Journalist R. Nadeswaran is found guilty of posting defamatory remarks on Twitter and ordered by the Malaysian court to pay RM500,000 to the complainant, property developer Datuk Mohamad Salim Fateh Din, according to The Star.
This is a landmark court case, as Mr. Nadeswaran is the first Malaysian to be sued for his postings on social network Twitter. In 2011, political activist Fahmi Fadzil was the first to apologize 100 times on Twitter as a settlement in a defamation case.
We are seeing a growing number of legal actions brought worldwide against Internet users for libelous comments posted online, which are setting precedents to previously uncharted waters of unbounded freedom of speech.
Generally, when it comes to control on the Internet, social media users and Internet companies prefer regulation-less environment. And they probably agree with this New York court’s opinion on online communications – emails, blogs and online media:
Facebook has over 850 million users worldwide. Out of that, a total of 194 million users are from Asia at the end of March 2012. Most of these users from the Southeast Asia region – 97 million or 54% of the total Facebook users in Asia. Some other observations on the latest Facebook in Asia statistics:
In early February 2012, India surpassed Indonesia to become Facebook No. 1 Nation in Asia. Back in January 2011, India has 16.9 million Facebook users. Now, the country has over 45.9 million Facebook users.
In addition to India, Japan has been growing impressively in the past 1 year or so. Japan started the year 2011 with 1.8 million Facebook users. Today, there are over 8 million users in Japan.
South Korea has been growing with double digits figure. The country is now ahead of Pakistan in the Facebook in Asia list.
Among the top ten countries, India, Japan, and South Korea has been the high-growth Facebook nations since early 2011. Throughout 2012, Facebook will be focusing on these three countries for users acquisition, as the Big Blue of the social web aims to reach the 1 billion users mark.
2012 will be the year when hotels wake up to the power of social media as a primary (rather than alternative) customer communications and relationship channels, says the Hotel Yearbook 2012 report. According to another projection, half of the travel industry will be using social media as a way of generating revenue and bookings by 2016. Globally, hotels are ramping up and fine-tuning their social strategies. They are adapting to the social web dynamics and building goodwill building with customers.
A leading five-star hotel Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur recently became the first hotel in Malaysia to offer direct room booking on its Facebook Page. Users can check room availability and instantly book the room within the Facebook environment. Those who book the rooms can also enjoy fans-only rates and earn loyalty reward points. Grand Millennium is working with Sabre Hospitality Solutions to enable this social booking feature.
To make social gaming fun to millions of people worldwide requires over-the-top technological mights and ingenuity. Zynga is the Web’s modern marvel. It is the world largest social games developer and one of the largest users of cloud computing. It can deploy up to 1,000 servers within 24 hours. Its total database hold 1.4 PETABYTES of data, which is ten times the amount of movies in Netflix in HD. One of its most successful games, FarmVille, went from zero to 10 MILLION daily active users in 6 weeks! Zynga just launched its social gaming platform, a new playground for social games, and this will stratospherically expand its infrastructure.
KFC Malaysia is still reeling from the blows from its punching-customer crisis. But don’t expect any sympathy from its competitor, Nando Malaysia. The restaurant chain, specializing in flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken dishes, tries to play on the current sentiment among social media users. The company just posted a poster on its Facebook Page, which says:
This is a bare knuckle brawl you don’t expect to see at one of the world’s leading fast food chain restaurants. A 28 seconds video (see below) showing employees at one of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s outlets in Malaysia kicking and shoving a customer went viral in the social web since it was uploaded on Monday. The video has (so far) garnered over 400,000 views and over 9,000 comments on YouTube.
KFC Malaysia said on its Facebook Page that they’re investigating the matter. The 28-seconds video only showed an explosive ending of a saga. And many are wondering what actually triggered the employees’ fury. (UPDATE: The victim recounted what transpired there.)
In 2011, Facebook added 69 million new Asian users in 2011. The social networking giant with $100 billion valuation started 2011 with 112 million Asian users and ended the year with 181 million users.
However, its quarterly growth has been sliding steadily in 2011, from 17% in Quarter 1 to 8% in Quarter 4. In Quarter 4 2010, it was growing at 21%.
2010 was the year when Facebook went on hyper-drive growth on users acquisition front in Asia. However, 2011 was the year when Facebook downshifted a gear or two. The decline is expected to continue as many Asian nations are reaching saturation level.
Table 1: Quarterly Growth of Facebook Population in Asia 2011
These days, everybody loves Path. Tech connoisseurs and casual users alike have given the latest Path mostly positive reviews. Path 2 is definitely one of the most beautiful apps of 2011!
A little more than a year ago, Path was quite a different app. Path, which is founded by Dave Morin, ex-Facebook executive (co-inventor of Platform and Connect on Facebook) and Shawn Fanning (creator of Napster), differentiated itself from the prevailing conception of social networks by being ultra private. Today, Path is a marvelously designed app encapsulating the symbiosis of personal-public (with personal being the default). Path is one of the first high-profile apps that address privacy within the social networking context. Now, let’s look at some of the key moments of Path product evolution.
This is a pretty meager matter but it can be quite annoying if you start to mull over it.
IKEA Malaysia is celebrating Chrismas on Facebook with its “It’s Time to Celebrate” app. The app is accessible via its Facebook Page. The following illustrates how IKEA currently setup its Facebook Page to welcome new fans (specifically, those who haven’t Like the Page yet):
Step 1: A new fan goes to www.facebook.com/IkeaMalaysia.