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Three Lessons I Learned From Flappy Bird

Maurice Saatchi has this to write to the employees of M&C Saatchi – and the rest of the advertising world – about what he termed “The Brutal Simplicity of Thought:” Simplicity is more than a discipline: it is a test. It forces exactitude or it annihilates. It accelerates failure when a cause is weak, and […]

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The Social Media Desiderata

I wish to go placidly amidst the noise and haste and stuff like that, but I just can’t. I wake up in the morning and check notifications on my phone.  My work involves making sense of all that noise in the virtual world, and often contributing to it.  I Tweet during meals, I Plurk in […]

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Found 'Em On Facebook

Any self-proclaimed and self-serving social media guru in this day and age will tell you that the key to success in online business is to make your own Facebook fan page.  Never mind that it’s not free (the times you spend updating your page all translate to labor costs), that you’ll spend a lot of […]

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Flashpoints

Around a year ago, the Freedom of Information Bill wasn’t passed in Congress, hashtagged with #FOI.  People were outraged by Congress not passing an essential bill.  Now, the hashtag of the season is #reefwatchPH or #savePHseas, where people are outraged by the “rape of the oceans.”  In the span of a year, many issues have […]

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Notes on the "Death" of Friendster

Techcrunch reports that Friendster, a pioneer of social networking, is going to wipe out photos, blogs, comments, testimonials, comments, and groups on May 31st.  Reading through the comments and some of the thoughts of friends and acquaintances, it’s fairly easy to see some consensus forming: that “Friendster is dead,” and would be part of a […]

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Did It Fail?

TJ Dimacali of GMANews.TV wrote an interesting article last Wednesday (that gives you how much free time I have these days, LOL) on whether or not last week’s cartoon-characters-against-child-abuse Facebook meme actually worked.  It’s interesting because it somehow reflects on the state of social media, and puts a good frame of reference in its position […]

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Laws of Online Memetics

Law of Memetic Inertia If the sum of all forces acting upon a subject is zero, then the trajectory of thought of that subject is constant. A subject at rest will move towards a bias when force acts upon it. All forces on the Internet are biased.  There is no objective solution. Law of Accelerated […]

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Fuckwad Effects

Sometime last year, I wrote about the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory in the context of John Suler’s online disinhibition effect thesis.  Today, there is growing interest in adding the conceptual form of Internet addiction in DSM-V, mostly because of real social problems brought about by translations of real-world behavior online. The sociologist William Isaac Thomas, […]

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My WordCamp 2010 Breakaway

WordCamp Philippines 2010 was nothing short of awesome.  And yes, this is a very belated entry. This year’s WordCamp Philippines found me babbling about WordPress statistics at the Advanced Track for the breakaway sessions – talking more about bananas and the tumbok shape of normal distributions more than anything else relevant – but I’m writing […]

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