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  • NegBox 3:24 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , IRC, , Twitter   

    You’re About to Get Screwed, and You Know It 

    In one sentence for my ADD friends:

    We are increasingly playing in someone else sandbox, and the limits are starting to show and suck.


    Largest site on the web. In the future, forget about having a blog outside FB – who will bother reading it when they’re too busy reading the ones already inside FaceBook? Its funny how the pendulum swings – AOL used to be as neutered as Facebook and it died a lonely death, now many of the the same concepts come back in Facebook.

    Here’s a thought: Let’s create a distributed trust protocol so we can build a Facebook outside Facebook and fuck Facebook in the Face.


    Huge platform seemingly derived from an IRC service. Some very many years ago IRC was all the rage, we had channels starting with hash # tags, and nicknames and pretty much Twitter without the Twitheads at Twitter. Then IRC died a lonely death for mainstream users – all that’s left there is – for the most part – some die-hards and the royal scum that controls the underbelly of the beast nobody wants to see… bot-nets, pedos, creeps, worms, distros… Its the Mad-Max style nuclear wasteland of the internet. … Then along comes Twitter and the pendulum swings again. They call it microblogging – WTF? It chatting, people, chatting – and all your chats belong to Twitter.

    Here’s another thought: Let’s create a federated chat protocol and layer it on a web interface… Isn’t that one done yet?


    Remember Altavista? Yeah, I didn’t think so. I’m not sure what is worse – having your content belong to Facebook, Twitter and others, or having the index to your content belong to them. Not only do they determine what gets found and read by the results of their searches, they directly determine what gets purchased when and where – they control the flow of money. I don’t think they’ve realized this yet at least not in a way that is noticeable – and frankly, I don’t really expect most folks reading this to understand how really big numbers of really small things work (scientific fact, most folks are too lazy to think like this) – Google has greater potential influence over the economic outcomes of the US and half the planet than any Illuminati conspiracy theory ever even conceived possible.

    Monopolies suck

    I suppose they suck especially bad when you’re not the owner of the monopoly. I also suppose if the monopoly was mine, I’d be telling everyone how I’m going to bring “Peace and order throughout the galaxy“.

    In closing, nothing – I don’t have any super-stellar words of wisdom here other than: This party ain’t over yet, so bring Vaseline.

    • CTRtard 7:02 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      “…so we can build a Facebook outside Facebook and fuck Facebook in the Face.”

      LOL. But I humbly suggest:

      “…so we can build a Facebook outside Facebook and fuck Facebook right in its fuckin Face.”

      I dunno… maybe one fuck was enough?

      Nice post. Google is taking over the world. They even own my phone.

      • Slave Rat 9:24 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Good catch. I must have been in a mellow mood yesterday.

  • NegBox 6:12 am on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk, CPC, , Incentivized, IZEA, , Twitter   

    Facebook and Sponsored Tweets – Productive Day 

    The Doomsday website is up and running and now has an awesome Facebook page, plus I launched a campaign on Facebook to drive traffic to it – since I don’t have much faith in FB – they have yet to approve the ads and they wanted a ridiculous amount per click, I went to a favorite little incentivized traffic source – the Amazon Mechanical Turk and plunked down a bit of cash for some fans – that site actually works – its worked wonders in the past and its working way better than stupid Facebork ads – Is it people that really like what I have to offer? It doesn’t matter, after 25 fans I can get a custom URL and I need to make a bit of noise. The other reason why it doesn’t matter is because its dirt cheap.

    I am a little worried that according to their Webmaster Tools, Google only has 10 out of over a thousand webpages of that site indexed, even though a couple of days ago I gave them (and the site has) a proper XML sitemap. Hopefully, they’ll get with the program. I’m hoping I didn’t mess up the robots.txt or something really stupid.

    An interesting thing I discovered while messing with FBML is that you can put a sidebar on the page’s “Wall” page by selecting the “Boxes” tab and choosing to move the FBML app to “The Wall” – Presto! You now have an FBML sidebar. The other thing I discovered is that Facebook now provides an FBML application – Its just a place to cut and paste your text, like the other ones, so we’re still in the doghouse.

    The third thing I got going was a trial run of a sponsored tweets CPC campaign. Its late and I don’t really know what I’m doing… But heck I’m doing something! I have to say Sponsored Tweet’s dashboard is really neat – You can see the tweets, the clicks, the CPC, the person’s reach… I think that if I click the correct button I might actually find out what color underwear the tweeter is wearing. So far it all looks awesome… Just like this chick at the bottom of the post…

  • NegBox 3:31 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Twitter   

    Sponsored Tweets Adds PPC and Changes the Game 

    Thanks to Jonathan Volk I found out that Sponsored Tweets up-ended the Tweeting game. Now you can create PPC ads and toss them at the crowd of Twitter users – They take their pick and get paid per click.

    This is a radical shift – The motivation and “action” button used to rest squarely on the advertisers, who would pay per ‘mention’ or tweet. The trouble with that model is that you have to pick who tweets your tweet. A tweet about a lingerie offer coming from me is probably worth $0.01, the same tweet coming from Lady Gaga is probably worth $400,000. With the “pay per mention” model advertisers had to set a price point and target the users they wanted to make an offer to at that price point.

    On this new PPC model the advertisers sets up the payout per click and make the offer to the entire community. The community self-selects! Pure genius.

    As a rather excitable guy… My goal for today is to do what I had planned PLUS get a PPC campaign going here. There are very few active campaigns – I want to get in now while people will SEE my campaign. You go ahead and wait a couple of weeks – the list of offers will be FLOODED and advertisers will have to game the sorting in addition to everything else.

    Hold all my calls for the week – I’ve got some money burning a hole in my pocket!

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