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  • Blog Bloke 5:19 pm on July 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Are Blogs Boring .. Old School? 

    In Defense of the Blog:

    So there I was reading this article (below) about blogging. It brings up a lot of good points about blogs that have been laying heavy on my heart, so I included most of the post.

    Besides, it makes for great conversation so after you finish reading please jump in and leave a comment ’cause that’s what it’s all about:

    .. “with all the talk that I am hearing about Facebook, twitter, tumblr and even amplify, I have to say the arguments against blogging is becoming louder and louder. Does this trouble me? Yes and no!

    The fact is not everyone should blog. Yes I said it … Not everyone should blog! The simple ( is anything that simple?) fact there was a huge increase of blogs being created back between the years of 2004 -2008, by people aspiring to be writers and then there were the marketers who went..wow another way to advertise and created so many blogs they even forgot how many they had, didn’t know how to do anything and generally made a mess of things. Thank goodness a lot of them just left their “empty” neon signs by the wayside and went back to their traditional forms of advertising ( clean up crew anyone?)

    The fact is for anyone to have a successful blog, one must have a niche ( a nice fancy name for a specialized topic) and be able to stick with it day in and day out. Everything else they do has the one intent…bringing people to their one focus – their blog. That is the bare bones to the “successful” blog but there is an added component that is not often talked about, the “love affair” that a person has with their blog (topic/niche). I have a friend who loves sports, it is his whole life and lives it, breathes it every single day. For him creating a blog on sports was and has been a natural extension to what he loves to do and as a result he never tires about writing and researching his favorite topic. To him, blogging will never become boring.

    For many of us, that is not the case and yet we like being able to share with others, different things or topics and indeed we do like the instant gratification to being able to talk to others about what we have found, thus we are never bored. We give fancy names such as micro blogging, macro blogging, (LOL) amping etc. and yet when we come right down to it what are we really doing – we are communicating. By the way did you know there is now an email based form of publishing or is that blogging ..um email blogging (?) called jotpress, where you can share your thoughts using your email?

    Regardless of the name you want to use the art of communication will never be boring as long as there are people who have something to say.”

    And this is my response:

    All good points there Diane and I so agree with that last sentence, but the blog apologist in me needs to add my two cents.

    It seems to me those who don’t have a real blog or understand it’s benefits are social media dabblers and not interested in the work that a real blog requires. Their aim is to get what they can get out of the technology rather than investing something into it.

    That’s Ok I suppose but it’s the phony marketer “experts” that get my back up. They don’t have a clue.

    Those who are quick to dismiss blogs as passé don’t appreciate the fact that all social media has evolved from blogging technology.

    But it has evolved at an expense because social media sites are pale comparisons to the real thing. Facebook for example is trying desperately to recreate a pseudo-blogging environment.

    Why? Because they know Blogs are the ultimate marketing tool, but the fact remains Facebook will never catch up to or be better than real blogs no matter how hard it tries.

    Social Media like Twitter are Ok for what they do but it will only be a small part of the blogging mix and ultimately Blogs are the standard that all others are measured.

    Insofar as a blog “love affair” goes, that would apply to me. I really do love the technology and take great pride improving and nurturing my blog. I find it rewarding to do all of the work myself and not outsource it to someone else like the so-called ‘pro’ bloggers do.

    I love the technical challenge that blogging provides, stretching myself and learning new things. Either you have it in you or you don’t.

    Above all, I love to share my knowledge with others. It is so rewarding.

    As a blog pioneer I have contributed in my own small way to it’s evolution. When I started there were no RSS newsfeeds for blogs. I coded my own XML from scratch and gave away a free ebook showing others how to make an RSS feed for their blog.

    Now of course RSS is everywhere.

    There’s no question Blogging/Social Media is the ultimate communication platform. But blogging is so much more than just for communicating or something to exploit for personal gain.

    For me blogging is about giving, helping, learning, creating, nurturing and contributing to a technology that I dearly love.

    Am I just old school?

    Well then answer me this. Could I have written a lucid, comprehensive article like this just using social media? Somehow I don’t think so.

    Now it’s your turn. What do you think? Tell me if you still love the Blog. Or is it just boring (yawn) and old school?

     
    • Diane Bjorling 6:41 pm on July 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      oh my! Not my most intelligent comment …LOL… but oh my!

      When I wrote this post this morning, I had been reading about many things ( a habit of mine) and when I came across an amp about another argument against blogging and then really started reading comments of others, other peoples point of view via articles etc., it popped into my head the title ” blogging is boring” – to many people. Its either too much work, takes too much time and of course not getting that instant high of people responding right away all conspire against a lot of people. But then there are those other people such as yourself, my friend Walt and so many others who have that passion, that drive and that will to be their own publishers and have their own blog.

      I stand by what I said that not everyone should blog, just as not everyone should be a mechanic and that’s OK also.

      You know, after I hit the publish button when I did that amp, I thought of something else to say, but as a person I know says to me all the time… LOL… Diane stay on the point and dont make it to lengthy, so I didn’t add it in at that time, but if you don’t mind I will now🙂

      To me there are many forms of communicating on the net:

      1. Facebook and Twitter are great mediums to just share a casual conversation, share pictures or other such things. They can be so useful in getting the word out on what you are doing, but for depth, then I will always question them.

      2. Amplify, Tumblr are fantastic ways to share what you find and to me are closer to having that depth of perspective but done in a community format, which has many advantages but are also limited in what they can do, especially in regards to owning a business or being a blog owner.

      3. Blogging is still the purest form of online communication where you are the master/mistress of your own domain ( pun intended). Through the communication of blogs, people have changed other peoples lives, have helped others make better choices, have been arrested for saying what they believe and have made people laugh.

      Now before I am told to shush.. I will end with what you just said, Blogging is “giving, helping, learning, creating, nurturing and contributing to a technology” you love.

      Thank you for replying to me here on your blog, to me that is an honor and very appreciated

      • BLOGBloke 10:02 am on July 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @blogneta (Diane Bjorling), I’ll keep it simple then … well said. Or like I’ve said before … blogs are to intellectuals as social media is to barflies😉

    • Jaffer 5:57 am on July 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think a blog should have a niche – but not necessarily – but bloggers should post what they can write about best.

      The best niche is what’s in your own brain – the challenge is putting it all down as a consistent stream of posts that everyone will enjoy reading – and I’ve come across such blogs – especially those who are recounting their family history – and picking out one particular family member as comic relief.

      But for those like me – who tend to be all over the place, micro blogging can fit their needs.
      They don’t have to have a posterous or a tumblr account – you can even set up your wordpress that way.
      – but the fact not many people still understand the point of microblogging is the problem.

      – No twittering is not microblogging

      • BLOGBloke 9:54 am on July 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Jaffer, I’ve said time and again it is important to have a niche IF you are blogging for business or have a specific topic for your blog and targeting keywords to rank well in the SERPS. But if you are just a personal blogger and interested in a multitude of topics like yourself then a niche is basically moot.

        I don’t buy into the buzzword terms such as “micro” blogging because it seems to me it really all comes down to how much time and work you want to invest in blogging. Posterous and Tumblr appeal to those who want something really simple and don’t care about the bells and whistles or SEO benefits that a robust platform like WordPress provides.

    • Curtis 5:57 am on July 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well one things for sure. No way would of you been able to write this without a true blog.

      @ Jaffer can wordpress import posterous? I really like Posterous for the Anylytics and feedburner options it gives.

      • Curtis 11:12 am on July 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Curtis, I found WP does import Posterous blogs.

    • Mitch 4:34 pm on July 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Very nicely written by both of you. Obviously I tend to believe that blogs are the best way to get one’s message across, whether one is in it for the money or just for the aspect of communication. What Twitter offers people is instant conversation; I don’t mind that. What Facebook offers is a neat way to waste a lot of time.

