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Patrick Swayze, Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson & Barack Obama

Posted on May 06, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: The Intarweb

Hayden’s Note:

Take this for what it’s worth.  I’m not playing politics or have any agenda.  I just wanted to point this out for both sides of the aisle.  There are some that say this is completely uncalled for and shows how full of hate Americans are – while the other side plays it up and uses it to prove Obama is not wanted as the President.  If you’re a loyal reader here, I’m sure you know exactly what side of the coin I fall on.

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Library of Congress & Google Will Archive Every Single ‘Tweet’

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: Library of Congress & Google

Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress.

That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.

The Library of Congress plans to focus on the “scholarly and research implications of the acquisition.” Certainly the daily thoughts of millions of people worldwide would make an excellent source of sociological information (for the Government and their goons!)....

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Trust And The Trillion Dollar Brain – An Expose on FaceBook, Google & Privacy Policies

Posted on Apr 06, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: TradewithDave (Contributing Writer)

Trust And The Trillion Dollar Brain

– An Expose on Facebook, Google & Privacy Policies

Why is it that every time I try to make friends with a corporation it becomes a little bit too friendly?  Have you ever met someone who didn’t seem to be aware of the concept of “personal space”?  When they talk to you they stand a little bit too close and they don’t even realize it.  Human beings are naturally social beings.  We are born with innate abilities to acclimate, function and modify our circumstances based on how people make us feel about others and ourselves. 

From a physical standpoint, there are key indicators in body language that help us to stay safe, to engage with others and even to express love.  For example, if you don’t know someone or if you feel threatened, it would be customary to stand about two arm lengths away from that person.  They can’t touch you and you can’t touch them even if you try.  If you are comfortable with someone you will stand within one arms length, but just slightly out of reach. ...

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Facebook To Release A “Like” Button For the Whole Internet

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: TechCrunch

There will be lots of news leaking about Facebook’s product announcements at their upcoming F8 Developer Conference in April. That’s because they’re already starting to test out a lot of the new stuff with third party developers, and once two people know a secret, it isn’t really a secret any more.

One of the new features we’ve been hearing about is the extension of Facebook Connect and the Facebook API to allow publishers to add a “Like” button to any piece of content on their site.

Sound trivial? It isn’t. This is likely part of Facebook’s Open Graph API project that will incentivize third party sites to interact deeply with Facebook by sharing content and associated metadata.

Today you can “share” content with Facebook via a simple button (you can see our implementation at the top of this post). The new Like feature goes way beyond the Share button, we’ve heard.

Good for publishers? Yes. But it’s also very, very good for Facebook as hundreds of thousands of websites will rush to format their content to exactly Facebook’s preference and send over all their data without a second thought....

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Augmented Identity App Identifies Potential Social Networking Friends with Facial Recognition

Posted on Mar 01, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: PopSci

Recognizr: The Astonishing Tribe

By this point, we’re all familiar with augmented reality, but Swedish mobile software firm The Astonishing Tribe is taking information overload to the next logical step: augmented identity. Mashing up face recognition technology, computer vision, cloud computing, and augmented reality with the complex digital lives many of us lead on the Internet, TAT has created an app that allows you to gather information on a person and their social networking life simply by pointing your camera phone at their face.

Dubbed Recognizr, the app essentially works like this: the user points the camera at a person across the room. Face recognition software creates a 3-D model of the person’s mug and sends it across a server where it’s matched with an identity in the database. A cloud server conducts the facial recognition since and sends back the subject’s name as well as links to any social networking sites the person has provided access to.

The software even takes note of the position of the person’s head within your field of view, popping up icon links to the subject’s social sites around his or her head without obscuring the strikingly lovely features that caught your attention in the first place.Given the vast catalog of photos already posted to more social corners of the Web like Twitter and Facebook, the software opens up our social networks to some unique possibilities.


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Facebook Deletes Joseph Stack Pages; Fans Call Him ‘American Hero’

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: CBS/AP

Some would call Joseph Andrew Stack, the software engineer who crashed his small plane into an IRS office building in Austin, a domestic terrorist. But there are fans on Facebook and Twitter who are now claiming he’s a “true American hero.”

