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The Rise And Fall Of Online Empires: Should Facebook Be Worried?

There are plenty of online empires that were popular, thought of as untouchable, and loved by many that have ended up meeting their demise. MySpace is a great example of this, for many people would have laughed at you, even called you crazy, if you had told them it would be dead by 2011 back when it was in its prime.

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Learn How to Get a Piece of the Pinterest Pie

Businesses have photographs of products they offer that are usually placed into Ads, but this type of marketing lacks any type of real engagement with clients. Companies need to become clever in trying to get their information of what they sell to potential buyers by sharing their products across the web. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of places online to post photos of products that encourage engagement and interaction with potential customers. That is until now.

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How a Google Search Travels Around the World

Google has an intricate system in place in order to handle the billions of searches that occur each day. It certainly doesn’t seem that way when we decide to open up Google in our web browsers to search for something as simple as, “How much food should we feed our dogs?” but something pretty amazing is happening behind your computer screen.

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The Facebook IPO: Good or Bad for Business?

The most popular ad-supported website in the world is about to become available to own for anyone — but why on earth would anyone want it?

When Facebook’s stocks become available for public purchase this Friday in the largest IPO in American stock history, there will be quite a few things set in place that may make the purchase more or less worth it for the average stock buyer.
The immediate effects of buying stock in Facebook look very appealing: every stock is estimated to be worth roughly $35 apiece, and for the true social media aficionado, online networking will no doubt be somehow reshaped by the profits of the stock sales, an estimated 13 to 100 billion dollars, connecting all sorts of smaller social media hubs to the Facebook conglomerate and making it even easier to share content between sites with family and friends from all over the web.
We all know that the majority (some 85%) of Facebook’s revenue comes from the ads that target users of specific interests with a goal of simply being clicked. When you factor in the fact that one seventh of our online time is spent meandering around Facebook alone, social media advertising doesn’t seem like a totally farfetched income source. In the Age of Facebook, it seems an entire economy has been built off social media ads, and the pay-per-click advertisements will likely continue to bring in cash for the site and its shareholders.
Still, is is really wise to be the one to own stock in Facebook?
Skeptics’ concerns for Facebook surround the fact that Facebook will have to reinvent itself in order to keep the world wrapped around its finger: if more people become bored with the same-old same-old accessibility of the site, the ads that support it will be limp and useless to stockholders. Additionally, with most of the internet-accessed world listed on a Facebook profile of their own, there is a very limited window for the website to grow into a significantly larger community upon whom to advertise, especially with services that allow you to buy Facebook fans and market your Facebook page. Experts say that the site is entering a plateau era unless or until it gets creative with its accessibility or function: the media monster’s next big move will likely have to be an expansion to other electronic platforms, something it has struggled to perfect in the past. A hiatus of Facebook’s expansive progress may result in the same amount of users, with many frequenting the site less, in which case Facebook ad sales would decline.
Going by the potential of similar-type websites, the potential value of a stock in social media can be overestimated but quickly deflated. In the case of LinkedIn, stocks rose about a third in value before sinking back to the same value.

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You Don’t Look So Good: How Pinterest Might Hurt Your Blog

Pinterest for Blogs

I have been blogging for a while now and having a tremendous blast. From the resources I have acquired, I have discovered many facets of adequate blogging tips and strategy. I reach out to my buddy Veronica (Confessions of a Social Media Girl on Social Media Today) for advice when there is something on the social media front that I can’t figure out.

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The Exploitation of Facebook Users

Facebook Privacy Issues

In this hyper digitized world of instant access and mass communication on a global scale, people hook themselves to social media as an integral part of life.  Between Facebook, Twitter, email and cellphones, it’s nearly impossible for me to cut ties with anyone these days.  Posting any information on the web invites any and all people to gain access to my intimate affairs.  From my parents to exes to the people in high school I don’t want to think about to even insurers, the IRS, prospective employers and criminals, sensitive information is out there for anyone to snatch up and finally someone is talking about the inherent dangers involved.

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Dear Facebook Critics (aka the media): Back Off the Hoodie and Look at the Numbers

Mark Zuckerberg Hoodie

Should Albert Einstein have been attacked in the media over his hair? Is Adele any less of a singer because she doesn’t look like Katy Perry? Was Steve Jobs unfit for duty because he liked jeans and a turtleneck?

Can Mark Zuckerberg lead the biggest IPO in history from his hoodie?

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Does Technology Lead to “Fake” Intellectuals?

I was recently listening to Opie and Anthony, a radio show on SiriusXM, and they began to discuss how teachers were having a problem with their students looking up answers for everything on their smartphones. Kids are not trying to figure out answers on their own, they are immediately turning to their phones for guidance. They are basically copying and pasting their homework. The problem is that students will do really well on all of their homework because they can quickly find and copy the information, but they are doing poorly on tests because they are not retaining the information.

Scott William WintersThe same problem can be seen in grown individuals. People regurgitate information they find online and seem to be very smart when you first meet them. Then the more you hangout with them the more you hear the same conversations taking place between them and other individuals. You’ve come face-to-face with a “fake” intellectual.

So what are some ways to know you’re dealing with a “fake” intellectual? If they are talking to you about an article in the New York Times, but their iPhone case has a picture of Justin Bieber on it, you might be dealing with a “fake” intellectual. When asked to write something that reflects their own thoughts and opinions they panic and spit out a cluttered incoherent mess (hopefully that’s not what I’m currently doing), that’s definitely a sign. The most surefire way to expose a dumb smart person is to have them face a problem and try to figure out a way to solve it. There are many situations in everyday life that require a person to think quickly to solve a problem, if you’re reasonably intelligent this shouldn’t be a problem, but for some people it is.

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