News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua

first_img Receive email alerts IndonesiaPapua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Armed conflictsInternetFreedom of expression Indonesia is ranked 124th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en IndonesiaPapua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Armed conflictsInternetFreedom of expression August 23, 2019 – Updated on August 26, 2019 News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua News Internet access in West Papua was initially slowed down and then disconnected altogether on 21 August in what the information ministry called a “temporary” measure designed “to accelerate the process of restoring the security and order situation in Papua and the surrounding areas,” where violent protests have been taking place. During a protest outside the ministry of communication and information technology in Jakarta on 23 August, a demonstrator brandishes a #KeeptItOn sign denouncing the Internet blackout in West Papua (right). The blackout is the next step after dispatching soldiers to the region (left). (Photos: DASRIL ROSZANDI / AFP , ANI / Free Press Journal) As a result of the blackout, journalists reporting in the field have been finding it extremely difficult to transmit their stories, photos and video, and to contact their news organizations and sources. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an immediate end to a two-day-old Internet blackout in West Papua, where Indonesian security forces have been clashing with Papuan pro-independence demonstrators. The blackout violates the freedom to inform and makes it hard for journalists to work, RSF said. Violent protests and rioting began in West Papua on 17 August after police raided a student campus to arrest young Papuans accessed of removing the Indonesia flag. The raid triggered multiple clashes between the security forces and pro-independence activists, and has prompted the Indonesian authorities to dispatch 1,000 soldiers to the region. Help by sharing this information center_img “Cutting Internet access prevents journalists from covering the situation and encourages rumours, at the risk of fuelling instability in the region,” RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk said. “This measure constitutes a disproportionate violation of the right to information and freedom of expression, which underpin all democracies. We urge the Indonesian government to reconnect the Internet without delay.” News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 7, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on Asia – Pacificlast_img read more

No. 15 Pitt beats Oklahoma State at Madison Square Garden

first_img“I don’t know if we’re coming back anytime soon. The people treated us so well. I think these trips have made us better. Hopefully we’ll learn from this game but the Garden has not been kind.”Oklahoma State lost to Stanford and Virginia Tech last month in the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Cowboys fell behind early against the Panthers on Saturday and couldn’t overcome a 16-point second-half deficit.“I thought we would play better than we did,” Ford said. “We still gave ourselves a chance even with all the stats that didn’t go our way. Hopefully our team sees we’re close.”The Panthers (9-1) led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but Oklahoma State (6-3) was able to get within five twice late. Each time, Ashton Gibbs was able to make at least one free throw.But the game was won because of the Panthers’ rebounding, a part of the game they have always excelled in and Pittsburgh is fourth in the nation in that statistic right now.“It is what we do,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “It is ingrained in our program. We recruit guys with a nose for the ball.”The Panthers finished with a 43-25 rebound advantage and outscored the Cowboys 40-26 in the paint.“Rebounding was the key,” Dixon said. “That’s what we do.”Oklahoma State senior guard Keiton Page said the loss did show a lot to the Cowboys.“We can compete with a team like Pittsburgh and we went down to the wire,” he said. “We competed the entire game. It shows we can be better if we do the little things. The sky’s the limit for this basketball team.”Nasir Robinson had 15 points for Pittsburgh, while Lamar Patterson added 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.“We have a rebounding drill in practice where we throw each other around pretty good,” Robinson said. “We just go out and rebound and everything else takes care of itself.”Le’Bryan Nash had 20 points for the Cowboys (6-3).“You can’t get outrebounded like that,” Nash said. “It was a terrible job by us.”Gibbs had eight points—including two 3s—in Pitt’s 17-7 run to close the first half that gave the Panthers a 42-30 lead.“You just can’t get down to a top 15 team by 12 at halftime and get outrebounded significantly,” Ford said. “We dug ourselves a hole and when we came back that should have been a run to put us up instead of getting close. We didn’t adjust to their physicality until midway in the second half and we played well from then on.”Oklahoma State got within 71-66 with 20 seconds to play when Markel Brown stole a pass, scored and was fouled. He missed the free throw and Gibbs made two foul shots one second later.Reger Dowell’s layup with 10 seconds to go made it 73-68, but Gibbs made one of two from the line. The miss was his only one of the game as he finished 7 of 8 and the Panthers were 18 of 29. The Cowboys were 9 of 13 from the free throw line.“Gibbs just controls the basketball game. He is a very impressive player,” Ford said of the Big East preseason player of the year. “All they say about him is true. There is a great pace to his game.” by Jim O’ConnellAP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Travis Ford went to a cliche to sum up Oklahoma State’s two trips to Madison Square Garden.“You better be careful what you wish for,” Ford said Saturday after the Cowboys lost 74-68 to No. 15 Pittsburgh, their third loss of the season and they all have come at the building known as “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” ‘CLASSIC’ MATCH UP—Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash (2) shoots over Pittsburgh’s Nasir Robinson (35) during the first half at the CARQUEST auto parts classic, Dec. 10, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). last_img read more

