Terrorists Have Hijacked Social Media: A Dangerous New Paradigm

How Are Terrorists Using the Internet to Spread Their Message of Hate? Part 3

By Robert Kaye

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Last night on Facebook, I was chatting with my cousin and a few other friends. 

But did you know that at the same time on Facebook, al-Qaeda’s English language online magazine, “Inspire,” reran an article on how to make a bomb in an everyday kitchen?  On Twitter, ISIS tweeted photos of Christian captives it had crucified and beheaded.  And on YouTube, a newly posted video showed Palestinians dancing in the street and distributing candies in celebration of the recent terrorist attack that murdered four rabbis and a border policeman in Jerusalem.

How to Grow Your Twitter Flock – 14 Surefire Tips for Explosive Organic Growth

By Hector Cisneros

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Ever wonder why all the media outlets use Twitter? Are you curious about how useful Twitter really is?   What happened?  Are you providing the wrong content?  Are you using the wrong posting schedule? Are you engaging your audience in a useful way? Are you wondering why you only have 300 people following you, after a full year’s worth of work?

The real questions is:  Are you really looking to grow your Twitter following or are you just dabbling in Twitter because someone said it was cool?

The Banner Blitz is Back

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Back at the turn of the century banner ads were everywhere. You couldn't read a zine or surf a web portal without seeing dozens of banner ads all vying for your attention. While some were static, others were so animated that they hurt the eyes to stare at them. Then in 2003 banner ads were declared as dead as the dodo bird. Was this due to the fact that they were ineffective as a source of traffic? Or was it more the fact that over time animated ads had become annoying? Regardless, the bane of in-your-face online ads was over ... Or, so it seemed.  Ten years later, banner ads resurfaced with a vengeance. 

Since 2013, the number and variety of animated ads, video ads, pop-up ads and other online annoyances have grown like a cancer to infect most every major purveyor of information and news. It's gotten to the point where it's sometimes hard to read the story you clicked on due to all the machinations occurring above, below and alongside the copy.  Just like the four-minute commercial break that we have all come to loathe on TV, the owners and operators of online portals need to be told that enough is enough. 

Make it Stop, Daddy!

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If you listen to pundits such as writers for the "NY Times" who boldly titled a recent article, “Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web,” you would believe that these ads were some kind of prank that was inadvertently unleashed on an unsuspecting populace.  Yet during the same article the writer points out that banner ads were kind of an inevitably back in the 1990s.

“There was really no choice,” said Andrew Anker, who in the mid-1990s was the chief technology officer of Wired, charged with finding a way to pay for the print magazine’s entrance online.  Mr. Anker knew that subscriptions or other direct payments for Wired’s content would not work; it was too technically difficult to accept credit card payments on the nascent web. So advertising became the only option, and the banner ad was a natural shape to fill early browsers."  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/technology/personaltech/banner-ads-the-monsters-that-swallowed-the-web.html?_r=0

Even worse, once banner ads became accepted on one site, this scourge soon spread to other sites like some kind of adman-induced virus.  Over time, some major players such as Yahoo embraced banner ads as one of their main sources of revenue.  Lucky us.  The NYT article went on to state:"Even entrepreneurs who understood the dangers of banners gave in to them. In its earliest days, 'The Huffington Post' built its own innovative set of tools to run its site, but Jonah Peretti, one of its founders, said it turned over much of its ad infrastructure to third-party companies serving banners.  Eventually he realized that banners were hampering how users experienced the site, but it was too late. 'When a site loads slowly, you blame the site, but it’s actually often the banner ad coming from somewhere else online,' Mr. Peretti said."

As online technology improved, you'd think that banner ads would have also.  But this has not proven to be the case.  Rather than making banner ads and popups less obtrusive, the past five years have seen them become ever more annoying with the switch from animated to video ads, which all vie for your attention as you try to read a blog or newsfeed.  Some of these ads play without volume, allowing users to pause them where others do not.  Some ads cleverly (or should I say annoyingly?) made the “X” that is used to close one ad spawn an entirely different ad.  In fact, it's getting so crowded on many popular sites and portals that it's nearly impossible to read the information you came there to peruse in the first place.  You'd think advertisers and portal owners would realize that the last way to increase customer loyalty would be to annoy customers.  But like the admen on Mad Men, apparently ad executives don’t think like the rest of us.

