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THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT GOOGLE+ FUNERAL THIS SUNDAY

Image credit: The Daily Beast
Image credit: The Daily Beast

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Thousands upon thousands of netizen fans are expected to attend the funeral services for Google+ this Sunday.

The funeral, to be held at the Mountain View main campus of Google, was announced after the tech giant decided to kill what it thought would be its answer to the ever-popular social media network Facebook . Years after its launching, Google+,  with 300 Million users, never came close to Facebook’s 1.44 Billion.

“When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink,”  said Bradley Horowitz, Google’s Vice President for Streams, Photos and Sharing.

“People have told us that accessing all of their Google stuff with one account makes life a whole lot easier. But we’ve also heard that it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use,” Horowitz added.

One of the fans most devastated by the passing of Google+ is John Kiriyama, president of the California state chapter of Google+ Fan Club. “I have no words to express my feelings about this shocking development, he said, “but it was good while it lasted. See you in another lifetime.”

Our condolences to all who were left behind by Google+.  From hereon, it will be referred to as Google Cross on its tombstone marker.

FACEBOOK PLATINUM DEBUTS IN THE U.S., BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY

imageMENLO PARK, California  (The Adobo Chronicles) – You’ve probably wondered why many of your friends or family have not been liking, or responding to, your Facebook posts. Well, it’s because they’re not seeing it.

By some kind of algorithm, Facebook determines who gets to see your posts, and it’s not a whole lot, unless, of course, you boost your posts by paying some dollars. You can complain all you want, but business is business. Like everyone else, Facebook has to make some money, right?

But there is some good news for netizens in the U.S. This weekend, Facebook will launch Facebook Platinum, which, if you subscribe to it, will increase the number of people that will see your posts. But it is not free.

Platinum subscription will cost you $100 per month, but you can be assured that every single post from you will reach a minimum of 5,000 people, whether or not they’re your FB friends. The Platinum version will only be available in the U.S.  Facebook says it will consider offering this premium service to other countries depending on how well this new initiative is received in America.

So, watch out for your invitation to subscribe to Facebook Platinum.  And once you have it, don’t leave home without it!

SURVEY: WHERE MILLENNIALS GET THEIR NEWS

Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report.
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report.

Silicon Valley (The Adobo Chronicles) – Where do Millennials — those who achieved adulthood beginning in the year 2000 — get their news?

The results of a nationwide survey of American Millennials conducted by the Bookings Institute may surprise you.

While the poll came back with some facts most people already knew, a few findings may be hard to believe.

As  for social media, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram remain the top venues where Millennials hang out. No surprises there.

However, the survey revealed these shocking trends which could have a great impact on the informed citizenry of the future:

  • Millennials don’t tune in to real news like The Colbert Report or The Daily Show.
  • They don’t tune in to fake news shows like FOX News either.
  • They are confused as to whether CNN is a real or fake news source.
  • 98% of Millennials have never heard of LinkedIn.
  • More than 65% of respondents think that The Washington Post is run by the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Majority  believe that The New York Times is the same as Playbill, the program pamphlet distributed at all Broadway shows.
  • Majority think that Public broadcasts should be free and accessible to all Americans, especially Millennials; so Netflix should be free.
  • 80% believe that Comcast is the same as Chromecast, so cable subscription should only cost a one-time fee of $35.

For details of this groundbreaking survey, visit the Bookings Institute web site.