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Samantha Bee, in Beverly Hills in May, addressed the Harvey Weinstein scandal on ‘Full Frontal’ Wednesday.(Photo: Gabriel Olsen, FilmMagic)

Julie Hinds on the series that spoke to the Trump era, if you’re more than slightly afraid of the Trump era.

Stephen Colbert’s monologues on CBS’s “The Late Show,” Seth Meyers’ “A Closer Look” segments on NBC’s “Late Night,” Jimmy Kimmel’s health-care commentary on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Samantha Bee’s entire 30 minutes on TBS’s “Full Frontal.” They’re funny because they’re true.

 

Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and Nick (Max Minghella) on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ (Photo: George Kraychyk/Hulu)

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu: The streaming site’s magnificent adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel won eight Emmys. If the Women’s March wasn’t enough to clarify the concerns of half the population, this series surely explained it all. Coping with events.

 

Ari Melber is replacing the departing Greta Van Susteren. (Photo: MSNBC)

“The Beat with Ari Melber,” MSNBC: The NBC News chief legal correspondent’s new show helped untangle the implications of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, revealing the actual law obscured by the partisan posturing of so many cable news formats. Coping with events.

 

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, Carly Chaikin as Darlene Alderson on ‘Mr. Robot.’ (Photo: USA Network, Michael Parmelee/USA Network)

“Mr. Robot,” USA: It’s still difficult to understand exactly what White Rose’s Dark Army is trying to accomplish. But we’re pretty sure that executive producer Sam Esmail’s trip down the rabbit hole of the intrigues of the one-tenth of the one percent is the warning against vast wealth inequality that we need.

 

Soldiers on patrol during the Vietnam War. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10-part film, “The Vietnam War,” recently aired on PBS, inspiring a look at Vietnam books. (Photo: Handout, TNS)

“The Vietnam War,” PBS: Another masterpiece from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, it exposed the dangers of a government not listening to its own people and ignoring its own conclusions that the war was unwinnable.

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Millennial Influencers

2017’s Best Instagrammers Are Not Millennial Influencers

Instagram celebrities may still be mostly millennials—that combination of oversharing and monetization remains the domain of a single generation. But when looking for the actual best celebrities on the platform, venture a little older. The best Instagrammers of 2017 were, in many cases, celebrity Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, with a flair for the platform that no social-media training could teach, Millennial Influencers.

Laura Dern
A new, and immediately iconic, addition to the Star Wars universe, the actress has been devotedly chronicling her press tour on her account. She and BB-8 have become the best of buds. Her Instagram also serves as something of a Laura Dern fan account; on Halloween she found some Jurassic Park fans and posed with the lucky look-alike Dr. Ellie Sattler. Now that Big Little Lies Season 2 is confirmed, get ready for many more Renata Klein shout-outs.

Gayle King
If your 2018 goals include not getting jealous of the things that other people have, then don’t follow Gayle King. Actually, make an exception just this once, because this woman knows how to have a good time. Oprah Winfrey’s best friend gets to go clubbing in Ibiza and take hiking trips with the coolest Dianes (Sawyer and von Furstenberg). But, above all, she gets quality seats at Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show.

Martha Stewart
The homemaking mogul’s Instagram is as perfectly curated as her life. Want to immediately feel like an inferior holiday decorator? Look no further than this collection of images that show Martha Stewart—living. This account is also helpful for learning the habits of donkeys and other wildlife Stewart comes across. And don’t forget: She has a QVC line. Of course she does.

Tom Hanks
The two-time Oscar winner has probably seen most of the missing gloves, hats, and shoes in New York City and other major metropolitan areas. But his feed is also a great place to stay posted on Central Park’s lawn-watering schedule.

Candice Bergen
Bergen only just discovered Instagram two years ago when her daughter made her an account. In an October interview, she told V.F. that she’s noticed the world is full of selfie-taking Instagrammers. “We’ve all gone insane,” she said. But the Murphy Brown and Miss Congeniality star has fully jumped on board. On the day of the solar eclipse, she took a photo with her fellow famous Book Club co-stars, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen, which went instantly viral. Her account features everything from delightful photos of her own “Bergen Bags” creations to random hangouts with Jon Stewart and some farm animals.

Diane Keaton
To open this account is to open an all-caps e-mail from your favorite relative, but instead the block-letter messages are accompanied by artistic black and white photos. Keaton often posts admiration of her fellow stars, including Bergen and Jane Fonda. Also, look here for “a perfect pair of pillow lips” and a close-up shot of one of her favorite things: wine—after all, her very own brand.

Mark Hamill
These aren’t the memes you’re looking for. Luke Skywalker is handy with the Star Warsspoilers), Yorkshire pudding eating, and Batman references. Come for the witty intergalactic humor, stay for the photos of his pup, Millie Grace Hamill.

Bette Midler
The Divine Miss M has a knack for giving the Trump administration a piece of her mind on Twitter, but she seems to have a fondness for Instagram, too. When you can post throwbacks of your old covers of Rolling Stone and videos of 25-plus-year-old interviews with Barbara Walters, you’re doing simply divine with your social-media presence.

Val Kilmer
Fans of abstract art might enjoy this wacky collection of images. The actor and artist features a lot of his own work on his Instagram page, but he sprinkles in some moments with his family, including his son, Jack, who once had a pretty masterful Chris Cornell headbang down pat.

Viola Davis
The Oscar winner sure enjoys the good life. Selfies with Whoopi Goldberg, How to Get Away with Murder desserts, and a cute daughter make for a quality page.