      The people who proclaim blogging is dead don’t have a clue. I can’t see it going away because there are enough of us who have been doing it long enough to want to continue. Sure, there are many who have started and flamed out, but even Twitter only has a participation rate of 7%, and most groups on Facebook are dead, even though people don’t drop out of them all that often.

      We’re here to stay; viva la blog!

      • BLOGBloke 4:56 pm on July 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Mitch .. “What Facebook offers is a neat way to waste a lot of time.”

        Love it!

  • Blog Bloke 1:05 am on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    How To Brand Your Blog with a Background Image 

    There’s a lot of talk lately about personal branding and branding your blog, but I never come across this method before. This tutorial will show you how you can make a background image that is light in weight, cool looking and will help you to brand your blog, twitter page etc.

    Why a background Image? When I upgraded my desktop computer to a large monitor I was confronted with the problem of wasted screen space. It really bugged me when I had all that empty space beside my blog. There’s only so far you can widen the blog before it looks ridiculous so I started thinking of ways to use all that space.

    Of course making backgrounds is nothing new for Twitter users. It’s all the rage right now and you probably already have one. But it’s rare in the blogging world and the principles you learn here can also be transfered to your Twitter page (with some differences .. so read on).

    After mulling it over it seemed logical to add a background color or image for my blog and put all that wasted space to my advantage. But how? (I have a few other ideas too but I will leave that for another tutorial).

    First off, the problem with just using a solid background colour is it can be stark looking and does nothing for branding your blog. The benefit however is a darker background than the typical white colour can reduce glare on the eyes (especially with modern high definition monitors).

    The second option would be to use a background graphic, but the problem with images is they can be fairly huge in size and slow down the loading of your page. (Not a good thing considering Google now calculates page load time in it’s algorithms). After playing around with various shades of background colours nothing was clicking for me so I fired up Photoshop and started making images.

    I tried various ideas including downloading freebie backgrounds from the web but still nothing worked. Not only were the background images large in size, but they were also a distraction from my design and did little for my blog brand.

    By this this time I was really getting frustrated and ready to pack it in (well almost). But I’m a stubborn kinda Bloke and I rarely give up on a problem no matter how long it befuddles me.

    Then I thought of a simple graphic I could make that would be small in size and could brand my blog without overpowering it. The idea was to make a simple background with large fonts as my logo (BLOGBloke).

    When I say simple I mean really “simple”. In fact this is so easy to make even a child can do it without much skills.

    The trick with a background image (especially on your blog) is you want it to be there but hardly noticeable at the same time. Or in other words it needs to add impact for your blog brand but not compete with your blog design either.

    Another way of saying that might be it should be laid-back, subtle or unassuming .. hence the reason why they call it a background.😉

    BLOGBlokeTips Twitter Background

    Twitter is a little different because it doesn’t have a header or as much graphics (besides small avatars) so you can go wilder if you want. Twitter also allows for a fairly hefty-sized background image to upload so graphics weight is less a concern.

    In my case I used the same background as my blog for continuity (remember that branding thing) and added my header as sidebars. Take a look at my Twitter page and you will see what I mean.

    But your blog already has a header, graphics in your posts etc., so you want it to be more subdued when it comes to a background image. You want your blog to be the center of attention .. NOT the background.

    Convinced? Ok, now let’s get to it shall we.

    Making an image with only fonts and subtle colours has it’s advantages which I’ll explain in a few moments. In my case I made the font size 400 pixels with a dark background colour and I originally chose to write my logo horizontally like so:

    BLOGBloke Background

    I overlapped the fonts a little to give it a cool affect and lowered the opacity levels to subdue it so it will not overpower my blog. The first rendering was a jpg file 2132 pixels wide by 590 pixels deep with a weight of 137 kb.

    PHEW! That was just way too big to be practical. So back to the drawing board I went.

    Like I said earlier there are advantages when there are only a few colours in the image. How you might say? Well for starters I can save it for the web as a PNG-8 file and trim a lot of weight off. That’s how.

    I first experimented with a jpg or gif at different resolutions but no matter how hard I tried I could not get the size as small as I would like it. Lowering the quality ended up with a crappy looking graphic and the higher resolutions were just way too bloated.

    But the PNG-8 (4 colours) works well because the background image has so few colours to begin with and the resolution still looks great. Cool!

    The overall size of the image had been reduced from 137 kb to only 26 kb. WOW!

    But it was still bigger than I wanted so I thought why not write the logo vertically and cut the image in half, then repeat the background in my template? That way I could make the graphic even smaller in size, and so the final incarnation looks like how you see it on my blog now.

    Here is a screen capture of me saving it as a PNG-8 file in Photoshop:

    BLOGBloke background

    Note how I changed the color level from 256 to only “4”.

    The final background image size is 1002 pixels wide by 586 pixels deep, and the actual weight of it is a paltry 8 kb in size. Not bad eh?

    Here is a sample CSS you can use for the background:

    body {
    background-image:url(‘background.png’)  left top;
    }

    Of course some blogs make background images with the header colours going horizontally across the entire page and/or use a gradient pattern. But that didn’t work well for my design and the overall graphic size ended up heavier than my technique. Neither did it help in the branding department.

    Quick Summary:

    1. Choose one colour for your font and then another colour for the background.
    2. Overlap the words a little and in the layers section lower the font opacity level (25% in my case) so that it looks subtle and to your liking.
    3. Save it for the web as a PNG-8 (4 colors) file and that’s it!

    Are your creative juices flowing yet? If this tutorial has sparked something in you then my mission is accomplished.

    So what are you waiting for? Spruce up your blog and brand it with a cool looking background courtesy of the BLOGBloke. Cheers!

    Ps.: This post is not meant to teach you how to use Photoshop, so if you are unfamiliar with some of the terms there are a plethora of great tutorials out there that you can Google. Above all have fun!

     
    • teri 5:41 am on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      WOW, I’m impressed. Not that I can do it even with all your detailed info but it sure does look good!

      • BLOGBloke 4:11 pm on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @teri, thanks sweety and I hope it inspires y’all to make something wonderful.

    • Curtis 7:49 am on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You the Man Bloke! Like it alot. It just ties it all together.

    • Jaffer 9:11 am on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent Bloke. And yes, JPEGs are large and will not render sharply unlike PNGs.
      PNG is the recommended format for website graphics that are not photographs – such as backgrounds, headers, navigation pars etc.

      A better format is SVG – but not all browsers fully support it yet !

      • BLOGBloke 4:14 pm on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Jaffer, it wasn’t long ago when PNGs weren’t universally supported either. Thanks for your comments. It’s always appreciated.

    • Diane Bjorling 9:34 am on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      A great tutorial, in fact so good that I amplified it – http://blogneta.amplify.com/2010/07/04/how-to-brand-your-blog-with-a-background-image/

      • BLOGBloke 4:15 pm on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Diane Bjorling, thank you sweety. I hope it helps and inspires.

    • roezer 4:32 pm on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Would this Work using CSS Sprites if you wished to use a jpeg format instead.

      • BLOGBloke 4:43 pm on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @roezer, why don’t you try it and let us know?

        • roezer 5:26 pm on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @BLOGBloke, Done a Quick test on the 2010 theme even with CSS Sprites the Jpeg is too large after trying a pingdom test.So we have to stick with the PNG-8 format but a cheap and easy way to brand your blog.

          • BLOGBloke 5:28 pm on July 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            @roezer, that’s what I thought. Thanks for checking it out for us and much appreciated.

  • Blog Bloke 1:33 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Content Curation is BS 

    When I see internet marketers pushing “content curation” my BS meter automatically goes off. Beep .. beep .. beep!

    Today is no exception.

    When I first heard of the term “content curation” it was from internet marketers. I immediately thought of content scrapers, plagiarizers, list makers and the like trying to game Google to get a better position in the SERPS, increase traffic, build authority and to ultimately make money.

    Content Thieves

    Nothing that I’ve read since has changed my mind.