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 “I’m Mad As Hell!”

So just as the fictional TV news anchor Howard Beale leaned out of the window in the motion picture "Network" to shout these unmistakable words, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” we Internet users should take heart by giving these avaricious admen their what for.  Unlike television where the Tivo started a trend that continues to this day that allows the public to record shows and then fast forward through the ads (maniacally laughing while you do so) being optional, the Internet has an equivalent of the DVR to help you eradicate these online pests. 

Google Chrome Users

Google Chrome offers a free app in its store called Adblock Plus that all but eliminates annoying ads when you surf the web using the world’s most popular web browser.  Go to the Google Chrome Web Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps and enter AdBlock into the dialog box.  This will take you to several free apps that once installed will allow you to slay the adman dragon. 

The publisher’s description reads as follows:
Adblock for Chrome removes Facebook ads, Flash animations, and ads from all over the Web on Google Chrome browser. Chrome is automatically updated with additions to the filter. It blocks all advertisements on all web pages, even Facebook and YouTube. Your browser is automatically updated with additions to the filter.

Best of all, it's also available for a number of other popular browsers, including Firefox, and my browser of choice, Comodo Dragon.

Backlash from the Board Room

Believe it or not, the owners of a number of portals were up in arms when AdBlock was introduced, complaining that this kind of software limited their revenues.

According to Wikipedia"While some websites such as The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph have successfully implemented subscription and membership based paywall systems for revenue, [28] many websites today rely on third party hosted online advertising to function. In 2007, web developer Danny Carlton described the use of ad blockers as tantamount to theft, [29] and called for other site owners to block the Firefox web browser from their websites to deter its use. [30]
"On December 5, 2011, Wladimir Palant announced that certain "acceptable" ads would be whitelisted in upcoming builds of the Adblock software, with the option to remove whitelisted ads via a custom setting in the software. According to Palant, only static advertisements with a maximum of one script will be permitted as "acceptable", with a preference towards text-only content. The announcement created some controversy both at Adblock's website and at social media sites like Reddit. [31]"  
Even should the powers that be find a way to litigate products like Adblock out of existence, there are still other means of reducing the proliferation of online ads.  Some browsers come equipped with the ability to control, at least in part, the amount of ads that appear online.  Even mobile apps are available that help you winnow the rising tide of unwanted advertisement from your smartphones and tablets.  The bottom line is that where there is a need, someone is sure to fill it. 

While the legal wrangling continues, all I can say is that in the back of my mind, I can hear Howard Beale laughing to beat the band. 

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The Magic Formula for Blogging Success: a Training Series for Bloggers

Blogging 101 - Part 1: We Start With Commitment – It Succeeds When Talent Falters 

By Hector Cisneros
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I’ve met many writers in my life.  Some have incredible writing skills; their grammar and spelling are impeccable.  Their creativity was remarkable.  Many are successful business owners and senior officers in corporations.  The same is true for many business owners I know. Their English speaking, writing, grammar and spelling skills are far superior to mine, and in many cases, they’re very creative and disciplined.  Yet both of these groups of talented people often have less-than-stellar writing success when it comes to blogging.

What is the magic formula that separates a successful blogger from those who tried and failed?  Why have some people had short-term success and then their results plummeted?  

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If you’re looking for the magic formula for blogging success, you’ve found it.  Ok, magic is a little bit of
hyperbole, so I won’t portray it as magic. However, this formula produces impressive results if you follow the entire process, without trying to cherry pick its components.  So read on and take notes as we as we explore how commitment can succeed when talent fails, in this article by Working the Web to Win.