Céline Dion
A one-stop shop for dazzling look after dazzling look. Dion, a fashion and show-business darling always keeps her Web presence looking stylish, even when she’s having a possible wardrobe malfunction. Keep your own looks snazzy; she’s always watching.

Catherine Zeta-Jones
C.Z.J. has an Instagram treasure trove of Old Hollywood family memories, movie-set moments, and baby photos. Her account lacks neither glamour nor nostalgia.

Goldie Hawn
Kate Hudson doesn’t even understand her own mother’s Instagram, but regardless, it’s an entertaining place to visit. Hawn posts dog and hummingbird photos galore, plus the occasional classic.

The Most Surprising Celebrity Friendships John Mayer and Dave Chappelle The two have had a connection since Mayer appeared on multiple episodes of Chappelle’s Show in 2004. Comedy Central has them posted for posterity here and here. They’ve continued their friendship in public over the years, with a pop-up jam session in 2016, and an April 2017 tribute to the late Charlie Murphy during an Ohio concert. Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart When Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg announced their new show, Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party, the most novel element of the news was that these two had transformed Snoop’s amusing guest spots on Stewart’s show into a genuine friendship. And when the first trailer for the show was released, showing the two dancing (with a plate of brownies!), the match, however strange, was finally fully realized for the public. Photo: By Christopher Polk/Getty Images. Helen Mirren and Russell Brand Dame Helen Mirren and Russell Brand’s friendship dates back to 2010’s The Tempest. “Russell’s obviously never done Shakespeare before,” Mirren told Jonathan Ross during a 2009 interview. But while that might sound like a slight, the dame was nothing but impressed with the brash comedian and has had high praise since then. Their working relationship clearly developed into a friendship, seen here in a video interview about their work in 2011’s Arthur. Mirren even shared in the interview with Ross that Brand gave her a pair of his underwear as a parting gift. Bette Midler and 50 Cent When Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson joined the New York Restoration Project, which Midler founded in 1995, he and the Broadway dynamo hit it off. “Little Jewish lady and the great big rapper,” Midler said of her pal. “I love him; he’s a doll.” She told E! that her buddy didn’t even ask how much it would cost him to join the efforts. He just said, “Where do I sign?” Now, that is a pal. Ed Sheeran and Courteney Cox Surprisingly enough, Ed Sheeran introduced Courteney Cox to her fiancé, Johnny McDaid, in 2013. The two split up at the end of 2015, but they have since reconciled. Regardless of the apparent ups and downs, they have their friend Sheeran to thank. Photo: By Todd Williamson/Getty Images. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett This pair collaborated on an album (2014’s “Cheek to Cheek”) and performed together on numerous occasions. Gaga has said that Bennett’s friendship “liberates” her from what has been a mostly controlled existence. “I love to rowboat with you and your wife in Central Park Lake,” Gaga sings in their duet of “The Lady is a Tramp.” What an image. Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, who co-starred in the The Runaways and three installments of The Twilight Saga, like to talk about anything besides movies, the former told Glamour (per E!) in 2013. And in an interview with Andy Cohen in October 2016, Fanning called Stewart her best friend—noting that she wouldn’t go into details about her relationship with Robert Pattinson.

John Mayer and Dave Chappelle The two have had a connection since Mayer appeared on multiple episodes of Chappelle’s Show in 2004. Comedy Central has them posted for posterity here and here. They’ve continued their friendship in public over the years, with a pop-up jam session in 2016, and an April 2017 tribute to the late Charlie Murphy during an Ohio concert.
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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart When Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg announced their new show, Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party, the most novel element of the news was that these two had transformed Snoop’s amusing guest spots on Stewart’s show into a genuine friendship. And when the first trailer for the show was released, showing the two dancing (with a plate of brownies!), the match, however strange, was finally fully realized for the public.
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Helen Mirren and Russell BrandHelen Mirren and Russell Brand Dame Helen Mirren and Russell Brand’s friendship dates back to 2010’s The Tempest. “Russell’s obviously never done Shakespeare before,” Mirren told Jonathan Ross during a 2009 interview. But while that might sound like a slight, the dame was nothing but impressed with the brash comedian and has had high praise since then. Their working relationship clearly developed into a friendship, seen here in a video interview about their work in 2011’s Arthur. Mirren even shared in the interview with Ross that Brand gave her a pair of his underwear as a parting gift.
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Bette Midler and 50 CentBette Midler and 50 Cent When Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson joined the New York Restoration Project, which Midler founded in 1995, he and the Broadway dynamo hit it off. “Little Jewish lady and the great big rapper,” Midler said of her pal. “I love him; he’s a doll.” She told E! that her buddy didn’t even ask how much it would cost him to join the efforts. He just said, “Where do I sign?” Now, that is a pal.

Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning

Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning ,Fanning’s War of the Worlds co-star has sent her a birthday gift every year since she was 11 years old. She told Andy Cohen about this tradition, and when he asked for further details about the gifts, she told him it’s “mostly shoes.” Nothing says a proper friendship like 11 pairs of shoes in (presumably) varying sizes.
Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, and Harry StylesCindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, and Harry Styles Are the names Harry Styles, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber literally a fill-in from someone’s Mad Lib, or are they a real-life group of pals? Ah, much to the shock and awe of the general public, it’s the latter. The friends were seen lunching together in Malibu this summer.

Courtney Love and Carrie Fisher

Courtney Love and Carrie Fisher , The two have been pals for several years, and Fisher interviewed Love on her show “Conversations from the Edge” in 2010. They got candid about life, love, their own Hollywood memories, and their daughters’ pop-culture preferences. When the musician admits her resentment for once losing a part to Sarah Michelle Gellar, Fisher says, “I like that girl, though! Not more than you.” Good save. And, according to this Instagram Love posted in December 2015, they’re each other’s favorite choice for a Christmas snuggle.

