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Umm. You're under no obligation to use Facebook. If you don't like that they experiment with the content you're shown then I recommend calling/texting/emailing/visiting your friends to see what's new with them and compiling a list of businesses and websites you like and visiting those on a regular basis.
8 months ago on No, Facebook doesn’t need better “self-regulation.” We need better laws to protect us from Facebook
And how else should Google, Facebook, et al keep their servers running? The ubiquity of Google's products (search, email) is because they built a much better product. You're more than welcome to use an inferior one if you'd like to keep your data secret. Or build one and charge users per search query so you can keep the lights on without selling data. You're also welcome to not visit sites that utilize Google's ad serving products. But to compare for profit companies utilizing their userbase to earn revenue in order to keep their best-in-class services free to use to the government casting a net and analyzing every byte that's transferred globally for intelligence purposes is silly at best.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Reset the Net wants to end NSA snooping, is fine with Google snooping
Guys, it's a TV show on HBO and a pretty funny one at that. Chill.
10 months, 1 week ago on Has HBO’s Silicon Valley lost its vision? Episode 4, reviewed
Facebook is getting so good at providing targeted advertising that, outside of remarketing which I by and large ignore, I now primarily use the newsfeed as a way to be targeted by brands/companies.
10 months, 1 week ago on A new parlor game: which tech stocks is David Einhorn shorting?
I don't believe for a second that Ker7373 is 33 years old.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Match gets swipey, borrows from Tinder for new iOS app design
This is actually a remarkably good idea. Looking at houses for sale is a gigantic pain in the ass and the summary stats are extremely valuable to a home buyer.
11 months ago on And now we have a Tinder for home-buying
I understand the frustration brands are facing, but brands who get angry at Facebook fail to see the forest for the trees. People like A LOT of shit on Facebook. So if Facebook pushed all those posts into user newsfeeds, they'd never see anything BUT brand posts.
11 months ago on Facebook is gradually eliminating organic reach for brands. Obviously.
@paulcarr It's the same as that recruiter walking into Apple, sitting down next to that engineer, and asking if they'd consider making a move (it was sent during business hours) versus asking that question at a meetup or in a bar. It takes all of 10 minutes to find someone's personal email online if they want it found (which would at least on some level mean they're willing to receive solicitations).
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Newly unsealed documents show Steve Jobs’ brutal response after getting a Google employee fired
Even without the non-solicitation agreement that recruiter overstepped pretty badly. It's bad form to contact someone through their current employers work email.
@duncan1 I don't see how it's unethical. AU makes money on the sales tax. Apple isn't innovating in AU, they're selling.
12 months ago on Apple hasn’t dodged taxes
I know you guys are anti press release journalism, but you could have included a link.
12 months ago on With Tuft & Needle, two software developers take aim at the bloated mattress industry
I'm eagerly awaiting your post asking that every war movie ever giving money to civilian victims of said wars.
1 year, 1 month ago on The Ass of Wall Street
"The more Snapchat continues to become a primary mode for people to express themselves" you might be putting the cart a little before the horse on this one
1 year, 3 months ago on Why Snapchat is actually undervalued
I literally clicked every link in this article. I'm part of the problem and I apologize.
1 year, 5 months ago on You Won’t BELIEVE How “UpWorthIt” Parodies Upworthy’s Socially-Conscious Linkbait
I'm confused, is this map supposed to work? Because it doesn't.
1 year, 6 months ago on PandoMaps: An interactive map of the PayPal Mafia
I struggle to understand why Path is still around, funded, or generally cared about.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Facebook-ification of Path and Instagram is at least partly our fault
That said, the kid who originally dismissed you was still an idiot.
1 year, 9 months ago on It always comes down to math
The reason internet companies can get away with a lack of "business plan" or are allowed to run such incredible deficits is that the math to become profitable for an internet company is much easier to a traditional brick and mortar business. As a B&M you can only be open so many hours, your customers can only be located so many miles from you, if you're selling material goods you can only produce so many so many hours of the day...there are a lot more factors working AGAINST a brick and mortar becoming profitable. Whereas a popular internet company can have a few million active users and when a viable revenue stream becomes available the ability to create massive amounts of revenue very quickly gives them the ability to run in the red much longer. For an extreme example see Foursquare, for a less extreme example see the multitude of "media companies" running blogging networks.
So on one hand you're absolutely correct, math is math - but on the other hand, the math is much easier when your target market is measured in hundreds of millions of users and not hundreds of miles from a street address.
@BJMendelson Says the guy who can't figure out how to format a WordPress post so it has only one font. I look forward to your next book, presumably on how to make a tin-foil hat.
1 year, 9 months ago on Social media may finally be dying, but the BS around it hasn’t
@BJMendelson Do you also think 9/11 was an inside job?
@BSbeYOU 2 comments, no real ID, no profile pic? Yeah, people should take you seriously.
I think there's probably a host of different ways you could make a case that Social is "bullshit" but you fail to mention a single one of them in this article. Should it be surprising that a company like Ford is evolving it's marketing play in terms of social sites after collecting enough data to show that real-time/event focus drives more results? No. Furthermore, your use of the quote "What's the ROI of wearing pants?" is ripped completely out of context. To say that it's difficult to determine absolutely attribution to sales and social for a company like Ford is, as mentioned in the full quote, equally difficult to attribute to a TV spot or Billboard. That's just the rub of advertising. Sorry.
Furthermore, your analysis of Gary Vaynerchuck's career path completely leaves out how he actually got "internet famous," which was sitting down every day and putting together a webshow then additionally going out and trying to interact with everyone he could possibly interact with. Yes, being on twitter's "suggested followers" list got him a ton of followers BUT....he was put on that list FOR A REASON.
Your arguments in this article are extremely flawed and, honestly, read more like pageview journalism than anything else. That, or you're just a little jealous. I am curious though if you can publish in the next couple of weeks what the ROI for this article was on your book sales.
@efemurl Why? Using user content as a way to target advertising ends up being better for a) the user and b) the companies buying ads. Using twitter or facebook or instagram isn't a right. If you don't want your actions on these networks to be leveraged either for your or the network's benefit then don't register. These aren't government funded projects, you're not paying to keep the lights on, so really you have no say in what they do other than to take your activity elsewhere.
2 years, 1 month ago on Six reasons why Vine is a killer news tool
My only issue with Vine is that it requires too much top of mind thought. If instagram ONLY allowed me to use photos I took within the app, I'd rarely ever use it. The camera (and video) app is just TOO convenient to goto when you think "hey let me capture this moment."
Did you actually try to use this? Because I just did. Log-in with facebook, ask to post shit/send messages (okay, we'll remove those rights), ask for payment information for your new yearly subscription.
Is this a sponsored story?
2 years, 7 months ago on MyLife Releases Social Dashboard to Assist “Overwhelmed but Obsessed” Social Media Users
I'd love to see facebook rip-off, steal, buy, whatever Path's mobile UI. Because apart from being really pretty. There's no there there (don't even talk to me about "waking up" or "going to sleep" updates...ugh) and I'm getting bored with TRYING to like it because it's just so damn pretty.
2 years, 7 months ago on Facebook’s Copycat Tendencies: A Sign of Strength, not Weakness
You can't be a 14 year old doctor? NPH and Doogie Howser beg to differ.
2 years, 8 months ago on PandoList: Teenaged Entrepreneurs
Well that explains Apple's campus in Austin
2 years, 10 months ago on Patent Trolling Isn’t a Guaranteed Win: Apple v. Lodsys