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Kim Jong il’s Family Problems

Posted: October 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: China, Cult of Celebrity, Facebook, Favorite New Thought . . ., North Korea, Revolute, Social Media, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Kim Jong il’s Family Problems

Our favorite dicator, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il – aka Yuri Irsenovich Kim aka Dear Leader  has been in absolute power now for 18 years. Forbes ranks the Supreme Leader as 31st in it’s List of The World’s Most Powerful People. Don’t let his iron-fisted power fool you though. It seems the Genral has as much trouble as the next man keeping his family in-line. A quick rundown on our favorite dictator reveals some astounding facts:

CONTINUED: Read the full article »»»»

NSFW!! SEXTING: The NEW Phone Sex, Naked Self Portrait via iPhone

Posted: August 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Kiss My . . ., Naked and Nude, No Sh_t Sherlock . . ., Not Porn, NSFW! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on NSFW!! SEXTING: The NEW Phone Sex, Naked Self Portrait via iPhone

NSFW! M17 RATEDThe list of celebrity regret is awesome, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Kat Dennings, Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, The Weiner, Snooki and Miley Cyrus, all armed with a smartphone, a mirror and a penchant for flashing the flesh.

Clearly highpants loves these dribbles and drabs from celebs, there is a more real side to all this though – Regret!? While flashing flesh might be an integral part of the PR machine that is the entertainment industry, in our normal humdrum lives naughty pix can be a pain.

Stories like the 23-year-old woman who dropped her smart phone in a restaurant car park in South Carolina. She thought her treasured photos would be lost forever.

Imagine the shock, when nude pictures she had taken on the phone started being sent to people in her contact list. The woman from Spartanburg County called in police when friends began receiving the risqué messages of her posing naked. By the time her phone was disconnected by her network, the naked pix had reached the rest of the world.

Sexting isn’t confined to gender, just ask The Wiener.  So is sexting a dismiss-able event? Sure, we’ve all done something in our personal lives that we might not be so proud of. And sure, most everybody is willing to forgive politicians, even accept that it’s just a part of normal for celebrities. There’s always some kind of weirdness out there, isn’t there? The massive concern is that sexting is becoming an acceptable behaviour, concerning because almost the only group that looks up to these 25 cent celebrities are  teens :: Read the full NSFW! article »»»»

Has Our Online Social Experience Improved Our Offline Lives?

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chronic, Facebook, Love and Other Drugs, Michael Courtenay, Relationship Matters | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Has Our Online Social Experience Improved Our Offline Lives?

“I met my wife online, reconnected with old school friends, stay in touch with my family overseas and have a wide circle of close online friends. For those born in the internet age, this will be the norm. For those born before it, some will adapt, others will fail to adapt.” Jeremy Malcolm

There is little doubt that the social benefits of the internet far outweigh the negatives. Online tools like email and social networking sites offer “low friction” opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people’s lives.

The internet lowers traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time; and it supports the type of open information sharing that brings people together. Electronic Social Networking is not a new concept at all. People have in one way or another been interacting with each other via some form of ‘social media’ since the 1950’s.

The modernisation of the telephone system in the 50’s and 60’s allowed millions of people to communicate quickly and cost effectively, what we see today has simply grown out of this technology. If we cast our memories back just a few short years – we may shudder when we recall –  faxes as a speedy way to communicate, internet with a ring-tone, email that strolled along slightly faster than faxes, but still less efficient than telephone.

Our digital worlds are now almost entirely linked, Facebook, Twitter, Email, Telephone all available on every digital device in our lives. Have Social Networking Sites improved our lives though?

I think if you look at the history of Electronic Social Networking, your conclusion has to be that anyone who claims to not get it must have been intentionally ignoring it, it’s been here since Telegraph and Morse Code, it’s been a slow steady grower :: Read the full article »»»»

From Worm to Meme, Nicole Santos

Posted: May 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Diana Detaux, Diana Detox, Facebook, Favorite New Thought . . ., Love and Other Drugs, Not Porn, Socially Engineered, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on From Worm to Meme, Nicole Santos

If like me, you were dicking around on Facebook late Wednesday night, you might have found this jarring message spammed all over your newsfeed: “F_ck you faggot. Go kill yourself. Vote for Nicole Santos. I hate you and the only way to remove all these posts is by disabling this below”

Clicking “remove this app” let the worm access your account and spammed your friends with the same message. Facebook quickly fixed the bug that the worm exploited, and by late Thursday morning the Nicole Santos Worm was dead. But not before  hundreds of thousands of people were left wondering “Who the heck is Nicole Santos?” It was a clever little worm.

The Nicole Santos worm turned into the Nicole Santos meme: “Nicole Santos” trended on Twitter for hours Thursday morning. The Facebook page “F_CK Nicole Santos” quickly gathered over 23,000 likes, an Etsy user is selling half a dozen varieties of “Vote for Nicole Santos T-shirts and a YouTuber  produced a Nicole Santos parody rap song in astonishingly short order, which now has over 10,000 views.