    Let’s be honest .. that’s the name of the game isn’t it? Getting more traffic from the search engines, blogging friends or the a-listers that we suck up to.

    After all, why else would the marketers be pushing “content curation” so hard. For fun? (That’s a rhetorical question).

    Here is an excerpt that I recently wrote “Is There a Difference Between News Aggregation and Content Curation”:

     The term “Content Curation” is being promoted by internet marketers to justify content theft. Their feeble remarks are used in a very narrow context and don’t take into consideration the rampant list makers, plagiarizers and copyright infringers who are abusing OPC (other people’s content) to rank well in the SERPS.

    If someone changes my words a little to obfuscate their crime (which happens often), or even if they link directly to my article and rank better in Google than me (which is why they do it) — why on earth could you possibly think I would be happy with that?

    Of course if someone wants to quote me and intelligently discuss what I’ve written (and link to me) .. that is a completely different matter. But just making lists and/or copying and pasting is complete and utter BS.

    It is wide open to abuse and “content curation” unfortunately opens that door. You would never get away with that in the printed literary world so why should blogging be any different.

    It is my intellectual property that is being ripped off and it is for this reason I can never condone so-called “content curation”. It is a lazy person’s way to write content and rank well with the search engines.

    My advise is internet marketers should use their brains to come up with something original to write or go find another hobby. BUT please leave my/our content alone!

    I can’t stop the content curators but they certainly won’t gain my respect, and I will be in their face .. count on it.

    Content curation is just a fancy term the marketers came up with to obfuscate the fact that it’s another way to game the search engines, build authority and to make money.

    Just to be clear, I’m not talking about news aggregation here. Newspaper clipping services of course do it all the time and there’s no harm or foul there.

    What I am talking about is stealing, ripping off the intellectual property of another writer for profit. A simple analogy might be the difference between quoting news copy as opposed to editorial content.

    As an ex-journalist I can tell you there’s a HUGE difference between news aggregation and “content curation“.

    We are bloggers, which also means we are writers. We need to have some boundaries when it comes to making money. Don’t we?

    Am I right?
    Stop Stealing ContentFunny how we used to revile “content scrapers”. Now they’ve polished it up into a business and given it a new name to make it legit.

    But there’s a huge difference between “content curation” the marketers talk about than just adding to the conversation (without an ulterior motive) don’t you think (another rhetorical question).

    Here is what Wikipedia has to say about curating content:

    The act of curating, of organizing and maintaining a collection of artworks or artifacts; The act of curing or healing; The manual updating of information in a database
    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/curation

    Digital curation is the selection, preservation, maintenance, and collection and archiving of digital assets.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_curation

    Seems to me that’s what Googlebot already does. Surely we don’t need any more help from the internet marketers (yes … another rhetorical question).

    I can think of better, more ethical ways to get traffic than leveraging off of someone else’s sweat equity.

    Like say, for example … writing great, original content? Now there’s a thought.

    Just sayin…

    P.s.: Within the first 24 hours since publishing this post I have been targeted by dozens of splogs scraping content from here. Thanks for proving my point assholes.

    .bbpBox17532290161 {background:url(http://a1.twimg.com/profile_background_images/115817690/twitter-background-dark3.jpg) #ffffff;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block}

     

    RE: “Content Curation”. It’s not just about the content either. Since when was image hotlinking considered ok? Just wondering.less than a minute ago via web

     
    • Curtis 5:09 pm on June 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Call it what they will, its stealing. Just because Google indexes it doesn’t make it okay.

      I really like the background of your blog. Nice!!!

      • BLOGBloke 9:26 am on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Curtis, thanks buddy. Now watch them copy that too.😉

        • Curtis 2:42 pm on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @BLOGBloke, Yep! They just might.

          • BLOGBloke 3:40 pm on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            @Curtis .. might?

            • Curtis 2:07 am on June 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

              @BLOGBloke, Copy what I said in the first comment. They just might copy it.

              • BLOGBloke 2:18 am on June 26, 2010 Permalink

                @Curtis, copy that🙂

              • roezer 4:56 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink

                @BLOGBloke, I have seen copies of comments on my blog taken from time to time.Then there is also these splogs that scrape sites like Yahoo Answers I am not sure if they ever get index but I have come across some of the Answers I posted in the forum.Another thing I think I discussed briefly with you on twitter was that if someone copies my content and pastes it in a forum that forum will outrank my original content.This is Googles way of Ranking sites I guess.

              • BLOGBloke 6:03 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink

                @roezer, Google gives more weight to the bigger sites with scraped content because of the sheer number of links they get. It’s also a reason why I can’t stand the Ezine directories.

                That is the tragedy of Google’s algorithms because it does not selectively weed out the “scrapers” from the original content writers. Unfortunately the content “scrapers” know this but so do we, and that is why I take every opportunity to call out the phonies.

    • Jaffer 3:12 pm on June 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Many internet marketeers are dumb enough to think that coining a new term will make a ‘niche’ group such as bloggers warm up to them.

      This is not a case of the White House Administration or Fox news coining new terms to describe their enemies – and get away with it – because the general public are not an ‘experts’ and do not know any better (ie the truth).

      Besides no one else has the right to “content curation” except if it is their *own* work !

      • BLOGBloke 6:43 pm on June 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Jaffer, some marketers might be low on the ethics scale but you gotta give them points for creativity.

    • Mitch 3:39 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I write blogs for some other folks. Last night I did a search and found an article I wrote copied onto 12 other blogs, with only one of them not posting it word for word, but they might as well have, as they only added a link to something else periodically. If it had been my blog I’d have pitched a fit, but I still didn’t like it.

      • BLOGBloke 3:42 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Mitch, of course they will try tell you that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery😉

  • Blog Bloke 3:39 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    PageRank Sculpting: Which Strategy is Best? 

    Is pagerank sculpting ethical? Should you nofollow certain links or should you prioritize which links are on your home page? OR should you use Header tags to channel your pagerank flow?

    These are some of the questions that Google Webmaster Help attempts to answer in this video.

    I use header tags on this blog but to tell you the truth I can’t tell if it has really helped much. Do you have any experiences to share?

     
  • Blog Bloke 2:26 am on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Mark Zuckerberg Answers Our Privacy Concerns 

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come out of hiding with a public statement in the Washington Post today to dispel concerns over privacy abuse allegations.

    The following is a quote from his article:

    Here are the principles under which Facebook operates:

    • You have control over how your information is shared.
    • We do not share your personal information with people or services you don’t want.
    • We do not give advertisers access to your personal information.
    • We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.

    That’s quite a double-take from a young man who not long ago said he doesn’t believe in privacy. So what can we conclude from all this hocus pocus?

    I’m not sure if I buy his story but I consider myself a fair man so I thought I would throw him a bone or two and let you be the judge. Either…

    1. All of the reports that we’ve been hearing are completely bogus .. OR;
    2. Zuckerberg is now a born-again Christian and had a complete change of heart .. OR;
    3. He’s just been pretending to be a bad guy and playing with our head (April Fools) .. OR;
    4. He’s trying to prove the old adage that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely .. OR;
    5. He’s a pathological liar trying to lull us into false sense of security so he can change his mind later (again) .. OR;
    6. We’re delusional nincompoops and have been imagining things all along.

    Which is it?

     
    • John Paul Aguiar 4:47 am on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Every step Facebook makes, I take a step back from them lol Soon I will be gone from FB liek I am from Myspace.

    • Jaffer 4:53 am on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Quote from “Fracas”:

      I’ll tweet until you’re sick of me, but facebook is just annoying. Seriously. I’ve never quite been able to put a finger on why I’ve never been into the whole facebook thing, but if it’s anything, it might be because Zuckerberg reminds me of someone that still needs to be babysat; a spoiled little shit who can’t decide if he wants chocolate or caramel on his ice cream… sprinkles or nuts.

      http://fracas.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/top-5-things-fracas-doesnt-give-a-blank-about/

      • BLOGBloke 12:34 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Jaffer, I prefer nuts on my Facebook … love the quote🙂

    • Kamran Aziz 9:43 am on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nice step by Mr.Zuckenberg. If he has take any action for religion torture of Muslims..

