Summarize & visualize your year on social media

As another year winds down, the major social networks have gone and partially liberated the information they collect about us in the form of a prettified year in review. Several years back, you had to manually and intentionally enter data to produce such reports. Bespoke ones are still the loveliest of course, with Nicholas Feltron’s leading the pack. But now that there’s an app for checking in to everything—from music […]

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Why Pay for Business Networking? Use a Social Network!

It’s amazing how many old, backward methods can be eradicated by the Web. Months ago a friend invited me to attend a business networking chapter meeting. I knew not too many details about it, only that it was a very prestigious organization, it would help grow my roster of contacts as a budding entrepreneur, and it would be better to experience firsthand how it worked. MLM? Despite how suspicious it […]

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Real(ly Long) Names, Short Nicknames, and the Consequences of Your Online Identities

I have a long name. Three first names: Adelaida Sophia Marie Three-syllable middle name: Figueras Three-syllable surname: Lucero It is exactly the reason I have a very short nickname, Ia. Though some people have difficulty pronouncing or spelling it. In elementary school, I grew up writing “A. Sophia Marie” as shorthand for my first names so it would be quicker. Plus I knew at least two classmates who also had […]

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ABS-CBN Signs an Advertising Deal with Multiply

Yesterday I learned Philippine television giant ABS-CBN has signed an advertising deal with social networking site Multiply. The official press release writes: The partnership allows Multiply to monetize a significant portion of its traffic while still retaining a primary focus on product development and global customer acquisition. Unlike MySpace or Facebook but like Friendster, Multiply has become very popular in this country (39% of its site traffic and 5th largest […]

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A Regression in Taste

(Might as well be named The Perils of Problogging, Part II.) Here’s a little exercise. Try visiting the sites below. Doesn’t have to be all of them. Just be click-happy enough to notice a pattern. This Week On… Your Natural Remedies The Mommy Blogger The Garden Gossip Its [sic] Crazy Delicious Care Bear Kids Holiday Chatter My Product Review So Listen To This… Everything, Anything & Nothing Notice anything? Anything […]

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Are You Blogging A Virus?

The Storm Worm recently hit computers around the world with its attention-grabbing subject line “230 dead as storm batters Europe” last January. Yes, viruses and other malware attacking the masses are hardly worth my while these days. For one thing, I’ve had zero hits with GMail’s no-executable file allowed policy. Second, I’ve been surfing the Internet long enough to tell if an email is suspicious, i.e., too good to be […]

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PTB vs. PWiT: Philippine Crab Mentality Online

Okay, I don’t understand why people have to create something out of nothing, i.e., pit Pinoy Tech Blog against PWiT. (Backtrack: Pinoy Tech Blog is the Philippines’ Premier Technology Blog while PWiT stands for Philippine Week in Tech: Current News, Views and Reviews. A mere parroting of their taglines? I’m avoiding any subjective descriptions here. An added note though—PWiT is obviously a play on TWiT, which stands for This Week […]

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Join the DCS Blog Network! (Tara Na, CS Tayo!)

The DCS Blog Network has officially launched! Here’s a snippet of the hear ye! hear ye! we distributed last night: Calling all members of the UP Diliman Department of Computer Science community: students, alumni, and faculty alike! You are cordially invited to join the DCS Blog Network, a site that brings together all blogs from its DCS members. The purpose of the DCS Blog Network is to bring together everyone […]

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Selling Out and Dumb Wi-Fi: Build Social Networks to Revolt, But Is That Enough?

Interesting anecdote about a social network built as leverage against an almighty company before the term “social network” was even coined. Short story is that the company crashed, the stocks were no good, and the shareholders were outraged. So Ronald Lewis and his friends turned to the Internet and built XOShareholders.com, bringing together over 23 million worth of shares from 2,700 shareholders. More importantly, the news of this injustice spread […]

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