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Weird wide web: The week in online oddities

The internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

Fake followers

Is your Twitter followers list bulked up by spambots, random businesses and remarkably attractive girls complaining about being lonely?

StatusPeople is here to shatter your illusions: find out how many of the accounts following you are fake or inactive. Purge your follower list of junk. There are some things in life that are unpleasant but necessary.

Need a number?

There’s one thing that more irritating than losing your phone: trying to gather all your friends’ numbers (usually via a panicked Facebook message) and then enter them into a new one – digit by digit.

A new service, NeedNumbers.me, does the dirty work for you. All a phone-loser has to do is connect to the service through their Facebook account; it compiles a list of your events and group listings, scrapes shared phone numbers from these pages and collects the information in an editable file that can then be transferred to your phone. TechCrunch say the service still has some teething problems, but it sounds a whole lot better than spending an evening jabbing numbers.

Bullied bus monitor

A retired bus monitor in the United States has set up an anti-bullying foundation, the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, after receiving more than $700,000 in goodwill donations from across the world. A heartbreaking YouTube video of 68-year-old Karen Klein being viciously taunted and reduced to tears by a group of students went viral in June – and provoked an outpouring of sympathy from internet users.


iPhone 5?

Wait – don’t get too excited – it’s not here yet. Although that hasn’t stopped people from imagining…

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