42Below Vodka – Because We Can Movement

Because We Can

The New Zealand vodka, 42Below have decided to create a web based movement to celebrate people who live by their own rules and those who follow their own dreams. They wanted a platform to unite the free thinkers, the independent spirits, the creators and the artists of the world, so have set up the site Because We Can.

To capture the spirit they asked like minded people to create an endeavour that had the potential to delight and surprise, but most of all create something that meant something to them. To unify the contributors, they got them to use white coverall suits in their creation. The reasoning behind the wearing of the suits is to have viewers focus on their endeavour rather than on the people behind it. To be anonymous, universal and generic. Here’s one of the videos called: The cycle of power.

Monthly video competition
To get you involved and get your creativity flowing, there is a monthly competition where they want you to create and submit your own videos to show the ‘Because We Can’ spirit. Entries for this month have to be in by 12.00GMT time on 30 November, and for your effort you could win $USD4200.

My initial thoughts on this movement is, where is this movement heading, where is it taking you in the long run? What happens after you’ve created a few videos and it’s six months down the line, then what? It’s a big call though, trying to create a movement. My thoughts are, if you’re creating a movement then I would tend to expect big things. We’ll just have to wait and see what eventuates.

Pretty average web design
The other thing I’m going to comment about is the web design. It’s a pretty basic site – design wise. One thing I don’t like is the spaced out U P P E R C A S E type that is used for the intro paragraph on the main page (as seen below) and the headings. The Reason being is simple, it’s because I find it visually hard to read.

because we can intro

You are able to follow them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Delicious.


Murder Burger Job Advert Goes Viral On Flickr

Murder Burger is a new Gourmet Burger joint that opened on Ponsonby Road in Auckland last month. A bit of healthy competition for Burger Fuel and the likes. So apparently they were looking for staff and placed a job ad on auction site Trade Me and had a less than satisfactory response. They placed a humorous “staff needed” ad in their shop window. Looks like a few people took photos of the job advert and put them up on the photo sharing site Flickr.

Photos on Flickr

Now, almost a month after their launch (and at the time of writing this post) this job ad photo under the title of:

Another job ad photo under the title:

And this one:

Actually, now after closer inspection, all three photos appear to be the same photo.

Due to these photos being uploaded on Flickr they ended up getting over a thousand applicant emails from people all over the world. I guess that was a bit of an unexpected twist in their recruitment drive and online marketing strategy. It just goes to show the power of social media when a local offline job advertisement goes global online.

The Murder Burger site is up on WordPress and you can also find Murder Burger on Facebook, of which currently they have 60 members.