About 2 years ago I wrote a post about fake accounts on social media where I addressed this concept of accounts following you on Instagram and Twitter and, if you decide to hook up with them, instantly dropping you after the fact. A lot of those accounts were fake to begin with, while some of the people are real but someone else is running them and doing the fake follow and drop on their behalf.
nothing fake here
It seems that things are worse off than that these days. My friend Jesan sent me a link from the New York Times talking about celebrities buying followers to pad their numbers so they look more impressive to the real people that follow them. After that I was talking to him and another friend named Terri about something called Tweetdecking (not the Twitter product) which involves groups of teens that charge people to get their posts retweeted so they look like they’re big time. I followed that up by sharing another article where my state, New York, is going to investigate a company sells Twitter followers by stealing the profiles of real people and setting up new accounts that look real. Continue reading Social Media Fakes, Part Two→
This is a story that, oddly enough got worse later on but for a much different reason. Although YouTube decided to suspend him (a week after he pulled the video himself from his channel), his subscribers jumped almost 3 million higher than the 15 million already following his antics. It turns out the majority of his fans are young kids who, for some “unknown reason” (bad parenting) can’t figure out why the overwhelming majority of us think showing a suicide victim’s body and making jokes about it is wrong. Continue reading World Society And Social Media→
Unlike a lot of people who receive free books, I tend to read them, even when I feel like I’m proficient on the topic at hand. In this case, the book is How To Tweet And Thrive On Twitter by Lisa Sicard of Inspire To Thrive, and I earned a free copy by winning it during a Twitter Chat that Lisa holds weekly… although I don’t remember the time (I’m sure she’ll let me know lol). It’s about Twitter and it gives a lot of information, most of which I already knew. However, I learned a few things I didn’t know, as well as read it in a format I wasn’t familiar with, so I felt it deserved being reviewed; here we go.
Over the course of the last couple of months, YouTube has done something incredible… not in a good way. They’ve taken the time to go through the 332 videos I have on one of my YouTube channels and decided that 12 of them aren’t suitable for advertising.
own the car, not the tree
For those who aren’t initiated to the process, if you have a Google Adsense account (Google owns YouTube), you can decide to monetize your videos and allow an ad to show up in different ways but in the same format you’re used to seeing on some websites or blogs you visit. All one has to do is click on a tab called Monetize and then put a check mark in a box and save; that’s all it takes. Continue reading Being In Control Of Your Content→