iAmErika

Friday, June 6, 2014

Twitter Handle and Intellectual Property Flaws

There are two reasons I hate Twitter.

I, Erika Sheppard, created a Twitter account called #iamerika28. 

Then I changed the handle to #iamerika256.
The account was copied including the followers.  Surfing to my friends page I can see my handle was changed in their followers list.  However, all my friends tweets remain as #iamerika28

Someone else called erika quebec  registers under @iamerika28 with email qu**@y***.**

erika quebec gets credit for my network's tweets!    

Isn't it obvious that the algorithm for the renaming of handles needs to be set to change all the handle's hash-tags including a notice sent to those followers?

This brings up an intellectual property issue.  I am the trademark owner of iAmErika. I have been using my trademark in international trade for decades.

Previously I wrote to Twitter regarding 'iAmErika,' my legally protected trademark, and they did nothing.  This is a new response from Twitter on June 3, 2014. 

 

This is my Trademark at the USPTO: 



Simply, I should own the only #iAmErika Twitter account! 


Post your thoughts on this issue here.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Email Account Compromised

What to do if you clicked on the phishing link in Hotmail ...

Report them directly to Hotmail, as a new "My friend’s been hacked!" option under the Junk menu.



On click, MSN returns you this message:


Give Hotmail notice that the email account may have been compromised so they can follow the spammer's behavior and determine if they need to stop the account from being abused.

On the other hand, if it is your account being compromised:
  1. Change your password,
  2. Change the secret question and answer,
  3. Change the alternative email address.
If you think that personal information from your Hotmail account has been used to commit ID theft, you can contact the following authorities:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Employment Scams


Posting resumes on public job boards makes it easier to be found by potential employers but it also makes it easier for scammers to get your personal details and your work history.  Even though going through responses can be time consuming, it is worth checking who the email is from and what the links activate when you click on it.

Following is an example of today's employment scam.  The assertive tone in the email from the employment scammers caught my attention.  On a quick search with the same domain name through my email account the returned three results.  On a email search using the same content, it returned five emails with different domain addresses.   Three of the domains in the address field are different and the domains appear non-existent.  A search of the listed physical address on Google Search returns four links and the first one goes to scambook.com.  If the email's not transparent, the links from the email should not be clicked or activated.  The sender might have malicious intentions like identity theft.

As you can see, not every email is straightforward so try to take time to look deeper before responding to each direct email!

bamalam scam
bamascam

Friday, August 31, 2012

SPAM Rules of Engagement

Spam = any unwanted, unsolicited, irrelevant, or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of users.

Spam is generated from email, instant messaging, Usenet newsgroups, web search engines, blogs, wikis, online classified ads, Internet forums fax and more.

CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-solicited Pornography and Marketing Act) enacted on January 2004.

By law, all mass mailing must contain:
  • accurate routing information,
  • a subject line that accurately reflects the content of the message, 
  • and an opt-out option to cancel future mailings.
Additionally, by law:
  • the message must be identified as an advertisement,
  • include the sender's valid postal address.

Failure to obey can result in fines up to $11,000.  Under the new law, states are also given the right to enforce much of their own spam legislation.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Facebook Fake, Google Real; Social Networth.

Facebook has a lot of fake profiles on their social network, unlike Google that foresaw that only real profiles have any value.

If you can create as many profiles as you want as whatever you want then you get a lot of false information in your data system.  Advertisers pay to advertise to specific target markets but if those are false profiles then they get no return or sales.   Therefore it doesn't matter how many "likes" a page receives because they do not use real data.   Investors know that without the advertisers the social network can't turn the profit they expected. 

On July 28 2011, Google enforced it's policy to allow only real profiles.   Yay! Google was able to use their foresight to ensure that they have the best quality social network. 

"Google has enforced its policy for requiring a real name on its new social network Google+ by suspending accounts."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14312047
In a article a few days ago, a Facebook spokesperson interviewed by the BBC stated,
"All of these companies have access to Facebook's analytics which allow them to see the identities of people who have liked their pages, yet this has not been flagged as an issue." News, 13 July 2012, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18813237
LOL.  They have lots of issues besides fake profiles, flawed software and double standards.   One issue I  flagged to the Facebook legal team in July of 2011 regards their double standards for big and small business on their social network.   I requested the removal of private pages using my trademarked brand and the registration of profiles.   Unfortunately they chose to ignore the issue and reiterated to me a bunch of rules from the Help section.   Facebook continues to allow anyone who does not represent my company to use my brand and advertise on their network with my trademark.   Obviously, I would never pay to advertise my brand on their network if there was someone else using my trademarked brand. Yet, there is only one Coca-Cola!?  



Read my blog post: http://blog.iamerika.com/2011/07/exposing-facebook-failure.html. 

Unfortunately lots of suckers believed Facebook had the most valuable information on a social network.   Also, the people trying to make money from Facebook's data are going to be disappointed too.   Google on the other hand is steadily increasing in stock market value.  It may have something to do with "like" enforcing principles of "like" integrity and honesty.   :) 



Resources:

Facebook 'likes' and adverts' value doubted. Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent, BBC News, 13 July 2012, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18813237


Why does Google+ insist on having your real name? Alex Hudson BBC News, 28 July 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14312047

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Web Site Credibility


Establish your web page credibility by being an authority source that is objective in text.  Use a broad scope and high quality content. Also design an appealing and unique custom site design with functionality to help your success in your e-business.

Authority
The authority of the sites by examination of the whois database, sponsors and who authored the web page content. The author of the sites's sponsor should have the appropriate expertise to present the information authoritatively.

The top-level domain for the country-code TLD is important because some search tools give extra weight to governmental and educational sites.

The highest quality and more authoritative results come from primary sources. A primary source is firsthand information about a particular topic.

Objectivity
Web page information should be fair, the content may contain any subtle or clear biases, or perhaps the information is skewed toward commercial or political interests. Authority sites will use high-quality links to other related sites.

Scope and Quality
The amount of detail provided can help determine the value of a web site. The intended audience also determines the scope of the web site. Additionally, high quality web pages content should be accurate and up-to-date. Compare web pages in the same categories for evaluating web pages.

Design and Functionality
Web pages are designed to attract and hold a viewers attention so that they will spend time interacting and viewing the pages. Most web pages share these common characteristics that make the page more attractive and easier to use.
  • A logo or e-business name on or at the top left corner of the web page
  • Links to related pages, grouped into categories, to make accessing the site's other pages more convenient.
  • Various multimedia, including photos, graphics, animations to interact and attract.
  • Advertisements, in text or images, to generate revenue for the web site. Ads can be for the company's own products or from a third party advertiser.
  • A search tool allows viewers to locate specific information at the site or at the other sites on the web.
  • A copyright statement notifies viewers that all content at the site is protected by copyright law.
  • A privacy and security policy statement informing viewers about the information collected form the a the site and how it is used. It's usually located at the bottom of the web page.
iAmErika Web Services makes the first impression right to convert leads and maintain customer loyalty.

Contact iAmErika at (858) 356-2585 today for a free quote.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Content Marketing Strategy

  1. Develop Strategy
  2. Research Niche
  3. Create Content
  4. Optimize
  5. Present
  6. Distribute
  7. Build Links
  8. Measure Results

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Propaganda Debt 2012

This is a propaganda debt image circulating the web:



An adjustment using the correct economic terms, numbers and including the most important debt issue of interest:





Sources:
US Census Bureau Economic Statistics.http://www.census.gov/econ/

US Treasury. Interest Expense on the Debt Outstanding. http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm