With the Cloud, Celebrities Push Past the Paparazzi

With the Cloud, Celebrities Push Past the Paparazzi

As the year that was 2011 begins to dwindle down, junkets everywhere begin to mount their best-of lists, countdowns, and other types of sentimental compilations. CloudTweaks is not immune to these articles that summarize a year sweetly; in how they reassure us that a meaningful year has passed, these lists entertain us. But my annual recap begins with a deeper look at our other rich source of yearly entertainment: celebrities, particularly those who took to, or tangled with, the cloud this year. Here are three that immediately come to mind.

Richard Branson

The Virgin mogul has had a rougher year than usual, what with his family home on Necker Island burning to the ground. But every successful businessperson has a phoenix that lurks within him or her. And Branson’s fiery bird has yet to touch ground; if anything, it’s angled upward at the cloud.

Virgin Airlines, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Balloon Flights — what will this man NOT touch? All evidence points to Branson smudging his hands on the video game community as well with — you guessed it — Virgin Gaming. This latest enterprise wields cloud computing to create a subscription-based virtual arcade, where players can access several popular titles and win cash for their efforts.

Virgin Gaming has yet to trend on the same level as Branson’s bigger hits. But let’s give it time. Not even an inferno can stop this juggernaut from daydreaming in the clouds.

Justin Timberlake

The former lead boy-band heartthrob has only one melodic word on his mind as of late: diversification. Since bringing sexy back, Timberlake has won an Emmy for putting his “dipstick” in a box and generated faint Oscar buzz for a dramatic turn in “The Social Network.” Fans everywhere lament that he has not picked up a mike, or headed to a studio, since bringing Sexyback to us nearly SIX years ago.

But his latest cloud-inclusive endeavor into the music scene should help us all breathe a bit easier.

Timberlake wants to take over MySpace, the original social media giant that Twitter and Facebook later trampled. The crooner seeks to return it to its roots: MySpace was intended to galvanize members of Los Angeles’ music scene before it aimed at world domination. Essentially, Timberlake wants to re-brand the social network as the Twitter-Book of the music industry.

A naïf in business and technology, Timberlake will need to seriously study MySpace’s formidable roots in cloud computing, should he ever get his dream off the ground. Memo to you, Justin: we’d appreciate a new album to groove to, while you’re realizing your “Space’s” potential.

Lady Gaga

The cloud computing scandal of the year is resoundingly awarded to Mother Monster.

Early in 2011, Gaga’s new album “Born This Way” opened to massive sales of more than one million strong. But when sold for less than one dollar, selling a disc by a popular artist is a cinch. Amazon, via its Cloud Drive Service, allowed units of “Way” to be sold at 99 cents for one day.

Such a hit was this move that Amazon’s Cloud Drive crashed. Those who purchased Gaga’s disc couldn’t download it. Disgruntled, many fans wished they had coughed up the $12 that iTunes demanded for the same CD — if only to actually hear the music they paid for.

The idea that the cloud can let you hear your music, anywhere and anytime, is a smart and attractive one. But the idea also mandates a major overhaul, if Amazon aspires to develop customer loyalty.

Billboard instated a new pricing policy to curb the inflated sales Amazon encouraged with this faulty move. Gaga herself has remained mum on it all, but we think she’s a smart cookie. Let’s hope that she’ll avoid a Bad Romance, such as this one with Amazon and a poorly managed cloud, in the future.

By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comic
Pitney Bowes Selects Aria Systems for Billing on the New Commerce Cloud

Pitney Bowes Selects Aria Systems for Billing on the New Commerce Cloud

Top-Ranked Cloud Billing Company Enables Greater Speed and Frictionless Billing for Unparalleled Customer Experience San Francisco, CA – August 23, 2016 – Aria Systems, which helps enterprises grow subscription and usage-based revenue, today announced that Pitney Bowes has selected Aria’s cloud-based monetization platform as the key billing and monetization component of their new Commerce Cloud…

The Golden Age of Wearable Technology

The Golden Age of Wearable Technology

The Golden Age One of the biggest fads in the technology sector right now is wearable tech. From Smartwatches that let you check your emails, chat with friends and search the web, to fitness accessories that monitor your heart rate and your sleep patterns, this is truly the Golden Age of wearable technology. But some…

Marketing Execs Beefing Up on Martech Strategies

Marketing Execs Beefing Up on Martech Strategies

Martech Strategies As budgets shift from traditional marketing streams to marketing technology, it’s essential that both marketers and business leaders understand marketing technology and keep up with the developments. According to eMarketer, 78% of US senior marketers surveyed believe gaining this understanding of marketing technology is increasingly relevant to their success, and the majority of…

