Friday, January 18, 2008
Do you Facebook or MySpace? Increasingly, membership in one social network does not necessarily rule out the appeal of belonging to the other. Of course, each company wants you visit their site more often than the other (if not exclusively)—all the more reason to differentiate. To that end, MySpace, the 800-pound News Corp.—owned gorilla, made three major announcements this week—two of which served to underscore a deepening fundamental difference in philosophy from its closest rival, Facebook. "MySpace is Hollywood and Facebook is Silicon Valley," says David Card, a senior analyst for Jupiter Research. Or you could put it this way: MySpace is glam; Facebook is geek. Not that there's anything wrong with either.
MySpace announced Tuesday that it has forged a splashy licensing agreement with Sony BMG—the world's second largest label—for access to streaming videos, music and other content. The partnership calls for the social-networking giant and the music studio to share advertising revenue. And in a bid to conquer the social-networking world beyond U.S. borders, MySpace will soon be offering its 110 million active monthly users free voice chats via a new partnership with Skpe (220 million strong, mostly outside of the States). In a new service called MySpace IM with Skype, the Internet phone company will enhance the MySpace instant messaging service with new free VoIP capabilities starting November. (The companies will split the revenue, but specifics of the arrangement were not disclosed.)
These moves stand in direct contrast to Facebook, which instead of teaming with major media players to build services for its network of 47 million active users, allows third-party developers to build applications. A staggering 6,000 applications have been built for Facebook just this year. "We are not a media company," Mark Zuckerberg, the wunderkind brains behind Facebook, announced at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this week. Analysts are inclined to agree. "I think there's a core philosophical difference, but [it's] the same revenue engine at the end," says Jupiter's Card. That engine, of course, is advertising. But with its Skype and Sony BMG announcements, original programming and hosting concert tours, MySpace seems to be morphing into an entertainment portal where everyone is in your extended network (and a potential audience member).
Facebook, on the other hand, has tended to be more of a communications hub than its rival. Its platform infrastructure is built around connecting you to your actual friends—hence the viral appeal of applications like Scrabulous, Where I've Been and Top Friends. Oh, and it's even already possible to make calls on Skype through some Facebook apps. And, to be fair, the private company is a chic geek. It's a media darling despite having about half the active users of its chief rival. Its enviable flavor-of-the-month veneer is due in no small part to the cagey Zuckerberg, who has declined outlandish offers for his company in order to stay in control. He's also maintained a vigorous reluctance to publicly adopt anything as mundane as a business model. Meanwhile, Microsoft, Google and other funds have reportedly been in talks with the site, considering investments that industry-watchers say would put the value of Facebook at a hard-to-fathom $10 billion (MySpace has been estimated at least $16 billion).
This is where MySpace's third big announcement this week enters the picture. Perhaps in a bid to make inroads with the developer crowd that has become so loyal to Facebook, MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch confirmed at the Web 2.0 Summit that the company is working on a developer platform of its own. Details were sketchy and the date of its launch likely farther off than "within a couple of months" as vaguely promised. Even Kyle Brinkman, vice president of product development of the social network, wavered slightly in his enthusiasm for third-party development. "I do think there's a place for widgets and add-on applications," he tells NEWSWEEK. "But where we see core propositions for our users, that's where we want to build services ourselves."
Which means MySpace is thinking like, well, an old media company. "They may be creating some big synergies for partnering and monetization, but I don't think it's really revolutionary thinking at all," says Rodney Rumford, a consultant and publisher of FaceReviews, a blog that tracks and critiques the network's applications. "Where Facebook has a great advantage in the long term is the ability not to serve me ads based on what page I happen to be on, but through my behavior. It knows what groups I'm in, it knows my behavior and it knows my friends." How they end up doing that remains to be seen. But as far as users are concerned, it increasingly seems to make sense to belong to both: one for your music fix and the other to keep tabs on your friends.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Fernando Torres paid off another portion of his £26.5million transfer fee with a dazzling equaliser for Liverpool but it was only enough to secure the reds ... 1 point.
So i suggest you turn your heads to Christino Ronaldo instead, who nipped in his first hat trick of the season.
Manchester United 6 - 0 Newcastle United
Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo led a merciless second-half destruction of crisis club Newcastle as the Red Devils soared back to the top of the table with a 6-0 rout
With Ronaldo in this mood, it is difficult to see how they can be stopped.
After a goalless opening period, the Portugal winger broke Newcastle's resistance with a low free-kick, added a startling second with a neat finish to a move involving Wayne Rooney and double scorer Carlos Tevez, then completed his first United three-timer two minutes from time.
Ferdinand was full of praise for Ronaldo.
'He's been doing it for two years now and long may it continue"
'It's about time he had a hat-trick and he's done it today.'
