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Facebook’s Rival?

WASHINGTON (AFP) – – Four US students who launched a new social networking site called “Diaspora” are stressing its ease of use and stricter privacy policy, in a bid to make waves in a field dominated by Facebook.

The version available to software developers since Wednesday is giving outsiders an opportunity to work on applications within its framework, ahead of a public launch due at a yet undisclosed later date.

“This is now a community project and development open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control,” said the founders at the project site http://www.joindiaspora.com.

Billed as the “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network,” New York University programmers Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Sofaer and Ilya Zhitomirskiy showed off the site’s sleek white and gray interface with icons representing users, much like on Facebook.

Emphasis on privacy appears as a direct pull for the many complaints made about its giant rival in the field, and may serve as a tool to attract discontented users from Facebook’s half-billion-strong population.

To set up Diaspora, the students made an appeal in May for donations through the site Kickstater.com, a platform for projects to find investors.

Successful in their efforts, the founders collected over 200,000 dollars, including input from, mysteriously, Facebook boss and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Mobile Devices, Social Networking and Facebook’s Privacy Snafu

When I read that Apple iPad reaches 1 million sales faster than the iPhone, I guess the world is more than ready for mobile devices. You may know that tablet computing is not exactly a new technology. Microsoft have tried in the past and failed, but somehow the people at Apple has got it right.

Besides the technology and design of the iPad could factors such as the emergence on social networks have an influence to make it a winning formula? Or could saving the environment and convenience that it provide has something to do with it? I sure would love to read my ebooks and newspapers on the iPad if I have the choice. It is a lot easier than flipping through the morning papers in the subway without hitting someone in the face.

Because iPhone screen may not be big enough and it may not always be convenient to boot up a notebook (I know I have been in that situation many times), mobile device like this can make it easier to be constantly connected to catch up with the most up-to-date news in Twitter or Facebook. The latest stock market news or development of the oil spill, because BP turns to Twitter and Facebook, are literally at your fingertips. All these while chatting with friends on Facebook or running through emails.

Talking about Facebook, their privacy issue may still need more tweaking especially when it exposed users chats briefly. You can read about it more at Facebook privacy snafu exposed users chats.

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How To Generate Buzz On Social Networks

There are so many social networks around right now to name. And I could not believe the amount of accounts that my buddy has signed up. Sometimes I do wonder how he keep up with all of them, if he did.

Sure social networking is fun and you get to meet nice people and even meet people that you thought that you have lost contact with since high school. But there are more to that. Businesses are using social networking sites to get their “fans” and clients together to talk about them online.

These are generally done online through social networking sites like Facebook, Friendster etc. Things have gone mobile ever since, and I am not just talking about mobile versions of Facebook, Friendster etc. There is a relatively new social network known as FourSquare. It uses GPRS/WiFi and GPS to locate your mobile device and lets you virtually “check-in” at your location. You can then find people around you and leave a comment about your location, say a café for instance.

I know it sounds a little geeky but here is an article about Creating Buzz On Social Networks.

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Facebook Privacy Issues … Again

After much negative publicity about their privacy issues. Facebook’s CEO finally decided to speak up on his blog, followed by the change on the site. Here are the two links detailing the issues :

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook blog : http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=391922327130

The New Privacy Guide : http://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation.php

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Facebook To Make Privacy Settings Simpler

Facebook has certainly been in the spotlight lately in regards to its privacy issue. So what a CEO to do when that happens? He speaks to the press, The Washington Post to be exact.

More at : Facebook CEO: We Will Add Simpler Privacy Controls

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Facebook Privacy Makes The Cover of Time Magazine

Time Magazine’s May 31 issue will hit newsstands with a cover and feature story dedicated to the “scary” side of Facebook.

The cover art pays homage to the Facebook generation with a mosaic of 1,295 Facebook profile photos, accompanied by a blurb from the feature article: “Facebook …and how it’s redefining privacy. With nearly 500 million users, Facebook is connecting us in new (and scary) ways.”

The feature article by Dan Fletcher delves inside Facebook (Facebook) and its methodologies for hooking new users and explores the historical events leading up to present-day privacy concerns around Open Graph and instant personalization.

At first glance, the feature story appears less critical than the cover makes it out to be. But Fletcher lends a sharp eye to Facebook’s grand vision and enormous growth, and eventually concludes that Facebook is on the path to become “the Web’s sketchy Big Brother, sucking up our identities into a massive Borg brain to slice, dice and categorize for advertisers.”

Although Time Magazine no longer has the same distribution it once did, the print piece — with its online duplicate — is bound to get traction from a very mainstream audience. Unfortunately for Facebook, it looks like the controversy around its approach to user privacy isn’t going away anytime soon.

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From camp to couple through Facebook

This article shows that there is more to Facebook than just poking your friends, using it for business purposes, and for entertainment purposes. There lives that has been changed because of it.

Read more at From camp to couple through Facebook

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