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So what now, Google+ (Google plus) ?

August 7, 2011 2 comments

Back in 2003, when I was still in 2nd year high school, social networking sites were starting to rise and be in demand. That time, I was an active user of Friendster because it was the popular networking site where most of my friends belonged to.

The hype of Friendster and the increasing number of social networking sites such as Flixster, Netvibes, Multiply, MySpace made my father give me an advice. He said to me, “If you want to get rich and famous, think of a site that will be better than Friendster and other sites available in the Internet.” And congratulations to Mark Zuckerberg for making my father’s words come true and founding Facebook.

For the past years, Facebook has been successful in attracting users to join the network and in continuing to improve the site. There are a lot of features that fit everyone’s lifestyle and demands. There has been numerous times when I thought if ever there will still be another website that can beat Facebook. And this is where Google+ comes in the picture.

Google has been known to be one of the top providers of web applications to make it easier for people to share and disseminate information. There is Web search, Gmail, Google Maps, and the list goes on. Who’s not guilty of using any of Google’s products?

So what now? Google has just launched Google+ and people are increasingly being drawn to it.  A particular video on YouTube discusses the advantages of Google+ over Facebook. Will Google+ become a threat to Facebook? Meantime, let’s watch the YouTube video that introduces Google+.

As I mentioned above, Google is one of the top providers of web applications but not all applications has been successful. Take Google Wave and Google Buzz that only made noise but not embraced by users. There is also an article written by Chunka Mui entitled Why Google+ is Poised To Fail which you may consider reading.

It is still early to say whether Google+ is a successful project or not. As always, the users will determine the results. Any insight on Google+?

New Social Media Killed My Planner

December 31, 2009 7 comments

One of the activities in my 2009 planner

My 2009 planner/diary is full of schedules, details, upcoming activities, birthdays, things-to-do, important happenings of the day, and others from January until May. The rest of the months have days or weeks without any entry. And I think I know who the culprit is.

This blog serves as a tribute to my planner, This Journal Will Actually Change Your Life (2009). This is a great planner because it offers you countless trivia and activities that will actually change you if you will only let it. There are trivia about other countries, celebrations, behaviors, humans, animals, phenomena, and other stuff from the most serious ones to crazy ones. It has spaces for notes, lets you gauge your daily mood through a chart, helps you keep track of your monthly expenses, offers quarterly check up, suggests websites for you to visit, and reminds you to pay attention to the small things that you might have forgotten like cleaning your desks and cabinets or checking the batteries of your flashlights and emergency lights.

However, something made me neglect my planner when June started. I totally do not blame my studies since it never made me neglect other things or it seldom becomes my reason for neglecting something.

All I can blame for the “death” of my planner is the new social media, mostly Facebook. Facebook did not only kill my planner, it tried to replace it since I joined that network last June.

Here are some of the reasons:

  • Microblogging seems easier than writing on the planner/diary.
  • In new social media, what you post is almost always shared to others effortlessly.
  • I get invited in events through Facebook with all details included so I do not have to write it down.
  • Facebook reminds me of the birthdays of my friends, no flipping of pages needed.
  • Videos and pictures from special events are recorded or stored in social networking sites and other sites like YouTube. Printing and pasting them on the planner is optional (and hassle).
  • I can see others’ posts even without their permission through new social media. It is like reading others’ journals too.
  • My planner has all activities and stuff ready and set for me for the whole year while new social media constantly changes and adapts its activities to fit my varying interests.

Despite the death of my 2009 planner, I still bought a new planner for 2010! Hehe! It is Luxe Monologue. It has a corporate look unlike my previous planner. No trivia, no fancy drawings, no extra activities. I just hope that my planner for 2010 will not bore me even if it has no drawing at all! This time, I will try my best not to let anything kill it. I shall not neglect it. Besides, I cannot access the Internet 24/7 while I can bring my planner anywhere and anytime as long as I have my pen.

Goodbye 2009 and to my planner! Hello 2010 and to my new planner!

Happy New Year! May we all have a great year ahead!

Kids and the New Social Media

October 6, 2009 13 comments

technologyHave you met a six-year-old child who knows how to turn off, on, and restart computer and laptop? How about a preschooler who knows how to look for a file/folder that contains music and plays it using NOT JUST Windows Media Player BUT ALSO VLC? A child who logs on to a website and knows that he has to type in the Search box to find what he is looking for? A kid who can operate Skype and can change status and mood of your account? A child who recognizes the need to disable and enable internet connection and knows how to do it? If not, then you have to meet my brother.  🙂

And! Are you using Windows Movie Maker or Ulead to edit videos and music? Here’s what my brother uses instead of those (CLICK).

