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Poked on Facebook and beyond has a new update. If it were not from my friend, Jim Andre, I would not have known any more than I do, now. He had tried to poke me, like so many friends over the last two months, without response. We spent over an hour working over the nuances of what Facebook not only provides, but still does make available; although, not so pronounced or apparent. This is an update from the original article inception, just over two days ago. Thank you, Jim. So, here is the truth of is all. How much more can one be impersonal in applications, when one should be personal in a social networking venue? I trust one may see where I care to tread in the ‘lack’ of communication?

For the record, what follows is only a reporting of what I have experienced, over time. It is, in no way, a prescribing to the Facebook network, in any way. Yes, I participate, only in the fact I have been provided a free venue from a reputable source in social media. Bear in mind, without question, that I am not on their payroll, nor do I plan to be. In fact, I find some aspects of their actions not acceptable in some areas. However, pure and simple, I am on their site, for as long as that exists.

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Poke sidebar deleted.

To the end of being completely transparent (as it always should be), I was incorrect in stating Facebook had eliminated the ‘poke’ application. I was fooled when my little sidebar app was mysteriously removed. And, it is removed, to date. Poked, no more, lol.


Yes, Facebook no longer adds the app to the sidebar, because, apparently, there were complaints that pokes were too easy to do. Bam, that was it. From what I wrote below, I stand to purport further, this article, not retract it. Communication is everything and when it is not met with exact correction, it causes more problems for many people. Therefore, please read on, as I hope you see my point in all this monotone continuation.


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Pokes Lead to Communications

Before I continue this article, be it known, Facebook has decided to end being poked (pun intended) without reservation. In other words, they got rid of being poked and didn’t say a word about it. For whatever reason and I will not speculate, being poked is no longer available. Frankly, with logical introspection, they did the right thing. Most comments were negative and the ones who were poking became an elite, select crowd going to nowhere. Nowhere means, it wasn’t helping FB and it’s marketing and members, overall. Some people may not get this, but I do. The following article is one I posted as a pending article over a year ago. The spirits are kind in allowing me to wait. Opportunities abound when one is patient.

By the way, I did contact them about this issue and I was not only rewarded with the standard thank you for contacting us, as we are working to improve Facebook, I was rewarded with ‘no more comments, lol.’ To be fair, they have included me in forums, groups, and assurance they appreciate my involvement to help make Facebook a better place. I appreciate this. You see, my friends, if you want to be a member in Facebook, please bear in mind some fundamental understandings: 1) You are being provided a venue to now communicate with others in the world you would not otherwise have available, so be nice and do not ‘look a gift horse in the mouth’ so to speak. 2) Facebook likes your involvement, too. It builds their member and search engine base to be viable in the stock market. 3) They do try to sell to you, but you are not under any obligation to purchase, if you are so business inclined. 4) If you don’t like it, get out. They provide this option, as well. 5) It is a fallacy to think they always keep your information. Just ask to delete your Timeline and after two weeks, you can permanently delete it. They keep a database, but no one can see it. You are in control, here. I can think of many other organizations who do share your private information, where Facebook tends to protect it. So, there you are.

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The following is the original start of the publication. Am just being transparent from when I started this article over a year ago:

Being poked on Facebook has many connotations. Social media in its finest, Facebook has not only taken the lead, it has set a worldwide precedent for global communication. One of their innovations is the ‘poke’ as a method of communication.

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Poked in finest fashion.

This article is not to endorse or disparage the efforts of Facebook in any way. It is to note the incredible history and progress this firm has made in the light of technological communications achievements since the advent of the Internet, itself. C’mon, Al Gore, you didn’t invent the Internet in 1995…it came before you in some very interesting, militaristic venues. The real birth of the Internet came from three individuals who were instrumental in operations in a US military agency created for these purposes: Advanced Research Projects Agency. Well, this is substance for another story, but for now, it is Facebook of which I find great interest. Since before the beginnings of the ‘world wide web’, Facebook stands out as incredible in application, innovation, and implementation since Bill Gates, who started out working at IBM (International Business Machines) until he created Microsoft (Windows).

Taking a brief look at the development and history of this phenomena of Facebook, I am constantly amazed at its continued progress. Facebook was originally set up to create a local service for Harvard students by Mark Zuckerberg and four of his classmates. Zuckerberg wrote a program called “Facemash” to provide a venue for others to meet socially to date, among other things, ultimately.

Since that time, please take a moment to ponder at the development of Mark Zuckerberg’s innovation. His firm has become the number one social media network in the world. Even though, recently, Facebook participation from members, globally, on a decrease, his network grows.

Please, from a layman’s standpoint, with some IT superlative status, let us see how he has developed his empire. It is not only amazing how this has come to pass, it is amazing how the techs, monitors, and innovators keep up.

Now, after over a year, and after over fourteen years of introspective research, I must say that Mark Zuckerberg is more realistic. His innovative approaches to creating a social media venue where millions of participants can make themselves available for communications is a phenomena in itself. Until anyone can top this, you are all on call to think about it.

