In my opinion, we should slow down, ignore our devices and make human contact and balance technology and our lives.
So.cl (Social) is Microsoft’s look into the world of going social on the web. It was mistakenly published and seems to have been a research project that is now gaining steam.
If you have left MySpace and feel crowded with the other 901 million people on Facebook, then soon, very soon you can get into SO.CL. But is it for you? If Google+ just didn’t work out and circles became confusing and no one jumped ship at Facebook, it may be different. How? You see, So.cl is apparently a combination of social searching that allows you to interact with your social sites on a different level or to use video chat with friends. So.cl would allow users to collaborate information and to interact like never before.
So is Microsoft stepping up to Facebook? No. Will we see more and more sites step up to Facebook? Yes. Will they win the title of the #1 Social site? It would be tough. How tough?
With 901 million people on Facebook (let’s move their stuff)-
- If 1 million people left daily, it would take 2.5 years
- With >100 billion photos on Facebook, it would take around 273 years at 1 million photos per day
At Socl, you can sign in with Windows Live or even sign in with your Facebook account. So what is So.cl really? It is an experiment in open search that can (if you want it to) post information and share information in your stream on Facebook. I see it being used as a window to Facebook for students and people doing research.
If you have Facebook, don’t click on links you don’t know or accept friends you don’t know (simple). Keep your antivirus up-to-date. F-Secure has an excellent article on this and a new way malware is being spread. Owners of Mac who think they are immune are not. Don’t rely on a false sense of security.
Anything that seems out of the ordinary along with shortened urls or videos that promise fear, anxiety, curiosity or other emotions should not be clicked on.
Interesting stumble. Technology never ceases to amaze me. The United States Post Office priority mail service offers a webcam and priority box sizing program. How does it work? You simply hold your item in front of the webcam and the simulator ‘puts’ your item in a transparent box allowing you to quickly decide which box you can use in priority shipping.
Like to chat on the internet and use your webcam? Want to meet someone new?
Chat Roulette allows people to communicate with other people across the world. A webcam is required and a microphone is optional. Chat Roulette shows video of who you are communicating with in a small screen and also yourself. You can type or even talk to the person you are chatting with (VoIP). Chat Roulette allows you to have a more personal conversation with other people across the world than something like yahoo chat. If you don’t like the person you are in contact with for whatever reason, you can simple hit next to connect with someone else.
John Carney over at LakeNeuron explains the privacy settings on Google Buzz.
This setting turns off the public view of who is following you. For more details, see his post.
1) Go to google.com
2) Choose Settings / Google Account settings
3) Click “Edit Profile”
4) UNCHECK the box marked “Display the list of people I’m following and people following me”
5) Scroll to the bottom and click “Save Changes”
According to PC Magazine, Facebook will begin denying access to users and keeping them from their accounts if they are infected with a virus. Facebook will begin offering a Trial Version of McAfee Anti-virus software. (There are freeware alternatives on the net such as AVG).
How will they know if you are infected by all viruses if they don’t scan your computer? Granted some viruses travel the internet and try to find a ‘landing’ spot on other computers but what about trojans and other viruses? What about false positives? Just make sure you protect your computer with AVG, run Malwarebytes and use Immunet.
Experience with Facebook and repairing computers on a daily basis; we have found that many of the rotating ads have viruses. Keep your anti-virus up-to-date and run a malware software often.
How do Antivirus programs rank? AVG Free Ranks near the top.
I use Internet Explorer and Firefox. Interestingly enough, I found an add-on to Firefox to archive your Facebook. Link
Currently ArchiveFacebook can save your:
* Activity Stream
* Friends List
Here’s the complete Google Wave guide in wiki format. Complete with eight chapters.