Golden Tickets Up for Grabs: Willy Wonka and the Exceptionals Chocolate Contest

Here’s a chocolaty casual game for you – as reported on (the always illustrious) PopCandy, the Nestle-owned Wonka Candy Company is channeling “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with a new Golden Ticket contest.

Now before you freak out (like I did) or run off to your local candy store to stock up, please  note that there is not fantasy factory tour at stake, or any Oompa Loompas — insert collective sigh here — BUT the prizes are still sweet indeed:

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“Ten grand prize winners get to bring three friends on a trip around the world with $12,500 in spending money. Other prizes include airline vouchers, Ticketmaster gift cards, movie certificates and (of course) free chocolate.”

Buy a premium chocolate bar from Wonka’s new Exceptionals line for your chance to grab one of the Golden Tickets. Thanks to PopCandy for the tasty tip! Will you try your luck with an Exceptionals candy bar?

Google Opens Social Search to the Public

Mashable is reporting that over the next few days, Google plans to bring Social Search into the light, making the once opt-in-only feature a staple for all English speaking searchers.

Google’s Social Search adds a few new elements to both text and image based search results by integrating “socially relevant content” from people in your social circle (that is, those that you’ve connected to via your Google profile). This means that when you search for something, anything that your friends have posted, matching that topic, on blogs or other social networking sites will be highlighted on the search results page.

In terms of image searches, you’ll now be able to see pictures that your contacts have shared online in addition to the standard image results from across the web, so long as they match your current query. For example, a search for a sunset will not only bring up thousands of pictures from around the world, but also a picture from your friend’s cruise last winter, and so on.

If this sounds at all confusing, don’t fret, as Google has released a short demonstration video that should help clear things up: