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Shocking revelations of  U.S. gov’t unwarranted domestic surveillance:

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The Guardian Reports: “The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple

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December 13, 2011

TwitVid relaunches as a social video network, where you can embed videos and curate your own channels. You can do this by signing in with your Twitter or Facebook account, and then clicking ‘Create Channel’ located on the upper right hand corner. Then you can click Edit Channel and fill in the channel information, tags, add a photo, and background. You can edit your profile there the same way.

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I have been with Twitvid during this launch, and they are a great team to work with. The CEO Mo, is great, then you have the co-founder Adil, who is very ethusastic about this venture and the videos. Then you have Ethan, he’s a cool guy, who is in charge of content. 

I have really enjoyed making the channels, and maintaining them. It’s simply fun. Hope to see you all there soon. :D

Follow my channels here. My channels are Politics, Short Films, Tech Gadgets, Indie Rock, and The Whovian Who.  

Thanks!,

Cynthia Yildirim

Here are some writeups about Twitvid:

Mashable: Twitvid Revamps to Become “Open Youtube” 
Tech Crunch: Twitvid Transforms Itself From Video Respository to Social Destination (See video of Mo Al Adham in this one, and some of the videos I posted)
SocialBeat: Twitvid Relaunches as a video social network, adds support for channels
The Next Web: Twitvid Launches social video network with 12 Million users and a slick video discovery experience

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Best

betterIt Gets Better Project. Started by Dan Savage, this is possibly the most positive, touching, productive viral video series in the history of the web. The project started when Dan and his partner made a video describing how much better their lives got once they left high school. Since then, hundreds of others have followed suit, from Obama to the staff of Facebook. These videos are in response to the rise of suicides by young GLBT people. The core message: you are valuable, life gets better after high school, life gets awesome. Keep going, and it gets better. To see this in action take a look at the first It Get’s Better Project video and my personal favorite, the video put out by Facebook. This site goes to show that powerful, meaningful videos can go viral just like silly, entertaining ones.

Social Media-Powered Youth Activism. From young people writing on Facebook walls of senators in support of the DREAM act to dedicated activism sites for young people; this has been the year of using the power of social media as a force for change. The DREAM act, which ultimately failed in the Senate, got much further than anyone originally anticipated due mostly to young activists advocating for the bill with the help of social media. Numerous campaigns to write on Facebook walls and tweet to officials remained popular among the young and proactive.

Jumo. Facebook Co-founder Chris Hughes is applying his social media savvy to the online world of charitable giving. This year, Hughes launched Jumo, a social networking site developed around various issues like women’s rights, HIV/ AIDS, and homelessness. The site is meant to primarily encourage activism. The idea being the stronger your community around an issue, the stronger your efforts. Jumo’s real advantage is it offers levels of support, whether you support the issue through Facebook likes, or donating and volunteering, it’s all there. Jumo was launched November 30th, and in the online world it still has some growing up to do, but Jumo is certainly a social media site on the rise.

Betty White’s comeback. Octogenarian actress of “Golden Girls” fame Betty White owes a lot to Facebook this year, specifically the Facebook group Betty White to Host SNL (Please), which after growing to 500,000 members caught the attention of NBC who gave in to popular demand and did just that. This was just one measure of the love felt for White in 2010 with a Snickers commercial last Superbowl that was voted the most liked spot and the aforementioned Saturday Night Live hosting earning the show some of its highest ratings in years and White an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series. White also was voted the AP Entertainer of the Year and during her opening monologue jokingly said “I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say I think it’s a huge waste of time.”

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Facebook Privacy. Facebook has gone from being an exclusive website for college students to one of the most popular websites in the world with almost 600 million users. This year, there has been a raging debate over Facebook privacy. Facebook changed users’ default settings to make more things public. Previously private photos were suddenly made public, and status updates were automatically available to more people than before. Some argue that Facebook is a privately held company, and it is in the business of connecting people, not making everything ultra private. Users can also change privacy settings back to more restrictive settings, and Facebook has made this process a lot easier. However, Facebook privacy is on the worst list not only because of their actions, but because of how the issue of Facebook privacy is handled by broader society.  Too few people understand who can see what on Facebook.  Every year, kids get thrown out of school or get in trouble with parents because they didn’t realize that non-friends could see what they uploaded to the Internet. Even more serious are issues with cyberbullying or digital  harassment. As we become an increasingly connected, online generation, we need to understand the seriousness of these privacy issues. And so far, we’ve been doing a bad job.

