[access-uk] Re: facebook.com - an amazing, yet partially inaccessible, tool for blind people

Midsummerseve sounds closer to that!


----- Original Message ----- From: "Damon" <damon.rose@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 5:43 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: facebook.com - an amazing, yet partially inaccessible, tool for blind people


I've just been to look at Zone BBS and it's a completely different kind of site to Facebook.

Facebook is a social networking site. It's not really a place to hang out and chat, as such. It's a way of staying in contact, a way of linking all your mates together, a way of tapping into your work, college, regional, friends and interest networks all at once. Once you've setup your friends, you can see how everything connects together and how you fit into it. You can use it effectively to communicate with colleagues, acquaintances, friends, extended family, people who also like West Ham United, etc. You have to look at it and play with it for a while to see how powerful it could be and how very useful, in particular, to blind people who have a big difficulty with networking in the office, corridors, at conferences, seminars, at parties, etc. But I don't want to play up the overcoming obstacles thing because though it's certainly particularly helpful to blind people it's just a great site to be on anyway.

You can also Upload and share your photos. Upload and share your Last FM choices. Add video. etc.

When I look and see that almost 600,000 people from London are on it and 11,000 out of my 23,000 colleagues are on it, I want in else I'll get left out. Everyone's talking about this website.

...Damon


----- Original Message ----- From: "Karen Burgess" <karen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:15 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: facebook.com - an amazing, yet partially inaccessible, tool for blind people


hi chris

only one problem with this, majority of zone members are blind people, thus not giving you access to the mainstream sites that others use.

kaz
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher Hallsworth" <chrishallsworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:08 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: facebook.com - an amazing, yet partially inaccessible, tool for blind people


I personally think we're better with an alternative yet very accessible
service, Zone BBS. There are no graphical verification thingies, you can
do everything that it has to offer without sighted assistance, and,
well, it's just another choice for those like you and me who can't
socialize very well. You can sign up at http://www.zonebbs.com. Hope
that helps.
On Sun, 10 Jun 2007 15:49:39 +0100, "Damon" <damon.rose@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
said:
HI all.

Are there any Facebook members among you?

It's a really amazing social networking site. I got myself on it last
week - but had to ask someone to help me with the verification graphic in
order that I can setup an account.

Now that I'm in, it's quite good. It only currently gives limited
accessibility for visually impaired people though.

Various important things you can do, such as Add Friends, send email,
have conversations on the groups you choose to be part of, are all
inacccessible now because they have recently added verification graphics
for these things too.

Interestingly, if you are in the US or Canada you can get rid of the
verification graphics by giving it your mobile phone number to verify you
are a real human being and not just a spammer. But it doesn't work with
UK phones yet. I am thinking of calling up a mate in the US and asking if she'll allow me to use her mobile number - though not entirely sure this waves all verification graphics away. If anyone has any insight into this
I'd appreciate hearing from you.

In the meantime, you can add to your list of friends by sitting back and waiting for them to add you. And you can post on peoples' walls. The key
to social networking is to build those networks as they are important
from friendships, business and finding like-minded people. Oh and you can
also, of course, look for partners if that's your thing. But it's a way
of opening up networks, letting your friends see your mates friends and
business acquaintances.

You can also create and join networks. So, using a valid email address at the company I work for, I'm now a member of their Network. I also belong
to the London network. All these things are accessible.

I think this tool could be amazingly useful to blind people, especially
as we find it so hard to network when at big conferences and at parties.

I believe visually impaired people are lobbying Facebook to have an audio
alternative to the captcha graphic put in place. I'm going to get more
details about this.

I urge you to check it out.

www.facebook.com

The other thing to mention is that, interestingly, everyone in my office has become a member of Facebook and are networking like mad. So, the fact
that I can't leaves me at a disadvantage. There is currently only semi
access for me but I have chosen to jump on board because it's better to
be partially in than out in my circumstances.

Get an account. Get looking round. It's a fascinating site. The longer
you're on it, the more friends you collect, the more you get it.

...Damon





















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