Bopo fees excessive?

Bopo fees

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I was scanning my Bopo Visa card statement this morning and I noticed they charge a 25 cent fee every time I use the card and a $1.00 fee every time I top up the card with funds (it’s essentially a debit card). I’m no expert on bank fees, but does this seem excessive to you? I’m not sure if it’s just that i’m seeing the fees broken out individually for every transaction instead of seeing them aggregated as a single monthly line item and that’s grating on me or if they really are excessive. Thoughts?

Howard Rheingold Gets Twitter

This is absolutely the BEST summary of why Twitter works that I’ve read. Of course, it’s by Howard Rheingold, the guy who brought us “Smart Mobs” and who introduced me to the online world when I read his book “The Virtual Community” back in 1993.

We were fortunate enough to have Howard as a very early guest on <a href="http://">G'Day World, way back in March 2005.

Here are just a couple of Howard’s reasons why Twitter works, but read the full article for the rest of the story.

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Variety — political or technical argument, gossip, technical info, news flashes, poetry, social arrangements, classrooms, repartee, scholarly references

Reciprocity — people give and ask freely for information they need (this doesn’t necessarily scale or last forever, but right now it’s possible to tune your list — and to contribute to it — to include a high degree of reciprocation)

A channel to multiple publics — I’m a communicator and have a following that I want to grow and feed. I can get the word out about a new book or vlog post in seconds — and each of the 1300 people who follow me might also feed my memes to their own networks. I used to just paint. Now I document my painting at each stage of the process, upload pix to flickr or flicks to, then drop a tinyurl into Twitter. Who needs a gallery or a distributor?

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G’DAY WORLD #316 – Peter Bourne, Author

The Deserter

“THE DESERTER” is an ambitious novel by Peter Bourne. It explores the tensions between Israel and Palestine through the relationship of an Israeli doctor, who has been in England for 20 years after a fight with his father, and his siblings, when he returns home to Jerusalem for his father’s funeral. I really enjoyed the way Peter used the story between the family to explore the many facets of the Israel-Palestine conflict. I recommend the book, especially if you don’t know much about the situation over there and you are looking for an accessible entry point into becoming familiar with the issues.

The song today is “Hasta Siempre Comandante Che Guevara” by Carlos Puebla.