How the Internet Enables Intimacy [video talk from TED]

In my previous post, I shared a piece of research that supports the notion that internet users not only have a larger and more diverse group of people whom they confide in, but they tend to be more active in the public sphere. Along the same chain of thought, below is an interesting talk by Stefana Broadbent discussing her research and findings about how technology and the internet in specific help foster intimacy. It is really taken for granted how easier nowadays it is to stay in touch with our loved ones when we are millions of miles away from them, helping us to maintain strong relationships with those who care about even when we are far away. In turn our ability to commute and communicate helps us go further away from our “homes” in the pursuit for a better life.

Stefana Broadbent on TED about Intimacy

Hope you enjoyed the talk as much as I did. What program is your choice for staying in touch with your loved ones? Skype, MSN, Gtalk…? Do you agree with Broadbent’s findings? Lets us hear you thoughts.

Google Dashboard: Google’s Answer To Privacy Concerns?

Google has consistently tried to battle privacy concerns regarding their tools and services. Users naturally are always skeptical about how the information that Google stores about them is being used. We, at Thoughtpick, raised the issue of privacy concerns that users have and most recently tackled this issue in the article discussing Google’s acquisition of Gizmo5.

To counteract this seasonal hailstorm of concerns, this time, Google has introduced the Google Dashboard. The Dashboard will include all the information they have about your Google accounts and offer one central location for you to manage the settings of all your Google services and accounts.

So does the dashboard deliver?

I was actually really looking forward to the Dashboard and interested in the features they will include in it: What kind of dirty little secrets does Google know about me? So when it was open for use, I excitedly went to google.com/dashboard and entered my account information to log into it and discover the much outed and unprecedented privacy central that Google is giving to me.

Tweepi Gets New Features: Manage Your Twitter Followers with Stats

Tweepi is the first web product developed at thoughpick. It has enjoyed a great success since it depute earlier this year. People around the web have been positively reviewing it, including a video review that we show here in this post.

8 Tips to help you Become a LinkedIn Power User…

LinkedIn seems like the middle child of social networking, and is a hugely underrated site. The fact that its a zero cost business networking tool should definitely play to its advantage and it will surely hit its prime in the future. Like everybody else the only reason I got to join LinkedIn is because I kept on getting invitations to it until I gave in and gave it a shot. I spent a few hours filling up my profile and adding connections and the whole business only approach was very appealing and fresh change from the very personal nature of Facebook.

Is Digg really “Dead”: Statistics Show Otherwise!

Is Digg really “Dead”: Statistics Show Otherwise!

Digg's rank on Alexa.com (ranking 105 as of Nov 09)

A recent article published via cnet claims that "Digg is dead"! It then goes on to blame both Facebook and Twitter for the "kill" and the "burial". I tend to highly disagree.

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NYPD Teaches Criminals a New Way to Fool the Legal System: Facebook Updates!

NYPD Teaches Criminals a New Way to Fool the Legal System: Facebook Updates!

Criminals & Theft

If you really take a moment to contemplate the elements of any crime, you are sure to find that any criminal, despite his/her "experience in the field" would be smart enough to have someone else change the status update in order to establish an alibi!

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Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

Who does the Google answer to?

The Google Leviathan has been on the move lately, engulfing several smaller fish on the internet. The latest "victim" being Gizmo5 a VoIP service a la Skype. Gzimo5 Coupled with Google Voice has the prospect to be a very seductive concoction. Users will sign up to Google Voice and get a phone number that will forward all their calls...

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Does Social Media Have the Power to Deteriorate the Economy?

Does Social Media Have the Power to Deteriorate the Economy?

Money Talks!

How much is the total economic cost of using social media in other countries worldwide? Consequently, in the long run, does social media have the power to deteriorate the economy in general? And is social media to blame for information leakage and lack of privacy?

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5 Tips for Artists to Create their 1000 True Fans

5 Tips for Artists to Create their 1000 True Fans

Who Owns the conversation?

All artist might already be swimming in the social media sea. They are already befriended thousands and thousands of people on MySpace and Facebook. They are already spamming every denizen on the web with posts and message about how great they are and how people should vote for them on the latest Facebook competition. Somehow all...

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Stephen Fry: Impressive Reflections on Social Media [videos]

Stephen Fry: Impressive Reflections on Social Media [videos]

Anthony Trollope's Post Box Invention Threatened the Victorian Family!

Social Media has impacted human societies in many different way, some people tend to resist changes that impact society fabrics and others focus on how the new youth generation behaves. Social Media has also been a force for democracy, it empowered people to have their own broadcast channels. Stephe Fry, the famous British author...

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