Has Yahoo Gone Too Far Suing Facebook?

Yahoo is suing Facebook, but have they gone too far?  In my personal opinion, yes.  When it comes to the world wide web, how can one company patent so many patents that should be public domain for the world to use?

Now that Facebook has gotten big and decided to go public with the new Profiles, Yahoo decides to join the excitement and sue them.  Why is this a big deal?  According to Facebook,  “We’re disappointed that Yahoo, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation.”

Yahoo has been pulling the plug on it’s services one by one lately in an attempt to stay afloat.  Little do they realize, this is hurting them in the long run.  Because certain users of Yahoo only use certain features.  If Yahoo pulled Flickr today, I’d probably stop using them.  Although I’m still debating on not using Flickr anyway because of Yahoo’s actions.  This is childish.  Here is an excerpt from an article that I read….

“Yahoo has kicked off the biggest patent battle in social networking history by suing Facebook over 10 patents. Facebook pledged to defend itself forcefully amid speculation Yahoo is trying new ways to raise funds as its ship is sinking.

The Yahoo Inc. lawsuit filed Monday covers advertising, privacy controls and social networking. The move comes after the former web giant threatened to sue Facebook last month, saying it would seek licensing fees from the social network over the use of its patents.Yahoo also said other companies have already agreed to such licensing deals.

It is reported that only two of the 10 patents at issue are directly related to social networking technology. For example, one patent cited by Yahoo covers a method for people to communicate through a virtual entity, “enabling users to easily share their experiences,” according to patent filings. The rest concern online advertising, including methods for preventing “click fraud,” as well as privacy and technology for customizing the information users see on a Web page.”

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Twitter Hashtag Tools

When browsing Twitter, you may have noticed hashtags.  What are hashtags?  They’re easy ways to spread your message out to a larger following.

You can also follow hashtags and have conversations with them.  Hashtags always have a # symbol in front of their name.  That’s how Twitter determines it’s a hashtag.

Hashtags are also a great way to increase your Tweet count.  If you’re not sure what to Tweet about today, just look up a hashtag.  For example; if I wanted to learn something about a random person today, I might use the hashtag #30thingsaboutme.

When I search for #30thingsaboutme, it brings up everyone who is using that hashtag.  You can see what people are saying about themselves and it can give you an idea of what you might say yourself.  You might even use the #30thingsaboutme hashtag to let others know more about you.

Using hashtags is a great way to meet more people on Twitter and increase your following.  Not only that, if you have a Klout, then having conversations with people will increase your reach, which overall increases your Klout score.  Therefor, using hashtags can increase your overall reach in Social Media.

Some people say don’t over-use hashtags.  I say that one should use hashtags accordingly.  Forexample, if I was posting a post about #Dogs, I would not use a #Cats hashtag in my post.  But, perhaps I would use the hashtag #Knine.  The hashtag needs to be relative to the post at hand.

There are some Hashtag Tools that you can use to your advantage.  For example, by clicking on the image below, it will take you to an article that goes over 6 of those tools.  Included in this article is the Trendsmap site, which allows you to see trends by location on a map.

Trendsmap

Hopefully, armed with these tools and the knowledge of hashtags, you’ll be able to get your Twitter off the ground.  If you’re already on Twitter, what are some of the popular hashtags that you use or have seen?

How to find out what’s trending on Youtube?

If you’re looking for a great way to find out what’s trending on Youtube.  Today is your lucky day.  They’ve added features to the site that allow you to find out what is trending.  This is great if you’re looking for something to share, or even just something to watch.  You can read all about it by clicking on the image below.

Youtube Trends

EMPIRE AVENUE

EMPIRE AVENUE.

A great blog about Empire Avenue and the workings of it.  Note, this post is about how to increase your wealth.  Many great tips.  I’m having to revamp my strategy because of this.  If you’re sick of having small amounts of eaves per day to spend.  You might want to read this.

Using Klout For Business?

Klout is a fairly new measurement tool.  What do I mean by measurement tool?  Klout is a website that measures your success on other networks via an Algorithm.

Using a series of different measurements, Klout comes up with your Klout score.  My Klout score is currently at 63.14 out of 100.  Which isn’t too bad.

Klout Roger Hoyt

Measurements are taken over a 90 day period and statistics are gathered from all of your connected networks.

According to Klout – True Reach is the number of people you influence, both within your immediate network and across their extended networks.   Mine happens to be at a 3k Reach and will continue to grow as I expand and learn.

Amplification indicates how much you influence people.  I currently have an amplification score of 100.

Network Impact measures the influence of your network.  The Network score could be a little better, coming in at 54.  That’s obviously an area that I have to work on.  Especially if you want to be in business for yourself or make money online in any way.

