Google doodle - an exclusive peek behind the scenes of the world’s largest search engine. Hunting criminals on Facebook - The German police set their sights on social networks. And fashion bloggers - trendsetters in the international fashion industry.
To commemorate people and events, Google sometimes replaces its online logo with what they’ve dubbed a doodle. The doodles are created by a team of ten graphic artists, who are based at the global headquarters in Mountain View, California.
For Google, the doodles are also a public relations tool - a way to win over consumers who might be leery of Google’s overwhelming monopoly. But at times, their commemorative selections have themselves caused controversy. One of the criticisms is that Google plays it too safe and avoids difficult topics - such as the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, for example.
Crime-Solving on Facebook have turned to Facebook to hunt for criminals. Social media allows the police to reach people who today make little use of traditional forms of media, and so tend to miss police bulletins issued in newspapers and on wanted posters and television.
The Hanover police are Facebook pioneers. Meanwhile their site has more than 100,000 fans, who see notices posted by the police on their Facebook stream. But data protection experts have criticized the program, causing Lower Saxony’s state government to put a temporary stop to policing via Facebook. Part of the problem is that police data from Germany is ending up on servers located in the United States. Now the police have come up with a solution - instead of posting their bulletins directly on Facebook, they’re posting links that bring users to the official police website.
Streetstyle bloggers have a keen eye for underground and edgy looks. But instead of glossy magazines, the online world is their forum. And they don’t use professional models - instead they photograph ordinary people who have an interesting sense of style.
Nowadays, streetstyle bloggers are a respected part of the fashion industry and a source of inspiration for designers. One such blog is "fashionaire.de", run by Patrick Stricker from Düsseldorf. He’s now also trying his own hand at fashion design, creating wearable clothes with a sense of style.
A video shot with a tilt-shift technique has made the Rio Carneval look like it’s happening in miniature.
The clip was produced in 2011 by Brazilian filmmaker and musician Jarbas Agnelli and his collaborator Keith Loutit. The clip was posted on Vimeo a month ago and has already garnered nearly 900,000 viewers.