” When I am sad there is no greater comfort …
… than the silent devoted companionship of my dog “
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… than the silent devoted companionship of my dog “
“Dogs Do Speak , But Only To Those That Know How To Listen”
” Barack Obama’s reelection campaign pioneered a pathway for political campaigns to reach voters through Facebook when it released an app that helped supporters target their friends with Obama-related material.
But as the 2016 presidential campaign approaches, Facebook is rolling out a change that will prevent future campaigns from doing this, closing the door on one of the most sophisticated social targeting efforts ever undertaken.
“ It’s a fairly significant shift,” said Teddy Goff, who was Obama’s digital director in 2012, and oversaw the effort that helped the Obama campaign gain a Facebook following of 45 million users that year. Goff’s team used Facebook and other tools to register more than a million voters online and to raise $690 million online in 2011 and 2012.
“ The thing we did that will be most affected — by which I mean rendered impossible — by the changes they’re making is the targeted sharing tool,” Goff said.
More than 1 million Obama supporters in 2012 installed the campaign’s Facebook app. These supporters were given the option to share their friend list with the Obama campaign. Goff said most of the app users did so. And when they did, Goff’s team would then “run those friend lists up against the voter file, and make targeted suggestions as to who [supporters] should be sharing stuff with.” “
It’s served it’s purpose in giving us eight years of Obamaville and now must be eliminated before someone of a less liberal political stripe makes use of it .
” Facebook can’t stay on top forever—not with so many new social apps nipping at its heels, anyway. A new survey of 7,200 U.S. students by research group Piper Jaffray suggests that the social giant is in fact dramatically losing teen users, despite what COO Sheryl Sandberg might want us to believe. In spring 2014, 72 percent of respondents between the ages of 13 and 19 reported that they used Facebook; by fall 2014, that number fell to 45 percent. By all accounts, that’s a massive drop for a company that’s downplayed its waning popularity among the key demographic of younger users for the last year.
Facebook proper may have fallen from grace, but Facebook-owned Instagram is on the rise among teens. The number of teens using Instagram nudged upward from 69 percent to 76 percent in the same time period while Twitter fell slightly from 63 percent to 59 percent, Google+ dropped considerably from 29 percent to 12 percent and Twitter, Pinterest, and Reddit held steady.”
” Teach her to:
Fetch your slippers & pipe
Massage your feet
Serve you ice cold beer & snacks
Sit quietly while you browse your favorite TV channels
Respond to non-verbal cues , such as snapping your fingers
Answer “Yes dear” to any and all requests
Greet you at the door wearing nothing but cellophane wrap “
Good luck with that … LMAO
” Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.
They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, under the new Extremist Disruption Orders.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will lay out plans to allow judges to ban people from broadcasting or protesting in certain places, as well as associating with specific people.
The plans — to be brought in if the Conservatives win the election in May — are part of a wide-ranging set of rules to strengthen the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.
The announcement at the annual party conference in Birmingham will come as the Conservatives position themselves as the party toughest on the terror threat.”
Paging George Orwell … Who’s extremist and who gets to decide ? This is not a winning strategy for a liberty-loving party to advance … Read more at the Telegraph
” In order to access Facebook, users must agree to a lengthy terms of service contract that outline everything Facebook has permission to do. That includes tracking users, even when they aren’t on Facebook, for advertising purposes.
Facebook tracks users by placing a cookie, or a small text file, on the computers of its users. The cookie communicates with so-called pixel code installed on many popular websites.
Pixel code is often included in Facebook services that allow companies to take advantage of Facebook in several ways. Online publishers can install “Like” and “Share” buttons on content. Those buttons increase sharing on Facebook, which increases traffic to publishers’ sites. Online retailers can use pixel code to purchase Facebook ads targeted to people who were just about to buy something, then got distracted and later ended up browsing Facebook.
The pixel code also lets Facebook know what its users are looking at on the Web. That information is invaluable to Facebook, because it gives the company a better idea about the interests of users. That increases the effectiveness of Facebook’s targeted advertising, which means Facebook can charge companies more for ads.”
It’s looking more and more like Facebook needs to be abandoned by those desiring privacy … read more at the Wall Street Journal
” Participation on Facebook could prove very dangerous to your future well-being. There is a reason that Facebook is aligned with both the CIA and the NSA. I have several credible sources tell me that all data posted on Facebook goes into series of cataloged files which culminates with each person being assigned a “Threat Matrix Score”. The mere existence of a Threat Matrix Score should send chills up and the collective spines of every American.