So what is commitment? Commitment is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as: “an agreement or pledge to do something in the future; specially: an engagement to assume a financial obligation at a future date…”

At Working the Web to Win, we think of it as, “D.W.I.T.,” for Do Whatever It Takes.  We believe doing
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whatever it takes consists of 12 very important Elements of Commitment. Together, they provide a system based on principles that always produce greater results when used together than when they’re cherry picked and used individually.  We believe these 12 elements create a synergy, which makes for powerful results.  Results don’t just happen; they’re forged into existence because their synergy exceeds the sum of their parts.

Practice – Practice improves performance.  Be willing to write articles and publish them to online magazines. This will force you to improve your skills and to focus on a particular subject. The best athletes, writers, musicians and professionals in any industry all practice their craft regularly.  It’s great to have talent, but practice makes talent even better. Plus in the blogging world, this practice can be published!

RegularityConsistency helps build your habits and grow an audience. Regularity helps improve
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practice as well as your skill level. There’s no substitute for consistent, regular and methodical practice, because in writing, it becomes your finished work. In this instance, your practice evolves into your finished work that you publish on your blog or submit to an ezine.  Plus, regularity allows you to grow your audience. Without consistently producing quality, authoritative content that interests readers, no audience will ever grow. Consistency builds confidence and trust that you will be there. Make sure you publish at the “same time and same place”, with more, useful and quality content that followers are interested in.

Persistence – Perseverance, stick-to-it-ness, not giving up, whatever you want to call it ― in and of itself ― means you haven’t failed.  Many blog authors fail because they’re inconsistent, which yields poor results.  Poor results due to an inconsistent publishing schedule leads to discouragement, which often leads to quitting altogether.  Again, if you stop blogging, or are inconsistent in any way, you’ll produce a mediocre following at best.  At worst, you will lose your audience altogether.  So even if you stopped or missed a week, get back in there and write something.  Find a subject you’re passionate about and post an article that will inspire you to keep going.

Measurement – You must test and measure. You have to measure who is following you, who is sharing, what articles did well, and which ones did poorly. Track page views religiously; you’ll learn a lot from doing so.
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Don’t Go it Alone – Get a blogging buddy, find a good editor, read what other successful bloggers are doing.  Read what’s current in your industry, research what’s trending, writing down and outline your ideas, and ask others what they’re looking for.  In the writing world, like in most others, two heads are better than one. Three Heads (yours, a blogging buddy and editor) are best.

Use the Best Tools – If you’re using an old version of MS Word or WordPerfect, get the newest one. Don’t be cheap.  Invest in the pro versions of Ginger and Grammarly. The pro version of Ginger will even read the article aloud, making it much easier to catch certain type of grammatical mistakes.  Also, there are models you can follow.  Ezines articles online provides a full course on article writing. They even offer a set of article templates an author can use to structure their ideas, focus their efforts, and improve their overall professionalism.  Many writers I know also use reference books and websites such as the Associated Press Stylebook

Be Willing to ShareBlogging is a community. If you blog, acting as if you’re the only blogger on the planet will yield minimal success. There are probably thousands of writers that share your passion for the subjects you care about.  Read and share their articles.  Share them at the end of your blog.  Better yet, create links to their articles inside your content.  This act of sharing gets noticed and often leads to the reciprocity of sharing your content as well.

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Tricks of the Trade – You have to learn them. These include how to create catchy titles, adding surprise to
your articles, adding humor when appropriate, using subheadings and pull quotes to grab attention. Learn how to write both evergreen and seasonal articles, along with articles that are designed to piggyback on trends.  And don’t forget the importance of adding multimedia elements such as pictures, videos and podcasts.  A good article can be greatly enhanced by adding visual or auditory elements. These hold readers’ attention longer and encourage people to continue reading your article. Also, don’t forget to learn how to write articles of different lengths. This skill will help you fill different niches and needs as well.

Give Others Their Due – Never plagiarize someone else’s work.  Always give others their due in your blog and on your social nets. Even with photo credits.  If you scratch other influential authors’ backs, they’ll reciprocate (as long as your finished product is adding value as well). Breaking this law will have real consequences. Plus in many cases it’s illegal and could initiate a lawsuit.

