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Is Social Media Still Social or Is It a Marketing Machine?

Is Social Media Still Social or Is It a Marketing Machine?

Remember when social media was about connecting with people? You’d find folks you hadn’t seen for a while or schoolmates from years’ past. You’d find new people to talk to in groups of shared interests. It was social. Today, when you open Facebook or Twitter or even LinkedIn, you’ll find yourself smacked in the face by advertising. Some of this advertising is disguised as “featured posts” or “posts you may be interested in reading” or even just a plain old advertisement admitting that it is an advertisement. Nobody seems to want to socialize. They just want to promote themselves or their products. I miss social media. It was fun to open up Facebook and see a cute cat video. Okay, those got a little annoying after a while, but still, a joke or a video that wasn’t asking for a share or a “click me now” was fun. Now the social sites have b...

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AZ postcard: They grow cotton here, ostriches, too

AZ postcard: They grow cotton here, ostriches, too

One of the first documents placed in our hands when we arrived in Arizona this week is a list of 100 fun facts about the state. Just a few highlights: 19. Arizona grows enough cotton each year ...

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Technology

E-learning start-up Fishtree to create 25 new jobs after raising US$3m investmen…

E-learning start-up Fishtree to create 25 new jobs after raising US$3m investment

E-learning start-up Fishtree to create 25 new jobs after raising US$3m investment Fishtree CEO Terry Nealon and CTO Jim Butler at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona t...

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Business

Is Social Media Still Social or Is It a Marketing Machine?

Is Social Media Still Social or Is It a Marketing Machine?

Remember when social media was about connecting with people? You’d find folks you hadn’t seen for a while or schoolmates from years’ past. You’d find new people to talk to in groups of shared interests. It was social. Today, when you open Facebook o...

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