Pinoy Quits Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Days ago, creative web technologist Joseph Dee and systems designer Matthew Milan of Toronto, Canada asked Facebook users to dump the social networking service, citing privacy concerns.

They created a website, which declared May 31 as “Quit Facebook Day” and provided alternatives to the popular social networking site, such as Twitter or Flickr.

“If you agree that Facebook doesn’t respect you, your personal data or the future of the web, you may want to join us,” the website read.

Some Pinoys won’t give up Facebook

In the Philippines, it seems that Facebook is also a hard habit to break.

Abs-cbnNEWS.com posted the question “Would issues about Facebook’s privacy policies make you quit Facebook?” in its official Facebook page on Monday morning, and to date, only 3 members (out of more than 20 users who gave their comments) said “yes.”

Most of them said it’s the Facebook user’s responsibility to be careful about what they post, and to hide things that they don’t want other people to see.

“No, the problem here is not Facebook. People should really pore over and go around to learn more about the privacy settings, madali lang naman (it’s just easy),” said Famela Bayawa.

“No, because I do believe if you’re wise enough, no matter how tight the security of Facebook is, you would not put important or very sensitive items in your account,” added Danilo Cruz.

Flickr lets all users upload video snippets

SAN FRANCISCO – Flickr on Monday began letting users of its free online photo-sharing service upload snippets of video to the website in a budding challenge to Google-owned YouTube.

The Yahoo-owned enterprise last year gave the video privilege to people who paid 25 dollars monthly for Pro accounts at Flickr to plant roots in terrain dominated by YouTube.

“We are continuing to evolve the video experience to make it more compelling, accessible and easy to use,” Flickr general manager Kakul Srivastava wrote in a post at the firm’s website.

“So grab your cameras, and capture and share ‘long photos’ of your own!”

Pro account members on Monday were given an added benefit of being able to upload high-definition videos to Flickr to be shared with whomever they wish.

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Globe links mobile users to Facebook, YouTube, etc.

Globe Telecom subscribers don’t have to be logged online through their personal computers to upload photos and videos in virtual social networks Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Blogger, Picasa, and G-Blogs.

On Thursday, the mobile phone operator launched Globe Pixlink, a new service that allows its postpaid and prepaid subscribers to upload, share, and publish multimedia content online through their mobile phones.

The new feature also has a widget feature which allows users to display their content on other sites not yet supported by the service via a copy-paste HTML code.

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