I have been trying to leave Facebook for a while now and may have a real alternative with Google +.
There has always been something that keeps me checking Facebook, though; all my friends and family who are posting there. Now there is a Chrome plugin that will allow people to link their Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as let them post directly to those sites via the Google + page.
In addition, there is a nifty little program to import all your Facebook albums and photos into G+. If you visit startgoogleplus.com after installing the extension, you can choose to import your photos from Facebook. The photo importer syncs photos from Facebook and displays the photos in a slideshow format as they are imported to allow you to monitor the progress. Continue reading →
For those who are wary of using free wifi in public areas (everyone should be concerned); Sidestep is a free plugin for firefox that protects your surfing from prying eyes.
When Sidestep detects you connecting to an unprotected wireless network, it automatically encrypts all of your Internet traffic and reroutes it through a secure connection to a server of your choosing, which acts as your Internet proxy. And it does all this in the background so that you don’t even notice it.
With Sidestep enabled, no one can eavesdrop on your traffic and impersonate you or see what you’re seeing as you browse the web.
I just wonder how well it will work. It is a classic case of how designers need to push the limits of what mobile can do, while keeping the consumer’s tendency coined by Marshall McLuhan, “to walk backwards into the future”. We want to utilize all the best attributes of mobile computing and provide the best experience for the device, but innovative thinking can often confuse users if it strays too far from the status quo.