A New Green Building Ordinance in Decatur, Georgia

first_imgHow hard will this be?One my tasks during the development process was to look at what it would take to meet NGBS certification for some typical projects. I spent some time going through the program worksheet, noting where points were easily obtained, which path (prescriptive or performance) was most appropriate, and what was common code-compliant and high-quality construction.Since Decatur is a very walkable community, many of the location and site points were very easily obtainable. As Georgia already requires blower-door testing, those points were available as well. Once we considered standard manufacturer’s requirements (such as Grade 1 insulation quality) and other code requirements (Manual J for HVAC equipment sizing), we determined that there was minimal if any additional cost, other than the verification and certification fees, to meet most program requirements.As I noted earlier, substandard builders will be more challenged to meet the requirements, but it is not a difficult learning curve and the whole team that worked on this ordinance is excited about living in a community that encourages (and requires) high-performance construction. We know we aren’t pioneers, but given that we are in the deep South, I think we did pretty well. Venting about ventilationOne- and two-family homes must have a whole-house mechanical ventilation system installed. The ventilation system must be verified in the field as complying with ASHRAE 62.2-2010; exhaust-only systems cannot be used to meet these requirements. (In our mixed humid climate, exhaust-only ventilation is discouraged to help keep moisture out of building cavities.)Also, bath and kitchen exhaust fans must meet 62.2 and be vented to the exterior. Thankfully, no more recirculating fans are allowed, except in kitchens on multifamily projects.The typical ventilation system in Georgia has an outside air intake ducted to the HVAC return plenum. This is an effective but often poorly installed method. ERVs are sometimes used; however, they can be costly and I personally doubt their value in our reasonably moderate climate. We have a way to go in effective implementation of whole house ventilation in the field.On a positive note, whole-house ventilation in single- and two-family homes requires labeled and occupant accessible override controls. However, this system must reset itself and cannot be set to provide less than 10% of the ASHRAE requirement. Since I personally only use my ERV very infrequently, I have some difficulty with this requirement, but it’s not a bad start. Down to the nuts and boltsAs I don’t do much with commercial construction, I will leave the details of that to others, but as to the residential requirements, I believe we came up with comprehensive requirements that are achievable without significant cost implications (at least compared to code-compliant high-quality construction; those who consistently produce substandard buildings will be a bit more challenged.)The ordinance appropriately separates one- and two- family homes from multifamily construction. One- and two-family projects and multifamily low-rise buildings up to three stories, whether new or involving substantial renovations, must meet one of the following certifications:• NGBS Silver• LEED for Homes• EarthCraft House, Renovation, or the new Sustainable Preservation programMid-rise and high-rise multifamily, whether new or involving substantial improvements, must meet one of the following certifications:• NGBS Silver• LEED for Homes or LEED BD+C• EarthCraft House, Multifamily, Light Commercial, or Sustainable Preservation• Green Globes Three GlobesIn addition, each project must meet an airtightness threshold of 5 ACH50, or an envelope leakage ratio (ELR50) of 0.33 cfm50/sq. ft. of building envelope if the building has less than 1,500 square feet of finished space.We offered the ELR50 option because we have found that small units often have trouble meeting ACH50 requirements even when they are as tight as or tighter than larger buildings. Since ELR50 more accurately reflects the amount of