The potency of the meme sprung from the webs need to know, Who is Nicole Santos? Just a Name? or is she a real person. Thousands of “Nicole Santos” are on the Internet. Which one was our girl? Did she even exist, or was she just the whim of the hacker who invented the worm? The veracity and venomosity of the heckles was outstanding, complete strangers asking for Nicole Santos’ head on a stick?

A nasty portrait of Nicole Santos began to emerge as blogs and newspapers picked up the story: In the internet’s imagination, Nicole Santos was a young woman running for something. Speculation dithered from prom queen, to class president, to Miss Brazil USA. Had she hijacked Facebook as a campaign tool? Roping unconnected Facebook users into her quest for global domination?

Nobody thinks about things for more than a few seconds on the Interweb, but even that is enough time to realize that no one would think spamming thousands of people with “go kill yourself” is a good way to win support. Nicole Santos wasn’t the perpetrator: She was the hack’s biggest victim.

Turns out Nicole Santos does exist. She’s a high school student in Northern California running for vice president of her class. We spoke to one of her friends who said at around 11pm Wednesday night he noticed the “fuck you faggot” message posted to dozens of his friends’ accounts. He called Nicole who was “really surprised” by what was happening. “Nicole Santos was NOT involved with the hack,” he said. In fact he started a whole Facebook page to explain the fact.

It’s unclear how Nicole became associated with the “Nicole Santos” worm. Another friend says Nicole suspects the hacker somehow came across her vice presidential campaign poster on her Tumblr blog  and decided to put it in his virus. They then targeted Facebook users at Nicole’s high school, and a few hours later it had spread all over the world.

The “Nicole Santos” hacker’s identity remains a mystery, but it’s probably someone who has no stake in the real Nicole’s life. Online rumors put the hacker in both Wisconsin and Boston. They say he was a dumb script kiddie ripping-off of an expert hacker’s Facebook worm.

We hope that all this has had some positive effect on Nicole, hope that she got voted in, though we suspect with all the hoolabaloo she may actually win Class President rather than the secondary position she was seeking. Fact is that there has been a real impact on the real Nicole’s life, even if most people hating on her are just mad at some sideways version of “Nicole Santos”.

“She is still in shock,” said one friend. Nicole had to delete her Facebook profile after she was flooded with friend requests, hate mail and death threats. Her school is buzzing about the classmate who “went viral,” according to Tumblr posts from students.

At time of publication, Nicole has indeed lived through the storm and is bathing in the notoriety, thankfully it seems her little world has a large smile on it.


NSFW! Facebook Ignores New Sex Revolution? Pornstars Are People Too!?

Posted: March 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Kiss My . . ., Naked and Nude, Not Porn, NSFW! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NSFW! Facebook Ignores New Sex Revolution? Pornstars Are People Too!?

NSFW! M17 RATEDTwitter jumps on humping bandwagon, come-on Facebook Pornstars are people too!

Talk to any baby boomer and they will say the sexual revolution happened in the sixties, the real truth is that it never really stopped with each new generation pushing the revolution a little further.

The big shift in the 60’s can be boiled down to thinking sex was only a reproductive activity to now enjoying sex as a social activity.

If you still think the 60’s was the sexual revolution, go on twitter and follow a Pornstar, nothing is out of bounds, these people are unshockable.

The real sexual revolution is happening now more than ever, it’s been driven by how people interact online :: Read the full article »»»»

Witch Bank

Posted: February 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Facebook, Michael Courtenay, Socially Engineered | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Witch Bank

“The Commonwealth Bank considers social media to be a very important part of its communication and customer engagement processes. In this regard, the Bank recently introduced a Social Media Policy for its staff.”

Is it a fair expectation to have your – out of work behaviour – controlled by your employer ? The Commonwealth Bank of Australia thinks so. Commbank figures that any conversation that includes Commbank is part of your working life.

“A conversation about the colour of the tea cups at the workplace… would constitute a breach of the policy as it is currently worded,”

The Commonwealth Bank is set to meet with the Financial Services Union to discuss the company’s controversial social media policy, which requests that workers inform the bank is they see any negative comment about the company on a social media site, including their own Facebook page.

But one legal expert says the policy highlights the fact businesses do have the authority to request employees report knowledge of those derogatory comments, although they may not have the power to request they be deleted.

The FSU says the policy, which was unearthed by Business Specator, is much too broad, saying it “does not properly reflect the contractual conditions of the employment” of CBA’s workers.

“The FSU believes the policy is so broad that it goes beyond conduct which the bank could legitimately claim involved damage to its reputation or interest and/or was such as to give rise to a concern about an employee’s implied contractual obligation of good faith and loyalty,” the union says.

However, the Commonwealth Bank has said in a statement it believes the policy allows it to help customers quicker through social media.

“The Commonwealth Bank considers social media to be a very important part of its communication and customer engagement processes. In this regard, the Bank recently introduced a Social Media Policy for its staff.”

“Many customer issues and complaints raised throguh social media channels have been resolved through staff tip offs and we encourage our staff to continue to alert us to this feedback so we can provide customer support and outcomes.”


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