Archive for the '(anti) social media' Category

Who can you trust with your data? Twitter, yes. Apple, AT&T and Verizon, not so much.

You may not be aware of this, but: We are officially in the middle of Privacy Awareness Week, according to the FTC. To mark it, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published its annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, which details how major Internet companies share data with the government. Seeking a company that will stand up […]

What the hell am I doing on the BBC?

So this week I’m on the BBC blabbing about how Web tracking companies are out to get us. What did the Beeb want with me? Read on for the details. It started with this blog post I wrote a few weeks ago about how certain ads – one in particular for Jitterbug smartphones – were […]

Faster copycat – shill, shill!

One of the unwritten rules in Hollywood is that if something is remotely successful, a sequel is virtually inevitable. It turns out the same is also true in the blogosphere. Last November, I wrote about a reader of mine named Stephen G. who discovered Apple’s iCloud was censoring the emails of his clients without telling […]

Online security? It’s dead, Jim. Now what?

A couple of days ago I received a scary sounding email from Twitter. It started like this: Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account. My first thought was that this email was bogus […]

Online branding and media planning

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post from MediaDiscovery. In other words, I didn’t write this. The right image for a company is a necessity when competing in a vibrant business environment and getting your profile seen on both, the online and offline markets on a global level will generate the desired traffic your brand […]

Would you trust a LinkedIn endorsement from someone wearing a banana on his head?

Stop me if this has happened to you. You open your inbox one morning and see a message from an old work colleague named Bob, sent via LinkedIn. It looks something like this: Eager to find out what wonderful things Bob has to say about you, you click the “See endorsements” link in the message, […]

What will absolutely, positively happen in 2013

Well, looks like we made it through the Mayan apocalypse after all. That means we’re faced with another year – and more predictions about what that year may hold in store. As faithful readers may recall, last year I successfully predicted the Facebook IPO (and subsequent face plant), that Windows Phone would become the third […]

Dear Klout: Close, but no cigars

You may not know this but I am a freakin’ expert on cigars. If it’s rolled up in dried tobacco leaves and smuggled in from Cuba in diplomatic pouches, I am your guy. This must be true, because I read it on my Klout profile. The world has gone a little Klout crazy, lately. There […]

Is Facebook on its death bed?

Ok, I admit: The question that serves as the headline for this post seems on the surface a bit absurd, if not downright crazy. Any day now Facebook is likely to announce its 1 billionth member, giving it a population more than three times that of the United States. And it has barely scratched the […]

Auto Robotica: What will we do when our cars are smarter than we are?

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the IFA 2012 consumer electronics show in Berlin as a guest of the IFA organizers. When not drinking Pilsner and eating bratwurst I managed to squeeze in a panel on the future of the car, featuring representatives from Ford, Microsoft, Inrix (the leading provider of aggregated traffic […]

Tangled Up in Google+ Blues

I first noticed the problems about a month ago. I tried to promote a TY4NS blog post on Google Plus but nothing happened when I clicked the G+1 button. I figured it was probably a glitch in the plug-in code. I have an attention span of about 4.2 seconds for this sort of thing, so […]

Once something sticks to the Web, how do you get it unstuck?

A few months ago I got an email from a woman about a story I’d written nearly three years ago. To protect her privacy I’ll call her Samantha Sugarlips. In that story, which I’d written for my somewhat more sarcastic blog, I mocked this woman for posting photos and other personal information to Facebook, then […]

Samsung building its own ‘Facebook Killer’? Yeah, and I’m Justin Bieber

The rumor that Samsung building its own Facebook killer social network has been circulating on the InterWebs – or at least it was, until Samsung shot it down early this morning. It started with a Korea Times article published two days ago about a Samsung product called “Family Story” that was allegedly referred to within […]

Dear Google: WTF?

As a general rule, when it comes to doing things smarter or better than everyone else, Google kicks ass. Sure, there are some notable faceplants. Google Buzz? Google Wave? Even Google+ isn’t exactly a world beater. But in general, working at Google = genius, more often than not. With one enormous exception: transcription services for […]

My love/hate relationship with Facebook

I love Facebook. I also hate it. And sometimes I’m indifferent, but not often. As the big IPO day looms closer, lots of folks are taking a second look at this thing that started out as kind of a goofy diversion for college kids and has grown into the beast with 900 million heads. For […]

Sleazy to the Max

Uber frat boy turned best-selling author Tucker Max caused a kerfuffle in the blogosphere last week after he offered $500,000 to Planned Parenthood if they agreed to name one of their clinics after him. The 36-year-old Max, successful author of ribald chronicles featuring drunken sexual conquests and female humiliation, does not exactly occupy the top […]

Privacy after 9/11

Last week I was in Germany, as a guest of the IFA Berlin consumer electronics show. That means, of course, that I had to perform the airport security samba. I took off my shoes and my belt; stuffed my watch, keys, cell phone, and loose change into the pockets of my jacket; took my laptop […]

A social network Anonymous would love

Don’t look now, but there’s a new social network coming. No, it’s not Google Circles, no matter what the Read Write Web blog says. And it’s coming from the people you’d least expect. 4chan. Yes, that’s right — the purveyors of the most insidious (and some of the most grotesque) memes on the InterWebs – […]

Freaks & Geeks: The Social Network

You may have been too busy having a life this weekend to notice but, the number one movie in the nation right now is the tale of an uber-nerd. The Social Network, David Fincher’s much-hyped film about the origins of Facebook, hit theaters this weekend to rave reviews (though if you spend most of your […]

Facebook phone rumors are real. The Facebook Phone? Not so much.

God I love the InterWebs. Years from now, scholars dissecting the complete disintegration of journalism in the 21st centure will look back at us and say, what the frak? The example du jour: The Facebook Phone rumors, which were sparked this past weekend by TechCrunch and continue to burn. If you believe what you read […]