    • Paul Simbeck-Hampson 1:29 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well as you asked… here’s my honest answer,

      – I don’t know.

      And slowly I’m beginning not to care. Perhaps this whole episode has been one of the best subliminal marketing campaigns in the history of the internet. Think about it. Everyday in Internetland millions of comments and pages are being dedicated to the keyword Facebook. Is this guy clever or what!

      So now he rolls over and plays good guy, changes a few settings and in between has netted another 250,000 new accounts, while perhaps losing 20,000 along the way – not a bad win.

      Personally, I try to think good of everyone, try to believe that even Mr Zuckerberg is thinking good thoughts and trying his best to be a good guy. That’s why I’m still feeding into FB. If I want to communicate with friends or family I use a private blog, a phone or Skype – but maybe I’m just old fashioned.

      Regarding privacy settings, I’ve reduced all private content to zero and use FB now for business only, so in one respect, yes he’s lost my confidence. Do I like the FB platform, yeah, it’s pretty damn good, especially when consider how young it is and how many users are hammering it daily.

      I’ve said it before, I’m sitting on the fence like a ally cat watching events unfold. FB have already collected five years of data from me, so there’s not much I can do about that. The possible launch of an ‘open social’ platform sounds interesting so keeping an eye on developments there too.

      Hope that kind of answers your question…

      @Jaffer – I prefer sprinkles on my Facebook.

      PS… I’ve been on my soapbox today regarding Internet Addiction, if you get a chance would be interested to hear your thoughts on it (http://bit.ly/cQD44v) Take care, Paul.

      • BLOGBloke 5:45 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Paul Simbeck-Hampson, I’m sure most Facebook users are riding the fence like yourself and I’ve also thought of the publicity angle. So here’s another one for you to consider .. perhaps he’s just tying to wear us all down so we will eventually stop whining about our privacy (or not care like you said)?

        But when you consider Facebook already has 500 million users and all of the flip-flops he’s made, one has to wonder if it really is just a game he’s playing or if we should be concerned about Zuckerberg’s mental state.

        Personally I think it’s the latter and I will not give him more credit than deserved.

        In legal terms if we don’t make our stand and he is allowed to continue abusing our rights, he will set a legal precedent that all other sites (and the law) will follow. I for one choose to make my stand now before that happens.

        For our sake let’s hope we don’t get overly complacent when it comes to protecting our privacy. Especially when you consider the power this young man now has.

        Admittedly, complacency really annoys me and a year or so from now when people wake up from their slumber they will get no sympathy from me.

        One thing further, when we discuss Facebook we need to separate the marketers from ordinary users. I’ve said time and again Facebook is a terrific tool for business but not for the rest, and it won’t before long before the business users start complaining about the lack of privacy as well.

        Tit for tat.

        As for me the bottom line is I will never trust Facebook with my private info.

    • Anna Allen 6:37 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am kind of new to social networking but social networks present a great resource when doing research.

    • Kristina Summers 5:47 pm on May 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      When I first heard of Facebook, I was determined to have no part of it. That was back when you had to be a college student to join. Believe it or not I was actually forces to join Facebook because of my extra-curricular activities in college- namely holding an office on the student-alumni council. They ONLY communicated through Facebook. As an older student returning to college, I was a little behind the times and thought it was ridiculous and a complete waste of time but as I went through school and got my degree in journalism and PR I began to realize the usefulness of things like FB for branding, marketing, advocacy, etc. While I was outraged like everyone else over the whole privacy (or lack of) flip-flop issues, I do see where FB has it’s uses. I do not engage in all the social aspects, like the retarded mafia/farmville/fish tank weirdness so maybe I am just not as caught up as some people. I use FB to talk to old friends and family and then also to promote both my consulting biz and at work (the wildlife agency where I work)- I have never had any privacy issues that I can recall but maybe it is because I don’t put highly personal info out there in the first place.
      I think Zuckerberg is an ass for what he did and for then trying to back-peddle, but I don’t think FB is an entirely useless application. It has done a great deal of good for many conservation organizations and social causes so you have to give it credit for at least bringing awareness to issues that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.
      I want to protect my privacy and that of my family as much as anyone else and I think the smartest thing to do is simply to not put it out there in the first place.

      • BLOGBloke 1:46 pm on May 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Kristina Summers, all excellent points Kristina. Any application can have it’s use I suppose. What’s that they say? Oh yeah .. one person’s garbage is another’s treasure.

        But the major issue with Facebook for me is there are lots of naive people out there who don’t know or realize the dangers so I’m just doing my bit to raise awareness.

        Very good comment and thanks.

        ..BB

    • Curtis 6:05 pm on June 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know if he is lying about not sharing info but Im not buying it if he’s not.

      Ive locked down more info from FB and only auto posting.

    • Rashid 2:23 am on June 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will go to hell….surely

      from Pak

    • teri 5:47 am on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      #7 – Public Pressure, is what I vote!
      Facebook is a great platform for connecting people on the Internet. I’m sure most people wish they had thought of it.
      You can “hide” your friends, control who sees your info but the
      bottom line is IF you have concerns about your privacy, maybe you are providing too much info to be viewed publicly. When you put it out there on the Internet, it’s there for the public and you have no control, regardless of what Zukerberg does to protect your stuff, there is always a way around it (usually).
      I am currently inactive on Facebook and not blogging much either.
      So there.

    • Robin 7:34 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My purpose of using social networking is not to give maximum of my privacy affecting information. I know the limits very much in the real world, i never write in any walls about me, what i am doing to let others know abt me. Why should i do something new and update all my happenings online then ?

      People are so surprised to see the applications in internet today and really go mad. They give many of their personal info without some one asking🙂 Thats absolutely not safe at all.

      Blaming such wall builder to let users write “what are you doing now” is not fare. Its our responsibility to take care our self.

  • Blog Bloke 3:32 pm on May 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Do You Blog or Facebook? 

    Take the Pepsi Facebook challenge.

    Have you ever asked yourself why some marketers are pushing Facebook so hard?

    Well I have.

    So the question begged to be answered  … Why? Well I think I’ve come up with some reasons, so read on.

    Off the top of my head I can think of at least 7 good reasons why Blogs cannot be replaced (and never will be) no matter what the marketers may try to tell you:

    1. FACT: Everything that you can do with Facebook has already been done with Blogs … and much more.
    2. FACT: All of the reasons that you hear marketers say why you should use Facebook have been stolen directly from the Blogs.
    3. FACT: Facebook is trying to reinvent blogs with one crucial difference. Facebook is only a pseudo-blog … meaning, it is a fake-blog (or wannabe blog). Because it is really just a gigantic website with one intention in mind — to corral all of us under its control (TOS) like cattle being led to the slaughter.
    4. FACT: So why are marketers pushing Facebook so hard? Well by now it should be obvious .. because it’s easier for them to find you, get your personally identifiable information and sell you something. Don’t believe me? Then read this .. Has Facebook Gone Too Far? Or this .. Facebook Shows Its Real Face. Or this from Gawker.
    5. FACT: Then again … “Facebook is no longer a viable marketing platform“. So why bother?
    6. FACT: Facebook pages all look the same. BUT blogs enable you to differentiate yourself or your business with your own design which is crucial when it comes to branding. Even the marketers still have blogs.
    7. FACT: Blogs enable us to have total control over our blog and our content .. something that Facebook can never do.

    The bottom line is it’s all about CONTROL. So don’t give it up to Facebook.


    A Plea to Marketers. If you are a marketer then don’t use personally identifiable information. There’s no denying that Facebook can be an effective tool to add to your marketing mix but don’t infringe on people’s privacy. Show us some character and that you are better than that.

