Review: Hibe.com Social Networking

Hey everyone:

I met one of the developers of Hibe.com at the Privacy, Identity, and Innovation Conference (Pii2012) last week. The idea of a social networking site that didn’t sell my personal information got my attention. But the biggest draw was this:

Hibe allows each user to control who sees what items they share. So you can keep your “fun pics” in a separate space that a potential employer (or your parents) will never see. It’s also possible to build a sample portfolio, or set up a resume. I could go on about it, but they have a video:

I’m way on board with Hibe. If all goes well, I should be able to migrate over from Facebook in a few weeks. I’m hoping most of my contacts follow me. Otherwise, it will be me and my virtual crickets for awhile. 🙂 Getting it set up does take a bit more thought than other sites. Who qualifies as friends? Who do I think of as family? Even though you can put people in multiple categories, I’ve done more thinking about it in the past week than I have in a long time.

I only had one problem setting the account up was trying to pictures in my profile from the outset. It’s easier to set up your profile, then go back and add pics in. But I sent an email, and the folks at Hibe are getting on it ASAP. So it shouldn’t be an issue much longer.

I think it’s worth joining up.

 

Let’s See: Fanslave

Hey folks:

Don’t worry, I’ve started to do research on rental assistance resources for my readers, because that seems to be a hot search topic right now. So you’ll have either a post or a separate page (prolly both) very soon.

In the meantime, something odd caught my eye. A couple of weeks ago, I paid $5 to get 1,000 facebook fans for my nonprofit’s page. And I’m not ashamed of it either. 🙂 But that got me thinking: If folks are selling facebook likes, then there should be a way to get PAID for liking pages. And lo, there is.

Fanslave: http://www.fanslave.net/ref.php?ref=268115

Fanslave lets you sign up and get paid (usually about 3 cents a shot) to click like on Facebook fan pages. I figure it’s worth a tryout, even though it’s not much money per click. I’m on FB a lot anyway, may as well do something with it.

You can click on that link and check it out for yourselves, and I’ll keep you updated here as well.

Hasan Elahi FBI Here I Am!

“Intelligence agencies…all operate in an industry where their commodity is information. Or restricted access to information. The reason their information has any value is because no one else has access to it. By me giving out the information, it has no value….If 300 million people started doing this, we would have to redesign the entire intelligence system from the ground up.”

Hasan Elahi is a professor at the University of Maryland where he is a director of Digital Cultures and Creativity. This is amazing…a few years ago he was picked up by the FBI at the airport (of course). After determining he wasn’t a terrorist, he was still concerned about being caught up again by other FBI agents who didn’t know he was “cleared” to be able to actually move around the country. You know, since he’s an American citizen and stuff.

So he decided to one up them, and recorded his entire life in pictures, geo locations, and other bits of data. His Ted Talk is awesome. Here you go!

 

JobSearch Thursday: Online Work

Hey there everyone! Happy thursday!

Sometimes when you need work, there’s no way to balance extra jobs in the offline world. That’s when being able to grab a bit of something online can come in handy. Here’s a few sites to help with that:

Rat Race Rebellion: http://ratracerebellion.com/

Idapted.com: http://www.idapted.com/opportunities/overview.html

Universal Classes: http://www.universalclass.com/teachonline/instructorauthor.htm

Textbroker.com: http://www.textbroker.com/

Victory Productions: http://www.victoryprd.com/careers.html

Which Lance: http://www.whichlance.com/index.php

Freelancers Union: http://www.freelancersunion.org/

Meanwhile, Over At Starbucks

….there’s more and more weirdness going on. Check it out:

A biker feud erupted at a California Starbucks. Apparently it’s the worst feud they’ve seen in a decade. For real?? A turf war over a Starbucks??

Now a doctor’s been caught allegedly using the coffee shops around Orange County, Cali as a drop spot for passing out prescriptions. He may even end up being charged in a woman’s overdose.

A Starbucks employee is in the hospital after a guy threw a cup of hot water in her face after she gave it to him for free.

Starbucks is getting geared up to put together a program asking Americans to band together and help fund programs that will help create jobs for other Americans. It seems like a good idea…you know, let the politicians piss around, we’ll do it ourselves. Which I find a little odd, since Starbucks has their own in house employment issues. They’re settling an EEOC suit with an employee with dwarfism because they wouldn’t get her a stool to stand on at the cash register. How hard is that? And in San Jose, they’re facing a class action lawsuit for violating California overtime and wage laws.

Not to say the company’s not doing some good in the world as well…but sometimes a whole tornado of weirdness strikes somewhere, and you just have to stop, look, and appreciate it.

 

People Are P&*%ing Me Off.

He said oh so calmly…

It’s about the We Are the 99% Tumblr blog. Take a look if you haven’t already. These are the heartbreaking, and sometimes familiar, stories of people who are the spirit of the #occupywallstreet movement. Mainstream news sources have suddenly discovered the blog, so it’s getting a lot more air time. And it’s the reactions in the comments sections that make me wanna punch people in their faces. Until their faces fall off, really.

Are we that low on empathy and the ability to share in someone else’s predicaments in this country? What’s become the issue? If it’s not on reality TV, it’s not “really” happening? We can be a bunch of snide, self-absorbed, catty a$$hats about the lives of other Americans because they just need to suck it up and do better?

Well, if you got yours, hey, that’s awesome. But don’t let that:

A) Let you think you have a free card allowing you to assume every person who struggles is just a lazy whiner who needs to be reminded that you’re fabulous.

B) Make you get selective amnesia or romantic fogginess about your own hard years.

These commentators, it’s like they think people don’t deserve any human courtesy. Let me give you a quick sample:

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