Privacy on social media – do we even care?

Social Media Privacy

I lost all my phone contacts recently, which of course was a pity, but it led to an interesting discovery about privacy. Here’s my story.

I wanted to restore my smart phone to its original state – it started to work pretty slow after some time. The thing is that I simply forgot to copy my contact list backup. Shame on me.

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How to Deal with Trolls on Your Social-Networking Sites

Dealing with Trolls

If you’re feeling like “OMG WTF” when scrolling your comment thread, you may be dealing with a troll. Trolls aren’t just readers or customers who are complaining about your product or service; these are creatures, spawned of the Internet, with the sole purpose of being a nuisance or creating a destructive presence on your site. Trolls don’t have legitimate grievances and they don’t want to talk rationally about their concerns.

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The Role of Social Networking Sites in Promotion of Internet TV

Social Networks TV

Social networks have brought about a revolution in the lives of everyone connected to them and they also have a big hand in the success of internet TV. It has brought people over the internet and connected them to the online TV world. Social networks have proved to be a medium from where people get to know more about internet TV and the vide variety of options that it offers.

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How the Lines Between Search and Social Will Blur in 2012

Search and Social Lines Blurred

On Sunday, I will be delivering a mini-keynote (is 30 minutes a keynote?) at the Driving Sales Executive Summit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for TK Carsites. The topic is “Search and Social in 2012″ and I am quickly realizing while I’m putting it together that fitting the topic into a 30 minute speech reminds me of Matthew 19:24:

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

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Social Media Needs Fewer Networks, More Outlets

Networks and Outlets

The social networking doors are closed. The finalists have been announced with Google+ walking into the room and closing the door on everyone on the outside. In the finalists room are a handful of networks that encompass everything that we could possibly need from a networking perspective. It’s time for the industry to focus on building on these networks. It’s time for more outlets.

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Front Page Addiction: Destroying Families, Ruining Lives

*** As my first real parody piece, I am moving this up in the blog to see if it gets more comment luv. ***

A little-known but dangerous epidemic is spreading across members of social media websites like Digg, Reddit, Propeller, Newsvine, and Mixx.  Like a secret scourge, SM-FPA (social media front page addiction) isn’t making national headines yet, but the effects have been felt in thousands of households across the world.

“Ever since my wife’s submission hit the front page of Reddit last month, we only see her on the way to the bathroom,” said Jake Dixon.  His wife Amber, better known as “diggwho”, made the front page of Reddit with a story titled Bush makes more people mad by saying something stupid.  Since then, Amber has been submitting 15-25 stories per day and has a submission hit the front page 3-5 times per week.  She declined to be interviewed.

Research scientists at the Social Media Institute of Technology (SMIT) in Kolkata, India, say that Mr. Dixon and his family are not alone.  They have documented 342 confirmed cases of SM-FPA in 2007 and estimate the actual number in the thousands. [Read more…]

Business Social Networks: For the People, By the People

Social NetworksNiche Social Networks have been a hot topic on this and many blogs for a few months now.  Their popularity has been increasing exponentially to the point that businesses who are normally behind on the internet are now starting to take notice and find out “what is social networking and what can it do for my business?”

It is in the wording of the question itself that the problem lies.

First, here is a brief explanation of what a social network is done Twitter-style in 140 characters or less:

Niche social networks are websites where people with shared interests can network with each other, share thoughts and ideas, contribute resources, and be a part of a virtual community where they can interact with people anywhere in the world.

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Startups End Down – Bring Sexy back to Geeky

Sexy StartupsRead MashableTechcrunch.  Any of the websites that follow startups.  Trends emerge.  Hopes are high.  Hope is lost.  Startup rises.  Startup ends down.  The question is, “why?”

Instead of going into any of the dozens of high-potential startups that we looked at from 2007 that aren’t going to make it through 2008, let’s explore one general theme.  Startups aren’t as sexy as they once were.  I’m not talking about sexy, as in porn or meeting “friends” online.  The sexy that I’m referring to is the kind of website that you read about, try out, and say:

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