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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.

Pimpin’ your Twitter header

What do you want to say to the world? Perhaps it’s something like: “EVERYBODY QUICK! LOOK AT ME!”

If so, you’ll be delighted to hear that it’s now possible to customise the design of your Twitter account to spread a massive banner, featuring your face, across the top.

To complete the look, log into your account, click Settings, Design, and then get to work on making it all about you…

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Jony “I can sell you anything” Ive sells us something

Pass the mustard.

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Cassette converter

Anyone who was born after 2000 probably will not understand why this is amazing, but for the older and more sentimental amongst us *ahem* this is the chance to convert all our old mix tapes into digital form (via Buzzfeed).

Facebook phone?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied long-standing rumours that his company is planning to develop a phone, saying such a move would be entirely “the wrong strategy” for Facebook.

In his first interview since the site’s IPO, Zuckerberg told Techcrunch that, instead of trying to get in on the hardware game, Facebook wanted to focus on becoming as deeply integrated as possible into every mobile device (aka the second step to world domination).

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Brownout

Sometimes you just don’t like someone else. And – try as you might to get over it – even the mention of their name causes that vein in your forehead to pop out a little further.

Some people feel exactly that way about R&B “musician” Chris Brown and, more to the point, the health of his career following his conviction for assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. If you’re one of those people, say thank you to Google Chrome for creating a new app called Brownout which removes all mention of him while you’re browsing online.

A pictorial representation of Brownout in action. Picture by: Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association Images

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