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Birds Eye to sell potato hashtags

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Birds Eye is hoping its newest product will be a viral hit. Potato Mashtags are set to feature shapes including one of the most popular key symbols of the social media age - the hashtag.

A pack of Mashtags will actually offer multiples of  five different shapes including hashtags [#], at signs [@] and emoticons [:-)] - surely shaking up the frozen food aisle next to McCain's smiley faces.

Imagine the fun you could have teaming up your hashtags with your potato alphabet shapes? Then you could take a photo on your smartphone and share your meal with your friends over social media.

It's sure to be a smash hit with Tweeters and Instagrammers everywhere.

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Follow the Pope (on Twitter) for your stairway to heaven

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Follow the Pope's Twitter account and you will be granted "indulgences" which reduce the time Catholics will have to spend in Purgatory before ascending to heaven.

However, it's not quite as simple as clicking on the big blue 'follow' button like the Pope's 2,695,130 Twitter followers have done.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication said that indulgences were granted to people who do things like climb the Sacred Steps in Rome, or attend Catholic World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro which starts on 22 July.

"You can't obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine," he said.

However, he understood that not everyone can afford to jet off to Brazil or Rome, so he said that those who follow the events using media will also qualify for an indulgence - this includes Twitter. But you must follow the live stream of the events. Of course you must. 

One-in-20 people use their mobiles during sex

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Yes, you read the headline right, more than half of people regularly use their mobile devices in bed, with 5% shockingly using their mobile while in the middle of having sex with their partner.*

Narly half check their social networks and emails on their mobile devices instead of listening to their partner, while 40% use their phones while sat on the toilet - please remember to wash your hands!

So apparently 45% of people admit that technology prevents them from ever truly switching off and relaxing in their spare time. Well we don't know about relaxing, but if there's a drop in birth rates next year, we can all blame the iPhone 5.

*Study conducted by UK technology manufacturer, Storage Options

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When social media marketing goes bad

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Waitrose, a prolific user on Twitter to engage its followers, stumbled upon a problem with its latest innovative and "down with the kids" marketing campaign. The supermarket asked Twitter followers to fill in the blank.


And did its followers rise to the challenge. Unfortunately for the posh supermarket, Twitter users responded in a rather "snobby" way. And of course, thanks to the notorious, retweet button, the whole thing went viral.

Have a look at Computer Weekly's favourite tweets from when social media marketing goes bad.


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What a mug! Sip your beverage of choice with the aid of a hashtag

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Downtime is sure you, like us, wished buying presents for people was as easy as buying for a chocoholic. We know all too well that there are only so many pairs of socks you can buy for a person before they start harbouring genuine resentment toward you. 

This mug from ThumbsUpUK could be your saving grace, ticking a couple of boxes; it will appeal to tweetaholics as well as coffee and tea cravers. 

As for those who can't stop tweeting whilst also drinking a cuppa, well this will blow those socks you bought them for Christmas right off. 

It is certainly the most appealing hashtag we've seen in a while anyway. 

Twitter is more useful than you think

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Twitter has added another string to its ever impressive bow of usefulness. 

It can now practically write Downtime entries. 

The hashtag "#ComputingSongs" was trending in London today and included a number of excellent tweets. 

Here are a selection of the best:

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - iPad the time of my life
Wham - Back me up before you go-go
N.W.A - Outlook Express yourself
Elton John - Don't you go breaking my Hard-Drive
Meatloaf - A highway to HTML
Stevie Wonder - I just called to say I love U-SB
Jay-Z - Got 99 browsers and Internet Explorer isn't 1

If you think you can do better, feel free to leave your suggestions.

Tweet about destroying America and America will destroy you twit!

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Marilyn Monroe

The Yanks have a sense of humour, that's obvious from the television they produce. But if you even joke about hurting the great nation that is the US of A and you will be crushed. Or at least refused entry.

Something they don't get though is British slang. Something two young Brits, Emily Bunting and Leigh Van 'Jihad' Bryan, found out the hard way.

A couple of weeks before visiting the states Leigh 'death' Van Bryan tweeted the following:

"@MelissaxWalton Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America."

Yep. DESTROY. Now what Leigh 'three-wheel' Van Bryan actually meant was that he was going to get drunk and party in America to a level of wreckage to his body and not to actually cause any harm to the great nation.

Homeland Security saw the Tweet, tracked it back to Leigh 'drink-driving' Van Bryan and refused him and innocent Emily Bunting entry... After detaining them for 12 hours, questioning them and torturing them (possibly).

"The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist. I kept saying they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet but they just told me 'You've really f***ed up with that tweet, boy'," Bryan told The Sun.

Questioning went along the lines of "Why do you hate America?" Now Leigh Van'pire' Bryan said he didn't which is a lie. Everyone outside America hates them a little bit, plus he let's not forget he tweeted that he wanted to destroy it. Suspicious.

Not only did Leigh Van 'The Life of' Bryan threaten the safety of millions of people but he even said that he will desecrate one of America's most beloved dead celebrities:

"3 weeks today, we're totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood BLVD and diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!"

Both Brits were checked the pair for spades.

"The officials told us we were not allowed in to the country because of Leigh's tweet," Bunting told The Daily Mail. "They wanted to know what we were going to do... They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party... I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh's lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe."

Emily Bunting and Leigh 'failed it's MOT' Van Bryan were deported and taught a lesson.

Don't mess with America.

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Cisco lags behind in Olympics Wi-Fi training

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With Cisco due to be providing Wi-Fi access for the Olympic and Paralympics Games this summer, it's slightly concerning that the vendor struggled to provide Wi-Fi for the attendees of its very own Cisco Live Europe event this week.

During the games the supplier is contracted to provide Wi-Fi, along with several other services, to 6,000 staff and 70,000 volunteers at 100 venues around the country. There were 5,000 people at Cisco Live, taking place at the Excel Centre only a stone's throw from the Olympic Park - and itself an Olympic venue - yet there were plenty of angry attendees unable to Tweet or access their e-mails.

Recently Stuart Hill, BT's vice president and director of the Olympic Games 2012, revealed that he was in "sensitive discussions" with Cisco to provide Wi-Fi within the Olympic Park for the use of the general public too - Downtime isn't holding its breath just yet.

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What is worse than a game of charades? Lionel Blair hosting an online game of charades

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Presumably after Bruce Forsyth, Ant and Dec, Vernon Kay and even Les Dennis turned this gig down, former 'Give Us a Clue' captain Lionel Blair decided he'd return to the charade game and give this live, Christmas themed Twitter project a go.

As if there wasn't already enough rubbish on TV it seems now to be spilling into social media. 

On the 8th of December Blair, along with a panel of people armed with iPads, will respond to real-time tweets from viewers.

But why? I imagine you are thinking. Well to win some signed Lionel merchandise, and be hailed as a charade champion of course. Who wouldn't want that? 

I don't imagine many of Blair's fanbase have Twitter accounts so this could just end up being three hours of Blair pretending to be a teapot. 

Hmmm, on second thoughs I might actually watch. 

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