This article originally appeared in 24hrs Vancouver on June 25, 2008.
Late last week I challenged some local restaurant bloggers to eat at a place that looks a little spooky on the outside. I’ve passed it for decades, but have never had the guts to step inside The Brave Bull on Hastings at Clark. A dozen bloggers descended on the landmark joint for $8.95 steaks on Monday night for an event they dubbed SteakCamp. It was an organic social media moment as word spontaneously spread through blogs and Twitter. The reviews are up at Hummingbird604.com and TinyBites.ca
Matt has spent the better part of the last 4 years travelling the world and doing a little jig wherever he finds himself. Matt makes montages of all his dancing and puts them on his site, Where the Hell is Matt? The 2008 mix is now up featuring Matt doing a dance at English Bay with some local blogstars alongside other jigs in Zanzibar, The Netherlands, Micronesia and more.
iTunes celebrated a milestone last week with it’s 5 billionth download. That’s 5 billion songs that have been bought and paid for, not shared over the internet. At 99 cents a pop, that’s just about $5B – proof that if the media companies build an easy to use and quality model, we will pay for tracks we want to play. The addition of movies to the iTunes store is also booming with more than 50 000 rented or bought each day.
Firefox has released the latest edition of its open source browser. It’s the popular choice for the digerati, and 8.3 million copies of the program were downloaded on its release day, unofficially setting a Guinness World Record for downloads in a 24 hour period. If you’re still kicking it old school with Internet Explorer, it’s time you checked out the versatility and security of Firefox.
A new Facebook group and website have been started by the gang at Strutta to bring Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake back to Vancouver as the creators of Flickr have announced their departure from Yahoo! So far 71 people have signed up to try and bring them back to the place where their web2.0 fortunes started, and one of the group members petitioning the cause just so happens to be Stewart.
catch the buzz … pass it on.