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Anti-Facebook Rebellion at Facebookzoo - A Review and More

Latest update: April 24, 2020
As you may or may not know, Facebook's new policies and algorithms have decimated the incomes of many publisher and business websites. Even though threatened with legal action by Facebook, a new website named Facebookzoo has opened whose purpose is to object to Facebook's new practices. The publishers and businesses who have been victimized by Facebook's actions are piling onto this new site and describing what Facebook has been doing. There are all sorts of articles, opinions, and conversations going on there. If you want to find out what is going on or want to make your own contribution, the blistering war against Facebook is at facebookzoo.com.


This review will provide updates as things escalate.


September 2018

Maven blasts Facebook again. Article at:
https://www.themaven.net/the-maven/press/today-show-highlights-maven-as-facebook-cripples-small-businesses-aVRk0K8wSUyvkY_PsG3Geg/ (Update December 2019. Discovered that article now appears to have since been removed, no idea when or why.)

January 2019

Looks like the rebellion and ranting have collapsed. Haven't seen anything new; excepting for a lone, community forum post the previous October.

February 2019

Yep, looks totally abandoned. I wouldn't be surprised if the facebookzoo website eventually disappears altogether. In fact, I think some items have already been removed from it.

September 2019

Yep, the facebookzoo website looks totally dormant. Am contemplating deleting this review as being obsolete and no longer relevant to anything that anyone would care about.

January 2020

Well, the site has had some minor commenter activity; including a spammer who posted four entries in a row. The four, duplicate spammer postings have remained there for over three months. In other words, apparently the Facebook Zoo website still remains completely unsupported and unmonitored.

February 2020

Still no article activity by Facebookzoo since August 2018. There is some commenter activity in late 2019.

April 2020

FaceBookZoo is still receiving comments from posters in year 2020; simply select the Community option. Apparently, anyone can make a comment. Who knows what the future of this website holds. Time will tell.

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Medical Privacy Issues: the Internet, Employers, Insurance Companies

Latest update: March 19, 2020

Beware Medical Discrimination by Employers and Insurance Companies

I'm retired and don't care, but younger people should very much care; especially don't post anything medical on social media or anywhere else online. Potential employers routinely check social media accounts these days.

Potential employers will discriminate against you and not hire anyone they suspect will increase their medical insurance rates; a fact of life. So if you have any medical issues, keep them to yourself. Don't even tell your real world friends. If you have to tell, then make it only the immediate family and loved ones you trust; and remind them about the posting-on-line caveat.

And certainly protect your kids in this regard. Definitely don't mention any of their medical problems online.

HIPAA Medical Privacy Rule

See HHS.gov/... for expanded information.

And for folks of all ages, don't mention online that you are going to the doctor, hospital, or anywhere else on a particular day. Doing so announces to the world that your home may be vacant for burglars to enter. The internet is not always your friend.

And while we are at it...Never make a doctor's appointment for a Monday or a Friday. Both the doctor's office and the medical transportation will be total chaos. Personal experience talking here.

Another note... Pharmacists say don't keep any prescription medications in the bathroom medicine cabinet. I'm guessing this has to do with both heat and humidity issues; especially heat destroys the active ingredients. Same probably applies to OTC medications and vitamin pills. Makes me think that having prescription medicine or anything else that is heat-sensitive mailed to you during the summer months may also not be a good idea.

Update. Regarding pandemics, pretty good bet that medical privacy goes out the window during those.

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The Nextdoor Website Is Not Safe, Useful, nor Pleasant. A Negative Review.

Latest update: April 17, 2020
This is regretfully a negative review of the Nextdoor website for years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. Unfortunately, the plethora of inquires from people on the search engines wanting to know how to close, delete, cancel their Nextdoor accounts pretty much substantiates the conclusions drawn by this review; not to mention all the BBB complaints.

"Frankly, I've never seen so many hate-filled trolls
and worse in one place at one time."

I discovered a social network website known as Nextdoor. Despite the above quote, every neighborhood Nextdoor forum could be different, so your results or experiences there could vary. There's just no way of knowing in advance.

Posts to the site are made by you and your neighbors in the surrounding areas, sometimes even the police and fire departments will contribute generalized information. The Nextdoor website is supposed to help people know what is going on in their neighborhood, but fails miserably in that regard. Unfortunately there is also the possibility of immediately being subjected to unwanted contact and worse.

Nextdoor has all sorts of customization settings available. You can control which nearby neighborhood posts you see. You can control which neighborhood posts you receive email notifications about; settings range from all, some, or none.

