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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SEVEN LAKH SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS DEAD

Recently a study done by IT department of  our parent institution revealed that within a short span of two years (2008 – 2010), almost seven lakh social media websites accounts now found to be dead. Facebook is facing much issues regarding the dead accounts. Twitter, Hi5, Friendster, Orkut are other social media giants who lost high number of account holders.

DEAD FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS In the past, social media websites used to lost their accounts due to cyber attacks. But this time natural calamities are the real villain for these accounts. At 2.28pm on 12 May 2008, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck north-west of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. A massive earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010 and an estimated 230,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless. Flight crashes, serial bombings and war in Pakistan, Volcano ash in Iceland (600,000 people are thought to have been affected) are some other calamities where people lost their lives and shelter.

How social media affected by calamities?

The above described are some of the natural and human made calamities happened during past two years in the world. Many frequent users of internet and social media websites are killed and their accounts are now dead. Some people spread an idea that these calamities are a pointer towards the WORLD END IN 2012.

What we fear is that whether this will begin the end of Social Media. Any such natural calamity could bring a clean swipe of certain section of users for any of these Social Media Giants which may result in the reduction of the earning potential.

There is black magic belief also growing that taking account in certain Social Media may bring bad luck to you and your family. And the cross over of certain numbers will destroy specific areas. We can reject these rumors as baseless but certain numbers are really shocking.

When the total number number of one of the major Social Media users in Philippines touched 1.3 lakhs, then the recent earthquake occurred. ( Remember 13 worked as  bad luck number).

Similarly another Social Media Giant crossed 120 million users two times and each time disasters occurred in various parts of world created a major hurdle for the Social Media giant to reach on top.

Whether these are true or not but dead accounts becoming a liability for most Social Media Websites. Twitter started its wipe out program and trying to get rid of dead accounts.

Some users demand for nomination facility for the accounts in Social Media Websites which work similar to nomination facility in bank accounts. This will help to protect some valuable works done by the user that was shared with their fans. Social Media Websites are not able to suggest users to share passwords as the continuation of a dead account could bring more troubles.

Difficulties in maintaining Dead accounts:

Hackers are looking to such dead accounts as their hub of creating new links to the world of internet. A blackmail case in Japan later proved that somebody hacked a dead account and misused it for personal revenge.

There was automatic cancellation of an account if it was inactive for certain period. In cases of natural calamities, users are able to access internet after six months or more. By the time all useful information, valuable friends and even the password itself would have been lost.

Looking to these facts, I would like to share my username and password to one of my trustful friend who is far away from me. In case anything happen to me, then my blog, my social media accounts and every other internet based activities will be operating by my friend so that my works will not lost forever.

If my readers feel some trouble in doing like this, then lets ask all Social Media Giants to find a solution to giving life again to dead accounts.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

13 NOT TO DO IN FACEBOOK FOR PRIVACY

After the updating of new privacy settings, Facebook users are in big dilemma to continue their account or no. Some of them fear that they have lost the control of their account.Privacy setting have become a nightmare to many social networking people. They are really confused how to setup the privacy settings of their social networking account and to stay away from identity thieves. Here in this post we will explain some tips for Facebook, but may be useful for all social networking sites

DON’T DO THESE WHILE SETTING UP YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE

FACEBOOK PRIVACY 

Show your Geo location

Most of the Social networking sites have this option or similar options. Kindly avoid this if you feel that it is not necessary for others to know your location of social networking.

Using a Weak Password

Always use complex passwords such as pU012txEs which contain at least eight characters, with symbols, numbers and alphabets. Now a days there are many software being used by account hackers to generate passwords with numerical or alphabets or mixed.

Let Search Engines Find You

Never let search engines find your profile and actions.Change your privacy controls so that only your friends can find you in search engines.

Keeping Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile 

Whenever you keep full birth date in your profile, then it gives a chance for hackers to find the recovery password of your profiles. If it is not necessary, please keep a unique birthday for almost all public accounts .

Providing access to everyone in internet

Never provide access to your profile for everyone in internet.Limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information etc

Allowing kids to use Facebook or other Social networking accounts

Always monitor how your kids are handling social networking sites. Never let their accounts unmonitored. Always check who is online with them. Also warn your kids not to handover any personal details like telephone number, location etc to any unknown persons.

