Anyone can tweet, post or email a funny or clever link and waste a few minutes of your day. This post is more ambitious: wasting your entire day. Maybe not today. Maybe it would be best to read this post on a weekend. When your spouse or significant other is away. Seriously.
Most of these are funny, many are amazing, some are just remarkably creative. Take a break from the marketing/PR grind and enjoy!
The Google Toilet by Current
Now that Google knows what you search for and what websites you visit (personalized search), what you write (Gmail), what you say on the phone (Google Voice) and where you live (Google Maps), there’s no more of your privacy to invade, right? Oh yeah there is, as this hilarious video points out (hey—it could happen).
Phenomenal collection of job ads, from the creative, funny and scary to the WTF?
If you don’t lock your workstation when you leave your cube or office, this will convince you to do so. If you work with people who don’t lock their PCs or laptops when they take a break, this will give you ideas.
Example: 14. “I consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.” Priceless.
5 hilarious branded videos by iMedia Connection
Classics from Evian and Old Spice, plus a few remarkable brand videos you may have missed.
50 Clever, Hilarious and Geeky Twitter T-Shirts by Bit Rebels
Not sure I’d actually wear any of these, but it’s an amazing collection.
From am actual college writing assignment. How to write properly so that your prose doesn’t end up in a post full of great examples of unfortunate writing, such as: “The ladies of the church have cast off clothes of every kind and they can be seen in the church basement on Friday afternoons.”
The Internet Coos Over “Iron Baby” [VIDEO] by Mashable
A clever parody, despite some obvious missed opportunities.
12 Worst Photoshop Mistakes ever by Oddee.com
What happens when powerful photo editing software ends up in the wrong hands.
24 NOT photoshopped pictures – Illusion or delusion? by Graphic Design Blog
5 funny (and frustrating) client types by iMedia Connection
Agency types will laugh and/or cringe at this taxonomy of difficult clients, including The Illogical: “Non-logicals, as we call them in the office, are free to say whatever the hell they want. They don’t believe in the comparative peace and tranquility that logic can bring to the table. They’ll say things like ‘I don’t like this concept, but I had a dream, and I can’t describe it really, but I think our website should be like that.'”
Swagger Like Us by OMMA
The story behind Toyota’s brilliant “Swagger Wagon” video.
Social Media Blues by YouTube
What happens when rednecks with banjos and too much time on their hands discover social media.
Marketing’s Greatest Creation: The iPhone Cult by The Great Startup Game
Yes, the iPhone is very cool, but the overblown hype and cultish devotion the device inspired in some aficionados get skewered in this video.
Top 10 YouTube News Bloopers by Mashable
As Amy-Mae Elliott, the blogger who rounded up this collection of video snippets notes: “News anchor fails are always hilarious, because they are a stark contrast to the usual poise you generally see from such professional figures.”
Colbert as social media guru (video) by TechFlash
Stephen Colbert’s take on social media, Google and online privacy.
Yeah, it’s really tough to maintain coolness once one reaches middle-aged suburban fatherhood, so might as well listen to this rap and laugh about it.
Gotta love this: “Marketing through social media is like herding cats. And just to make it interesting, many of the cats are drunk and stupid.”
12 Social Media Buzzwords Redefined by Marian Schembari
Not your standard, boring industry glossary here. Nope, Marian gives you the real meaning behind over-used social media jargon, for example: “Crowdsourcing – The act of being stingy and relying on a group of people to do your (bitch)work for free.”
Top 10 Geekiest Marriage Proposals by Mashable
Funny, creative and sweet examples of using video games, iPhone apps and other geeky methods to pop the big question. My favorite: the LOLcats proposal.
Young Mattie Fein (vs Jane Harman) via YouTube
I know we’re all sick of political ads after last fall’s noisy election, but this is one of the best ever. Though Mattie Fein lost her race for congress, the video remains a winner.
Facebook movie spawns Twitter Parody by Geary Fresh
No explanation needed. It’s even safe for work.
Become a social media guru with one PPT slide by iMedia Connection
How social media controls everything (infographic). What, you didn’t know?
Fantastically Creative Examples of Paper Art That Make You Say Wow by Smashing Apps
What some artists can do with paper is nothing short of, as my daughter says, amazazing.
10 Of The Best Brand Viral Videos On Youtube In 2010 by Simply Zesty
A noteworthy collection of brand videos from last year, ranging from the touching (T-Mobile “Arrivals”) to the astounding (Roger Federer Gillette shot) to the classic (Coke Zero and Mentos rocket car).
13 Facebook Parodies That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud by All Facebook
A 50’s-style Facebook etiquette guide, jealous grandmas, Farmville and more. It’s minutes of entertainment, thought not for the whole family.
The Perfect Stimulus: Bad Management by The Wall Street Journal
Scott Adams (yeah, that Scott Adams) explains why bad management is good for the economy: “The economy needs workers who are fed up, desperate and willing to quit their jobs for something better. Remember, only quitters can be winners, because you can’t do something great until first you quit doing something that isn’t.”
Everything I Know About SEO I Learned in the 80’s by Search Engine Guide
Stoney deGeyter manages to explain the principles of search engine optimization using almost nothing but 1980’s rock song titles. Even if you don’t appreciate his humor, this post is worth five stars for its incredible collection of links to classic rock videos.
Designers, printers, and anyone who’s ever worked in an agency will relate to this challenging situation.
Remembering Leslie Nielsen: His Best Quotes by Funny or Die
Immortal comic brilliance.
Clients Say the Funniest Things by Advertising Age
Laugh, sigh and cringe at this collection of actual agency client quotes, e.g., on social media: “I get it but I’m worried that people will start talking about our product without us.”
Creative variations on the traditional holiday gingerbread house, like this one.
A must-see training video for your technology sales force.
Top 10 Resolutions Anyone Can Keep by The Suburban Jungle
Okay, so we’re past “New Year’s Resolution” season–who cares, this is still priceless and worth a(nother) read. For example, Jenny’s resolution #9 for this year: “Become Addicted to Something. Smoking, alcoholism and Starbucks are so trite. I’m thinking something unique like nasal spray or hand sanitizer. Or at least something beneficial to my endurance like crack. Look, I already have a shopping addiction; maybe I could offset the bills with a robust gambling problem.”
Little Asian PC girl vs. MAC parody by Funny or Die
Taking the Mac vs. PC thing a bit too far. NSFW (language).
What’s So Funny About Social Media and Online Marketing? (2009 edition)
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