Be Willing to Recycle – Once an article is published, don’t be afraid to post it to your social nets
again. I’m not saying to publish it every day, back-to-back over and over again, until you have exhausted its value.  I’m saying that you can post an article to your social nets several times, especially if you spread out the time and dates that you choose for the recycled post.

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An example would be to post it in the morning around 8:30 when the early readers start their day, and thenguaranteed to triple you page views in 60 days or less.
again at 9:45 at night, when the late readers often check their posts after they’ve put the kids to bed. My rule is to not post the same article more than twice in one week; and then not again until 60 days have passed before it’s recycled. I wrote a whole article on how and when to post.  We’ve researched and tested this posting formula extensively. In fact, our blog’s page views now total over 110,000 and our monthly average is over 15,600.  Here’s the article that includes a whole section on how to implement our posting formula that is

Be Humble and Appreciate Your Audience – I write with the belief that it’s a privilege to publish my work. I know we have freedom of speech in the U.S. (at least for now) and that anyone can publish a blog on the Internet for absolutely free. They can say anything they want, in any way they want. For me, I try very hard to communicate my ideas, thoughts and beliefs in the easiest way possible. I don’t try to show off by using big words or claim expert authority as if I were some celebrity blogger.  As a matter of fact, I’m always amazed and humbled by the readership we’ve amassed.  I avoid profanity, racial slurs, salacious language and hate speech, not because it’s against the rules, but because it’s shows one has little or no decorum. I never forget that my audience determines the value of my writing.  Many people write to soothe an itch they have.  I write to leave a legacy of what I have learned in my short life.  I write to help others learn from my mistakes and my success.  In essence, I use my writing to teach others what I have gleaned from living on this planet for 60 years.

Never be Afraid to Return to Square One – If what you’re trying to write is a blog and it doesn’t seem to be working, or if your blog is all over the place?  Perhaps it’s time to stop and re-think your whole idea. For me, my square one starts with outlining and asking the six “reporter” questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? And Why? I go back through my outline and answer these questions before moving on. I try to keep my blogs coherent by choosing the top elements relevant to the subject at hand.  I’ve learned that there are key numbers in writing.  Especially if you write articles that contain lists. List articles contain verbiage such as “the three most important things…” or “the seven best items…” or “the 12 rules that always… ” etc. You get the idea.  Confining my ideas to a list helps me with my outline. It also helps with layout, bullet points, subheads, pull quotes, multimedia elements and a whole lot more.  Sometimes starting over is the best way to ensure the quality of your work bearing in mind that your audience always wants quality work!

In this article, I provided many of the elements of what I call the formula for blogging success. This is the first installment of an educational series designed to help novice bloggers and those writers looking to improve their writing and success online. It contains 12 Elements of Commitment that make up what has led me to my blogging success. Following these 12 Elements propels the reader to the next articles in this series, which are “Learning the Tricks of the Trade” which will be followed by “Marketing Your Blog in the 21st Century.”

If you’d like to find more articles like this, read, “Blogging Secrets of the Pros”  and “The Secrets of Blogging For Dollars” or enter the words “Blogging” or “Story Telling” in the search box at the top of this blog to find even more.
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Hector Cisneros is a partner, COO and Social Media Director for the award-winning, Internet-based marketing firm, Working the Web to Win, in Jacksonville, FL.  You can connect with him on TwitterFacebookGoogle+,  LinkedIn,  and YouTube.  He’s also the co-host of BlogTalkRadio’s “Working the Web to Win,” where he and Working the Web to Win’s co-founder, Carl Weiss, make working the web to win simple for every business.  Additionally, Hector is a syndicated writer on EzineOnline and is an active blogger (including ghost writing).  He's a published author of two books, "60 Seconds to Success"(available at Amazon and B&N), and "Internet Marketing for the 21st Century," which you can get by filling out the form above.  He’s also the co-author of the book, “Working The Web to Win,” which is now available on Amazon.com.

