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2Hot4FB Launches a Major Update

Utilizing social media as a promotional channel for performers or models in the adult entertainment industry has never been easy. At some point, many of you out there have had a post flagged for removal because you showed off what Facebook determined was a little too much skin. Nudity or sexual content of any kind is prohibited on the major social platforms, being flagged as inappropriate for not adhering to the network’s “community standards” or guidelines for publishing content. Some networks take it a step further, banning your account altogether, meaning you may lose all of your hard-earned followers.

Thankfully, 2Hot4FB is here to solve this problem. Gone are the days of having your Facebook or Instagram account taken down for posting inappropriate content. Simply request a membership to the service, upload your images, alter them using their collection of editing tools that will help you cover up your naughty bits, and begin sharing your photos on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and others. Best of all, elite paid program members can earn money for every impression their images receive!

Edit your photos for compliance with every social network and make money in the process! At this point you’re probably wondering how you can sign up for 2Hot4FB. Follow this link and start your registration now!

As of early April, 2Hot4FB v4.0 was released to the public, and with it, a collection of new features that will help ensure your NSFW images meet social media community guidelines while still looking attractive and enticing enough to stimulate engagement and follower growth. Read on to find out more.

First, and most importantly, the 2Hot4FB platform is now open to everyone FOR FREE! Now anyone can upload their provocative pics to 2Hot4FB and take advantage of their complete editing suite. The editor is faster and more responsive than ever, allowing you to cover up that boob flash in a pinch. All pages have been updated, and sharing options have been optimized and simplified to take advantage of the new generation of smartphones out there.

As well, their image review process has become slightly more lenient, allowing for more explicit photos to be posted online, with the exception of Facebook.

To help drive additional traffic to your website, we’ve introduced a self-serve traffic purchase option that is ideal for cam girls and page/group owners. Purchase 1000 impressions for as low as $6!

It’s never been a better time to be a member of 2Hot4Fb.

The goal in the latest update was to help give new models and camgirls an opportunity to become social media heavy hitters. Their solution offers models a new avenue for driving traffic to their website, increasing followers on social media, and generating revenue. If you’re a performer in the adult entertainment industry and you’re not currently using 2Hot4FB, you really should.

What is Tor, and Why Do We Need It?

What was once disregarded as paranoia, is now a very real phenomenon. Revelations made by Whistle-Blowers such as Edward Snowden, regarding the activities of government-funded agencies such as the NSA, has shed light on the issue of mass internet monitoring for the sake of national security. Anonymous browsing may not be something that the casual web user cares very much about. But it has developed a loyal and dedicated following among more cautious web surfers who are concerned about government agencies and corporations “spying” on their internet activity. Activity that many are lead to believe, is private. Web developers in Toronto and abroad (particularly in the U.S. and UK), are also jumping on the bandwagon, building websites hosted on servers whose activity can be hidden from lw enforcement agencies.

At the moment, the most popular tool for masking your internet usage is Tor. Tor (or ‘The Onion Router’) was initially a worldwide network of servers developed with the U.S. Navy that enabled people to browse the internet anonymously. In the past few years, the system now has a not-for-profit organization supporting it; an organization dedicated to the development of online privacy tools.

As described by Thorin Klosowski of Lifehacker, the Tor network helps to disguise your identity and browser history by moving your traffic across multiple servers, encrypting the traffic along the way. What’s interesting about a network such as Tor is that its effectiveness in anonymizing your activities is contingent upon the number of people using the Tor network at any given time. Because Tor “hides” you among other users on the network, the more “populous and diverse the user base for Tor is, the more your anonymity will be protected.”

As described on Tor’s Overview page:

Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

The network is accessible by downloading the free Tor browser, with a version also available for Android smartphones. The browser is predictably slow and unresponsive at times, because of the travelling (number of relays) your browser queries must endure. In addition, there are issues with certain sites such as YouTube, whose videos cannot be played. Using this browser does come with a few major concessions.

Tor’s servers also have the capacity to host web sites accessible only by other Tor users. In the past year or so, you may have come across a blog article or two discussing the website Silk Road, what can be described as the Amazon for everything and anything illegal, was one of the more high profile Tor hosted websites.

Are you a user of the Tor browser? Share with us some of your experiences using this browser below!

Why Are Mobile-Friendly Websites So Important?

The way people use the internet is changing dramatically.

What was once an activity primarily performed at home on a desktop computer, is now moving locations to people’s mobile devices. The advent of smartphone technology has created an entirely new avenue for people to consume media and content, discover things around them, buy and sell goods and services, and connect with others.