The Nextdoor forums are supposed to be a good social network experience. However, attempting to participate can often result in very bad experiences. It is unfortunate this review has been forced to become a negative description of the Nextdoor website and to conclude the site is outright unsafe.

The Nextdoor Forums Have One Very Bad Flaw

Bullies, trolls, and worse are not monitored nor restrained in the Nextdoor forums. They are free to launch personal attacks, make false accusations, and even try to do you real harm in the real world. Remember, these are your neighbors and real names and addresses are used. In most cases, they just want to humiliate and inflict as much emotional pain as possible for sport. However, the potential for real world spillover is also a major concern.

It all depends on what forum you happen to be forced to visit or use.

If you happen to live in a neighborhood where bad people haven't yet taken over the Nextdoor forum, things could be ok.

But if you discover it's one of the forums where there are groups of people who automatically want to hurt strangers in any and every way they possibly can just for the fun of it, it is best to depart before there are real world ramifications.


(The gun in the Clint meme is misleading. Extreme emotional pain, false accusations affecting real world situations, vandalism, or legal consequences are the actual, main dangers.)

If you choose to go near there, here's hoping your neighborhood and corollary Nextdoor forums are one of the normal ones. Take care.

Year 2017 and 2018 updates (4 items). Year 2019 and 2020 updates then follow.

Item #1 In the event you are subjected to personal attacks and you attempt to defend yourself, you will be the one Nextdoor will ban. Nextdoor lets the lowest common denominator rule, reason being there are so many of them and Nextdoor really doesn't have much of a business choice in the matter. The banning might also be for your own protection, objective being to prevent escalation to the level of real world consequences. There are indeed people inhabiting some of the Nextdoor forums who will do or try to do you real world harm.

Item #2 Based on what I have personally witnessed and what the search engine results say, I wouldn't go there. Nothing of value is ever posted there anyway. And the possibility of negative consequences are just too great.

Item #3 Long story short, better to type your city or neighborhood name into Facebook search. You will invariably find a group dedicated to talking about your neighborhood. There will be regular posts about what crimes have just occurred, both positive and negative comments about experiences at local businesses, what the police and fire departments are currently dealing with, reports of what's going on at specific locations, what's happening at city hall and other government offices, locations to avoid, locations to visit, lots of videos and pictures, and all sorts of other useful information. If you happen to not find a Facebook group for your town, start one and be the admin!

Item #4 I found very little of what I described in item #3 at the Nextdoor website. Sadly, the site is useless and can even be dangerous. The intentions of the site owner(s) were no doubt just to duplicate the Facebook groups and provide similar positive experiences. I respect them for trying. It is just plain bad luck the Nextdoor forums were taken over by undesirables.

June 2019 Update

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) now has 184 complaints against the Nextdoor "social" website. Yep, definitely best to stay away. I'm no avid fan of Facebook, but Facebook is definitely the better option.

October 2019 Update

I kind of feel sorry for the Nextdoor.com, good faith, website owners. Theirs was a good business idea, only to be destroyed by trolls and others who wish to hurt people. The BBB complaints are now at 235. A lot of time, money, and labor went into the creation and building of that site. I would imagine maintaining the site is no picnic either. Time will tell.

January and February 2020 Update

The BBB complaint count was 269 in January; the February count when I checked is at 287. The complaints generally continue to reflect the opinions stated in this review and accompanying comments. As previously mentioned, the Facebook Groups are your better bet. If a Facebook Group goes bad, one can simply select another (Facebook usually has more than one group per town); with Nextdoor.com, that option isn't available.

April 2020 Update

Well, I dropped by the BBB website. The complaint count was 312 when I looked. They appear to now be demanding that people send them copies of their drivers license. It also now appears that whatever one's right to privacy one has had has now gone up in flames. Also, accounts appear to be being deleted for no reason. Even if there weren't the rampant troll problems, the site just doesn't seem to be worth the bother. As mentioned before, one can just go to one of the city groups on Facebook for the same benefits and without all the aggravation. My speculation is that Nextdoor.com is trying to get rid of all the trolls. Unfortunately, there are too many of them and innocent people are becoming victims in the collateral damage crossfire.

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A Review of Indulgy – A Former Pinterest Clone

Latest update: May 2, 2020
Do see the year 2020 updates at the end of this ongoing review. Indulgy.com does indeed appear to be history.

What is Indulgy?
Sadly, a poor man's attempted Pinterest clone.

Original Review and Updates (Excepting for the year 2020 updates, this review and the other accompanying updates are now obsolete and only remain for historical purposes.)

