Posts tagged: social

Vietnam Technology trends 2012

By , February 25, 2012 4:38 am

This is for an interview by 5desire.

For those who don’t read Vietnamese, here is a brief summary.

  1. Investments flow from financial instruments to venture
  2. Vietnam technology landscape attracts regional media
  3. e-Commerce: time for B2C
  4. Groupon clones matures and grows steadily
  5. Mobile apps grow on cheaper devices
  6. Users become more social and vertical

Xu hướng 2012
(Theo Tài Trần)
Năm 2012 tiếp tục là một năm thử lửa với nền kinh tế. Tình hình kinh doanh nhiều ngành khó khăn, thị trường tài chính giảm nhiệt, người tiêu dùng thắt chặt chi tiêu. Bối cảnh đó lại đem đến cơ hội tốt cho ngành ICT. Khi luồng tiền đổ vào bất động sản, công cụ tài chính giảm đi, vốn quay trở lại mảng công nghệ. Ngoài các nhà đầu tư tổ chức, các nhà đầu tư cá nhân (angel investor) cũng đầu tư cho nhiều dự án khởi nghiệp.
2012 bắt đầu bằng một tin chấn động là IPO của Facebook, càng làm mảng công nghệ nóng hơn lên. Dự kiến, những đợt sóng công nghệ thế giới cũng sẽ đem lại nhiều thuận lợi cho thị trường trong nước. Như đón đầu làn sóng đó, truyền thông quốc tế đã và đang quan tâm đến Việt Nam nhiều hơn. Các trang tin penn-olson, e27, Bloomberg, techcocktail, forbes đã có nhiều bài viết về thị trường và các công ty Việt Nam.
Năm 2012 cũng sẽ chứng kiến sự trưởng thành vượt bậc của nhiều mô hình như thanh toán trực tuyến, thương mại điện tử, mạng xã hội ngách. Các đơn vị tham gia thương mại điện tử đã có kinh nghiệm vận hành để phát triển B2C thêm vào C2C như trước đây. Mô hình B2C có thể giải quyết vấn đề niềm tin của người tiêu dùng mà C2C không làm được, từ đó lan toả dần ra phục vụ được nhóm đối tượng người tiêu dùng ít nhạy bén công nghệ. Các dịch vụ thanh toán điện tử đã có nhiều sẵn sàng phục vụ nhu cầu thanh toán mua hàng trực tuyến, chuyển tiền, tiêu thụ nội dung số. Thị trường Groupon sẽ dần ổn định và vẫn tiếp tục tăng trưởng.
Trong năm 2012, giá điện thoại thông minh sẽ giảm mạnh. Smartphone chạy Android giá dưới 3 triệu sẽ xuất hiện nhiều. Sự lan toả của nền tảng điện thoại thông minh cộng với cước phí 3G ngày càng cải thiện là động lực cho ứng dụng di động phát triển đa dạng. Nhu cầu tiêu thụ nội dung số trên di động tiếp tục tăng trưởng mạnh mẽ. Ngoài ra, ứng dụng di động cũng sẽ có nhiều sáng tạo để giải quyết các nhu cầu thông tin liên lạc, giải trí của người dùng.
Một xu hướng nữa là sự lan toả tính cộng đồng trên các mạng xã hội trong nhiều hình thái. Người dùng sẽ tìm thấy các cộng đồng phù hợp sở thích và thói quen của mình. Ví dụ cùng chơi web games, cùng chia sẻ niềm đam mê mua sắm, cùng chia sẻ và trao đổi sở thích phim ảnh ca nhạc trên rất nhiều kênh lấy mạng xã hội làm nền tảng.
Kết lại, 2012 là năm rất gần trong cuộc chạy đua làn sóng công nghệ mới. Cơ hội mở ra với tất cả mọi người.

Read more: http://blog.5desire.com/post/16914971979/ict-leak-so-01

Microsoft’s Socl screenshots

By , February 6, 2012 12:36 pm
  • It is under FUSE lab
  • It works with Follow not Add Friend
  • The design is quite neat
  • Video parties is unique
  • However, because the product is still in lab, I suddenly feel it can be shut down anytime Microsoft finds it unattractive

Click here and here to download higher resolution.

