Posts Tagged ‘marketing pilgrim’

Be Careful How You Use Facebook: You Might Get Expelled!

March 8, 2008

Clearing my daily feeds, Marketing Pilgrim picked up an article where a student is in trouble for creating a Facebook study group.

I must say that’s pretty harsh. I use Twitter to post stuff on social media and recently sent out a Tweet to two classmates with a resource that might be helpful for them in a term project. Would that constitute cheating to a professor who didn’t know/understand/care what Twitter is for?

Just like how the traditional “water coolers” don’t exist anymore, perhaps traditional “study groups” don’t exist anymore and the web is the way to openly share ideas and learn from one another. Isn’t that the point of education anyway?

More Entrants To Introduce

February 16, 2008

A more social post: Three friends whose blog I’d love for you to check out

All Quirk No Play by Nabilah, I can’t decide how to categorise her blog, except: interesting.

Body Treats by Calin, who has a goldmine of health tips to keep you in the pink of health

and finally Striped: Shirt from Andre, whose blog is pretty similar to mine. You can also follow him on Twitter to if you like!

And just to build some anticipation, I’ve decided to add a couple of new features to the blog:

1) Podcast of the month – Out of the episodes of various shows that I’ve listened to over the month, I’ll choose the one that was my favourite.

2) Del.icio.us links of the week – Not many people are on AssetBar or LinkRiver, so this will be a post to let everyone know the few interesting posts I came across in the week. (full disclosure: I borrowed the idea from Andy Beal at Marketing Pilgrim)

3) Adventures in social media – I’ve had quite a few great experiences being connected to people online and will be sharing them here.

Hope you will love all of these new segments! Do comment as the begin to appear!

Twitter 102, Fighting Procrastination With Productivity

February 3, 2008

As a follow up to my Twitter 101 post, I came upon 2 articles featuring Twitter this week:

Twitter is a way to record thoughts and ideas that you search – it’s a history
Twitter connects you to a larger world outside of the classroom and even the country
Students can follow people who do what they want to do or who they admire and get a sense for their job and life
Twitter can improve writing and punctuation

There’s some controversy about the classroom article because the students in question are 6th Graders, and I think that’s fine. Let them be exposed to Twitter at an early age and all that. But more importantly, who’s going to teach people like us? I think I have 2 friends (in the similar age group) on Twitter, and unless that number grows to reap substantial network externalities, it’s hard to see that catching on.

Similar sentiments regarding news. Running a Campus Radio station, sometimes it is hard to get the most updated news. Wouldn’t that all change with Twitter? However, again, it depends on whether sufficient people are using it to highlight news, for anything to be really gained out of it.

Next up, if you’re someone who is guilty of procrastination (as I am), here is a free ebook by Fruitful Time called Stop Procrastination Now and here’s a guide to Lazy Productivity. I found them both to be pretty helpful.

Finally, if you were too lazy to check out Jaffe Juice #102 for the Scrabulous jingle, Ariah was kind enough to provide the youtube link, so watch it right here. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Facebook Fatigue?

January 31, 2008

I’ve been suspecting that Facebook’s been seeing a decline in activity for sometime. Just about half a year ago, the ‘home’ section with updates from my friends would be flooded hourly. Now I can login after 8 hours, and find that almost nothing has changed.

Suspicions have been confirmed with this article from ReadWriteWeb (once again picked up by Readburner, have I convinced you of its usefulness yet?), which says

There are now 15,422 apps on the Facebook platform — how many of them are truly useful? Anecdotal evidence would suggest that the novelty has worn off and users are finally starting to demand more of the applications they install.

The article also has statistics about the number of Facebook app users at their peak, and now:

Peak Today
Funwall 5800 2500
Superwall 4800 1800
Top Friends 2900 2200
Likeness 821 181
Super poke 1500 500
Movies 814 500
Compare People 1000 471
iLike 941 372
Causes 469 110
Superlatives 320 110
  All figures in 1,000s

There have been criticisms of Facebook in recent weeks: Marketing Pilgrim discusses a partnership between Facebook and the Wall Street Journal signalling desperation from either/both parties, and Jaffe Juice #101 has a comment on how disappointing it is that Facebook is not engaging the new media enough moving forward.

Applications are seriously beginning to rub some people the wrong way, and Facebook isn’t exactly providing the innovation that people want,  but I don’t think that’s making people tired of Facebook, or making them want to jump aboard the next new platform when it occurs.

Personally I think even with most apps stripped away, the Facebook interface is still superior to Friendster (for sure), and at least for network externality reasons, more popular here than MySpace. There are statistics to prove that MySpace is still dominant, but given that it never really caught on in Singapore, it’s not that relevant.

It would be great to hear what people here think, and maybe get a general idea of how the social networking scene is like in Singapore, and then publish some thoughts on that. My guess on where it’s going is the more frivolous applications (Grow a plant, hatch an egg?) will slowly die off, and the real social applications like iLike and Feedheads will gain popularity, as users begin to realise that Facebook can and should act not just as a Friendster clone, but a place to share information and interests in one central space.

Follow Up On Google/Wikipedia Ban

January 15, 2008

There’s another post over at Marketing Pilgrim touching on the same article I posted about yesterday (original article here).

I think Marketing Pilgrim says the same thing as Seth Godin, in that obviously Googling something for hard facts is normal, but Googling for critical thinking is just going to fail. If people use multiple Google/Wiki sources to pool together their essay/paper and help structure it, it shouldn’t be a problem. But just taking the first search result from Google and repeating that definitely isn’t a good idea.