I am sure that not only my brother is like this. Many children nowadays, ages 10 and below, are already computer-literate and techy. From the children’s interest in toys, cartoons, animes, to their exposure in the Internet, websites, and of course, new social media.  272822.full

Yes, new social media, indeed. New social media is not just for teens, yuppies, and (catching up) grownups, but is now also for children.

What might have introduced children to new social media?

  1. Cartoons and animes promoting their websites during their airtime.
  2. Older siblings and parents of children using new social media like podcasts, wikis, blogs, video blogs, (especially) social networking sites, and others.
  3. Innate urge of children to interact and not just watch and listen to the sacred box. Children may be very visual but they are after interaction too.

If you will notice, websites for children like Cartoon Network Philippines, Disney, Petpet Park, and Nickelodeon have their own strategies for children continue going to their site. These sites have games, videos about latest products and shows, music, contests, online news, downloadable wallpapers, video and game comments, communities that serve as social networks, polls, posts by visitors, quizzes, and even forums.

In these, we can see that even children are starting to adapt the roles of new social media in their simple way of living. How much more in the years to come after they leave childhood?

**Note: If you are my sister’s contact in Facebook, 80% of her morning posts there are done by my little brother. If you message her and she replies “no macy,” it means that my brother is using her Facebook account to play applications and he is telling you that “macy,” my sister, is not around. 🙂

From Friendster to Facebook

September 30, 2009 52 comments

friendster-facebookMany of us have totally switched to Facebook as our primary social networking site. We have somehow neglected Friendster accounts and open them once in two to four weeks or not as often (24/7) as we open Facebook .

The talk conducted by Paolo Pangan of Yehey!Philippines gave me some insights on this matter and made me think of other reasons why such a shift happened.

1. During Friendster times, one of our main goal (well, for most user, I think) was to get as much friends as possible without considering whether you really know the person or not. All we wanted was to show the world that we already have a second, third, fourth, fifth (and so on) accounts because previous accounts reached the limit for the number of friends.

But now, in Facebook, we treasure every contact we have and, more or less, we really know all the people in our list. We learned from Friendster that the number does not really matter—it’s quality over quantity.

2. Facebook tells us that we do not have to repost every picture of ourselves that our friends have. Just by tagging, we all have a copy of the pictures we want.

3. In Friendster, flooding the bulletin board is acceptable. But don’t we just hate flooding?

In Facebook, flooding the newsfeed is like humiliating yourself. There you are, discipline!

4. Friendster surveys and quizzes (from bulletin boards) make me type and answer for several minutessss. I have to open all of the others’ posts and pages to know if they have the same answers/results as mine.

Facebook surveys and quizzes make me click for my answers and get results in seconds. I can easily see the headshots of my friends with the same results as mine.

5. Facebook allows us to constantly update our status and keep track of our previous status.

In Friendster, where shall we put it? In shout outs? Shout out, once erased, is gone forever.

6. We can easily share and make our friends know that we have posted a new picture, video, comment, or even link through real-time updates seen at the lower right portion of Facebook.

7. Facebook lets you see your friends who are online and chat with them. Friendster do not.

8. Our Friendster inboxes receive and are flooded by spam messages and invites to try applications.

Our Facebook inboxes receive messages that are really meant personally for us.

friendster-vs-facebook9. I do not know why, but I agree with Sir Paolo Pangan, Facebook looks and is a sophisticated social networking site compared to others.

**Social networking sites constantly give us lessons on privacy. Internet presence may be a threat to everyone’s privacy but it is still up to the person to regulate the information publicized to all. Also, changes in our interests toward networking sites only prove that consumers’ preferences change too.

Do you agree with these? Feel free to comment and leave your insights and reasons about the topic.

Overnights, Stress, and Friendship

August 28, 2009 14 comments

Two weeks had never been that stressful. However, one of the ironic things is that most stressors were not directly academic-related but extra-curricular activities which others, including me, called unnecessary-but- wanted stress.

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It was my first time to be allowed (or my first time to impose) to spend two nights at my 2 friends’ houses, in the same week and another overnight the week after. In addition, staying extra hoursss in school and in coffee shops, and going to school even if I had no class must also be counted.

