Why So Many Fake Social Media Posts in China?

Every year, there are nearly half a billion fake social media posts in China. Who’s doing it? According to CNN research, the government employees are posting these messages. The aim is to divert attention from sensitive issues facing China, a nation of 1.4 billion people.

When it comes to Internet policy in China, access to Facebook, YouTube, and Blogger is banned. There are two reasons for it. First, the Chinese government wants to have control over social media sites, something that the likes of Facebook and YouTube couldn’t allow. Second, by banning these social media giants from the Middle Kingdom, alternatives run by the Chinese companies were able to develop.

Many expats living in China still get access to these sites, but need to utilize outside servers. For as little as $8, it is possible to sign up and get access in simple ways. However, Facebook and YouTube never took off in China because of these initial restrictions. Effectively, very few Chinese use these sites.

Facebook News Curators Push Specific Content

As just reported by Gizmodo, apparently the trending news portion of Facebook includes topics that are completely manufactured. Facebook staff known as “news curators” are provided with internal guidelines as to what content to promote and what to essentially blacklist. This revelation came after The Guardian uncovered a copy of the actual internal guidelines from Facebook. Insiders at Facebook have acknowledged that staff were encouraged to insert “hard news” topics into algorithms that controlled what appeared in users’ news feeds. Facebook sought to increase the number of serious news tops as opposed to viral stories that popped up on users’ home pages.

In response to the recent report, Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement concerning Facebook’s official policy on displaying trending news topics. Zuckerberg first stated that Facebook remains completely neutral in terms of viewpoints on various news topics. This statement was in response to additional allegations that Facebook intentionally refused to show conservative perspectives on various news stories. Zuckerberg said that Facebook would continue to investigate the allegation regarding suppressed viewpoints in the interest of diversity of opinions. He further stated that Facebook executives would be meeting with conservative leaders to ensure that Facebook is being as open as possible to the full expression of all different types of viewpoints. Zuckerberg denied that Facebook would ever intentionally bury opposing perspectives or manufacture stories for the sake of sensationalism. Critics continue to voice opposition to Facebook reaching outside of its own site to insert other stories in news feeds that are not actually trending on Facebook.

Boom or Bother: Will Bikers Embrace New Levi’s Smart Jacket?

For many years, shoppers have been hearing about “wearable tech”. However, this has been relatively scarce aside from smart watches. Levi and Google are hoping that their new smart jacket will be a popular choice for bikers wanting a simple way to interact with their phones while riding.

As reported in reddit.com, the jacket will have special fibers in it that will allow users to interact with phones by allowing gestures to control various apps. The jacket senses touch, movements, and can detect the user’s hand when it comes close to the jacket.

Codenamed “Project Jacquard” , the jacket is due to arrive on store shelves in spring 2017, and can be washed in the washer like any other piece of clothing. Only the Bluetooth cuff must be removed. For serious bikers, who often wear tight-fitting shirts, it will be interesting to see if they embrace the jacket. It is being marketed to commuter bikers, who may often want a jacket on cooler days.

At this time the jacket is only compatible with a few apps, but Google hopes that many more will be able to work with it when it ships. A beta version will be available in fall to test consumer response and effectiveness.

Thirty Day Free Trial Offered By Leader In Video Marketing Industry, This Raises The Bar.

When you are already a global leader you don’t have to offer a free thirty day trail to prove your system works, however, that’s what Talk Fusion is doing. This world wide video marketing industry leader announced that they are offering free 30 day trails on their service to show people how using it can help them increase their business and more.

Talk Fusion offers an all in one video marketing solution to people who are looking to make the most of their online efforts. With this new thirty day free trial everyone gets to try the system and see how it will benefot them firsthand. Talk Fusion came into being when the CEO and Founder Bob Reina tried to send a short video clip to his friend using email. The internet didn’t have the technology and the email provider told Bob it could not be done. Bob worked long and hard with another industry professional and together they created Talk Fusion.

