With Neone, Your Data Is Not For Sale

Nor is your time and attention In an earlier blog we talked about how business models inevitably dictate the behavior of any social platform. The business models of most of today’s leading platforms force them to maximize the amount of targeted advertising and user data sold to the highest bidder. Of course, these companies are…

Social Staying Power — Business Models Matter

Revenue sources wield a powerful influence over the decisions of any well-run business. Sometimes strategic objectives may temper or even ignore that power for a short time, e.g., to pursue a diversification or attempt a paradigm shift, but over the long term a company that does not satisfy the needs of paying customers will fail.…

The Privacy Plague Starts at Home

Self-isolation and lockdowns have fueled a surge in remote work, overcoming earlier corporate resistance to allowing, let alone encouraging, working from home. The remote work culture, commonplace for freelancers and other gig economy participants, has proven novel for displaced office workers. The presence of barking dogs, toddlers, spouses and other ambient noise generators adds character…

Love in the Time of Cholera, Social in the Time of COVID

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The plot in the Gabriel Garcia Márquez masterpiece Love in the Time of Cholera hinges on the vagaries of communication and social contact. In the current drama of the Coronavirus pandemic, safe and private communication is even more critical, especially as social contact becomes rarified and even perilous. With social distancing, everyone we know is…

Privacy and the Greater Good: Unexpected Revelations From a Pandemic

These alarming early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic’s rapid expansion into the United States have made clearly evident that frontline doctors, researchers, and healthcare workers are desperate for a better way to communicate vital information in real time with their peers. And they need to be able to do so securely, and often anonymously. Consequently,…

Taking Control of Your Online Presence

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The great thing about Neone is that our users create the narrative for success. A new user recently described returning from an intense work trip. Seated in his apartment, he took out his smartphone to catch up on social media, in particular to check on his extended family. Two hours later, he found that he’d…

Podcast: The rise of private social networks

It has been a bad couple of years for Facebook and it isn’t getting easier. This week, we look at social networks that do not have advertising and don’t sell your information to anyone. In fact, they don’t even collect it. Both ways that all social media platforms have traditionally made their money. We talk…
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