A petition on Facebook for Ernie and Bert to get married

Ernie and Bert getting married.

Ernie and Bert getting married.

It was a simpler time, perhaps, when Ernie and Bert were first introduced in 1969.  Originally, the two muppets created by Jim Henson, was supposed to teach children that people could be friends despite so many differences.

Ernie is a dark colored, rotund shaped puppet and Bert is a light colored, longish puppet who lived together in an apartment on Sesame Street.  On the surface of it, perhaps muppets showed children how vastly different people could get along with each other and on another level, it perhaps also reflected how the characters may have been conceived in the milieu of racial tensions in the United States.

They were probably also modeled after tandem comedians Laurel and Hardy and Abbot and Costello.  Ernie is the boring, straight-laced character while Ernie is the goofy prankster and most of the skits involving the two revolve around Ernie infuriating Bert.

In the face of the legalization of gay marriage, should the muppets be used to teach children the why two people of the same sex can get married?

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Facebook, Twitter, and RIM mulls UK PM Cameron’s riot block threat

Social Media LogosIn the midst of the week’s widespread lootingBritish prime minister David Cameron suggested blocking individuals from accessing their social media accounts if they’re found to be openly plotting violent acts.

Twitter, Facebook, and BlackBerry Messenger have been pointed out as playing a role in organizing riots in London, Birmingham, Manchester and other cities in the UK.

Home Secretary Teresa May has summoned the three companies to discuss methods of preventing people from organizing violent mass actions.

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Spam King Sanford Wallace out on bail after indictment for Spamming 27 million on Facebook

Facebook Phishing ScamsSanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed “spam king”, is out on bail after posting a US $100,000 bond on charges that he sent more than 27 million spam messages to Facebook users.

Sanford was indicted on July 6 on six counts of electronic mail fraud, three counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and two counts of criminal contempt.

The indictment filed in San Jose federal court said Wallace compromised about 500,000 Facebook accounts between November 2008 and March 2009 by sending massive amounts of spam through the company’s servers on three separate occasions.

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How To Properly Hire An Outside Internet Marketing Consulting Firm

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Marketing OnlineWebsite owners often fall into a pattern of marketing for their websites that can leave their efforts lopsided, for example, they may choose to focus a majority of their effort with on-site SEO building, such as on-site-links  for posts or they may choose to focus on building off-site links in for their site to push up SERP. In other cases webmasters simply want to convert the highest number of visitors who visit their website. Unfortunately without the proper mix of all three types of efforts it’s almost certain that a website will fail, it’s the entire reason internet marketing consulting firms exist and are in abundance.

Regardless of why you are hiring an outside firm for optimization  purposes there are certain considerations that should be made.

First, it’s important to understand how a consultancy firm will attract off-site visitors and SERP to your website. In some cases an internet marketing consulting firm may own various websites where they will place your site links, you’ll want to find out if links to your site will be on websites that match your content. For example, a link to a tech product website from a health website will hold less authoritative weight since the sites are in different niches.  You’ll also want to ask the firm about their linking strategy, having 100 links appear overnight could be seen by search engines as inflated SEO which in turn could penalize your website. If the firm is offering a good mix of off-site links (.com, .edu sites), lifetime links to established directories, etc. they will likely help better secure future traffic for your website. [Read more…]

Facebook Sues 25 Alleged Typosquatters

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Have you ever visited ‘facebobk.com’, ‘facemook.com’, ‘wwwfacefook.com’, ‘ffacebook.com’ and ‘faecbook.com’?

Well, Facebook is suing the holders of these domain names and 20 others, accusing them of infringing its trademark.  In its suit, the holders of these domain names were essentially referred to as typosquatters.  This practice relies on  typographical errors or wrong spelling made by Internet users when keying in a website address.  Should a user accidentally enter an incorrect website address, they may be led to an alternative website owned by a cybersquatter.

There are a number of ways in which a typosquatter can benefit from this and among them could be traffic from the wrongly spelled domain name, especially if it’s from a site as Facebook.

But then again, could there actually be a reason to think that suits for typosquatting can actually be nothing more than plain harassment or bullying?

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Why I blog?

After typing my last few dozen words for the day, I tweeted out advice that I follow whenever I feel as though I don’t have anything to blog about: Write. Don’t Blog.

Then, out of the blue, someone reacts to my vague tweet and gushes with short phrase describing their own blogging experience.  I am not all too sure about what the intent was and will probably never know because I really didn’t want to engage much further beyond acknowledging that I had read their reply to my tweet.

The real intent behind the tweet was to merely share a reminder of what I think blogging really is and should be: It is writing.

Some people first get into blogging thinking that it’ll give them some measure of acclaim and some level of popularity.  Some go into it thinking they’ll master the “new media” and make something of their skill.  Some people get into blogging for money and they’re not much different from those who put up websites with similar intent.  Some blog because they believe that it is actually the best way to raise awareness and build up support for a cause or an idea.  Some blog as a matter of personal expression or a personal mission.

These are all valid reasons for blogging, but sometimes these reasons get in the way of consistently writing a blog.

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Blog Awards… Do the Best Ones Really Win?

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Joining a “Blog Award” or “Blogging Contest” can be a great way to discover other blogs, network with other bloggers, and even if you don’t win, it can enrich your own blogging experience.  This is especially so if it is a genuine contest or a search for what is the “best” blog in a category and not a corporate promotions gimmick dressed up like a blogging contest.

It is only by closely looking at the criteria and the judges that one can get a sense of whether a “blogging contest” will result in real acclaim.

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Google+ to hit 20 Million by weekend

Google+ (Plus) may already hit 10 million registered users and is expected to hit 20 million users by this weekend.  But it’s still a long way off from Facebook’s 750 million registered users.

If Google were just counting on its estimated Gmail subscriber base, it won’t catch up with Facebook at all.  But perhaps the bigger source of sign-ups will come from people who use Google search where people all over the world key in more than one billion searches a week.

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