Many people are already using this platform but, with the free 30 day use every person, business and charity can experience the many benefits and see how easy it is to use the system to develop and send campaigns. This 30 day trial is going to change the way people look at the video marketing industry as a whole. Talk Fusion is standing up to support their belief in the platform. They know what others are saying, that is, that Talk Fusion is the most technology advanced program in use today. This free 30 day trial gives users a chance to kick the tires for themselves.

It’s even easy to get a hold of this free trial. You simply go to Talk Fusion’s website and sign up with your name and email. There is no credit card required to get the free trial. Once you are signed up you get access to video email, video newsletters, live meetings and everything the platform has to offer. There is even training there to help you get the most out of your use. It is easy to see why people love Talk Fusion and why they are a global leader in their field. Go check it out for yourself.

Doe Deere and Lime Crime’s Social Media Success


UPDATE – August 26th, 2016

Doe Deere’s Lime Crime has a new lip collection! Check out how she wears the new color, RUSTIC:


Social media is transforming the lives of people everywhere on every level. It is changing the way we communicate in our social lives, but it is also having an impact on the way we do business. For business owners who use social media effectively, this is all good news in many ways.

Lime Crime Cosmetics is one company that is harnessing the power of social media to help promote its line, and it is doing it by using the interactive element of the Internet to really engage customers with the company and with its makeup products. Doe Deere is the CEO and creator of Lime Crime, and she has been brilliant at using social media to get her customers very involved in this bold makeup line.

Deere is a Russian emigre who grew up in New York City but who now runs her firm out of design-oriented Los Angeles. Deere loves color and she isn’t shy about using it her makeup.

Lime Crime uses wild, brilliant colors in unique ways, offering lipsticks in gorgeous shades of red, pink and purple, and even in blue, orange, yellow and green. Deere has created a Lime Crime Instagram account that encourages users to send in their own Lime Crime makeup designs, and the effect has been astoundingly successful. Lime Crime now has over 2 million followers on its Instagram account, which is a huge amount for any kind of company or brand.

Deere launched Lime Crime back in 2008, and since then she has used social media to reach customers and engage them fully in the company’s philosophy. It’s Deere’s feeling that women should be able to make a bold statement about themselves in their use of makeup, and Lime Crime is there to help them manifest that.

One look at the company’s Instagram page makes it clear that Lime Crime’s customers love the brand’s products. The page is a riot of color, with beautiful photos of women showing off their own makeup designs, using Lime Crime color. Wow! This is what it means to really use social media’s power.

So power to Doe Deere for figuring out how to use this new media, and showing the other, older brands how it is really done.

Skout App Gets New Life


App developers has a lot of pressure when it comes to making an app that people will continue to use. It can be hard to get someone to keep using an app if there are no new features. It is going to be pertinent for app developers to follow the blueprint of companies like Skout. This is a company that has managed to engage a lot of app users by adding other features to the app.

There are people are able to connect to apps like Skout Travel, and they have the ability to really get involved with things like this that allow them to engage in virtual vacations. Skout also has other features like Skout OUT for dating. There are articles that cover things like Random Kindness Week. It may be safe to say that this is the app that people look forward to when they are trying to expand their circle of friends. This is the app that allows a person to go from Hong Kong to Miami – virtually – within a 24 hour period. Millions of people have already tried this app, and there are millions of others that are signing to see what this app is about.

People connect to Skout Out because this gives them real time dating options in bars. There are also ways for people to meet locals in their area if they want to befriend or flirt with someone. There are so many different options to consider, and that is why many people have decided that they will stay with Skout. Bountiful social media apps are attention grabbing in the beginning, but that doesn’t last. People just get tired of the app, and they just want to try something different. The developers at Skout are familiar with this fickle nature of the youthful crowds so the app continues to develop features that give people access to new Skout elements. This is a lot of fun for people that utilize all the different elements that are available through this site.

There are people that like the flirting aspect of this site. They will flirt and date and develop local or long distant relationships. There are others that like virtual travel. They will use Skout Travel to get to explore certain areas. At the same time there are also some people that enjoy what the networking aspects offer. These are the Skout job hunters.