Posting through your profile that you'll Be Away From Home

If you post that you are away from home in your profile, then it is quite easier for geo locating hackers to attack even your private properties. Beware of any attacks when you are away from your home.

Posting details of club you visited last week

Please do not post certain details like the club you are visiting weekly, night parties you attended. Such details will help criminals to track your daily movements.

Allowing all applications to be active in your profile

Allow only selected applications in your profile. Activating more profiles will increase the chance of hacking of your account.

Accepting friendship requests from all

Privacy hackers usually submit a friendship request, before they start hacking. So review all friendship requests before approving them.

Providing friendship requests to all

Some social networkers believe that the number of friends decides the popularity of their profile. This is absolutely wrong and always select the correct person as your friend. Also, if you have too many friends, then new persons cannot add you in their list.

Flirting in Social networking sites

Chatting and phone enjoyment is now very popular among teenagers. Boys and girls find pleasure online when they are alone at home. Certain social networking allows users to post chat history. Also joining in groups offers phone pleasure and sharing your mobile number with them may invite more trouble for you. Use traditional messengers to chat with others.

Direct bank account transfer to charity services

Never transfer money directly to charity services in social networking sites from your bank account. Instead of this, use parallel money transfer services like PayPal or western union.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FACEBOOK BANNED IN PAKISTAN

At last Pakistan's government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook on Wednesday. Anger was growing in Pakistan over a page in Facebook that encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.Since Islam prohibits any images of the Prophet, this page invited much anger and criticism among all Islam followers. This page was created to Draw Mohammed Day which encourages users to post images of the prophet on May 20 to protest threats made by a radical Muslim group against the creators of "South Park".

FACEBOOK AND ISLAM

 

The Facebook page said  "We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammad depictions that we're not afraid of them. That they can't take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us into silence."

 

Thousand of people protested against this Facebook page in Pakistan and Pakistani women affiliated with a religious party rally against Facebook page 'Everybody Draw Mohammed”

Islamic Lawyers' Forum filed a suit against this in Lahore High Court on Wednesday to order the government to fully block Facebook. Court immediately gave a verdict to Pakistani Government to put a ban on Facebook.

Now Pakistan Government started the ban on Facebook and let us see whether other highly religious countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia will follow the same or not.  (Remember what happened in 2005 when a series of cartoons of Prophet published in a Danish newspaper and Muslims around the world protested against those cartoonists)

China already put a ban on Facebook but was proved to be a failure.This is just because this site was accessible through several other services like u95 and proxy servers.

It is always better not to hurt anyone’s feelings. All site owners must learn to respect other countries, religions and must take care not to  sprout any sort of bitter or hatred among the users. All social networking sites must look and learn from the attitude of Google, that offers the best policy of neutrality.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

MISSING MONEY AND UNCLAIMED MONEY

Do you feel that you have missed some money some where in the form of Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents or stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends or un cashed checks and wages or insurance policies, CD's, trust funds or utility deposits, escrow accounts etc? Then it is the time for you to search about such money and claim it at the earliest. According to NAUPA,(National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators that representing State Governments that actively find owners while protecting forgotten funds until claimed), “every U.S. state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands - and Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta in Canada have unclaimed property programs that actively find owners of lost and forgotten assets.

MISSING MONEY Unclaimed property laws have been around since at least the 1940s, but have become much broader and more enforced in the last 15 years. Unclaimed property is one of the original consumer protection programs. $1.754 billion returned to the rightful owners in Fiscal Year 2006 from 1.929 million accounts and a total of at least $32.877 billion is currently being safeguarded by state treasurers and other agencies for 117 million accounts. Claims can be made into perpetuity in most cases - even by heirs.”

If you find money, you’ll need to file a claim with the state government, including your personal information and Social Security number to get your cash in  few weeks. Here are some authorized websites, that help you to find your missing unclaimed money.

HOW TO CLAIM THE MISSING MONEY OR UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

www.missingmoney.com is a database of governmental unclaimed property records. They handle common types of unclaimed properties such as bank accounts and safe deposit box contents, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends, uncashed checks and wages, insurance policies, CD's, trust funds, utility deposits, and escrow accounts. You can do an individual, family or business search. An individual search is based upon your last name (current or prior name) and your full or partial first name. A family search only requires last name. The Business search just requires entering your business name in the last name field.

www.unclaimed.org  (NAUPA- website) will provide you a good information about the unclaimed property and other sources of unclaimed money and property. You will get the direct links to all US based sources, Bank of Canada, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, France Unclaimed Monies, New Zealand Unclaimed Monies and Swiss Bankers Association.

