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Where this brand name trend came from, we can’t be certain, but if there’s anything Web 2.0 has taught me, it’s that companies need to stand out and snap up a good domain name at the same time. This looks like one of the easier solutions. The difference is while it’s still a form of “bastarized text”, it’s not a variation on spelling that retains how the word is pronounced, […]

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Why go local: Para Sa Tabi, May Pasok Ba?, and Facebuko

There’s really not much profit (monetary or otherwise) to be had in making local “copies” of the most popular sites today; you’ll probably just be called unimaginative and lame (read: jologs). But these sites are fun little ideas that stir up the chunks in our cultural halo-halo and remind us that quirky is interesting and copying is okay, as long as we make it our own. (But first, sites that […]

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And the award for Best Use of Plurk goes to…

Reasons I love Plurk, told in a different way. Like many things on the web, microblogging is a popularity contest, but it’s not just what these personalities say. It’s how they use the medium. Add these model citizens, okay? The Runners-up Comic haven from velociraptors: XKCD (@xkcd) One of the greatest, geekiest web comics of all time, XKCD‘s syndication on Plurk feels like a match made in heaven and not […]

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Elitist geek haters vs. emo jologs Friendsters (Twitter vs. Plurk)

Warning: comparing Twitter and Plurk is messy. Both are different things to different people, and unless these people agree to disagree the debate will never end. Here’s my response to The Death of Plurk and the comments on it. This is by no means comprehensive, just lengthy enough to be a standalone post.

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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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MC1: A Phone With “Miss Calling”

Tagged the mobile phone made exclusively for Filipinos, the MC1 is essentially any ordinary cellphone with one additional feature: you can make missed calls on purpose. To understand the true value of a missed call, or in local vernacular, miskol, it is necessary to look into the essence of what happens to be the 2007 Sawikaan Salita ng Taon (Word of the Year). In this event, the miskol, entered by […]

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Online Offline Intertwine

Rattling off online and offline happenings interwined with one another. UP Blogger’s Circle Meetup BA, Marielle, Noel, J (and his family), Phillip, Garro, and I met at The Chocolate Kiss Cafe (downstairs then moved upstairs) for the first offline meeting of the UP Blogger’s Circle last Friday. ‘Twas difficult coming up with a rigid plan with all our questions, but we all agreed we wanted an offline presence—otherwise we won’t […]

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XML, and What You Can Do

Extensible Markup Language or XML describes the more meaningful features of an electronic document. If you know HTML or XHTML (the stricter sibling of HTML) then XML will look familiar in that they are both markup languages. An even better example is a blog feed, which is actually a more specialized type of XML. Applications of XML Each <tag></tag> pair that encloses each set of text in the document came […]

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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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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.