leakage through the building envelope, it does not favor large volume buildings the way ACH50 does.Air leakage sampling is allowed in multifamily buildings at a rate of 25% of all units, or the RESNET protocol (1 in 7) may be used if the testing is completed by a HERS rater. Renovation projects are only required to meet the 7 ach50 requirement found in the Georgia (and 2009) energy code.Leakage testing must be done on all duct systems that extend outside the building envelope as per the 2009 IECC. Exceptional exceptions and enforcementTo help out in potential hardship situations, the city may issue exemptions from any requirements, provided the applicant demonstrates one of the following criteria:• Certification and verification costs would exceed 10% of construction costs• The building is historic or in a historic district, and the local preservation commission has denied the required approval due to negative impact on the historic nature of the building• The building is historic or eligible for the National Register and complying with the requirements would jeopardize the historic nature or inclusion in the register.It remains to be seen how the certification requirements will be enforced. Early on there was some discussion about requiring a cash bond at the time of permitting, to be returned at the time of certification; however, that provision does not appear to have made it into the final ordinance. I am concerned that if there is not some significant incentive to complete certification, we may see many non-compliant buildings coming on line.Another city nearby theoretically requires EarthCraft certification for all new homes; however, based on my experience with some builders there, the inspectors are providing certificates of occupancy for many buildings that do not complete the certification process. The city I live in, Decatur, Georgia — a great, if possibly overly gentrified, place to live — recently passed a unified development ordinance (UDO) requiring green building certification for all new buildings and most renovations — both residential and commercial.I was pleased to be part of the team that worked on this, mostly on the residential side, helping the city staff understand what was required by the various programs they were considering. I also took part in several stakeholder meetings and testified in favor of the ordinance before the city commission prior to their vote.You can read the green building portion of the ordinance here. Decatur High Performance Building Ordinance Resistance was futileLuckily for those supporting the ordinance, there was no organized counteroffensive. In fact, at the last meeting I attended, five people spoke in favor of the new requirements and no one spoke against them.The current plan is for the ordinance to go into effect in late 2015, with a slightly longer timeline for the renovations to allow the city to determine the economic impact.There was some legitimate concern about what scale of renovation would require green certification. The city’s definition of “substantial improvement,” the point at which the green standards would kick in, is “any combination or repairs, reconstruction, alteration or improvements to a building where the cost of the construction exceeds 50% of the fair market value of the structure prior to improvement.” The definition goes on to describe how to determine fair market value.A group of us suggested that certification be required for any home adding 1,000 square feet of new space or more, or gutting 50% of the interior or exterior walls. This was shot down by the planning staff as conflicting with the existing definition of substantial improvement.It remains to be seen how it will work out. Our goal was to require major renovations to meet green certification but not force it on small projects where the increased costs might be prohibitive. My personal opinion is that every project, no matter how small, should meet some level of sustainable/high performance/green/whatever you want to call it construction, but I can be a bit of an extremist and am willing to compromise occasionally.last_img read more

