The Increasing Price We Pay For The Free Internet

The Increasing Price We Pay For The Free Internet

Picture : Rhadaway. This is a follow-up on my previous post, A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers. A.

A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers

A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers

For a website that hosts so many cute pet videos, Facebook is not a place that reeks of happiness and.

Sleazy Sales Tactics and Social Networks

Sleazy Sales Tactics and Social Networks

This is a public service announcement (aka rant) intended for IT product and service reps. In a nutshell:

If your spam and cold calls haven't resulted in a business relationship, tracking me down personally on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook won't work either.

Void Rage: Unable to Muster Facebook Anger

Void Rage: Unable to Muster Facebook Anger

Following is a guest post from Jon Loomer, offering a different perspective on Facebook's privacy changes: It took a few weeks, but internet rage over Facebook's Like button and latest privacy ramifications is in full swing. Bloggers swinging at Facebook's knee caps with aluminum bats seem to outnumber those who come to CEO Mark Zuckerberg's defense 20:1. And if a blogger does post a defense, duck and cover as soon as you hit "publish" because the rage will bubble up from the comments section.

Why I Don’t “Like” Facebook

Why I Don’t “Like” Facebook

Big changes are happening at Facebook, and they mean that what you do and say, on and off of Facebook, is now being more heavily tracked and more broadly shared. If you think that your Facebook data is somewhat private -- e.g., shared only with friends and people you specify -- you are wrong.

Google’s Creepy Profiles

Google’s Creepy Profiles

Google unveiled a bold new product last week; one of critical and compelling import to anyone who believes that their online reputation is important. I'm not talking about Google Buzz. I'm talking about Google Profiles. This isn't a new service -- Google introduced the profile pages a few years ago. But the release of Google Buzz has illuminated how important they are in Google's plans, and how important they can be for us. And if this profile is now a key pin in my personal branding strategy, I demand better tools to manage it than Google has provided.

Why Geeks (like Me) Promote Transparency

Why Geeks (like Me) Promote Transparency

Last week, I shared a lengthy piece that could be summed up as: "in a world where everyone can broadcast anything, there is no privacy, so transparency is your best defense." (Mind you, we'd be dropping a number of nuanced points to do that!) Transparency, it turns out, has been a bit of a meme in nonprofit blogging circles lately. I was particularly excited by this post by Marnie Webb, one of the many CEO's at the uber-resource provider and support organization Techsoup Global.

Now that Mom’s on Facebook…

Now that Mom’s on Facebook…

...here's what I want to write on her wall:

Facebonked

Facebonked

This week has brought some pretty blizzardy weather on the Facebook front, so thick that I'm in a real quandary as to how I should navigate through it. Understand that, when it comes to Facebook, I try and keep my visits to the neighborhood to a minimum. Short story: I like the ability to keep up with people, but hate the annoying, incessant and spammy applications. I would have no use for Facebook if everyone would simply accommodate me and use LinkedIn and Twitter instead. But, as you might have noticed as well, the whole world apparently got Facebook for Christmas.

Filling the Communication Gaps

Filling the Communication Gaps

We've come a long way since the Pony Express. It's hard to imagine living in a time when your options for communication were limited to face-to-face, sllooowww mail, and, perhaps, carrier pigeon. Today, we have the opposite problem: there are so many mediums to choose from that a key communication skill is to gleam the method that the person you want to reach prefers.