Keep a Child Alive Digital Death Campaign. Keep a Child Alive, a campaign co-founded by Alica Keys, marked World Aids Day this year with a Digital Death fundraising campaign. The idea was that celebrities would surrender posting to their Facebook and Twitter accounts until one million dollars in donations were reached.  The campaign involved a slew of celebrities from the Kardashian sisters to Justin Timberlake. Unfortunately, no one considered how much people would actually care that celebrities stopped tweeting. The fundraiser failed to bring in money as fast as the celebrities would have liked and their social networking itch needed to be scratched. Usher, broke his pledge in order to send a special birthday wish from the grave. Ultimately, after seven days, billionaire Stewart Rahr revived the dead celebrities when he donated 500,000 dollars.

Kanye West’s Twitter Tirade. Love him or hate him, we can all agree that Kanye West speaks his mind. All the time. Often, these days, through Twitter. His tweets range from bizarre to hilarious to stupid, but overall I think they are just unnecessary. Twitter could be a place for people to share relevant, interesting details of their lives, but when pop stars take to the 160 character megaphone and blast things like ‘I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very very misused’ in response to his meltdown on “The Today Show,” it just gets to be a pain. After his appearance on the show, he issued a mere 19 angry tweets in one hour. In a redeeming twist, however, the good people at Bablefish have put together reenactments of some of his most outlandish tweets in hilarious sketches featuring little kids. A MUST watch.

Ping. Apple made a foray into social networking this year by creating Ping, a music community within iTunes. When Steve Jobs announced Ping it inspired some brief water cooler talk, but after that it quickly left my mind. I recently opened up iTunes and was concerned at what I saw. Ping works mostly on a feed of friends and musicians with appearance very similar to Facebook. I browsed around and chose about ten artist and groups to follow. The posts were mostly links to songs, albums, and videos… available for purchase through iTunes. The primary problem with this model is the free expression of ideas, critical to an online community, now comes with a price tag. Total cost for listening and watching everything suggested to me at first glance = $ 72.21.

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29 12 / 2010

"Use your intelligence properly, wisely!" - Dalai Lama

“Try to help others as much as you can, share with other people” - Dalai Lama

“…when I was 11 I was happy and a student…at age of 16 lost my freedom…by age 34, I lost my own country..” - Dalai Lama (During the Chinese invasion.) “It is my firm conviction that human nature is essentially compassionate and gentle. That is the predominant feature of human nature. Anger, violence, and aggression may arise, but on a secondary or more superficial level; in a sense, they arise when we are frustrated in our efforts to achieve love and affection. They are not part of our most basic, underlying nature.” - Dalai Lama

“My basic belief is that first you need to realize the usefulness of compassion, that’s the key factor. Once you accept the fact that compassion is not something childish or sentimental, once you realize that compassion is something really worthwhile and realize its deeper value, then you immediately develop an attraction towards it, a willingness to cultivate it.” - Dalai Lama “People often expect the other person to respond first in a positive way, instead of taking the initiative to create that possibility. I feel that’s wrong; it can act as a barrier that just promotes a feeling of isolation from others. To overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness, your underlying attitude makes a tremendous difference - approaching others with the thought of compassion in your mind is the best way.” - Dalai Lama

“When we speak of a calm state of mind or peace of mind, we shouldn’t confuse that with an insensitive state of apathy. Having a calm or peaceful state of mind doesn’t mean being spaced out or completely empty. Peace of mind or a calm state of mind is rooted in affection and compassion and is sensitive and responsive to others.” - Dalai Lama “Even our physical structure seems more suited to feelings of love and compassion. We can see how a calm, affectionate, wholesome state of mind benefits our health and physical well-being. Conversely, feelings of frustration, fear, agitation, and anger can be destructive to our health. This is why we are impelled to seek happiness.” - Dalai Lama

“Hatred, jealousy and excessive attachment cause suffering and agitation. I feel compassion can help us overcome these disturbances and let us return to a calm state of mind. Compassion is not just being kind to your friend. That involves attachment because it is based on expectation. Compassion is when you do something good without any expectations – based on realizing that “the other person is also just like me”.” - Dalai Lama “True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed.” - Dalai Lama