Pasaol reminds Pumaren of ‘joyous’ PBA great Meneses

first_imgAlvin Pasaol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHigh-scoring and fun-loving.Those were some of words University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren used to describe his star scorer Alvin Pasaol.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  And on the heels of his 49-point game and 81-point week, the veteran mentor couldn’t help but compare his 6-foot-3 swingman to a star he handled many moons ago.“He is like Vergel,” said Pumaren, referring to Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses. “Vergel he loves to have fun, but when it’s time to play, when it’s business, then he goes down to work. That’s his attitude, and that’s the same with Alvin.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPumaren  had the privilege to coach Meneses in the pro league with the now-defunct Sunkist. They won two PBA championships and nearly a Grand Slam as the man they called “The Aerial Voyager” became the 1995 PBA Most Valuable Player.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough their partnership was considerably short, what stood out the most for Pumaren was Meneses’ joyous attitude, which is also something that he sees in Pasaol. Read Next “Alvin likes to joke and always laughs. When I talk and run plays, you could look at him and think that he’s not listening. Vergel is just like that too. But when we run it, he knows the plays,” he said.Pumaren also said that Pasaol may look like laid back to some, but he commands respect from his fellow Red Warriors.“He’s happy-go-lucky, but he’s the leader of the team. That is what I projected from him when I recruited him in Davao. I knew that he’s gonna be a star in the UAAP and he has shown it this season,” he said.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeneses, though, was on the defensive when brought up the comparison, quipping, “I’m not that fat.”But turning serious, the three-time PBA champion said that being “fun loving” is just the way he wanted the game to be played back in his heyday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There are type of players who seem like they just want to enjoy the game. That’s how I am. I just enjoy the game. If I’m not enjoying it, when I’m not smiling, I’ll do just 20 points. But when I enjoy the game, the opponents are dead,” the PBA great said.Though Meneses admitted that he only saw part of Pasaol’s game, he could understand Pumaren’s analogy.“He’s so relaxed but he’s gonna kill you. It’s almost the same to my game. What coach Derrick said was true. If he’s slimmer, he may be scoring 80 in a game,” he said.“Of course, coach Derrick knows me. So for him to compare me, I can be a model for the boy. Whatever I’ve achieved when I was still playing, he could follow my footsteps and I become an inspiration for him.”Amid the fanfare, Pumaren’s hopes that not only Pasaol sustains his hot streak, but also for the Red Warriors to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.“When you’re in a zone, you feel that everything is gonna go right for him. Hopefully, he’ll continue to have that follow up, but he has to maintain that level that it’s not over yet, that he’s not just a two-game sensation and then in the next seven games, he’ll be non-existent.”Beyond UAAP Season 80, Pumaren has grander aspirations for his superb scorer.“Hopefully, I can also produce another MVP in the PBA,” he said. With new coach beside him, Soriano confident ahead of ONE fight View commentscenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