Justin Bieber and Kourtney Kardashian

Justin Bieber and Kourtney Kardashian Justin Bieber’s friendship with Kourtney Kardashian was once [rumored] (http://www.etonline.com/news/179254_justin_bieber_finally_addresses_kourtney_kardashian_hookup_rumors/) to be something more. They spent the Fourth of July together in Miami—the oldest Kardashian even bought her kids along to join in on the Independence Day f

Miley Cyrus and Wayne Coyne

Miley Cyrus and Wayne Coyne ,The 55-year-old lead singer for the Flaming Lips ,and 23-year-old former child star and musician may be from different generations, but they insist they‘re friends. “We absolutely like the same things,” Coyne said of Cyrus in a 2015 Observer Culture interview. He confirmed that the two are kindred spirits.

Pamela Anderson and Julian Assange

Pamela Anderson and Julian Assange Pamela Anderson and Julian Assange’s relationship is certainly a puzzler. Reports have speculated that Anderson poisoned Assange with a vegan meal, which doesn’t sound very friendly at all. She did, however, tell Britain’s Press Association that her friend, who resides at London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, resisted the healthy snack.
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Ed Sheeran and Courteney CoxEd Sheeran and Courteney Cox Surprisingly enough, Ed Sheeran introduced Courteney Cox to her fiancé, Johnny McDaid, in 2013. The two split up at the end of 2015, but they have since reconciled. Regardless of the apparent ups and downs, they have their friend Sheeran to thank.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett ,This pair collaborated on an album (2014’s “Cheek to Cheek”) and performed together on numerous occasions. Gaga has said that Bennett’s friendship “liberates” her from what has been a mostly controlled existence. “I love to rowboat with you and your wife in Central Park Lake,” Gaga sings in their duet of “The Lady is a Tramp.” What an image.

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning ,Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, who co-starred in the The Runaways and three installments of The Twilight Saga, like to talk about anything besides movies, the former told Glamour (per E!) in 2013. And in an interview with Andy Cohen in October 2016, Fanning called Stewart her best friend—noting that she wouldn’t go into details about her relationship with Robert Pattinson.

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“Knowing types of entrepreneurs we have around is critical to success of every business owner because it helps you understand your style of leadership, that of other entrepreneurs  you have dealings with and how to handle relationships with them. Entrepreneurs Coast.

These are 5 types of entrepreneurs based on personality traits found in animals that have been carefully studied over the years.

Types of Entrepreneurs -Eagle

Eagles fly with eagles. When eagles mix with other birds, they do so to find something to eat and then take off.  The altitude at which eagles fly makes it difficult for them to keep company of other birds.

Eagle does not succumb to the size or strength of its prey. It always gives a fight to be able to win.CLICK TO TWEET

Eagles have strong vision. They see their prey from a very far distance, focus on it until they get it. Eagle’s body sits still while her head tilts side to side to observe what is happening around. They are very attentive.

Eagles do not eat dead things. They may be flying at altitude as high as 10,000 feets, they can land on the ground as quick as possible to get their preys.

Eagles test before they trust. They train their children to maturity. They retire until new feathers grow.

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5 Types of Entrepreneurs -eagle

Characteristics of Eagle Type of Entrepreneurs:

  • are fearless and face problems head on
  • are very focused and value clarity in what they do,
  • keep company of similar people,
  • are problem solvers and don’t give up their goals easily,
  • don’t sit around and grumble, rather happily take on challenges
  • test before they trust and build leaders out of others

Eagle type of entrepreneurs are open to new ideas but do not fall for it easily. They always re-invent themselves, shed old feathers and come out better

Types of Entrepreneurs -Horse

Horse is very hard working and doesn’t mind being a servant. They are born with zeal and passion. They are being warm-hearted, enthusiastic, and positive.

Horses make lots of friends because they are generous to others. They have interpersonal skills that can easily liven up their environment.

Horses are typically lively and active. They run in broad areas without getting tired. They love independence and freedom. Male horses are romantic, and like to create surprises.

Characteristics of Horse Type of Entrepreneurs

  • Are energetic and passionate,
  • Are Upright and aspirant
  • Are eloquent natural leaders.
  • Have insight into people’s mind
  • Respond sensibly to people

Horse type of entrepreneurs have great work ethic. They are humble enough to serve their team members.  When they kick, it hurts badly. So, be careful not to hurt them.

Horse type of #entrepreneurs often overspend, meaning they find it hard to save.CLICK TO TWEET

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Horse type of entrepreneurs are rarely prepared for unexpected circumstances. Some of them cannot keep secrets, so be careful with what you share with them.

Types of Entrepreneurs -Shark

Sharks have skeletal system that is made of cartilage. This makes them more flexible than regular fish.

Sharks breathe through a series of five to seven gill slits located on either side of their bodies. This is why they are super sensitive and can spot their blood of their preys from afar, together with their acute sense of smell.

Sharks have multiple rows of teeth, they grow new set of teeth often as they lose teeth regularly.  They have many layers of scale on their skin which helps with movement and energy conservation.

With different skin colours at upper and lower parts of the body, sharks are able to camouflage in order to deceive their preys inside the water.

Sharks mature slowly, and reach reproductive age anywhere from 12 to 15 years.

