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Rumor: Facebook® resumes talks with Skype®

Facebook is the world’s largest social networking website. Recently, there have been rumors that Facebook is all set to join hands with Skype. As per the news coming from the tech arena, Facebook and Skype are in talks with each other to offer voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) calls on the social networking website. If the deal goes through, it would be possible for the users of Facebook to do video conferencing and chat through text. In video conferencing, it is really great to see the person on screen with whom you are chatting.

When Facebook was launched it was never believed that it would gain such popularity. But as the time passed it added several features. For example there are applications like games, greeting cards, sending gifts and a lot more.

There is also an application which has made a swift change in the way we chat with each other; it has made it all possible to call the person over your computer. Skype is a software application that has taken a new avatar. What’s more, these voice calls are free if you are calling to the person who also has a Skype ID. It has also added a unique feature to call on a landline and mobile phone as well. But for that you will have to pay some fee.

Now there is news that Facebook and Skype are planning to join hands with each other in the market. It is a famous saying that two is better than one. Here is what these two are trying to do. As a result you will be able to call your loved one with Skype on Facebook. One of the best things is that you do not have to pay for the calls you make. The only one thing you need is that you should have is a Skype ID.

News of the collaboration between Facebook and Skype is great. So far the users were able to chat on Facebook and Skype individually, but after the partnership, it will be possible for the users to make video calls to friends on Facebook. It is really a revolutionary step. It may be a rumor, but if it is true it is going to make a drastic and welcoming change in the social networking arena. Let us hope and expect that these two players are going to join hands to make the dream possible.

Report: Facebook® to Overhaul Commenting System for Third-Party Sites

Facebook has updated its tool, reviews/comments, on third party websites. The comments can now be published to and from Facebook. The social networking website, Facebbok, announced that it has upgraded its module “Comments”. Now, any website can enjoy the community of some 600 million users of Facebook, integrating this module. Comments can be written from the third party website in question or from Facebook. By default, they also appear on the Facebook page of the author, and in the current thread of friends.

Facebook launched a new management interface to force users to identify themselves before they leave comments on partner sites/third party sites. Now users can no more comment on articles anonymously. So far, as on many social network partner websites, you could leave comments by logging in via their Facebook profile. But it is always possible to do so anonymously. According to Facebook, this would facilitate the work of moderators who could then ban certain words as insults.

In line with this newly introduced interface, the third party sites would require users to identify with Facebook or other identity providers such as Yahoo! When leaving a comment, a user’s name appears with a Facebook link to their profile. But with the new platform, these IDs could be accompanied by the school, workplace, city, or age. According to officials of Facebook, it will be more appropriate for users to identify themselves. With this interface, when users leave a comment on a Facebook partner site, this comment will also be posted on his/her wall. If a friend tells him on the Facebook wall, the answer will be automatically duplicated on the website on which the first comment was posted.

In short, Facebook has launched a new version of its plug-in management reviews, requiring users to identify themselves before they can intervene on partner websites. The fact is that a real interaction between the partner sites and social network Facebook has been implemented. The published comments appear on the wall of the user and can be viewed by friends. The latter will have the opportunity to respond and the conversation will appear not only on Facebook but also on the original site. For now, this interface is still being tested. But what is going to distribute any personal data of users, we must admit that Facebook is really the number one social networking website.

Will users pay for Twitter in the future?

Twitter has become one of the most popular social networking websites as the number of users has grown tremendously over the past few years. A substantial number of users have remained addicted with tweeting new updates and replying to tweets of celebrities and friends alike. It is fast becoming a trend and social media is here to stay. However, observers were in for a shock when the results of the latest Annenberg Digital Future Study came into picture. The highlight of the study was the finding that people would not pay to use Twitter.

According to the annual study by the Center for the Digital Future, 49% of internet users said that they had used micro-blogs such as Twitter. However when asked whether they would want to pay for Twitter, zero percent said yes. Jeffrey I. Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, said that such an extreme finding reflected the difficulty of getting Internet users to pay for anything that they already received for free. The most amazing finding was that not even few people found enough value in Twitter to pay for it. An important question comes up which is whether any extra features or anything substantial would get people to pay, as it had happened with cable / satellite television. There were several other findings of the report. The study showed that almost half of the respondents said that they would never click on Web advertising, while as much as 70% said that they found Internet advertising annoying.

What people feel about paying for social networking websites was further reinforced by their opinions on online advertising. Although 70% found it annoying, 55% said that they would rather see web advertisements than pay for content. Although Twitter had no plans to charge its users, the result illustrated the problem of transforming them into paying users.

More findings reflect that almost 82% of Americans use the Internet. This percentage was 80% some time back. Now the average time spent online has gone up to 19 hours every week. In the two most recent Digital Future Studies, the largest year to year increases in weekly Internet use have been reported. As age decreases, Internet use continues to increase. Among Americans in the age group of 46-55 years, 19 per cent are non-users whereas in the age group of 36 to 45, 15 percent are non-users.

56% of the users aged 16 and above said that communication technology makes the world a better place to live in. However this percentage was as high as 66% in 2002. 56% of the respondents ranked newspapers as very important sources of information but below both the internet (78%) and television (68%). To sum up, the survey no doubt indicates the unprecedented dependency of the users on the Internet. At the same time, however, it indicates the growing concern about the users’ trust in the technology. As Jeffrey I.  Cole says it seems that we are going into ‘online overload’.