    A Warning to Ordinary Users: If you insist on using Facebook then don’t rely on Facebook’s privacy settings alone because time and again it has (and will again) change the rules.

    Your best defense is an offense so “don‘t give it up (your private info) in the first place. Play it safe. That is the only way you can be certain your online privacy will be protected”.

    Use Facebook at your own risk and don’t be fooled by the marketing blather. Ignore social media gurus who push Facebook with the hard sell because they have an agenda that’s not in your best interests.

    Think about it. Everything that Facebook can do, Blogs can do better. You control your real Blog, and Facebook controls you.

    Which do you prefer? You already know my answer.


    P.s.: Do you remember the smirking heckler from school who harassed people behind their back and didn’t have the courage to face them? Or the gutless wonder with no character and couldn’t care less about those he hurt.

    We’ve all known someone like that haven’t we? Well Zuckerberg strikes me as that kind of immature guy. I may be wrong but I doubt it.

    In my life I’ve been both a successful litigator and a mediator. I’ve seen all types and learned to read people as well as read between the lines.

    I believe in being reasonable with people who deserve to be reasoned with. But I’ve also learned that you can’t reason with unreasonable people.

    I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sleazy business practices so I’ve made the conscious decision to take no prisoners when it comes to Zuckerberg and certain marketer’s BS.

    Sorry if that offends anyone but that’s the way I feel.

     
    • Curtis 6:50 am on May 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree bloke! All FB anymore is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Blogs are staying and Sites like FB will calm down for ordinary people. Get rich skeemers will move on to newer things. I am not even using it anymore, oh sure my PS3 will update my wall if I have got a trophy in a game. But thats not me doing it.

      • BLOGBloke 12:13 am on May 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Curtis, my FB is on auto-pilot too. I don’t actively use it and none of my private information is there.

        • Curtis 10:19 am on May 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @BLOGBloke, I think Im going to remove all my private info as well. I hesitate to remove all of it untill my 20 year class reunion, my wife wants us to go.

    • tpe 8:53 am on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, BlogBloke. This is unusual. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a blog post before in which I agreed with absolutely everything. It sort of leaves me stumped as to what I might add. Baffling. I did want to say hello, however, as I’ve been reading your blog for over a year and have somehow failed to comment (up until now, obviously).

      I’ve never used Facebook, incidentally, although I’ve had a look (using my girlfriend’s account). I just find it crushingly dull, it makes me feel hopeless, and nobody seems to have anything worthwhile to say. Personal preference, of course, but there we are. The privacy issue – or the fact that so many users blithely give away their information – simply astounds me.

      Kind regards etc…

      TPE

      • BLOGBloke 5:44 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @tpe, well I’m really happy that you did because I love to hear from my readers.

        I hope you will make it a habit to drop by more often because I sometimes feel discouraged if I don’t get many comments. Even if it’s just to say that you agree or disagree.

        The more comments that I get, the more encouraged I feel to continue writing.

        Cheers,

        BB

    • Diane Bjorling 3:26 pm on June 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi. sorry i haven’t been around in a while. I am like “tpe” in that you have presented your points, your logic and your reasoning so well, its kind of hard to know what else to say🙂

      Never be discouraged by the lack of people always responding, it happens to all of us.

      I have been talking to those who are not into blogging etc, just people who use facebook for pleasure and have been letting them know whats going on and more importantly, suggestions as to how to use the privacy settings a lot better than what they have been. maybe they will listen..one can hope.

      Take care and good to see you🙂

      • BLOGBloke 4:32 pm on June 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Diane Bjorling, better late than never🙂. All we can do is try our best to get the word out and hopefully some good will come of it.

    • tpe 4:43 pm on June 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello again, BlogBloke, thanks for taking the time to respond (a dispiritingly rare event in Blogland, I find, where good manners often seem to count for nothing). That’s a shame that you sometimes feel discouraged on those occasions that the comments are slow. I suppose it’s a bit greedy, really, because I’ve pretty much hoovered up all of your stuff without ever getting round to saying hello – an omission I finally corrected a wee while back. If it’s any consolation, however, I was always thinking “I like him, he’s good”, even if I kept my mouth (or fingers, more accurately) zipped. I’ll certainly try to be more outwardly appreciative in the future, although I do tend to move at a glacial speed – the onset of senility, I imagine.

      Take it easy.

      Kind regards etc….

      TPE

      • BLOGBloke 4:53 pm on June 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @tpe, coincidentally I was just visiting your blog and impressed with the number of comments you’re getting. So much so that you had to close comments. Well done, and if you ever feel the need to lighten the load please don’t hesitate to send them over here.

        An interesting combination indeed .. a Scotsman living in Ireland who enjoys English cricket🙂

        I’ve been told before that my posts don’t leave enough wiggle room for comments. It’s probably due to my former profession as a litigator and the need to prove my case. Something that I need lighten up on I suppose.

        Thanks again for your comments and see you again..

        BB

    • teri 5:52 am on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Had I not read on Facebook that Hermosa waves were Hot, I probably wouldn’t have grabbed my camera and headed to the beach so early. Glad I did, I got some excellent shots of Gilbert, local surf hero. Fakebook has it’s uses. I have connected with people I thought we lost forever (step-daughter).
      The concept for Facebook is great, it just needs to evolve.
      Wonder what’s the next big thing……

    • Website Design 8:02 pm on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just a note… I was talking with a friend and we both agree that anytime Facebook has changed its privacy settings, it notifies you that your old settings won’t change. I’m pretty sure that’s the case.

    • Benjamin Jackson 8:53 am on June 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love this. I enjoy my conversations with people enamored by facebook and its ‘capabilities’. Funny how none of it is new. It makes for a great aggregate, though. People think they know the web if they Facebook. And maybe its better than nothing. Maybe. I appreciate your views, it was great to get your feedback on my Amplify as well, my friend.

      -Ben Jackson

      Forgive my new website, it is under development.

      • BLOGBloke 4:19 pm on June 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Benjamin Jackson, there are a lot of Facebook users who consider themselves “expert” bloggers. It it wasn’t so sad it would be funny.😉

        Thanks for dropping by and your comments. Do come again.

    • maggy simony 10:49 am on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh dear! I just DEFINITELY made up my mind that going on Facebook sounded more logical and easier for my particular goal — only to come across THIS. Now you have me up in the air again!!

      I don’t want a personal Facebook. I want to FIND (directly or thru their families) older women who have played in a ladies-only sociable bridge clubs for decades. Facebook SOUNDS like it would be ideal.

      I’ve written the only book there is, far as I know, on the pop culture of sociable (as opposed to serious) bridge, gotten great reviews for it from the serious bridge establishment. I can reach serious bridge players through links and other places because they are “organized” — old ladies like me who’ve played in a bridge club are SUBTERRANEAN. Have no organization whatever, and our only paper trail is in old cookbooks and women’s magazines because their club meetings included ladies lunch. Also found useful material for my book in NYT archives since 1900.

      What I planned to do with any responders is to (over time) collect a database of THEIR lifestories about bridge, their contributions to the Facebook page I create. I may do a 2d book, or (most likely since I’m 90 now!) turn over material to someone interested in doing a dissertation or study as contribution to women’s studies. And of course I hope also to intrigue those who respond to buy my book, but not sell it directly — that will continue to be done by referring to my website and/or POD publisher Booklocker.

      Facebook just seems like to this inexpert amateur in internet marketing the best way to reach this subterranean market.

      Any suggestion from all you smart young people out there??

      • BLOGBloke 3:55 pm on July 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @maggy simony, seems to me you’ve got a good handle on things. Facebook will never replace a real Blog but it can still be used in your marketing mix. But like I mentioned in this post be very careful with those whom you partner. You just might get bitten.😉

        • maggy simony 12:16 pm on July 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @BLOGBloke, what I THOUGHT (from reading, no experience) Facebook has over a blog, is ready-made groups of subscribers who might conceivably be right demographic for marketing my book — seniors, boomers, bridge players. MY daughter tells me it’s for younger people. I checked the demographics and true only about 5-8% seem to be 55 plus.

