Skittles, are you sure you want to ignore The Trevyon Martin case?

Skittles Trevyon Martin issueI won’t write about rights or wrongs of this event. Instead I will just make an observation: Skittles – wrong place at the wrong time. Boy how messed up this whole situation is for their PR department.

Unintentionally and completely not due to their actions, they have become part of nation-wide anti-racism-murder campaign. Their product wast the main witness and became one of the symbols of the Trevyon Martin case. And how do you live with that?

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What kind of people work on SOPA

SOPA censorshipHey there are pictures from satellites here, this isn’t good. Goddamn! I can see the White House, damn! My summer house is on that thing, I wonder if… nooo this is also on this website! We have got to take this of the Internet, how you call it? Google maps? I hope the Russians haven’t seen this already. This has satellite view of everything! Not safe! Very dangerous! I hope China had this site blocked, so they won’t see these pictures.

Laugh or cry? To us this level of Internet knowledge is funny, but let us not forget that these kind of people make the law in many countries, and even if they don’t, they do have the influence and power.

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Why SOPA is pro-war?

war posterFor centuries wars were fought sometimes only to benefit the few from ruling groups. Naturally the war propaganda deeply integrated with traditional media industry convinced the people to join or support the army & war. Government controlled (or at least friendly) media supported the war propaganda, so deceiving a nation was much easier. And the ruling group benefited. That will change a lot thanks to social media, if SOPA doesn’t kill them in 2012. Continue reading

James Bond is dead, Today we spy with Facebook and Twitter

Facebook spyGolden age of James Bond like intelligence agencies has come to an end. You don’t have to send your secret agents to gather intel, you do that through Google and Facebook. You want to have a switch in some suspicious company or foreign government agency? Friend with them on Facebook or other social network. Want to know what is going on in certain industry facilities? Observe geo-localized twitter stream. Double O’s were sent to acquire information and act. Nowadays there is no problem with information, the problem is with filtering and picking up the right one. Continue reading

Auto tweet needs tweaking for big players

tweetFew weeks ago Mashable’s site has crashed at night (US time night, doesn’t matter which time, lets say it was full night both coasts). Me and few other folks from other time-zones noticed that and started a little tweeting and status updating on Facebook. Did Mashable respond? No, it was a middle of a night, they were asleep, they aren’t some news agency like CNN, they’re ‘just’ one of the most popular blogs about the Internet. I don’t expect them to be online 24/7.

But their Twitter profile was tweeting every few moments about some article from the last day. So that looked silly… In response, they were getting tweets about the sites problems, but the Mashable’s Twitter profile was still annoyingly tweeting about some news from tech-industry.  Continue reading

Google+ isn’t about the users number

google+It’s about how much the social network knows about the users. They know more than Facebook knows about its users? Currently it’s not a certain fact, but they will know much more when they’ll start really integrating Google+ with Chrome and Android. Deeper integration will give them vast amounts of data regarding users behaviour on their devices. And that data will be a very tasty snack for advertisers, that and the fact that much deeper integration will allow best possible ads selection for users. Continue reading

Will they do it?

And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. So we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron after London riots

Will they create a turn-off button for Facebook, Twitter & other social media sites?