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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Pad Thai

I just read a great quote about media today:
“ The thing is nothing in today’s newspaper HAPPENED TODAY!”

And that’s one reason the internet & it’s constant updating is so important. But in a related matter we’re running out of content. So often I look at the headlines on Wire Services & Yahoo & my local news & think yes! That is an interesting story but the headline makes it seem like it just happened & I read about this LAST WEEK!

Conversely today I see the following on YAHOO NEWS :

Attention Internet-savvy travelers: Thailand is giving away free trips to five lucky couples who don't mind sitting in front of a computer while on vacation.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a new campaign Tuesday offering five couples fully paid trips to the country's most popular cities and beaches. In return, they will be asked to blog, chat and tweet about their holiday in a bid to win a grand prize of $10,000, a BlackBerry and a video camera.
Applicants should be "good storytellers" and must know how to navigate YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, the TAT said on the contest's newly launched Web site where one-minute video auditions can be submitted until Oct. 15.
Thailand's tourism industry is facing its worst crisis in years, with foreign arrivals down 15 percent so far this year because of political upheaval and the global recession.
Tourism officials say they were inspired by Australia's recent highly publicized campaign dubbed the "Best Job in the World." The contest to serve as the caretaker on a tropical Australian island for six months, while promoting the destination on a blog, drew 35,000 applicants and worldwide media attention.
"We got the idea from Australia," said TAT official Phanom Kaributra, who is coordinating the contest. "We think it's a good way to use social networking to promote Thailand."

“Great!” I think. “This has ME written all over it!” So I go to the site linked.
GUESS WHAT? It’s a DOMAIN REGISTRATION site. Our good Thai friends registered the domain but I presume did NOT actually create a site where one can enter the contest! Well they are still rebuilding from the tsunami, I’ll cut them some slack!

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