Porn May be a Drug

Porn Industry

The internet has allowed the porn industry to spread to become easily available to just about everyone with a device and a connection. It isn’t hard to find porn. It’s often put up in front of us and our families even if we’re not interested in seeing it. The temptation of porn is everywhere online.

One contention by Fight the New Drug is that pornagraphy is an addictive drug-like element of society that is actively participating in the destruction of society. There are those who would say that it’s not a bad thing, that it allows people to express their urges without involving violence. However, the numbers do not support this. Violent sexual crimes are on the rise pretty much around the world.

[Read more...]

Could Google Stock hit $2000?

Google Stock

It’s pretty impossible to conceive, isn’t it. How could any tech stock triple in price in less than two years when it’s at that level. Sure, stocks jump up by over 200% in much shorter periods of time, but not when they’re already over $1000. It’s not possible, right?

Actually, in the case of Google, their current projects could do more damage than just $2000. That could be shooting themselves short. You see, they made it where they are today through their core businesses: search, mobile, and advertising. Those are small compared to some of their other endeavors including health, energy, and connectivity.

Don’t be surprised to see them end 2014 with a value more than double their already-gigantic stock value.

According to The Street:

The game really changes, however, when one of those infamous Google side projects turns into another massive revenue generator distinct from search and advertising. If that ever comes to, $2,000 might be a conservative price prediction.

Read More: The Street

For YouTube-Only Users, Google has Failed

Failure

Google has always wanted to be the center of the online universe. They’ve recently wanted to become the center of the offline world as well, but that’s a different story. Their latest move towards online domination comes at the price of its own users and they aren’t taking it very well.

YouTube has remained independent of Google proper for a long time. The switch to make them a full Google property started in 2011 when they started requiring Gmail accounts in order to access all of the features of YouTube. This was an annoyance but it was only the beginning to the bigger play which they just unveiled in the last month and a half.

Now, Google+ accounts are required in order to get the full scope of features, including commenting. If this surprises people, that’s because they didn’t understand the goals of the company. They aren’t interested in how funny your comments are. They’re only interested in your activities and the best way to control monitor those activities is through their social network. Now, if you want to play, you have to pay in the form of personal tracking and data.

This makes many YouTube-only users unhappy. In essence, Google sucked them in and now it has failed them by forcing something onto something that they didn’t really want. Don’t expect Google to change it back, either. This is their path. It’s been their path since before Larry Page took over the day-to-day operations of the company. It’s not going to change any time soon.

According to Guardian Express:

For the first time in eight years, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim has spoken out against Google’s updates to the website. Instead of uploading a video, Karim merely posted a passive aggressive question to his personal account:

“Why the **** do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?”

Read More: Guardian Express

What Makes Scams Work?

Those who have been blessed to not get scammed are the lucky ones. So many people get trapped into situations that leave their pride injured and their bank accounts drained.

This graphic by our friends at FinallyFast allows us to see the statistics behind the epidemic of identity theft, account hacking, and general Internet thievery. Have you been scammed? Leave your stories below.

[Read more...]

When Local Search Goes Terribly Wrong

Local search has become a hot niche within the overall search landscape. Web searchers want to easily access data about what’s around them as efficiently as possible. As a result, more local search tools are popping up.

Whatsopen.com is one of these new local search destinations. Originally released at the beginning of the year in “Beta,” WhatsOpen’s only unique feature was its claim to provide hours of operation data for businesses that appeared for a user’s search query. Unfortunately, upon using the site for only a few seconds it became clear that the initial version of Whats Open had completely inaccurate and useless data, and had little more to offer than a cute frog logo and some fluffy language hyping their supposed testing in China and a pending mobile application just around the corner. [Read more...]

Is this McDonald’s Ad on Digg asking too much?

McDonalds ad on DiggAdvertising sometimes goes too far. They just don’t always understand exactly what they are implying. I’m sure they didn’t mean to command people like dogs (or worse?) but that’s exactly what they did on this ad that is currently appearing on Digg.

Here is a portion of the original page where it was found:

Digg McDonalds

* * *

Find more odd news here.

Behavioral Targeting: The Online Advertising Catch-22

Marketing BadlyAdvertising on the Internet isn’t what it used to be. People aren’t falling for the “9,999th Visitor” iPod winner ploy. They are catching on to Google Adsense, and pop-up blockers have destroyed that avenue.

The problem is, they also don’t want to pay to visit websites. “Don’t make money off of us, AND make it all free.” That’s the message, and a recent study described in Arstechnica about Web surfers and Behavioral Targeting touches on this fact. Check out that article (later) but first, let’s take a look at a solution. [Read more...]

To Boldly Blog Where Many Have Blogged Before

Boldly BlogIn the short life of this blog, it has received quite a bit of attention both negative and positive. One of the stories in particular about McCain Fanning the Obama-Clinton Flames has received comments on it as well on Digg and Propeller that are not complimentary.  It has been called names, bashed, yadayadayada.  It’s awesome!

Bloggers are in many ways amateur journalists.  I have written columns for print publications in the past and I prefer the editorial license allowed in blogs.  Why?  Because you can be more bold on the Internet than you can in a newspaper or a magazine. [Read more...]

The Social Hybrid: Web 3.0 is Coming

Web 3.0

Over the past several weeks, I have been privy to many projects in different stages of development. One thing that seems to hold true for many of them is that the developers’ idea of “the next big thing” is a hybrid of sorts.

Some are leaning towards social media mixed with social networking. Most of the social media sites have tried to head in this direction to some extent. All have fallen short. Most notably, the Digg changes a few months ago have turned from an attempt to socialize social media (with shouts and other features) into an unfair way to game the system. The results have been disastrous. [Read more...]

Social Media Front Page Addiction

Social Media AddictA little-known but dangerous epidemic is spreading across members of social media websites like Digg, Reddit, Propeller, Newsvine, and Mixx. Like a secret scourge, SM-FPA (social media front page addiction) isn’t making national headines yet, but the effects have been felt in thousands of households across the world.

“Ever since my wife’s submission hit the front page of Reddit last month, we only see her on the way to the bathroom,” said Jake Dixon. His wife Amber, better known as “diggwho”, made the front page of Reddit with a story titled Bush makes more people mad by saying something stupid. Since then, Amber has been submitting 15-25 stories per day and has a submission hit the front page 3-5 times per week. She declined to be interviewed. [Read more...]