Reading: Social Gaming

By , August 31, 2011 9:36 am

Social Gaming Research 30.6.11 by Clipperton http://taitran.posterous.com/social-gaming-research-clipperton-30611

Social Game Mechanics http://taitran.posterous.com/social-game-mechanics

A list of Social Game Providers http://taitran.posterous.com/social-game-providers

Visionary Leadership, Capability Development and Resource Utilization

By , May 12, 2008 12:57 am

Now this is a well-known time management matrix many people use to manage their daily tasks.

Urgent Not Urgent
Important
  • Crises
  • Pressing problems
  • Deadlines
  • Prevention
  • Capability Enhancement
  • Relationship Building
  • Recognizing Opportunities
  • Planning
Not Important
  • Interruptions, some calls
  • Some emails, some reports
  • Some meetings
  • Trivia
  • Some emails
  • Some phone calls
  • Some chats
  • Time wasters

***

Using this table, the first step many people take would likely be neglecting Not-Important trivia and spending efforts on Important-Urgent matters. And so these matters grow. The problems get bigger and bigger and all energy will be used to manage problems and deadlines.

Urgent Not Urgent
Important
  • Crises management
  • Problems management
  • Deadlines management
Not Important

***

How about Important but Not-Urgent endeavors?

They may never get done since Important-Urgent are consuming all the time and energy.

But it’s Important + Non-Urgent matters that make the difference. They are usually long-term vision, planning, expectation management, capabilities enhancement, maintenance and opportunity realization.

Urgent Not Urgent
Important
  • Vision
  • Planning
  • Expectation management
  • Capabilities enhancement
  • Maintenance
  • Opportunity realization
Not Important

Focusing on Important + Non-Urgent issues is opportunity-minded, more than sheer problem-solving-minded.

***

How to focus on Important and Non-Urgent matters

Neglecting Non-Important requires some techniques:

  • Say ‘No’ to trivia
  • Tell the phone caller you’re busy and will call back
  • Check emails at fixed times and solve all unread emails all at once. Of course, in some conditions you’re required to open email application but if not, consider not letting it disturb your concentration

But then to avoid falling into pressing matters and to focus on Important but Non-Urgent matters requires more than techniques.

It requires vision, imagination, desire, discipline, commitment, and balance.

Vision

You need to have clear visions of your life. Where do you see yourself in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, at 60, till the rest of your life?

Many industries change dramatically, but organization doesn’t change that much. Societies evolve rapidly, but many social values don’t change as fast.

Have your vision.

Because without visions it’s easy to get lost in circles of life and even trapped in your own decisions.

Imagination

To be able to build visions, imagination is crucial. You can imagine how and what you will be doing towards your goals of life. Then how and what you will be doing after accomplishing certain milestones of your life.

Desire

Have had a vision? Desire it with all you’ve got. Desire is different from greed.

Desiring a vision keeps you on-track and over temptations on the way.

Discipline

Following a vision requires high discipline. Almost no one but you yourself keep track of your progress, so fit yourself in your schedule.

A plan without deadlines is no plan.

Commitment

Even higher than discipline, it requires commitment. Commitment to your vision, your values, your goals, your targets. Commitment to what’re truly important to you in the long run.

Balance

Persistently following a vision is painful and it’s easy to be off-tracked or lured by temptations.

Mental and physical balance should be met for you to always focus.

***

On Organization level

I’ve discussed leadership and capability development on individual (or personal) level.

The same principles apply for organizational leadership.

Leadership is different from management is that leadership points out the direction and builds up long-term capabilities to reach the goals.

Spending efforts on strategic planning, developing capabilities reduces risks and put crises under control.

Take one example in Human Resource. It’s wise to develop some practices:

  • Develop the skills of resources, both for immediate tasks and long-term development business needs
  • Encourage self-learning
  • Backup and rotate resources
  • Utilize the right person with the right skill for the right job

***

Conclusion

This articles encourages shifting the focus from Urgency to Importance which, if done, can create positive energy in your life and/or your organization.

