Twitter Video Ads

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You can run, but you cannot hide. The commercials will eventually find you. And, there is nothing we can do about that. Just when you thought that social networks have finally made enough profit there is a fresh disappointment to prove you all wrong. It is Twitter’s turn to stab you in the back.

Yes, believe it or not, Twitter will introduce the video ads. It is only a matter of time before your favorite blue bird tweet a commercial for the nice day regards. Do they really need something like this? The numbers work just fine for Twitter. However, they need to increase the incomes with this business move.

On the other hand, we have to ask one simple question. In the long run what is going to prevail, more profit or less users? The top social networks are really pushing the limits of both patience and trust of their users. Just talk Facebook as an example. In the middle of the privacy controversy, Facebook launches even more problematic Messenger.

You can rest assured that there is a quiet and modest newbie social network just waiting for the old school players to make all mistakes and ruin all the positive vibes among their users. You can do whatever you like, but not as long as you want. That is the lesson both Facebook and Twitter will eventually learn.

Facebook: The Satire Empire

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What is happening with Facebook? There are in the middle of a privacy related controversy. A serious cloud of a European lawsuit is over them. The new Messenger requires the completely different and extremely controversial set of rules and policies. And now, on the of all of this an additional gift to honor its users and their intelligence.

So, what happened? Well, from now on Facebook will clearly mark all content, which includes the satire note this way or another, partially or completely. Do we really need something like this feature? Are we going to include similar warnings for metaphors and other convenient writers’ tools? What is this supposed to mean in the first place?

Are Facebook users that dumb that you can conduct all kinds of social experiments without their knowledge and approval? In addition, do we really need some help to tell a difference between a satirical text and the one written in a let us call it normal tone? We suppose that there are more than enough people on Facebook, who can do just fine without this type of assistance.

This time Facebook has obviously gone too far. There is no other choice than to remind it about what means to respect and care for its users, with or without a lawsuit. This unfriendly attitude, which can be translated as you cannot live without Facebook, will have to go through some changes. We sure hope peacefully and without a satire, that is for sure.

The Messenger Works In Hidden Ways

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It seems that Facebook just can’t get enough of controversy, can it? The European lawsuit knocks on its door of compromised privacy, and Facebook recklessly challenges our nerves with the next one – the Messenger. The first obvious thing is a question that puts a finger in your eye you can’t avoid.

Why it has to be a separate app? The Facebook is merciless. If you want to communicate with your friends on your smartphone, you have no other choice than to install the Messenger. The catch is that this app has a completely different set of terms compared to the well-known Facebook legal docs.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that mobile phones are the unparalleled advertising Eldorado. Therefore, Facebook wants to play the same game of profit, but with the different rules. You can rest assured that the Messenger’s rules are nothing more than a wish list for Facebook itself.

For what is worth, you have been warned. As always, it is your choice and someone else’s voice. If you are a law student, you can prepare a lawsuit. However, you will first have to wait and see what will eventually happen in Austria. Can we set the limits for the Messenger in the first place?

Europe v Facebook

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What is happening with a law student’s lawsuit against Facebook? Well, so far 25,000 people from all over Europe has signed officially. The plan is to ask $500 for every single participant. If our math is accurate, that gives us $12,5 million in total. That is a statistical error, rather than a serious sum for Facebook.

On the other side, there is a huge question mark over Austria these days. What will the Austrian trade court do with this lawsuit, eventually? All eyes are now on Austria after the Irish court has refused to accept this lawsuit. The Ireland is the official European capital of Google. Therefore, we are not surprised.

This lawsuit will not Facebook to even blink in the whole matter. However, this will definitely make a turning point in the relation between the US IT giants and the oldest continent in the world also known as the Old Lady. So far, Google has had a chance to experience its sharp legal teeth first hand.

So, what is going to happen next? It is just like Europe wants to exercise some tough discipline on the US top IT players. What you can do back home is forbidden in Europe. Is this the message? How many lawsuits we need to deliver it successfully? Who is next? Apple or Microsoft. 

Facebook vs Facebook

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Facebook is eager, and let us say a little bit pushy, in order to make us to use its new FB Messenger app. If you are using your iPhone or Android smartphone, you will not be able to communicate with your friends as you used to unless you do not install the Messenger itself. The integrated FB app will not do its job anymore. Move to Messenger, that is the message.

On the other hand, if you prefer to use iPad, for example, then you can forget about the Messenger ultimatum for a moment. What is this much ado about nothing with the new Facebook Messenger thing? Well, Facebook wants to save both your time and nerves with a single app for a proper communication. Still not satisfied with this answer?

Maybe, Facebook is playing a dangerous game with its I-know-what-is-good-for-you attitude. Do not forget that not so long ago Facebook has been caught experimenting on us without our previous explicit approval or knowledge about it. Has Facebook become so powerful, or we cannot accept the fact to live without it even for a day?

