Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam’

‘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.

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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.