Social Networks And Political Sparks

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There are so many things to help us or make us remember this year’s referendum in Scotland. One of them is definitely related to the unparalleled increase in the use of the social networks for the political purposes, such as this one. These were no ordinary elections, and this was no ordinary use of the social networks.

Without any exaggeration, we can say that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube literally melted due to the intensity of traffic and exchange of information prior and after the independence vote. On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that we have finally witnessed their true power first hand. Are we sure?

Well, it is one thing to influence an election year with posts and tweets, but it is a whole new level when you determine the very future of the new state or one kingdom’s structure. The guys, who know their line of work on these networks, have become extremely important just like any other participant in the campaign.

What is the moral of this story? Probably that you have to win in the cyber space first in order to ensure the results in the real world. How to achieve such a thing in the quickest possible way with the minimum of efforts possible is a completely different story. We need to find some Cyber Highlander to ask him this question.

The Netropolitan Club

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What in the world is that? Well, that is the VIP Facebook. Or, we can define as a club for people, who apparently have more money than time. Talking about money, we have to warn you. The following information may not be suitable for people, who have a tough time going through the current economic crisis.

For what is worth, and you can rest assured it is worth a lot, only the registration fee costs $9,000. In addition, you are obliged to pay a yearly membership fee of $3,000. Let us put it this way, registration plus membership fee will cost you in total one thousand dollars per month during your first year.

So, what do you get in return for that amount of money? Besides the prestige itself? Well, there are no commercials. This is the ads-free social network. On the other side, a thoughtful moderator is always at your personal service. Do we have to mention that you can chat with extremely wealthy people?

Do not look surprised or shocked, and above all do not judge this network. There will always be the VIP versions of the things we use more or less often. Remember the smartphones made of gold or diamonds? So, what is the difference at the end of the day? Hm, who or what is next to be made of gold?

Google+ No Thanks

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No. It has nothing to do with us. We thought about, the more appropriate title for this post: Google-(minus). Yet, the things are serious in this story. You do not see so often that the Google itself admits its own mistakes. Directly or indirectly, this way or another. After all, does it really matter? Probably no.

For what is worth, your visits to the Google Universum are no longer determined by your Google+ account. Now, there is an extremely useful button with the more than indicative content “No Thanks”. It seems that Google cannot go on with its attitude Google+ way, or the highway. Is this too late?

Well, it is hard to say. Google has had a nice opportunity to test the limits of its influence first-hand. Apparently, you cannot have it all and you cannot conquer it all. You have seen that your IT neighbor, Facebook for example, has done something nice. So, you decided to do it yourself. If they can do it, so can I.

Sorry Google, but it does not work that way. Either way, this is very nice and very thoughtful move. We should be free to choose which services to use and how to log. You can either change your policies, or look for the new users who will follow you blindly. Now, let us see. Who else owes a No Thanks function?

Facebook Still Rules The World

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Take a look at this map. What do you think about it? Are you surprised? Or, maybe you are pretty much aware of what is going in the world of social networks. Facebook rules in more than 130 countries with more than 1,3 billion users. Impressive. Expected or unexpected? What is happening with others?

We know what is your next question. What is happening with Google+ and Twitter? Well, this analysis is based on Alexa ranking. The trouble with the curve in this matter is that Google+ is treated as the inevitable and inseparable part of an entire Google network. Now, let see what is the matter with Twitter.

Twitter itself is the second largest social network in the world. However, the results about the popularity on the national level in a certain country tell us the different story. On the other hand, it is interesting to examine the situation related to social networks in certain countries such as China, Iran, or Russia.

These countries have their own national social networks. The funny thing about them, though, is that they are apparently not willing to conquer the world. On the other side, they jealously protect their national territories. Long live the king of the social networks empire Facebook. For how long?

Tweet Buy

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Twitter Buy, you’re gonna make us cry. Oh, Tweet Buy Bye bye… We are not poetic, and this latest news from Twitter is so far from being an inspirational one. So, what happened? Unfortunately, Twitter could not resist the call of the wild capitalism and it is very likely to introduce the buy button option.

Does it really need that? You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what is happening with the major IT league players such as Twitter, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and others. They are pushing the reasonable limits. They are changing their essential structures in the name of bigger profits.

The social networks plan to include online purchase options. Google plays with satellites and drones. What is happening? At some point in time, we will not be able to tell a difference who is who on the Internet. At the end of the day, you have that bitter question for all of them: is this really necessary?

Twitter wants to become more like Amazon. What is next? You can Tweet on Amazon? If there is no other way for the IT giants to realize a simple truth about online business, let them hit the wall. Let them learn the hard way. In the meantime, the new IT kids on the block less greedy will appear sooner or later. Better sooner.