Let us see who is who, and who or what is an absolute necessity? The Facebook as an app, or we as the users. What is happening with some of the most popular online brands in the world? Are they showing their ugly faces at the end of the rainbow? First Google, and now Facebook. Who is next? Once, they were so nice to us. What happened in the meantime?

Let’s Sue Facebook, All Together!

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One law student has come up with an idea to protect our privacy on Facebook on behalf of all of us with an appropriate lawsuit. For what is worth, we are invited to visit its official webpage at FBClaim.com and sign a petition. What was the cause of this, a little unusual legal action?

You have probably heard that for some time Facebook has been conducting experiments without our knowledge or approval. You know how it goes, as soon as you hear or read somewhere that something is to be done in order to improve our user’s experience, it is the right moment for the red flag.

On the other hand, if you live in the USA or Canada, then you cannot support this lawsuit with your voice. It seems that the old continent is the only stronghold left to defend our endangered privacy. What can we expect from this lawsuit submitted to the commercial court in Vienna?

Well, to be quite honest, not much. It is highly unlikely that Facebook will be obliged to pay something or offer an official apology. However, the symbolic impact of this, one cannot be neglected. The crazy scientists in Facebook will have to think twice the next time they plan to conduct these experiments.

What’s Dating Without Spying?

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Just when you thought that you have seen it all in terms of unauthorized social experimenting there is a bad news to prove you all wrong. It seems that Facebook is not the only one to mess up with our minds and emotions without our approval. Here is another one. Its name is OKCupid. So, what happened?

This dating site has really pushed some limits we thought were untouchable. They were influencing our emotions in the most direct way you can possibly imagine. They are supposed to ease you a job of finding a soul mate online, and not influencing your choices in the unprecedented way.

So, boys and girls, all of you who cannot imagine your lives without your precious social networks, we have a question for you. What have we signed for and agreed about when we decided to use some social network? All of these terms and policies are apparently only the necessary formalities, aren’t they?

Who or what is next? What kind of an unpleasant surprise we need to experience in order to change something? Only God knows what is happening out there with our private data and profiles in the cyber space of brave new social networks. The experiments are on the way and there is some (no) thing you can do about it.

Blogging In Russia

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There are some new rules in Russia as of August 1st. All popular bloggers with more than 3,000 followers will have to register with no exceptions. In addition, from now on they will be treated in the same way as the owners of private media in Russia. There will not be possible to be a popular and an anonymous blogger in Russia at the same time.

The fines are extremely “motivating”. We are talking about the amounts, which can easily reach up to $100,000. Not to mention that the inappropriate content can and will be removed with no special warning or a court’s decision. And, that is not all folks. These obligations are to include other social networks, as well.

What does this mean? Well, if you have more than 3,000 friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter, you will have to think twice before you make a certain public announcement. It comes without saying that all information you present online will have to be thoroughly verified and checked first.

As always, the very best is being saved for the last. All Russian citizens will have an obligation to keep their private data exclusively on Russian servers or servers which are located and controlled on the Russian territory. Russia online plays according to its own rules. Let us wait and see for how long and successful.

The ChinaNet

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All eyes are on China. This is undoubtedly the most tempting and promising market for the entire IT industry regardless of its categories. Even the Hollywood itself has to speak Chinese. For the very first time in the US cinematography history the Chinese market incomes have matched the ones derived from the American movie fans.

So, what is happening with the Internet? Well, more than 600 million Chinese are online. Please forgive us, we are a little bit lazy to google for the exact figures, that is as if you have combined the USA and Europe Internet all of them together, more or less. Impressive indeed, isn’t it?

On the other side, one half of this impressive number of users likes to use social networks. And now the most important fact, more than 500 million Chinese Internet users use their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access the World Wide Web. Does this one ring any bells?

However, it is worth mentioning that these impressive figures come with a catch. If you want to make a profit in China, you have to play by Chinese rules. Google, Facebook and Apple had a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the bitterness of Chinese money. Yet, they are ready to give it one more try. We all know why, don’t we?


99 Days of Freedom

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For what is worth, the extremely controversial Facebook behavioral experiment, which almost took place unnoticed, really hit the nerves of its users. Some of them even decided to strike back. The Dutch users decided to do something about it. This is how the 99 Days of Freedom initiative was born.

It is supposed to be quite a simple and efficient one. You have to give up on your Facebook account for 99 days. In addition, you are strongly encouraged to record your experiences during this period of voluntary abstinence. So far, tens of thousands of people have joined this initiative.

It would be naive to expect that Facebook will change its surveys policy because of this initiative. However, after a recent disappointing experiment, which included smartphones, it would be interesting to find out how long can we manage to function properly without social networks.

When some health experts have mentioned the addiction problem caused by our mobile gadgets, they were not joking about it. Without any exaggeration, we can say that some people have serious problems with their smartphones and social networks. They simply cannot live without them. How about you?