          Starting a blog, wouldn’t you have to build up your own audience, one by one? No groups to join?

  • Blog Bloke 5:53 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Facebook Shows Its Real Face 

    It was a busy day in Facebookland and here is a compilation of a few of the Facebook stories that had I tweeted earlier … just in case you missed them:

    Social Networking Tips That Should Keep You Out of Hot Water:

     “You may not have considered this before you registered on Facebook, Myspace or some other social networking site, but planning what information you will share and which information you will keep to yourself is important.” (Source)

    Zuckerberg Mocks Facebook Friends and Followers:

    On the off-chance you haven’t already read this conversation between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and a friend in 2004 (cautioning that Facebook really is selling your private information and that you should quit Facebook) .. here goes: (Source)

    • Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
    • Zuck: Just ask.
    • Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
    • [Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
    • Zuck: People just submitted it.
    • Zuck: I don’t know why.
    • Zuck: They “trust me”
    • Zuck: Dumb f***s

    Facebook is apparently ‘more vital than family’:

     According to a new poll social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are more important than family to a quarter of children. (Source)

    Facebook Etiquette Tips:

    This video is a classic! Someone needs to show it to Zuckerberg. (Source)

    Facebook Alternatives That You Could Switch To:

    A list of Facebook alternatives offering better privacy protection. (Source)

    Facebook Signs a Deal With Scam-Ad Trafficker:

    Facebook sealed a five-year deal with FarmVille-maker Zynga. Details are secret, but we’re guessing Zynga promised to stop doing “every horrible thing in the book” to users, while Facebook promised to stop trying to take all Zynga’s money. (Source)

    Facebook Stole Its Name: 

    The founder went to my high school, and it’s funny to read about how much he allegedly took from others along the way. Actually the Facebook name was taken from my high school. Every year they have a book they publish with every student’s picture and address. It is a way to get to know students (it is a boarding school). For decades this has been published by the school, and it is called the Facebook. (Source)

    Facebook Silences Its Critics:

    Facebook disabled Kurgan Von Lichtenstein’s account, that much is clear: Though still Google’s cache (see image below), the account’s profile page is now listed as “not found” by Facebook. Von Lichtenstein said in a comment on the social news site Reddit—a comment with 313 “upvotes”—that his account was disabled within a day of posting this critical message under a four-year-old blog post from Zuckerberg. (Source)

    What do I think? Where there’s smoke there’s usually fire. I’m glad I never gave Facebook my private information … and I never will either.

    Comments? Care to share your own Facebook stories?

     
    • teri 5:49 am on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I refer to it as Fakebook.

    • teri 5:57 am on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      And facebook is connected to twitter and twitter is connected to the blog and WHERE DOES IT END. I guess I should watch what I say cause it’s EVERYWHERE instantly!! I may change my identity, again!

      • BLOGBloke 12:48 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @teri, hi there sweety. I was wondering when you were going to drop by again. “Fakebook” … I like it. I think I’ll steal it.😉 And round and round we go…

    • Wayne 9:24 am on July 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Fisheybook.com is more like it.

  • Blog Bloke 11:53 am on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    How Relevance and Importance Affect your Rank and Search Engine Results 

    A page is considered “relevant” if it matches the query and the interest of the user. Personalization also plays a role … e.g.  browser geolocation. Google then further prioritizes the search engine results by evaluating the “importance” (or rank) of each page. A page’s score is based on the quantity and the quality of pages that link to it.

    (Hence, how a-listers became a-listers in the first place with self-serving networks artificially bolstering their rank. Today we might call that social networking).😉

    The mysteries of Google unraveled .. and now you know.

     
    • roezer 5:27 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great Video to Continue I would Say that this is Why I do not link out from my Blog post’s very often I was using a Plugin Called Zemanta for a While but When I installed the Broken links Checker I found that Most of those links that Zemanta Recommended were now 404 Pages.

      • BLOGBloke 6:20 pm on May 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @roezer, I don’t link as often as I used to either .. especially to the bigger sites. Why should I leak Google juice to them when they don’t need it or reciprocate.

    • Diane ( blogneta) 4:12 pm on May 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi:

      What I got from this video was not just the relevance and importance, although we all need to be reminded of this, it was the part, when we do content creation of any kind that we really think like a person seeking information. I know there have been many a time when I type into a search, not “proper English” such as “information but short forms of a wording – example *info*. These little points are so important and need to be said…over and over again?

      Great information..or is that info?

    • BLOGBlokeTips 7:59 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      @blogneta (Diane), write for humans and seo for bots. http://www.blogbloke.com/pagerank-releva

      • blogneta 8:32 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @BLOGBlokeTips very true, but sometimes we forget that even tho we are told time & time again

        • BLOGBlokeTips 8:59 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @blogneta .. thanks .. I think you are my first (and only) friend on Amplify right now http://blogbloketips.amplify.com/ .. amp it up

          • blogneta 9:14 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            @BLOGBlokeTips i think we should correct that.. @egoldstein @Mistrtim want to make this really kewl guy a source?

          • blogneta 9:24 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            @BLOGBlokeTips just found out that @Mistrtim is looking forward to your posting and unique viewpoints…. lol

            • blogneta 9:43 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

              @BLOGBlokeTips now there is a good question..no idea..it just worked out that way? @egoldstein can you answer this?

              • BLOGBlokeTips 10:20 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink

                @blogneta .. no worries .. as I suspected as soon as I published a post it shoved the sidebar over to the right

  • Blog Bloke 12:22 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Has Facebook Gone Too Far? 

    Last evening I read a post by Scoble saying he has given up the battle for privacy (thanks to Facebook) and that we should all do the same. I responded with the following series of tweets:

    • So if privacy is no big deal tell us what color underwear are you wearing, how often did you make love to your wife this week or
    • If privacy is really dead turn your webcam on next time you diddle yourself, or post your social security number, or
    • Sorry to say this but with all due respect you miss the point and the premise of your post is stupid
    • Unless we draw a line where will this new age of no privacy end? It’s NOT the brave new world I want to live
    • Sorry for that outburst but when I see people in a position of influence going soft on privacy it really angers me
    • (Mr. Scoble then responded that I should write a book … I told him I’m thinking about it.)
    • (Then somebody challenged me saying I was missing the point. I asked him to provide more details and he backed down.)
    • In the legal world it’s all about precedents and if the legislators don’t say enough is enough (and get their head out of their collective ass), then it never will be enough (sooner than we think)
    • Regarding websites demanding birth dates .. most people don’t know they can find almost anything about you with just a name and a birthdate
    • Giving your name and birth date is almost the same is handing out your Social Security Number (or SIN no. in Canada) … DANGEROUS!
    • Because of the viral nature of social media and cloud security issues, giving your private info such as birthdate etc. is extremely dangerous
    • Handing out your private info to social media sites is analogous to handing a stranger a loaded gun and the key to your front door
    • Even if a social media site promises to keep your private info ‘private‘, remember .. they can always change their TOS later (look at Facebook)
    • Also remember, nothing is absolutely safe on the cloud .. there are no guarantees and everything is hackable .. EVERYTHING
    • If anybody tells you to give up the battle for your right to privacy .. tell them to stuff it .. I did
    • Only a marketer making money off social media would tell you to give up your right to privacy … DON’T
    • If you feel you absolutely MUST use a site demanding your private info, then give them fake ID. Do NOT give them your real birth date etc.
    • Because if you do … you WILL regret it … bank on it

    As you can see from my outburst this topic really gets me going and I guess the point I was trying to make is there’s privacy .. and then there’s privacy isn’t there (rhetorical question).

    So let’s not be hypocrites about this. How much privacy are we prepared to lose before we finally say enough is enough, especially when we consider that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks there is no such thing as online privacy?