“Today, the values of democracy, open society, respect for human rights, and equality are becoming recognized all over the world as universal values. To my mind there is an intimate connection between democratic values, such as transparency, the rule of law and freedom of information, and the fundamental values of human goodness.” - Dalai Lama “Although I personally believe that our human nature is fundamentally gentle and compassionate, I feel it is not enough that this is our underlying nature; we must also develop an appreciation and awareness of that fact. And changing how we perceive ourselves, through learning and understanding, can have a very real impact on how we interact with others and how we conduct our daily lives.: - Dalai Lama

“Too much of a self-centered attitude creates mistrust and suspicion in others, which can in turn lead to fear. But if you have more of an open mind, and you cultivate a sense of concern for others’ well-being, then, no matter what others’ attitudes are, you can keep your inner peace.” - Dalai Lama “I believe that at all levels of society, whether that involves our family, nation or the international community, the key to a better, happier world is greater compassion. It is not necessary to become religious, or to believe in an ideology to bring this about. The important thing is to develop our basic human qualities as much as we can.” - Dalai Lama

“Our life depends on others so much that at the root of our existence is a fundamental need for love. That is why it is good to cultivate an authentic sense of responsibility and concern for the welfare of others.” - Dalai Lama “Neither peace nor war exists independently of us. Political and military leaders have grave responsibilities with respect to peace - but they too are members of the society that we as individuals help to create. Peace in the world depends on peace in the hearts of individuals; this depends on each of us practising ethics by disciplining our negative thoughts and emotions, and developing basic spiritual qualities.” - Dalai Lama

“The compassionate mind is very important. Fear, anger, jealousy are based on a self-centered attitude. By developing a sense of caring for others’ well-being your heart automatically opens and that brings transparency, straightforwardness and honesty, which leads to friendship. We are social animals, and one individual’s survival relies entirely on the rest of the community.: - Dalai Lama “If you have peace of mind, when you meet with problems and difficulties they won’t disturb your inner peace. You’ll be able to employ your human intelligence more effectively. But, if your mental state is disturbed, full of emotion, it is very difficult to cope with problems, because the mind that is full of emotion is biased, unable to see reality. So whatever you do will be unrealistic and naturally fail.” - Dalai Lama

“Material progress and a higher standard of living bring us greater comfort and health, but do not lead to a transformation of the mind, which is the only thing capable of providing lasting peace. Profound happiness, unlike fleeting pleasures, is spiritual in nature. It depends on the happiness of others and it is based on love and affection.” - Dalai Lama “According to my own experience, the highest level of inner calm comes from the development of love and compassion. The more concerned we are with the happiness of others, the more we increase our own well-being. Friendliness and warmth towards others allow us to relax and help us to dispel any sense of fear or insecurity so we can overcome whatever obstacles we face.” - Dalai Lama

From his Facebook Description:
Three Main Commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Firstly, on the level of a human being, His Holiness’ first commitment is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. All human beings are the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who do not believe in religion recognize the importance of these human values in making their life happier. His Holiness refers to these human values as secular ethics. He remains committed to talk about the importance of these human values and shares them with everyone he meets.

Secondly, on the level of a religious practitioner, His Holiness’ second commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognize the value of each other’s respective traditions. As far as one truth, one religion is concerned, this is relevant on an individual level. However, for the community at large, several truths, several religions are necessary. Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and carries the name of the ‘Dalai Lama’. Tibetans place their trust in him. Therefore, his third commitment is to the Tibetan issue. His Holiness’ has a responsibility to act as the free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice. As far as this third commitment is concerned, it will cease to exist once a mutually beneficial solution is reached between the Tibetans and Chinese.

However, His Holiness will carry on with the first two commitments till his last breath.

#Quotes Follow the Dalai Lama on Twitter and Facebook and watch videos:
http://www.facebook.com/DalaiLama
http://twitter.com/DalaiLama
http://www.dalailama.com/

View photos:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=258811&id=339188887615&ref=mf Also see: The Importance of a Compassionate Mind - Video
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=162639797107341&oid=339188887615&comments&ref=mf

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