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No porn on Facebook

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I have been coming across a fair amount of nudity if not outright pornographic images on Facebook when working for a client (fashion related stuff, which quickly led to fetish related stuff, etc) , and wondering just exactly what their policy is on pornography. It can be a little difficult to find, but here it is (from this page):

"You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence."

So I guess the thing is that people that post this kind of stuff have like minded friends, and they don't report each other, so the stuff stays up there? I am not talking about porno spam on your wall from a complete stranger, but photo galleries, wall posts, etc. containing pornography and more often than not copyrighted material.

I guess it pretty much amounts to a don't ask don't tell policy, or nudge, nudge, wink, wink - but to me it just screams again that Facebook's user numbers are inflated for all the wrong reasons (like the gazillion under age kids that use it, etc.).

AdSense Newsletter "tip of the month"

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One of the things I am always going on about is using the tools that are out there. You can do a lot of pretty sophisticated things for free or very low cost. If you are an AdSense publisher, you should be getting their monthly email newsletter, which today contains this info about the new Google +1 button:

+1 Reporting is now available

In our last issue we told you all about the +1 button and how it can help you drive more and better qualified traffic to your site. This time, we're excited to share the new reporting tools Google has designed to help you keep track of your +1 activity.

The best place to find out how the +1 button is performing is in Google Webmaster Tools . You can get more information on how much additional organic search traffic the +1 button is bringing to your pages, how many times your pages have been +1'd by your users and demographic information for those users. If you haven't done so already, you'll need to verify your site on Google Webmaster Tools to get access to these features. In addition to this, Google Analytics is offering the new Social Plug-in Analytics tool. This will give you insight into the different types of actions taking place in your site once users reach it. You'll be able to compare behavior between users who +1 your pages and those who don't, as well as track other social actions and see which pages are driving the highest number of them.

It is good info, and stuff you should be on top of if you are running a web business, blog, or develop sites for clients.

Ads Posted on Facebook Strike Some as Off-Key

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Ya think?

TECHNOLOGY Ads Posted on Facebook Strike Some as Off-Key By BRAD STONE Published: March 4, 2010 From mainstream companies to others that are more off-putting, advertisers on Facebook are a motley bunch.

There is a lot of crap on Facebook - they should definitely be paying more attention to this kind of stuff.

Continued consolidation in social shopping sites

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Following on the heels of the Stylefeeder deal, ThisNext has announced their acquisition of StyleHive. Good times if you are a social shopping start up I guess, but I wonder if the cashing out by these companies means they were starting to hit a wall on growth and/or operating costs?

Headlines

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Couple of headlines, seemingly unrelated probably to most:

Confirmed: Time Inc. Buys Personal Shopping Engine StyleFeeder

The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site

So what is going on here? I am going to guess you have never heard of Stylefeeder. The genius who started it up a few years ago is walking with perhaps tens of millions (the article says, "well into eight figures."). This site (to my recollection) was started up so his girlfriend could more easily share stuff she found online with her friends. Of course now it is called a fancy "personal shopping engine". What it is is pure genius - no inventory, very low cost, community based, and churning out cash sending shoppers to online stores.

And then, the NY Times, instead of ever going forward - stepping back in time and again thinking they are going to charge for content. Really? Why have the people at the Times failed to morph/grow/invent anything new with all the web traffic they have? Why do all these dead tree companies let others innovate, and then pay through the nose (hello About.com!) to try to... to try to do I don't know what. What in the world did the Times ever think it was going to do with About.com? And now you have Time Inc. paying for Stylefeeder, which they'll probably screw up and drive people away from.

But the richest part to me is the absolute hubris of people like Bill Keller (the Times executive editor) - here is how he sees the plan:

"It underscores the value of what we do -- trustworthy, aggressively reported professional journalism, which is an increasingly rare and precious thing," Mr. Keller said. "And it gives us a second way to sustain that hard, expensive work, in addition to our healthy advertising revenue."

This is flat our crazy talk. "trustworthy, aggressively reported professional journalism"? I got two words for you Bill - Judith Miller.

So where am I meandering to? Time Inc. should have been developing properties like Stylefeeder for years now. Again, they already had a huge online presence, well known brands, etc. and instead of having anyone with vision, they are now going out and straddling themselves no doubt with more debt in a race to compete.

The NY Times is even worse - they are absolutely deluded in their thinking that their reporting has unique value because it is done by reporters. That ship has sailed. People are and will continue to get more and more of their news online, for free, from passionate writers who know about their subjects (yes - that dreaded word - bloggers!). The Times should be fostering an independent, vetted, global writing team, sans salaries, that gets paid a portion of advertising revenue based on the revenue their reporting generates. Yes it will need editors and controls, but could you imagine the quality and insights gained from people writing about subjects they know about? (I am sure you can because if you are reading this drivel you probably read other blogs too!).

Something has got to give in the dead tree, brain dead corporate news and infotainment world. Hashing out what and when to charge for your content every few years isn't going to make it!

I guess Amazon didn't get the memo

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top-logo._V11874419_.gifNew feature in my in-box this morning about being able to tweet Amazon products using your Amazon Associates account... sounds ripe for all kinds of bad stuff to happen:

Dear Associate,

Today we are excited to announce the launch of a new feature called Share on Twitter. You can access Share on Twitter from the Site Stripe and post to your Twitter account from Amazon detail pages in just two clicks.

The Share on Twitter feature is easy to use. Simply log in to your Amazon Associates account and then visit any detail page on Amazon.com. By clicking on the Share on Twitter button in the Site Stripe, a new window will open and an Amazon-generated message is pre populated in the 'What are you doing?' text area of your Twitter account (you may be asked to log in to your Twitter account). That message will include a shortened URL that already includes your Associates ID. You'll have the option to edit this message or simply hit the 'Update' button to post to your Twitter account. When Twitter users click on the link in your post and make a qualifying sale, you'll earn referral fees. That's it.

And I guess Amazon doesn't see any issue with the new FTC rules?

How To Spam Facebook Like A Pro

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This recent article from TechCrunch, "How To Spam Facebook Like A Pro: An Insider's Confession", is really amazing - especially the fact that you have an insider admitting to the massive fraud that is possible for savvy criminals to perpetrate.

I don't think the general public realizes this kind of stuff goes on, and if there are any government or enforcement agencies out there who should be involved they are massively behind the curve.

And the author makes some spot on comments that you most likely will never hear in any mainstream publication, like:

"Here's what ad networks struggle with--to either run what ads make the most money or else be forced out by other ad networks willing to be shadier than them."

It will be interesting to see if the article sparks some debate/action in the online advertising world.

Add 'Tweet This' to your Typepad Blog

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Here is a great tip for TypePad users: Add 'Tweet This' to your Typepad Blog Hmm - that did not work as advertised - but this functionality is now built into TypePad.

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