An Inbound Marketer’s Introduction to Twitter Lists

first_img , soldering list on Twitter, your business will have one more way get found by prospects. lists. Watch For example, say you’re interested in following the people at HubSpot. There are over 100 of us here now, so it’s a lot of work to follow us all individually. Now, instead of following each of us, you can go to our HubSpotters list page  — Inbound Marketing Stars Lists are collections of Twitter users that you can follow all at once, instead of one by one. They’re Employees lists are great places to find out more about HubSpot. In case you missed the news last week, Twitter solder paste (1) Start following a few popular lists. , –Lists are a new tool. They’re going to evolve, and the best practices for using them as marketing tools will also evolve. In order to get the most out of them you should keep trying new ways of using them. Customers and the one we’ve setup at HubSpot . .  ? Once you’re created a few great lists, share them with your network. Post them on Twitter. Post them on Listorious. Post them on your blog. When you share your list, make sure you share your list page. The URL should look something like this:  Inbound Marketing News Watch this free webinar to learn everything you need to know about marketing with Twitter Lists. You’ll find out how Twitter list can be useful to marketers and how to get started with them. There are lots of ways to become a thought leader, and lists augment them all. If you sell soldering supplies and you set up Lists will help companies solidify thought leadership. THE  A key part of marketing today is using search, social media and content to establish yourself as the thought leader in your industry — whether it’s  — and follow us all at once. (4) Keep experimenting with lists. is a great place to browse Twitter lists. I’m also a fan of why should you or any other marketer care What have you learned about Twitter lists? Let us know in the comments below. Lists will make companies more transparent. , the internal conversations of your company will become more transparent. That will give prospects another way get to know your company and to build trust, which will leads to more sales. One last note: Keep in mind that lists aren’t perfect right now. It’s very hard to add people to them. You can’t change the names. It’s hard to browse a lot of them. But this doesn’t mean you should ignore them. They represent a significant change in the way Twitter works — and, increasingly, that means a significant change in the way marketers do their jobs.  Successful inbound marketers know that transparency builds sales. It builds trust, which makes deals easier to close. Here’s how: Go to your Twitter home page. In the right-hand column, about halfway down the page, you should see a “New List” option. Click this and you’ll see instructions that will help you create a new list. Try to create a descriptive, unique name. And make sure you select the “Public” option. changing the way people use Twitter Partners Our If your company sets up a list of all employees using Twitter like  (2) Start building your own lists. New York Times lists Twitter Marketing Topics: golf training How to Get Started With Lists ,  (3) Share your lists. — Listorious Once you’ve create the list, start adding people to it. This can be time consuming. Right now the best way is to go to the profile of the user you want to add, then click the white lists tab above the user’s updates. You’ll see your new list in the pulldown.  or something else.  What’s a list — and  Once you take a look at few lists, jump in and build your own. . Don’t share the page you use to manage your list. and Free Twitter Lists Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About Twitter Lists announced a major new feature: , and they’re set to become an important new tool for inbound marketers. the free webinar now There are at least two ways that lists will become important tools for marketers: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack list are great places to find out more about inbound marketing. The fencing Originally published Nov 2, 2009 10:08:00 AM, updated October 20 2016last_img read more

The Science Behind Website Redesign

first_img2/3 of marketers were happy with their last website redesign! The problem? Roughly 1/3 of website redesigns do not go well. HubSpot CMO Mike Volpe recently delivered a content-heavy webinar, The Science of Website Redesign , based on his research. Once you learn it, you’ll very well be good to go.Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignBut not sure what website redesign consists of? Check out this condensed sum-up of when, who, why, what, and how FYIs; then, access the materials you won’t find anywhere else. WHEN to redesign Webinar: How often should you do a website redesign? When is the right time to redesign your website? Quick FYI: It’s not about what people think. When you redesign depends on the data changes in your business. Whether you’re redesigning or not, make sure the content on your site is constantly evolving. WHO does the redesign Webinar: Who does the work on website redesign projects? Who initiates website redesign projects? Quick FYI: You can either go through the process internally, or hire somebody else to do it. If you’re unsure you can do it, leverage an expert to improve your website. (If you are a small business, be careful going into the redesign process, or else you may fall into the portion of unsatisfied results.) WHY redesign Webinar: Why does your website exist? Why should you redesign it? Quick FYI: It’s essential to establish a purpose. Can website  viewers access the details? Have a clear purpose for your website; have a clear goal for your redesign model. Topics: Originally published Jun 10, 2011 5:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 WHAT to take into account Webinar: How much should a website redesign cost? How long should a website redesign take? What should be focused on? What should my homepage look like?   Quick FYI: 1. Cost- The amount of money spent is not the drive of success.2. Time- Expect about four to five months. However, there is a 50/50 shot your anticipated launch will be late. (Only 49% of website redesign projects finish and launch on time.)3. Users- Make sure your website can be simply navigated. Easy to use > flash, design, artwork. Invite users in and watch them use your site. (76% of consumers say the most important factor in a website’s design is “the website makes it easy for me to find what I want.”) 4. Successes- Look at the better designed sites and take cue from them.5. Tracking- Measure stats to track your website’s effectiveness. Pay close attention to visitors, leads, sales, and conversion. USE metrics Webinar: What are the best metrics to use for my website? Are metrics important for a website redesign project? Quick FYI: Just doing the redesign process does not guarantee results. You need to audit and read analytics. Use page graders to figure out which pages are more or less effective and look at the customer conversion rate. Work with such analytics to drive more conversions. HOW to do a website redesign driven by science Webinar: Preparation, process, pitfalls, proceeding, how to use HubSpot.center_img Website Redesign Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

