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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How Do You Bring Reading and Learning to Philippine Cellphones?

EDSA Dos. Electronic cash. Train passes. Dual-SIM phones. Miss calling phones. Most of the innovations in this texting republic take on specific and unique needs—be it avoiding theft, minimizing expenses, or ousting no less than the President of the Philippines. Could literacy and education be added to that list? Last night I learned literacy rates among Filipinos have diminished by 7% since 2003. And that predictably, text messaging and online […]

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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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Gravatar Now Powered By Automattic

An upgrade to the once funkily-working Gravatars was promptly released a few months after. I may have failed to write a follow-up post on it, but I did mention in the comments that the idea ought to be acquired by some big company like the big G. Gravatar wasn’t scooped up by Google (Jaiku was, though), but by Automattic, the guys behind WordPress. Like the way Google acquired Feedburner and […]

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A Technological Handicap…

…does more psychological damage than one would expect. People who spend their lifetime learning to communicate through written and spoken word have encountered another obstacle to deal with. It could be the vocabulary (txtspeak, l33t, or LOLcat). It could be the software (how do you communicate with a computer?). It could be the hardware (ergonomics, specs, physics, economics). Sometimes it’s the novice in us that’s in the way; most of […]

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Visit the Newly-Unveiled Komiks.ph!

Yet another one of our projects, which we hope to be the central source for comics in the Philippines, has launched last June 18. If you’re a comic artist, you can get free blog hosting at Komiks.ph. Yes, free. We’ve been lazily planning for it for the past couple of months but suddenly set a deadline when the ToyCon came. (There Garro picked up a bunch of indie komiks to […]

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A Quick Update on Real Life

I voted for the first time. It wasn’t a nightmare—nothing like UP enrollments or other UP activities that required lining up. It was quick and painless. Now if only the canvassing process were like that. FYI, my ballot had a lot of blanks. I’m officially getting paid by someone else to blog at Gadzooki and Blog Tutorials. I’m not yet comfortable with sticking to a given topic under 300 words […]

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