Characteristics of Shark Type of Entrepreneurs:

  • Are risk takers, identify and take new opportunities quickly
  • Are very aware of their environment
  • Have big or loud character
  • Like to dominate because of their big appetite
  • can overshadow everyone around
  • Are well socially-connected,
  • Relate with different people differently
  • Can be thick-skinned

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Shark type of entrepreneurs can be desperate when they need something. All they care about is profit, nothing else. They care for you for as long as you help them make profit.

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5 Types of Entrepreneurs -shark

Shark type of entrepreneurs care less about relationships, they want to make money and that is all that matters.

They treat different people in different ways based on their perception of such person, so you want to study them carefully to be able to know how to relate with them.

Types of Entrepreneurs -Rhino

Rhinos grow up to 6 feet tall, weigh as much as 8,000 pounds; only elephants are bigger than them. They are cantankerous beasts that allow no animal or anything to stand in their way.

There are Black rhinos, White rhinos, Sumatran rhinos, Javan rhinos, and Indian rhinos. They have lips and teeth that are strong enough to break down vegetation. They use their lips as if they were fingers, to grasp branches and twig.

Rhinos wield their tusks as weapons to inflict deep, life-threatening wounds.

Rhinos have thick grey skin which is wrinkled and almost entirely devoid of hair.  They have tendency to deposit their dungs in communal heaps, forming mounds up to twenty feet across and four feet high.

Rhinos are mostly killed by poachers to get their highly-valued horns. Their horns are made of tubular fibers secreted from the skin of the nose and cemented together

Characteristics of Rhino Type of Entrepreneurs

  • Brawny and self-assured
  • Don’t trust strangers and are always bulking up
  • Are strong and loyal
  • Can be very creative and romantic
  • Can be a  bad loser
  • Can be a persuasive smooth talker
  • Swear and curse in conversations
  • Are not particularly intelligent
  • Have charming character and are well-respected

Rhino type of entrepreneurs put their heads down -typically stubborn. They pull down, break whatever stands in their way. They are not the type that fits into an environment or team.

Rhino type of #entrepreneurs think of and present themselves as gentle and reasonableCLICK TO TWEET.

Rhino type of entrepreneurs act bullish periodically and gives them excuse that it is caused by the circumstance.

Inability to curb their violent or overly aggressive attitude earns them bad public image but their friends love and understand them because they know them better.

Rhino type of entrepreneurs prefer spending quiet time with their families or taking long walks with close friends. People who don’t know them well enough give them lot of space. They would rather stay in their comfort zone. They rarely go looking for trouble.

However, they can turn out to be a dangerous creatures with uncontrollable anger.

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5 Types of Entrepreneurs -rhino

Rhino type of entrepreneurs bully their ways to success, if they find reason to do so. Be careful with entrepreneurs who bully or blackmail people into doing things for them.

You know any abusive boss? He/she may be a rhino!

Types of Entrepreneurs -Monkey

Monkeys are hairy animals with long, fur-covered tails and hands with thumbs. They kinda act silly most of the times!

They have grasping tails that help them stay balanced when moving from branch to branch. They are rarely on the floor (of the the forest) as they are either jumping from one tree to another or clinging and swinging in between branches of trees.

Monkeys have different body sizes, ranging from small to medium which helps them with leaping that they are known for. Those with big body sizes live on the ground though.

Some monkeys have colorful patches of bare skin on their bodies. They mostly live in the jungle, love to eat fruits (banana preferably) and anything that smells good.

Monkeys help and nurse each other when they are wounded. They hold each other’s hands and groom their offspring with affection.

Characteristics of Monkey Type of Entrepreneurs

  • Are curious and adventurous
  • Are mischievous and intelligent
  • Are strong and swift
  • Are caring and helpful
  • Are cheerful and emotional
  • Are witty and smart
  • Are sneaky and can catch feelings
  • Are fast learners and crafty opportunists
  • Do enjoy being bad because it’s fun

Monkey type of #entrepreneurs are sociable, they love to talk. It’s easy to relate to them.CLICK TO TWEET

Monkey type of entrepreneurs do not settle quickly into relationships, because they are curious and alway jumping in and out. But, once they find someone to trust, they commit themselves as much as possible. Entrepreneurs Coast.

Monkey type of entrepreneurs are the less serious type that procrastinate a lot. You sometime wonder within yourself how this type of entrepreneurs got money to start business or how they manage to survive in business.

They are charismatic, fun-loving type of entrepreneurs who put up a show at every opportunity. It is easy to get distracted when working or doing business with such people, though they may manage to stay focused and keep going because it is their lifestyle. Entrepreneurs Coast.

Monkey type of entrepreneurs do great in business. They keep fantastic relationships. It is not bad doing business with them, you only need to put on your guard so you don’t get carried away by their showmanship.

Chinese people believe that those who were born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 are predominantly monkeys in behaviour.

Check that entrepreneur’s date of birth (or your boss’) to be sure he/she is not a monkey. I’m not anyways. LOL!

Hope you can identify what type of entrepreneur you or you can identify that your boss is, so you know how best to relate with him or her. More types of entrepreneur with their personality traits are coming. Fingers crossed! Entrepreneurs Coast.

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Twitter users are not human

7% of Twitter users are not human

The number of non-human accounts on Twitter has been steadily on the rise in recent years – but how did this trend start in the first place?

twitter bots

We originally wrote this post back in 2013 after Lutz Finger of Fisheye Analytics suggested that seven per cent of Twitter users were spam bots. Twitter users are not human.

The figure was recently revealed to have potentially more than doubled over the intervening four years. A team of researchers from the University of Southern Carolina and Indiana University released figures suggesting that as many as 15 per cent of Twitter accounts are not run by humans.

