VIDEO: What Is The Cloud & How Can You Keep Your Data Safe In The Real World?

At URTech.ca we are pretty serious about tech and tech these days includes “the cloud”.  The problem is that most people really don’t understand what “the cloud” is and so this video will quickly clear up any questions you have: Ok… that was pretty damn funny and is most places “safe for the office” but the question remains of what is the cloud… seriously.   The simplest and very correct way to explain “the cloud” is…

Key Facts about the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica Scandal:

Below are the two key facts in the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica Scandal involving the misuse of about 50 Million Facebook subscribers data. The original app data was volunteered, legally collected and did even breach Facebooks terms of use The data was used to figure out HOW to target people, using data that would be collected during the 2016 US Presidential Election campaign most likely legally and voluntarily As much as we question Trump’s competence,…

SOLVED: What is a Net State and is Facebook the first?

In 1602 the Dutch East India Company made history as the first entity to trade stock.  While they did not appreciate it at the time, this bringing together of wealthy people in a single financial interest also brought power: financial power, political power and social power.  In the past there have been some companies that rivaled the financial and political strength of governments but none have had the social might that comes from daily interaction with…

SOLVED: How To See What Apps Have Access To Your Facebook Profile

Personal data security has never been so important, yet many people grant websites and apps access to their Facebook account as if it is worthless data.  If you have not reviewed the apps that have access to your Facebook profile in a while, you really should do it right now. Step By Step How To View, Change or Delete Apps Access To Your Facebook Information: Log into Facebook; the app on your cell or tablet will…

Does Social Media Advertising Payback in 2015 or 2016?

I have argued for many years that Social Media is an important communication channel that businesses and politicians should NOT get too excited about.  Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest… authors are nearly always connected to others on these sites in one of two ways: Most often, people are connected to those they know and genuinely like which often means they share the same opinions and as such you are wasting your time ‘preaching to the converted’ Infrequently, people are…

SOLVED: How to Create Links To “POST TO FACEBOOK”, “TWEET THIS” or Other Social Media Sites

If you want to create buttons in your email or on your website that link to a particular web page, what you need to do is copy the complete address you want to reference and append it to the links below. http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u= http://twitter.com/home?status= https://plus.google.com/share?url= http://www.reddit.com/submit?url= http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url= http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&url= For example, if you wanted to create a link to the CHANGE.ORG petition to have residency requirements for politicians changed to a 6 month minimum (and I hope…

VIDEO: Social Media Is Killing Us

These videos, in reverse order, are my favourites at explaining why Social Media is killing us.  Two of them have one notable awards. “We are sacrificing CONVERSATION for CONNECTION…” to people we don’t really know or care about. Watch these and the get up and GO DO SOMETHING INTERESTING BUT DON’T POST IT ON FACEBOOK!!!

Facebook Advertising Doesn’t Work

Four out of five Facebook users have never bought a product or service as a result of ads or comments on the social networking site, according to an online survey of 1,032 Americans by Reuters and Ipsos Reid… …And a February study by eMarketer also found Facebook less effective than email or direct mail marketing when it comes to actually swaying buying decisions. The Reuters/Ipsos poll also found that 34 per cent of respondents are…

Facebook (FB) is One Of the Worst Performing Initial Public Offerings in the Last DECADE

This chart from www.businessinsider.com shows some of the larger IPO’s and how they have performed over their first 5 days.  Pavel Durov, founder of the hugely popular Russian social network VKontakte said the Facebook IPO caused such a chill with investors that they have indefinitely postponed ther IPO.  Keep in mind that VKontakte (www.vk.com) is Russia’s second most popular website (and Russian is a BIG country) and has stayed in the top 50 sites world wide for…

Facebook Share Price “Collapse”, Is Now A Good Time to Buy?

On Friday Facebook began trading a $38 a share, went up a few dollars momentarily and now has dropped to an emberassing $31.00 in just two days.  Often people see a declining share price as a great time to buy, but consider this, I had read that about 10 days before the IPO, the Facebook shares were pegged at $28 and the media frenzy drove the price up… maybe $28 was about right.  Facebook is NOT…