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By Anjali Gursahaney

A new mouth and an unstrained idea for Indians that comes to fore is ‘blogs’. There has been a lot of fuss about creating our own blog which has become a status symbol and a marker of identity. There is an ongoing tussle between Blogspot and WordPress and people are trying to figure out which one is better and why.

Earlier, Blogspot had a larger number of bloggers. But ever since WordPress has become the ‘new cool’, people are more enthusiastic about it. It can be said that since it includes the word ‘press’ in it, people are getting more passionate about it. Blogspot was launched on August 23, 1999, while WordPress was launched on August 8, 2005.

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Photo credit : spillspace.com

There is no doubt about it that WordPress is better than Blogspot as it includes many new and different features in it. If we compare them, we will see that they both have their own pros and cons. Where on one hand, Blogspot is free, reliable, easy to use and also has decent selections of templates. On the other hand, the drawback of Blogspot is that it has limited features, there is no premium framework and Google is not accountable when it distributes our content.

Also, WordPress has multiple features as its software is free, extremely flexible and feature rich, it can be customized as per our needs  (especially with web design/development knowledge), easy-to-use without coding knowledge, wide-variety of free and premium themes and the most important part is that you own your content.

However, there are few disadvantages of WordPress as well. For instance, theme customization can be difficult for beginners, it also requires paid web hosting

and a domain name but some web hosts are unreliable. Last but not the least, it is easier to hack blogs on WordPress rather than on Blogspot.

Preksha Buttan told NewsGram, “I have recently joined Blogspot and it is good platform for starters. Also, it is an amazing platform for those who don’t want to earn and just write because they want to pursue their passion.”

On the other hand, Simran Keswani has entirely different view as she prefers to use WordPress rather than Blogspot. She said, “WordPress is any day better and is the new cool. It has amazing themes and Blogspot on the other hand, has a lot limitations, like you cannot update pictures more than 1 GB.”

It can be concluded by saying, Blogspot is easy for beginners and is for people who love writing. While WordPress is for people who want to earn money by writing. In my opinion, people who have been on Blogspot from a long time aren’t too keen to shift from it , as they think that they might lose their followers. Or may be they don’t find the need to use WordPress.

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Picture Credit : zedge.net

People’s reluctance has been witnessed earlier as well – Orkut and Facebook are one of the examples.  Earlier, people did not like Facebook much, but because Facebook offered privacy and many other features people eventually shifted to it. Another example is Hangouts of Gmail versus Google Talk .

Thus, we can clearly say, that although people are not very comfortable moving from one thing to the other, yet over the passage of time, their perceptions change. Perhaps it will also change for WordPress too.

The debate is still on!

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Facebook Loves Your Data, and Rakes in Moolah Every Year

Facebook is facing scrutiny after personal data of 87 million users were harvested by UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has slapped Facebook with a $5 billion fine as a result of the breach

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

Our data is invaluable to Facebook and the social networking giant earned $157.41 average revenue per user (ARPU) in the US and Canada in the past five quarters.

In comparison, Facebook earned only $15 average revenue per user in Asia-Pacific in the same time period, it Q3 2019 earnings have revealed.

Facebook is earning triple the revenue from its US users as from its users in Europe where average revenue per user was mere $50.73 in the last five quarters.

“Part of that is attributable to the fact that American consumers spend more in general — per capita consumption in the US is about 80 per cent higher than in Europe,” reports Slate.

Facebook has nearly 1.62 billion daily active users and 2.4 billion monthly active users.

A cache of recently leaked Facebook documents, obtained by NBC News, showed how the CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power by treating users’ data as a bargaining chip.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

This trove comprises approximately 7,000 pages in total, of which about 4,000 are internal Facebook communications such as emails, web chats, notes, presentations and spreadsheets, primarily from 2011 to 2015.

About 1,200 pages are marked as “highly confidential”.

According to the report, the emails, notes and other documents dated as far back as 2011 and were supposed to be kept out of the public eye pending the civil case in California.

Despite dismissing Tinder co-founder Sean Rad as irrelevant, Zuckerberg also allowed the dating app special access to user data, as revealed by leaked exchanges.

Access to Facebook data helped Tinder thrive, but there came a point when it inched closer to losing that access.

The leaked correspondence was part of a long-running lawsuit in California state court, between former Facebook app developer Six4three and Facebook.

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FILE – In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Facebook stickers are laid out on a table at F8, Facebook’s developer conference in San Jose, Calif. VOA

In 2014, Facebook, which is facing several antitrust investigations, announced a new set of rules to prevent third-party app developers from getting access to data on users’ friends. The social networking giant set May 2015 as the deadline for complying with the new rules. But some firms continued to have access to the crucial data, including Tinder.

In yet another data breach, Facebook earlier this month revealed that at least 100 app developers may have accessed users’ data for months, confirming that at least 11 partners “accessed group members’ information in the last 60 days”.

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The social networking giant found that the apps — primarily social media management and video streaming apps — retained access to group member information, like names and profile pictures in connection with group activity, from the Groups API (application programming interface).

Facebook is facing scrutiny after personal data of 87 million users were harvested by UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has slapped Facebook with a $5 billion fine as a result of the breach. (IANS)