Social Networks

Is MySpace Still Your Favorite Place?

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Do you have a feeling that MySpace went missing for at least twenty or thirty years? Facebook has just blown the tenth candle on its birthday cake. Do you get it cyber boys and girls? In our cyber universe the different physic laws about the time and space are to be applied. You cannot do a thing about it.

Nowadays, MySpace looks like a thing borrowed from an IT museum. Not so long ago this was an extremely popular social network. As a matter of fact, this was one of the very few truly global social networks. Or, maybe we are exaggerating a little bit. Back in those days Mark did not have a clue what to do with his life.

Mark who? Zuckerberg, of course. Then, something went wrong. It turns out that people cared more about their pictures than music. And, before you knew it, Facebook replaced MySpace on the throne of popularity with a merciless ease. So, what is happening with MySpace? New owners. New plans.

Did you get an email recently? MySpace is sending quite a lot emails. It wants to remind you that its features are still alive and kicking. Some of its content associated with you are still out there. Why do not pay a visit to your old MySpace account? Or, maybe you are too much consumed by Facebook.

YouTube – Ads = ?

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Is there such a thing as Google service with no ads? Can there be YouTube with no ads? We know it is hard for you to believe. So, what do you need to do in order to get an ad-free YouTube service? Well, it is quite simple. You have to pay for it. It seems that there is no other way. What does it mean?

It is more than obvious that this way or another someone has to pay. On the one side, we have the industry itself, which has an insatiable hunger for new customers. When it comes to them, everything and anything is allowed in the cyber world of advertising. On the other side, we have the YouTube users.

When you put it this way, it sounds almost like a blackmail, doesn’t it? You can call it what you want, but it will come down to the same thing. We are so disappointed. Why cannot Google find some painless and less obvious way to do its thing, and let us enjoy the content when and how we want it?

For what is worth, you will have to decide, and do your own math. Either you will live with the annoying terror of the endless ads, or you will pay for an ad-free video play. For the time being, there is no third option. Unfortunately, here you can forget about the win-win, there is only lose-lose for you.

The Book Of Depressive Faces

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Do not worry. There are no rock-solid evidences that the use of social networks, especially Facebook, can be associated directly with mental illnesses and addiction problems. However, there is a catch. There is one small but, which can mutate into a gigantic but over the time and in the proper environment.

If you are already a severe depression victim or you are genetically predisposed to it, then the social networks may not be the right choice for you. Why? You do not have to be a rocket scientist with a PhD in psychology to answer this one, do you? The best thing to fight depression is to socialize.

As a matter of fact, to socialize a lot. We mean the real-life friends and parties outside the cyberspace. In addition, people tend to share their happiest and brightest moments on Facebook. Therefore, keeping up with the Kardashians is not the smartest idea when you are struggling with the depression.

So, what is the moral of our story? Should you use or forget about Facebook? Well, as always, this is entirely up to you. Your inner voices. Your choices. Just do not blame it on Facebook. Social networks cannot be used instead of medicaments, but they can certainly become drugs, if you fail to use them properly.

The Facebook City

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Actually, with more than 1,4 billion users Facebook is more like a state, even bigger than China, than a city. However, for what is worth, we are now talking about the real-life city made of bricks, rather than likes. Yes, cyber boys and girls, Mark Zuckerberg is building a city within an existing city.

This is how, the Silicon Valley is going to get one small Facebook city, where the most of the Facebook employees are going to live after work. OK, let us use some plain English, shall we? Mark is going to provide his employees  with a place to spend a night, having in mind that employees spend most of the day at work.

This is undoubtedly a practical thing. At the same time, Facebook will strengthen its HR structure. The employees will find an additional reason to work for Facebook. At the first glance, this is supposed to be a win-win situation for both parties the company itself and employees. No side-effects?

Welcome to the corporate world of endless opportunities and the absolute control. Where are younl going to buy the groceries? In the Facebook stop-shop? Who is going to take care of your children while at work? Facebook app for kids? It is great, but somehow we do not feel groovy about it. Why?

YouTube Radio

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There is no such a thing as YouTube Radio, although it is going to be called that way. What is that supposed to mean? For what is worth, YouTube has some serious thoughts about the new service. In simple words, YouTube Radio is going to be the good old YouTube with no video, and only sound. Enough?

Well, it has to be, because this is all what you are going to get. You can make a list of your favorite videos, and YouTube will take care of it. On the other hand, we just could not help ourselves noticing that this is something we already have. You use YouTube Radio each time you only listen to your videos.

Unless, YouTube has something intriguing and fresh new to offer us with this service, we really do not see what is the catch. Maybe, this is a wrong way of presenting things, where we are simplifying them too much. Honestly, we are walking in the dark, because this is all what we know at the moment.

We have to admit one thing. YouTube works really hard to improve our customer’s experience the best way it knows. There are so many rumors about so many new services and features. Nice. Let us put them to the test to see how they will suit us. We sure hope that the giant wave of ads is not going to spoil the fun.