    No Mr. Scoble I flatly reject your premise, and it is never acceptable to go soft on our privacy and raise the white flag. It’s dangerous enough that people are posting their private lives online, but our private info too? How private is “private”, and where will all this end? Good God …With all due respect only a near-sighted twit would give in to the shenanigans of a privacy-terrorist like Mark Zuckerberg.

    Make your stand now or forever hold your peace.

    Captain Kirk once told me the best defense is an offense. Now that he’s a lawyer (Denny Crane) I guess he knows what he’s talking about.

    The premise for this post is “Has facebook Gone Too Far? Privacy and Security in a Social Media World: The Best Defence is an Offence” … meaning — don’t give it up (your private info) in the first place.

    Play it safe. That is the only way you can be certain your online privacy will be protected.

    What do you think? Am I right or should I give up the battle for privacy too (or should I write a book like Scoble has suggested).


    UPDATE: I’m not an expert in online privacy law but it seems to me this is a legal issue (or ought to be) as well as a moral one. When it comes to our private info Facebook should not be allowed to arbitrarily change the TOS (terms of service) after we joined and sell our private info to the highest bidder.

    Especially considering how difficult it is (if not impossible) to delete our account (which is the crux of the matter here).

    My friend Tarheel_Rambler pointed out the “terms of service get changed all the time .. there’s even language included saying they have that option”.

    Yes that’s true, BUT the point is thanks to Facebook it’s a new world out there now. Or as Mr. Zuckerberg likes to say the rules are-a-changing .. and it goes both ways as far as I’m concerned. Tit for tat.

    The TOS is a legal contract between both parties and someone should take them to task on that. If their attitude is we can just leave if we don’t like it, then our private information should go with us as well .. NOT remain on Facebook’s servers.

    If there are insufficient laws at this time to enforce it then we need legislators with the kahunas to make it happen.

    Like my friend Mitch also pointed out it’s completely unethical for Facebook to bait and switch us after joining. Jeff Jarvis has also entered the fray .. and my response? This is not a discussion just for academics.

    The old rules should no longer apply to privacy terrorists like Zuckerberg. It’s too bad I no longer practice litigation because I would have loved to sink my teeth in this one.

    Any takers? Are you out there Deny Crane? Alan Shore perhaps … or how about you?

     
    • Kristina Summers 1:04 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      First off-a book would probably be very succesful so you should definitely go for it. On a more serious note, you may remember the other evening that I was surprised it was illegal to ask for a birthdate in Canada on a website. I think many of the privacy issues we have are due at least in part to our own ignorance of what people can do with just a small amount of information. Education is key. People need to understand more about privacy practices rather than just tossing those standard documents you get mailed or clicking through through the fine print on a social network. I like this post and maybe it will spur some to actually read the TOS on their networks-i guarantee most people don’t read them even with all the privacy issues going on right now. If you get a book deal I want a signed copy!!

      • BLOGBloke 1:26 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Kristina Summers, thanks Kristina .. just to clarify it’s not illegal to “ask” for private info like our birthdate.

        But it is illegal in certain jurisdictions to ‘demand’ it. Normally only the government, banks or employers (for tax purposes) can insist on birthdates etc.

        A social media website does not have the legislative authority to demand our birthdate, but because it owns the website it can decline letting us use it. But I would argue these sites are taking advantage of gullible kids who don’t know any better to harvest information (like Facebook does).

        We cannot and should not be forced to contract out of our lawful rights just to use a social media website.

        In my opinion legislators need to get off their fat ass and stop these scumbag sites taking advantage of people’s naivety, especially considering how social media is becoming more entrenched in society.

        Influential bloggers/marketers also need to educate their readers of its dangers thereof instead of just trying making a buck off them.

    • Roezer 1:27 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think we are all better off going back to ICQ numbers and Mirc for Communicating on the web social media is going too far.

      • BLOGBloke 4:32 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Roezer, remember ICQs online notice? … “Uh Oh!” It’s even more applicable today don’t you think.😉

        • Roezer 4:36 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @BLOGBloke, with Facebook it will be for many Uh Oh! my Credit Card

          • BLOGBloke 5:16 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            @Roezer, I was just thinking the same thing. That will be their next strategy I suppose.

    • JohnFTM 3:02 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You are right on. I was making a Facebook page for my blog and they tried to recommend it to all my personal contacts and even people I only tangentially know — wtf? I didn’t recall asking them to do that.

      With a lot of these services you have to be *very* careful or you’re practically begging for identity theft, spam, stalkers etc.

      This post reminded me of Kathy Sierra. Privacy is no joke.

      • BLOGBloke 4:23 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @JohnFTM, another excuse I’m tired of hearing is they require birth dates to weed out children. Apparently they’re hanging around porn sites too often because we all know how easy it is to lie about our age. There’s no way of testing the veracity of a user’s statement .. what a joke.

        Seems to me protecting the safety of our children starts with the parents, and blocking Facebook on our browsers is a good place to start.

        If they really are so worried about protecting our children then why aren’t they equally concerned with our privacy rights, and automatically remove info like birth dates from our account once it’s been created (or at least give us the option to remove it).

        Here’s another one for you .. changing our Facebook profile info can trigger someone contacting us for interrogation to squeeze even more information from us.

        Just who the hell do they think they are?

      • Curtis 1:56 am on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @JohnFTM, doesnt surprise me at all. Thats they way FB is becoming.

    • Kuanyin 4:32 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Right on the money!!!! Give them a fake birth date–absolutely! I’ve experienced way too many cyber *stalkers* to know it’s wise to be cagey!🙂 Excellent post as always!

      • BLOGBloke 5:27 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Kuanyin, even if the reason for birth dates really is to screen children, then there would be no reason for retaining the information on their database. Shouldn’t we at least have the option to delete it from our profile if we don’t want it?

        Control of our private information should be in our hands .. not theirs. How can we trust an organization that admits its disdain for our privacy and flip-flops on its TOS like the weather.

        After all, who’s profile is it really? Facebook’s or ours?

    • Curtis 5:04 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Fake name fake birth date or fake email. I am increasing becoming leary of Facebook and doing anything on there around birthdays. T.M.I. too much information….

      • BLOGBloke 5:20 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Curtis, the other day I received an email from Facebook to my private address inviting me to join. Now get this .. I never gave my private email to Facebook. Only a few personal friends have that address and none of them are on Facebook either. And the invitations came directly from Facebook — not from a user.

        So apparently spamming our private email that they harvested somewhere isn’t beneath their dignity either. How low can you go?

        • Curtis 1:53 am on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @BLOGBloke, aparently pretty low.

    • BLOGBlokeTips 7:17 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      @Roezer, I was just thinking the same thing. That will be their next strategy I suppose. http://www.blogbloke.com/privacy-securit

      • Roezer 8:14 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @BLOGBlokeTips Join #Facebank Today

        • Roezer 8:39 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @BLOGBlokeTips No you just Deposit your Soul #Facebank look after the rest

    • Mitch 7:41 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Of course you know I have a different take on some of this.

      To get this one out of the way, I’m trying to figure out how FB harvested your personal email address. I say that because they’ve never harvested mine, and don’t have access to mine, and I’ve had that same email address since 1996. It just seems odd they’d pick on you and not everyone. The only way I could have seen them get it is if someone you know, or someone looking for you, went that route, and I know you said it came from FB and not anyone you know, but it just seems weird.

      On the privacy issue, I guess I see it slightly differently being American. Here, they have the right to ask for a birth date, and we have the right to either deny it or give it up. I gave it up, but I also chose to hide it from everyone else, so my name will never pop up with any notice saying it’s my birthday; not that I can trust those few people who know when it is to keep silent, but they all missed the actual date last year.