According to Alexa, indulgy.com traffic seems to be doing well. It is currently ranking as one of the top 20,000 websites globally and one of the top 10,000 sites in the US. The bad news is that traffic seems to be drifting downward, a year ago the stats had them in the top 10,000 sites globally. Not sure whats going on or why the drift downward. Still not bad, considering there are probably over 200,000,000 websites out there in internet land these days. [Side note. Be sure to read the updates. Things currently seem to not be going well.]

Using Indulgy for Collecting Images and Backlinks

Indulgy is a nice, simple, uncomplicated version of Pinterest. If you like Pinterest, Indulgy can be fun as well.

As with Pinterest, you can include backlinks to the images you post on Indulgy

Visitor traffic is still relatively low at this point, but Indulgy could have some future value as to and for backlinking purposes.

As a low priority project, I've opened an account (the link above) and started posting some images there. We'll see how that goes; I'll report on any results every now and then.

Ongoing User Review Updates

March 2015

For some strange reason, I am intuitively fond of this site. Probably because of the nice, clean interface and ease of use. I'll continue to add images and updates from time to time. I hope the site does well.

Unfortunately, Indulgy does not enable enough text space when displaying the photo to include the title of the article where the image came from (see later update). This pretty much shuts down the prospect of generating a click-thru to your article from Indulgy. Hopefully, Indulgy will change this and emulate Pinterest.

Went back again later in the month. I'm beginning to think Indulgy has become a mess. When right-clicking to post pictures, the box doesn't auto-fill and after filling out the box the picture doesn't show up in my collection. Also, earlier this week, the site locked up my computer.

September 2015

Yep, Indulgy is still pretty useless as to generating traffic to your linked article. As previously indicated, there's no text accompanying the image in the collection to indicate what the image or linked article is about (see later update). Clicking the image will bring up some accompanying text for the visitor, but how many visitors will bother to make that click to find out the details?

February 2016

Dropped by my account. Deleted some obsolete pics. Updated some links in others. Both tasks were intuitive and easy to do.

Added a couple new images. Doing the add link to source page still does not work (direct link to image, not article, is required). Better to install the browser plugin. Then right-click on target image to use it.

Indulgy has much improved since previous visit and is a worthy site.

And I made a worthy discovery. Giving yourself a really short user name will then enable more descriptive text to be included with your image.

After almost a year, I still have zero followers. This is no doubt because I never collected (re-pinned) anyone else's images or followed anyone. So I collected (re-pinned) a few images and followed three people. We will see how it goes...

January 2017

Visited my account for the first time in almost a year. Had to reinstall the plugin, understandable. To find the installed plugin, look in your browser bookmarks lists. Deleted some obsolete images and added some new ones.As far as I can tell, the account has had no visitors. As before, it is probably because of my lack of activity.

Indulgy does have what I consider to be one very serious flaw. It keeps opening new windows as opposed to new tabs. That can very quickly become a real pain in the neck. Oh, well; to each their own.

April 2017

Dropped by the site and my account. They've changed things around. Frankly, that site is now a pain in the neck to navigate. They've also added a shopping section.

Indulgy traffic has been steadily declining over the last year. A year ago it was globally ranked as one of the top 11,000 websites in the world; it's ranking has since dropped to around 21,000. In other words, it is back to where it was two years ago. Basically a two-year bell curve. Prior to the two years ago, it was once before globally ranked at around 10,00. A sine wave or two bell curves in a row? Due to the time lengths involved, the pattern doesn't appear to be seasonal.

Whatever is going on, it doesn't appear to be driving any visitor traffic my way for the articles I've posted there.

The way things are going, the site appears headed for extinction. It certainly wouldn't be the first. Then again,who knows? The site is certainly still salvageable. Maybe the site has a regular 2-year-trend pattern as opposed to the usual one year. Time will tell. Deleted one old image/article and added one new image/article.

October 2017

Well, the pictures do indeed display well and look nice. Deleting a couple of obsolete ones was easy to do; you'll need to refresh the page to see them actually disappear. Modified some outdated descriptions, again was easy to do.

Still no visitor activity that I could see.

What we have here is a plain and very simple site. If all you want to do is organize your pictures into various collections and don't care about having visitors or generating traffic, Indulgy is a useful website.

There is one other use for the site that occurs to me. One could use it as a bookmarks-website, if you don't mind about the scrolling all the time. Just a thought. Come to think of it, you also can't organize, i.e., move the pictures around within each collection. If one does not have that many bookmarks, then Indulgy could be useful in this regard, otherwise going the bookmarks-website route would be the better way to go.

January 2018

Indulgy really is a mess. You can't even trust it.

I clicked the setting icon on one of my images and was pleasantly surprised to find I could supposedly change the URL, which I did indeed need to do. So I changed it.