Visionary Leadership, Capability Development and Resource Utilization

By , May 6, 2008 12:57 am

Now this is a well-known time management matrix many people use to manage their daily tasks.

  Urgent Not Urgent
Important
  • Crises
  • Pressing problems
  • Deadlines
  • Prevention
  • Capability Enhancement
  • Relationship Building
  • Recognizing Opportunities
  • Planning
Not Important
  • Interruptions, some calls
  • Some emails, some reports
  • Some meetings
  • Trivia
  • Some emails
  • Some phone calls
  • Some chats
  • Time wasters

***

Using this table, the first step many people take would likely be neglecting Not-Important trivia and spending efforts on Important-Urgent matters. And so these matters grow. The problems get bigger and bigger and all energy will be used to manage problems and deadlines.

  Urgent Not Urgent
Important
  • Crises management
  • Problems management
  • Deadlines management
 
Not Important    

***

How about Important but Not-Urgent endeavors?

They may never get done since Important-Urgent are consuming all the time and energy.

But it’s Important + Non-Urgent matters that make the difference. They are usually long-term vision, planning, expectation management, capabilities enhancement, maintenance and opportunity realization.

  Urgent Not Urgent
Important  
  • Vision
  • Planning
  • Expectation management
  • Capabilities enhancement
  • Maintenance
  • Opportunity realization
Not Important    

Focusing on Important + Non-Urgent issues is opportunity-minded, more than sheer problem-solving-minded.

***

How to focus on Important and Non-Urgent matters

Neglecting Non-Important requires some techniques:

  • Say ‘No’ to trivia
  • Tell the phone caller you’re busy and will call back
  • Check emails at fixed times and solve all unread emails all at once. Of course, in some conditions you’re required to open email application but if not, consider not letting it disturb your concentration

But then to avoid falling into pressing matters and to focus on Important but Non-Urgent matters requires more than techniques.

It requires vision, imagination, desire, discipline, commitment, and balance.

Vision

You need to have clear visions of your life. Where do you see yourself in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, at 60, till the rest of your life?

Many industries change dramatically, but organization doesn’t change that much. Societies evolve rapidly, but many social values don’t change as fast.

Have your vision.

Because without visions it’s easy to get lost in circles of life and even trapped in your own decisions.

Imagination

To be able to build visions, imagination is crucial. You can imagine how and what you will be doing towards your goals of life. Then how and what you will be doing after accomplishing certain milestones of your life.

Desire

Have had a vision? Desire it with all you’ve got. Desire is different from greed.

Desiring a vision keeps you on-track and over temptations on the way.

Discipline

Following a vision requires high discipline. Almost no one but you yourself keep track of your progress, so fit yourself in your schedule.

A plan without deadlines is no plan.

Commitment

Even higher than discipline, it requires commitment. Commitment to your vision, your values, your goals, your targets. Commitment to what’re truly important to you in the long run.

Balance

Persistently following a vision is painful and it’s easy to be off-tracked or lured by temptations.

Mental and physical balance should be met for you to always focus.

***

On Organization level

I’ve discussed leadership and capability development on individual (or personal) level.

The same principles apply for organizational leadership.

Leadership is different from management is that leadership points out the direction and builds up long-term capabilities to reach the goals.

Spending efforts on strategic planning, developing capabilities reduces risks and put crises under control.

Take one example in Human Resource. It’s wise to develop some practices:

  • Develop the skills of resources, both for immediate tasks and long-term development business needs
  • Encourage self-learning
  • Backup and rotate resources
  • Utilize the right person with the right skill for the right job

***

Conclusion

This articles encourages shifting the focus from Urgency to Importance which, if done, can create positive energy in your life and/or your organization.

36 Reasons why people Word-of-Mouth

By , January 26, 2008 11:26 am

Content-centric Social Networking

By , December 19, 2007 8:26 pm

Content-centric Social Networking

Social Networking is definitely fun, but some players are feeling lost

Haven’t even experienced Social Networking fatigue…

It is predicted that Social Networking will reach its peak in around 2009 before experiencing gradual decline.