Ronaldo, meanwhile, added: 'It's a special day, I'm very happy for the win and going top of the league is most important.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Even the ambassador Chrysler 300 adopted was their own vice president of design & specialty vehicles, Ralph Gilles. By the looks, he's the pimp, the Dr Dre, the perfect image for the pimp ride, Chrysler 300
Not only is it cost effecient (relative to hiring Snoop Dogg or Justin Timberlake), but its proven to be an effective way of marketing. That's why you've been seeing so much of Tony Fernandes & Shazali Ramli in the media
In a nutshell, this campaign is a mix of leveraging user generated content - inviting normal consumers to be the brand ambassadors. Not only you save on production cost, but normal consumers provide genuine & credible testimonials for your brand. No fees required for adopting celebrities, instead their own VP from Chrysler. They did not even need to pay hosting charges or buy a domain name as the platform fully leverages on You Tube, the leading video network globally. Best of all, not a tickle of harrasment / intrusiveness and yet caught my attention big time.
Besides the campaign, the Chrysler 300 is a real beauty. The Mustang of the 60s
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Second of all, at the rate Malaysian ministers are going, he should have at least 40 billion in his savings. I've designed an algorithm to estimate the wealth of a particular minister by looking at his age, name & government ranking. At least it worked on my Chief Minister who about 15 years ago, was publicly reported to own a total asset of RM20bill
Now put 1 and 2 together and consider his age - 60. Now heres the story
A 60 year old Chua Soi Lek suddenly feels an itch on his dick so this multi billionaire eventually went to a run down hotel to find some sex with a personal friend.
He then admits calmly and conveniently that he was involved in the sex video and is relinquishing all his positions.
And he doesnt realize that as a politician, you just need to shed a few tears like Rafidah did and you get away with things. He was just as calm as a praying mantis when he publicly tendered
Now consider our late deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. Looked good, on a roll in the government, on his way to be PM and one bright morning, they found his sperm in his family driver's ass. Expelled from the rulling party and was arrested for allegedly sodomising his driver.
Best of all, the general public thinks - Malaysia boleh. Malaysia upholds justice and enforces a good civic mentality. You fuck around, you either resign or you get expelled. Malaysia boleh!
WTF is this country heading towards?!?!?
Monday, January 7, 2008
He's the ruler who invaded his own land with tanks and shit, ousting his late prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who eventually went on to take over Machester City with more than 80 mill pounds. And now, its all cool. Talk about cool culture yea?
Besides, a couple of things you'll definitely bring back from Thailand are like their taxi rides. Or what they call tuk tuk rides
If you havent been to Bangkok and you go on a Tuk Tuk and the driver wants to take you to a ruby shop, or diamond convention, or any jewelery related outlets and tells you that today is the last day of a huge ruby sale in Bangkok when jewelerers travel from all over the world, sometimes from outta space, just to be there to buy the finest rubies in all mankind and if he wants you to bring you there, i say you say NO coz that's all cockshit.
They get petrol vouchers from dropping tourists in those outlets. Im not ashamed to say this but i ended up in 5 different jewellery shops, each of them claimed to be open for the last day in 2 centuries
The other thing i dint forget bout Bankok was a tour guide in the Grand Palace
He said "Bangkok must not be forgotten as a third world country but once a rich civilization. If you dont believe me, you can check out the amount of gold in that temple".
I was like wtf, when i was in istanbul, they had prophet mohammads sword and st john the baptist's hand preserved in their palace and they dint boast about it
Now how about the world's tallest standing Buddha? We have the longest sleeping Buddha, they made it stand and it becomes the world's tallest, well done.
What say we make the world's strongest leaning Buddha?
You know why lobsters in Thailand taste so good?
Coz they aint exactly lobsters...
La Trobe University's Sexual Deviant Ball
I was like yo motha fackers, the world's finally made some sense now
So obviously i went ... ... in a Travolta suite and i thought i was gay enough before this black, or maybe Indian confused bride came to hug me.
Pimp on drips
Santa's naughty little helper, properly dressed for the winter occassion (the down part at least)
Bitches who were more straight to the point
Sunday, January 6, 2008
3) People pick your pockets when you're trying to bargain with the stall keeper
I was actually in Beijing to attend Ad Tech Beijing 2007, an internet advertising conference welcoming delegates from all over the worldWe met up with our Singapore counterparts like Ben, Yew Leong and Cecile. I was there with a close colleague, Ai Ping
We were also warmly welcomed by the Pixel team and i must admit, they had 5 star hospitality ;). In the picture is Pixel Media CEO Kelvin Huang, MY sales director, Daniele Wong, Melanie, and Lilian Hor from Green Packet
This was just the appetizer
This is our tour group in front of the Sultan Ahmed Mosuqe
February was spent in Kuching, Sarawak (East Malaysia).
This picture is taken in front of the forbidden city (tian an men), Beijing China. The potrait in front of the building is of president Mao tse-tung's, the founder of the Chinese Communist Party
This picture is taken at the back alleys of Wang Fu Jing Street, the city Centre of Beijing, hosting a series of shopping malls and restaurants. The walls on the alleys were quite interesting with Chinese graffiti.