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Is It Possible to Decline Invasive Privacy Policies?

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privacy-policy-1Virtually every time we sign up for a new service, compliance is required. It might be agreeing to a new iTunes update, letting Snapchat inform you of ongoing privacy policies (or lack thereof), or signing your life rights away your bank pin number. About every time we sign up for something new – or update our current services – we’re pretty much listing our names on the dotted line. If only metaphorically.

The problem, however, is that we’re rarely aware of what we’re actually signing. What rights we’re waiving and what can (legally) be done with personal information. Because, more often than not, we’re actually agreeing to terms that are above and beyond “normal” personal boundaries...

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Cons of Selfie Sticks, and Why It’s Time to Move On

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selfie sticksSelfies. Ugh. They are seriously one of the worst trends that’s ever gone mainstream. People taking boring photos of themselves and posting them multiple times per day. Just because they can. But now (actually a few years ago), that trend has gone a step further with the selfie stick. A device that helps achieve a more efficient selfie and the capability to snap from a further angle.

What’s worse is that the product was invented because of a need. People were taking so many pictures of themselves that they needed a better way of obtaining self portraits. Which is also why it’s been dubbed the “narcisstick,” a play on words describing the product perfectly. It glorifies vein boredom.

Not only are selfie sticks a thing that exists (which I’m still not over, BTW) – where pictures are taken wh...

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The Power of Sitcoms: Everyday Terms From Seinfeld

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1035x888-seinfeld1800-1404318388If you were anywhere near a remote in the 90s, chances are you happened upon Seinfeld. The situation comedy staring its namesake, Jerry Seinfeld, and a slew of other iconic actors. All of whom are known almost exclusively as their famous characters from the show. But faces and mannerisms aren’t the only things NBC’s creation brought us, in fact, when considering all of the sayings, phrases, and pop culture references, they’re well down the list of Seinfeld legacy.

This continued attention is a tribute to great writing, an incredible fan base, as well as a show that was able to make it – and gain incredible rankings – for a decade-worth of seasons. A pretty impressive feat, especially considering it’s terms are still usable (and recognized) today, 20-some years after the fact...

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Naming Your Business: When to Avoid Trends

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saveri-future-trendsIn today’s culture, it’s almost nothing to coin a brand. To found an idea for a company where you have all the logistics worked out. Actually taking those steps to move forward is another story, however. But that doesn’t stop thousands of folks from thinking up ideas on a daily basis. Some might even have multiple ideas stocked away, just waiting for the right time to strike out and bring their ideas to life.

In either scenario, it’s time to talk about business names. How people are picking increasingly trendy names for their companies – whether in fruition or beginning planning stages. Names that incorporate “ility,” “ly,” “ology,” etc. Where spaces don’t exist and punctuation is weird and confusing...

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Facebook Friendship: An Argument for Holding On

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Screen-shot-2013-01-24-at-16.44.54A few weeks ago, Danny wrote this blog about wishing Facebook friends happy birthday. How, if you’re not willing to do it, you shouldn’t be “friends” with them at all. But mostly you should be willing to do it. And today, you’re in for a real treat. Because I’m about to write out all the reasons he is wrong.

First off, Facebook friendship shouldn’t come with an obligation. It’s online, impersonal, and has seriously changed the way we view someone as a “friend.” Unfortunately, Zuckerberg didn’t have the foresight to call the connections “acquaintances” and now we’re stuck with the term. (Though, in all likelihood, he probably thought we would actually be friends with the people we associate with online, leaving his intentions intact – he just underestimated his own reach.)

Anyway, even if...

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