Facebook’s Privacy Policies Face A Global Language Barrier

Privacy offered by the various social networking websites has always been one of the most controversial issues amongst the users. However, facebook with its new litigious privacy policies is now looking ahead to newer complications as most overseas regulators now mull over these privacy settings with great distrust. In the recent activities, a threatening notification was sent to Facebook by the data protection officials from Hamburg in Germany. In the complaint, the social networking website is accused of having involvements in several illegal activities. According to the complaint, the social networking website is accused of compiling the data of various people who aren’t members of the socializing website through the various email importer tools.

Facebook Privacy Issues

Facebook had faced similar complaints last year when Canada’s privacy commissioner pressurized the socializing site to enhance its privacy control after citing certain genuine security issues. The same matter was again pulled out in the spotlight this month when a case was filed against facebook by a Toronto based law firm. Similarly, in the U.S. a group of senators raised an issue about the huge amount of data that Facebook shared along with its third party coalitions while the site’s new privacy settings was being remodeled. However, the issue remains unsolved as more than half of regular facebook’s users live in other countries where the rules and regulations are much different. Hence, it is very doubtful whether the lawmakers will actually agree to this concept provide by Facebook on the privacy settings.

According to Paul Bond, a renowned attorney working with Reed Smith and has a specialization in privacy and data protection, it is due to the individuality of Facebook due to which people all across the world can interact with each other. However, its services are challenged by the differing laws in every different country. People using the site belong to different countries and are expected to follow the rules patterned by their governments. However, no answer was achieved by the Facebook representatives when asked on how they deal with their huge data and manage its protection in the various countries.

Well, the immense power of socializing websites can never be defied, especially when partly the entire world shares the web with their online identity via these networking sites. Despite the huge competition, Facebook holds a special place in the hearts of all surfers as well as the governments of all nations. Regulators, candidates and politicians of today, closely follow the socializing site for gearing up the younger generation for various activities. Facebook’s collaboration with the Prime Minister is a proof about the super success of the socializing site, not just amongst its regular users but also in the political field. Facebook partnered with the British Prime Minister’s office for “The Spending Challenge”, which is a project for creating new solutions about the country’s budget problems. However, this doesn’t mean that these governments completely agree on the way that the socializing network manages the personal user’s data. Due to such similar issues, the Chinese Government is believed to have blocked Facebook’s access on certain occasions.

AOL is preparing to close the social networking website Bebo

Bebo, is one of the famous social networking site in Britain, had planned to end up their website, since they are not able to hold up their users with this competitive Face book.

A huge sum of $850 million investment has now come to an end, which was shocking news for the employees of AOL. Bebo is still famous among peoples in Britain and Ireland, but the users rating has come down across the world, and the audience in US is the cause for the down of AOL business.

“Since Bebo’s business has come to an end, is in need for one more big investment to compete in this fast growing social networking space, “said Jon Brod, AOL Ventures.

Bebo complete statement will be summarized by May, and still no buyers have come forward. AOL sadly accepts the analyst report that they will be getting only fraction of their investment.

My Space’s and Bebo’s user were been transferred to FaceBook, since few years and this two sites had become a big victim of the social community giant, FaceBook, development established by the British Business magnet Michael Birch and his friend Xochi in 2005.

Bebo has turned over as a youth site for the age group between 18-24 but they expecting audience at that age group. It has very famous in Britain and Ireland.

An early user had come forward to say the cause of Bebo’s death. “Bebo was seems to be very crazy in the starting” – said Conor Buchanan a 18 years old learner from Northumberland. It was stylish to use it. All over many in schools will get stricken to Bebo and it was very interesting.

The birth of FaceBook has inspired all the youth, since there was vast difference from Bebo like playing games with friends, sharing scores. Bebo all of sudden has become immature.

Jenny Bartley, 17, an A-level student from Devon, said: “I have switched myself to FaceBook just to have contact with all my friends since they too switched from Bebo to FaceBook just because Bebo cannot give features as of in the FaceBook.

Market research company Nielsen gave a statistical report of user has gone Down from the year 2005, 5.8 million to 1.8 million, same time users have raised from 15 million to 23 .5 million in FaceBook.

America has taken a major part for the failure of Bebo, since 210 millions use FaceBook said COM Score, a web Statistical company.

The major cause for the downfall of Bebo’s is just because it was undertaken by a very big company like AOL; they are least bother about the ethics and enthusiasm of previous owners of the company.

Nate Elliott who is the principal analyst with Forrester Research said, “All social sites is suffering from this problems and soon FaceBook too will face this problem very soon.”

Five reasons for failure

  1. Money
  2. Doing posting images, videos will all cost money to be alive on the server.

  3. The crowd has moved on
  4. There is no use of being still famous, a huge crowd of 210 million users have moved to face book.

  5. Parental concern
  6. The youthful demographic approach of this site created problem. Tales of paedophile stalking created rumor and panic which triggered parents stopping their offspring use this site.

  7. Advertising
  8. Bebo has failed to focus on advertisement, as the issue of that, the new riggings wear not be able to reach the new user group.

  9. It belongs to “The Man”
  10. Face book success is because of its perceived independence. When a very big corporate sector takes over this world, they will not be able to concentrate properly.

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