My Immortal Facebook

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We may argue whether or not this is a little bit bizarre. However, this is life in all of its glory and death, among other things. For what is worth, you will be able to decide, who is to take care of your Facebook account once you are gone. Literally and permanently. Is this really necessary? Apparently it is.

In order to avoid complicated and expensive lawsuits, all users are strongly advised to regulate these things on time. A person, who is to inherit your Facebook account, will have the full access to your pictures and public messages. On the other hand, private messages will be excluded from this virtual inheritance.

Is this going to solve all the problems? We sure hope. No matter what you may think about and how you may feel about it, a thing such as this one you simply cannot ignore. Sooner or later all Facebook users will face a situation where some of their loved ones is gone from the real, but not from the virtual world.

Perhaps, it is better to say that we are still searching for the perfect solution for our imperfect nature. The cyber space is painfully ignorant, when it comes to our fragile and limited existance. If it is some kind of a comfort, we have a virtual place where our loved ones can echo trough cyber eternity.

For Your Eyes Only

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This post will self-destruct after you read it. So, take your time. This was an innocent joke, but quite an efficient one in order to quickly explain you the very point. It turns out that Snapchat has launched an entire self-destructive content revolution in the minefield of social networks all over the Net.

The newest member of this explosive club is called Dstrux. As always, the great concepts are based on simple premises and ease of use. What does it mean for the Dstrux? Here is how it works. In order for this app to work, both parties need to have Dstrux accounts. In addition, Dstrux sky has its own clouds.

The main thing is that your content will reach each destination, only with the help of the Dstrux cloud system. Then, after your recipient has examined the content it would be removed from the cloud and destroyed. The main idea is that you are in the control. This is exactly what you need. Right?

On the other hand, Dstrux has to face its own temptations of the dance floor. One of them is definitely for how long to keep the data in its cloud system. The information is supposed to be destroyed right after the communication cycle is closed. Do you trust Dstrux and its obligation for immediate destruction?

Snapchat + News = Discover

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This is an imminent fate of all popular and trendy online must-use-and-must-have-an-account. At the beginning, all social online platforms were ads free, cool, user friendly, and respectable toward your privacy expectations. Then, in a blink of an eye, the next thing you know the things are changed beyond recognition.

This is exactly what is happening with the Snapchat. The latest announcement is that we will be able to track news channels on it, such as Yahoo News, Daily Mail, MTV, CNN, National Geography, and others. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. In the next phase, Snapchat will include ads.

Not so long ago, we were so proud of Snapchat’s attitude. Facebook has knocked two times at Snapchat’s door with generous offers for a takeover, in vain. The last time three billion dollars were at the negotiator’s table. The Snapchat management did not even bother to blink at these offerings. And then?

Snapchat felt the call of the wild profit. There is no hope for them. They are already deep into the Matrix zone. All they see are the numbers all around them. The users’ faces are gone. Are we mistaken? We hope, but somehow we have a feeling that one more disappointment waits in a line.

Black Hawk Down

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Here is a million dollar question for you. The only trouble is that we cannot guarantee you the payment. The good news, though, is that you will feel great, if you can come up with the right one. Are you ready. You have the four available options to choose from. It is about time to hear the question first.

Who is to blame for the most recent Facebook’s down time? The first available option for you is the Facebook itself, and its (un) convincing regular maintenance explanation. Do you buy it? Honestly. The second option is the Lizard Squad. These hacker’s experts already have some VIP names on their list.

The third option is the Islamic State. Its cyber capacities are still a mystery for us. Do they really have a capacity for such a huge bite? And finally, there is the fourth option, we will leave open for you cyber boys and girls. Share your thoughts with us. You are not going to get one million dollars.

However, your explanation can gain some respectable public attention. Why not? Who knows, maybe this can be the first notable recognition for some future cyber security star. Give it a try. What do you have to lose? On the other hand, Facebook has one quite serious homework to accomplish.

Where Your Friends Have Been

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It comes without saying that the new 2015 is going to be a year of great changes for Facebook. Especially, in the field of privacy. Wait a minute. Whose privacy? Our privacy, of course. We are not talking only about the new Privacy Policy. How about the new feature with an innocent name Place Tips?

Here is the catch. Where you visit a certain place, you can use Facebook to check your friends’ thoughts and impressions about it, if any. At the first thought, this sounds like a useful thing to have on your profile. So, Facebook is doing us a great favor. It will collect our friends’ recommendations instead of us.

However, the things are a little bit more complicated here. In other words, Facebook will closely follow our movement. For what is worth, Facebook already follows our change of locations. With this one, we just got an additional tracking software to breathe down our necks. Here is one more question.

What if you want to check where are your friends at the moment? You are going out, and you want to see, if there any available Facebook friends close enough to hang out together. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see for yourself how this can influence your privacy, do you? Place Tips, if you dare.