Pizza Hut ‘Twinternship’ Available

While it may look like some kind of prank and serves to continue the “twitterification” of the English language,pizza-hut-logo Pizza Hut is hiring a ‘Twintern’ for the summer. The New York Times reported it and just to make sure I went to the Pizza Hut homepage and sure enough there it was. With the summer job market being one of the worst in recent history at least some college student can get some job experience putting 140 characters or less to work for the Hut.

Of course, it appears as if there is no pay (there is a pay check, see comments below) and you will need to relocate to Dallas on your own dime if you get the gig but what better resume builder these days. In addition, this may be one of the few times that parents can say that the new 140 character culture can pay benefits. The description is as follows:

Polls Are Open for Vote at Facebook

As we discussed a little while back, Facebook is going for the democratic (not the party) approach of putting the proposed changes to their terms of service to a vote. The polls opened yesterday and thefacebook-logo idea is that with the users of Facebook ‘making the call’ there can no longer be an uproar over Facebook making changes unilaterally.

On the Facebook blog, founder Mark Zuckerberg outlines the new policy with the crux of it being

You will have two options on the ballot, as shown below: 1) the new Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), which incorporate feedback from users and experts received during the 30-day comment period, or 2) the current Terms of Use, which were developed by Facebook and did not go through an outside comment period.

NY Times Reports on Its Own Pain

I know it has everything to do with journalistic integrity and it is the right thing to do but when a newspaper the stature of the New York nyt-logoTimes reports on the cuts it must make to its sections to ‘survive’ it’s still sad.

The Times announcement is almost dog piling the evidence of just how bad things are for newspapers in the current environment. We have reported it here quite bit but it is important for the Internet marketing crowd to see what is happening to be able to see what opportunities may arise from this shift in the balance of power in media.

Ning Shows Some Zing

Ning has hit a pretty significant milestone reports cnet. The social network enabler has just seen its one millionthning-logo network set up. This was accomplished in two years which makes the number even more impressive (average of 1,370 networks started per day).

Of course, it doesn’t hurt when Marc Andreessen is a co-founder and the timing was good considering the upswing in popularity of social marketing / media / networking over the past two years. The flip side of that is the possibility that the folks at Ning had a pretty accurate crystal ball and called this one pretty well. Either way, being good fortune or recognizing opportunity the success is there.

Ning has overcome its fair share of adversity as well.

Good News Fleeting for Newspapers

While Gannett and the newspaper industry had a chance to celebrate last week for the first time in a long time it newspaper-pile1appears that the party has been raided and closed down today.

While the news of investment last week by Ariel Investments was welcomed even that was short lived as noted in the WSJ on Monday. You see there are some serious games being played with Gannett and all are happening with full knowledge of the fact the newspaper advertising industry is spiraling downward as quickly as ever.

Today at All Things Digital the real news on Gannett was given as they delivered their Q1 numbers. First, the ‘good’ news. The company’s earnings per share beat the street by a penny. Ok, not so bad. In addition, the company did generate $1.38 billion in revenue which is a very big number although it fell short of the $1.44 billion estimate.

When Bloggers Attack!

Mike Morgan, the creator of the gripe site (clever Number of the Beast constitutionusage there, Mike) did what many bloggers often talk about but rarely do; he went on the legal offensive.

Morgan set up this site at the end of March reports MediaPost, and received every blogger’s dream; a cease and desist letter from corporate America. In this case the lawyers for Goldman Sachs, who just yesterday made headlines by looking to repay TARP funds they received during the Great Bailout of ’09, were concerned that Morgan’s URL would infringe on their trademark.

In a move to help his cause Morgan has since filed a complaint in federal district court in the southern district of Florida stating

Live Search Not Even Used at Home

Imagine this. You have a friend who works for a company that makes peanut and his / her sole purpose at microsoftthe company is to sell their peanut butter. While there are quite a few peanut butter options there are a few market leaders that tend to dominate. The brand your friend has the laser focused responsibility of selling is one of the top 3 but has a long way to go. One day while visiting his / her home you have lunch and it is, naturally, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You notice, however, that instead of using his own brand of peanut butter he is using the market leader that his existence depends on its overthrow. You ask him “Why aren’t you using your peanut butter?” and his response is “I wouldn’t eat that crap!”, you gotta figure something is amiss, right?