This shift has not been a seamless one. Many businesses and organizations are being forced to adapt to this transition by re-examining their website structure and content in order to optimize it for mobile viewing.

When you tap on a Google Search result from your mobile phone, you know you are looking at a website that is not mobile-friendly or “responsive” because the text and links are small, and you need to scroll sideways to see all the website’s content. Content that looks great on a desktop might be unreadable on a mobile device. Visitors won’t stay on your site if they have to pinch and zoom or squint at illegible type, or worse yet if it runs Flash or anything that requires add-ons to display in a browser.

If your website isn’t optimized professionally for mobile your “bounce rate” (the percentage of visitors to a particular website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page) on mobile devices is going to be extremely high. By providing mobile visitors with an appropriate and intuitive user experience you will obviously engage visitors longer and drive more of them to purchase or enquire.

Mobile Internet Usage:
  • 2 Billion people worldwide access the internet from mobile devices. (Trinity Digital Marketing)
  • 15% of all global internet traffic is mobile. (Internet Trends 2013)
Internet Search on Mobile Devices:
  • Search is the number one mobile browser activity. (ComScore)
  • Mobile-based searches make up one quarter of all searches. (The Search Agency)
  • 95% of smartphone users have searches for local info. (Google)
  • One in three mobile searches have local intent (versus 1 in 5 on desktop) (Small Business Trends)
Page Loading Speed:
  • 71% of global mobile internet users expect websites to load as quickly, almost as quickly, or faster on their mobile phone than their computers at home (Compuscore)
  • 57% of mobile customers will abandon your site if they have to wait more than 3 seconds for a page to load. (Strangeloop Networks)
Importance of Mobile-Friendliness:
  • 57% of users say they won’t recommend a business with a poorly designed mobile site. 41% have turned to a competitor’s site after having a bad mobile experience.

Canadians are on the verge of passing a major mobile milestone, according to measurement firm comScore. It won’t be long until Canadians are officially using their smartphones and tablets more than desktop and laptop computers to access the Internet.

  • Canada ranks second in the world at 33 hours per month per individual on the internet — 49% of which is now tied to mobile devices.
  • There are now 1.3 million Canadians that in the course of a month will only use a mobile device to access the Internet and won’t use a computer at all (Paul Rich, comScore’s senior account manager).
  • Canadian women are slightly more likely to only use their phones and tablets to go online — 55% of the country’s mobile-only Internet users are female.
  • As of this June 2014, comScore estimated there were 18 million smartphone owners in Canada, which was up 12% since the same time in 2013. Another 7.8 million tablet owners, which spiked 37% since June 2013.
  • Of the Canadians with mobile phones, 78% had a smartphone.
The CREA Data Distribution Facility

The CREA Data Distribution Facility (DDF®) was first introduced in 2012, and is defined by CREA as a “a permission based data distribution facility to facilitate the distribution of its participating members’ listing information to National Pool Websites, Member Feed Websites, Franchisor Websites, and Third Party Websites.“

The Data Distribution Facility has its roots in a different kind of system technology, known as an Internet Data Exchange, or IDX. An IDX is a platform that allows participating Brokers to share their listings with other participating Brokers on their web sites, and usually provide less information than what you would get directly from MLS®, which is governed by rules created by MLS® that dictate what kind of information can be deemed “publicly accessible.” IDX’s are not widespread in Canada as only a handful of Boards/Associations make this service available to their members. The CREA National Shared Pool provides for greater opportunities for members who want to be involved in IDX and providing the ability to filter listings by property type or even geography.

A DDF®, on the other hand, allow agents to enter listing information into an MLS® board once, and have it instantly shared to their personal website and any other pre-selected third-party websites. Not only does the CREA DDF® give agents access to a constantly updating pool of nationwide listings, but it grants the agent greater control over where the listings are published. Participants are given access to an online dashboard that allows users to direct where listings are shared, while providing reports on the marketing success of information being disseminated.

The TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board) IDX is one of the most widely known in the industry, and is no more than a web interface designed for participating brokers to share information in and amongst themselves. The CREA DDF® is a tool used across Canada by real estate agents looking for a simple solution to updating all of their websites and social media accounts simultaneously with their own listings. According to the CREA website, the Data Distribution Facility (DDF®) allows CREA’s members to disseminate MLS® listing content to multiple websites, and to “ensure that MLS® listing content that is displayed on these websites is accurate, up to date, and uses CREA’s trademarks correctly.”

