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[NSFW] Prostitution And Why Facebook Has a Hard Time Attracting A-Brand Advertisers

October 23, 2011 by Remco | 2 Comments

Finally, another NSFW post. All thanks go out to Facebook, well on their way to “world domination” but having a hard time attracting A-brand advertisers. In one of my previous posts on online advertising as a business model I stated that this was partially due to the open ad market which attract all kinds of sellers of different products and different alloy. Basically Facebook doesn’t offer the “exclusive” advertising like Yahoo does that A-brands are looking for.

Well, today I would like to ad another reason to the list. Allowing Malaysia No 1 Call Girl Service (mirror) openly promote prostitution who offer Indonesian girls with the pay-off “Yes, good service. Can do whatever u want” (mirror). WTH?! Way to go Facebook! Moderation is overrated anyway. Mind you, this is not a private profile but a public page! This is just the thing A-brands want to be associated with when building their brand. Funny thing is that Facebook rejects ads based on an innocent image but allows pages promoting hardcore prostitution.

It’s no secret I love beautiful women and if women choose to sell their services that’s up to them. But besides my doubts about how voluntary these girls work there, what about members coming from different cultures and religions? Don’t get me wrong, I’m opposed to any filtering or blocking on the Internet, but if I would be Zuckerberg this is the kind of content I would block. People thinking this is a contradiction: the Internet is a medium, Facebook a company with a brand to protect. As far as I know prostitution is illegal in the US and in Asia, their biggest growth market.

A Reckless Simplification And Uncool Provocation

September 18, 2011 by Remco | 0 comments

Sangat Pedas, a blog that loves the use of exaggeration and sarcasm. We love controversy, provocation, discussions, drama and an occasional confrontation.

Some of you might remember the post in with the snappy title “Social Media Marketing is a HOAX!” in which I personally argued, amongst others, that the value of Social Media is highly over-rated. Well, people got upset, big time!

When waking up with a hangover this morning quickly checking my Twitter there was an unusual amount of mentions. Lucky for me no “Red Square girls” and after quickly disregarding the mentions by the Tokobagus team members fishing for a salary raise (not even when I’m drunk guys) there were 28 MENTIONS left. All came from the same person whom I’ve never heard of before.

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Social Media Marketing is a Hoax!

September 11, 2011 by Remco | 5 Comments

Social media marketingMillions of companies world wide fall victim to Social Media Marketing companies every day #FACT! One of my tweets today that pretty much expresses my feeling about the Social Media Marketing Industry. I also said that the profession Social Media Marketeer is somewhat like a taxi driver, but for the last job you at least need a drivers license and a permit. Pretty bold statements and btw not meant bad towards all the nice taxi drivers.

I realize what I’m getting myself into here, it’s almost impossible to prove the absence of something because just one occurrence will prove me wrong. Obviously I’m talking about successful Social Media Marketing campaigns. And of course there have been successful Social Media campaigns but bear with me to make my point.

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Facebook status “It’s complicated”

March 26, 2011 by Remco | 1 Comment

We from Sangat Pedas are always happy to be helping out someone, answer those difficult question you know, just because we care. Anyway, this week we got a question about Facebook a.k.a. Fakebook a.k.a. Fuckbook. The question seems simple: What does the relationship status “It’s complicated” mean?

This question was specifically about our fine Tokobagus crew where an exceptional amount have set their status to “It’s complicated”. Well, there are many answers to that question so based on the person using this status you have to make the right analysis and pick the appropriate definition. Continue Reading →

Bubble is coming, bubble 2.0 is coming!

January 3, 2011 by Remco | 0 comments

Got your slick powerpoint presentation ready? Did you give your business plan an extra boost? Already have a few visitors on your start-up in stealth mode? Got your blue shirt and kaki pants back from the laundry service? Memorized your elevator pitch? Made yourself familiar with Valley slang? Came up with a cool logo and an even more cool name for your company? (fruggle is already taken)

Our time has finally come, the moment every start-up entrepreneur has been waiting for, better than having Christmas and Thanksgiving in one day: Bubble 2.0 is coming! So exit stealth mode and make sure your on Techcrunch, e27 or Dailysocial, certified altars for any tech investor. VC’s armed with big fat check books are already fighting to get a piece of just about any pie, even when it’s plain old fashioned apple pie. Don’t worry if your business is still 1.0, just ad some Web 2.0 visual effects, connect with Facebook and Twitter, say it’s all in the cloud and you’re all set.

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Facebook now leads in 115 of 132 countries

December 22, 2010 by Remco | 0 comments

Probably not surprising but still impressive to see how Facebook slowly but surely beats any local competition in almost any country. Thanks to the diligence work of Italian Vincenzo Cosenza we can give a clear insight in the current social media market and the development over the last 18 months.

While in june 2009 there were still 16 social networks other than Facebook leading in their local market, 18 months later only 11 have withstand the Facebook power which makes Facebook market leader in 115 of 132 countries. Orkut is still market leader in Brasil, V-Kontakte still rules Russia and Zing is still Singapore’s favorite.

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Wealth is an advantage, but it also is frankly a responsibility

December 9, 2010 by Remco | 1 Comment

Some feel-good news from the vally. Mark Zuckerberg committed to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s initiative called the “Giving Pledge” by agreeing to give most of his wealth to charity. With that commitment Mark joined a list of 57 other multi-millionaire and billionaire individuals and families that sympathise with Andrew Carnegie who argued that fortunes were often wasted by heirs and thus should be put to charitable use. Even though most of Mark’s estimated wealth of $ 6.9 billion is still virtual because it consists of the value of his Facebook shares, he already donated an undisclosed amount to the open social network project Diaspora as well as $100 million to Newark Public Schools.

On behalf of the others I would like to welcome Mark to the “Giving Pledge” Club…..

[breaking] Facebook Meltdown!

November 15, 2010 by Remco | 1 Comment

Unfriend day Facebook TwitterCrisis at Facebook! And you know us, when we say crisis we mean real crisis, Total Digital Meltdown. It’s code red at the Palo Alto war room, all leaves are off! People all over the USA are running aimlessly and desperate in the streets, TOTAL CHAOS!

Hold on a sec… what the hell? What did you smoke?

Did you forget about it? November 17th? Huh? National Unfriend Day! Jimmy Kimmel announced it, no he declared November 17th as National Unfriend Day. And you know, that stuff goes viral! 253,589 views on Youtube, 627.000 results in Google, 13.463,889,393,223 retweets so this must be the real deal. Don’t believe us? Well, Jimmy said it so it must be true. It was on American National TV for crying out loud.

Enjoy your Facebook friends for another 24 hours and after that good luck with your real social live! (Oh btw, don’t forget to follow Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter.)

Power to the engineers!

November 14, 2010 by Remco | 7 Comments

Who says you gotta be an entrepreneur to hit the jackpot, strike the mother load? No need to risk your money, reputation and marriage on a risky stressy startup. Check this. Google offered one of their engineers $ 3.5mln in restricted stock (meaning he can’t sell until he met the requirements of the agreement) to not go work for Facebook. The unknown engineer probably put on his pokerface, faked a long thought process, hesitated a bit before “reluctantly” accepting the offer.

Clearly Google is getting really tired of people wanting to make a move to Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin and has now resorted to some major muscle showing. This following a particular case where a Google engineer, earning $ 150.000 per year, declined a 15% salary raise and shares worth $ 500.000. So after that loss Google decided it was enough and made the next guy an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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