When I tested it, the change had failed to take. So I edited and tried again. This time I carefully watched. When I clicked save, I saw the URL revert back to the old before the edit box then saved and closed. Tried it a couple more times before giving up.

A glitchy mess and you can't even trust it when it claims to have saved your edit(s).

Personally, I have given up on this site.

June 2018

Dropped by. Checked a few links and they seem to work. Nobody is visiting the page, so didn't bother adding any new links.

January 2019

Checked up on Indulgy so as to post an update here. Still doesn't get traffic; still doesn't generate traffic to linked articles; still a real pain in the neck to navigate.

Tried posting an article link, but Indulgy wouldn't accept it; informed me it had to be directly to a picture. So I right-clicked one of the article pictures, copied its link and pasted that. It allowed me to post the pic; but needless to say, a user clicking the pic just expanded the pic and didn't go to the article. So I tried editing the link; at first it appeared not to work, but then it eventually did.

Indulgy did inform me they have a browser add on; but frankly I didn't want their glitchy code on my machine.

So that about covers it. Indulgy is still limping along, but I still have no enthusiasm for it. Oh, well.

In the interests of fairness, I checked Alexa. The traffic chart shows a gradual decline in ranking over the last year, but there's been a major improvement in the last month or so. So, whatever is going on, Indulgy does seem to suddenly have some sort of new following; I have no idea why or what is going on with that. It will be interesting to see how year 2019 goes.

August 2019

Nothing exciting to report. Deleted an obsolete pic without incident. Tried adding an article link, but still no go; can still only add direct pic links; apparently still need the browser add-on to do otherwise. Alexa has reported a major drop in traffic to Indulgy over the last 90 days; the internet is indeed a tough town. When it comes to picture collections, Pinterest is the 800-pound gorilla and that's just the way it is. I wouldn't be surprised if Indulgy is eventually abandoned. Presumably, the Indulgy browser add-on glitches have bee fixed, but I didn't bother to risk trying it.

As a side note, pretty much all social media has become useless for directing traffic to articles; even Pinterest and Facebook. Those internet days appear to be dead and gone. I perceive both Indulgy and Pinterest as just social and entertainment sites these days; nothing wrong with that.

January 2020

Well, indulgy.com is no longer being indexed by Google; this usually means a site has gone defunct. The site does still show up on some of the other search engines. And one can always type the URL into the browser address box; I did so and a page actually showed up. Unfortunately, it appears to just be a billboard page and the site is indeed dead and gone; no account login or other pages appeared available. Oddly, not even Wikipedia has anything to say about it; usually, Wikipedia has entries about all well-known websites, including sites that have come and gone.

Been an interesting five years. It looks like this ongoing review has now become a historical document.

February 2020

Indulgy.com is indexed by Google again, but it is still just a billboard and still closed for business. Who knows what they are up to; a hiatus, reorg, or permanent closure? Doesn't look good. According to WHOIS, The domain name is set to expire September 6, 2020. Even if the site is permanently dead, they'll probably renew the domain name; after all, it's still worth at least $10.

May 2020

Nothing much new to report. I did notice the social media icons at the bottom of their billboard page appear to be placebos. And Indulgy's telephone number is now stated as "tel:0000000000".

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A Review of WeHeartIt – A Pinterest Clone

Latest update: March 15, 2020
This is an ongoing review that has been in progress for around six years now. It's been both positive and negative. Do see the most recent review updates at end of article.


I originally didn't like this site. I felt that the site was clunky, obstructive, disorganized, and generally just a pain in the neck to use overall . And if there was a delete button to get rid of images I no longer wanted, I had yet to find it (see update below).

My original opinion may have been in the minority however. According to Alexa, weheartit.com is one of the top 1000 websites globally. Out of a total of 180,000,000 websites in the world, that isn't bad. [Year 2019 Update: Global and US rank are in the 3,000 to 4,000 range.]

Then again, WeHeartIt's global ranking has steadily been getting worse since the beginning of the year (see update, trend has apparently reversed back to positive).

As a side note, WeHeartIt has instructed Quantcast to hide their information.

Using WeHeartIt.com for Backlinks

For folks who just like to organize, share, and exchange pictures; Pinterest is better. Once experiencing Pinterest, one's enthusiasm for weheartit may wane.

However, you can include backlinks to the images you post on weheartit (as with Pinterest). The backlinks aren't intuitive to visitors though. Unlike with Pinterest, there is nothing to indicate that clicking the image will take you anywhere.