Beware of scams, email and other websiteS those who are charging to find missing money for you. You can use the both websites absolutely free of cost and find your missing money at the earliest.

So start the treasure hunt, and if you are successful, send me too some dollars….

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  • GOOGLE AFFILIATE NETWORK TO EARN MONEY
  • CONVERT YOUR BLOG INTO A BOOK AND MAKE MONEY
  • ADSENSE APPLICATION REJECTION ISSUES

    Recently my friend Mr Aswani ( www.aksindiblog.com) paid much thanks to our blog for helping him in getting his Adsense account.This made me to post that we did nothing else than providing him some tips to maintain the quality guidelines of a Google  Adsense Publisher. So, here we would like to inform fellow bloggers to adhere strictly to the Google AdSense Program Policies. All bloggers must read an updated Terms and Conditions available from Google. In this post, I will explain some tips that will help you to get through the primary application process of Google. Remember that these are just tips and not final policies. Google may change any of these later in their policies. Please don’t forget to visit the link above to see the Terms and Conditions, every time you apply for Adsense or placing new Adsense slots

    FUTURE PERFECT

    Google now simplified the application process for those who are using blogger as the platform.Simply login to your Dashboard and Click on Monetize. If you already have an account, then you can easily place your advertisements.Otherwise you can request for a new Adsense account from here.

    If you don't have an Adsense account, then apply for a New Adsense account. When you apply for a new Adsense account, then be sure that

    • Your blog must be in a supported language
    • Your blog must not contain contents that have pornography, adult or mature content, violent content, content related to racial intolerance or advocacy against any individual, group or organization, hacking/cracking content, gambling or casino-related content, illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia content
    • You are not trying to do the sales of beer or hard alcohol, tobacco or tobacco-related products,prescription drugs , weapons or ammunition (e.g. firearms, firearm components, fighting knives, stun guns),products that are replicas or imitations of designer goods, sales or distribution of coursework or student essays,and any other programs which compensate users for clicking ads or offers, performing searches, surfing websites or reading emails
    • You are not promoting any other content that is illegal, promotes illegal activity or infringes on the legal rights of others.

    While submitting your application, always remember to provide the name on the cheque as the same name in your valid bank account. This is very essential to clear your cheque upon payment and also much essential if Google ask for an address verification. (Please note that any verification process from Google is appreciable because it will help to maintain the trust of Google Adsense in the mind of Advertisers. Yes, this is the space for Genuine people only)

    Even though your primary application will be accepted, but it will be under review for few more days. In my experience, I received a reply from Google Adsense that they accept or reject my application within the first week in my email. In my case Google Adsense rejected two times. Every time they clearly provided the reason for rejection and I made necessary changes according to the guidelines.

    Common Causes for rejection of Adsense application

    • Applying for a blog that is having less activity
    • Applying for a blog with copied materials
    • Illegal links to promote other advertisements
    • Your blog may not be adhere to the webmaster quality guidelines. 
    • Your blog may not contain a valid Privacy Policy page

    Just read the cause of rejection of your application and then make changes accordingly. Always respect the policies and procedures of Google. Never try to make quick money using Google Adsense in an illegal way.

    Do your blogging and link building  in natural ways. As time goes, Google will give you good PR and visitors will be more from search engines. More visitors means more chances for getting money.

    So, happy Adsensing

    Any more questions? Please visit Google Adsense Policies Answers

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    Friday, May 7, 2010

    TEXT LINK ADS TO MAKE MONEY FROM LINKS

    Make money from your blog using links and ad display. Many programs available in internet but most of them are not paying correctly to the bloggers. According to my opinion,Google Adsense and Google Affiliate Network are the best option to monetize a blog. But some bloggers, especially who start their blogging recently, can depend on other services until Google approve their application for Adsense.When we look to other options to monetize  a blog, the next name coming to my mind is Text-Link –Ads.

    Text-Link Ads are very easy to apply, and very accurate in payments. (till today)These links can earn you regular income from the advertisements displayed in your blog. You can receive payment via check, PayPal, Payoneer, or TLA voucher.

