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The war between Google and Facebook

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Facebook’s Open Graph is something I only investigated in the past few days. It has the potential to undermine Google Search’s dominance or if they combine forces allow the web to de facto become Facebook.

This is how it works – a web site operator with a Facebook account tags their pages with special meta tags specifically for Open Graph, including the title, a Description, logo and other information

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This glues the web pages to Facebook so that “Like!” activity will post accurate details of your web site on the visitor’s Facebook stream, drawing attention to the web site in a way more powerful than Google Search rankings – which are an educated guess – Liking a web page is a human decision, that when aggregated tell a lot about value of the web site. The days of buying likes from fake accounts is mostly over.

I did set up a new Facebook account for the Streaming Radio Guide a few months ago but haven’t used it in any meaningful way. I’ve decided that I need to add the Open Graph tags here – which doesn’t affect your privacy or the ability of third parties to track what you’re doing.

The reality is that most web sites you might find here already track you via Facebook, a Google Analytics and a bunch of other third party tracking systems – not counting the NSA tracking done from scraping data from the bulk data collection and “man in the middle” techniques to circumvent encryption. The war for individual privacy has been lost. At some point, expect to see the Facebook Like! Button show up here. I surrender.

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Getting involved

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Someone has pointed out – and they’re right – that I haven’t been clear enough about what I need and how people can be helpful.   I don’t need money – since all of this web site and most of the data was gathered by just me, what I need is your time and interest and occasionally saying “thank you” – something much more precious.

Things that would greatly increase my satisfaction level and desire to keep this thing going [stipulating that some of this list is hard to see how to do currently]:

register for an account if you don’t have one – this will probably become a requirement in the future.   I won’t be emaling you ads or “spam” you or selling a list.    I might type an email to you if you’ve done something I don’t understand or I need to explain some quirk of the way things are tested that you might have misunderstood
– set the topic for programs you are listening to so other people will know what Glenn Beck is talking about today
create a “poll” to bounce ideas off the other visitors and get a sense of who “we” are…..  vote in the polls – just avoid the urge to answer “I knew it, you’re a commie racist!”
– set the “name” of the local morning shows on the smaller talk stations
– try to identify the “Unknown” shows
– test the links for the music stations to make sure they still work
– help find web sites for stations where I haven’t been able to find one, or find stations that just recently started streaming
– become a fan on Facebook
– read and comment on the blogs, even if you disagree with me 🙂 – just stay to the issues and don’t bring up the topic of sheep
– tell your friends and neighbors 
– once you have looked around a bit and understand what this place is, volunteer to do some of the above in a more systematic manner – but don’t turn this into your life, please 🙂

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Monday, April 25th, 2011

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Welcome to Atlantis :)

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

This blog is not visible outside of this “secret” web site.

If you aren’t aware, in the book Atlas Shrugged, Atlantis is the secret place where John Galt and the people he has convinced to join him are living and planning what to do after civilization falls apart. (more…)