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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+?

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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.

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.