2 years is too far away, at least to an average user. Why not have all the fun today?

The truth is, I am really enjoying Facebook and all it’s got: relationship-centric network, mature core functionalities, rich applications, nice gifts, intuitive design…

Mini-feed is also a great idea! Whale done, Mark! With it I can explore what my friends have just been doing and so can they. A great way to know more about other people.

…but I just realized one important piece is missing

You can explore what your friends do daily on Facebook. Very good already…

Consider it more deeply, have you identified what are missing here?

You don’t know what your friends do in real life. Furthermore, you don’t know what they THINK!

Knowing one’s activities on one platform is great, but would it sometimes drive you to the assumption that you know what others are doing and thus spend less time interacting with them via more traditional but human way or reading what they have to write?

How do people express their ideas? Via what they have to write down (Blog!), or take photos on (Photoblog!), or produce video clip for (Vidlog!). Less likely via sets of pre-designed virtual gifts 🙂

No, I don’t mean that gifts don’t represent the hearts. I still treasure each and every gift my friends have been giving me, but I’d appreciate it more if they simply write in their own words or post their own design.

Because we’ve been bringing content to Social Networks…

I have emphasized many times that Social Networking is totally different from Blogging. However, due to the two facts that they are born so close to each other and that several sites offer both simultaneously such as Live Spaces or Yahoo! 360, the two are often mistaken to have to be together.

Let’s, for now, consider them cousins anyway. Who should follow whom?

It happens all the time that Blogging has to follow Social Networking, mainly because:

  • The number of people ready to send pre-defined gifts outcrowds the number of those willing to write about what they think
  • The inertia to connect with quick messages outdoes the urge to share well-thought ideas
  • Social Networking activities are less time-consuming and less effort-consuming so they are done more frequently within the day. On the contrary, Writing takes time and efforts and Reading is usually done for once. In comparison, users visit Social Networking sites much more often than they do Blogs. “More times of visits” makes the impression of “being bigger”. Smaller ones always have to follow bigger ones don’t they?
  • More times of visits per day means more ads generated and higher click-through rates. Subsequently, more revenues for site owners and more investments are expected.

User-generated contents, if applicable, may be integrated into Social Networking profiles via RSS and/or addons. Correct me if I’m wrong, though it takes much more time and efforts to write posts, the section containing these posts is not the center of the majority of Social Networking profiles, and is often depressed by the higher density of other quicker and painless activities.

…but why not the other way around?

After following me down here, is there any reason you can think of to do the other way around, which means to bring Social Networking functionalities to Blogs?

Shaking head?

What’s the point?

Any profits doing so?

Large Self in Community

I’m answering this question: Yes! There are.

Those serious about publishing their own content will not be hindered by limitations. The will to write will push the authors to overcome the (possible) difficulties.

How the world floats

We’ll see how people do the hard job of bringing Social Networking to Blogs.

MyBlogLog: more than merely $222 per blog

MyBlogLog builds communities around blogs and provides bloggers the ability to be updated of activities of their connections. Activities here are content-centric: read and comment.

The recent $10 million acquisition by Yahoo! has raised interests in MyBlogLog. MyBlogLog reports 45,000 registered blogs. A simple math gives us the price of each: $222. An innocent question comes following: will Yahoo!’s ads cover this cost?

Come on! Don’t pretend to be that naive. An acquisition doesn’t necessarily offer tangible benefits today or even next year, but the truth is that the concept and foundation of the seller then becomes more powerful in the strong hand of the buyer.

Acquiring MyBlogLog belongs to a grand strategy of Yahoo!. “MyBlogLog – a Yahoo! service” will not generate handsome profits alone, but will do so greatly when the platform is integrated with other legacy Yahoo! services such as Flickr, del.icio.us, Mash, Yahoo! Blog platform.

I am bringing networks to my blog with MyBlogLog.

