Everyone wants Free Stuff, Freebies, or Free Products. It is just human nature. The internet may be all about e-commerce, but at its very core, the internet is driven by people’s search for free information or desire to get discounts. If you were anywhere near a television or radio a couple of weeks ago, you may have heard about “Groupon”.
It is amazing how something goes viral like that. Groupon has been around since late 2008, but became major news (i.e. a hot trend) recently for their pulled SuperBowl commercial. When you think about it, perhaps a pulled commercial garners more attention than an aired commercial.
DJ Rincon, who has over 2,000 message board posts in an Orlando community forum, and has a good reputation of being a law-abiding citizen said that he is a victim of police harassment. The Orlando DJ seems to be a straight laced person who doesn’t smoke weed and is not involved with Orlando gangs. He was pulled over at night time near the I-4 going downtown (to work) for a minor traffic violation (no light on his license plate).
However he said the police harassment that ensued was horrible: the officers suspected he was a drug dealer or user because his rent money was in 20 dollar bills in his wallet. He consented to a search, was handcuffed on the sidewalk, and sure enough an officer “found” a bag of weed and started using Spanglish drug lingo to him.
After dealing with the verbal threats and embarrassment, the police harassment ended with no traffic citation, ticket, or arrest, and the bag of weed was not mentioned. The DJ saw that his paperwork wasn’t even run through their computer system.
I hate the fact that some homeless guy “with the golden voice” named Ted Williams gets more hits than the original Ted Williams, who was one of the greatest baseball players of all time and downright famous even after death. Thanks to the way search engines work, the new Ted Williams occupies 4 out of the 10 spots on the first page in Google’s search results, but since this Ted Williams has been such a hot trend, he is listed more times on the first page of the search engine giant: he’s blasted all over the homepage with Google news, Google real-time results (Twitter), and Google video.
It’s a shame for any baseball fans who had created websites or written articles about the original Ted Williams that got totally pushed off of page one and replaced by some guy on a YouTube video that sounds exactly like Shadoe Stevens from that Hollywood Squares 1980′s show.
This is actually a pretty accurate snapshot of the way people think anyway: ask anyone under who Ted Williams is and they will respond “the homeless man with the golden voice”, instead of “Red Sox Hall of Famer” Ted Williams.
I don’t know about you, but I have not been impressed with the default local search results from the top three search engines. It always takes me at least 15 minutes to adjust settings, actually locate the closest place, and to find the various reviews and ratings. Telephone number searches and addresses are not parsed from the other search engine results, so there is always a bunch of non-relevant spammy websites that come up when performing business searches.
Now, a site like Local.com is a hybrid of Citysearch.com, Yelp.com, local yellowpages, and Superages.com, enabling you to quickly find all the information you need about local companies, including everyone’ favorite category: local restaurants.