Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Selfie is not new, selfie stick is

The term "selfie" has becoming more popular these days after head of states took portraits of themselves (selfie) and was captured by news media. But, in Asia countries - like Indonesia - this is nothing new. Sic selfie photos have become part of Indonesian cyber culture since day one.

Few years ago I often take pictures of my self and post them on various social media. I wasn't thinking. Then, there were problems (of people abusing the photos, stalkers, etc.). Now, it is my policy of not to post selfie. In fact, I don't take pictures of myself anymore.

What's new? Selfie stick - also known as Zuckerberg selfie stick - is becoming popular. What is it? It's a stick where you can mount your digital camera at the end of the stick. You can take pictures of yourself (or with friends) without the help of other poeple. Go search the internet for it. You know what I mean. No, I won't buy one!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Indonesia, Social Media Heaven

Just found the following slides in slideshare, "Indonesia - the social media capital of the world" by On Device Research. Interesting ... The data are correct.

Although, at the end of the slide, the address is not in Indonesia. Yeah, I know. I keep on hammering this issue. You have to be in Indonesia to understand Indonesia (Indonesians). Where else would you be?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Path's Deal and Indonesia

In past post, I mentioned that Indonesians love Path. Sure enough, Path closes funding deal led by Indonesian's company; Bakrie Global Group. But, we have to realize that Indonesia's cyber space is a fast changing environment. That's why - as I said many many many times - you have to be here, physically in Indonesia to know this.

People are not flocking to Path anymore. In fact, I have uninstalled Path. And many have done so, leaving Path. It's just a short infatuation. Unless, Path is doing something, it is dying. Go down here. Talk to the people here. They are your main users!

Most people think that sharing things in a close user group is the main thing. Thus, Path. But, most Indonesians do not care about privacy. They want people to see their postings (text, photos, etc.). The more people see the postings, the better. And you cannot do that if you post to just your friends.

Update. After this news, there are plenty of funny "news", jokes, etc. about this. (Lots of joke pictures on twitter! Link in Bahasa Indonesia.) People outside Indonesia do not know that Bakrie groups have big problems in Indonesia. The biggest one is the Lapindo disaster that they have not been able to recover. (Google this.) Thus, many people will uninstall Path because of this.
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image from: twitter @treecore

The second one is that Aburizal Bakrie is intended to run for president candicy, from the Golkar party. (The joke is that the color and logo of Path will be changed to yellow and has some kind of Golkar's logo feature in it. For example this image taken from Twitter.) People who are from different political background my not like Path because of this. How many? I don't know. Perhaps people don't care? Maybe. Would you take a chance on it?



I hope people in Path know about these. Would you know about this if you're not in Indonesia? I doubt it. Path is getting $$$, but people are leaving the application. What to do?

People are still in love with Twitter though.

Update part 2. See also story about this. I bet, people from Path do not know about this.
 

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Beautiful Bandung

Took photos this morning. Just around our house. The weather just perfect; bright, cool, breezy. I just love Bandung. Good morning folks.


The view from our house is now blocked by this structure :(  Oh well. Perhaps it is a structure to search for ETI? Or maybe this is part of NSA's interception post? ha ha ha.


Saturday, January 04, 2014

Photos ...

It has been a while since I posted photos to this blog. I think I should doing this again. I am a little rusty on this. (For example, should I upload the photos directly here, or just link to phots that I have on picasa. Let me play with this.)

Siomay dim sum

I have many photos, but most of them are not processed yet. It's time to share them here. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

My Problem With (Digital) Reading

I love reading, but these days I find it more difficult for me to read. First, the materials that I have to read increases. I thought, by the time you're older, you'll get less and less books to read. Or, perhaps the pace of everything is so fast that there are more things to read.

Second, and the most important one, is that I don't like reading sitting in a chair. I love reading lying down in my sofa or even on a carpet. I could not do that with documents that I have on my computer(s). Yes, I have a tablet that I can use to access these digital documents, but even with tablet I still have difficulties - mostly in going back and forth between pages.

I still love paper-based books. It's just not practical to print my digital documents. Now, I am stuck and complaining here. And I have to type this in front of my desktop computer. Arrrggghhh.

1st January 2014

I am a big believer of 10,000 hours-to-become-an-expert thing. I assume, I can trade hours with similar measurement. For example, to become an expert in photography, I have to take at least 10,000 photos. Or, if I want to be an expert in blogging, I should write at least 10,000 blog posts. So, here's my first post in 2014 to contribute to that counter.

The statistics on this blog says that last year I only blogged 16 times! Whoa, that little??? This year I have to do more than that. At least twice. Should I say this is my resolution?

Now, must take at least a photo today. ...