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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+?

How Disappointed Can You Get?

September 13, 2009 6 comments

It’s your last year in your university and probably your last time to watch UAAP Cheer Dancing Competition as a college student. Your university did not win, nor the other universities that you expect. How disappointed can you get?

uaap_season_72_logoWith all those tamaraws using “sarimanok,” eagles (who happen to have the same color as the sponsor) imitating “MJ,” archers performing a “pseudo-masquerade,” falcons turning “Japanese,” tigers being “set on fire,” warriors with “jeeps,” and bulldogs who (oops! I honestly can’t remember their performance 😦 ), still judges are judges and I cannot contest their decision. In the same way, I am the “judge” of my own blog and I have the right to say that when UP Pep Squad started to add story (adding “kwento” and not just dance there) to their cheer dance last year, it seemed that other universities suddenly did just the same. Oh well, that’s it. Imitation is next to admiration :-).

After getting your attention, let’s move forward to something else. Have you tried searching your whole name or nickname in Google and other search engines and getting unwanted/disappointing results like a hate blog or site of another person with the same name as yours? I know this is a bit late post in response to Sir Barry’s question in his blog last time. But this is another story, okay.

I remember trying to search my name in Google when I was in 4th yr high school like what our English teacher told us to do. I saw that my name was registered in a database of a school where I never attended. Then, just this semester, I found out that my name was still registered in that database. It’s not that I am against that school or what, but seeing my name under that school may bring unnecessary problems in the future since that school can’t be seen in my resume.

Here are some tips (based on experience) on how you can save your online reputation:

  1. Copy the exact URL of the site where you see your name.
  2. If possible, copy the exact location and paragraph/text where your name appears (because this is what the search engine keeps on finding when your name is typed)
  3. Double check your accounts and see if you are registered in that site in any way. (Most databases and other sites send messages to email once in a while and these messages often include a link that allows you to unsubscribe.)
  4. Contact the admin or webmaster of the site and relay your problem politely. (There is always a way to contact the admin or webmaster of a site. You must give the URL and even the exact location and text where you see your name to make it easier for them to address your problem.)
  5. If the problem persists, repeat all steps (hehe!).

As for my own problem, I did not get the result I wanted when I first contacted the webmaster. I repeated the first four steps carefully and that time, I was successful. Now, I am completely happy with the results when I search my name online. This is one thing UP has taught me: speaking without getting intimidated, even to the person of authority (like here, a webmaster hehe!), as long as I really have my point.

You have to read this even if you’re not my dadddy :-)

September 6, 2009 25 comments

In one of my conversations with daddy via Skype, we talked about blogs, especially why do I have to ask him everytime we talk to view and read my posts often (haha!). I pointed out that this is a way of helping her daughter in her academic needs. Aside from that, our conversation reached SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and what it can do to one’s personal site.

It really helps when your parents are computer and net-literate because explaining new social media becomes easier. So, here it is, extension of my OrCom 152 class discussion. (Here it is, daddy!)

What is SEO?

Search Engine Optimization is the process of making a site and its content highly relevant for search engines and searchers. It is through SEO that your site can easily be seen in search engines like Google and Yahoo Search and more people will visit your website.

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Why is SEO important?

  • SEO allows your site to be at the top list when titles, tags, and other words related to your site and posts are typed in search engines.
  • It increases the credibility of your site.
  • It enhances your online presence and reputation by giving a credible site as a result when your name is typed for example.

Do I need to get special services for SEO?

You don’t have to get a professional to do SEO for your site. You can do it by yourself.

Here are the tips for optimizing your site:

1. Make your site and its content reader-friendly.

  • Make sure your site is easy to navigate (and not an eye sore 🙂 )
  • Put headings and subheadings
  • If possible, don’t make your posts too long (most people have short attention span)
  • Be concise
  • Present lists in bullet form
  • Use bold, italic, and underline to highlight ideas
  • Add relevant pictures
  • Use appropriate tone (formal?informal?conversation-like?)
  • Contribute knowledge and information to your readers

2. Mind others’ businesses

  • For blogs, create a blogroll
  • Link up other sites related to yours
  • Reply to comments you receive and comment to others’ posts (this will help the number of your visitors increase)

3. Promote your site

  • Make RSS feed or feed subscription available to your site
  • Have good choice of tags
  • Submit your site to these feedreaders:

My Yahoo!        Bloglines       NewsGator          My MSN         Pluck       Feedster.com      Syndic8.com       Pingomatic.com

  • For blogs, submit your blog to blog listings like:

technorati.com        blogsearchgoogle.com     blogorama.com       blogpulse.com        topblogs.com.cph       daypop.com       ratified.org

  • Put a link to your website in your social networking accounts
  • Make your site’s URL your status in Yahoo! Messenger and Skype (haha!)
  • Write your site in your business cards or include it at the end of your email (I don’t know how you call that)
  • Use word-of-mouth technique (hehe!)

OOPS! I think this is too long already 😦 but I hope you, especially my dadi, learned something from this post. I intend to share something else here.  Maybe I’ll just create a separate blog for that haha!

Another Trend in the Workplace

August 13, 2009 3 comments

Planning Ahead

In our Organizational Communication 152 Class two Saturdays ago (so recent, right?), it was discussed in our class how to conduct and answer job interviews effectively. Podcasts, videoblogs, a written sample interview, and an impromptu interview scenario of my two classmates were presented to help us in the discussion. I learned that stating your previously held positions is not enough nowadays. You have to assert the things you’ve done in relation to your positions—the challenges you faced, how you overcame those, and how effective were your decisions and actions. During that discussion, I was already thinking of the things that I did as a member, officer, and representative in my organizations that I can somehow flaunt to my future job interviewer.

…but doing the right thing

Getting your desired job requires you to give satisfactory answers and interaction with your interviewer, and of course, a substantive, brief, yet impressive resume. I remember the time when I was revamping my resume that I would use in OJT application. I browsed the resume of a particular person to get an idea on what else to include in the objectives part. When I read the person’s resume objectives, I found out that she indeed have a very well said objectives. Out of curiosity, I tried to search and copy-paste her exact words in Google. Guess what? Her objectives appeared in the first five results! Most part of her objectives was copied directly from that website. Yes, her objectives were catchy but those really did not come originally from her. What if many of her co-applicants have been also smart enough to find and use that exact objective? What if her interviewer happened to search it in Google? Lesson learned, even if you wanted your resume to appear as interesting as possible, you must remember to state original ideas and real things about yourself as much as possible too. Moreover, the wide use of internet today makes it easy for employers not just to track whether you plagiarized your resume sentences or not but it also serves as a click-away means for them to verify your activities like positions handled, experiences, and other information.

New insights

I wish to go back to the day (during my internship) I gave my suggestions to my boss for the advertising and launching of their new products. Those are products especially for girls but one of those can also be for men. I, together with my co-intern, could have suggested that aside from competitor analysis and observation of shopping behaviors in malls, we could also conduct online forums or participate in online forums to know their preferences, insights, and other sentiments that could be beneficial for the launching of the products. Internet has now more to offer to industries as well as customers. Learning to maximize its uses is now a new trend for businesses to know.