4 Monetization Models For The Digital Business Era

4 Monetization Models For The Digital Business Era

4 Monetization Models Digital business is expected to generate billions in new revenue in the next four to five years. However, MGI Research predicts that digital businesses will need to increase their time to market by 40 percent. Many global executives admit they are unprepared to monetize their operations. The million dollar question is: how…

Cybersecurity Experts Racing to Keep Pace with Growing Cyber Threats

Cybersecurity Experts Racing to Keep Pace with Growing Cyber Threats

The cyberwar is on! At this stage of the game, the stakes are higher than ever, and safeguarding networks from cyberattacks is a devilish combination of Chicken and Cat-and-Mouse. Attacks are now so commonplace that many events of serious cybersecurity breaches go uncovered by mainstream media. Despite the rapid advancements in IT security technology, hackers…

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

The True Meaning of Availability What is real availability? In our line of work, cloud service providers approach availability from the inside out. And in many cases, some never make it past their own front door given how challenging it is to keep the lights on at home let alone factors that are out of…

The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

The Rise of BI Data Every few years, a new concept or technological development is introduced that drastically improves the business world as a whole. In 1983, the first commercially handheld mobile phone debuted and provided workers with an unprecedented amount of availability, leading to more productivity and profits. More recently, the Cloud has taken…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Cloud Services Provider

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Cloud Services Provider

Selecting The Right Cloud Services Provider How to find the right partner for cloud adoption on an enterprise scale The cloud is capable of delivering many benefits, enabling greater collaboration, business agility, and speed to market. Cloud adoption in the enterprise has been growing fast. Worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a…

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And Virtual Reality This is a term I created (Virtual Immersion). Ah…the sweet smell of Virtual Immersion Success! Virtual Immersion© (VI) an extension/expansion of Virtual Reality to include the senses beyond visual and auditory. Years ago there was a television commercial for a bathing product called Calgon. The tagline of the commercial was Calgon…

5 Surprising Ways Cloud Computing Is Changing Education

5 Surprising Ways Cloud Computing Is Changing Education

Cloud Computing Education The benefits of cloud computing are being recognized in businesses and institutions across the board, with almost 90 percent of organizations currently using some kind of cloud-based application. The immediate benefits of cloud computing are obvious: cloud-based applications reduce infrastructure and IT costs, increase accessibility, enable collaboration, and allow organizations more flexibility…

Who’s Who In The Booming World Of Data Science

Who’s Who In The Booming World Of Data Science

The World of Data Science The nature of work and business in today’s super-connected world means that every second of every day, the world produces an astonishing amount of data. Consider some of these statistics; every minute, Facebook users share nearly 2.5 million pieces of content, YouTube users upload over 72 hours of content, Apple…

5 Essential Cloud Skills That Could Make Or Break Your IT Career

5 Essential Cloud Skills That Could Make Or Break Your IT Career

5 Essential Cloud Skills Cloud technology has completely changed the infrastructure and internal landscape of both small businesses and large corporations alike. No professionals in any industry understand this better than IT pros. In a cutthroat field like IT, candidates have to be multi-faceted and well-versed in the cloud universe. Employers want to know that…

The Future of M2M Technology & Opportunities

The Future of M2M Technology & Opportunities

The Future Of The Emerging M2M Here at CloudTweaks, most of our coverage is centered around the growing number of exciting and interconnected emerging markets. Wearable, IoT, M2M, Mobile and Cloud computing to name a few. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about Machine to Machine (M2M) such as the differences between IoT and…

Why Small Businesses Need A Business Intelligence Dashboard

Why Small Businesses Need A Business Intelligence Dashboard

The Business Intelligence Dashboard As a small business owner you would certainly know the importance of collecting and analyzing data pertaining to your business and transactions. Business Intelligence dashboards allow not only experts but you also to access information generated by analysis of data through a convenient display. Anyone in the company can have access…

Utilizing Digital Marketing Techniques Via The Cloud

Utilizing Digital Marketing Techniques Via The Cloud

Digital Marketing Trends In the past, trends in the exceptionally fast-paced digital marketing arena have been quickly adopted or abandoned, keeping marketers and consumers on their toes. 2016 promises a similarly expeditious temperament, with a few new digital marketing offerings taking center stage. According to Gartner’s recent research into Digital Marketing Hubs, brands plan to…