Here’s the link to the original article from PR Newswire: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skout-celebrates-real-life-superheroes-on-national-superhero-day-april-28-300258178.html


Education Tech: ClassDojo

Education tech has rendered the parents-teacher meeting obsolete. This technology has created a community of educators, parents and students where they build specific positive behavior on students in school. ClassDojo is one of the education tech companies that provide these benefits.

Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don founded ClassDojo, which is based in San Francisco CA, in 2011. This was formed to enable millions of teachers, students, and parents to collabrate to see the success of their kids’ lives.

The ClassDojo app provides features that both teacher and parents use either at school are at home. Teachers use this app to plan daily activities and share photos and videos with the kid’s parents showing their participation in recent activities.

The year round and even during school day communication of the ClassDojo community enables parents to know what their children experience in school, the activities they engage themselves and how they behave themselves while in school.

According to the company’s report, this app is used in 2/3 United States schools and over 180 other countries. In the US, 85,000 schools use this app actively inclusive of chartered, private and public schools.

ClassDojo is the easiest way for teachers to encourage students, and share their best moments with parents. When the company was founded in 2011, other edtech companies digitized their curriculum, grade books, and testing platforms but ClassDojo was free and easy to use application compared to them.

Just like other businesses, they do face competition from other education tech companies like Kickboard, FreshGrade, Nearpod, Remind and many others that provide online community for parents, teachers and students.

From the time this company was created in 2011 up to date, the San Francisco-based start-up has raised $31 million in venture funding. It even further moved from the education tech accelerator, Imagine K12 and now it is a part of Y Combinator.

In series B round of venture funding, ClassDojo has raised $21 million. General Catalyst led the series B round of the company. Other investors that are behind the company include GSV, Reach Capital, and SignaFire. The company closed the round in 2015 and are using the capital to grow their team.

General Catalyst Managing Director Hemant Taneja says that the company does not have any plans for monetization. The company motivation is what the parents and teachers need this is what drives the company.

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How Wealth Solutions Has Been Instrumental in Providing Investment Advice

For those in business one of the most important considerations that people ought to make is following regulations and being alive to potential risks that may arise in the course of business. For those in the real estate business, following these issues helps them identify the risks that may arise like potential law suits from clients, damage of property by the people who occupy the property or when clients refuse to pay. It is also imperative for the person owning the home and intends to lease the home to take steps to ensure that he or she is cushioned if any liabilities arise.

With the increase in technology and the use of the internet, there are sites that provide a platform for those renting their homes or apartments to people who are visiting the area for a particular period of time. While this is a brilliant way to get extra income by renting a number of rooms at your home, it is necessary to be alive to some important issues that may help you. One of the important considerations that one ought to make when renting their apartments to through online platforms is the legal requirements that one ought to comply. In many areas around the world, the real estate sector is regulated by specific laws and there are certain requirements that the homeowner ought to comply with. To be able to fully satisfy these requirements, it is necessary to seek legal opinion from a qualified lawyer and the local authority to get the requisite license.

Once the homeowner rents the house the apartment to another party, there are certain unfortunate occurrences that make occur out of the tenancy. The most unfortunate would be where the tenant gets injured while at the apartment, an example would be where the tenant slips in the while taking a shower and ends up bringing a law suit against you for negligence. This can drain you financially. Other unfortunate things that may happen include theft of some of the household items, refusal to pay the rent and destruction of the property in the apartment. Any of these things will drain the person owning the home. Therefore to be on the safe side, it is necessary for one to talk to his insurance firm and get a business insurance cover since the apartment is being used for business purposes. In the event of any risk arising out of the tenancy business, the person is able to get compensated by the insurer.

Richard Blair is a shrewd investor and his expertise in business equips has equipped him with professional skills to provide valuable investment advice. He graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Currently he is an investment advisor at Wealth Solutions in Austin Texas. The firm offers a variety of investment advice on building wealth for the individual clients.

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