Do not think for a minute that the creativity of the human mind has come by accident? No, look into each and every one of you to seek the creativity from within. It was a gift given from so long ago, or was it just yesterday? Do not sell yourself short. The time is soon coming where you can all speak, share, and communicate so freely, even the previous authors could not keep up.

Thank you all so much for reading this long overdue article. Again, I did sit on this one for about one and one-half years.

Only you all can keep searching, believing, finding, and caring more now than ever there is a time to reach out to your family, friends, loved ones, and yes, even your enemies to show how much you all understand about life, liberty, and the real pursuit of happiness. Facebook is part of this. So, enjoy it. Be responsible and accountable in your own actions.

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Sincerely, thank you, everyone at Facebook for providing a free service to communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time.


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600K Social Media Security Attacks Daily

Security on the Internet is one issue with which one must contend; however, being protected from scammers and hackers while on social media is another problem, altogether.

With over two billion users on Facebook at any given time (25% world population) monthly, keeping up security is a daunting task, to say the least. They are attacked daily from every direction by hacking, phishing, trolling, and other vicious forms of invasive techniques. These actions are perpetrated for a number of reasons, most of which are to take your assets, compromise and steal your account enabling these criminals to use your information to perpetrate their nefarious activities on your friends, family, and acquaintances. What makes this worse, overall, is when those you think are your friends engage in activities by creating fake accounts, as one example to spy and troll others of whom they know. This compounds the problems for social media security divisions to help protect you from harm. Quite often, the individuals who engage in trolling and fake account activity are themselves compromised without knowing it. This is harder to detect and the negative effects are most profound. Users themselves can do the most good, personally by detecting and reporting activities that are against social media user policies. All users accept these policies when creating a membership profile.

Please remember that being careful in knowing who are friends to accept is important, but it is your responsibility in the process. One last thing on this note, especially on Facebook, private chat requests containing offers such as requests for donations, romance, sharing, etc., can contain malware. This is also the best way for hackers to gain access to your account. Please remember, too, that Facebook allows account creation from members as young as 13 years old.

Security for over 39% of social media users has been compromised.

Finally, always check the URL in your browser for authenticity. A hacker will slightly change a browser address to fool the user.

Beware of fake URL addresses that are security hack attempts.

This is a warning to keep up proper passwords and use two-step verification for logins to all forms of social media, where possible. Facebook and other social media organizations constantly strive to provide the latest in security applications; however, the best they can do is stay one step ahead of the next hacking and phishing attempts. This is why it is so important for the user to be diligent in what they do to stay secure while navigating online and communicating with others on social media.

One source of excellent computer, Internet, and product information comes highly recommended via radio show host and long-term computer analyst, Kim Komando. For years, she has been at the forefront of providing excellent advice and references to security improvements, product evaluations, and computer innovations and applications.  Her team and technical staff is one of the finest in broadcasting.

Here is a pertinent quote from one of Kim Komando’s latest article about phishing:

What we’re talking about is an elaborate phishing attack that is spreading like crazy on Facebook. Victims are receiving messages through Facebook from people on their “friends” list asking them for help recovering their account. The problem is, their friend’s account has already been compromised by a cybercriminal.

Here is how the attack works:

The victim receives a message through Facebook Messenger from a friend’s compromised account. The scammer asks for help in recovering their account, letting the victim know that they are listed as one of their “Trusted Contacts” on Facebook. They also say that you will receive a code, which they need to recover their locked Facebook account.

The fraudster then activates the “I forgot my password” feature on YOUR Facebook account and requests a recovery code from the social media giant. Since the victim has already received a heads-up on the code, they don’t think twice about sending it to their “friend.”

Once the fraudster has the code, they can use it to take over your account. They can continue the cycle by sending the scam to all of your friends from YOUR account.

Notwithstanding, fake news has become a prevalent threat to readers and viewers, worldwide. Now more than ever, it is imperative people ‘tune out’ from negative, derisive, and fake media sites that sway many from what real events are occurring. This takes a conscious choice from every person if there is to be an improvement in the old adage, ‘truth in broadcasting’, so please do your part. One can rest assured nothing is going to change from any organization that chooses to fool the public with false information when the true news is available. Of course, there are those who enjoy the fake entertainment. There is no solution there. Whether it is in politics, sports, entertainment, or other news, it is up to each person to determine what is real by checking sources and doing a little homework before passing judgement on what they see. Google provides excellent tools to perform these tasks. One can now just say to the Google window, ‘okay, google’.

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Security – Fake News Invasion

Universal Digest is here as a friend to the public where safe surfing and reading is most important in the world of free Internet. Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment or ask questions regarding content. If one can be helped to avoid security issues, the best of solutions will be offered.

In a world of deception and derisiveness for whatever reasons, being objective, fair and truthful is more important than anything else. If just one person benefits from reading this, the proper work has been completed to enlighten the public, not to take away from understanding. Just remember, no one gets it right all the time and a prophet is correct 100% of the time. One can see, ultimately, who wants to help and not hurt others.

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