DiSo: what should always have been

Distributed Social Networking is the next ambition of Open Web community. It brings

Distributed Social Networks centered taitran.com

Visualize this:

  • All things are done on your site without having to push your content to a small box in your Social Networking profiles
  • You can add other bloggers as friends instead of simply putting them in your blogroll
  • You can offer people your RSS feeds
  • You can see your connections’ updates such as: Tai reads ‘Kafka on the shore Review’ on Lisa’s blog in 19/12/2007
  • You have your status on your blog
  • You see and can choose to pose list of recent readers of your blog
  • You can send friend requests to other bloggers
  • All things are done on your site. No tight boxes in other places

What does this mean? It means your content is the center of your site. What takes the most of your time and efforts deserves meritorious position.

How does it sound?
How do you feel about its future?

I know you care, so please just share…

5 ways to build effective Wikis

By , December 6, 2007 12:15 am

Simply Wiki

Wiki is a platform that allow anyone to quickly edit web pages. Repeat after me: anyone & quick.

I doubt that you don’t know Wikipedia. Yes, it is the most successful Wiki instance today.

To know more of Wiki, please see the following video:

[gv data=”http://www.youtube.com/v/awxYqXI3x1A”][/gv]

Potential problems with Wikis

Disorder

The fact that information can be quickly edited by anyone is the primary reason why wikis grow like weeds instead of carefully tended gardens.

Large scale wikis become chaotic and disorganized

Multiple collaboration means no one owns anything — organization comes from someone having a vested interest to organize and maintain.

Information is hard to navigate consistently because there is no unifying vision to the structure.

Large scale wikis turn into a flat hierarchy of documents with no hierarchy.

Information transfer

It is hard to import information into a wiki from other sources.

It is hard to export information out of wikis (eg: RSS feeds).

5 ways to build effective Wikis

1. Make it Search-intelligent

Make URLs human-readable permalinks

Navigation clues

2. Manage Version Control

Version control for every change

Rollbacks of edits

Notifications, watch lists and logs

Discussions of changes

3. Enable Information Management

Refactor and maintain information

Document management: attachments (documents, images, media…) should be treated the same as pages when it comes to search and version control.

Provide import/export functionalities to standard-compliant format (XML).

4. Build an Organization that best supports

Wikis are not built to be used in top-down organizational hierarchy. However, all-are-equal model lurks serious problems. Click here to read more of the story…

We shall see if Larry Sanger’s experiment of Citizendium will make it more effective.

5. Develop a Process

Building Wikis is one activity of knowledge management. Knowledge management process should be developed, especially in tightly-organized groups, to support this.

Conclusion

Wikis are effective if built and managed the right way, and let’s.

Webnerations: From Web Service to Web Platform, and how their Business Models evolve

By , November 8, 2007 7:45 pm

We thought Web Service was good. It certainly is!

Web Service has brought the economy to the web. There is no need to repeat what Amazon, eBay, Yahoo! and Google all have done.

Windows Live Centralized Point

Web 2.0 and a different approach

But another approach is rising fast. Web service providers now make their product a Web Platform.

They build up a very good core based on solid philosophy. Then they provide API for developers to build applications on.

Browser

With their defeat by Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, Mozilla temporarily withdrew and launch their next hit: Firefox.

As in September 2007, market share of Firefox reaches 35.4%, according to W3C.

One important reason why Firefox has become this popular is due to its extensions gallery. A huge collection of well-done small web services are offered for free by developers worldwide.

Many of Firefox extensions are done to support other web services such as Google Search, Blogging, del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, digg, Amazon, eBay.

Gradually, the browser becomes one of the largest centralized points of the web.

Social Networking

Talking about Social Networking today, we have to praise Facebook immediately.

Facebook is also doing very well to provide their API so that applications can be developed on a very good and mature skeleton.

Most successful Facebook applications support networking purpose such as free gifts, messages, testimonials, collaborative games.

The goal of a social networking site is to become the home of as many activities of users as possible.

Content Management Systems

WordPress, Joomla, phpBB have been building communities around them.

Themes allow personalization.

Plugins allow customization.

Most of all, the platform allow monetization.

Conclusion: Web Platforms

Looking at these obvious examples, we see that Firefox, Facebook, WordPress et al offer a very solid and useful core and highly flexible and open API on which applications, extensions, addons, plugins, themes can grow and develop.

