Quick Updates on Vietnamese Social Networking Sites

By , February 26, 2008 10:54 am


News feed is implemented in CyVee


faceViet launched new Beta with an interface different from that of Facebook.

They provide a rich Blogging platform and Music (both audio and video) embedding which are not present in Facebook core.

More reviews will come later soon…


yUp! opens Beta, as previously reported.


yobanbe has been transferred to Zing domain yobanbe.zing.vn

Good move for boosting Zing’s Alexa rank.


yeah1 grows from a forum to a community for teenagers. They aim at building a magazine and a TV channel for this market.


Not a purely social networking site, but it’s worth mentioning that VCCorp’s CafeF has offered WordPress-powered blogging platform that specializes in Stock, and a Q&A channel at blog.cafef.vn

Any other interesting updates?

Tai Tran on Yahoo! Pipes

By , February 9, 2008 1:24 am

What is Yahoo! Pipes?

Pipes is a new mashup from Yahoo! that provides a GUI for building applications that aggregate Web feeds, web pages, and other services, creating Web-based applications from various sources. At the end of the process, user can choose to publish those applications.

The site works by letting users “pipe” information from different sources and then set up rules for how that content should be modified.

Tai Tran on Yahoo! Pipes


Tai Tran on Yahoo! Pipes

How to use Yahoo! Pipes

There are a series of videos to look at.

Firstly, please see the basics of Yahoo! Pipes

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Other videos in the series:

yUp.vn opens Beta

By , February 5, 2008 4:17 pm

yUp! logo

yUp! silently opens Beta just before Tet holiday. My impression is that their efforts are spent to organize and provide most relevant information to users.

New features


Talks has been added. It works the same way as that of a simple forum. This should allow more interactions between yUppers.

Large publish button

Security options

Security levels for user profile & homepage.


The new layout is nice and neat with a lot of spaces to breath. The design concords perfectly with the mission of organizing information of the website.

Organizing information


On its homepage, instead of throwing a lot of options in directories on users, only hottest ones are displayed: yUp’s Picks, Highest Rating.

yUp’s Picks and Highest Rating goes the same for Venues.


Events tab makes it even further: they provide Week view of events. Navigation can be done chiefly through the calendar which is very convenient


Categories on the treeview have been simplified to 4, which makes to less confusing for users.


Information organization is what makes success of Google. Can we say the same for yUp!?

Localization must allow option to International version

By , February 5, 2008 1:49 am

It is very likely that when you key in google.com to your browser, the page is redirected you to the localized Google page of the country where your IP is detected. Oh yeah, unless you’re in the US.

Enjoy this? Localization exists with the hope to bring you more relevant contents.

But what if you want the international or original version of the website?

At least I do.


  • Because many terminologies when translated are difficult to understand.
  • Because I want international contents.
  • Because my browser may not display the localized language correctly by default.
  • Or because I don’t understand the language on the localized page!

When I logged in to YouTube today, it redirected me to YouTube Taiwan tw.youtube.com! What? I am not Taiwanese. I speak a little Chinese but I wouldn’t want to surf web in Chinese. I checked my IP: still the Vietnamese ISP. There must have be some mistake in YouTube server. I hope it won’t last for long.

Then I went to Blogger with my cookies cleared and I had to set the language to English again.

Let’s try cyworld.com. Oh, it redirects me to CyWorld Vietnam cyworld.vn

Thanks goodness, Yahoo!, while hosting a Yahoo! Vietnam portal, doesn’t automatically redirect me to the localized page by default.

Tweak it

For Google, this command google.com/ncr brings you to the US version of Google.

For YouTube, I had to go to YouTube UK uk.youtube.com, a page with a language I understand.

I checked CyWord Korea out too by guessing the domain cyworld.co.kr. Ah ha, my guess was correct.

So what then?

Web service providers, I understand that localization is very likely to expand your market. However, not all users want a localized version. Please give your users the option to choose to go to the international version of your page. And when you do, please make it simple like Google did with a command.


Problem-Solving Tools Series: Risk Analysis

By , February 1, 2008 4:28 pm

Risk Analysis

Category: Analysis

How to use

Risk Analysis

Risk = probability of event x cost of event

Write down answers to the following questions:

Identify Threats

Threats may include:

  • Human
  • Procedure: internal system, organization
  • Nature: weather, disaster, disease, accident
  • Technology: technical failure
  • Politics: tax, public opinion, policy
  • Project:budget, time
  • Finance: stock, business failure, interest rates
  • Others

Estimate Risk

By using formula based on key indicators

Prioritize the risks and create risk management plan.

Managing Risk

Select a cos-effective approach.

Risks can be managed by:

  • Using existing assets
  • Using contingency planning: choose to accept a risk, but develop a plan to minimize its effects
  • Investing in new resources


Risks analysis allows you to examine the risks that you or your organization faces in a structured approach. It focuses on probability and cost of events occurring.

Risk analysis forms the basis for risk management.

Previous volumes of the series

  1. Introduction
  2. Reversal
  3. Appreciation
  4. Drill Down
  5. SWOT Analysis

Problem-Solving Tools Series: SWOT Analysis

By , February 1, 2008 4:03 pm

SWOT Analysis

Category: Analysis

How to use

SWOT Analysis

Write down answers to the following questions:


  • What are your advantages?
  • What do you do well?
  • What do other people see as your strengths?


  • What could you improve?
  • What do you do badly?
  • What should you avoid?


  • Where are the good opportunities facing you?
  • What are the interesting trends you are aware of?
  • Note: useful opportunities can come from things such as:
    • Changes in technology
    • Changes in market
    • Changes in policy
    • Changes in social patterns, lifestyle


  • What obstacles do you face?
  • What are your competitors doing?
  • Is changing conditions threatening your position?
  • Do you have cash flow problems?


This tool helps you focus on your strengths, minimize your weaknesses, and take advantage of opportunities available.

Previous volumes of the series

  1. Introduction
  2. Reversal
  3. Appreciation
  4. Drill Down

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