Posts tagged: blogger

Best Vietnam Finance & Financial Economics blogs

By , September 26, 2011 10:30 am

1. kinhtetaichinh.blogspot.com

This blog covers global and Vietnam news with a financial economics view, with in-depth analysis.

The author, Mr. Giang Le PhD, is working for an investment fund in Brisbane, Australia.

2. nghiatq.wordpress.com

This blog covers economic news and is updated with high frequency.

3. hoquoctuan.wordpress.com and hoquoctuan.blogspot.com

Tuan writes and co-writes for local newspapers. His WordPress is an aggregate of his articles. His Blogspot is more like a reading archive with occasional comments. Commenting on his blog would trigger in-depth responses.

Tuan is doing his PhD in University of Manchester.

4. huetri.com

A more trader-oriented blog that mostly covers the author’s analysis on US market, with occasional view on Vietnam environment.

Tri bases in Oregon and his team in HCMC.

5. pgbankresearch.wordpress.com

A collaborative blog by PG Bank’s Research Group.

The topics I'd wish somebody would start blogging professionally for: Investment, Fund Management and Financial Analysis

By , August 28, 2008 2:36 pm

I just received a question from Darren Rowse from Twitter today.

Darren Rowse's question on Twitter

So to answer his question, I’d like to share what I’m thinking:

1. Investment in emerging markets

The reason is that emerging markets behave in a different way from those of developed countries. Theory of macro-economics or technical analysis cannot be applied without customization. I’d wish somebody would write about this topic, beside Nam Le at Cofieu

2. The career of a Financial Analyst, especially in Fund Management, Banking and Securities

…Because this is my chosen career path.

I do read Jason Vu‘s and Khoa Pham‘s blogs regularly though.

How about you? What is your answer to the question?

Google Knol provides another channel / platform, rather than depresses current ones

By , July 25, 2008 11:50 pm

Google Knol screenshot

The latest content-creating product from Google, Knol, is heating the debates on whether it would directly compete with current content ecologies.

Below is my view toward Knol.

Knol vs. Wikipedia?

Knol is often compared to Wikipedia.

In fact, Knol is more centralized on authorship and authority in content creation, so I believe that Knol employs the top-down model which is closer to Citizendium than to Wikipedia.

However, to repeat, Knol is not wiki. It takes advantage of collaborative-editing.

Knol vs. Blogs?

More interestingly, some bloggers express their concern that Knol would interfere with professional blogs, which also aim at sharing knowledge.

My view is that Knol does not compete with Blogs, but rather offer an alternative to content publishing.

Knol is more on scientific/academic articles and how-to style, while blogs are more for expressing opinions.

For example, this post Tag of mine is more suitable for Knol, while this entry is more for my blog.

So Knol is another channel and platform to share your knowledge with the world, with more focus on authorization.

How will you use Google Knol?

VCCorp and expert content composition in Vietnam

By , July 22, 2008 3:57 pm

VCCorp is aggressively penetrating the “expert” content composition in Vietnam with their new products: CafeF, bnok, gocnhin and thenao

1. CafeF

A group-blog service on Finance and Stock developed basing on WordPress

2. bnok.vn

A group-blog service that hosts multiple professional and interest groups.

Currently, bnok is limited:

  • Registration done manually
  • Each blog is associated with only one group
  • Maximum 3 blogs are associated with 1 account

bnok supports import from these platforms

  1. Blogger
  2. Blogware
  3. DotClear
  4. RSS
  5. GreyMatter
  6. WordPress
  7. LiveJournal
  8. Movable Type / Typepad

From this list, it is observable that their development team utilize plugins for WordPress. To penetrate the Vietnamese market, they should have started building a tool to import Yahoo! 360 blog now.

3. gocnhin

A techmeme clone

4. thenao

A Vietnamese wiki platform. I believe that with their financial base, VCCorp will introduce incentives for contributors in the competition with Wikipedia Vietnamese.

The name “thế nào” gives me the impression of “how stuffs work”.

Comments

VCCorp seems like the only player on this field. Will expert content have any potentials for monetization?

Apart from traditional monetization by advertising on web, selling analysis and contents to consumers is also a good idea.

What do you think about these products?

Picasa integrated into Blogger

By , May 1, 2008 12:58 am

After the acquisition of Picasa, Google has developed it to a powerful photo-sharing service.

Recently, Google has taken the next step to integrate Picasa with Blogger.

Integration between services is a must-do, and Google has done very well with their web properties, and in a smart way too: Gmail and Docs for business, now Blogger and Picasa for expression.

Yahoo! launched Yahoo! 360plus Vietnam

By , April 26, 2008 1:05 pm

Yahoo! 360plus Vietnam logo

Yahoo! just released Yahoo! 360plus Vietnam, the blogging platform-social networking hybrid that is expected to replace its Yahoo! 360.

The Vietnamese version is developed based on its HongKong counterpart, and many R&D activities are done in Singapore.

Additionally, Yahoo! is planning to open its office Vietnam, rather than managing remotely from Singapore like currently.

Overview functionalities

Generally, it takes current features of Yahoo! 360 and merge with functionalities that are common across many blogging platforms.

The server(s) is still located outside Vietnam.

No real innovation has been observed.

It’s worth mentioning that in recent years, Yahoo! has focused more on branding, while Google on products and Facebook on user experience. Result?

