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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.
Dec 2nd 2012, 10:00 AM 6,526 4

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.

Deep Twitter

Twitter’s CEO Dick Costello has confirmed that full personal archive access will be available to users in the next few weeks.

Twitter sends a billion tweets every two and a half days, according to TechCrunch – so building a new archival system to access old tweets will be no small feat. Which explains why Costello says the service’s engineers are “mad” at him.

Still, it will make our lives marginally easier.

Dick ‘The Boss’ Costolo (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Digg

Digg – ie where things were at before Reddit – had 30 million unique visitors at its peak, but folded (mostly) because of poor design. Well, now it’s back.

And it looks very nice indeed.

Instagram video

The first video ever to be entirely show using Instagram… so, what’s the verdict?

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Baby Hashtag Jameson

Some new parents have only gone and named their newborn daughter Hashtag – in full “Hashtag Jameson”.

(They really like Twitter, you see.)

While we are praying that this is a hoax, for the baby’s sake, in 2011 an Israeli couple named their baby ‘Like’ and an Egyptian baby girl was lumbered with the appellation ‘Facebook’ in the same year.

Weird names are nothing new – as a recent high-profile case in New Zealand showed when two parents were court-ordered to change their 9-year-old daughter’s name from ‘Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii’. The country has also legally rejected names including Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Stallion, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and… Sex Fruit.

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