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radar_the_kat 3 posts  |  Last Activity: Sep 21, 2015 10:38 AM Member since: Aug 10, 2005
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  • radar_the_kat by radar_the_kat Sep 21, 2015 10:38 AM Flag

    I just installed the 99cent Crystal ad blocker on my iPad. Sites now load a lot faster and I feel better knowing I won't be tracked like a prehistoric mastodon. There's an ethical consideration to this ad blocking in that there are many sites, like AppleInsider, that rely on advertising to fund their reporting. Happily, that site has some strong sponsorships that rely on technology to display their content in a way that is not blocked by ad blockers, so I'm still seeing the discount deals on Macs, iPads, etc alongside content on their site. But they also utilize the web ad agencies to populate their site with general display advertising, such as that served up by DoubleClick. Those ads are all gone when using an ad blocker. Less revenue for Google and its ilk, and a hit to AppleInsider's revenue, to be sure. But ad blockers are, in the grand scheme, an evolutionary agent, forcing those who have gone too far in tracking and filling our screens with junk we don't want to see to adapt or die. The advertising technologies will need to become less obtrusive, more user friendly, and add value, or at least better entertain us, if they want our eyes and our precious time. Until then, Crystal is the best 99 cents I've spent since I purchased John Hiatt's Have a Little Faith In Me on iTunes.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    by konnikov Sep 17, 2015 11:16 AM
    radar_the_kat radar_the_kat Sep 18, 2015 6:06 PM Flag

    If you want to see how this works in Facebook, I can let you into my group to check it out for a couple days. Just contact me on Facebook by searching on radarthekat (with a k) in the Facebook search box, then send me a private message. I post a daily article with news pertaining to the market and, in the case of my group, AAPL. You could use the same model to kick off discussion in your group. If you see how a Facebook group can work for a small tight group of traders, it'll be the model you'll want to use.

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    by konnikov Sep 17, 2015 11:16 AM
    radar_the_kat radar_the_kat Sep 18, 2015 5:58 PM Flag

    I looked into Yahoo Groups. The interface is pretty bad and a mess to manage. So I created a Facebook group where I get together with 10 other traders/investors that I've known for years on these Yahoo boards. It's working very well. But we focus on AAPL and other tech and momentum stocks. Just to let you know you should look into a Facebook group as a better solution. It's free and your members can crete fake Facebook accounts or join your group with their real Facebook accounts (all activity, posts, comments, Likes, etc that occur inside a Facebook group are NEVER exposed on each user's timeline. And, your group members do not need to be your Facebook friends in order to join your group, private message one another inside the group, and add posts, comments and Likes inside the group. And your group can have a library of documents and uploaded fils, like spreadsheets, etc. I use this feature in my group to write up our investment strategies. Finally, a group can be private and hidden so it will be found only by those you invite. That way you aren't barraged by requires to join by people you don't know. Either way, getting off these boards is a blessing. Anyone who wants to have reasonable conversations and trade ideas and insights should join you.

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