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The social media crowd can be a tough crowd, as McDonald's is painfully learning. McDonald's just introduced a new mascot for their Happy Meal, aptly named Happy. Unfortunately, a significant number of the initial responses on social media are to mock Mr. Happy, suggesting a better name might be Mr. Creepy.
Being a bit of an old codger, it's easy to decry and bemoan the rise of the selfie, to complain that it's a horribly shallow trend that portends the end of civilization. But one needs to take a step back. Rather than complain, smart businesses will accept and embrace the new selfie phenomenon.
It's good to be liked! And you can learn quite a bit from it. One of the really great things about social media is that people can like (or dislike) your content, and let you know. The feedback that the little humble "like" button can provide is powerful stuff!
My eleven year old daughter said something mildly profound the other day. Anyway, after agreeing that she could open a Pinterest account, I asked her about Facebook. What she said shocked me. "Facebook is for grandmas," my daughter informed me. Ouch!
If you have an account on Yahoo mail, Gmail, Instagram, Netflix, or a variety of other websites, you may have been affected by the HeartBleed SSL security bug. HeartBleed just became public this past week, and is rapidly being addressed, but it represents an SSL security vunerability that may have existed and been exploited by hackers for up to the last two years.