MySpace: How the Social Media Giant Thrived and Died

Tom from MySpace, Anderson. Everyone from the golden age of the MySpace Era knows of the mastermind behind the now dead social media site but how did MySpace win and lose our hearts?

MySpace offered us the ability to fully customize every little detail about our profile – this, though both a blessing and a curse, gave MySpace its unique character for a budding social media site.

MySpace provided profile themes for those who lacked the knowledge to manually program and write software for their site. Though these tools are very strong in the right hands, they are also useless in the hands of those without the know-how.

Facebook doesn’t offer even 10% of the customizability that MySpace had to offer, but this is what enabled their base to grow. MySpace was a programmers safe-haven.

Pictured: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is to Apple, as MySpace is to Android.

Apple is very user friendly, doing all the work for you – while over on the android Linux mobile operating system environment, you can fully customize your phone and install an endless amount of third party software.

I’d personally love to see if there’s a relationship between those who love Apple / Mac / iPhone and Facebook vs those who love Linux / Android and MySpace.

The tools are only useful in hands of those who know how to use them.

Elon Musk – SpaceX: Colonizing Mars with Largest Rocket Ever Imagined in 2022

Elon Musk, the mind behind SpaceX, recently unveiled details for SpaceX to colonize Mars using his new BFR – Big F…alcon Rocket – in 2022.

This Big F..ing Rocket is unimaginable larger than anything ever launched.

The largest rocket ever launched was Saturn V, but BFR puts it to shame. Refer to the image for size comparison. From left to right: Saturn V, BFR and SpaceX’s Falcon 9.

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Though Elon Musk goes into great detail about the 30+ engines, and the enormous fuel tanks in this full video below, the important part here is creating a world where you are excited to wake up and explore the unknown

Elon Musk is first and foremost a businessman, no doubt. He needs to SpaceX to make money so he can reinvest it into his company for future endeavors, but he also strongly advocates for pushing the boundaries.

Explore the frontier, put yourself in an environment where you can learn and grow.

As Neil DeGrasse Tyson once said, We Stopped Dreaming.

Complacency.

Self-Publish Books: Which platform to use? Amazon vs iTunes vs Barnes & Noble

You’ve written or you’re planning to write your first book; you just need some guidance in choosing which platform to publish it on.

You know you can purchase books on Amazon/Kindle, iTunes and Barnes & Noble but which should you choose?

– Amazon / Kindle –

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After putting together my first book, I decided to self-publish through this amazing website CreateSpace: “CreateSpace provides free tools to help you self-publish and distribute your books, DVDs, CDs, and video downloads on-demand on Amazon.com

CreateSpace gives you templates to help format the word document of the book you’re intending to publish, and provides an incredible cover art editing program so you don’t have to go through the trouble of learning graphic design or hiring one.

CreateSpace makes it very easy to get your book up on Amazon in print, and on Kindle in downloadable digital eBook format.

– iTunes –

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First off, it is near impossible to get your book on the iOS platform store if you do not own a mac or apple product. You have to use their specific programs called Connect, Producer and/or Author if you intend on getting your book up on there.

Only choose apple if you are very dedicated to working around the problem, or own a mac or apple produce capable of downloading their software.

They give near zero help over at their support page for publishing on their platform via Author.

– Barnes & Nobles –

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Barnes & Noble is the second place you should look if looking to self-publish. They, like CreateSpace, have a very user-friendly environment; they make it so easy to get your book out there on the market.

Through Nook Press, publish your book in eBook and/or print. 

They don’t make you jump through all these hoops and obstacles like Apple does with iTunes Connect, Producer, Author.

A Lesson in Role Models: You’re Only As Slow As Who You’re Following

The title speaks volumes; this realization came to me while driving home one afternoon as I got caught up in the slow lane.

Lately I’ve been reading my fair share of self-help books, business articles and entrepreneur advice. This helped me come to the conclusion that you need to have motivational goals and role models to follow.

Sometimes you need to cut the dead weight and just get behind something larger than yourself. Work towards getting in the lane best suited to helping yourself become successful.

This means subscribing to blogs who continue to dominate their respective fields. Emulate the famed geniuses and fake it ’til you make it.

Quit taking advice from that Youtube channel with a following of 100, and take note of people who have been able to create a fan-base of millions.