Before flying his single engine Piper PA-28 into the hulking black-glass office building Thursday morning, the 53-year-old apparently posted a rambling screed on a Web site in which he railed against “big brother,” the Catholic Church, the “unthinkable atrocities” committed by big business and the government bailouts that followed. He took particular aim at the IRS, telling them to “take my pound of flesh and sleep well.”

In the note, signed “Joe Stack (1956-2010)” and dated Thursday, he said he slowly came to the conclusion that “violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.”

And some people on Facebook couldn’t agree more.

“Finally an American man took a stand against our tyrannical government that no longer follows the Constitution,” wrote Emily Walters of Louisville, Ky.

According to The New York Daily News, Walters was one of the many people on the social networking circuit who founded Joe Stack fan pages to honor the kamikaze pilot....

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The Spy That Nudged Me

Posted on Feb 09, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: Trade with

(Thanks goes to Dave for writing an in-depth and poignant article on social media and the “observers”.  Check out his blog at the link above!)

Ian Fleming’s fictional hero James Bond was never shaken, but he was stirred into action if he discovered he was being followed.  If you are an active participant in the social media world, like Bond, you too may soon have an unwelcome follower.  The infiltration won’t be a henchman such as Odd Job in Goldfinger or Dr. No from the inaugural 007 film of the same name. Instead your latest followers on Twitter may be on the payroll of the United States Government.  That was the plan suggested in a paper co-authored by the White House’s Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Professor Cass Sunstein.

As I was considering the implications of professor Sunstein’s 2008 academic paper (John Wiley & Sons ~ Journal of Political Philosophy) titled Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures, something quite strange struck me.  I had the distinct feeling that Professor Sunstein’s list of ways to deal with much of the independent thought displayed on the social web may potentially backfire. ...

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Facebook Profiles Capture True Personality, According to New Psychology Research

Posted on Dec 01, 2009 in Social Networking

Source: ScienceDaily 

Online social networks such as Facebook are being used to express and communicate real personality, instead of an idealized virtual identity, according to new research from psychologist Sam Gosling at The University of Texas at Austin. 

“I was surprised by the findings because the widely held assumption is that people are using their profiles to promote an enhanced impression of themselves,” says Gosling of the more than 700 million people worldwide who have online profiles. “In fact, our findings suggest that online social networking profiles convey rather accurate images of the profile owners, either because people aren’t trying to look good or because they are trying and failing to pull it off. 

“These findings suggest that online social networks are not so much about providing positive spin for the profile owners,” he adds, “but are instead just another medium for engaging in genuine social interactions, much like the telephone.” 

Gosling and a team of researchers collected 236 profiles of college-aged people from the United States (Facebook) and Germany (StudiVZ, SchuelerVZ). The researchers used questionnaires to assess the profile owners’ actual personality characteristics as well as their ideal-personality traits (how they wished to be)....

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Why ‘Break the Matrix’ Failed.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Social Networking

Why BTM Failed

Posted by AdamAdamR on Tue, 10/13/2009 – 10:44pm in
Break the Matrix has seemingly failed to accomplish its goals. The goals of the website were to establish a social networking community based on free speech, libertarian ideology, and political fundraising.

The site grew out of the momentum and excitement following Ron Paul’s run for the presidency and his fundraising records. It seemed like a new era of internet fundraising was suddenly booming and politicians and media savvy entrepreneurs wanted to master the techniques.

In addition to its intended for-profit fundraising goals, the site aimed to attract tens of thousands of viewers through intelligent, lively discussions and presentations that were outside the realm of mass media.

article_break_the_matrix_logoMany participants in the Paul campaign witnessed the untruthful and distasteful attempts to attack, smear and marginalize Paul for daring to mention the taboo topics of: the Fed, the overseas empire, generational debt and bankruptcy, and ending the wars. Since these are the most relevant topics to the practical life of every American, Paul received an up-swelling of grass roots support. Paul didn’t lose the race due to lack of funds (he retained some unspent millions for future endeavors).


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Intelligence Agency buys stake in firm that monitors blogs, tweets, etc.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Featured Articles, Social Networking

Source:  Wired By Noah Shachtman October 19, 2009  |  12:03 pm  |  America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon. In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day. Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and

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