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The internet is a very broad segmented market.  You can find a niche for anything you like, you just have to present the content properly.  Founders of the website fabulis.com Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer had to learn the hard way from their failed attempts to make facebook, yelp, groupon and times in favor of the gay community.  However, their flop has caused the two to cut employees and reevaluate their strategies.  Now they have made changes and are using the new and improved fab.com to market their indie designer products and accessories to their specific target market. It was a risky process having to cut all their ties from the previous  not so fabulous fabulis.com, but these two got past that.  Another story to prove that you need to stick to what you are passionate about and eventually all your hardwork will pay it self off.  What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger!!!!  To read more check out How Fab.com Pulled Off its Pivot

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Social activism is no longer called social activism it is now dubbed in my opinion “social media activism.” Thanks to this Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case, I get to hear about this every time I get on the web. The black community is in an uproar because Trayvon Martin is a so-called martyr from these people using their so-called blogging power. Do you people even know what a martyr really is? I don’t believe so. A martyr is a person who is primarliy killed for their religious beliefs!!! In 2002 Eyad Sarraj posted an article in Time Magazine called Why We Blow Ourselves Up and this is what Sarraj had to say:

“A few weeks ago, my sister, a professional and a mother of four, was visibly shaken as she watched, on television, Israeli tanks torturing the streets of a refugee camp and soldiers raping its homes. She shocked us all when she declared that she would like to become a martyr. A few hours later, a young Palestinian woman stunned the world when she turned herself into a human bomb and exploded in Jerusalem, killing one Israeli and wounding 150 others. In the weeks after, more women joined the queue of suicide bombers as the world stood alarmed and bewildered.”

It’s funny how Obama is so active in this Trayvon Martin case while he blatantly ignores the letters from the parents and friends of James Cooper and James Kouzaris, two individuals who were on vacation in Florida were led into an alley by Sean Tyson, who shot them several times while they begged for their lives, all because that did not have enough cash to Tyson’s liking. I bet if these two individuals were black Obama might care.

Two friend, of the fellow students, Paul Davis and Joe Hallet spoke outside of the court hearing for Tyson in Florida. “We would like to publicly express our dissatisfaction at the lack of any public or private message of support or condolence from any American governing body or indeed, President Obama himself,” Davies told the press. “Mr. Kouzaris has written to President Obama on three separate occasions and is yet to even receive the courtesy of a reply.”

“It would perhaps appear that Mr. Obama sees no political value in facilitating such a request or that the lives of two British tourists are not worthy of ten minutes of his time,” Davies concluded.

It’s funny how nobody talks about Trayvon’s true colors, they just cover it up saying he was a saint. Here is his awesome twitter handle as “No_Limit_Nigga” courtesy of the Daily Caller check it out yourselves and then tell me this kid was a martyr!!!!
Trayvon had been suspended from school on three separate occasions. According to the Miami Herald
“…a more complicated portrait began to emerge of a teenager whose problems at school ranged from getting spotted defacing lockers to getting caught with a marijuana baggie and women’s jewelry.
    • The first suspension was for being tardy and truancy
    • The second was for graffiti, after he used a marker to put “WTF” across a locker. During the investigation into that incident, he was discovered with what was described as a large flat-head screwdriver, a watch and 12 pieces of womens jewelry. He claimed it all belonged to a “friend,” and he refused to name the “friend.” No action was taken since there was no proof any of it was stolen, but he was suspended for graffiti.”
    • The third was for possession of marijuana and a pipe.

According to the Conservative Review “if Trayvon Martin started the fight, as Zimmerman claims, and knocked Zimmerman down with the first punch, then continued to beat Zimmerman and bang his head on the pavement (which the injuries support), Zimmerman could easily have feared for his life. That being the case, when he drew his weapon and fired it would have been self-defense. That is the law in most states, and it was the law in Florida before there was a Stand Your Ground law.

Let it go people I am sick and tired of hearing about it!!!!!!

By big brother I mean that marketers the retailers, the people who want us to buy their products.  They are all stepping up their game to analyze us and figure out what we want.  Not that they weren’t doing this for ages, but now its coming up to a more extreme level.  In my opinion it’s rather scary.

Shoppers are more like laboratory rats these days” says Jayne O’Donnel and Sarah Meehan from USA today.  There are many different methods used to analyze shoppers from counting teenagers entering a store after school to high-tech digital cameras that detect your eye movement on certain types of products.

One of the first things that I noticed online was that how Facebook analyzed my profile to cater the ads, but in the way with Facebook we do it ourselves by liking certain organization and products.  Also by clicking that button that allows Facebook to analyze your profile.

Just to give an example about how bad its getting author Charles Duhigg had a revelation about how Target had developed a model that detected whether a female customer was pregnant or not.  Duhigg stated that Target had sent baby related promotions to a teenage girl before her own father even knew she was pregnant.  Crazy right? It’s all about making more money and increasing sales.

The price that we as consumers are having to pay is our privacy.

For more information click the link above for full article.

If you Do have it though it can definitely help!!!!!!!! That of course will remain true if it all doesn’t become regulated.  Like with what “they” are trying to do with everything.  Social media has changed our lives, whether you want to believe it or not.  Social media has reinvented social activism, for good and bad.  In a way I believe it has made us all a lot lazier.  Anybody can be a so-called Facebook warrior.  If you want to get out there and make something happen I believe it takes a lot more than that. It takes balls is what it takes!!!!!!

Coming from the thoughts of Malcolm Gladwell “When ten thousand protesters took to the streets in Moldova in the spring of 2009 to protest against their country’s Communist government, the action was dubbed the Twitter Revolution, because of the means by which the demonstrators had been brought together.”

Social media allowed the people of Iran to stand up for what they believed in.  However, to further compare social activism to social activism online, it seems that the social activism online is based upon weak ties.  Although though these weak ties have the potential to lead to high-risk activism.

Not to say I am bad mouthing social media in any way, it has its pros and cons just as anything else.  Just to show an example of the pros and cons Obama basically got elected because he utilized social media aspects better than any other candidates.

This is a very good way to look at the impact the internet has in our present digital age.

“It makes it easier for activists to express themselves, and harder for that expression to have any impact.” (Gladwell)

Gladwell states many key points to how the internet has affected the way people do things.  It has its pros and cons that is for sure.  However, in order for the good to continue to prosper we need to be able to continue using these social media tools and free networking aspects of the Internet without any Government oversight or regulation.
For a further understanding check out this article a “Small Change” by Malcolm Gladwell it will be well worth your while!!!!!!!

Facebook May Not Be Enough For the Next Generation

To me it is all about the Internet and social media and yes, customer feedback is awesome for a company.  Therefore by using social media application it creates a very inexpensive medium to provide the feedback that in the past would cost the company money and more time to do so. Apparntly companies are not getting enough information on peoples thoughts and opinons on Facebook and Twitter.  They believe they should look beyond them. Also since this article states that Facebook and twitter are not enough  then I believe they should hone in on peoples blogs.  Especially those who blog about things related to ones company, because they could also use that information as customer research and they very well could be doing this already.  Facebook already has some program that analyzes your profile to create advertising that appeals to your interest and activities.  Why couldn’t the same program be applied across other people’s blogs?  Granted it would require the permission of the blogger and it could lead to a lot of clutter on peoples’ pages because Facebook rather seems that way.  Or maybe it could turn into a way that bloggers could make money, because after all I’m sure some companies pay bloggers to put add on their websites.  For more on this article check the link at the top.