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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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Secret Google campaign against Hyves? #social #networking

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Just noticed that translates the name of the Dutch social networking site as , is this a secret plot by Google?

On a different note, congrats to Hyves. I once said your stock options weren’t worth the paper they are written on, and now you sold yourself to a tabloid newspaper which isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. 😉

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November 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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Online Networking translates into 9% revenue increase says ING Bank #business

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ING and Dutch entrepreneur group de Zaak, which I believe is heavily sponsored by the ING, preformed research in the Netherlands amongst entrepreneurs. It shows most of the online networkers use LinkedIn (91%) for their business networking, although Facebook (40%), Twitter (34%) and Hyves (30%) lag behind it shows that they are also contributing also.

60% of entrepreneurs who network traditionally, said their sales increased because of their networking activities. They calculate this as a 12.5% revenue increase. 20% of online networkers say that turnover has also increased by nearly 9%.

Source: Netwerken. Liever online, maar ook de deur uit. (translation)

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November 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Yahoo! 360 Import #yahoo! #360

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July 6, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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LinkedIn or Facebook for Security Clearance Checks #risk #linkedin

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I went over to visit Peter Went this week, his company WCC Group produces a Fuzzy Logic Database which amongst other things used for matching Biometric Data. He said he was going to be in Milan today giving a talk to start discussion on the following point.

Governments only really know about 5-10% of their population, a few because they have had a security clearance check performed and the rest because they have a criminal record. The remaining 90-95% of their population they have no clue about, they only know whether they paid there taxes. (Percentages may vary slightly.)

A portion of the population does currently has a Social Networking account with a profile showing you who their friends are, so what if we assume guilt or innocence my association. My friend Peter Went, a connection on LinkedIn, is quite highly graded, I don’t think he has NATO Blue Clearance, but it will be pretty high. One of my friends who works for Peter also has pretty good security rating, although maybe not as good as Peter. In this system I would get 7 points for knowing Peter and 5 for knowing my friend, which would give me a current average rating of ( 7 + 5 ) / 2 = 6. I also have a friend who fell on some bad times and spend a little time as a criminal, although he is now reformed his criminal past and is on LinkedIn he brings down my average rating to ( 7 + 5 + 2 ) / 2 = 4 2/3. Calculating all the way through my +4000 LinkedIn contacts you could discover that I am either good enough to even start a clearance procedure or not.

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Added to that you could also weight people more or less based on the type of friendship we have, Peter I know, but have no real contact with besides from the occasional job offer. 🙂 So we can weight Peter’s score against mine giving me only a percentage of the points I received before. ( 7 * 1 ) I used to work with the friend who works for Peter, which you can extract from LinkedIn, so his rating should count higher against me. ( 5 * 2 ) In fact he gave me a recommendation on LinkedIn, which adds even more to my score. ( 5 * 3 ) When we then calculate the scores you see that Peter’s score is less of an influence on my score than my friend. ( ( 7 ) + ( 5 * 3 ) ) / 4 ) = 5.5. Adding my reformed criminal friend will further affect my score.

This can be taken even further, the score of my reformed criminal friend has an effect on my score so it also effects Peter’s, but not as much as it effects my friend who works for Peter. Depending on the depth of your algorithm this could effect Peter’s score for a second time as my friend has a lower score, all because of the past actions of my reformed criminal friend. Any different algorithms will further alter the effect of the weights on those in my network.

There is no question something like this could be done, the question is whether it is morally correct to judge somebody not on their own actions, but on the actions of the friends of their friends? I know we are what we eat, but are we who we hang out with, or even who our friends hang out with?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

November 20, 2008 at 9:07 pm

The Register: Too Quick In Writing Things Off

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Again The Register writes off technologies that are still functioning. In OpenSocial, OpenID, and Google Gears: Three technologies for history’s dustbin they proudly pronounce the death of Google’s OpenSocial – even though there are 16 sites using it including LinkedIn, Plaxo, Hi5 and MySpace – Google’s Gears and OpenID.

I guess if I can end-of-life something on a whim, anybody can.

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September 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm

New Face of Facebook

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The time of is over for me, I never really used it to it’s full potential because I found it too busy. People have known for ages not to contact me on it too. I’m starting to get the same feeling about that I had about a year ago about myspace.

Still I do know there is still potential for Facebook to keep me as a customer. In this they have an advantage over myspace.

“Facebook has unleashed a pair of technical innovations that has fundamentally shaped the social media landscape: the first was the personal feed and the second was an open platform for third-party development.”1

It has become a brilliant advertising platform, I discover new interesting people, tools and companies because of Facebook.

I was recently contacted by a recruiter who had seen a trend with the population of business networks. He was was looking for people in the early stages of their career, and he just wasn’t finding them on the traditional websites. I obviously directed him to Facebook and simply told him that is an advert for the person’s skills and experience. People who don’t have this won’t be advertising. Facebook gives people to ability to adapt their profile to orient it more towards a social or business network.

He didn’t realize, he still used Facebook for social contacts and Zombie, Mafia and Dope Wars. And an alternative to keeping contact and reconnecting with friends and family.

  1. What the Cable Companies Could Learn from Facebook

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July 2, 2008 at 9:47 am

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