TWTW #46 – Retail Rivalry, Tumblr’s Porn Ban & Twitter Typo Prank

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07.12.2018

This week the Brexit ‘process’ reaches new levels of confusion and terror as it morphs into a David Lynch-esq dream sequence.

Anyway… as we pop open those advent calendar windows here are five more things that sum up the week that was:

 

The Christmas retail war gets personal

Alongside its brutal takedown of this year’s John Lewis advert, Lidl is taking shots at other retail rivals with a series of cheeky billboards placed conveniently near competitors’ stores.

 

 

 

Tumblr takes the safe route i.e. it’s banning all the porn

The blogging and social platform, which is known for being more relaxed about adult content than other social platforms – has announced it’s banning it all the week before Christmas.

Obviously, this is good for younger users, concerned parents and brands considering the platform as another way to engage with the youth of today

But what’s the problem? Firstly, the platform risks losing a quarter of its users, who are there for adult content. But it’s not quite the hyper masculine flesh fest of sites like PornHub. Tumblr’s porn fans allegedly use the site to access more ‘niche’ interests not served elsewhere, and women made up a big chunk of the user base.

Secondly, artists, writers and creatives who use the platform to share their work are (rightfully) concerned about the notoriously bad AI that Tumblr uses to ban supposed ‘adult content’ like cat cartoons.

Yeah, it’s not great.

Talking of things that get you hot under the collar…

 

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to…

fake memoirist James Frey with a new novel chock full of…well let’s not go there.

If you haven’t heard of the award before it’s like the Razzies for Literature which “draws attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction”.

Note that is ‘passages’ and not whole books – sorry 50 Shades of Grey fans.

Take a read of some passages by this year’s winner and every runner up in all its NSFW glory.

 

Developer pranks Trump attorney through a tweet typo

As every agency will tell you, web developers are a pretty nerdy bunch. And because of this they can do awesome things. Case in point:

When Rudy Giuliani mistyped a tweet it was auto linked with a potential URL, one that didn’t exist until a crafty web developer acquired the domain to create an anti-Trump website and make poor Rudy look ruby red in the face.

 

 

And finally…

Could you eat only six chips?

Seriously, this is an important question. Could you stop eating chips after only six?

Because according to a ‘Harvard professor’ this should be the ‘ideal portion’ served in pubs because it will be healthier or something.

Whatever. That. Means.

Anyway, we’re off to the chippy to ask for ‘six chips, please’. Wish us luck!