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Snapchat Lied. Now This.

May 30, 2014

Snapchat CEO ‘Mortified’ by Leaked Stanford Frat E-Mails

Sarah Frier writing for Bloomberg:

“Snapchat Inc. Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel apologized for e-mails he sent during his fraternity days that celebrated getting drunk and convincing sorority women to perform sexual acts.”

Earlier this month, Snapchat settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Because “snaps” on its service do not disappear.

As advertised.

So, Snapchat lied and settled.

Now this.

Snapchat and its CEO are building quite a reputation.

More accurately, a reputation crisis.

To think Snapchat spurned a multibillion-dollar buyout offer from Facebook.

Perhaps Facebook got off lucky.



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Social Media Sunsets

March 20, 2014

Sunsets Light Up Social Media

Looking for quality, online content?

Look up.

Then share your view.

Sunrises, sunsets, weather, nature, the sky, clouds.

I could see the ingredients coming together.

So much so, I issued a “Sunset Watch” on Twitter:

Jeff Schwartz Sunset Watch Twitter

Believe I invented the “Sunset Watch.” Copyrighting the idea.

Sure enough, looking west:

Sunset Colorado Jeff Schwartz

Sunset lights up mountain-wave cloud. Looking west.

Looking east:

Sunset Colorado Jeff Schwartz

Orange and purple. Looking east.

As sunrises and sunsets approach, watch the online world, worldwide.

Amateur photographers start posting amazing content.

Content that is widely retweeted and favorited.

My Tweetdeck and Facebook walls light up, as people look up.

Newsrooms enjoy fresh visuals.

So do your followers.

I’ve had pics shared by journalists and meteorologists globally.

Family and friends rely on me to cover Colorado’s sky glory, too.

I know you love what I call your “selfie-content.”

Try self-taken sunrise and sunset pics, instead.

Show off the horizon facing you vs. your face.

Your social media community will thank you.

The clicks and shares provide proof.

I think TV stations need dedicated sunset web cams.

Until then, follow me on social media.

Watch for my “Sunrise Watches.”

Share your views.

Get more viewers.


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Facebook’s Mind-Blowing $19 Billion Purchase

February 20, 2014

Remember: WhatsApp feeds Facebook hundreds of millions of billing accounts

Why did Facebook buy WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, a Silicon Valley record?

Caleb Garling writing for SFGate:

“There’s a tendency to dissect the acquisition by user numbers or compare WhatsApp to other messaging apps or Instagram but, to me, the value for Facebook is in WhatsApp’s hundreds of millions of billing accounts. WhatsApp charges $0.99 per year after a yearlong free trial. That is basically a zero barrier to give WhatsApp your payment info.”

The deal met with investor skepticism.

Facebook’s stock slid up to 5 percent in late trading:

Facebook stock drops on $19 billion WhatsApp deal

But back to the details.

Your payment information.

Some 450 million people worldwide use WhatsApp’s subscription service.

That’s a big entree to new users for Facebook.

And lot of new information.

How will it be used?

Top Facebook Check-Ins

December 10, 2013

Hottest Social Media Check-In Spots on Earth

Jeanne Cooper, SFGate:

“Take me out to the ballgame — but don’t forget to check in on Facebook when you get there. That’s apparently the rule for those who tote their smartphones to the four ballparks that made the social media site’s Top 10 list of check-in venues in the United States for 2013.”

Disneyland scores No. 1:

Disneyland & Disneyland California Adventure: Sean Arbabi Getty Images/Aurora Creative

Disneyland is huge worldwide, too.

Hong Kong, Paris, Toyko.

Said Walt Disney:

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

And check-in, too.

Facebook Leadership: Lean In … Cash Out

April 27, 2013

For Zuckerberg, a Big Payout From Facebook Stock

Facebook shares may have been on a roller coaster ride in the year since they made their debut on Wall Street, but they haven’t been too shabby for its top executives. Mark Zuckerberg exercised stock options worth $2.3 billion, according to a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday — and sold about half, to cover his tax bill.

Profiting is a balanced affair for Facebook’s leaders:

Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s chief operating officer, retained her spot as the company’s best-paid executive for two consecutive years. She received total compensation of about $26 million in 2012, down slightly from nearly $31 million the year before.

So, how is management performing, since going public?

“Look in on Facebook from time to time,” I wrote earlier.

Here’s the firm’s stock chart:

Facebook: Weekly Stock Chart

Facebook IPO’d at $38 a share.

It last closed at $26.85.

So, using stock performance as a measure, we know a lot more about this social media firm, now that the public can buy it, too.

Facebook is not performing well, according to investors.

Management is making out.

The Right Stuff Online

April 26, 2013

The Right Stuff

Gen. Chuck Yeager:

Someone asked if I’ve ever parachuted. Answer: Three times. I’ve had three more take-offs than landings.

SR-71. Very expensive specialized machine for reconnaissance.

I was asked my opinion about the F-35. It’s a waste of money. Far too expensive. Give me an F-15 E – less expensive, will do the job.

Asked if I ever got sick in an airplane: Answer: Yes, 1st time I ever flew, which was just after I applied for pilot training in the Army Air Corps. While puking, I had a moment of thought: Yeager, you made a baaaaaad mistake. Bleh.

Was asked if I’ve ever seen a UFO? Answer: No, I don’t drink before I fly.

Want to see a great Facebook page?

I read it every day.

Facebook Home: Three More Things to Worry About

April 4, 2013

“We’re finally going to talk about that Facebook phone”

CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s unveiling of Facebook Home worries Om Malik:

It is time to ask for simple, granular and easy to understand privacy and data collection policies from Facebook, especially for mobile. We need to ask our … representatives to understand that Facebook wants to go from our desktops and browsers right into our home — the place where we need to be private.

The announcement provides three more reasons to worry about Facebook:

  1. Zuckerberg grinds forward like a fly that won’t go away. Dogged iteration is both bothersome and inspiring. His professional growth is noteworthy.
  2. Facebook Home allows even deeper data-dives into the private parts of your online shorts and knickers than ever before.
  3. Only your okay stands between Facebook’s and Zuckerberg’s plan. And you’ll probably buckle.

Bottom Line:
We give Facebook content for free … because we all want Facebook to scrape more of our data … to achieve its strategies.


Facebook stock finished more than 3 percent higher on the news.

Wall Street liked the announcement.

How to use Social Media for Corporate Communications

April 2, 2013

S.E.C. clears social media for corporate releases

Twitter and Facebook ruled as legit as websites:

It seems that after months of consideration, the S.E.C. has decided that mentioning information in a Facebook or Twitter post is as legitimate as publishing it on a corporate Web site, as long as the company has already told shareholders that some information will be announced on those outlets.

That “sigh” you hear is from CEO Reed Hastings of Netflix.

Make sure to follow +Elon Musk of Tesla, too.

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