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Will Pay-to-Play Payoff Online or Will it Kill the Golden Goose?

By Carl Weiss
Money (That's What I Want) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s said that the best things in life are free.  But as Berry Gordy so aptly added in 1960, “But you can keep them for the birds and bees.  Give me money, that’s what I want.” The song aptly named , "Money (That’s What I Want)" went on to become the first hit for Gordy’s Motown record label Tamla.  It also went on to be covered by many prominent recording artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Doors, among others.  

Even though 54 years have passed since "Money" first became part of the public consciousness, the concept behind it seems set to make a revival on the Internet if a number of powerful portals have their way.

YouTube Announces a New Paid Subscription Service

As recently as three days before Halloween 2014, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki publicly confirmed that Google’s video portal was considering the introduction of a subscription service.  Since other popular video portals such as Netflix, which started as a subscription service and Hulu, which began as free only to turn into a subscription service as HuluPlus, have been using a monthly pay-to-play charge to vend everything from first-run movies to television series, this isn’t likely to cause people to run screaming into the streets.  The chief difference between the likes of Netflix and Hulu when compared to YouTube is tthey both stream professionally produced feature-length content.  Whether or not a portal where the lion’s share of the content is created by amateurs can make a go of it is anybody’s guess. 

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An article in the "New York Times" sums it up like this: "YouTube’s subscription effort is still in the very early phases, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. In essence, the company is making phone calls to potential partners, including anyone from big media companies like Disney to popular individuals with millions of subscribers, to see if they might be interested.  At first, the model is likely to be similar to YouTube’s long-planned subscription music service, which Ms. Wojcicki said would be introduced “soon.” Rather than an entirely new paid YouTube, there would be several subscription services based on certain topics – for instance, a subscription service with nothing but video games."  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/youtube-weighing-new-subscription-service/?_r=0
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Currently, YouTube produces revenues for airing in-stream ads that are displayed on participating videos on the world’s most popular video portal that streams more than four billion videos per day.  The portal has also gone to great lengths to partner with homegrown content producers such as these ever-popular channels: PewDiePie, Stampylonghead, SkyDoesMinecraft, and CollegeHumor, just to name a few.  While some of PewDiePie’s videos have garnered as many as 59,917,883 views, it is questionable how many people would choose to pay to play short videos with titles such as "How to Get Ebola," "Corpse Party," or the animated "Brain Transplant."
HBO is Now Entering The Fray
While the idea for an online subscription model is hardly new, what YouTube is hoping to capitalize on is the ever-growing disenchantment many people have toward broadcast and cable programming.  What with the advent of the four-minute commercial break, as well as the ever-more costly way in which cable companies charge families for the hodgepodge of channels foisted on them, even major players such as HBO have started to realize that people want better choices. 
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english: This is the american HBO brand logo. ® 2008 Home Box Office, Inc. All Rights Reserved. português: Este é o logotipo da marca estadunidense HBO. ® 2008 Home Box Office, Inc. Todos os Direitos Rervados. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The above-cited "New York Times" article added: "An example is the service recently announced by HBO, which said that next year it will start a stand-alone streaming service aimed at 'cord cutters,' people who want cable quality shows but refuse to pay several hundred dollars a month for the jumbled mess of cable channels.
That’s right, starting in 2015, HBO will begin a pay-to-play online streaming service that will not require a subscription to a traditional TV provider.  Recognizing the fact that there are currently more than ten million homes in the US that do not subscribe to either cable or satellite TV services but who do have Internet access, the CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler announced that the opportunity was ripe for direct-to-web programming.
While 10 million households seem like a drop in the bucket when compared to the sheer number of consumers with cable or satellite TV access, the number of households that are expected to switch to services such as Netflix continues to grow. 
“Netflix has more subscribers in the United States than HBO, which counts about 30 million subscribers. But HBO delivers more profits because of lower costs and its distribution through cable and satellite providers. HBO generated $4.9 billion in revenue in 2013 and about $1.8 billion in operating income. Netflix had $4.4 billion in revenue in 2013 with $228.3 million in operating income.”
