April 23rd, 2010
01:52 PM ET

WebPulse: Archie's gay friend, NFL draft and Blippy problems


Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Friday:

Archie: Archie just got a little more this-century. When was the last time he was the topic of watercooler and Web conversation? A long time ago, that's for sure. But Riverdale High School, the stomping ground of comic book legend Archie Andrews, is opening its doors to its first openly gay student - and for that, it is getting a lot of attention. Kevin Keller will be the new student to join Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Betty and Reggie.

Tim Tebow (and the NFL draft): Last night was one of the wildest NFL drafts in recent history, according to many sports writers and bloggers, and Web users and sports fans couldn't agree more. Nearly half of today's Google trends center around the draft, especially quarterback Tim Tebow's selection in the first round by the Denver Broncos. And although some sports writers may have been surprised, it seems Bronco (or Tebow) fans are thrilled. The trend "Tim Tebow broncos jersey" is just as high today on Google as anything negative.

Lane Bryant and the Ashley Graham ad: There's lots of chatter today about an ad from a company you might not expect to generate controversy. But that's exactly what happened with Lane Bryant's lingerie ad, which features plus-sized model Ashley Graham and was deemed  too racy to air on ABC and Fox. Lane Bryant calls it "sizeist," and on the web, the discussion has people split. Many seem to believe that not running the ad was an issue of size, while others are calling the whole thing a publicity stunt by Lane Bryant. Watch more about the controversy.

#Blippy credit card info: A Mashable blog post has sent the Twitter world into a tizzy - and for good reason. Mashable reports that "several credit card transactions shared on social networking site Blippy have been exposed — with full credit card numbers included — in Google search results." And that information has caused great concern among social networking users about whether other services may have similar problems that they just don't know about.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. ed hunt

    this is just anothr ploy to tell our children its ok to be gay every body should bycot every publication tha has anything to do with archie

    April 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Online Shopper

    Blippy story seems to be all over the web – bad timing. That too right after their funding.

    Seems like the case of right ides, wrong execution. Would like to poll the readers to see if they know of any other social shopping / social recommendation services. Kaboodle and ShopSocially are the two that come to mind. The latter is new and in beta but seems to be working well.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bruce's Woman

    Are they nuts at ABC and Fox???? This woman looks the way I would love to look, my daughters would love to look, and most of my friends (female) would love to look: confident, sexy, and absolutely gorgeous! Have they become so completely inured by stick figures that they can no longer see what beauty is? And to say it's inappropriate for family hour? Yeah, right.....just watch a soap opera for a week, and I guarantee you will see far more–oh, wait, those women wear size 2! Of course THAT makes it just fine. And watch the Miss USA/Miss Universe pageants, which also air during family hour, and see some of the bikinis that show up. This has to be the most ridiculous decision either of these networks have ever made.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DJ

    Archie Comics is not the appropriate publication to be introducing homosexuality to children. The "real" world as it is is already confusing to children, at the very least, and damaging to them, at the very worst. Archie Comics provided a simple, uncomplex place for children (and adults) to escape to and does not have to include potentially all the hundreds of complex and different choices or options in life that a person can pick from. Archie Comics wanting to reflect the real world by introducing different races, e.g. Raj Patel from India, is not the same as introducing to a children's comic an individual's choice to be homosexual. Did the people from Archie Comics really give deep thought to their action and the consequences of it?

    April 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    Gay kids exist too, you know.

    And it's not a choice.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Chris said it all in a nutshell. And if one fewer gay kid gets beat up in school because the Archie comics has a positive influence, all the better!

    April 27, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |