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    Tongue Tied by Grouplove

    Another song that got a huge bump from a TV commercial (in this case, Apple iPod Touch) but getting featured on Glee is not too shabby. The song is “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove.

    {Ed. Note 6/18/12: As of today, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation pulled the Glee version of this song off YouTube. Bummer.}

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    Okay, Keenan Cahill’s lip-syncing videos are just a little freaky but that’s why so many people watch them… and there is no arguing with success. Over 50 million views of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (since August of 2010) has made BeenerKeeKee19952 not only an instant YouTube sensation but a hot viral commodity.

    Now with over 170 videos, the success is surreal.

    From the likes of Sean Kingston and 50 Cent to the casts of Glee and Nickelodeon’s Victorious, the teenager with MSP (a rare genetic disorder that affects physical and mental development) has stood next to more celebrities than Ryan Seacrest. He has even performed “Go NY Go” with Landry Fields and Andy Rautins of New York Knicks (along with the NY Knicks Cheerleaders).

    He has appeared on Chelsea Handler’s show Chelsea Lately, helped Jennifer Aniston go “viral” for Smartwater, and has his own Web series called Keenan’s Crush featuring the always sexy Jessica Uberuaga. And the endorsement deals keep rolling in… from Julianne Hough promoting her Footloose remake to Axe body spray to Me Undies (there is just nothing wrong with women dancing in their underwear).

    This is the power of the Web, unfettered, dreams can soar. Anyone can be a star. And if you’re an astute marketer paying attention to social media trends, get ready to hitch your wagon to the next Keenan Cahill and sit back (or should I say lean forward).

    To All the Ass-Hat Jocks…

    To celebrate the launch (4/2) of their new YouTube channel Geek & Sundry (itself a celebration of geek culture), the gang from The Guild made this new music video I’m the One That’s Cool written by Jed Whedon and Felicia Day.

    Oh, no. Don’t pretend I didn’t see
    You roll your eyes at my gaming tee
    Don’t know if you can read or if you’ve seen
    The sweet piece in this week’s Wired magazine
    The latest trend has hit its peak
    They say that geek’s becomin’ chic
    So now you’re out of style as you can be
    And I’m in vogue, so you can bite me

    To all the ass-hat jocks who beat me up in school
    Now I’m the one that’s cool
    I’m the one that’s cool
    To all the prom queen bitches thinking they still rule
    Now I’m the one that’s cool
    I’m the one that’s cool

    Try to cop my style but I’m the real thing
    While you played sports, I played Magic the Gathering
    See you pose a part of nerd society
    My Aquaman pajamas prove my pedigree
    Star Trek: Next Gen every night
    Wore a headgear to fix my overbite
    Your black-rimmed glasses are prescription free, where as me
    I literally can’t see my hand in front of my face

    To all the asshat jocks who beat me up in school
    Now I’m the one that’s cool
    I’m the one that’s cool
    To all the prom queen bitches thinking they still rule
    Now I’m the one that’s cool
    I’m the one that’s cool
    And to my eighth-grade crush who pushed me in the pool
    Now I’m the one that’s cool
    I’m the one that’s cool
    You may be tan and fit and rich but you’re a tool
    And I’m the one that’s cool
    I’m the one that’s cool

    Role reversal must be a total drag
    But there’s no point, no point for me to humblebrag
    I appreciate you for being cruel
    I’m burning bright thanks to your rejection fuel
    Got my in-jokes you won’t get
    Like Honey Badger, Troll Face and Nyan Cat
    So now your ballin’ parties seem so dumb
    You can Evite me, and I’ll say yes, but I won’t really come

    Got my comics
    Got my games
    All the things you thought were lame
    Got my cosplay
    Fanfic too
    Got you pegged
    STFU You

    This is a the third installment of music videos from The Guild, following Game On! and Do You Want to Date My Avatar.

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    So, This is What Happen to Friendster


    Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of ‘Friendster’ Civilization

    Facebook Video Calling with Skype

    Facebook today announced Video Calling powered by Skype. Currently (free) one-to-one but group video chat may be in the near future according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This may be sooner than later given Google+ introduced video chat for up to 10 people.

    Facebook Video Calling uses a Skype plug-in that allows users to launch a video chat session in two clicks. The plug-in is downloaded on-demand so a video call can be initiated without the need to have Skype software pre-installed.

    Sarah Kessler over at Mashable put together a nice little How-To slideshow for getting started with Facebook Video Calling.

    Aside: If you have been paying attention to your stock portfolio, you’ll recall that Microsoft received FTC approval to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in May of this year. Skype has 145 million users. No doubt the video conferencing service will now get a nice bump from Facebook’s 750 million users.