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English: A graph to show the increase in subscribers on YouTube to Anonymous' videos. All dates indicated on the graph are 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
YouTube Verses the Boob Tube
The real question for portals such as YouTube is how much of an impact it can make on the viewing public.  Currently, the Boob Tube (regular TV) outguns YouTube four to one, seeing as how most American adults watch an average of four and a half hours of broadcast and cable programming per day on average versus about an hour of online video.  It has been suggested that YouTube can try to bump these numbers up by either improving the technology and/or trying to create higher-quality content that people will come back to watch week in and week out.
To this end, YouTube has built production studios in such places as New York, LA and Sao Paolo, Brazil, to help their 'creators' produce more TV-like programs.  They are also seeking to woo show producers with Hollywood or broadcast TV experience, many of whom are underemployed.  Whether YouTube can reinvent itself as an entertainment service that people will line up to pay for is still in question.  But as the world’s viewing habits change and companies with online audience loyalty continues to grow, what does this hold in store for the future? 
What’s in Store for Blogs and the Social Nets?
Will popular blogs start charging readers to peruse their pages?  Will social networks demand a fee to allow their users to connect with more than a handful of friends? The trends are definitely heading in that direction. Recently, Facebook announced that it is throttling back the exposure your post get on the fans news feed time line. Now to get maximum exposure, you'll have to pay for advertising. If your customer base is on Facebook and garners lots of engagement and leads from this platform, you will have to ante up to keep that traffic going. Twitter also recently announced that it will be providing targeted ads in the twitter feed as well. Google+ also provides in feed ads and LinkedIn has been doing this for some time.
The real question is will they start to charge for the member subscriptions? Currently, your subscription to the top five social networks are free, however, they sell your information as targeting criteria for their pay per click advertising. If these companies get greedy and change to a tiered pay to a subscriber social platform, it will usher in a whole new era. This will also open the door for competitors to exploit this weakness. 
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History shows that when companies take for granted their bread and butter (in this case, billions of active free subscribers), they usually falter. By starting to charge subscribers for something that was perceived as free before, they will lose market share. The truth is, subscriptions were never actually free. Subscribers give up their rights to the data posted and their psycho-graphic information to the social networks. This way, Facebook and others would turn around and sell this information as a targeting criteria to advertisers.
It’s been my experience that every ten years or so,the dominant players in any industry are poised for a fall. If they get greedy, take their clients for granted, assume that their products are unbeatable,(in this case we, the subscribers are the product) or they believe they can do no wrong. Eventually ... BOOM! The fall comes!
Just as the opening of Pandora’s Box unleashed a number of unintended and unwanted problems for the masses, this, too, will have consequences. What is left to discover is whether pay-to-play will become a benefit or a burden to those who want the web to remain free?  Will it usher in a new era of growth or kill the golden goose? While the future of pay-to-play Internet programming is anything but a sure thing, I will leave you with a little pearl of wisdom from a man who was clearly ahead of his time: Berry Gordy.
"Money don't get everything it's true,
What it don't get, I can't use;
Now give me money,
That's what I want
That's what I want, yeah
That's what I want."

In this article I discussed the pay-to-play subscription trend that Google recently announced for YouTube. I further discussed how HBO plans on launching its own Internet subscription service in hopes to compete with Netflix. Plus, many of the social networks such as Facebook and Twitter seem to be following this trend as well.  Lastly, I explored the implications and consequences that pay-to-play will have on the whole social infrastructure of the Internet.

If you'd like to read more articles like this one, check out “Making Pay-Per-Click Pay Big Dividends”, “2012 - The End of Conventional Advertising as We Knew it Would Be!”, "The Evolution of Internet Advertising", “How to Get Fish to Jump in The Boat - A Social Media Analogy”, or enter your keywords in the Search box at the top of this blog. If you found this article useful, please feel free to share and repost it. I welcome your related opinion and comments; just add them to the Comments section below.

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