      And, like you, I don’t like this thing where they were going to give information to their marketers. I blocked that, and last night you and I talked about how Congress wants them investigated by the FTC, mainly for the advertising aspect, but I believe it should be an investigation by the FCC for giving out private information in the first place “after the fact”; that’s really my only gripe, since had I know coming in that was going to be a default I might not have signed up, but being there 2 years kind of negates that.

      • BLOGBloke 11:59 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Mitch, you are a lot more trusting than I am because given Zuckerberg’s dubious character and public disdain for our privacy I now assume the worst.

        I don’t feel picked on at all and if Facebook can spam me I’m sure there are others that have had a similar experience. How they got my private email isn’t as much an issue for me than the fact they used it to spam me. And the fact that they now have it in their grubby hands is of great concern to me, and who knows where it will end up.

        Regarding voluntarily giving up our birth date, the issue as far as I’m concerned is the more entrenched social media becomes in society it may end up no longer being just a choice whether or not to participate.

        I can foresee the day social media becoming a part of everyday life in modern society (for everyone) and there will be no choice but to participate. By then however it might be to late if we are lax in protecting our privacy rights today.

        In other words I’m looking at the bigger picture down the road.

        • Mitch 7:21 am on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @BLOGBloke, I know you’re looking at the big picture down the road, but I’m trying to be at least a little bit pragmatic. If you remember, I related it to having a driver’s license. Just because you live in the country and need a driver’s license so you can get to your job or other things doesn’t suddenly make it a right; at least in this country it doesn’t. It’s still considered a privilege, and thus if you decide you want to drive you have to give up all sorts of personal information, and pay a lot of money to get that license.

          In my mind, unless you live in New York City or Los Angeles, driving will always be more important than social media, which means none of us have to give up anything we don’t want to. We just don’t participate in the process, and if it leaves us behind, then so be it. As an independent consultant, I’ve been told multiple times that I need to learn how to golf, because I’m missing out on deals that happen on the golf course. I could care less about potential deals I may or may not be missing if it involves something I don’t want to do; that’s my choice.

          Now, this doesn’t mean I don’t like what FB is suddenly doing with our information; that seems disingenuous at best. It means that, on balance, we volunteered to do some things, and we still have the right to cancel our accounts and move on.

          • BLOGBloke 8:36 am on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            @Mitch, funny you should mention being pragmatic because practical is my middle name.

            Using your driving analogy it wasn’t that long ago when horse and buggy was the primary mode of transportation (fur hundreds of years). In today’s age just ask anyone who can’t afford a car how much a privilege driving is. I’m sure most would agree (excepting the conservationists) that driving is for all practical purposes a requirement for getting around today if you want to compete. I know this from personal experience because I’ve had no car for 3 years (it was stolen and never replaced by insurance) and I can assure you it is really inconvenient relying on public transportation. If you don’t believe me just try shopping for groceries on the bus with only 2 hands.

            Whether or not you want to label it a privilege, mark my words it won’t be long before it will be necessary to have a LinkedIn account to find a job. Especially after the printed newspapers have faded into oblivion. The times are-a-changing and social media will be pragmatic and a necessity.

            Remember, the premise of this post is when is enough .. enough? After your so-called privileges are gone what will you do then? If you don’t fight for your rights and let the pimple-faced geeks take it away then you will have no right to complain after it’s gone.

            • Mitch 8:58 am on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

              @BLOGBloke, Since we’ve just recently met, you probably never had the opportunity to read my blog post from back in January on this same topic. Overall, privacy is gone the minute you put anything online. Unless you’re super savvy, which most people are, you can be tracked and found by anyone who wants to give it a try, unless you’re in one of those backward countries (yeah, I said it) that could care less what their citizens do online (I had a problem with that as well).

              I don’t buy the thing about what people will have to do. For instance, I have lost a lot of consulting assignments because the companies want to do a drug test, and I refuse; this happens mainly in the south. I refuse because I’m an incorporated business, and my point is that if they don’t require that of anyone else who comes into their facility to help them out, i.e. plumbers, electricians, etc, then they have no right to ask me to do it. I stand on my principle, and I accept that I’ll lose some business that way. If anyone decides they have to do something, it means they give up their freedom and their principles; that’s on them, and has nothing to do with reality or privacy.

              However, we can still protect certain aspects of our privacy. I’m pretty sure that my weight isn’t anywhere online because I’ve never given it out, and my physicians aren’t using electronic medical records yet. Sure, people can guess based on pictures of me, but they don’t know for sure. There’s plenty people don’t know about me, even as public as I’ve been. The reality is that if someone wants to know all sorts of things about me they can go onto a search engine, pop in my name, and then pay as little as $4.95 for the information. Frankly, that troubles me way more than anything Facebook could ever do, but there’s absolutely nothing I, or anyone else, can do about it.

              By the way, if you’d like to see that post of mine, it’s here: http://www.imjustsharing.com/do-we-deserve-privacy-online/ Great discussion!

              • BLOGBloke 9:11 am on April 29, 2010 Permalink

                @Mitch, yes but remember one of the things I object to most is birth dates. With your name and birth date anyone can find find everything about you (and I mean everything). Facebook makes birth date a requirement when we create an account. Whether or not I prefer the Beatles over the Stones is not a big deal for me.

                Regarding your statement about what we will have to do vs. what we choose to do .. perhaps it’s just me but I find your argument contradictory. You acknowledge losing work to retain your privacy. Well what happens when every company demands it? What then? Do you stop eating or just wave the white flag?

                Same goes for social media. If you don’t speak up now then forever hold your peace.

    • jason 5:08 pm on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      great post – I dont like how facebook tells everyone its your birthday – that is never a good thing

      • BLOGBloke 6:09 pm on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @jason, thanks and glad that you liked it. Just doing my part to get the word out.

    • BLOGBlokeTips 5:35 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Update: Do you think #Facebook should be sued for changing the TOS after we joined? Come join the party http://www.blogbloke.com/privacy-securit

    • Liza Fonda 7:09 pm on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have lost my account on fb how do I retrieve it?

      • BLOGBloke 10:37 pm on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Liza Fonda, have you considered that might be a good thing?😉 You will have to contact Facebook directly to find out why. In the mean time check out a nice alternative .. amplify.com

    • Rich 4:56 pm on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Killed my account the other day. The endless barrage of high school theatrics coupled with the privacy issues just became too much.

      • BLOGBloke 5:35 pm on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Rich, good for you. The only reason I still have an account is I use a pseudonym and they have none of my personal information.

    • Mitch 7:04 pm on May 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You know, just to add to this entire discussion, a bit of historical background tells us that Zuckerberg actually got his start by breaking into the computers at Harvard and getting into the personal records of girls on campus so he could set up a way to rank them, if you know what I mean. So, it pretty much follows that he’s never wanted any privacy on anything, mainly for his own purposes.

      • BLOGBloke 8:56 pm on May 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Mitch, I heard something like that myself and it’s another reason why I’m so anti-facebook. From what I’ve heard of the guy he has sociopathic tendencies and would be the last person on earth we want running a social network.

  • Blog Bloke 1:32 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Helping Google to Crawl and Index your Blog 

    Lots of tips here for helping Googlebot and search engine crawlers to better understand your content, index it and improve your search engine results pages.

    Blog Tip: Right-click on your browser and choose “view source” to get an idea how the search engines read your blog.

    There are also tips for duplicate content and filing a DMCA copyright complaint. Good video.

     
    • Curtis 1:34 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Gotta feed the mighty Google.

    • BLOGBlokeTips 11:11 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      @Curtis, even the mighty can fall. http://www.blogbloke.com/google-crawl-in

    • Diane ( blogneta) 9:29 am on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good video! There has been a lot of talk about duplicate content lately, especially on how Google views it. Rather interesting and quite logical. I think many are mostly concerned with the illegal practice of plagiarism, but that is for a different discussion I think🙂

    • anh2 12:35 am on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great tips.
      Thank you so much. I try to increase Crawl on my blog. Hope it will not use alot of bw😀

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