Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

 

An article on CNET says that a data broker has been buying identifying Facebook user information from app developers. This announcement was made because many popular Facebook apps were transmitting user IDs, which can be used to look up a users’ names and, in some cases, the names of the app user’s friends, to at least 25 advertising and data firms. The article also adds that Facebook modified its policy to require developers to use the anonymous identifiers when working with ad networks.

It can’t be denied that Facebook is now becoming the leading social networks with more than 500 million users (Source from The Age). Facebook is also a social networks site that users can share their personal information, not just their background, but also photos, videos, and notes. I am also a Facebook user. As many other users, putting my personal information is just a way of ‘advertising’ myself, so that everyone who are in my friend list can understand who I am. I post my interests in details because I want my friends know that I am not a boring personal. All is about portrait myself to the world, to keep in touch with my old friends and make new friends.

I think it is tough time for Facebook developers to think about privacy protection. In this way, users like myself can still be confident to upload personal information on Facebook.

‘I will deactivate my Facebook account soon,’ Vivian banged her laptop and threw the statement toward me.
‘Why?,’ I asked
‘Cause I will lose my privacy if I keep using it,’ she replied.

Vivian is from Vietnam and comes to Melbourne doing Master of Law. She has been using Facebook for two years and now thinking about ending up her social networks account.

I read news this week and found an interesting story on The Age, which is related to Vivian’s concern about privacy on Facebook. The article is about Facebook keeps users’ photos that has been deleted for years. Such situation can also happen to Yahoo email users; specifically, deleted mails from the mail box can be accessed.

The problem is that if users have a direct link to the photos that were deleted, they are still able to gain access to those photos after years of removal.

This is tough time for Facebook to think about how to control its users’ privacy. Today is about ‘deleted photos’, tomorrow might be ‘users profile’, ‘videos, ‘notes’ and so forth. The issue of how to protect users’ privacy on social networks like Facebook has been discussed for years but still lack of an effective and applicable strategy.

What a nightmare if all of my friend close their Facebook accounts to protect their privacy. I will be abandoned in the social networks and have no ideas about what is going on to my loved ones. But who knows what will happen next if Facebook ignore its responsibility to protect users’ privacy.

This week I want to share my thoughts about some interesting news that I read on CNET.

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California May 26, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

 

The most striking news story is about the rumor that Facebook is building up its own smartphone. Report from TechCrunch says that Facebook is creating the software for the phone and collaborating with others to build the hardware. However, Facebook denies the report and stresses that ‘all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this’. Confronting this responses, CNET confirms that building a branded mobile phone is a key strategy to get more aggressive toward Apple and Google. Personally, whether the rumor is true or not, Facebook is still the king of social networks. Building up a new smartphone is simply one way of competing or cooperating with other enterprises.



Another interesting story is about Microsoft’s attempt to add LinkedIn and Facebook chat to Hotmail and Messenger. For those of you who have no ideas about LinkedIn the video below will give you basic information about how linkedln can be used and what its standout performances are.

Back to the news story about Microsoft, I think this is just another attempt on the long run of the company to provide more services for its users in using social networks. My question is that why it is necessary to add Facebook chat and Linkedln to Hotmail and Messenger?

I want to start this week’s entry by telling you three interesting stories about the mobile phones that I have been using. The first story, i could name it, the ‘brick’ story. I still remember the first time I used cell phone. My dad gave it to me as a birthday present. It was a Nokia; very simple, all black, with small screen. All what I can do with this ‘machine’ is make phone calls and text messages. But as any other high-tech hungers, I stored the ‘brick’ Nokia in my little box, stopped using it, and grabbed a new sexy Motorola. It was great phone; extremely slim, heaps of applications like taking photos, shooting videos, and music. The cell phone stories went different since I said goodbye to my lovely Motorola and having a new smartphone Blackberry.

I was amazed by this new tool. Especially, a multi-tasking person like me, I found it very applicable. With the Blackberry, I can go online at any time to check email from my five accounts, read latest news, go to Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Youtube.

I will stop my mobile phone story here to think about how new technologies have been changing journalists‘ practices and news production. Clearly, in recent years, the booming of new technologies and web 2.0 tools has been shaping how journalists act and how news is produced. Journalists now have many choices in gathering sources and telling story. Let’s think about journalist practices in related to this week’s interesting coverage about a new attempt of Skype. This online tool which will extend videoconferencing up to ten users. Clearly, journalists from different places can hold a conference at the same time though this new Skype version. This is a precise evidence of how new media impacts on news production.

If you are hunger for Digital and Tech news and urge to know what is going on around some big networks companies, you should definitely open up Wired.com today. I bet you will thank me for a range of striking news about Google.

The first striking news is about Google’s Youtube announcement about the availability of five new native-language versions. These languages are Croation, Filipino, Serbian, Slovak, and Herbrew, which is still on the waiting list. The main objective of this action is to encourage more users to upload and download in a global scale. Also, users can participate with instructions and navigational elements in their own language.

Another impressive news is about Google’s announcement on its innovative application, Google Voice. Can you guess what this tool is? Don’t mix up with Google Talk. Remember these two are definitely different! A hint for some of you who are friends of Skype. With Google Voice, users can now make phone calls directly from their Gmail Inbox. Nothing is for free, but cheap. Calls to the U.S and Canada are free and PC-to-phone calls to dozens of countries around the world cost 2 cent per minute.

As a Gmail users and an international student, I am so exiting about this new tool. This is simply because with Google Voice, I can make calls to my parents in Vietnam, my brother in the U.S, my cousin in London at any time with no stress about high cost. But rethink about it from a media student’s angle, I found there’s a lots of questions spinning my minds. Why Google Voice? Do we really need it? Is it just another options for our daily communicative basis?

The answer is ‘It’s all about Facebook‘. Thanks to Ryan Singel\’s article about the underlying meaning of Google Voice that help me get out of the pool of questions. Singel stresses that by this new mobile application, Google will benefit from the integration as large number of Gmail users will likely sign up for Google Voice in order to receive phone calls.

A new wave of media tools

Posted: July 31, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Wordle: Week 1 reading

This week readings look at the impact of media tools on the distribution of media content.

The first reading impressed me by the explanation of how Google takes control over content distribution. Karp explains how Google works. We all know the importance of Google in researching. And now we all comprehend that Google has become a powerful tool in distributing media content through ‘links’. Here, Google is regarded as a transacting tool to deliver the web links to the web users through its search engine.

Vogelstein in the second reading discusses the distinction between Google’s version and Facebook’s version. The writer highlights that Facebook has been a huge source of personal identity. Clearly, the kinds of material that we tend to find through Google and that we find from Facebook somehow are different. Through Facebook, we tend to find something more personal and specific but through Google, we tend to search for something general.

In the third reading, Roth tells an interesting story about the success of Demand Media. Through this story, the writer aims to deliver an implication about how Demand Media works effectively. The company uses three sources: search terms, the ad market, and the competition as a key formula. The point here is that Demand Media understand what web users and advertisers need.

Through these three readings, I found there are a number of web tools play a vital role in the distribution of media content.