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Bloggers and Influencers must Tag sponsored posts with #AD and #SP

Bloggers and Influencers must Tag sponsored posts with #AD and #SP

New Blogging Guidelines regarding Promoted and Paid Posts

In an effort to stop consumers from being misled there is a new set of Guidelines for Bloggers and influencers. Online posts must now say if they are being paid to promote a service or product. These guidelines have been set out by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI).

The ASAI has introduced the guidelines due to the increase in online advertisements on blogs and social media websites. These may come as mentions on Snapchat or Instagram or indeed in Blog Posts. People like the Kardashians make significant money from advertising products in this way. In Ireland in recent years there has been an increase in social media influencers being paid for this sort of marketing.

Influencers and Bloggers must add disclaimers to their posts. These disclaimers should be obvious and visible for consumers to see on the content. The ASAI have said that they will ensure bloggers and influencers adhere to the new guidelines. Declaring a sponsored piece of content will be easy. A simple hashtag can be used to denote a that they are being paid to advertise a product. The suggested tags are #AD and #SP.

I personally have never been paid to advertise a product or service. I have on occasion been asked to review a book or two but that is rare. I think this new set of online guidelines will be good, as it will be easy for the followers or readers of a blog post to know if this is a sponsored post or indeed if the person is really saying something because they want to and because they think a product is actually very good. On this website, shanemcdonald.ie, I only mention products which I actually use and at no point, would I blindly promote a product just beacuse I was paid to do so. If you have ever seen an eposide of Fraiser where he was asked to promote Sleep Inducing Tea on air, he wouldn’t because it was just paid promote and he could no stand over it; well I feel the same way.

I do worry that there maybe some difficulty in tracking and checking if someone was actually paid for a post. I cannot see how someone will be able to prove this. Also on the flip side, how can someone prove if they product they mentioned was one they actually like.

Time will tell !

What do you think? Do you think that these new Blogging Guidelines regarding promoted and paid posts will work? Are you a Bloggers or Influencer and do you feel that Tagging sponsored posts with #AD and #SP will curb your creativity or style?

 

Queen Live at Wembley – 30 Years Ago Today

Queen Live at Wembley – 30 Years Ago Today

On this day 30 years ago, 12th July 1986, Queen took to the stage at Wembley Stadium. I feel is probably their best performance. The concert, part of the Magic Tour, was recorded and the album was released on 26 May 1992, with a DVD released in June 2003.

I first saw this Queen concert in 1989 when The Tube, an ITV program, broadcast sections of the show late one Sunday evening. I had a copy of this ‘Queen live at Wembley‘ concert on VHS for many years and I played it to death.

It is certainly one of my favourite live concerts and I regularly put it on and with my piano and guitar turned to 11 (spinal tap reference), I jam away to it. The first 2 tracks kick the concert off with a bang, ‘One Vision’ and ‘Tie Your Mother Down’. Other excellent tracks in the performance include Queen hits like  ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘I want to Break Free’, ‘Love of My Life’ (with the audience joining in) and a poignant ‘Who Wants to Live forever’ where Freddie says “we’re gonna stay together until we fucking well die, I’m sure of it.” Apparently, the band knew of his illness at that stage.

If you haven’t seen the concert it is certainly worth taking a look at, as Queen pump out hit after hit.

Queen: Live at Wembley – Set List

“One Vision” – 5:50
“Tie Your Mother Down” – 3:52
“In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited” – 2:44
“Seven Seas of Rhye” – 1:19
“Tear It Up” – 2:12
“A Kind of Magic” – 8:41
“Under Pressure” – 3:41
“Another One Bites the Dust” – 4:54
“Who Wants to Live Forever” – 5:16
“I Want to Break Free” – 3:34
“Impromptu” – 2:55
“Brighton Rock Solo” – 9:11
“Now I’m Here” – 6:19
“Love of My Life” – 4:47
“Is This the World We Created…?” – 2:59
“(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care” – 1:34
“Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)” – 1:24
“Tutti Frutti” ( – 3:23[4]
“Gimme Some Lovin'” – 0:55
“Bohemian Rhapsody” – 5:50
“Hammer to Fall” – 5:36
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – 6:27
“Big Spender” – 1:07
“Radio Ga Ga” – 5:57
“We Will Rock You” – 2:46
“Friends Will Be Friends” – 2:08
“We Are the Champions” – 4:05
“God Save the Queen” – 1:27

