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Happiness Redux

March 30th, 2012 comes to a close.  With it, the close of the California Mega Million drawing and many people’s hopes for a new start, a new lease on life.  All over Facebook and other social networking sites, my friends, and even strangers, tell of dreams dashed against the rocks, as everyone was either dreaming for a piece of the $640 million or the entire pot itself.  If anyone else was like myself, they reached a euphoria just purchasing one (or five, in my case) lottery tickets.  Handing over that one dollar per ticket launched everyone to cloud 9, and everyone soon forgot all the problems and postulated on the “could-be’s.”  But now, it turns into “never will’s.” Read the rest of this entry

Sorry Big Brother

So if you haven’t heard, it seems the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is looking at limiting users access to social networking and instant communication places (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and Blackberry Messenger for the few poor souls left there) in light of the long days and nights of rioting. Read the rest of this entry

Because no one really cares if it’s your birthday…

Because no one really cares if it’s your birthday…
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp 

Not that I am that old myself, but I do remember a time.  It was a happier time.  A more genuine time.  I would beg my parents when the thought was coming close that, “can I have a birthday party?!?!  Huh?!  Can I can I can I?!?!?!?!  Please!!!!!!!”  And your friends would get an invite and they would show up and tell you, “Happy Birthday!”  Everyone would be jealous of the gifts you got, and some would want to play/use your gift.  It was then that you knew the people around you genuinely cared about you, and about the fact that it was on this day years ago that you literally saw the first glimpse at the day of light. Read the rest of this entry

Plus One or Minus One – A few thoughts on Google+

Plus One or Minus One – A few thoughts on Google+
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

So if you didn’t get the memo, there’s a new social network kid on the block, and it’s from a familiar name.  Google+ is its name, and networking is its game.  Everyone should have heard of this by now between friends asking for an invite into the slowly growing social network, or between other people saying, “Google+ > Facebook” or other similar comments.  Some critics and analysts are going so far as to say Google+ will be the new Facebook.  I disagree. Read the rest of this entry

This! Is!…Facebook?

By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

So for those who are out of the loop on tech, let me fill you in.  A lot of things finally make sense from past news.  Sporadically over the last six to nine months, Zynga has been buying various programming companies, which includes Newtoy Inc., the original makers of Words with Friends.  I am not sure many people put to question my question which was – why?

Did these acquisitions go towards bettering their services in their hit apps like Farmville, Cityville, or making a new app called Empires and Allies?  Sort of.  But Zynga is also aiding an industry giant – Facebook. Read the rest of this entry