Now, I’m not exactly a Klout expert, but I know enough to get around.  If you’d like to learn more about Klout and Twitter.  You should head on over to Michael Q Todds Blog/Website.

Michael Q Todd

Klout

Image thanks to Speak Social

Happy Veterans Day + Special Charity Event for 11/11/11

Ever sense learning of the 11/11/11 date being a Special date for Binary reasons and other various reasons.  I figured, why not take action?  So, I did.  I’ve planned out a special event for that day.

It’s always been my dream to travel the world.  Mostly throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia.  There are however other places I’d like to travel to.  I recently set up a Facebook Fan Page to get this operation off the ground.  Here’s what I decided to do for 11/11/11.

First off, a very happy Veterans Day to all you Veterans out there.  For those of you reading this, it’s a special day indeed.  Especially for you Nerd/Geek Veterans.  As they say, “It’s On.”  For those of you who don’t know, Binary consist of ones and zeroes.  Zero is off and One is on.  So, it’s on.  I’m one of the many who are grateful for all the service Veterans and current soldiers have and are doing.

Now, on to the plan.  I’ve set up a PayPal account for accepting donations.  Donations for what exactly?  I’ll be straight forward.  I’m trying to raise funds for my trip to Europe.  There are those who do, and those who never get anywhere.  I for one will realize my dream one way or another.

What’s the kicker?  Normally, I’d donate 10% of all donations to a charity.  However, sense today is a special day, I figured I’d celebrate by donating %50 of everything I receive to a Charity?  What Charity?  It’s rather a special one.

Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international non-profit focused on HIV prevention and a leader in the sport for development field, uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and empower young people in Africa to live healthy and productive lives. GRS conducts HIV prevention and life skills interventions in over 15 countries, to provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and support to live healthier lives. GRS has graduated 400,000 youth worldwide and plans to educate 1 million youth by 2014.

I believe in education rather than giving people everything they need.  This is why I’m supporting this charity.  If all goes well, I’ll continue give the 50% contribution.  That is my promise to you as a reader and potential supporter.  You don’t have to donate to make a difference, just spreading the word via your networks will help just as much.

So, what do you as a supporter get out of this?  You’ll get exclusive access to my videos, photos, and knowledge via Youtube, Flickr, and Blogging, all connected via Facebook.  Think of it as a Documentary series for free, or very little money, either way you choose.

Please visit Learning The Ways on Facebook

Empire Avenue New Dividends Changes

Recently, Empire Avenue made a few changes to how the Algorithms work.  In other words, many people who were gaming the system, should see a bit of change in their dividends.  If you’re posting 200-400 post a day to Facebook and wonder why your dividends have changed, this is why.

The short answer.  Rather than make a long lengthy blog post like the EAv team did, I figured I’d shorten it a bit.  With no further ado, here are the changes.

Empire Avenue: Login and do some transactions (even if you just buy or sell one or two users) regularly. Send shareholder mail and be active in your communities, and get others to respond to your posts.

Facebook, Facebook Pages: Post statuses. The more comments and likes you get on those statuses, the better.

Twitter: Post tweets. The more people retweet you, the bettter.

Flickr: Post photos. You don’t need to post 200 photos every day, just get people to interact with the ones you do post through their comments and favorites.

YouTube: Post Videos. Again, no need to post 20 videos a day, just get people to interact with the ones you do post through their comments and favorites.

Foursquare: Check in to locations. Busy, verified locations (like those with specials) are worth much more than frivolous ones like “my basement”. Write tips, and get others to complete them!

Instagram: Post photos. The more comments and likes you get on those statuses, the better.
WordPress: Post blog posts, and get others to comment on them.

LinkedIn and Blogs: Due to limited available information about these connections, we pay a lower, fixed amount for Blogs and LinkedIn. They only contribute to your earnings if this amount is among your top five earnings.

All Networks: Your earnings and dividends will increase as you increase your Network Score.

Many of you have noticed that how EAv worked before is that the content changes would be effective every couple of days.  Notice, the big drop you had after being away for the weekend.  They’ve changed that.  Now, it’s going to make changes based on Several Weeks of activity.  Which is a great game changer.  This will factor in your lack of weekend activity and average it all out.

What are your thoughts?  Will this make EAv a better system?  You know longer have to make 200-400 post a day to have great dividends.  Just getting people to interact with you is a much better approach and a great key to survival on EAv.  You may have noticed top players such as e(Pirillo) skyrocket their dividends.  This is because they have a lot of community interaction.  Especially on Youtube and Facebook.  This is key.