You don’t have to directly follow their words, but watch their actions.

Do they post every day? How do they stay relevant?

Learn how to build your brand and sell yourself.

You are your most important asset.

Invest in yourself.

World Cup – Russia 2018: USA Disqualified After An Immense Upset

October 10th, 2017 – USA vs Trinidad and Tobago: Final 2-1

The United States only needed to force to a Draw in order to advance to the World Cup.

Coach Bruce Arena’s entire career is tarnished.

Goals and Highlights from the game below

The last time the US didn’t qualify for the world cup was in 1986.

Everyone is referring to Panama’s game winning goal over Costa Rica as the “phantom goal“, after a very controversial decision by the referee which also helped eliminate the US from the World Cup 2018.

Vladimir Putin must be sleeping well tonight; knowing Russia will not host the US Men’s National Soccer Team this year.

Bruce Arena Post-Game Press Conference – USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Star Wars -Episode 8: The Last Jedi Trailer, Release Date and News

The official trailer for Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi has finally been released and as expected, new and old fan theories are already flooding the internet.

Things to address this movie is the relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren, how Supreme Leader Snoke will influence the balance of the force and the role of the First Order in combatting the Resistance.

The film is set to release December 15th, 2017.

Is Rey related to Emperor Palpatine?

Are Kylo Ren and Rey secretly separated siblings like Leia and Luke?

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And watch the trailer here:

Elon Musk: What I’ve Learned from the Innovative Giant

Founder of Paypal, Space-X and Tesla, Elon Musk is nothing short of a genius and hard worker. With a life devoted to his career, the inventor has had much to say on the topics of philosophy and business principles.

After listening to a short segment on his views for Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla, I’ve come to finally see the light of Edison. Originally, I was a huge fan of Tesla, often viewing Edison’s business tactics as very shady. I’ve accepted that there is something respectable about getting your product to market; something Tesla struggled with.

Musk once said something along the lines of “Always have optimism, but be realistic.” Not every one of your great ideas will come to fruition, and even if they do, they may still remain unsuccessful.

Diversify. You’ve heard to never put all your eggs in one basket. Sure, maybe Musk is CEO of 5 massive companies. Is he a workaholic? Most certainly. Is he always looking for another interest to pursue? Definitely; but maybe he too knows not to put all his time and resources into one single entity.

Musk has shown that it’s more than fine to dream. You must dream to inspire yourself, but set attainable goals in the meantime. He may have started Space-X with the intention of making humans an interplanetary species, but that wasn’t the businesses first project. You must generate revenue to keep your company pushing to the next big idea.

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A lover of knowledge we must become.

 

McDonald’s: New Buttermilk Crispy Tenders and Szechuan Sauce is a Scam

As McDonald’s rolls out their new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, many customers of the fast food chain line up to try the long-awaited Szechuan Sauce after being discontinued  some 20 years ago after a promotion for Disney’s original animated film Mulan.

Well the jig is up, McDonald’s! The new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders is a re-release of their old failed Chicken Selects, pictured below; discontinued in 2013.

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What looks new here? Nothing. Just a new product to go along with their scam of a sauce. Participating locations were only given few limited numbers of the Szechuan Sauce, a novelty hyped up by the recent season premiere of Rick & Morty.

Locations were only given shipment packs of 22 sauces. If your location was lucky enough maybe they received two or three boxes, 44 and 66 sauces respectively. Rumors of employees pocketing some has surfaced as single packs are on ebay for $449!

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Coffee Chew: A New Way to Increase Focus and Improve Attention

As an enthusiastic coffee drinker, I’m always looking for the next new way to enjoy this brewed beverage; turns out I wasn’t being that inventive.

It’s called coffee chew, and it’s very unfortunately similar to tobacco snuff, snus and dip.

Of course it doesn’t come with any of the harmful effects of heavily processed and manufactured tobacco, but the method of consumption carries that ill stigma.

In the same way that vaping is as obnoxious as cigarettes, coffee chew will also bring those public looks of disgust.

Cowboy Chew and Major League Dip are two of the most popular coffee chews available.

The contents are coffee, sugar, honey and cream. 

In my experience, this is a great way to experience your caffeine without having to worry about keeping your coffee hot or cold, if iced.

The accessibility of this product is its saving grace.

You can consume this literally anywhere.

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