2011, what a year it was!
There are now over 12 million Facebook users and possibly, hundreds of thousands of Twitter users in Malaysia. Social tools are becoming more pervasive. In 2011, the tools are a force to be reckon with.
Malaysians (and elsewhere) used social media tools to amplify their dissatisfaction about various issues – from election reform to proposed Bill to government initiatives. Not only protests though. In 2011, we also saw a high-profile Malaysian CEO posting his unvarnished thoughts/opinions on social media, a record breaking tweetup, and a marriage proposal that went massively viral worldwide!
These days, whatever happens offline, the news get propagated across social networks. Whatever happens in social media space gets attention in the physical world.
In the past 365 days, there were many interesting things happening in the Malaysian social media scene. Here are some of the most notable, memorable ones.
Remember that scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Harry is forced to write “I must not tell lies” over and over again on a piece of paper with a magical quill that automatically etches the same words onto the flesh of his hand?
That’s probably how Fahmi Fadzil feels after agreeing to apologize 100 times on Twitter in an unusual settlement with a magazine publisher in a defamation case, as reported by The Associated Press (although the pain would be more to his pride than the physical type Harry had to endure).
This is a list of 10 things we’ve learned about the 1Malaysia Email or MyEmail service:
- Types of information you’ll receive in your MyEmail Inbox: Income tax returns, Employee Provident Fund statements, notices of summons, driving license renewals, and quit rent payments.
- 1Malaysia Email project is to create “Malaysian Email“. According to Tricubes’ press release, “Malaysian Email” means the service is operated and hosted by a Malaysian company, and this is where Tricubes comes in.
Barely a week ago, YTL launched its Yes 4G mobile broadband service in Malaysia. Yes, it has been a wobbly start. First, their early subscribers were informed the range of 018 numbers may not be able to make or receive calls from numbers on other networks due to not being able to interconnect with these other networks. Then, they faced serious issues with their website which was not up and running properly for more than 15 hours after its launch. These teething problems had resulted in a backlash from Yes early subscribers who were frustrated by their inability to access Yes’ website.
GreyReview has obtained some explanations (published below, in verbatim) from YTL Communications, via its PR agency, on issues surrounding the Yes launch:
Attack on Yes.my
The threat was detected an hour after the launch. We started noticing that a large number of requests sent to www.yes.my could not be made by human users due to the nature of IP addresses and their sheer volume.