Free whoper for deleting 10 Facebook friends

Here’s a funny news from cnet.com

Facebook’s developer platform has been used for a zillion marketing campaigns so far, but this one is actually dead-on hilarious.

Fast-food chain Burger King has created “Whopper Sacrifice,” a Facebook app that will give you a coupon for a free hamburger if you delete 10 people from your friends list.

Burger King has put out some interesting campaigns as of late (“Whopper Virgin,” “Subservient Chicken”), but this one piques our interest because of how gleefully it pokes fun at our social-networking obsessions. “Now is the time to put your fair-weather Web friendships to the test,” the Whopper Sacrifice site explains. “Install Whopper Sacrifice on your Facebook profile, and we’ll reward you with a free flame-broiled Whopper when you sacrifice ten of your friends.

The funniest part: The “sacrifices” show up in your activity feed. So it’ll say, for example, “Caroline sacrificed Josh Lowensohn for a free Whopper.” Unfortunately, you can’t delete your whole friends list and eat free (however unhealthily) for a week. The promotion is limited to one coupon per Facebook account.

That would be lot of fun if it was applicable in Lebanon. 😛

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Orascom & Zain: Welcome to Lebanon!

I assume you all know it by now, the 2 new mobile operators to replace Alfa and MTC Touch will be Orascom and Zain (formerly MTC).

We have been promised since Gibran Bassil became the minister of telecommunication that a third operator might be introduced to the market and hopefully impose competition, which will result in lowering prices (happy us!). I was surprised though that this didn’t happen…

Anyway, while checking the Tayyar.org website today I came across this flash new:

“The contracts between the new operators and the government are different now, the two companies will be profiting from the working phone lines, which will help in lowering prices and providing a better service” (It seems like Alfa and MTC Touch were previously getting management fees only).

Well, let me tell you something Mr. Bassil, what we have in the mobile telephony sector right now is a duopoly, it’s actually a monopoly since the two operators are controlled by the government, but let’s assume it’s a duopoly. Do you know what kind of pricing strategies are followed in such cases? ANYTHING but price wars!

Seriously, come to think of it! They both have almost the same prices, and they’re sharing the market almost equally. Why would they want to go into price wars and risk lowering their profits? In case there will be a price decrease, they will BOTH agree on it. No marketer will ever work against the good of their firm. I doubt there will be a significant decrease in price by the way, we will never reach what’s set in Egypt and other Arab countries for example.

So, Mr. Bassil, you seem to be just like all the previous ministers (until time proves me wrong), you promised us the stars and delivered nothing until now. We’re being robbed and we will always be robbed!

Ya3neh we’re getting raped and might as well like it! Otherwise we get no phone line!

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The top place to visit

… is BEIRUT!

Among the top 44 places to visit in 2009, published in the New York Times, Beirut is ranking number ONE. That is, people are recommended to choose Beirut as their next destination instead of Barcelona, Venice, Paris or New York for example.

Don’t ask how and why we’re ranking number one, all I know is that people are invited to Beirut to enjoy a good drive on the seaside while trying to avoid falling into potholes, then go to Hamra and get stuck in traffic, and why not going to ABC for shopping and spending 30 minutes before finding a car parking.

Not to forget Gemmayze akid! There’s only one Gemmayze street in the world and it’s right here in Beirut.

Bkaffeh? tab khalas bikaffeh…

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Assalam party

I found this photo in the spam folder of my e-mail today. It was sent by ePublicities, a company that has been spamming us (the Lebanese) for so long now, and the subject was “Me. Roger Edde chez le Patriarche” (Me.? Ah you mean Mr.).

The e-mail itself is weird, I mean never have I received an e-mail titled “Nasrallah threatening Israel” with a summary of one of his speeches inside… Roger Edde must be really desperate for the people to know about him and is aware that he is very un-popular, so he chose to hire some company to broadcast his news. Mni7a! I wonder if some candidates for the next election will be adopting the same “strategy” to reach us.

The logo of Mr. Edde’s party is nice by the way, 7ameimeh w 2osas… but one can also read it as “Assila7”, notice how the “M” is written.

Anyway, Assalam 3ala heik party!

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Rockets fired to Israel

Today morning an e-mail was sent to Israel including 4 attachment and signed by “Anonymous”, the Lebanese people and Hezbollah were copied on that e-mail in order for them to know about the ongoing communication.

I wonder if Israel will be doing a “Reply to all” as it did in July 2006, or if it will just reply to the original sender.

By tonight we will have an answer I think. W minshoufkon.

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Ready, set, die! For employees only.

I rarely play games, especially on Facebook. But one of my work colleagues begged me to try a game yesterday, it’s about a salary man (mitleh w mitikon!) that has to find his way to… death!

Simple and realistic, don’t you agree?

The game consists of 50 levels and as you progress the stages get trickier, there are several objects you can use to kill yourself, and in later stages the game will even break it’s own rules to surprise you.

Give it a try, I originally played it on Facebook but you later found other links to it.

Facebook link: http://apps.facebook.com/mindjolt/games/karoshi-suicide-salaryman
Alternative link: http://armorgames.com/play/2407/karoshi-suicide-salaryman

Let me know if you’re finding difficulty with tricky levels, and I’ll post a walkthrough for the game.

This post was inspired by the fact that I took a day off today for MYSELF, but spent the whole day in front of my laptop doing silly stupid tasks, that appeared out of no where, remotely for work!!!!

Do you think my boss will be reading this? I wonder…

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