 

If you are interested in reading more about this amazing Queen concert at Wembley Stadium in 1986 please the relevant page on my Queen Site.
Link: Queen live at Wembley

Boeing 747 crash is captured on video

Boeing 747 crash is captured on video

This dramatic crash of a Boeing-747 cargo jet was captured as it took off from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on April 29.

The Boeing 747 was a cargo jet and was operated by National Air Cargo. The 747 was en-route from Bagram to Dubai. The 747 aircraft took off from Bagram’s runway 03 at 3:30pm local time. The take-off roll starts smoothly. There is a positive rate of climb and then something happens. The aircraft looks like it is struggling, seems to stall as it passed through 1,200 feet. The nose of the 747 rose and then the aircraft enters an unrecoverable stall attitude and loses altitude crashing moments later.


 

An investigation into the crash identified a shift in the cargo load of five military vehicles appeared to have taken place. At least one armoured vehicle came loose and rolled backwards. The vehicle impacted against the 747s rear bulkhead. This impact damaged the bulkhead and also crippled key hydraulic systems. One of these systems was the horizontal stabilizer’s jackscrew. This is such a vital component that the 747 became uncontrollable. There was absolutely nothing the crew could have done.

All 7 onboard the 747 are believed to have died in the crash, including four pilots, two mechanics, and a loadmaster.

M9 Motorway from Waterford to Dublin Completed and Open Today

After many years of waiting, Waterford has a Motorway connection to Dublin. The final section of the M9 Motorway will open at 11am this morning between Danesfort and the South Carlow Section around Powerstown.  The completed M9 Motorway will strip 20 minutes off the journey time between Dublin and Waterford, bringing the driving time to under two hours.

Web Searches for M9

Over the past few days there has been a huge increase in the searches for M9 and related queries on my website. I have gone into Google Analytics and had a look at what people are searching for – obviously with the SERPs hitting my website & blog.

For a bit of light hearted humour, I have outlined the search results and also the one line responses for each search engine query … obviously people were looking for answers on the M9 opening, so here you are.

Search
Query
m9
motorway
Yes, The M9 is completed today.
waterford
to dublin motorway
Yes the M9 goes from Waterford to Dublin
opening
of the m9 motorway in september 2010
The Opening of the M9 takes place today
at 11am
motorway
opening kilkenny carlow
see above…
M9
TO OPEN 9TH SEPTEMBER?
Yes, it will
M9
opening September
Yes, 9th September at 11am
motorway
kilkenny carlow
Kilkenny to Carlow journey time will be
reduced
m9
kclr
The announcement of the opening of the
M9 was on KCLR
m9
motorway opening
That’s today!
opening
of M9 motorway
Takes place today at 11am – keep up !
m9
motorway opening date
Once more that would be opening today
at 11am.

It will be interesting to see if the spike in website traffic will be the same as it was when the M9 Waterford to Danesfort section, or the New Waterford Bridge opened.

Guns N’ Roses forced Off Stage At Dublins O2 Arena

I was at the Guns N’ Roses concert at the O2 in Dublin, and I was appalled at the behaviour of so called fans when Guns N’ Roses eventually took to the stage at around 10:30pm. The support act were late finishing and for 1h 30 minutes there was a gap. For the most part it was good humoured with a few Mexican Waves, cheers and so forth. However once it came near 10:15pm booos started to ring out. The band took to the stage at 10:30 to a tirade of boos and jeers. Then bottles and cups full of liquid started hitting the stage and for Axl all hell was breaking loose. This Guns N’ Roses Riot was in my view the result of people drinking and not appreciating the music.

