You Scratch My Like Button – I’ll Scratch Yours

Image with Like Button

I recently wrote a piece about the music scene looking at how some of the hottest new artists are getting radio airplay but failing to register on the public radar. I put this down to a number of things, but perhaps one of the most unexpected causes was the manner in which the Internet is conditioning us to like people not on merit, but based on whether or not they’re going to like us back. Continue reading You Scratch My Like Button – I’ll Scratch Yours


How to ‘Soft-Hack’ a Twitter Account

Twitter Soft Hack WTF

Before I get started with this post, if you’re just looking for information on how people can see your protected tweets, you’ll find the answer in How Snoopers Access The Tweets in Your Protected Twitter Account If you already know that, here’s another thought-provoking observation I made about Twitter’s privacy arrangements…

Have you ever wondered what a Twitter user might be doing on the quiet, when your back is turned? Have you ever considered that there might be ways to find out, without breaking the law, and without even breaking Twitter’s Terms of Service? Well, if so, you might want to take a look at this groundbreaking article. Equally, if you care about your OWN privacy, and you want to know how vulnerable you are to covert monitoring by ORDINARY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, this is going to be essential reading. Everyone should know how atrocious Twitter’s privacy measures are… Continue reading How to ‘Soft-Hack’ a Twitter Account

The Truth About Internet Forums

Twirpz Forum Post

I thought that since, over the past two or three years, I’ve done a large amount of research into Internet forums and message boards, it was high time I gathered together the best, most insightful and most popular of the resultant articles into a handy reference post. Quite by chance, the list forms a neat and tidy Top Ten. Continue reading The Truth About Internet Forums

Google Rating Social Links on Reaction?

Google Analytics

New evidence is emerging to suggest that Google Search is not evaluating social media sharing as was previously thought. This, of course, has huge implications for all bloggers and anyone else who needs to place well on the search engines. In this article, I’m going to cite some surprising examples which seem to demonstrate that it’s not who’s sharing your links that matters – it’s who’s clicking them. Continue reading Google Rating Social Links on Reaction?

Easy Research for Unique Blogging

Oasis Don't Believe the Truth

Things change fast on the Internet, and that’s regarded as one of the Web’s most attractive features. It’s easy to get the latest information – so much so, that TV news broadcasts are often behind the news these days, with the networking sites getting stories to the public long before the big broadcasters have checked out the facts. Continue reading Easy Research for Unique Blogging

Twitter Crimes: 2 – Online Stalking

Twitter Stalkers

Without doubt one of the most serious problems with Twitter is the high level of stalker-like behaviour it harbours. I looked in my Celebrity Worship article at how manipulative, relentless and underhanded some people can get when it comes to demanding attention from their idols, but you don’t need to be a celebrity to fall victim to an online stalker. Continue reading Twitter Crimes: 2 – Online Stalking

How to Stop Content Theft on Flickr

Alien at Birmingham Bull Ring Opening - 4 September 2003

[UPDATE: Please note that this post is no longer valid. Due to Flickr’s Favorites leak, which serves favorited images to scrapers and search engines regardless of your settings, there’s now nothing you can do to stop your images falling prey to scrapers, with Flickr’s blessing.]

A scraper is an Internet thief who uses automated routines to steal unthinkable quantities of creative work, and the huge photo site Flickr is a scraper’s paradise. Not only does Flickr virtually guarantee scrapers usable, categorised and vetted content – it even gives them an official API tool which makes it childishly simple for them to gather it up and re-post it. Continue reading How to Stop Content Theft on Flickr

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