Update 2016-07-24: Added Phonescoop glossary to Telephones > General.
A big post with lots of vocabulary lists from online dictionaries of words related to ICT (information and communication technology): telephones, computers and networks & systems like the internet, the worldwide web and e-mail. Go to the list and click on the words to see definitions, examples, pronunciation etc.
This vocabulary can be useful for our classes on: using the telephone, mobile phones, technology, office work, digital marketing, innovation, e-mail, communication etc.
After a lot of time and difficulty, I have finally got back access to my Tencent Weibo microblog.
Previous posts on this issue:
I communicated with several Tencent employees, using e-mail addresses I found via Google search, as there were no useful/working links or e-mail addresses to be found on (the English language version of) Tencent Weibo itself.
Again they recommended the "Lost password" process even though I told them several times and in several ways that I had not lost my password.
Eventually they gave me back access to my account without having to go through the standard (and deeply flawed) account recovery process.
After that, I was also finally able to set up security questions for my account, which has been a big problem throughout this, because answering these questions is crucial to getting back access to a Tencent account, even though the whole idea of security questions was not in the English version of setting up a Tencent account when I created my account.
Based on my latest experience, it seems that Tencent have translated a few more pages to English since I first created my account and since I first lost access to it.
But there are still a lot of things missing from the English version of Tencent Weibo (like a help page!). And I have still never received a useful explanation about why I was denied access to my account. But I will give Tencent Weibo another try.
So here's my Tencent Weibo:
Summary: As someone who is not fluent in Chinese, I cannot rely on Tencent 腾讯/QQ for microblogging (or indeed anything). So I'm not using Tencent and now I'm trying LinkedIn instead.
Update 2013-11-15: Once again, Tencent Weibo is denying me access to my account without explanation and without a way to resolve the problem in English.
I used to use a Tencent Weibo microblog to give my Chinese students useful or interesting links related to English, China, business etc. But back in June, I had a major problem with it: I could no longer access it at all. I wrote about that in my blog post here.
Any attempt by me to fix the problem would lead to lots of untranslated pages in Chinese. So I e-mailed their international support. The only response I had from Tencent was a link to instructions about what to do when you lose your password.
There were several problems with this:
I continued to try to resolve this problem communicating in English with Tencent / QQ International, via e-mail and via their blog (which is what you get taken to when you click on "Help").
No luck for me with Tencent
I never had another reply from Tencent International's e-mail, despite me writing twice more.
Update 2014-04-07: I eliminated all links to Bing online dictionary and replaced with links to other dictionaries & encyclopedias.
I just saw an article on TechRIce about the latest version of Tencent's mobile messaging and social networking app, Weixin 微信 4.0, which now has an English name too, WeChat. TechRice is very optimistic about the new product, as you can tell from the title of the article:
TechRice describes the new features and explains why they think WeChat/Weixin will become big. Below I'll explain some of the vocabulary from that article, to make it easier for students of English to understand.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
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