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Introducing Kobon.ME the RetailMeNot of the Middle East

Kobon ME or موقع كوبون, the Arabic version of RetailMeNot, was established to aggregate coupon codes and deals from all around the Middle East and make them available to online shoppers. It provides... Read more »

Reppler: The New Social Media Monitoring Service

Reppler: The New Social Media Monitoring Service

Simply put, Reppler is a social media monitoring service designed to keep your social reputation clean and safe. It addresses three critical pillars of your social reputation — content, privacy and security. Read more »

Twitter Saves a Life, by Preventing a Suicide!

“It’s been enough. Bad decisions, pain, sadness. Have seen enough. Take care, tweeps. Will look for my bed for the last time”.

Suicide Brain Art

Suicide Notes!

The news is filled articles condemning the internet, especially when it comes to internet based social media platforms such as Facebook, Digg, Twitter, MySpace and so on.

However, if you take the time to really look, you will find that sometimes, social media has the power to solve problems and maybe even save lives!

A Dutch guy posted a tweet last Sunday indicating that he was planning to commit suicide. Due to the viral element of a tweet, a number of people who saw the tweet contacted the police, who in turn, went to the guy’s house and persuaded the man not to kill himself. The guy posted a tweet on Monday he was felling better. (Translated link)

Disturbing and relieving. Don’t you think?

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Death by iPod… True Story

A few weeks ago we published a post entitled: If You’re a Regular Facebook & Twitter Updater… Be Ware of the Consequences! At the point, I was trying to show our readers how the use of social media can be dangerous and even fatal at times. However, what I was lacking was numbers for proof.

Just 2 days ago, I read an article online which backs up that point and further stresses the point that social media and technology could kill you:

iPod Death Ad

iPod Death Ad

A 46-year-old woman has been reportedly wearing headphones when she was knocked down and killed by an ambulance last Saturday night. There is speculation she might not have heard the ambulance siren when crossing Parramatta Road at Mallett Street at Camperdown.

Apple’s Ping: Taking a Big Bite of the Social Media Cake?

Having set foot in the technology department through the MP3 player, the mobile phone and the computer tablet markets with the iPod, iPhone and iPad devices respectively, Apple just recently announced its latest expansion – into social media – with Ping.

Digg Users Declare “Quit Digg” Day!

Digg Users Declare “Quit Digg” Day!

The 30th of August, 2010, might be a day to remember for years to come: The day that Digg pays its dues and is sentenced to obsolescence for its repetitive crimes against its loyal users.

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WTF: Are You Next on Facebook’s Hit List?

WTF: Are You Next on Facebook’s Hit List?

Three teens who were on a hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say. Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it.

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Facebook’s New “Check-In” Service: An Illusion of Utopia?

Facebook’s New “Check-In” Service: An Illusion of Utopia?

I honestly think that we need to fully understand the repercussions of such services before engaging in using them. Remember life without social media: When the mistakes you did were merely stored in pictures on your PC? With a service such as this one, we are now entering a new level of fear, haunting and paranoia!

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Facebook Addiction Clinics to Open in the US… Rumor?

Facebook Addiction Clinics to Open in the US… Rumor?

As if it wasn't bad enough that Internet users were becoming so hopelessly addicted to the Internet in general, pop goes the weasel; Facebook! Facebook discretely takes over your life and alienates you from society. Some people really need therapy!

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Facebook Fiercely Occupies This Week’s Headlines!

Facebook Fiercely Occupies This Week’s Headlines!

Bye Bye Facebook!

What a "mighty" week this has been for Facebook! The Internet has been buzzing with news about Facebook to no end. So, in efforts to make your Facebook related information collection easier, here is a small list of the top Facebook news for this week:

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Hyves vs. Facebook: Creating Loyal Users & Catching Criminals!

Hyves vs. Facebook: Creating Loyal Users & Catching Criminals!

Hyves came to my attention recently through an article in a Dutch newspaper about how the police are using social media - in this case Hyves.nl - to help look for clues in the murder of a 55 year old man, who was found dead in a forest. The man was killed in a knife attack, his legs were separated from his body and was partly undressed!

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