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Why Facebook is doomed

LEIGH DROGEN: It is a fact of life that eventually, all platforms die.

Platforms are powerful, they put people in the same place, crowds of people in and of themselves are powerful. Platforms provide a common place where we can exchange ideas, goods, and services.

Platforms are great businesses.

Facebook is a platform. It is not the first social platform where ordinary people were put in one room and allowed to exchange information freely. Facebook stood on the shoulders of Myspace and Friendster, then it crushed them under its sheer weight.

All platforms die, because all platforms eventually suffer from their own success. Innovative platforms open doors to new entrepreneurs who are able to build better platforms. Ideas spawn ideas. Platforms also suffer from the loss of innovative drive. A platform is what a platform is and isn’t anything else. Once a platform decides that it wants to be something else, it is almost certain to have a crisis of identity, and not many platforms survive to see their next act (see Myspace).

Twitter gave print media the final kick over the cliff, then spawned StockTwits. StockTwits spawned Estimize. Who knows what will come next.

But I do know this, all platforms die, and Facebook’s head is currently on the chopping block.

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NEW RULES: Obama to unveil plan to grab control of Internet

The Internet is working fine without Obama. Does anyone think Obama will improve it with these new rules?

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, financial systems and nuclear power plants.

The Obama administration also is insisting that companies tell consumers when their personal information has been compromised.

According to cybersecurity experts familiar with the plan, the administration’s proposed legislation also would instruct federal agencies to more closely monitor their computer networks.

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Winning! Why Tea Partiers are leaving Facebook for ET

Here are the most recent Alexa traffic stats for this site compared to other conservative biggies who have national radio and TV shows.

Escape Tyranny = Blue

Sean Hannity’s site = Maroon

Mark Levin’s site = Olive Green

Laura Ingraham’s site = Light Blue

Site Ranking Updated with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck Added . . .

One of my smart-Alec readers noted that I “conveniently left Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck off” my site ranking comparison with conservative biggies to make it “look” like ET is WINNING, when it really isn’t. So I’ve now updated the Alexa ranking to include ET along with Rush and Glenn.

Escape TyrannyBlue

Sean Hannity Maroon

Mark Levin Olive Green

Rush LimbaughLight Blue

Glenn Beck = Black

Okay, not quite yet WINNING.

But still decent, considering ET has no national radio or TV show promoting it everyday.  And it’s done it with zero advertising.

ET‘s only been in existence for less than a year.

Escape Tyranny is doing well for two primary reasons:

1) It has great news and information of interest to conservatives, Tea Partiers and Constitutionalists.

2) It’s a Social Network & Forum for conservatives.

The fact that I’ve turned it into a Social Network for conservatives is a huge factor in the success of this site.

People are getting pretty fed up with Facebook, and all the spam we’re getting over there.

Every time I go on Facebook, I’m tagged in a photo I have no interest in by a spammer.  I’m invited to participate in some group I could not care less about.  I’m invited to play Farmville or some game I have no interest in.

I’m hearing a lot of feedback from people on Facebook who feel the same way.

So I’m going to be vigilant about stopping and stamping out spam over here on ET.

ET is a spam-free zone.

THE RESULT: Conservatives and Tea Partiers are leaving Facebook in droves and coming over to ET.

For all those of you who have signed up and are giving ET a try, thank you for putting your trust in me . . . because the success of ET depends a lot more on YOU than on me.

With your help and active participation, I hope to see ET grow exponentially and geometrically in the coming months.

You can help make this happen by bringing your like-minded friends and relatives over here.

The site will grow because of word-of-mouth.  Other conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Constitutionalists will find ET if you tell them about it.

No liberals allowed over here on ET.

They can build their own Social Networks.



Ben Hart

P.S. And be sure to put your photo up in your profile avatar. This is a social network.  People prefer to be social with those they can see.  The more photos people see, the more they will like the site.

Algeria shuts down Internet and Facebook as protests mount

U.K. TELEGRAPH: Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations.

Plastic bullets and tear gas were used to try and disperse large crowds in major cities and towns, with 30,000 riot police taking to the streets in Algiers alone.

There were also reports of journalists being targeted by state-sponsored thugs to stop reports of the disturbances being broadcast to the outside world.

But it was the government attack on the internet which was of particular significance to those calling for an end to President Abdelaziz Boutifleka’s repressive regime.

Protesters mobilising through the internet were largely credited with bringing about revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

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The Cyber-Weapon that Could Take Down the Internet

JACOB ARON-NEW SCIENTIST: A new cyberweapon could take down the entire internet – and there’s not much that current defences can do to stop it. So say Max Schuchard at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and his colleagues, the masterminds who have created the digital ordnance. But thankfully they have no intention of destroying the net just yet. Instead, they are suggesting improvements to its defences.

Schuchard’s new attack pits the structure of the internet against itself. Hundreds of connection points in the net fall offline every minute, but we don’t notice because the net routes around them. It can do this because the smaller networks that make up the internet, known as autonomous systems, communicate with each other through routers. When a communication path changes, nearby routers inform their neighbours through a system known as the border gateway protocol (BGP). These routers inform other neighbours in turn, eventually spreading knowledge of the new path throughout the internet.

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OMG, LOL, WTF, ILY: Peeps now talk n txt msg lingo

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “ILY!” Susan Maushart’s 16-year-old daughter often calls out over her shoulder as she leaves the house. Sure, actual words would be better. But Mom knows not to complain.
“A mother of teenagers is pathetically grateful for an ‘I love you’ no matter what form it takes,” she observes.

Then there are the various forms of “LOL” that her teens use in regular parlance – it’s become a conjugable verb by now. And of course, there’s the saltier acronym used by son Bill: “WTF, Mom?!” But before you judge, note that former VP candidate Sarah Palin just used that one in a TV interview. And CNN’s Anderson Cooper used it on his show the other night.

Acronyms have been around for years. But with the advent of text and Twitter-language, it certainly feels like we’re speaking in groups of capital letters a lot more. It’s a question that intrigues linguists and other language aficionados – even though they’ll tell you they have absolutely no concrete research on it.

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Mark Zuckerberg appears on SNL in cringeworthy moment

Vintage Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel 1994: “What is the Internet anyway?”

Egypt crisis shows how easily the government can turn off Internet

CNBC: The move by Egyptian authorities to seal off the country almost entirely from the Internet shows how easily a state can isolate its people when telecoms providers are few and compliant.

In an attempt to stop the frenzied online spread of dissent against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, not only Facebook and Twitter but the entire Internet was shut down overnight, leaving some 20 million users stranded.

Hundreds of service providers offer connections in Egypt, but just four own the infrastructure..

Daniel Karrenberg, chief scientist at RIPE NCC, a European not-for-profit Internet infrastructure forum, says immature markets with few providers can achieve such shutdowns relatively easily.

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Weaponized STUXNET computer worm that disabled Iran’s nuclear program was joint U.S.-Israel project ordered by . . . Bush

NEW YORK TIMES: The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal.

Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, Dimona has taken on a new, equally secret role — as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s efforts to make a bomb of its own.

Behind Dimona’s barbed wire, the experts say, Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran’s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium. They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.

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