Smart Whatever Of The Day — You Can Be Honest On A Blog!

You can be a smart-whatever on Twitter, a faceless friend who makes many people feel awesome on Facebook, and an honest person on one’s own blog.  Of course, this is my biased, opinionated opinion on all current social trends, and so you should keep yours.  Furthermore, don’t forget to look beyond these words as there is a flip side to everything.

Can Somebody Form A Company Through Social Networking Only?

Social Network - Copertina

Social Network - Copertina (Photo credit: marcomassarotto)

I have a fresh idea or perhaps an idea for an out of this world startup company, but even I think this idea might be too crazy to conceive and explore in the real world.  Let me pose this idea in a form of a question OK?  Since today world is so connected through the Internet, people profess their love for everything digital, is it possible to form a true company/business through social networking only?  That is, people do not need to live in one city, meet up for face to face interview, fill out applications through offline medium, get pay through offline payment systems, form meeting/conference within the same office, have face to face communication, exchange ideas through offline tools and face to face meetings, and so on.  I think you get the gist!  The thing is, had any real company/business started their business from the ground up through social networking only?  The thing is, can this form of practice of starting up a business through social networking only be practical and effective?  This whole process of forming a business through social networking only might be a bad idea too since there might be zero to very little real human contact (as in physically meeting up) between the employees and employers.  Nonetheless, this idea is intriguing to me since I don’t think there is a company out there that was formed from the ground up through social networking only — and keep it that way.  Can you imagine what if Google was started out this way?  Of course, we know Google had started out just like any traditional business…  What do you think about this very idea?

How Much Klout Do You Have In The Digital World?

Klout logo.

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PCWorld‘s article “What You Need to Know About Your Klout” introduces me to Klout, and I’ve to say I like Klout already.  Klout is unique!  Instead of copying Quantcast and Alexa, Klout isn’t aiming to gauge how popular a website has been, but it’s aiming to collect, analyze, and project how influential a person has been in the digital world.  Klout claims that it might even help an influential person in the digital world to be acknowledged by the real world, consequently such a person might be able to create a certain credibility in the real world such as in a new job.  Klout helps connect people who have high Klout scores with brands, and by doing this brands can give out perks to Klout participants such as trying out free products or getting invitations to events.

Like it or not, if you are participating the social network trend such as using Facebook, you probably have shared more things about you than you really would have loved to.  Yes, it’s a dangerous thing to share so much about yourself with strangers and friends you barely know on the web, but some people love it.  Some people might have more than one social network account, but others who only have one.  Some people use all sorts of nicknames for different social networks, but others who would just use one Internet identity for all of their social network accounts.  In my opinion, Klout might light a torch so it can shine on certain people who are being neglected by the majority of the social networks, and these people have to have the love and the will to share more of themselves to the digital world.

How might Klout help light a torch for some people?  Well, Klout is trying to analyze the social network data, connect the dots, and measure the social actions of the Klout participants; Klout tells the worlds (i.e., digital or not) who these people are.  By analyzing lot of social network data and connecting the social network graphs of Klout participants, Klout can get clearer pictures of certain people in regarding to their social network influences.  Perhaps, Klout will eventually become a standard measure of someone’s social network influences, and we know nowadays this often means something in the real world too.  People can get fire from their jobs for what they represent themselves on social networks.

Did you know that a person’s Klout score can shrink if he or she fails to influence their social networks in some ways over a period of time?  I don’t know what sorts of algorithms Klout uses to measure one’s true influence among the social networks, but it seems Klout is seriously going about doing it.  If Klout is sophisticated enough, I think Klout does have a chance to influence how people come to trust one another through Klout measurements.  Will this be a good thing if people begin to trust one another through Klout measurements?  I don’t know, but as long Klout isn’t easy to be gamed, then Klout should be a reference point for someone to make a rough assumption on the person he or she wants to share or follow or connect with.  Still, Klout itself has to carry out high standard for privacy and do no evil behavior in order for itself to be taken seriously by everyone.  So, Klout, you should do no evil, OK?

