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Are we exaggerating, when we say that at the end of the day all major online services and platforms are going to look alike? We even dare to say that we are very likely to hit the wall of annoyance, in this matter. Why? Here is the most recent example. Twitter has some serious thoughts about videos.

They will either introduce a brand new video channel or include videos on their existing message platform. Either way we are not thrilled. Do you remember? Not so long ago, after introducing so many pictures in its default view, you could not tell a difference between a Twitter and Facebook start page.

Now, we are going to look for some YouTube video, and what do you know we will end up watching it on Twitter. Then, what is the use or the very catch, if we cannot tell a difference between the most popular social networks? On the other side, there are some stubborn guys, who are one of their kind.

How about Snapchat? Facebook has already knocked two times at its door. No use. They do not even want to look back to at least examine the takeover offers, which include billions of dollars. Literally. Let us wait and see, if this is going to be a Twitter’s video of success or a complete failure.

The Emotate

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What is Emotate? That is the first global emotional social network. The Emotate is all about emotions and colors. So, forget about pictures and likes this is something completely different. For the creators of the state of emotions Facebook and other social networks are obviously just not good enough.

Now, all what is left to be seen is the reaction of the potential and future users. Would that be enough for you to choose from 88 main emotional categories, which are made available on the Emotate? Well, it has to, because basically this is all what you will get. Is this a revolution or a dead end street?

At this point in time is really hard to say. It is not a secret that the current condition with the main social networks, we are using simply cries for some serious reconstruction work. Our emotions and above all social relationships have definitely taken the wrong turn under the current circumstances.

Who knows, maybe the indisputable reign of the like button is finally over. In the meantime, we have to keep experimenting and looking for a fully functional replacement. If your heart beats only on Facebook, then your emotional life has just hit the wall made of steel. You have been warned, haven’t you?

NewBorn Fame

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Or, maybe it is better to say – newborn madness. Can you imagine something like that? Babies making selfies. They do not even know what they are doing in the first place. Some busy little bee has created toys with mini-cameras by using Facebook and Twitter logo shapes. So, what do we have as a result?

Well, you have a cute baby, who plays around, and the next thing you know, he or she gets one of these toys. As soon as you presure these newborn toys the camera within does its job. This is how the babies publish their selfies online on Facebook and Twitter, without letting you know or asking for your approval.

This does not have to be necessarily bad or problematic. Let us face it. The social networks are the very places, where you want to share the happy news with the rest of the world. So, what is the difference? Yes, there is a dark cloud over our children’s privacy. What about the naked babies, as well?

What do we need to do, and what needs to happen next, so we can be able to draw a line. Enough is enough, and babies should not be involved in the controversial world of selfies. Right? What is next? Toys for our pets, which are shaped like bones with Facebook or Twitter logo on them. Seriously?

Instagram Bigger Than Twitter

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Instagram is all about the numbers right now. Based on its unofficial, but more or less reliable statistics, there are more Instagram than Twitter users. Let us be a little bit more precise. More than 300 million Instagram users versus a little bit more than 280 Twitter birds. How could this be possible?

Well, we are a little bit lazy when it comes to googling about the history of social networks. But, we are pretty much sure that Twitter is older than Instagram. Now, we can go back to our most important question. What went wrong with Twitter? Well, to tell the truth Twitter was doing just fine.

However, in the same time Instagram has done better. As a matter of fact, since the March relatively new guy in the neighborhood has been able to achieve an impressive jump of new users from 200 to the current 300 million. On the other hand, Twitter was fighting hard to record new 40 million users.

Twitter has a new homework. The trouble with the curve is screaming for some thorough analysis in this case. What was so special about Instagram, and obviously so ordinary about Twitter? For what is worth, we sure hope that Instagram counts only the truly active users. Otherwise, what is the use?

Twitpic Tweets No More

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This is what happens when you get too close to the sun. You get burned, sooner or later. On the other hand, you should not build your business “symbiosis” on someone else’s superpowerful brand. As you can see there are always two sides to each story, if not even more in this one. So, what happened?

Well, the Twitpic just got acquired by its name neighbor – no more, no less than the Twitter itself. For quite some time, Twitpic has enjoyed the powerful shade of the gigantic blue wings. However, it seems that Twitter has more than enough of this brand name similarity in its own backyard.

This takeover is closer to the subtle business elimination, than a fruitful teaming up. For what is worth, all you can do is to download your photo archive from the Twitpic, and say one last goodbye. The Twitpic should have known better, that is for sure. Now, its founder has to start with something completely different.

Do we have to provide some additional explaining for the moral of this story? If you are already planning to invest both your time and energy in a life changing startup make sure it is absolutely unique. Otherwise, you will never be quite sure that your idea, which relies on some existing well-known concept, has not already expired.

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.

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.