Researchers used more than 1,000 features in categories including friends, tweet content and sentiment, as well as time between tweets, in order to identify bots.

“Our estimates suggest that between 9 per cent and 15 per cent of active Twitter accounts are bots,” they said.

Since Twitter has 319 million monthly active users, the higher estimate suggests that almost 48 million accounts could be non-human.

Twitter naturally tried to play down fears that bots were being used for nefarious purposes, with a spokesman saying, “Many bot accounts are extremely beneficial, like those that automatically alert people of natural disasters… or from customer service points of view.”

Researchers acknowledged this in their report, but also highlighted a worrying trend: “There is a growing record of malicious applications of social bots. Some emulate human behavior to manufacture fake grassroots political support… [and] promote terrorist propaganda and recruitment.”

The origin of bots

Chatbots were one of the breakthrough trends of 2016, but these are mainly used for customer service purposes and have become hugely popular as consumers have increasingly turned to social media to communicate with brands.

But how did bots evolve and what is the business strategy?

The first generation of bots were simply ‘spammers gone social’. They were very cheap and easy to create, but not particularly effective. They posted incredible amounts of spam (sometimes in excess of 1,000 posts per minute) and had terrible conversion rates of 1:12.5

They were also very easy to identify as they tended to either post huge quantities in short bursts, or they would post extremely consistently, all day every day. They also overused hashtags and spam words, and they had very few friends (who were all other bots).

Despite this, simple bots are still dangerous. Most recently, Russian bots tweeted conspiracy theories at US president Donald Trump in an effort to get him to spread the stories through the media.

Bots can also be used in smear campaigns, with Newt Gringrich in the US, Nadine Morano in France and the Christian Democratic Party in Germany all involved in fake follower scandals. These followers were most likely created by their opponents. Twitter users are not human.

The social networks soon learnt how to bring these bots down, but they have come back much stronger and more sophisticated – particularly on Twitter. Today bots have become social, want to be our friends and earn our trust. The result is that Bots 2.0 have influence.

Bot influence

So can bots create mass movements? They need three things:

  1. Reach
  2. Ease of Action
  3. Intention

They certainly have reach and as far as social media monitoring is concerned, bots can really skew the data.

It can appear that something is popular or unpopular, when in reality the content you’re looking at was created by bots. This is where the term astroturfing comes from – astroturf is fake grass, so astroturfing was coined to describe fake grass-roots movements.

On the second point, the internet is great for ease of action. In the past people would have to take to the streets and organise demonstrations to show support or opposition to a cause, whereas today it can be done with one click.

However, these two things on their own are not enough to create intention. Even someone with a very large following cannot necessarily influence behaviour – they are only an information source.

You also need to strike at the point where the person is prepared to be influenced, such as the point of sale. Two-thirds of consumers say they trust consumer opinions posted online, but how many of these are being churned out by bots? Twitter users are not human.

The final element needed to create intention is that it has to be heard from multiple sources, both online and offline. That means getting in the traditional news, but bots are quite capable of this as almost half of journalists say they could no longer work effectively without social media.

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The iBlackList Filter

How to Filter iPhone Calls and SMS Using iBlackList

These are instructions on how to filter your incoming calls and SMS messages using iBlackList for iPhone.

iBlackList allows your to create a blacklist or whitelist for filtering purposes. iBlacklist also features a scheduler which allows you to set the time of day iBlackList is active. The unregistered version of iBlackList allows you to filter 2 numbers. For unlimited numbers your must register. Please see the link at the end of this tutorial. The iBlackList Filter.

Step OnePlease make sure you have iClarified added to your list of installer sources. To do this click here.

Step TwoPress to launch Installer from your SpringBoard.The iBlackList Filter

Step ThreePress to select the Install tab at the bottom of the screen.The iBlackList Filter

Step FourPress to select iClarified from the list of CategoriesThe iBlackList Filter

Step FivePress to select iBlackList from the list of PackagesThe iBlackList Filter

Step SixPress the Install button at the top right of the screen. iBlackList Filter

Step SevenPress the large red Install button that appears.The iBlackList Filter

Step EightYou will be notified that you must restart iBlackList once install has been completed. Press the large OK button.The iBlackList Filter

Step NineYou will be returned to the Categories menu when installation is complete. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for 3 seconds until the Power slider appears. Move the slider to the right to power off your iPhone. Then press the Sleep/Wake button again to turn your iPhone back on. The iBlackList Filter iBlackList Filter

Step TenFrom the SpringBoard press to launch your new iBlackList icon. iBlackList Filter

Step ElevenYou will be asked to enter a password. Input the number 1 and press the Confirm Access button. iBlackList Filter

Step TwelveYou will now be taken to the iBlackList home screen. Lets first move the Enabled switch to ON to enable iBlackList. iBlackList Filter

Step ThirteenNow to add a number to our BlackList press the BlackList button. iBlackList Filter

Step FourteenPress the Add button at the top right to Add a number. iBlackList Filter

 

The iBlackList Filter

Step FifteenHere we can enter a contacts information in manually or press the Contacts button at the top right to input information from your phonebook. iBlackList Filter

Step SixteenSelect a contact from your phone book and then select the phone number you would like to blacklist. iBlackList Filter

The Display and Phone number fields will then be populated automatically. Press the Add to list button. iBlackList Filter

Step SeventeenNotice the number is now added to your BlackList. Press the Back button at the top left to return to the iBlackList menu. iBlackList Filter

Step EighteenScroll down and ensure Active Mode is set to BlackList. Note: if you want to setup a whitelist of course you would set active mode to WhiteList. iBlackList Filter

Step Nineteen Press Settings Calls to modify the settings for call filtering. Here you can set the action to take when a filter call comes in. You can also enable or disable the call filter and set the preferences to save history, delete recent calls, filter restrict number, filter unknown number, show a status bar icon, and vibrate. Press the Save button at the top left hand corner when finished modifying the settings. The iBlackList Filter.

