Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Work, New Life, Not much time for Blogging

In case you missed the memo, I've been hired by a company that does small business email marketing and event marketing. The hours are long, and relatively painless (sometimes even entertaining) but it leaves very little time to actually do any blogging. This makes me sad, as I had great times with the #bloggers that I used to socialize with. I do plan on attempting to write at least one relevant blog post a week, so keep checking back for new content and catching up with me. Also, feel free to follow me on twitter @krazyd0h

Next week's post is gonna be a tutorial on upgrading your Samsung Continuum to Android 2.2.1. See you then :)


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

On the recent earthquake in DC

BREAKING NEWS:Resident Obama has confirmed that the DC earthquake occurred on a rare and obscure fault-line known as "Bush's Fault." He also announced that the Secret Service and Maxine Waters continue an investigation of the quake's suspicious ties to the Tea Party. Conservatives however have proven that it was caused by the founding fathers rolling over in their graves.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

G+ Games Roll Out... Let the FAIL begin...

So it's make or break time for the G+ Games. How did the network stack up? Disappointingly poorly. Rather than creating a default circle where you could add your gaming friends, G+ carelessly allows any gamer to post their shares to anyone who is dumb enough to follow them. The option to share to Extended Circles and Your Circle exists within games, which to those who are bothered by annoying game scores on Facebook (Failbook from this point forward) creates an EPIC FAIL from G+ in implementation. It's simple G+. Either add a circle and move all your friends that game into a Gaming circle, or create for you automatically a new circle for each game. And for god's sake, have G+ do the pairing doubleblind. Don't allow for the games to see any of your personal information or your contact's personal information until it has been confirmed that you both want to play the stupid game. We already know google is spying us, so we trust google. (Strange, but true.) We don't trust Zynga, or any other idiot gaming company that has been caught selling or leaking our personal information to advertisers or marketers. We don't mind ads, but we do care about our privacy.

Simple, secure, effective. Solves failbook's problems, doesn't clutter G+ for non-gamers. I see a Win-Win situation.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Riots in London - Organized via BBM?

Over the past couple of days, the Riots in London have been headlining news. It seemed that the riots were the results of another innocent man being shot by the London police department, but it also seems that initial reaction was a conclusion that we had incorrectly jumped to. The initial riots began shortly after a group organized via Blackberry Messenger was instructed to report to the location of a peaceful protest, and start creating trouble. This is not an isolated incident, as people have been reporting via twitter that they are using BBM as a meetup and crowd control device to guide rioters away from police and organize new meeting spots.

I guess the question becomes, has our technology outgrown our humanity? Or is technology the next frontier of the social rebellion like we're seeing all over the Middle East?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Is google SEO broken?

This is common knowledge to pretty much any blogger, but has anyone else noticed how inherently broken Google's SEO methods are? It seems that the Blackhat SEO is winning out with google, and it's not just the small firms that are looking to get a boost. JCPenny and were demoted and penalized by google for fake traffic to artifically boost their rankings. Seems that both retail giants had paid a company to generate the traffic for them to boost their pagerank. Capitol One credit cards also participated in the anarchy by tagteaming with an online car dealership to artificially raise their pagerank as well.

Does business have no morals anymore? Is it just free game in the wild wild internet now? Or is Google going to actually begin cracking down on shady SEO practices? What do you think?

Are black hat SEO specialists getting better at outsmarting Google? And is Google Local Search particularly susceptible to gaming? 

Earlier this year, JC Penny and had to be manually demoted by Google because they were paying for inbound links to artificially inflate their rankings.

Last month a Chinese start-up that uses illicit SEO tactics to outrank a number of major consumer brands for keywords like “summer dresses” secured a $15 million dollar investment from Sequoia Capital.