What’s Your Facebook Ecommerce Strategy?

first_img Topics: Facebook Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jul 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017center_img Have something to say? Have a question about eCommerce? Chat with HubSpot’s Top Inbound eCommerce experts on our Twitter list . As was very nicely predicted in an Social Commerce Today article from January 2010 regarding Facebook’s integrated payment system, online retailers are definitely taking notice and looking for ways to take advantage of the massive social media giant Facebook and its expanding ecommerce capabilities. Facebook now has several integrated payment partners.  To name a few: –        Spare Change which facilitates payments using PayPal or major credit cards. –        DAO Pay which allows payments via your home phone bill. –        Ultimate Game Card for online gaming payments and credits. –        And even Amazon Payments , which was cleverly predicted in the article. There are other partners who have joined the Facebook frenzy.   What was once considered a small time scam player called Offerpal , the renamed and reinvented company Tapjoy has legitimized itself by helping Facebook power its ecommerce capabilities, particularly for online gaming and more. Inside Facebook notes that Tapjoy plans to not only evolve Facebook’s mobile and its gaming capabilities, but also to take mobile gaming to a new level.  Tapjoy partners with iOS , Android, and Facebook to offer mobile and online gaming options. How does this relate to ecommerce strategy?   In almost every sense this budding infrastructure will affect ecommerce to its core.  Anyone who conducts retail business online will need to develop a plan to interface to Facebook’s integrated payment systems.  Thankfully a good bit of this work will be performed by partners who already know how to integrate and are popular today with retailers.  Companies such as Amazon saw the writing on the wall, and took advantage of this opportunity early in the game. With the system provided on Facebook, online (and mobile) gamers can purchase “virtual credits” using real money from one of the partnering tools like Spare Change, DAO Pay, or Amazon Payments.  These virtual credits can then be used for online game play enhancements and perks.  What is to stop this very same process from occurring with actual products and services, not just games?   You could build up a Facebook virtual credit line, and then perhaps use it to buy streaming movies, MP3 ’s, or even products that would ship directly to the buyers.  Speculatively, entire promotions could be structured around earning these virtual credits, which would encourage consumers to buy as part of an ecommerce strategy. Could this have any impact in the B2B arena?   Most definitely.  As predicted “long ago” in the 1990’s by Bill Gates of Microsoft, there are online communities being built around “portal” sites like Facebook.  These portals bring like-minded people and businesses together to exchange information, opinions, and to conduct ecommerce strategy.  Businesses can work and trade with other businesses using the same infrastructure.  Just as friends tend to buy products that are recommended (or “liked” on Facebook) by friends, businesses also prefer to look to benchmark against other businesses for what tools and products to use.  Granted, there has been and will continue to be resistance to the Facebook phenomenon.   Some people are definitely alienated by the backend “social graph” that is created using the “Like” and “Share” features of Facebook.  The links created when the user selects “Like” or “Share” has behind the scenes implications, where companies now know and can solicit directly to those users.  How far the “social graph” will go remains to be seen, but users should be aware that those simple buttons can reveal a lot about their buying habits and interests – bordering on invasion of privacy for some.  But because these are voluntary selections, and just as you can voluntarily provide your name and address to any retailer for coupons and promotions, Facebook has emulated this online.  There are still legal challenges to address, but at this point there appears to be no stop to the “like”. As a business person, you should seriously evaluate your ecommerce strategy in regards to Facebook and other social media sites.   Whether you are B2C or B2B, there is an opportunity there where you should gain some real market advantage. last_img read more