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Step TwentyWe can also press Settings SMS to modify the filter options for SMS messages. Here you can enable or disable SMS filtering and set the preferences to save history, delete SMS upon receipt, filter unknown number, show a status bar icon, and vibrate. Press the Save button at the top left hand corner when finished modifying the settings. iBlackList Filter

Step Twenty OneYou can press Scheduler from the main menu to set the iBlackList’s operation schedule. iBlackList Filter

Press to select a day of the week and you can modify the hours iBlackList is enabled for that day. iBlackList Filter

Press the Save button at the top left to return to back to the iBlackList menu.

Step Twenty TwoFinally you can also change your password by pressing the Password button on the main menu. Enter a new password and then press the large red Save password button.The iBlackList Filter

Step Twenty ThreeYou can now press the Home button to exit iBlackList. When ever you receive a filtered text or call you will notice an icon in your Status bar. Press to launch iBlackList from the SpringBoard. iBlackList Filter

Step Twenty FourPress View History from the iBlackList menu.The iBlackList Filter

Step Twenty FiveYou will now be able to view your filtered call or message and respond accordingly!The iBlackList Filter

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Brands evolved from mass production to hyper-personalisation

A Coke bottle named after you: How brands evolved from mass production to hyper-personalisation

“…a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

Dale Carnegie’s line from his bestseller book How to Win Friends and Influence People rings especially true in the retail sector.

From packets of Tim Tams and jars of Vegemite to luxury hand bags, today’s marketing is stamping our names on the things we buy, setting us out as unique individuals.

To get to this point, marketing has moved from a focus on the product itself to the consumer, who they are and finally, how they think.

The power of personalisation can been seen in Coke’s successful, “Share a Coke” campaign. Soft drink manufacturers have been experiencing declining sales, but Coca-Cola was able to break the downward trend. By printing individual names on cans, the company saw a 2.5% increase in total sales and soft-drink volume went up by 0.4%. Brands evolved from mass production to hyper-personalisation.

Even luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Mont Blanc have begun to personalise their products.

How we got to personalisation in marketing

The journey from mass production to personalisation has taken more than 100 years. Mass production was popularised between 1910 and 1920 by Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company. He famously said, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”

Mass production was tied to the production concept philosophy. This stated that consumers preferred products that were widely available and inexpensive. To achieve this, the focus was on uniformity, efficiency and mass distribution. Brands evolved from mass production to hyper-personalisation.

Today, even the most basic of household consumables (for example salt, bottled water, flour) would fail to succeed by employing this simple concept, as even these products have sought to differentiate in a crowded market. The production concept is now only ever used within the manufacturing sector.

From the 1930s, as new products flooded the marketplace, marketers turned their attention to communicating, not the low price and availability of their wares, but instead the quality and features. This is called the product concept. This held that consumers favoured products that offered different levels of quality, performance or features. Brands evolved from mass production to hyper-personalisation.

brands evolved from mass production to hyper-personalisationVehicle manufacturer Ford has changed its marketing strategy from just making its products available and cheap. Credit: John Llyod via Flickr [Licensed under CC-BY-SA]

However, the risk of positioning your product based purely on its perceived quality and features, is that your competitor will simply replicate. Take any smartphone manufacturer, such as Apple, every 18 month or so, they need to release a new product, with higher quality and more features, to stay ahead of their competitors. Brands evolved from mass production to hyper-personalisation.

By the 1960s, marketing shifted to the selling concept, where the most successful marketing involved aggressive selling and promotions. This assumed that consumers will either not buy, or not buy enough of, the business’ products unless the business made a substantial effort to stimulate consumers’ interest. It focused on “creating a need”, rather than “fulfilling a need” for consumers.

Switch on to any home shopping television channel to see a good example of this in practice. See, you really didn’t realise you needed that piece of gym equipment with a free set of steak knives.

The simply named marketing concept challenged these earlier philosophies, holding that brands need to understand their target market in order to create and deliver value.

Customisation and personalisation

What’s emerging today is a move away from market segments with many consumers to markets of one. In other words, moving away from understanding the needs of a group of consumers (and creating standardised value) to creating unique value propositions for one customer through customisation and personalisation.

There is often confusion around these two terms, customisation and personalisation. In simple terms, customisation allows a consumer to make small changes to a product or service, from a discreet set of alternatives. This often happens in automotive manufacturing or consumer electronics, where a customer can customise their car, PC or notebook.

While customisation deals with small groups of consumers making choices from a set of alternatives, personalisation deals with just one, with unlimited alternatives.

Attachment theory explains why consumers desire personalised products. Like human relationships, sometimes consumers form an emotional bond with a brand. Once a strong bond is formed, consumers will become loyal and engage in positive “word-of-mouth” promotion of it. So, how do brands form bonds? Brands evolved mass production hyper personalisation.

brands evolved from mass production to hyper-personalisationA Louis Vuitton handbag cake. Credit: Dawn via Flickr [Licensed under CC-BY-SA]

To increase this bond, brands need to get personal, and that personalisation needs to be relevant. Within a consumers’ brain lays their reticular activating system. This filters out irrelevant information, enabling consumers to attend to only important information.