I read Klout Privacy, and it seems Klout won’t share your data with anyone unless you give a consent to do so.  Of course we can never be sure about an honest claim of any entity in regarding to do no harm but only good, but if you like you can take Klout at their word.  Klout claims that if a perk involves in delivering good, Klout will send such a good to your address but will not sell your address to anyone.  Klout won’t gather and analyze your private data unless you give a consent to do so.  Of course, without your consent to analyze and connect your private data, Klout won’t be able to be as accurate as it can be about your social network influences.  Still, I think Klout could be effective on measuring your social network influences without the need of accessing your private data.

I like Klout since it’s trying to do something unique as in measuring one’s social network influences.  Still, Klout might not be a good idea for people who loath social networks for obvious reasons.  Some people might depend on Klout to get somewhere in life if Klout earns real clout in both digital and real worlds.  This means Klout itself has to hold itself to a very high standard of trust.  Do you Klout?


Facebook Fails To Protect 600,000 Accounts Each Day?

According to, about 600,000 Facebook accounts could be compromised each day.  It’s a huge number in anyway you look at.  Each day bring anew the possibility of more people’s Facebook accounts are going to be compromised, and these people will have to worry about what the hackers will do to their lives.

Digital life is no longer isolated in the digital world!  In fact, digital life can be pretty much effective in enhancing one’s real life or vice versa.  Imagine if someone has your Facebook account credential and is able to log into your Facebook to change strict privacy settings to everyone can see settings for personal information, it can be quite embarrassing and at times troubling.

Here is a worse imaginative situation, what if someone pretends to be you using your Facebook credential to post child pornography?  Will the police and other bodies of authorities go after you or the true culprit?  As you can see, it’s quite scary indeed!

This is why I think it’s so important for people like us to be paranoid about our computer security at all times.  Do not let your guard down for one moment!  So, in regarding to securing your Facebook credential, it’s not stopping just at tightening up your Facebook’s privacy settings and changing weak password to strong one, but it’s more of the whole nine yards.

The whole nine yards?  It’s more of making sure the computer you are on is free of Trojans and malware and viruses and rootkits.  It’s more of making sure the computer network you are on is secure and requiring known users to enter latest and strongest encrypted/algorithmic passphrase before they can use the network.  It’s more of making sure securing one’s email accounts with strongest passwords so hackers cannot easily obtain the email accounts’ credentials, otherwise hackers can use these email accounts to reset passwords for your other important online accounts.  It’s more of making sure keeping your many passwords safe and secure, and it’s best to encrypt your passwords and store encrypted passwords in encrypted hard drives — you don’t have to lose passwords and yet prevent hackers from easily obtaining these passwords.  It’s more of making sure not to download strange software and communicate with strange people and open up strange emails and click on strange links in emails and click on strange links in instant messengers and so on.  Oh my, it’s more of a lot more, but I think you get the gist!

Anyhow, Facebook users best to change password at least once a month, and make sure password is strong enough to beat dictionary brute force cracking password method and memorable/unique enough so you don’t have to forget it.  It’s hard to create such password, but it’s worth it in the end!  Once log into Facebook, make sure change the privacy settings to stricter settings.  Don’t forget to remove applications that you are not trusting from having permission to interact with your Facebook account.  An example would be do not allow strangers to view your mobile numbers.

If you have a Facebook account, you must maintain it.  Even if you do not maintain it, you still have to make sure you visit it once a month at the least.  This way you can be sure your Facebook account is alright and isn’t doing something malicious without your knowledge.

OK, let me backtrack a bit, don’t try to install unknown antivirus software and computer security software, because these software might be malware themselves.  It’s best to use well known computer security software such as Norton of Symantec.  I’m sure there are other great computer security software out there, but I don’t have them at the top of my head at the moment, and so you have to do some research!

Let end this post by me saying more of the same, if you know how to make it super hard for hackers to hack your Facebook account, then you’re halfway success in preventing hackers from hacking many other accounts of yours, assuming you’re as devoted to securing other accounts the same way you have with your Facebook account.  Why halfway?  The other half is rest on the shoulders of the web service providers and various factors that are outside of your control.  If the web service providers lack in security measures, hackers don’t have to hack you but they can just hack the web service providers directly and obtain your credentials along with every other user who uses the same web service providers.