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Apple, AT&T, the FCC, Google and Skype remark on AT&T opening VoIP over 3G | [tech junkie]

Been using Whistle Phone or Talkatone VOIP softphone apps on your iPhone?

AT&T now allows VOIP over its 3G wireless network.

Apple, AT&T, the FCC, Google and Skype remark on AT&T opening VoIP over 3G | [tech junkie].


US State Department Gets Rapid Response with Twitter Account #Egypt

US State Dept. Creates Arabic Twitter Channel

US State Dept 2.0 Response

In the wake of the Egypt’s social media facilitated revolution, the U.S. State Department launched its own Twitter channel to directly communicate in Arabic to the Arabic speaking people and countries. The Twitter channel has just over 500 followers in its first 12 hours.

See their first tweet.

US State Dept. First Arabic Tweet

First Tweet Translated – via Google Translator

Recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of America’s
historic role played by social media in the Arab world
and we want to be part of your conversations.”

Not Up On Your Arabic?

No worries. Translate State Department Arabic Tweets here.

Read the full story here.

Visit The State Department Twitter Channel.

Learn More at the US Dept of State.


Gowalla Adds Sentimental Tagging with Highlights

Gowalla releases Highlights

GoWalla, the a location-based social networking service, released a new feature “Highlights” that’s out to build the world’s most social map.

Highlights lets you personalize different places with pre-defined category labels like “Date Night.” Thus, you can now tag your own personality or sentimental memory of a place around the world.

Read more on SocialTimes.

5 Things Facebook Can Do To Improve Facebook Places for Users

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Facebook Places:  Mobile Location Identification

The mobile app Facebook Places recently launched with quite a storm over its lack of privacy setting for Facebook users.

To better help users Facebook created a video (see below) on how to use Places and control user settings for greater privacy.

The key to moving forward as internet services advance
is to assure account security and information privacy
as framed within a quality experience.

Places offers a unique way to geotag yourself and other Facebook users by “checking in” to locations like cafes, parks, clubs, schools, and stores much like Foursquare or Gowalla. Yet, Facebook can still improve Places and its website for users to make Places more accessible and easier to use and trust for users and parents.

5 Things Facebook Can Do To Improve Places

Here are five things Facebook could do to give greater user control and assuredness of privacy, while offering quality experience in Places.

  1. Set the User Default Settings to “Private” or “Only Me”
    By setting the Facebook Places default setting to “Friends”
    Facebook exposes all users to being tagged or identified
    in any locations if a friend tags them, whether they are in
    that location or not.
  2. Add Security Feature to block Work, Education
    and Other Categories

    Just like selective privacy settings using in Photos and Videos
    or for your Wall, Facebook could add User Folders to Places
    privacy settings block groups of selected “friends,” Facebook
    could add a feature in Privacy Settings.
  3. Add Places icon on Home Page Apps Column
    to Enable “Friend Discovery.”

    This would add a conspicuous monitoring page of friend’s
    who allow their locations to be discovered. Also a great to have
    for conferences, when travelling in a group or family and at
    large venues or public events.
  4. Add Places link on
    Upper Menu Bar > Account Setting > Privacy page

    This would give Places its own Category row for greater visibility
    and easier access to user  Places privacy controls.
  5. Disable Status Tagging feature
    without select user approval
    Facebook should give users the default controls to choose if
    and by whom they want to be tagged and identified at
    a location when someone else tags them.

What would you suggest Facebook do? Share your ideas here.

Facebook is an innovation leader in the social web. With services like Facebook Places, Gowalla, Google Places, and Foursquare we will eventually be able to extend our personal reach and business communications with geo-targeted ads, real-time updates, customer feedback, group offers, auto-reservation services and check ins, and more.

The key to moving forward as internet services advance is assuring account security and information privacy as framed within a quality experience.

Read Facebook’s blog here.  Or leave a Comment here.

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Facebook makes its move on Foursquare with Places

Facebook makes a bold move on Foursquare and Gowalla with its location based Facebook Places.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Facebook offers Places as a killer location-based mobile app and also as a service that you can also directly access from your web browser.

Users of Foursquare will be in awe. Places features a slimmed down web based format that presents information in a format that’s most suitable for mobile web devices (see image below).  It is fully featured, offering access to your Home, Profile and Friends and Inbox.

Facebook Places launches

How do you compare Places?

Are you a Foursquare user or Gowalla user that’s used Places?
What do you think?

Read more post on Facebook here.
Learn more about Facebook Places on Facebook here.

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14 Slides Business Needs to Thrive in the Social Web

Neil Perkin gave a keynote with a slide deck that would rival Lawrence Lessig’s.

Perkins presents key data points for navigating the social web, which resonate success for anyone engaged in social media, social networks, or simply using their smartphone.

Here are 14 slides business (or anyone) needs to know:

  • #8 – About 70% of the digital universe is generated by individuals.
  • #14 – Media brands are increasingly defined less by the platform and more by the community
  • #15 …the means of production and distribution are shared…
  • #18 …the purpose of information is to foster communication  — M.Zuckerberg.
  • #21 …attention is increasingly earned…
  • #22 …creating and supporting groups…
  • #23 …engaging and nurturing its community…
  • #25 …how can you help that comunity do what it wants to do  — M.Zuckerberg.
  • #29 …you are what you share  — C.Ledbeater
  • #31 …companies must act faster, responding in real time, to keep apace with its customers.” FarisYakob
  • #32 …its about responsiveness…
  • #38 …create content and services that [is] worth passing on.
  • #51 – Americans between the ages of 8 and 18 spend on average 7 1/2 hours a day using some sort of electronic device
  • #58 – New ways to tell stories…

Be There. Share. Show You Care.

The bottom line? The road to success will be earned by those who create and share an endless stream of information, and whom participate to support within their communities.

Feed your community. Grow your influence.
Feed your community. Earn their trust.
Feed your community.

What are you sharing?

Palm Drops Pre, Pixi and Centro to One Penny on Amazon

Still waiting to get your smart phone?

Palm Pre Plus now One Cent

Who says they can’t find cheap mobile web access?

Check out the Palm Pre Plus, Pixi and Centro.
They’re all selling on Amazon for around .01 cent.

Yep. One good old Lincoln penny.

The catch? At least a one year contract with either Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.

Not a bad time to to get that smartphone.


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