    You can earn money by simply installing the Text Link Ads script on your site one time, you are set up to earn a consistent revenue stream and truly monetize your site. The advertisements are priced on a flat rate for a 30 day period, so your earnings will not be dependent on clicks or impressions.

    Being an Advertiser, the links you make by advertising in TLA will increase the Search engine rankings also.

    I have enquired with many of my fellow bloggers about whether TLA is banned by Google or not.Most of them said TLA is banned by Google. But I found a PR of 7 for this and found in some of search terms in Google search. I would like to get your opinion about TLA and response from Google.

    My sincere appeal to Google not to ban TLA because many bloggers depend on making money from blogs. Being the leader, no program in this world can be a challenge to Adsense and Google Affiliate Networking. Or another option is that we welcome, If Google acquire TLA at the earliest.

     

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    CONVERT YOUR BLOG AS A WIDGET

    Want to convert your blog into a widget and give as a gift to your readers? You can use this widget to promote your blog in your friends blog and also in your other blogs. Here in this post, I will explain some methods to make  a widget from your blog. Some of these methods are paid services, which is optional for the users. We will discus some free widget services that is available in internet.

    CONVERT YOUR BLOG INTO A WIDGET USING WIDGETBOX

    WIDGETBOX Widgetbox is a free service that allows you to make a widget from your blog posts. This service is free of cost and very easy to configure. You can select colors and styles according to your need and make widgets from your blog, Twitter, Facebook and even make a slideshow widget.

    All that you need is the Feed address of your blog or twitter or facebook. The disadvantage of this free service is that, it will start random display of advertisements after installation. If you buy a premium service (pro) then you can stop the display of advertisements from Widgetbox. There is another option to install your own Adsense Publisher Id  in the widget box. That means another way of monetizing your blog. Nice isn’t it?

    View our Widget for DEMO: (If you like it, grab the code and install it in your blog)

    CONVERT YOUR BLOG INTO A WIDGET USING FEEDBURNER ( FREE OF COST )

    STEP A

    Follow the below given steps to create a Feedburner account and syndicate your feed. If you already created a Feed Burner account, then please proceed to STEP B

    1. Go to www.feedburner.com, login with your Google ID and password.
    2. Enter your blog's web address( URL) in the "Burn a feed right this instant?" form found on FeedBurner homepage after your login.If you like to publish a podcast with your Blogger feed, check the "I am a podcaster" box. Click Next».                                                       
    3. Then the Original feeds of your blog will be identified and provided to select. Usually two original feeds are given. You may select any one of these, and click “Next»
    4. Next page, you can see a welcome, where the “Feed Title”  and “Feed Address”  are given. You may change both according to your ways. Please note down the feed address as hereafter this will be your main Feed address. Click on Next» Your feed address will look like this

              http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOUR FEEDNAME

    Now you have successfully configured your Feed. In  next steps, you may customize the applied FeedBurner services to provide a more detailed podcast listing at iTunes&Yahoo! search and  additional free FeedBurner Stats options for a more richly detailed view of your feed readership. After configuration simply click Next», till you get a message “You have successfully updated the feed”.

    STEP B

    Look to the header portion, where you can see a tab called “PUBLICIZE”, Click on that where you will reach a page to avail free services from feed burner to convert your blog into a widget.

    1. HEADLINE ANIMATOR WIDGET – You can create and customize more than one animated banner that cycles through your feed's most recent items. It's an easy way to promote your content anywhere in blogosphere by placing snippet. Customize it according to your publishing options. Then Activate, Copy the HTML, Login to Blogger, go to Dashboard, Layout, Page Elements, Add a Gadget and HTML/JavaScript. Now Paste the copied script in this and Save. A headline animator will appear with your recent posts. The advantage of this widget is that we can place it with our own background image. The major disadvantage is that, we can display only the Title of the post.
    2. BUZZBOOST WIDGET - Buzzboost help you to republish your recent contents as a widget. This is very useful if we want to cross promote your blog on another site you manage. Customize it according to your publishing options. Then Activate, Copy the HTML, Login to Blogger, go to Dashboard, Layout, Page Elements, Add a Gadget and HTML/JavaScript. Now Paste the copied script in this and Save.
      The major advantage of this widget is that we can add details like few words from the posts, date of publishing, author name etc.
    • You can copy the Code and provide it to your readers to display in their blogs.

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