Fans of “Is It Real?” might have noticed a recent trend where most of our “Is It Real?” features are indeed real. That is not only a testament to the wide-breadth of companies on our Web 2.0 world, it also speaks to the strangeness of it all. In fact, a recent set of Google searches has revealed a number of the satirical companies that we created actually do exist!
To that end, today we are featuring a few of those companies. No polls this week – but be sure to tune in next Sunday for a brand new version of “Is It Real?“…
yooRyoo created company #1: Triangle Hero
Introduced on June 12, Triangle Hero was a parody of Guitar Hero, but with a less-sexy instrument. Designed to teach players how to patiently wait through 138 bars of rest in symphonic pieces before playing your triangle controller, we thought it was a smarmy commentary on those crazy instrument games. Well we weren’t the only ones…
The Cartoon Network started featuring this commercial for a suspiciously similar game…
Created as a rip on Twitter, Toot (and Toot 2.0 – now available for the iPhone 3G!) is a faux company designed to provide your health updates to subscribed friends through a micro-blogging service. Now you can Toot all day long, and no one will be the wiser!
Did you know there’s a real Toot company? We didn’t either…here’s a description of their services:
Toot! is software for making rich résumés and portfolios.
A rich résumé includes examples of your work. It exchanges the dry chronology of dates, companies, job titles and duties for an enriched résumé with actual pieces of your work that prove you know your stuff. Those pieces can be presentations, reports, plans, lesson plans, budgets, schematics, art, music, dance — anything you can render in digital form.
A portfolio is a trove of your work, collected over time with reflections about each piece. With Toot!, you can keep an on-going record of your life, including artifacts from all its aspects — work, education, hobbies, family, vacations, etc. When it comes time to create a résumé for a specific opening, you can select those pieces from your portfolio that best exemplify your qualifications for the position.
yooRyoo created company #3: iClock
With Web 2.0 parody, Apple’s “i” series (iPod, iTouch, iPhone, etc.) is an easy target. yooRyoo imagined a time (hah!) when Steve jobs would create a clock where he could control – and enhance – the time-tracking experience.
However, there really is an iClock application. Here’s a review:
iClock‘s simple, intuitive interface never lets me down. With a quick glance at the pull-down menu, I can see what time it is where I am….where I’m going…and where I’ve been. With another click, I can check the weather at my next destination. Its so much more than a digital timepiece for the Mac.
yooRyoo created company #4: the gPhone
In a clever twist to combat the popularity of the gPhone, yooRyoo introduced on July 22nd, our “open-source” version of a Google-created phone, called the gPhone. Ultimately, the gPhone is designed to do one thing really well – make phone calls! In addition, we added a feature called “I’m feeling lucky” which randomly calls people – it’s like the Web 2.0 version of drunk-dialing.
Since we debuted this clever satire piece, many people have started calling Google’s upcoming Android phone the “gPhone” (yes, Google is really creating a smart phone). We’ll take credit for where credit is due. Here are a few gPhone links:
- gPhone Finally Coming. About Time (published Aug 14th)
- iPhone and gPhone shakes up wireless world (published Aug 21)
- New g-Phone semi-revealed? (published Aug 26th)
It’s clear that since we launched yooRyoo in mid-June, we’ve already had an impact on how technology is evolving. Stay tuned for more “OMG – It IS real!!” features in the future. Have a great rest of the weekend.