Imagine being at a noisy party, with many conversations. It’s all white noise, until someone mentions a topic that is of particular interest to you. You then tune in, thanks to this part of your brain.

So brands use your name. Whether you see it or hear it, your name, is one of the easiest sounds for your reticular activating system to hone in on. A product with your name on it creates attachment, and then brands have you for life.

Gary Mortimer, Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology.

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Whole Foods

Describing itself as ‘America’s healthiest grocery store’, Whole Foods positions itself as a lifestyle choice as much as a grocery store. Food and recipe videos are big news on Facebook, and Whole Foods has tapped into this trend by regularly publishing recipe videoson the platform, as well as linking to recipes on its website.

Healthy, responsible eating pervades every corner of its social media presence, while tips on how to save money but still eat healthily address a key issue of successful content marketing: tackle a common problem and provide a solution. This approach has earned Whole Foods a large following that taps into an increasingly popular lifestyle choice.

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Just in time for holiday shipping: Southern California Whole Foods Markets add Amazon Lockers

http://www.williamfloyd marketing.com/whole food  Amazon is adding more Amazon Lockers to Whole Foods Market stores in Southern California. (Courtesy Whole Foods)

Now, you can buy your organic produce and pick up Christmas packages at the same time.

After Amazon purchased Whole Foods Market earlier this year, the e-commerce giant moved swiftly to capitalize on the marriage, including adding Amazon Lockers to multiple stores throughout Southern California.

Amazon Lockers are self-service kiosks where customers can pick up items bought at Amazon at a time and place that’s convenient for them. In some instances, certain returns also are allowed by using the lockers. During the holidays, locker use likely increases as consumers look for secure ways to receive packages without worrying about doorstep theft.

Whole Foods stores in Southern California recently adding Amazon Lockers are in the following cities and communities: Newport Beach (Fashion Island), Huntington Beach, Irvine, Tustin (The District), La Jolla, Long Beach, Glendale, Sherman Oaks, Venice, West Los Angeles, 23rd & Wilshire, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Del Mar, Hillcrest, Oxnard, Plaza El Segundo, Sherman Oaks West, Tarzana, Torrance, Valencia, Westwood and Woodland Hills.

Whole Foods, founded in 1978, has struggled to differentiate itself as competitors also now offer a plethora of fresh and organic foods. In addition to other natural and organic grocers, it has cited pressure from restaurant chains, meal-delivery companies and traditional supermarkets such as Kroger.

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Toxic Laundry

Your laundry is more toxic than you think

Conservation photographer aims to raise awareness of how microfibers pollute the world’s water through striking photos. Toxic Laundry.

If you’re like most Americans, you have a closet filled with clothes made from synthetic materials. Fleece jacket? Check. Yoga pants. Yup. That little black dress? Probably. Today, if you’re wearing clothes, then you’re probably wearing polyester and the plastic that comes with it.

According to Tecnon OrbiChem, a company that analyzes data regarding world chemical use, polyester has been the world’s most dominant fiber since around 2007. From 1980 to 2007, the quantity of polyester produced annually increased from 5.8 million tons to 34 million tons. By 2025, that number is expected to almost triple to around 99.8 million tons. Toxic Laundry.

Toxic Laundry

That’s a good thing, right? From an environmental perspective, the production of polyester is no more harmful than the production of cotton. Win-win, no?

The truth is that rate of growth isn’t something to celebrate. In fact, it’s what fueled conservation photographer Ben Von Wong to raise awareness of a problem almost all of us contribute to. But before we tell you more about his colorful work, it helps to understand the problem in more detail. Toxic Laundry.

The problem of plastic microfibers

Toxic laundry One study estimates that each synthetic garment could produce more than 1,900 microfibers with every wash. (Photo: Ben Von Wong)

Synthetic fibers come with their own set of issues, and they can be found right in your laundry basket. Remember all of those microbeads that we were all worried about a few years ago? You know, those little beads that were popping up in all of our personal care products that turned out to be so small that they were not caught in the filters at water treatment plants and therefore made their way into our oceans where they were mistaken for food by unsuspecting fish? Toxic Laundry.

Well, every time you wash clothes made from synthetic fibers, small microfibers are released that do the exact same thing. Scientists have known for the past few years that these plastic microfibers were becoming a problem in the world’s oceans. A 2011 study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found microfibers on the shorelines of 18 coastal sites worldwide in six continents from the poles to the equator.

“Experiments sampling wastewater from domestic washing machines demonstrated that a single garment can produce >1900 fibers per wash,” noted the report. “This suggests that a large proportion of microplastic fibers found in the marine environment may be derived from sewage as a consequence of washing of clothes.”

Here’s a bit more on the issue from the folks who brought us The Story of Stuff:

Being part of the solution

So what can we do? At this point, we have two choices: Stop wearing clothes or find a way for the microfibers from those clothes to be collected before they make their way into our oceans.

Toxic laundry The ‘Toxic Laundry’ campaign is asking washing machine manufacturers to solve the microfiber problem by creating machines with filters than can capture these pollutants before they enter the world’s oceans. (Photo: Ben Von Wong)

I don’t know about you, but I’m going with option two.

Von Wong is drawing attention to this issue via his recent Toxic Laundry campaign. Through a series of impossible-to-ignore photographs, Von Wong is hoping to encourage washing machine manufacturers to provide a solution by producing machines that capture these microfibers before they enter the water stream.

It may take a while for this idea to catch on and for corporations to stop passing the buck and tackle the issue.