For a performer, being on stage, with the lights in your face, you may not see very much – so if a bottle or cup full of beer is thrown you have no way of avoiding it. I think that sort of behaviour from “Fans” was uncalled for. Axl asked for people to stop and said that he would walk if it happened again … only minutes later this is exactly what happened and I don’t blame him. No performer should be attacked in this way.

The start to the show was spectacular, fireworks, pyros, huge intro so it wasn’t a half-baked or poor performace. There was no need for the jeering or throwing. Many people left when the house lights came back up, thinking it was all over. I asked an O2 steward and was told ” There is no chance of him coming back on “. Apparently the promoter, MCD, restrained Axl and prevented him from leaving the venue after walking off stage. The promoters did come on stage twice to ask for calm and patience while technical difficulties were looked at.

Guns N’ Roses Riot – Alx goes off stage

I left the O2 once the house lights came back on, and 20 minutes later I got a phone call from my sister (Thanks Elaine) letting me know that the concert was back on. We went back and the atmosphere was less hostile but still not right. Axl was back mid-stage to avoid any missiles, almost at the drum kit. He just stood at the mic and sung, breaking once or twice to play the piano – November Rain was excellent. The band itself were excellent and it good humour despite what happened.

They played until just before 1am to a creshendo of tickertape and pyros.

I think the organisers should have had the stage better perpared, as they seemed to be doing sound checks, stage clearance, wiring and so on for about an hour. Also, having people drinking for 4 hours before Guns N’ Roses appeared on stage was not a good idea. Although Guns N’ Roses have a history of problems and late shows, you know this about the band and its not a reason to run riot and physically attack an artist.

Guns N’ Roses released a statement after the concert which read: “Despite every effort being made by promoters to ensure Guns N’ Roses would go on stage on time, they went on at 22:26hrs having been due to be on stage at 21:45hrs, support artist finished at 21:00hrs.

“During the second song Axl requested members of crowd who were throwing plastic glasses containing unknown substances to immediately stop or he would have no option but to leave the stage. He confirmed band’s wish to perform stating “we want to stay…one more bottle and we go home”. Despite his continued appeals, having tried to continue performing for 22 minutes, people continued throwing unknown substances leaving artist with no choice but to leave the stage.

“From the stage MCD Promoter Denis Desmond again appealed to audience to refrain from throwing items and stated that the band would be back on stage shortly.

“The artist was prevented from leaving the venue by the Promoter and following backstage discussions Guns N’ Roses went back on stage at 23:20 hrs and performed their full set until 00:53 hrs.

“While the artist has a long history for being late on stage (Slane 1992 – crowd waiting 2 hours and last weekend’s UK Reading festival), NO artist should be subjected to missiles and unknown substances being thrown at them. However, despite this the band went back on stage after people stopped throwing items performing their full set of songs in full.

“MCD and The 02 wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused due to late running of the show.”

Video – Guns n’ Roses at the O2

Flight Attendant helps land Boeing 767 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

Flight Attendant helps land Boeing 767 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

A flight attendant on board an American Airlines Boeing 767 who had an expired pilot’s license had to assist and take over for a sick co-pilot. The flight attendant then helped to land the AA Boeing 767 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The Boeing 767 was flying from San Francisco to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when the co-pilot became ill with a stomach bug. Help was requested from the flight deck from any passengers with a pilot’s license. Flight attendant Patti DeLuna, stepped forward as she was a commercial pilot in the past, and took over for the ailing first officer – The flight’s purser also had flight experience, but the captain eventually chose DeLuna. DeLuna’s first question to the captain was, ‘Where are the brakes?'” According to media reports, Patti DeLuna, has been a flight attendant for 32 years, had a commercial pilot’s certificate in 1970, and has about 300 flight-hours flying a small Cessna but had not flown since for about 20 years. The plane, carrying 225 passengers and 7 crew, landed safely at Chicago O’Hare. The sick co-pilot was taken to hospital, treated and released. An American Airlines spokesman said the Boeing 767 can be flown by only one pilot if required and is actually so sophisticated it can even land itself thanks to the Auto-Land system.