Perception is an interesting thing these days on the grand ole Internet. People are measuring each other more and more on unverifiable items of importance. This trend is only becoming more and more alarming. The first indication of this importance rush began in the mid-2000s when MySpace and Facebook intrigued their members to be more social by adding friends. This started the “friend rush” for individuals around the world to gauge themselves against their friends on these “significant” numbers. At first these numbers were in the hundreds…then the celebrities arrived.
Enter Ashton Kutcher, famous for several things, but you might not know that he raced CNN to 1Million followers on Twitter. He even won the race to enroll these followers (and donated $100K to the Malaria No More Fund). But what this started was a massive drive by the average individual to obtain the same popularity as celebrities. This boils down to is a simple numbers game. The argument goes that the more Facebook Friends, Twitter Followers, Plus Ones, and Pinterest Repins a person has the more influential the individual has become. But this argument has been negated by technology and the inability to verify the individuals being influenced.
The most basic and easy way to muddle into this pay for popularity environment can be seen if you visit Fiverr. While there are plenty of decent items available for $5 on Fiverr the social marketing for sale by its users demonstrates an alarming trend. Under the area of Online Marketing Gigs you can find individuals willing to provide you for a mere $5 pretty much any variants of Facebook Likes, Twitter Tweets, Education Domain Backlinks, Pinterest Repins, and other social link juice from this major portion of Web 2.0. Similarly if an individual is looking to spend a bit more ($25) there is a very similar social fare available from Goferr. While there are individuals who have built real networks of vast followers and social networks for the most part you will not find them offering their services on Fiver or Goferr. Both sites’ providers offer “gigs” that are mostly fulfilled by groomed networks of bots and automated tools which provide the gig promised social “likes” and “followers.”
But really none of this matters if you don’t care about social media right? Unfortunately that isn’t the case with the ability to buy likes, buy followers, buy repins, etc. Take a look at Bing’s new interface which provides a heavy dose of Social Media interaction. If you’ve been using any form of search engine then these backlinks and social media’s influence is changing what you see in those search engine results you so freely take as truth. Unless you can tell me the changes you noticed in ’s Panda and Penguin then you’re not watching closely enough to know how you’ve been affected by this Search Engine
Exploitation (SEE) Optimization (SEO).
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I bet you are wondering “how do you get rid of trending songs on Facebook?” or even “how do you get rid of trending articles on Facebook?”
There is a way to Block or Remove Trending Songs or Block Trending Articles by managing the Applications that are causing this foolish nonsense (and compromising your privacy). Here is the simple “hack” and work around in 3 easy steps. This way you’ll be able to block, hide or get rid of trending videos, trending articles, and trending songs on your Facebook Feed for good. SocialCam, Viddy, Spotify, and other services like this merely are trying to broaden your Privacy profile and expose more of your personal information in varying degrees or steps. Their end goal is “Humanity’s Loss of Privacy.”
If you want to keep these applications but just want the Trending Articles or Trending Videos to dissapear from your Facebook feed see my method to use software on How to Remove Trending Articles from Facebook in 3 Easy Steps and How to Remove Trending Videos from Facebook in 3 Easy Steps.
- Click “Privacy Settings” in the upper right corner.
- Click “Manage Blocking” (located to the bottom on the right of “Blocked People and Apps”)
- Type the name of the video app (Socialcam, Viddy, Spotify, etc), and hit the Enter key. Repeat this for all the video and article services Trending Videos, Trending Songs and Trending Articles use, and they will have nothing to show. Hint - if you really want that stuff you can still see it without installing the app…simply search for the name of the item in your favorite search engine. No need to expose your private information to an application that merely takes you to a video right?
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I’ve seen these Wave Glider Robots in the news and they were highlighted during the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Researchers have been using them to track and transmit the significant amount of information collected from tagged Great White sharks. These sea going robots are only the beginning for the change in the deep penetration of the ocean and sea domain. Being able to track and collect data autonomously from the ocean will unlock significant areas of additional exploration for the next several decades.
Clearly there are massive ramifications for my Oceanography counterparts in the direct sensors and data collection. But from a communicators perspective there are significant additional ramifications. Most individuals have experienced the lack of network penetration while sailing aboard their favorite Cruise-liner in a distant vacation hot spot. The wave gliders are already equipped with traditional 802.11 wireless, have GSM for further from shore operations, then shift to BGAN, and Iridium as a final communication capability. Obviously it would need to be slightly modified for mesh network use but if wave gliders were equipped with the ability to create a mesh network infrastructure it would be massively significant. By using wave bots programmed for station keeping they could create this physical mesh network. This would be similar to the much larger anchored navigational buoy’s which have been the maritime technology of choice for nearly a century.
Yet with the Wave Gliders ability to travel without fuel requirements, beyond that of solar and wave power both of which are fully renewable, these bots can become effectively anchored throughout the ocean. Imagine what could be collected, processed, and analyzed from that point? Much more than shark tracking - however awesome!
Don’t forget to grab the free iOS application: Shark Net - Predators of the Blue Serengeti
If you’re a fan of Shark Week like I am, check out the 4D Shark Anatomy Puzzle from the Discovery Store (Free Shipping on orders over $75 at the Discovery Channel Store, use code AFFSHIP75).
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