When, not if, martial law comes to America, this Threat Matrix Score, of which Facebook data is used to help compile an “enemies of the state” list, your future longevity could be seriously imperiled. It is too late for people like Steve Quayle, Doug and Joe Hagmann, John B. Wells and myself to avoid being placed on this list. However, it is not too late for the average American to limit their exposure by NOT posting and participating on Facebook. Facebook participation should come with a black box warning:
“ WARNING: The views expressed on Facebook can and will be used against you. Participation in Facebook could prove detrimental to the length of your life. All political dissident views are immediately reported to the CIA and the NSA. Risk of repeated exposure on Facebook could result in you and your family being hauled out of their homes at 3AM, separated from your family and sent to a re-education camp”. “
Click the pic for live blogging Of Scotland’s Landmark vote
” People in Scotland have begun voting on independence today. If Scotland votes Yes, the United Kingdom will split and Scots will go their own way, ending a 307-year-old union. The crucial ballot is expected to go down to the wire, with polls showing the contest is too close to call. Here is a summary of the latest developments and analysis:
- Andy Murray backs Scottish independence
- Final polls show undecided voters could swing the result either way
- The NO comment: We cannot risk our children’s future
- The YES comment: A fairer Scotland is within our grasp
- Almost half of ‘No’ voters have felt ‘personally threatened’ by the ‘Yes’ campaign
- When will the result be announced “
The Independent is live blogging the voting and below are some links to other popular means of keeping up to date on the Scot’s vote for independence .
” On July 23, when Facebook reported its earnings for the second quarter, the company stunned everyone.
Revenues were $2.68 billion, up 67% from the same quarter during the year before.
Even better, 62% of those revenues came from the sale of mobile ads, a business Facebook didn’t enter until 2012, after its IPO. Facebook is now a $200 billion company. That’s a huge number. Facebook’s market cap is now larger than Amazon’s and Yahoo’s combined.
All of it has Facebook investors big and small thrilled. They should be! Anyone who bought in on Facebook’s IPO has doubled their money by now.
It’s still growing its user base. Mark Zuckerberg has shown he’s incredibly savvy about making aggressive acquisition offers. COO Sheryl Sandberg obviously knows how to generate ad revenues.
All that said, there is one way Facebook is letting down shareholders: It’s withholding crucial information about its mobile advertising business. It won’t say how much of its mobile advertising revenues come from a product called “Mobile App Install Ads.” “
” With unemployment at record high levels , I’d like to give 12 million illegal aliens the right to compete with you for jobs .”
Hmm , now what could his motive be ? Purely humanitarian , no doubt .
” The US tech industry has failed to appreciate the mounting global concern over its record on online privacy and security and must act fast to prevent deeper damage to its image, Silicon Valley’s top executives and investors have conceded.
The self-criticism, much of it aimed at consumer internet companies such as Google and Facebook, comes as some of the tech sector’s best-known names have been battered by a backlash over revelations of widespread US internet surveillance and concerns about their growing business and cultural dominance.
Peter Thiel, a prominent start-up investor and Facebook director, said: “Silicon Valley is quite oblivious to the degree to which this crescendo of concern is building up in Europe. It’s an extremely important thing and Silicon Valley is underestimating it badly.
Jim Breyer, an early investor and former board member of Facebook, said: “The US government and [tech] companies will have to step up significantly if they want to regain the world’s trust.”
PC Kills …
When I’m pissed with the government …
… My first thought isn’t to steal a 60″ plasma TV
” A Mexican veterinarian accidentally shot himself dead as he posed for a Facebook selfie with a pistol, police said.
Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, had reportedly been drinking with pals in Mexico City last weekend when he pointed the loaded gun at his face for the snap.
But the .45 caliber weapon discharged – and he was hit in the temple by the bullet.
Neighbors heard the gunshot and called cops.
Officers arrived to find him still alive, but they lost a battle to save him – and he was declared dead at the scene soon after.”
Another yacht launch fail … this sure ruined somebody’s plans for a summer cruise .
” I bet you thought Facebook tweaked your feed to provide you with “relevant” information you might find useful.
What if you found out that instead they “tweaked” it in an attempt to determine whether they could manipulate your emotional state?
Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. The paper, “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” was published inThe Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. It shows how Facebook data scientists tweaked the algorithm that determines which posts appear on users’ news feeds—specifically, researchers skewed the number of positive or negative terms seen by randomly selected users. Facebook then analyzed the future postings of those users over the course of a week to see if people responded with increased positivity or negativity of their own, thus answering the question of whether emotional states can be transmitted across a social network. Result: They can!
There seems to be this idea that you can get “something for nothing”, or the “something” you “pay” is in some way beneficial. But what if it’s not? What if it’s intended to manipulate how you think and respond to events around you? What if that manipulation doesn’t end with an advertising message trying to get you to buy one product over another?
A rather liberal reading of Facebook’s terms would probably lead you to conclude that you agreed to this when you signed up for an account. But this much is certain — you weren’t told about it in advance, and you didn’t explicitly consent.
This particular instance came to light because it led to a published research paper. How much of this is going on in other venues entirely in secret, covered by the same sort of “policy agreement”, without your consent?
My best guess: A whole lot of it.”