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iPad with Wings
iPad its all in the name.
Today while I was on Twitter I noticed one of the top Trending Topics was iTampon. I was like what is that all about. So I clicked the TT to see what others were saying. Then it became obvious. Apple had announced the name of their new device and they had chosen to call it the iPad.
There are tons of jokes all over Twitter and the rest of the internet relating the iPad name to a womans hygiene product, a tampon. A tampon is also known as a "pad" for short among women. It is very hard to believe that Apple would pick this name, especially after MadTV did a skit making fun of this. (See video below) At the time they called the new fictional Apple product the iPad. Yes thats right, the same exact name Apple picked to call their new product. The jokes in the video follow along the same lines as the jokes currently circulating the internet. This is just too funny. Was MadTV able to predict the future?
All this got me to thinking about how important it is to pick the proper name for your products. While its obvious Apple was keeping in line with their other products which have names like the iPhone, the iTouch, iTunes among others. It is clear they didn't seek the advice of any women and gave little to no thought about what else this name could mean or the jokes that would quickly be made about it. Even worse was the fact that a national TV show had already made jokes along the same lines in 2006 as the new ones. Yet they still chose to ignore that. Why oh why would they do such a thing?
@Mistermadness Every time I hear ipad I think there's a punchline coming now.. #itampon
While they say you can't buy publicity like this, not all publicity is good publicity. Especially when your product's name just became the laughing stock of the internet. When more people are poking fun at you when the Presidential State Of The Union is live than are talking about the STOU speech you just may have a problem on your hands here. What I'm alluding to is the fact that on Twitter in the U.S.A. the top Trending Topic was #iTampon during this STOU speech. Even in the Washington D.C. area it was the number one most talked about subject.
Here are some of the better iTampon jokes I have seen on Twitter.
- Somebody give the iPad a Red Bull, because it ain't no good without wings.
- @PabloxMe #iTampon will change the future of PMS, if you thought it was not possible, now there is an app for that. Apple 2010 january 27. #iPad.
- @celeva93: Uncomfortable cramping and bloating? There's an app for that #itampon
- @JamesMichaelCox: The #iTampon is available in 16 GB to 32 GB, so you can pick the one that's just right for your work "flow".
- @faminetwins i wonder, if you use the #itampon too long, will you get toxic shock syndrome? (via @filmophile) *lmfao*
- @stickyfantastic "Battery life is up to 10 hours, so I'd say it has adequate overnight protection." #itampon
- @ptapia000: I use the #itampon when its light and the #ipad on my heavy days. On really heavy days I use both in tandem.
- @matt_karnes Apple will name their 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPads each the Light, Regular, and Heavy models. #itampon any wings version coming?
- @calleva #iTampon now comes in Regular, Super, and Super Plus! An iTampon that suits any girl, no matter what her needs! #iPad #FAIL
- @funnyordie What happens when they come out with a bigger tablet? Will they call it the MaxiPad? #iTampon
- @mellokello: #iTampon gold: "If you and your friends all buy one, will they sync up?"
- @QuirkyXoXo: #iTampon is better than iPad cuz it's less bulky and you can go swimming with it
- @AntoniaZ: Please do not flush your iPad in toilet. Use the iReceptacle provided. #itampon
- @ptapia000 The #itampon comes in white. Then turns red over time
- @wellyourewrong: What happens if the #iPad is late? will it spawn another #iPad in 9months? #iPadhumor
- @DaveMalby will the next generation iPad come with its own silky smooth applicator? #iPadHumor
- @DeanPerry: Wait B4 buying iPad the #iTampon will be more discrete and has a string on it so you won't lose it .....#IPadhumor
- @WewillroastU: Steve, I'ma let you finish, but Moses had the greatest tablet announcement of all time #iPad #Apple #iTampon
- @ptapia000 Bill gates wife wants an #itampon but its a conflict of interest
- @kcburchell: Maybe it should be called iDepends, instead of iPad or #itampon. It seems like it's a big iPod touch for seasoned citizens.
- @BruinGirl2001: Will the next version of the #ipad come w/wings? will there be a model called the #itampon?
- @funnykeithlyle Whatever you do, don't flush the #ipad or #itampon. It will back up your toilet
- @ktiu: ON THE KEYBOARD WILL THERE BE A KEY TO TYPE A "PERIOD" LMAO #ipad #itampon
- @thatgirlblogs: a friend writes: If Apple made blood testing machines for diabetics, they'd call it an iPrick. #iTampon
- @DontStealMyPen: Will women send their husbands to the Apple store to buy iPads? #iTampon
- @MorganBrittny hehe_grossss you might enjoy that #itampon that you stick in and plays your favorite tunes while you pms. JK just itampon #tt humor
- @cbalint Hey @BillGates, I hope you're taking note of the #iTampon debacle and not planning a ZuneDouche in response!
- @TommyQDanger: My laptop had its period so I bought it an iPad. It didn't help it to be any less bit*hy though. #iTampon
- @katehelms So, the State of the Union address comes in 8th on TT list -- behind #itampon, #ipad, and maxipad. HAHAHAHA
- @lucmove: Now seriously: think about the size of that vagina. #iTampon
- @johnjwalsh: Even with the State of the Union, the number one trending topic in the DC area is #itampon, WTF? #sotu
- @yer_blues kotex stock raises a whopping 10 percent today when traders confused the maxi pad with mac's ipad. sorry folks two different things #iTampon
- @nikster007 so yes there's gonna be 3 versions depending on flow-IPAd classic ,#ipad nano and #itampon -for those days at the beach
- @mcgani "So I can say 'That chick is on her iPad' and not be called a pig? Thank you Apple." #iTampon
- @seanpaulkelley: #itampon memory options include "slim" "super" and "maxi" for user needs
- @seanpaulkelley #iTampon because the #iPad allows too much streaming!
- @TweeterDuel #iPad vs #iTampon #duel has all the makings of being a big #catfight in the #TwitterVerse. Things could turn #bloody--Did I just type that?
- @cbalint Why's #iTampon a trending topic? Because it's that time of the month. <wakka wakka>
- @benweiser An #itampon would be awesome if it had a cam
- @kathycacace: Okay, just one more. The iPad: protecting your data from embarrassing incidents.
- @OhxThexIrony #iTampon vs. #iPad ....the newest worldwide controversy over which new technology helps things flow better. ;)
- @knauticus: The new #itampon has a Pause ur Period App! lol<<<<damn I need that app lol
- @wendymolyneux I'm already going through like 4 or 5 iPads a day because of my heavy workflow
- @seanpaulkelley #iTampon Can I get a scented iPad for when my data feels not-so-fresh?
- @clvaughn iPad is either gonna blow the kindle and nook out of the water or perhaps absorb them? I wonder when it will come in varied colors #iTampon
- @seanpaulkelley #iTampon So will iffy Wifi coverage be called iSpotting?
- @seanpaulkelley: Will Apple release a (Red) edition of the iPad once a month? #itampon
- @JoeSuchy: I just find it hilarious that #itampon and MaxiPad are currently trending so high on Twitter! Great name Apple! Do no women work there?
- 2006 MadTV video "But what if my computer has a virus? Don't worry each iPAd comes preinstalled with vaginal firewall protection"
Over 14 hours later and this is still the #1 Trending topic on Twitter in the USA!
iTampon in stores soon!
MadTv iPad - iTampon from 2006
iTampon Poll - Should Apple rename the iPad?
Should Apple rename the iPad or just go with the flow?
By Anthony Goodley ©Anthony Goodley 2010 All Rights Reserved Worldwide.