Tales of Facebook

Facebook, which now has 300 million users and is breaking even, according to Reuters, now has a voice chatting system.  A company called Vivox has created an app for the social networking site that lets people who are connected share a link and then, lo and behold, they can start talking. And you can have as many people chatting together as you would ever want to have, which is what makes it different from a phone.  Apparently, Vivox has had as many as 6000 people doing so at one time.  The very thought of this gives me a headache, but I can see that there could be a real use for it. http://games.venturebeat.com/2009/09/15/vivox-sets-up-voice-chatting-with-electronic-arts-facebook/

 There were a few stories over the past few weeks about novel uses for Facebook.  In one, two girls in Australia who were stuck in a drain (I wonder how that happened??) were rescued because they used their cell phones to update their Facebook pages, rather than to call “triple 0”, the Australian form of 911.  Understandably, authorities are concerned that their message about whom to call in emergency has been superseded by an automatic response to head to Facebook whenever anything happens. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10347498-2.html

In Martinsburg, West Virginia this week, a thief took the time, while in the midst of committing his crime, to check his Facebook page on a victim’s computer, but neglected to log out afterward.  Facebook, therefore, in its crimefighting guise, helped lead the alleged perpetrator to his subsequent arrest. I will not comment.  http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/525232.html

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