and do a weekly roundup of things that happened earlier in the week. I saw one of my Facebook friends do this, and I thought it would be a great way to stay on top of what’s going on.

Pinterest Becomes Top Traffic Driver For Women’s Magazines

“Beginning this summer, Pinterest became the top social referrer for marthastewartweddings.com and marthastewart.com, sending more traffic to both properties than Facebook and Twitter combined. Pinterest is on track to become the second highest traffic driver (after Google) to Cooking Light‘s website, up 6,000% from just six months ago. The social bookmarking site already drives 10 times the amount of traffic to Cooking Light compared to Facebook.”

I am not surprised at all. Whenever I sign onto Pinterest, it looks like Martha Stewart took over my home page.

Conrad Murray loses request to be released on bond

“During his trial, Murray gave a documentary crew access to his defense team, and he gave a series of interviews chronicling his relationship with Jackson. Pastor cited Murray’s apparent lack of remorse over Jackson’s death and admonished him for neglecting to acknowledge the dangers of administering propofol outside a hospital setting during those interviews.”

Propofol is such a harmful drug that shouldn’t be taken outside of a hospital setting. Murray deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars. If you commit the crime, you do the time.

IKEA furniture assembly vlog proves its instructions are totally indecipherable

“Admitting to these confusing furniture assembly instructions, the Swedish company has begun posting video tutorials on YouTube to help frustrated consumers put together its products. The first in the anticipated series is the MALM bed frame, a four and a half minute video that contains pop up tips relating what the instruction pictures are supposed to signify in real life. See that figure of the arrow pointing two sticks together? You’re supposed to pile them on top of each other then screw those together, silly! A cutesy, upbeat tune also accompanies the video to alleviate the possible pain you might be having in real time.”

IKEA is definitely trying to be ahead of the game, but they should have someone to talk you through the videos.

How companies learn your secrets

“The desire to collect information on customers is not new for Target or any other large retailer, of course. For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Whenever possible, Target assigns each shopper a unique code — known internally as the Guest ID number — that keeps tabs on everything they buy. “If you use a credit card or a coupon, or fill out a survey, or mail in a refund, or call the customer help line, or open an e-mail we’ve sent you or visit our Web site, we’ll record it and link it to your Guest ID,” Pole said. “We want to know everything we can.”


Trial over lawsuits from Gulf oil spill delayed, allowing another week for settlement talks

“A judge is pushing back the federal trial over the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history by a week, saying Sunday that BP PLC was making some progress in settlement talks with a committee overseeing scores of lawsuits, according to people close to the case.”

I hope this trial brings some relief to those who were affected by the oil spill.

Google to test driverless cars on Nevada roadways

“Self-driving cars have the potential to significantly increase driving safety,” a Google spokesperson told Mashable. “We applaud Nevada for building a thoughtful framework to enable safe, ongoing testing of the technology and to anticipate the needs and best interests of Nevada citizens who may own vehicles with self-driving capabilities one day.”

I’d love to see this because I hate driving, but I’m hesitant to try it out. What if there’s some sort of technological glitch?

Octavia Spencer is the best supporting actress

“Octavia Spencer continued her awards-season dominance on Sunday night when she took home the trophy for best supporting actress for her role as a spunky maid in “The Help.” Spencer had already won in the same category at the Critics Choice, BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Image and Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal of Minny.”

Well deserved. I’m glad she won.

We’re getting less friendly on Facebook

“The report released Friday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that people are managing their privacy settings and their online reputation more often than they did two years earlier. For example, 44 percent of respondents said in 2011 that they deleted comments from their profile on a social networking site. Only 36 percent said the same thing in 2009.”

It’s good that people are taking more action towards privacy settings.