“So far we’ve sent over 50 emails to a variety of different organizations and none of them have replied with a positive,” Von Wong said in an interview with MNN. Washing machine manufacturer Bosch Global did respond initially saying that they were already researching the issue but their feedback indicates that they feel the responsibility lies elsewhere. “A few corporations had no idea what we were talking about but yeah … it ain’t really positive so far,” Von Wong added.

In the meantime, there are products such as the Cora Ball and GuppyFriend that you can use to catch microfibers in each load of wash. Don’t let your yoga pants turn into poisonous fish food. Let’s all do something to #FixToxicLaundry.

 

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Social Commerce

Social commerce shows new promise: Social commerce has been hyped before. However, adoption in APAC and new features by Instagram and Pinterest makes this an inevitable evolution in consumer behaviour on social.

We say: Asian consumers are extremely confident online; some are even happy to do their banking entirely on Facebook. However, Western consumers have consistently failed to warm to e-commerce on social media, and we haven’t seen any evidence that this reticence is suddenly going to disappear.

Furthermore, Twitter has just retired its ‘buy button’ function “as a result of the Twitter team pivoting way from their ecommerce focus”. According to a source quoted by BuzzFeed News, “People are not buying on social media right now.”

It’s safe to say the jury is very much out on this one.

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Trend #3

Dark social rising: Fuelled by mobile and messaging, dark social is gaining ground. Dark social is critical for marketers to understand, as if you only track social traffic with traditional web analytics, you’re drastically under-reporting the value that social delivers to your business. (Social commerce)

We say: Dark social refers to the social sharing of content via private channels such as messaging apps. In mid-2016 it was revealed that 77 per cent of content is actually shared on dark social, versus just 23 per cent on public social networks.

The rise of private messaging and private groups in the past five years has been phenomenal. In 2015 the number of people using messaging apps actually surpassed those using social networks. Identifying ‘dark social’ traffic is an obvious focus for analysts, but certainly not an easy problem to fix.

Social commerce

Trend #4

Video ignites social advertising: Last year we saw the domination of social video. The next evolution is to combine the emotional power of social video with the scale and reach of social advertising.(Social commerce)

We say: This is already in full swing. According to Luke Brynley-Jones, managing director of OST Marketing, brands will seek to produce video content that users will engage with, rather than simply advertising at them through video. “We actually see the next evolution being more about creating interactive video formats that go beyond straight visual advertising,” he said. “The social networks thrive off engagement, not passive viewing.”

Facebook has already made a move to cash in on the popularity of video content by giving publishers the opportunity to insert sponsored content mid-way through their videos.

Trend #5

Organisations turn to connected workforces: Organisations are increasingly investing in the online reach and customer influence of their workforces with employee advocacy, social selling and digital skills training.(Social commerce)

We say: The rise of staff advocacy programmes is now extending to EGC (Employee Generated Content) programmes, where staff are given the brand and encouraged to create and share content based on their own experiences. In the drive to demonstrate authenticity, the market leaders for EGC – mostly tech startups at the moment – are throwing away their brand bibles. It’ll be interesting to see how they fare.

 

Global social media stats

As well as making predictions for 2017, the report also examined global social media numbers. We’ve picked out some of the key figures below.

Worldwide social media users: 2.789 billion

With a global population of 7.456bn, this represents a penetration rate of 37 per cent. Though this figure would be much higher when you omit children, as well as adults unable to access the internet.

New social media users: +21% since Jan 2016

More than 482 million people registered a social media account in 2016, a significant increase of more than 20 per cent.(Social commerce)

Regional numbers

Perhaps unsurprisingly, social media is yet to gain significant traction in Africa. More than 16 per cent of the world’s population live on that continent, yet only 6 per cent of global social media users reside there.

It’s an even bleaker picture in South Asia, with 24 per cent of the global population make up just 9 per cent of the world’s social media user base.

East Asia, on the other hand, has a thriving social media presence. Thirty-three per cent of the world’s social media users live in the region despite only having 22 per cent of the global population.

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Oil Price Fundamental Daily Forecast

Oil Price Fundamental Daily Forecast – Pressured Early by Concerns Over Rising U.S. Production

U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil futures are trading mixed in a lackluster trade early Monday. There has been no follow-though to the upside following Friday’s strong surge which suggests the move may have been triggered by aggressive short-covering rather than new buying. Oil price fundamental daily forecast.

At 0743, January WTI crude oil is trading $57.33, down $0.03 or -0.03% and February Brent crude oil is at $63.45, up $0.05 or +0.08%.

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Oil prices opened lower in reaction to another rise in the U.S. rig count. This could lead to another increase in American production which could undermine efforts by the OPEC-led coalition to tighten supply and stabilize prices. Oil price fundamental daily forecast.

The amount of rigs drilling for new oil production in the U.S. rose by two last week to 751, the highest level since September, General Electric’s Baker Hughes energy services firm said on Friday.

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The direction of today’s trade hinges upon whether investors can overcome fears of increasing U.S. production which rose to 9.71 million barrels per day (bpd) in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest report.  Oil price fundamental daily forecast.

Last week, the trend turned down on the daily chart. That may have been a sign that buyers think crude oil is too expensive at current price levels and due for a correction into more favorable prices, or a value area.

For January WTI investors, the value zone is $55.07 to $54.13. For February Brent investors the value zone is $60.36 to $59.40.  Oil price fundamental daily forecast.

Late last week, prices rose on rising Chinese crude demand and threats of a strike in Africa’s largest oil exporter. If these stores remain relevant then the market could be underpinned today. The strike is the wildcard.

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