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More Social Networks Opinion

  • Opinion: Facebook and Privacy Don't Mix Well

    Rumor has it that Facebook is close to reaching a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to settle charges related to privacy. While the privacy settlement may sound like a good idea, it is sort of a smoke and mirrors exercise because the reality is that privacy and social networking are polar opposites that don't play nicely together.

  • Opinion: Privacy: Will Facebook Ever Get It?

    With Facebook reportedly close to cutting a deal with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy sins dating back to 2009, the question remains whether or not the social network's brain trust really gets the privacy issue.

  • Opinion: Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again

    The recent challenge issued by DARPA to reassemble shredded documents seems like trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again. Why would government need to reassemble shredded records? Because troops in war zones confiscate the remains of destroyed or shredded documents that contain valuable information. DARPA is seeking the best technologies for document reconstruction, and has issued a Shredder Challenge to computer scientists, puzzle enthusiasts and anyone else who likes solving complex problems." Although reconstruction techniques ranging from manual assembly to computerized algorithms already exist, by issuing this challenge, DARPA is looking to gain insights into the most efficient solutions.

  • Opinion: Why Facebook Is Better for Business Than Google+

    Google revealed its Google+ Pages for business this week. While they are a must for any business playing in the online space, however, they still leave a lot to be desired when stacked up against arch-nemesis Facebook Pages. We are only seeing the first stages of Google+ and the network may develop over time into something more useful for business, but for now the service doesn't even come close to the services that Facebook offers business.

  • Opinion: Twitter aids Thai flood victims

    Although much of Southeast Asia's major peninsula is flooded, media have concentrated on the region's prime city: Bangkok. The Thai authorities have gone to great lengths to protect central Bangkok, although it's still not certain if the CBD will remain dry or if the patchwork of canals/sewers/sluice gates/sandbags will yield to water-pressure.

  • Opinion: Google Launches Google+ Pages for Businesses

    Google's social network is now ready for business. The Google+ social network has grown at a decent pace with over 40 million members, but Google was slow to open it up for businesses and brands. But, Google recently made Google+ available for Google Apps subscribers, and now it has finally rolled out Google+ Pages for businesses and brands.

  • Opinion: How to Promote and Maintain Your Facebook Business Page

    Now that you've created a Facebook page for your business, you need to grow your fan base. Before getting started, however, know what your goals are. What do you want the fan page to accomplish for your business? Collecting a large number of fans is great, but you have to decide whether you're happy with exposure alone, or whether you want fans to become customers. Do you want your Facebook page to help you sell more products and services?

  • Opinion: Steve Martin Tweets a Book

    Comedian, actor, director, and banjo picker Steve Martin is joining the twitterati. He announced this week that he's writing a book based entirely on tweets from his Twitter account.

  • Opinion: Stream and Share Music for Free Online

    Forget about buying music; streaming your own playlists for free is now the way to go. Rdio is one of those sites that helps you share tunes. It has an extensive library of music, and it lets you add songs to playlists that you can share with followers who “add” you--much in the same vein as Twitter. Although Rdio emphasizes sharing songs within the site (and on Facebook and Twitter), you can also do your own thing and just use Rdio as an Internet radio station, streaming your hand-picked music all the time.

  • Opinion: How to Create a Google+ Profile For Your Business

    Google+ has finally opened up business profiles to its Google Apps for Business users, presumably in an effort to roll out any kinks before throwing their doors open to the world. Being first at bat can have intangible benefits on the Internet, including a valuable backlink to your company website from your Google+ profile. Here's how to join this limited group of users and make the most of your Google+ profile before everyone else.

  • Opinion: Twitter Enables X-Factor Voting

    From now on, Twitter users who are fans of the X-Factor USA talent show won't have to leave their beloved microblogging service to vote for their favorite performers on the program.

  • Opinion: Nextdoor Aims to Create Neighborhood Social Networks

    Does the world need another online social network? The founders of Nextdoor think so.

  • Opinion: Internet Trolls: The Psychology Behind the Rants

    The Internet has long been a virtual playground for exercising anger, especially when it comes to consumers' relationships with businesses. Now, a psychology professor at University of the Rockies has examined the motivations of these chronic Web complainers and found a loophole in social media for companies looking to minimize damage and explore business opportunities.

  • Opinion: Tips for Reaching Out to Twitter's 50 Million Daily Users

    Web designers, advertising agencies, and people with a firm grip on the online world have known for years that Twitter is indispensable. The trick has always been how to communicate that to the business owners who were their clients.

  • Opinion: How to Stop Facebook from Sharing Your Location When You Update Your Status

    Oh, Facebook. Always with the weird, unwanted, hard-to-undo changes. Like a couple weeks ago, I noticed that all of a sudden, every status update I posted included my location!

  • Opinion: Walmart Launches Local Deals Facebook Page

    Walmart is taking advantage of the local deals fad by launching its own Groupon-clone. However, Walmart's service has a few distinguishing traits that set it apart from the throngs of other daily deals services.

  • Opinion: Hands-On With Facebook's 'Get Friend Map'

    If your Facebook feed has been flooded with mentions of the Get Friend Map, an app that visualizes the locations of your Facebook friends on a world map, you're not alone. As of this writing, the Get Friend Map--which sounds like you'll be buying Facebook friends--has 580,767 monthly active users and over 60,000 "likes" on its page. So what is the Get Friend Map? And how useful (or harmful) is it?

  • Opinion: Kobo Pulse: eReading is Sharing

    If you're afraid you're not sharing enough of your daily activities with your online friends, here's another chance to get social...with books.

  • Opinion: New Facebook Features: 4 Privacy Concerns

    With Facebook's new Timelines and Open Graph apps, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has advanced his vision of a world that loves to share. Profile pages will soon summarize your life's history, and apps are now able to feed a steady stream of activity to friends and followers automatically.

  • Opinion: In Defense of the New Facebook

    Shortly after Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a major overhaul to Facebook at the company's f8 conference last week, some informal surveys and Facebook chatter found many users are not fans of the changes. But are Timeline, media integration, and the introduction of Open Graph apps really that bad?



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