The Distribution Facility itself is comprised of three modules. The first is the “National Shared Pool Module,” where participants contribute listings to a national data pool that can be received by participants who wish to display that information. These feeds can be customized based on specific criteria.  The second, the “Member Feed Module,” allows the user to receive a data feed of their listings, or a data feed of all their Participating Brokerage’s listings. The last is referred to as the “Third Party Module,” which is used to send content to third party websites.

Members of CREA can register to receive a data feed, after which, certain website modifications are needed in order for the site to receive the data. That’s where AgentAccelerate comes in. Our premium CREA DDF solution for WordPress websites, AgentAccess, seamlessly integrates into your WordPress theme, and displays Canadian real estate listings data. The plugin is easy to install, with customizable feed options, multiple hooks and filters to add functionality, and an auto-updater to ensure users always have the most recent version of our product.

The “Internet of Things”

Back in 1999, the term “Internet of Things” (IoT) was coined by British technology pioneer Kevin Ashton, cofounder of the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creators of the global standard system for RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. Ashton’s vision is of an internet that is deeply engrained in every day human experience. It involves the tagging of uniquely identifiable objects with RFID sensors, creating virtual representations of these objects on the internet. The goal being to have all people and objects equipped with tags so that they can be identified, inventoried, and monitored globally. Ashton states:

“Conventional diagrams of the Internet … leave out the most numerous and important routers of all – people. The problem is, people have limited time, attention and accuracy—all of which means they are not very good at capturing data about things in the real world. And that’s a big deal. We’re physical, and so is our environment … You can’t eat bits, burn them to stay warm or put them in your gas tank. Ideas and information are important, but things matter much more. Yet today’s information technology is so dependent on data originated by people that our computers know more about ideas than things. If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using data they gathered without any help from us—we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best. The Internet of Things has the potential to change the world, just as the Internet did. Maybe even more so.” Kevin Ashton: That ‘Internet of Things’ Thing. In: RFID Journal, 22 July 2009.

It is a vision that is mindful of human error and individual lapses in memory, arguing that the internet can be used to overcome these shortcomings by outsourcing memory to objects, devices and the environment. According to theinternetofthings.eu, IoT can be looked at from two different perspectives. Viewed as a reactive framework, IoT comprises a layer of digital connectivity that is seamlessly added to the existing infrastructure of objects and things. Alternatively, It can be understood more negatively as a proactive framework, one that views IoT as a “severely disruptive convergence that is unmanageable with current tools,” adding to the problems of Big Data.

The Internet of Things is predicted to result in up to 100 billion Internet-connected objects by 2020, according to networking giant Cisco Systems, forerunners in what they are calling the “Internet of Everything” (IoE) infrastructure, which combines the Internet of Things with the Internet used by people and their mobile devices. RFID tags are now manufactured and sold by the billions, being implemented and deployed in practically all popular digital devices, particularly smartphones and tablets. These chips are location traceable and can also be scanned wirelessly, with this data being stored and organized on the cloud. The Internet of Everything combines several trends, including the growth of connected devices, the increasing use of video, cloud computing, Big Data and the increasing importance of mobile apps compared to traditional computing applications.

Cisco predicts, according to publications released on their website, that as we move into a “fundamentally mobile and video” world, the Internet of Everything  will add $14.4 trillion in value to the economy and boost overall corporate profits by 21% in the next decade. Rob Lloyd, Cisco President of Sales and Development, maintains that the $14.4 trillion figure can be broken down into five primary growth areas: $2.5 trillion in better asset utilization, $2.5 trillion in employee productivity, $2.7 in supply chain logistics, $3.7 trillion in better customer experience and $3 trillion in enabling new innovations.

The potential for this technology has people’s imaginations racing, with literally an infinite number of possibilities for making life and business more convenient and efficient. For example, the possibilities for control and interaction with your own “personal ecosystem” seem totally feasible, like being able to control temperature, lighting, volume, home security, even brewing cups of coffee, from an RFID-equipped mobile device. Businesses could use such a system to better track inventory, manage customer relations, and implement a more efficient supply chain. Back in October 2012, Cisco’s Sean Curtis demonstrated how live data being collected using people’s mobile connections could be used to track how efficiently pedestrian traffic moved through a commuter train station, contending that a similar system could be used to monitor a farmers market, offering insights into how many shoppers showed up, how long they stayed and which stalls they visited.