Five things on Friday #151

Things of note for the week ending Friday November 20th, 2015.

Things of note for the week ending Friday November 20th, 2015.



In this rather volatile news climate that we live in it can be quite commonplace to see an old (read: out of date) ‘news’ article doing the rounds on the old Book of Faces / Twitterz.

There you are, thumbing your feed on a Saturday morning and some numbskull is tattling on about how issue X shouldn’t be blamed on minority Z and you’re getting all irate about it but then you realise that the article is over nine years old.

And you feel like a fool.



Well, feel foolish no more my friend!

The Stale News Warning Chrome Plug-in is here!

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Currently supporting BBC News, CNN, Daily Mail, The Guardian, HuffPo, The Independent and MANY MORE, this plug-in saves you from tomorrow’s social media embarrassment, today.

Go get it!

Oh and it was built by my friend Denny.

Altogether now…



The news is of their existence is not news (well, it won’t be for many of you) as it was first reported back in September. They look (and work) a little bit like this:

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So while isn’t THE LATEST THING EVER (oh hello there, clever call back to Thing Number One), what is news is that these ad units will [probably] roll out formally in early Q1 next year.


So if you’re looking for a shiny/innovation thing to wave at your client/boss over the coming weeks, wave this and lay back and let the plaudits wash all over your your lovely face.



For reasons that I shan’t go in to here, I spent my Monday night (11pm – 7am) at St Mary’s Hospital. While awaiting for one of many AMAZING AND BRILLIANT NHS employees to attend to the matter at hand, I happened across THIS outstanding weblog.

Entitled simply: ‘David Fincher Doesn’t Give A F***’ this tumblr, amongst other things, has pulled in myriad examples of when famous film director, David Fincher, has expressed the very small (read zero) amount of F***s he gives.

It is a thing of wonder.

Exhibit a)

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(and this is one of the poorer ones)

If, like me, you’re a fan of Fincher, you will love this blog. It is by far and away my Five Things Find of the Week.


No, not that one (although that was an amazing joke, right) THIS one, in Fast Company.

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Covering Mr Zuckerberg and his vision for Facebook and its future, this is an excellent profile piece. Go read it. Even for killer stuff like this:

The Facebook of today—and tomorrow—is far more expansive than it was just a few years ago. It’s easy to forget that when the company filed to go public on February 1, 2012, it was just a single website and an app that the experts weren’t sure could ever be profitable. Now, “a billion and a half people use the main, core Facebook service, and that’s growing. But 900 million people use WhatsApp, and that’s an important part of the whole ecosystem now,” Zuckerberg says. “Four hundred million people useInstagram, 700 million people use Messen­ger, and 700 million people use Groups. Increasingly, we’re just going to go more and more in this direction.”



Terence Eden is an interesting man. His blog is recommended reading generally but this latest post form him captures what he’s been getting up to throughout 2015.

Alright I get a name-check, but it’s a mere nod – I assure you. If you like interesting things and you like interesting people well then, you’ll probably like this interesting write up of Terence’s interesting year.

Try it.


Bonuses this week are all interesting reads in their own right.

Go swim.

Bonus bonus thing: getting a cab this weekend and have never used Uber? Here’s a tenner off your first ride.

Ps. It’s my birthday tomorrow and, aside from showering me in champers and chocolate, it’d make me super happy if you shared this latest edition of FTOF all over the place.


Whatley out, x


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Author: James Whatley

Chief Strategy Officer in adland. I got ❤️ for writing, gaming, and figuring stuff out. I'm @whatleydude pretty much everywhere that matters. Nice to meet you x