Saturday 23 August 2014
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Social Media News, Week of 9/10: Sgrouples Membership Catapults as Facebook Now Owns Your Data

Facebook Spying

Dear Friends of Sgrouples: Last week Facebook changed their privacy policy yet again. Now they own everything of yours and of minors, too.  See the story below. What this means is that our competitive advantage is significant, and we are positioned to dramatically expand. Our growth rate has increased tenfold in recent weeks (now averaging over 1,000 members per day). We get love letters like these everyday from our users:

“I have been very impressed so far! I think as more people get tired of Facebook they will use this.”

“I have started several groups on Sgrouples and thoroughly enjoy the experience.”

“I can’t thank you enough for Sgrouples.”

And they are going to love it even more. In the next few weeks we will launch Privacy Mail, Chat, Native Android App, Photo Finishing with Walgreens, and more. Our new Affiliate Program along with other marketing initiatives are designed to rapidly build our member base.

Sgrouples‘ opportunity to lead the privacy revolution and be as FORBES calls us, “the next generation of social media” is huge. Our main competitors, PATH and SNAPCHAT, have broken their privacy pledges and their member’s trust. We are different, Sgrouples is the real thing.

Sgrouples Upgrades iOS App   

Sgrouples continues to develop excellent updates for its mobile iOS app in order to make your experience the best yet! Now, members can invite their contacts into their groups right from within the “My Contacts” page. We’ve also updated the performance to our PhotoStream and added the ability for our members to send files within their direct messages.

Would you like to add something? The new Sgrouples iOS app also enables our members to easily send us feedback directly from the app.

Sgrouples Improves Power Member Service

Sgrouples has improved the way its members can cycle through their private groups. We have enhanced our interface for our power members — those who belong to more than four groups, streamlining the Sgrouples post box so it only shows the top four groups (which includes the group page you’re currently on) on your page. The rest of the groups will appear when you click the “more…” link on the top right hand side of the group listings.

Sgrouples Makes Registering Easier

Our Sgrouples development team is hard at work, tweaking every little bit of code to make our product a revolutionary one worth sharing. Last week, we improved the process of registering and joining a group with a public link. We also enhanced the styling of comments by members of limited permission that require approval. Take a look at the Sgrouples updates for yourself and tell us what you think!

Facebook to Use You in Ads 

Facebook wants to use you to make money.The social media giant announced last Thursday that it has altered its language in its Data Use Policy in order to use your name and face as a selling point for its third-party advertisers.

What’s the catch? There’s little to nothing you can do about it.

“You give us permission to use your name and profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like),” reads Facebook’s new Data privacy policy. “This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your consent or information, without any compensation to you.”

The scary thing is that these stipulations don’t exempt children. So if you have kids, their names will also be endorsing advertisements, oftentimes without their knowledge.

If you feel alarmed by this, you’re not alone. Tell your friends about the way Facebook is unfairly treating its users. And please let them know about Sgrouples, where you own your content and your personal information is private. No tracking cookies, no spying, no bullying, just safe sharing like it was intended to be.

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