WeHeartIt may have some value for backlinking purposes, but this particular site should probably be one of your lower priority tasks. Though I do strongly suspect weheartit may be more productive than Twitter as to social media sharing. As far as I'm concerned, Twitter is just one great, big, spamming mess; because of that, very few links are followed there.

Year 2014 Update

First, rocket surgeon that I am, I finally discovered how to delete images I had previously posted and no longer wanted. Simply click the heart and it will unheart; at this point, the image is supposed to be removed. The image will immediately no longer be there for new visitors who drop by, but you still might keep seeing it until you do a browser refresh and/or clean your browser cache.

Alexa says WeHeartIt.com's global ranking has improved during the last 3 months.

I've started posting some new images there to see how weheartit is performing these days as a backlink and/or traffic driving resource. We'll see how that goes; I'll report on the results early next year.

Year 2015 Update

First, the good news. We Heart It is an active site. The members share the love all over the place. Hearts here. Hearts there. Hearts everywhere.

But, there is some bad news. Hearting is somewhat equivalent to Pinterest Liking. In other words, it does not add (pin) your image to the Hearter's collection. If the Hearter wants to add (pin) your image to one of their collections, that has to be done via another distinct and separate action. Although I received hearts here, there, and, everywhere; pinning to collections was next to non-existent. In other words, essentially no new banklinks were created in other Hearter's collections. Then again, maybe I just have lousy pictures. Your results may vary. And I did notice that when I hearted someone's image from the weheartit homepage, it did show up on my homepage; and the link to the source of the image did work. So apparently a backlink is indeed created in that regard.

There is a possibility of more good, but unknown, news. Some of the Hearters probably followed the image links to the source pages. Once at the link destination, they could very well have added images to their collections from there. If so, I'd have no way of knowing they did that.

The bottom line. I am becoming increasingly fond of weheartit.com. Lots of nice folks. I'll continue to contribute images from time to time. I hope the site continues to prosper. I'm known as Worthy_Info there. And if I've posted any inaccurate information here, drop a note in Comments; I'll fix the error forthwith. Also feel free to add any additional information about WeHeartIt you may wish.

Year 2016 Update

WeHeartIt continues to make improvements and add functionality to their site. I continue to like them and recommend them.

Year 2017 Update

Oddly, WeHeartIt keeps refusing to Heart many innocuous images even though the images meet their specified criteria of:
  • A width that is greater than or equal to 240 pixels.
  • A height that is greater than or equal to 200 pixels.
  • A valid image extensions (jpg, png, gif).
I don't know what's up with that, but I finally gave up. Presumably it is something that will be fixed in due course.

Year 2017 Update #2

Went on a major deletion spree of obsolete images. As previously mentioned, simply unheart it to delete it. When you then leave the site and return, the images will indeed be gone as desired. No problems.

Still need to delete some more. Then planning on adding a whole bunch new ones. We'll see how that goes. Stay tuned. The site has been working fine and dandy so far.

Year 2017 Update #3

Finished the deletions, then started hearting/adding images. First two or three went fine, then the site suddenly started rejecting anything/everything I tried to add. I finally gave up and quit. Tried again the next day. Again the site refused to accept images. I've written WeHeartIt off for the time being, maybe you will have better luck. Personally, I'm not checking back until 2018.

Year 2018 Update

WeHeartIt have changed their name. Here's their announcement:

"BIG NEWS! We are evolving how We say our name from We Heart It to Whi (pronounced ‘We!’)."

I tried hearting an image and it was accepted without problem. However, the link went to the image library as opposed to the source article. Fortunately, I discovered you can edit the description and put the article URL there. WeHeartIt (now called Whi) keeps trying, but they just can't seem to get things right. Somehow I don't think the article is going to get much traffic from them. Oh, well.

Year 2018, 2nd Update (June)

Tried posting an article URL there, but Whi (WeHeartIt) was unable to find or recognize the existence of any of the article's images.

Year 2019 Update (January)

Still appears to be useless for backlinking. The site seems to be mostly about fashion these days.

Year 2019 Update (August)

Had a pic removed for violation; I have no idea what it was. Deleted a pic and added some tag lines aka keywords to another pic. Added two new pics that successfully connected to articles. Am starting to warm up to this site; we'll see if they drive any traffic to the articles.

Year 2020 Update (January)

Visited WeHeartIt for the first time in year 2020. The site worked perfectly. I added a bunch of entries, deleted a couple, edited a couple. If you wish to drop by, my particular page is at Worthy_Info; you may need to sign in. It has been an interesting five years. I am happy to see that WeHeartIt is doing well.

Year 2020 Update (March)

Dropped by and added a couple more images and links. The site continues to work fine.

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