Category Archives: Social Media

Gab has been Banned from PayPal, GoDaddy and Medium

Gab is a social media website created by CEO Andrew Torba. If you use Twitter, you may have heard of Gab. It is the website disgruntled Twitter users tweet about whenever Twitter suspends accounts that break the Twitter rules. The New York Times describes Gab as “an extremist-friendly site”.

USA Today reported that Robert Bowers had been identified as the suspect in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Eleven people died and several others were wounded.

The Verge reported that Robert Bower was not only on Gab, but also had posted a history of anti-Semitic speech on it. In the same article, The Verge posted a statement from a spokesman from PayPay, who confirmed that PayPal had banned Gab, and citing hate speech as the reason for the ban. The statement said:

“The company is diligent in performing reviews and taking account actions. When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action.”

In another article, The Verge posted a statement from GoDaddy:

“We have informed that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service. In response to complaints received over the weekend, GoDaddy investigated and discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people”.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Medium has suspended Gab’s account on its platform. Yesterday, Gab had posted a “Statement On The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting”. Today, that same link goes to a Medium page that says “This page is unavailable”.

Freedom of speech means that the government cannot throw you in jail because it didn’t like something you said. Private companies are allowed to stop providing service to users who break the company’s rules. It is also worth noting that freedom of speech does not come with protections against facing the consequences of what you choose to say – or, in Gab’s case – host.

Is Social Media Making us Sick?

social mediaOver the past six months, I have really tried to limit my non-work utilization of Social Media. I found in a way that it was making me sick, both physically and mentally. I found myself sometimes feeling actually sick to my stomach and most definitely causing me to be moody.

I tried clearing putting friends on snooze or unfollowing them all together as there was this underlying anger and ongoing small snipes here and there. Frankly, most of the conversations were not conducive. I will admit that it is very hard to take a break and still find my time on Facebook more than it should be.

Facebook has become the crack for tech-addicted geeks like me. I know I should not be on it but cannot help myself to take another hit. My business requires me to monitor up to a half dozen groups where customers go first for help often times versus visiting the support page to get a professional from my team to help them.

Frankly its all frustrating and one thing I have made a commitment to, is coming back to the blog here at Geek News Central where I have full control to go on full blast mode about these types of topics that have been bothering me.

I can only hope that you will join me in taking some breaks from social media so we do not have to hit the facebook crack pipe as often.

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All of Your New Twitter Friends are Probably Bots

Twitter logoSocial media is becoming less useful by the day. Nowhere is this more evident than on Twitter. The so-called microblogging service may still serve as an of-the-moment cultural barometer. But what good is that barometer if the gauge it’s built on is fundamentally broken? Twitter’s ability to give us nearly realtime data on trending topics is only really worthwhile if that data is reliable.

And how reliable can that data be if an estimated 48 million Twitter accounts are actually bots? According to a new study, somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of all tweets come from fake accounts. This is just the latest indicator that Twitter itself, and perhaps social media in general, is being ruined by bot masters who serve up all kinds of fake activity to those who’ll pay for it.

Twitter’s own estimate of bots on its platform came in lower than what the study found. According to a recent filing, Twitter stated its bot count is around 8.5 percent. While Twitter’s methodology for bot calculation may be different than the methods used by the researchers who came up with the study, it’s still in Twitter’s interest to have an overall lower bot score.

This study doesn’t do much to improve Twitter’s already shaky reputation as of late. Hopefully, there’s something the social network can do to round up and eject these fake accounts. I guess the real question is, does Twitter even care?

The New York Times Launches on Snapchat Discover

The New York Times announced that it will launch on the Snapchat Discover platform. The New York Times will create a daily Edition for Snapchatters in the U.S., Canada, and Australia based on its popular Morning Briefing, which is designed to help readers prepare for their day, and will be published Monday through Friday.

Discover is the section of the Snapchat app where Snapchat users can find content from media companies, curated and designed specifically for the platform. Over 150 million Snapchatters use the app every day. According to Nielsen data, on any given day, Snapchat reaches 41 percent of all 18-34 year olds in the U.S. In comparison, an average individual U.S. TV network only reaches 6 percent of the same democraphic.

The partnership with Snap will allow the Times to put together a team of top visual storytelling experts to produce a distinctive edition of the morning briefing for the Snapchat community. The Time’s team, as with all Discover publishers, will have editorial independence over the Editions is produces for Snapchat.

Say Goodbye to Vine

vine-logoVine has announced that they will be discontinuing the mobile app in the coming months. They haven’t given any specific reason for why they made the decision to discontinue the mobile app. The absence of a clear explanation is likely going to lead to some speculation about what seems like a sudden announcement.

Vine started in 2013. Their blog post says that millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. They seem very grateful for the creators who contributed to Vine and for everyone who watched Vines. They also are trying to reassure creators that their Vines are still there.

Nothing is happening to the apps, website, or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

What’s next? Vine says that it will be sharing more details on their blog and on their Twitter account about whatever comes next. Vine will also notify creators through the app when they start to change things.

Sharing Fatigue

socialmediafatigueFor some time, something has been going on with me I’ve been struggling to explain. My motivation to share things via social media has been waning.

When podcasting came along in 2004, and social media was still in its infancy, my motivation to share was strong. For several years, I was creating and posting new content at a furious rate.

However, in the past couple of years, the motivation I once felt has been on a sharp decline. I’ve been wondering, did something happen to cause me to stop caring? Was I running out of energy? What was the deal?

Lately, I’ve been toying with the theory that people have a fixed amount of sharing capacity, and once that is used up, the motivation drops off. To back this idea up, there have been plenty of people that had a large online presence that at some point simply seemed to run out of gas and ended up dropping off. This pattern seems to be common, whether it is with a large percentage of podcasters, or just people posting stuff on platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.

With me, motivation is everything. I find that if I am motivated to learn something and/or do something, I can bore right through to the center of whatever it is and make it happen. However, if I’m not motivated, I might as well forget it. I cannot force myself to do something that I lack natural interest in or motivation for.

So, this is the best answer I’ve come up with so far. I am currently tapped out when it comes to the motivation to create and share content online.

Will this lack of motivation to share continue? Would it return if I found myself in a different personal situation, such as when I retire? These are questions I currently have no answers for.

Ferrari Arrives On Instagram

Ferrari LogoWhen it comes to objects of desire, a Ferrari is close to the top of many a wish list. The gorgeous shapes, the fabulous sound and rich racing history are all part of the aura surrounding the Italian company and the famous prancing horse. It’s perhaps a little surprising then that it’s taken this long for Ferrari to join Instagram and show off the red supercars in all their glory.

Social media isn’t new to Ferrari, with active accounts on both Facebook and Twitter, but Instagram is the obvious platform for pictures and now, sound. As well as the visual treats, Ferrari have recorded aural delights to get more senses involved. It’s all very current too with the first set of photos fresh from last weekend’s Mille Miglia.

Lined up. #Ferrari #RossoFerrari #MilleMiglia

A photo posted by Ferrari (@ferrari) on

Follow @Ferrari to keep those dreams alive!