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50 Cent's New Look

Isiah Sevenly —  October 29, 2009 — 2 Comments

For the official launch of the WhitePages Names product, we took a lighthearted look at some of the names behind the most “followed” celebrities on Twitter.  For example, we found that Jimmy Fallon’s first name (James, a form of Jacob) means “heel grabber” and that while 50 Cent’s real first name, Curtis, can be a nickname for someone who is “courteous”, it is also Middle English for curt “short” and hose “leggings” or “short leggings”.  We also found Al Gore’s full name to be quite intriguing – his  first name means “noble, bright, and famous” and his last name means “a triangular piece of land”.

As you can imagine, the name meanings that we uncovered sparked many internal debates on visual interpretation, a topic I am truly passionate about.  While I focus primarily on graphic design here at WhitePages, I am an illustrator at heart and therefore, jumped at the chance to take the WhitePages Names functionality to another level.  I am pleased to present 50 Cent’s newest fashion statement, just before his new album Before I Self Destruct drops.

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Ok, so here’s the deal. I’m new to Twitter. For that matter, I’m new to most Social Media channels beyond LinkedIn and Facebook. The only reason I started toying around with Twitter (during my spare time of course) was to prove to my Search Engine Marketing Manager that I could hang with the best of ‘em. At first, I just didn’t get it and wrote Twitter off as another social media fad…kind of like what I did with Kozmo.com in 2000. Engaging in conversations on Twitter was too hard for me, took too much time and ended up being an additional weekend distraction that I didn’t need.

But then it all changed. Within a 45 minute period on a random Thursday afternoon a few weeks back, my entire view of and approach to Twitter changed instantly. For those Twitter die-hards out there (Tweeps to those in the know), you’ll most likely laugh at my experience below and chalk it up as another social media tech laggard ruining the Twitter parade. But for those of you new to Social Media, and Twitter, take my story as a glimpse into what most out there believe to be the future of consumer and media engagement.

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Ohio.com and The Akron Beacon Journal sent a group of citizen journalists to DC for the Inauguration — and they are using Snapvine (a subsidiary of WhitePages) to voice blog from the event. For those of us that can’t be there, this voice blog is a great way to hear the energy and excitement from this historic event.

Click to visit the Ohio.com Voice Blog and press the play button.

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