Privacy is being a major concern when our social life on the web is increasing rapidly. Any information about us that is displayed on the web, will be available to anyone, if it not properly secured. And this information can be handled by malicious users and it could work against us. [Read more…]
How many of you think twice before posting things on Social Networking sites? We post photos, personal thoughts, our whereabouts and much more things on social networking sites… But are we really comfortable about it when we realize that there are many people whom we don’t know personally or people whom we may not be so comfortable with or even who may take advantage of what has been posted? [Read more…]
Extended Authentication (XAuth) makes social sharing easier by automating the way users share the content on various social networks. XAuth was an initiative by Meebo. When you log in to social networks like Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Yahoo! and others, these services notify xAuth.org that you have an active session with the service. When you visit a website, which is xAuth enabled, XAuth will ping all the partipating social networks to see if your session is still active. If any of these services are being used, you can authenticate directly from the publisher’s website and share the content to your social network. It is similar to Facebook Connect, but it is meant for every social network.
Google Buzz was sudden wave trying to go beyond all the other social networks. Inspite of the privacy issues it had on launch, Buzz is trying to bring the best in other social networks. We can share photos, messages and may be later on using Google Maps, it could even be the next Location based social network. In short it is a one-stop for all things social!
Here are 7 things that you need to know about Buzz : [Read more…]
There is a phishing attempt on Twitter which is spreading via Direct Messages. It tries to get your usernames and passwords using a Direct Message saying “You’re on Here?” or “someone posted on their blog about you” and these messages are followed by a link. Once you click on the links, it might direct you to another page, which may ask you for your login credentials. If you enter your credentials, your account may be compromised.
Do not click on such links or Enter your login credentials.
Twitter had recently created http://twt.tl as a URL Shortener to protect users from malicious sites. So if the link appears to be a potentially harmful one as per twitter, it can be re-routed to a warning page. Even though twitter does it, it is better to be careful NOT to click on suspicious links and save your accounts from being compromised!
GoJiyo.com is a new social networking site launched by Godrej in association with CNBC-TV 18 seeing the popularity of Orkut and Facebook in India. Tanya Dubash, Executive Directorand President – Marketing, Godrej group said “It is an online activation platform for us to activate the youth and get it to interact with us and our portfolio. It is certainly a deviation form our core business, but is the definitely the next step as getting ourselves more relevant to the youth.”
It has avatars where you can choose your looks, places you can visit and do things you have never imagined to do in real life. It is in beta now. It seems like an Indian Version of SecondLife.com. It already has more than 3000 members. But the challenge is goJiyo is a bit slow.
The US law enforcement agents are going undercover on the social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to access the social networks of suspects and to search for evidence or even to track suspects. Marc Zwillinger, a former U.S. cybersecurity prosecutor, said investigators should be able to go undercover in the online world the same way they do in the real world, even if such conduct is barred by a company’s rules. But there have to be limits, he said. Facebook company spokesman Andrew Noyes told that Facebook has a handbook for helping law enforcement agents to understand “the proper ways to request information from Facebook to aid investigations.”
In India, the CBI could use the social networking sites to acess the information. How do you think it would be helpful in the Indian Scenario?
It is rumored that Facebook is going offer web email. Google has come up with similar surprise earlier with their Social Search Steps beta which challenges the social network sites like Facebook.
As seen in the past these two companies are addicted with success and they don’t want to stop behind one. Google took away a small share of social search from Facebook with the beta release and Facebook took an upperhand with their plans to have a full featured web mail service.
The project Titan, codename for the Facebook webmail product, might also replace the Facebook’s messaging framework. It might also allow POP/IMAP of the email with any clients.
Being a top enabler for communication, it makes a lot of sense to have email associated with Facebook. This will not only have increased site usage, but also will have enable the users to manage the communications from a single place. The Facebook users will be able to communicate not only with the friends who are Facebook users but also with those who are not Facebook users
So who is going to get the upperhand in reality? Google or Facebook. We will have to watch and enjoy using both services