Aside from unsolicited eye bags and zits, another indicator of busyness and stress is an exhausted wallet. We had to buy overpriced coffees and bars from shops that provided haven during group meetings. Moreover, it’s during these consecutive hectic events that you would love your laptop and Wi-Fi even more. Your and your friends’ laptops and Wi-Fi become your best friends. USB’s  and CD’s become secondary because you can send small files to others through email and big files through sendspace.com. Search engines, such as Google, are very helpful for immediate information and needed pictures. Furthermore, access to social networking sites such as Plurk, Facebook, and Twitter become avenues for venting your stress and for getting updates from your friends. For instance Restaurant City, an application in Facebook, has become my favorite pastime, online detoxifier, and motivation to stay awake and work. 🙂

Of all the factors that turned out to be visible and felt in this stressful two weeks, friendship has been the most fulfilling and uplifting among them all. Now, I know this is being too cheesy but your friends (your FTF social network) are the only ones who will remain after all your experiences, happy and sad ones. And to those who endured my being RC-addict and my low tolerance for sleepiness, this is for you–> 🙂 (another smiley).

Generation of Distractions

July 26, 2009 7 comments

This morning my mom recalled that during her college days, she had a routine for studying at home: taking a 2-hour nap after arriving from school and then doing schoolworks for hours, straight, until she’s finished. I complained that I cannot do or adopt what she used to do. There are a lot of distractions and following a routine religiously would somehow be impossible and would just cause frustration to me. Why? Televisions now have cable channels that I wish I could watch all at the same time. Gadgets are all around us including cellular phones, mp3 (outdated?) or other mp-whatever, i-pods, digicams, computers, and laptops. And of course, the most prominent of all, Internet.

Regardless of being a good distraction or not of the Internet, many individuals, groups, societies, and organizations have been using this for their own benefits. In fact, it is very good and encouraging to know that many international and multinational companies, especially the examples stated in the 9th Chapter of Wikinomics, have used the Internet to communicate better with their customers and employees. Blogs, wikis, social networking, and others are used and tapped by companies not just to get feedback from the public but to actually acquire information that may be useful for their business.

As I have noticed, different organizations have reached out to their audience by being open to the new social media, the interest of most potential customers. For instance, many brands of shoes, clothing, cars, accessories, chocolates, restaurants, and even schools and universities, have made their online accounts in Facebook and other social networks. An individual can receive updates, newsletters, and more about a product or service through Facebook while actually connecting, playing, and having fun with friends. In addition, a person becomes an advocate of a certain brand once he or she mentions good things for the product or suggests for the betterment of it. Moreover, the new social media can serve as a tool for bottom-up communication because employees, who are more often exposed to it than the executives, can observe the happenings and latest in the Internet and report it to the supervisors.

Fortunately, organizations in the Philippines are gradually starting to integrate the use of new social media in their management. For example, in the company where I had my internship, the use of Yahoo! Messenger and other social networks like Friendster and Facebook is allowed. Surfing the net during working hours is not viewed as a bad distraction. They are allowed to use the Internet even during working hours for them to communicate with co-employees, customers, and supervisors outside the head office and to get necessary information quickly while actually relaxing, and managing stress and boredom. I view this as a needed distraction, but a controlled one. Of course, the quality of their performance shall not suffer.

Moreover, from just hiring a person who is computer-literate, to MS Office-literate, to PhotoShop Adobe-literate, it would really not surprise me if several years from now, “abilitiy to use wiki” would be one of the qualifications for a job position. Many have already shifted from traditional to new social media.

Although one of the major roles or ideals of new social media, as discussed in the Wikinomics, is collaboration through a decentralized organization, I can say that this is still impossible for most of the companies here in the Philippines. It will surely take years before strict rules that hinder decentralization become loose. As of now, hierarchy is still evident even with the existence of new social media. Furthermore, certainly not everyone can contribute relevant information. Many will just be nuisances. Besides, too many cooks can spoil the broth.

What is good for one may not be good for the other. In the same way, the use of new social media and the shifting of organization from centralized to a decentralized one may be good for some organizations but may also be not apt for others. New social media, along with decentralization, may be a distraction for most companies bounded by rigid rules. It is up to the organization and its nature whether or not to cultivate and adapt the new social media as a new approach for the survival of the business.