About Vietnam market.

There are now 20 million Internet users in Vietnam, most of whom are young people under 25.

The Vietnam market is the 5th largest market of Yahoo!

Vietnamese Internet users depend heavily on Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! 360. The number of Yahoo! 360 accounts is approximately 1 million, comparing with 4 millions users of this service worldwide.

Yahoo! is trying hard to maintain its user base and seek to acquire even more by launching its new platform.

Yahoo!’s competitors in Vietnam

Social networking

Facebook is increasingly spreading in the English-speaking, tech-savvy communities.

yobanbe from Vina Game

tamtay, a MySpace clone

Vietnamese cyworld

faceViet, a Facebook clone

Blogging

Some, frustrated with the buggy 360, have switched to other blogging platforms including blogger, opera, multiply. A small number of techies endorse WordPress

The local ngoisaoblog service

Contemporary History of Self-Expression on the Net

By , October 30, 2007 2:03 am

Evolution of self-expression on the net

Source: Problogger, Why Twitter Isn’t a Waste of Time

Support Tim O'Reilly with a Blogger's Code of Conduct

By , September 4, 2007 4:52 am

Problems of the blogosphere

Anonymity

Anonymity on the web

Anonymity on the web makes people believe that they don’t have to be responsible for what they write. Therefore, many behave on the web in ways that they would not otherwise. Some sp.am, some attack other people, some abuse technology for their own goods while degrading other’s efforts.

sp.am

Comment sp.am

sp.ams in comments is another method of sending irrelevant, unwanted commercial messages to blogs.

Some sp.amme.rs use comment sp.am as a way to increase their websites’ PageRank by including URL to their website.

sp.am is often done by automated software.

SplogSpot

Splog

sp.am blogs, sometimes referred to by the neologism splogs, are artificially created weblog sites which the author uses to promote affiliated websites or to increase the search engine rankings of associated sites. The purpose of a splog can be to increase the PageRank or backlink portfolio of affiliate websites, to artificially inflate paid ad impressions from visitors, and/or use the blog as a link outlet to get new sites indexed. sp.am blogs are usually a type of scraper site, where content is often either Inauthentic Text or merely stolen (see blog scraping) from other websites. These blogs usually contain a high number of links to sites associated with the splog creator which are often disreputable or otherwise useless websites.

Stop Cyberbully

Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying is a type of harassment via electronic messages. Cyber bullying may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech). Cyber bullies may publish personal contact information for their victims at websites. They may attempt to assume the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them.

Cyber bullying via blogs

Recently, Kathy Sierra, a web designer, was threatened by a commenter at her blog Headrush.

Other forms that blog cyber-bullying can take are the creation of fake blogs in the name of a victim which purport to be by the victim but which ridicule him or her. Such sites may use vulgarity, por.nogr.aphy and other forms of inflammatory discourse in an attempt to shame the victim.

Troll

Troll

Trolls can be existing members of a community that often contribute no useful information to the thread, but instead make argumentative posts in an attempt to discredit another person, concentrating almost exclusively on facts irrelevant to the point of the conversation, with the intent of provoking a reaction from others. The key element under attack by a troll is known only to the troll.

A troll’s main goal is usually to arouse anger and frustration among the message board’s other participants, and will write whatever it takes to achieve this end. One popular trolling strategy is the practice of Winning by Losing. While the victim is trying to put forward solid and convincing facts to prove his position, the troll’s only goal is to infuriate its prey. The troll takes (what it knows to be) a badly flawed, wholly illogical argument, and then vigorously defends it while mocking and insulting its prey. The troll looks like a complete fool, but this is all part of the plan. The victim becomes noticeably angry by trying to repeatedly explain the flaws of the troll’s argument. Provoking this anger was the troll’s one and only goal from the very beginning.

A concern troll is a pseudonym created by a user whose point of view is opposed to the one his/her sockpuppet claims to hold. The concern troll posts in web forums devoted to its declared point of view (for example, Democrats or fans of the Prius), and attempts to sway the group’s actions or opinions while claiming to share their goals but with some “concerns”. The goal is to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt within the group.

Do not feed the troll Experienced participants in online forums know that the most effective way to discourage a troll is usually to ignore him or her, because responding encourages a true troll to continue disruptive posts — hence the often-seen warning “Please do not feed the troll”.

Illustration: Troll’s Brain and Memory

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Dooce

To be “dooced” is to lose one’s job as a result of something one wrote on the internet.

This neologism is formed from the true story of Heather B. Armstrong’s website dooce.com in 2002.

Legal issues

Apart from being a web user, a member of communities, an author, you are also a citizen, and are bound to the law of your region and the Terms of Service of the blogging service you are using.

A behavior deemed acceptable in a community may violate the legal code of the place you’re residing. Be careful.

Tim O’Reilly calls for a Blogger’s Code of Conduct

Tim O’Reilly is calling for a Blogger’s Code of Conduct. Civility Enforced

Tim O’Reilly Draft Blogger’s Code of Conduct

Tim hopes that it would come through self-regulation.

It is still under development. The latest version of his draft contains 6 points.

I believe that his attempt, while will not solve all problems of the blogosphere, will address the issues and raise the awareness of bloggers worldwide so that we can eradicate the bad seeds together.

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