They have become Web Platforms to Web Services.

These Web Services in turn make the Platforms new and ever-changing.

Future: Information Depot

In near future, or maybe now already, we’ll see these central points become Information Depot in Semantic Web.

When a web seller wants to approach specific market segment, it should know what and how the potential customers are like. How? From Information Nodes such as e-Commerce sites and Social Networking sites. It would go to Amazon to get information on the customers’ buying preferences, and go to Facebook to get information on the customers’ networks and personal interests.

Can you imagine what happens next? These Information Depots will be able to manipulate the information in whichever way they prefer, not limited to making the information available, for prices.

Conclusion

We’re moving from separated glamorous isles to metropolitans on the web.

You will be able to do many things on a single website. Enjoy the sweetness it brings, while not lowing your guard on diabetes.

Facebook vs Orkut vs Yahoo! Mash vs MySpace, and some other Social Networking sites

By , October 29, 2007 11:08 pm

Social Network Sites

Facebook

Facebook logo

73.5 million users and growing fastest

What I like about it

  1. Mini-Feed is useful in seeing a quick snapshot on the latest happenings within your network without going to several sites to check.
  2. The ability to supply how you know a person.
  3. Nice applications. Approximately 10% of Facebook applications I’ve tried are interesting and useful while others are not as good.

I think these can be improved

  1. Fixed 600 width and non-resizable
  2. Non-customizable design
  3. No blogging functionality
  4. Tight security: profile only viewable by friends. How do you determine if a profile is your friend or not just by looking at the screen name which can be different from the real name?
  5. One account can only join no more than 200 groups. Unlimited is preferred.

Orkut

Glossy Orkut logo

24.6 million users

What I like about it

  1. Simple design, Google philosophy after all
  2. Extensible width
  3. Ad-free

I think these can be improved

  1. Name. Honestly speaking, the Turkish name “Orkut” is very unfamiliar. Just a remark, as the brand name is not supposed to change
  2. Very few, if any, extensions

Yahoo! Mash

Yahoo! Mash Logo

What I like about it

  1. Wider width
  2. Larger font
  3. Allows profiles to be updated by friends
  4. Mini-feed is also supplied

I think these can be improved

  1. Check boxes to select friends to add should be provided
  2. More group levels
  3. Informal language. I am especially not easy with the word “fugly”
  4. Profile with non-removable fields such as “What’s most likely playing on my iPod”… Excuse me, can I NOT have an iPod?

MySpace

MySpace logo

107 million users. The currently largest site

What I like about it

  1. Integrated all-in-one solution that includes social networking, blogging, mail, favorites, forum, movies, events, media

I think these can be improved

  1. Inconsistent design
  2. Music landing page
  3. Spam, including spam invitations, protection
  4. Tons of ads

Other notable networking sites

Name Focus Number of users (in million) Comments
Windows Live Spaces Blogging 120 Really eye-catching glossy design. Powerful blogging support. Try new Microsoft experience!
hi5 General 50 An issue: the letter ‘5’ creates this word “hị” in Vietnamese. hi5 is still nice anyway
bebo Schools & alumni 34 Nice and neat
friendster General 50 Friendster is getting old. It needs more innovation.
imeem Media: Music, Video 16 Possibly the best media site currently. Nice design and convenient upload process. Support tagging
LinkedIn Business 15 Very professional for business networking purpose
Last.fm Music 15 Attractive design, especially the logo. However, radio alone is not that fascinating. They could use more of music sharing
Xanga Blogging 40 The ad on top is a huge barrier to this site’s design. Usability is a little messy

Read more

Wikipedia, List of social networking websites

Mashable, Facebook Hammers MySpace on Almost All Key Features

Techcrunch, Facebook platform

American Class Divisions

Nerdlifestyle, Media restrictions

My choice

Facebook to keep in touch with international friends and English-speaking communities

Yahoo! Mash. Many young Vietnamese users rely on Yahoo! services

Tai Tran on iMeem for socially musical networking

How about you?

Share your experience here…

Which site do you like best? What you wish your site had offered?

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