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Why All My Facebook Posts Are Public

All my Facebook posts are public. Anyone with a Facebook account can see all my posts. They may not appear in every Facebook user's news feed, but anyone can see them if they want.

If you are not my Facebook "friend," my posts won't appear in your news feed, but you can go to my Facebook page (wall) and see all of them. You can see all my photos too.

I'm not advocating the same for you, I'm only telling you what I do. 

Here is why:

I couldn't care less about who wins the smartphone battle

I don't have a dog in the fight

I will gain no matter who wins. I don't develop mobile software other than for a browser. I have an Android phone and no contract. I don't want a contract and I don't want to spend more money on any phone right now. 

I just want to call my Mom, text my sister, ask my wife what she wants for dinner, reply to my boss's  email, take a decent snapshot, get directions when I go out of town, and have something to do while I'm killing time in an airport. I can do all that with my phone. 

When I have a need for a phone with greater capabilities, higher performance, better camera, or whatever, I will review my options and make a decision. In the mean time, Google, Apple and Microsoft, have at it. Play feature topping games like crazy! Fight for content control. Babble on about "ecosystem" bull shit. Beat the crap out of one another. I'm sure one of you will get to be king of the mountain for a while.

When buying a new phone makes sense for me, I will see who is on top and decide if their phone, with all its bells and whistles, is worth my money.

However, if anyone wants to give  me a new phone, I would love to have a Moto X, LG G2, HTC One, Nexus 4 (or 5, if it takes you a while to decide what to buy for me). Hell, I guess I would even take a new iPhone 5S, if it was free.

Gotta go now. I need to call Mom.


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Microsoft Buys Nokia's Mobile Phone Business

Microsoft Corp on Tuesday said it will buy Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion).

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Nokia, once the worlds largest vendor of mobile phones, has slipped to the tenth largest. After Nokia replaced their Symbian OS in all their phones with Windows in February 2011, their sales decreased dramatically.  

If Microsoft has any edge that they can combine with Nokia to help them revive their mobile business, it is their entrenchment in corporations with their server operating systems and Microsoft Office. However, their once iron grip on the business software market is now threatened by cloud players, Amazon and Google.

Microsoft's responded to these new threats, with Azure and Office 365. Many have criticized Microsoft for being slow to respond to the change in market forces created by the Internet. Out maneuvered, going all the way back to the browser wars with Netscape, they have relied on their three cash cows - Windows, Office, and Server systems -  to keep them on top as a technology powerhouse, if not a leader.

Microsoft never obtained serious market share with their mobile phone operating system, but kept a toehold in the market by their integration capability with Microsoft Exchange Email Systems, widely used by businesses from small companies to large corporations. Smartphones by Apple, Samsung and other Android systems overwhelmed them. Their late entrance into the tablet market with their Surface tablet was executed poorly and their Surface RT was a dramatic failure.

Stymied by  the innovator's dilemma, Microsoft is trying to shake things up with a change of leadership in the replacement of Steve Ballmer as CEO. Their purchase of Nokia gives them a device manufacturing capability they have never had before. It will position them to compete more effectively with Google and Google's new device manufacturing prowess since their acquisition of Motorola. 

Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, once the head of Microsoft's business software division, would now seem to be the odds on favorite to be named Microsoft's new CEO. Some think machinations and plans were in place for just such a merger, when Elop joined Nokia in September, 2010. Microsoft's future will depend upon how well they can assimilate a large hardware manufacturer with their software business. 

Do you think it is too late for Microsoft to become a serious competitor in mobile technology? 

#Microsoft   #Nokia   #smartphone   #mobiletechnology  


Buffer adds Google+ pages

Now you can use Buffer to schedule posts to your Google+ page. If you use your Google+ business page as a service to your customers, by providing relevant information they can use, this will be a good tool to help you do that more effectively.

If you use your business page as a tool to promote customer interaction, scheduling posts may not be right for you. Of course, comments and +1s will always be in real time, and you will be able to post directly to your stream as always. 

You won't be able to schedule posts to your personal profile with Buffer. Google has not provided the API for that yet. Maybe they feel that time shifting posts to your personal profile takes away some of the "social" of social networks. 

Hootsuite has offered Google+ page post scheduling for some time now, but if Buffer is your primary social media tool, now you are closer to using one tool for all your scheduling needs.

How do you feel about scheduling posts to Google+? Do you think it will help or hurt engagement?

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