best things on the internet

10 things you can do in case the internet breaks

With various events such as Kim Kardashian taking off her clothes and a confusion about dress colour ‘breaking the internet’, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the internet is a much more fragile place then we previously thought.

Clearly we need to put a strategy in place. If just one person’s actions, no matter how ordinary or mundane, can result in an overloading of the internet’s circuitry then who knows what global catastrophes could occur if something moderately important happens.

It’s not a question of “if the internet breaks” but when.

10 things we loved on the internet this week

I think I’m so flipping cool, with my cynicism, my tattoos, the motorbike I ride to work on and the toothpick that’s constantly hanging seductively off my bottom lip.

Man, I’m such a rebel. 

But then every once in a while something will come along to chisel a little crack into this ice-cold facade. Such a thing has happened this week.

10 things we loved on the internet this week

Here’s a little window into the process of how we create this weekly round-up. We’re really into transparency here after all.

Do you notice how in the headline it always says ‘we loved’, rather than ‘I loved’? Well that’s because all the items featured here have been voted for inclusion by every single member of the Econsultancy staff.

10 things we loved on the internet this week

I’m going to write this week’s collection of madcap internet fun using only emojis.

Because what says ‘madcap internet fun’ more than emojis? Nothing. One day the entire Econsultancy blog, our downloadable reports, research and even our training will be delivered using tiny, imperceptible symbols. It’s inevitable.

10 things we loved on the internet this week

Whatever mood you woke up in this morning, whether jubilant, furious or crestfallen, the weekly round-up is here to make it all better.

Sure it can’t fix your broken heart, mend your flat tyre, or install your preferred government in a bloody/bloodless (delete where applicable) coup, but it can offer a brief distraction from what ails you.

Think of this as a calming nightlight, a tiny beacon that holds your attention while all the horrible monsters under your bed gather and wait in the darkness.

Stop thinking about those monsters now! Just look at the light. There, there, always looking at the light…

12 things we loved on the internet this week

When the transatlantic soft-rock band Foreigner pleads “I wanna know what love is, I want you to show me” what is the best way to respond?

Here’s my advice. Gently run your fingers through the permed hair of lead vocalist Lou Gramm, place your other hand to his chest (directly over the spot where his broken heart aches) and whisper softly to him “let’s talk about love”.

Then promptly sit him down in front of a laptop and show him three hours worth of cat Gifs, LEGO remakes of film trailers and the Atari version of The Shining. He’ll thank you for it. 

Then before leaving Gramm will surely turn to you and say “I now know what love is. I shall tell the rest of Foreigner.”

10 things we loved on the internet this week

Love is a powerful word, one that you have to use sparingly so as not to diminish its meaning.

So know that when I use the word ‘love’ here in the context of this collection of fleetingly popular viral videos, super distracting desktop games and mildly offensive wordplay, I have considered all possible romantic complications that might occur and the risks involved.

Please don’t get too attached to me though Shake It Off parody video, I will eventually forget about you in seven days time when another Shake it Off parody video comes along.

12 best things on the internet: the fist of Statham edition

If our Twitter page is the public face of Econsultancy, then surely this weekly round-up of internet distractions is the ugly hat that you thought was such a great idea last summer, but now you keep in a dirty old carrier bag at the bottom of your wardrobe.

To returning friends, a hearty welcome, you’ll be glad to know it’s business as usual. 

To relative strangers who have stumbled over this for the first time, an even heartier welcome with a vague whiff of desperation and an admittance that things don’t get much better from here.