Social Networks

Social Money Networks

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Just because we did not see it shoulder to shoulder with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it does not mean it is not out there. Something is cooking in Apple’s kitchen. Something that got to do with the money, but in a quite different way. This is supposed to be a new function and entire new chapter for Apple.

Only for Apple? The biggest sharks in the social network sea are up to something, that is for sure. Apple works on its ApplePay, Facebook offers a money transfer option for its Messenger, and now Twitter gives us an additional option BuyNow. The social networks are obviously becoming the financial networks.

Is this a smart thing to do? If you have found the reliable signs on the road that people are looking forward to using the additional ways for transferring the money, then this is a win-win combination. On the other side, if the extra profit is all that matters here, then this can hit back like a boomerang.

At one point, we may easily say that enough is enough. Maybe, the social networks are pushing the very limit of our patience. Unfortunately, if you just cannot get enough whatever you do, then no one can help you. At the end of the day, we may easily forget what the social networks were all about at the very beginning.

Attach Me Some Money Please

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It is only a matter of time when we would be able to use Facebook for payments. The intriguing thing would be to send money by including it in a message you are sending to your friend. It is an extremely simplified way of looking at delicate things, but it eventually comes down to this feature.

The only drawback, we are currently aware about, is the opportunity to use only debit cards, but not the credit cards, as well. On the other hand, you just cannot avoid asking yourself a simple question. Why Facebook needs to mess up with the payment trouble in the first place? Is it worth it, for real?

It comes without saying that Facebook is a fascinating money making machine. For what is worth, we do not have to guess twice that Facebook is doing just fine in business terms. The advertising opportunities are increasing at an unprecedented speed and volume. Now, that is not enough, obviously.

It seems that social networks and the major online services keep pushing the limits of our patience. Sooner or later, someone will have to say enough is enough. Both privacy and profit begin with the same letter, but they end up quite differently when it comes to the quality of our life. Are you going to like this one?

Small Ads – Big Profit

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Facebook has launched the so-called Audience Network. This may be a lovely name, but it does not give you enough information what is Facebook really up to with this one. Mobile advertising is a gigantic pie worth almost $150 billions. No wonder, there are so many eyes on this particular field.

With the Audience Network you will have one more annoying option to run into the tiny, but inevitable ads within the apps you are using within the Facebook. This is what is happening cyber boys and girls, they keep finding new ways to draw our attention willingly or unwillingly to the commercial content.

On the other hand, we have to admit that Facebook is not the only one breaking bad about the ads themselves. Google, Twitter, and Yahoo are already rocking the mobile advertising arena. One day we will have ads all over our mobile screens. Can we do something about it? Can we change it?

Well, there is a reasonable fear that the only option left is to either stay and play according to the rules of the platform we are using, or to move to some other less ad infected mobile place. Facebook has a nice opportunity to test the very limits of our patience when it comes to the ads tolerance.

The Anti-Facebook

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You know how it goes, don’t you? For every action there is an opposite reaction. And for every matter, there is supposed to be an antimatter. Right? Can we apply these rules to social networks, as well? It seems that we can. The new social network is called the Ello. It is absolutely ads-free. Is this enough?

Apparently it is. The number of new users is skyrocketing as we speak. They seem to like the very idea behind this unorthodox social network. On the other side, every now and then we can expect something like this to happen. When you are extremely popular, you can expect an “incident” here and there.

Is Ello only an incident? Something we need to use while being angry at Facebook. Or something more serious? We are not saying that Facebook itself will necessarily meet its inglorious end with the introduction of Ello. We are just asking, maybe the time has come for our good old social networks to evolve?

Who is shaping who? We the social networks, or the social networks we? Let us wait and see for how long the Ello will be able to say a Hello to its new users. Maybe that is all what we need to say one simple Hello to the people we know with no ads or complicated rules and with the full respect of our privacy.

Facebook Gets A European Green Light

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Hey Facebook what’s up? Well, it is WhatsApp. The European Regulatory Commission said that there is nothing wrong with the recent takeover of WhatsApp by Facebook. This is a green light worth $19 billions Facebook has been waiting for. Are you confused? What Europe has to do with the US companies?

Well, if you are going to mess up with the EU customers this way or another, then you have to go through EU regulatory bodies. As simple as that. On the other hand, Google has had some difficult times with the EU busy little bees. It seems that the Europeans spell the word privacy quite differently.

This is not such a big deal, if you have a clear overview of a bigger picture. Every major market has its own rules. It is either their way or the highway. The same things happen in China or Russia, for example. Facebook can acquire any company in the world. That is business 101, and nothing more.

However, if it wants to drive smoothly through other countries’ markets, it needs green lights. That is the law itself. If you are not up to monopoly and unfair competition, then you have nothing to worry about. Right? There is no such a difference between the US and the EU English. Right? Except for the word privacy. Right?

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.

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.

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.