Posts in category: Facebook

From Facebook to direct interactions

From Facebook to direct interactions

Image via Buzzfeed. It took about five minutes yesterday, standing on a busy train platform, to decide to scale back (ok, suspend) my interactions on Facebook. Nothing bad happened. It was just another day. I probably got overtired. And Facebook wasn’t helping. I like...
The tyranny of defaults

The tyranny of defaults

I came across this concept recently: the defaults a system is rolled out with often become the unseen and unquestioned status quo. A system can be an enterprise content management system, a cultural behavioural norm, or the boundaries and expectations we define in a...
Social tools and intimacy

Social tools and intimacy

We use a variety of social tools everyday – the phone, Facebook, email and chat for example. Each of these tools fosters different degrees of intimacy. Interactive Present/Immediate Anonymous Intimate Face-to-face meeting Phone or Skype call SMS/text, MMS messaging...

The Internet is not self-explanatory

“The Internet is not self-explanatory, even for young people.” Andrew McLemore wrote in Wanted: 21st Century Knowledge about how college students did not know where their teacher got multimedia content like “a TED video, a multimedia presentation on...

Devices don’t matter as much now

Most people seem to use technology in broadly similar ways these days. Surf the web, deal with email, watch YouTube, get on Facebook and other social sites, and some basic to intermediate Office-y stuff. It doesn’t really matter whether this is on a smartphone,...
Gender-based pricing and the illusion of choice

Gender-based pricing and the illusion of choice

“I’ve used both razors, and they’re exactly the same, just differently colored, packages, gendered, and therefore, priced. Brought to you by Cold Storage, Singapore.” — Vernie Oliveiro in a post on her Facebook page recently with the...

Acknowledgement

Here’s an idea for a website, or a Facebook app… You describe how some stranger or distant associate whom you don’t know that well has really helped you a long time ago. You acknowledge celebrate what they have done for you. Maybe this will become a way to...

Low hanging fruit in a high-stress world

I find many popular games boring. Facebook’s Farmville, that cafe one, and Tap Zoo just to name a few. These games all have similar traits. Traits that remind me of Tomagochi. Repetitive tasks that build towards simple, clear goals. Tasks with immediate...

The un-designed Facebook

In many respects FB is un-designed. If I had to rate its usability, I’d give it a 6 out of 10. I regularly find many aspects of Facebook frustratingly hard to use. Important controls are hidden (the Create New Message button often disappears off the right side of the...

Thoughts on smartphones and tablets

When smartphones first appeared, I thought “I have my laptop with me all the time, why would I want to surf the web on a tiny screen?” The same with tablets. I have a laptop. I don’t need another, less functional, thing to surf the net on. This was certainly true when...

The junk-food-ification of media and knowledge

In the early days of the post-tsunami Japanese nuclear plant accidents, the spate of sensationalised fear-mongering “news” was staggering to behold. Big scary words were used. Inflated comparisons were drawn with Chernobyl. Not to mention the cherry-picking of...

From things to thinking

When it comes to business performance tools, we have evolved from the very tangible (computer hardware) to the very ephemeral and human (creativity and innovation) in the short short span of a mere few decades. The rapid pace of evolution of the computing industry is...

Risky assumptions about Facebook

Assumption 1: Facebook is globally sensitive. This post was sparked by this article Japanese with common last name Yoda denied Facebook account. While I understand how Facebook, being an American invention, could let slip the occasional unawareness of things...

Make your TV commercials search-inducing

Most people never just passively watch TV. Googling random facts, checking their Facebook news feed and seeing who has tweeted in the past 30 seconds were atop the list of activities to do while watching, but strangely, a full 20 percent confessed to search for more...

Social media on mobiles

Social media is about dialogue. Or technology-enabled socialising. People get together to talk about stuff that matters to them. To exchange ideas, discuss, and share opinions. Social media can “run” on different technology platforms: the Internet/web/PCs, and...
Gadgets with sealed-in batteries

Gadgets with sealed-in batteries

More and more gadgets seem to be coming out with sealed-in batteries these days. Apple started this dubious trend with their Macbook Air. Not being an Apple fan, this had not really bothered me personally until recently when I discovered (a) I kinda sorta could like...

The self-selection of same-same amidst diversity

We have a natural tendency to seek out those who are similar to ourselves. Prior to the advent of easy, cheap, and fast global travel, tribalisation comes “naturally” as the people who tend to be most similar to ourselves are our immediate families and those in our...
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