This Message Will Self Destruct In…

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This is undoubtedly one of the most popular quotes from the Mission Impossible movie. It has become the inevitable part of our urban culture. Who could have thought that this option will become the most important feature and even the true obsession for some of the biggest social networks in the world.

So, what is your first thought when you hear that Facebook is testing the self destructing messages and content? Facebook just cannot get over the Snapchat’s rejection? As you probably know the Snapchat did not even blink to a Facebook’s generous offer of $3 billion for a complete takeover.

On the other hand, it would be terribly wrong to think that Snapchat is all about its messages, which simply disappear after the certain period of time. However, for Facebook this seems to be extremely important to be able to set an expiration date on your messages. There has to be something bigger than that. Right?

The true power of Snapchat is in the number of its users. For the time being, this is the fastest growing social network in the world. Facebook already fights a serious battle with Twitter. It does not need one more enemy in the middle of it, that is for sure. The Snapchat will not self destruct, if Facebook wishes.

Deep Purple Skype

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What is the difference between Viber and Skype? Well, after the recent updates you cannot fight the feeling that Viber has become the purple Skype. On the other hand, this is very similar to a situation when Twitter has become to resemble Facebook in an unprecedented way with is latest account’s page updates.

We do not say this as if it’s something wrong. We just want to know what is the main picture we are missing? Now, you can install the Viber on your desktop computer or laptop. You can transfer calls to your phone. In addition, you can make video calls, which is undoubtedly a great thing and change.

So, what is going to happen now? How these changes are going to affect our choice of the most preferred communication app? Are we on the same page when we say that the modern apps have become too much similar to each other? What is next? WhatsApp will introduce calls, as well.

Do you see the point? Nowadays, you can tell a difference between the apps more because of their colors, and less because of their features. However, there is a limit to your so-called clone updates. One day your app forgets who it really is. And then there is nothing left than to develop the brand new app.

Oculus Rift A True VR Gift

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The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) is definitely one of the highly anticipated gadgets in this year’s IT world. We are not talking only about gamers, but also the numerous experts from different fields cannot wait to get their hands on this VR (Virtual Reality) tool. Thea possibilities are literally endless.

On the other hand, we are eager to see how the entire Oculus Rift concept will function under the new guidance of the Facebook management team. As you already know Facebook has acquired this VR pioneer with an obvious goal to improve the satisfaction of its users. How exactly? It is left to be seen.

It is worth mentioning that Facebook is not the only major IT league players, who has one of its business eyes on the VR field. Sony is also very active with its VR project with an indicative name – the Project Morpheus. Something is definitely going on in the world of VR tools. Maybe, this is the next big thing.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that the virtual reality can ensure real profits in the real world. The funny thing, though, is its price. The DK 2 will be available for a price between $200 and $400, which is cheaper compared to the newest model of an iPhone or Samsung smartphone. Very real, indeed.

FB News-Feed Makes Your Wallet To Bleed

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It is very thoughtful of Facebook to allow us enjoy great video clips through the news-feed feature. The trouble with a curve in this matter is that this option comes with the high price. Data transfer will show its ugly side when you get a bill at the end of the month. What are we supposed to do about it?

Well, it is actually quite simple preventive solution. All you have to do is to check out the settings in your phone and choose the option that the news-feed of your video clips run only when you have a WiFi connection secured. On the other hand, we have to ask ourselves do we really have to find out about it the hard way?

It is not an easynthing to come up with something new. However, you have to take so many details into serious consideration. The price associated with your service or feature is definitely one of them. Has the Facebook development team simply missed it. Or, maybe they thought it is not such a big deal, after all.

So, what is next? You have been warned. The ones, who are late, will have to pay a little bit extra for the pleasure of watching video clips with the help of silent, but expensive news-feed. The rest of us will be more careful when it comes to our shiny gadgets and their tempting features. There are some prices we should not pay with our ignorance.

Twitter Caught In The Crossfire Of Ads

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Twitter is doing just fine. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that yourself. A little bit of drama with the Facebook over their game of the social networks throne here and there, but not such a big deal. On the other side, the great success comes with the great doubts and sleepless nights.

You know how it goes, don’t you? On the one hand, you have something called the user’s experience, no matter what it actually may mean. On the other hand, there is a constant pressure of the green wave, which makes you to question the users’ position all over again. What happens eventually?

We do not know where it is, but it’s definitely somewhere out there. The magical line or better to say boundary about the ad’s effectiveness you cannot dare to cross. Otherwise, the profits you are so desperately trying to reach will turn against you. This is the major threat for all social networks.

Eventually, it all comes down to what the users themselves have to say about certain changes and improvement of the features. We sure hope that the busy little marketing birds in Twitter know what they are doing. We know where the money is coming from. DO we know how much is enough?