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Beware MikeLike and the “Pinterest Button” – Google Chrome Web Store Needs Better Support

July 10, 2012 3 comments
The MikeLike "Pinterest Button" as it Appears in the Chrome Web Store

The MikeLike “Pinterest Button” as it Appears in the Chrome Web Store

Public Service Announcement: Beware MikeLike and the “Pinterest Button”

My extraordinarily significant other recently noticed while browsing images in Pinterest that she suddenly had a button that said “Pin to MikeLike” appearing over every photo.  We tracked it down (props to Lani Rosales and Jen at Pin-n-Tell for their sleuthing)  to a deceptive piece of crapware calling itself the “Pinterest Button” in the Google Chrome store.

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If one were looking for a way to quickly pin things to Pinterest from their browser (as was the case here), they might accidentally install this turd and end up getting a pitch for the Pinterest clone MikeLike.

  • The “Pinterest Button” extension was created by Yoshua Wuyts (who is from Amsterdam, so in fairness it could be poorly named because of the language barrier).
  • MikeLike is a Pinterest copycat owned by Kalador Entertainment, Inc. in British Columbia, Canada.  Its UVP is that it purports to offer “private” pin boards.  Yippie. /sarcasm

You can remove the offending extension with these instructions.

Google Chrome Web Store Needs Better Support

Scumbags like Yoshua Wuyts ripping off the ideas of others and using deceptive social engineering tactics to spread their products are nothing new.  I apportion them the standard amount of shame they deserve.

What I’m more angry about is the Google Chrome Web Store, which is in serious need of some improvements:

  1. Lackluster “Report This” Support: I searched the Chrome web store high and low for a “contact us” or “report this” option but didn’t find anything until I searched the “help” section and found a four-step process for flagging violations for review.  C’mon Google – you’re Google.  You can make this easier for people.
  2. Mandatory Installations for Reviews:  Unfortunately the review feature of the Chrome web store requires that you install something in order to review it.  Seriously Google – you’re going to force me to install malware on my computer just so that I can warn others?
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Chart – Social Media Platforms by Number of Users

March 8, 2012 12 comments

I threw this chart together for a presentation I’m doing; it includes current numbers for some of the more prominent social networking platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Spotify, Wikipedia, Foursquare, Pandora, Digg, etc.).  Hopefully I’ll be able to kick out updated versions every few months. [Updated to include MySpace – originally I had left them off because they’re the only major social networking platform that has actually lost users.]

Visualizing Social Media Platforms by Number of Users

The Top 11 Things you Actually Need to Know About Pinterest

January 17, 2012 10 comments

The Pinterested

Detroit Free Press Technology columnist Mark W. Smith recently described the workings of the nascent social network Pinterest to readers in a column titled “Pinterest: 11 Things to Know About the Surging Social Network.”  Unfortunately the column focuses on practical and factual things.

Here’s what you will learn from using Pinterest:

  1. Pinterest is Like Falling Into a Display at New York & Company:  No, really.  The network is nearly 60 percent female.  If you have a  Y chromosome, you’ll feel like a salmon swimming upstream trying to find content for your socially-apportioned gender role.
  2. “The Secret” Lost out Big-time:  You know “The Secret?” – the faux-scientific motivational program that misapplies the law of attraction, encouraging adherents to cut out pictures of the things they want (as to help them with the “wanting” process which will magically attract those things to them) and plaster them on “Vision Boards?”  Well, guess what Pinterest is? – I guess Rhonda Byrne didn’t have “Coding” on her vision board.
  3. Women love Makeup: No, they really do.  It represents about 50 percent of the objects they pin (if you include photos of female celebrities they want to look like).
  4. You Never Knew There Were This Many Storage Solutions: Seriously.  Who knew there were so many ways to organize, sort, and compartmentalize our junk?  For some reason the next popular fetish after airbrushed celebrities is complete and total order in one’s closets and drawers.  This probably relates to our Purtian roots.
  5. Men are Perverts: Sure everybody knows men think about sex once every five nanoseconds, but Pinterest helps illustrate just how much men think about sex by plastering your board with “tasteful” nude photography from “art” from The Pinterested (that’s the name I’m coining for Pinterest users since I can’t seem to find an official one elsewhere).  Did you know incorporating paint, key lighting or toile into a photo is all it takes to render it not porn?  You do now – so get to work.
  6. Pinterest is not for People With Eating Disorders: Between all of the celebrity idolization and tasteful nudes, anyone with body issues is going to relate to the social networking site like a moth relates to a hot lightbulb.
  7. People Love Nostalgia:  Pinterest isn’t just for looking at the present and future of things we covet – it’s also for all of the things we’ve coveted in the past, from Underoos to black and white pictorials depicting celebrities of yesteryear.
  8. Food can be Pornographic:  While Pinterest seems to be relatively free of photos of cats, it’s not immune to its share of food porn.  Pinterest has photos of food for every stripe of culinary fetishist: from the tasteful and well-lit collages, to dirty, grainy amateur shots.
  9. America Needs More Free Counter Space:  There is apparently a deficit more serious than the one being addressed by the legislature in the Debt Ceiling debate – and that national shortage is on available horizontal space upon which to place tshotchkes.  No one has enough display shelves to hold all of the cutesy little projects you can complete yourself with just three trips to Michaels.
  10. Women Think Men pay Attention to Their Hairdos:  Given all of the how-tos, close-ups, and slideshows of the intricacies of the latest hairstyles the female users post – I can only assume they’re laboring under the delusion that men actually pay attention to what their hair looks like.  Bizarre!
  11. We Love Advice we Rarely Take:  One in five photos on Pinterest is an illustration of an aspirational/inspirational quote from someone notable.  Unfortunately, instead of following the advice we’re all collecting images of the material objects that will fill the gaping consumer voids we’ve all been trained to carve out since infancy.