Twitter fairly captured the essence of 2011. Below is a list of top 16 events tweeted this year, ranked by tweets per second (TPS). TPS as a yardstick to measure the intensity of reaction by Twitter users and thus, signifies the level of significance of an event.
Only five events in the list were dominantly US-centric, namely Troy Davis execution, NBA Finals, East Coast Earthquake, Home Run Derby, and Superbowl. The others have more global appeals. Yet another indication of growing internationalization of Twitter.
In the proposed Malaysia’s Computing Professionals Bill 2011, the term Critical National Information Infrastructure, or CNII refers to:
those assets, systems and functions that are vital to the nation that their incapacity or destruction would have a devastating impact on National economic strength or National image or National defense and security or Government capability to function or Public health and safety.
An IT asset, system and function can be considered as CNII as long as it is vital to the nation. How vital? As long as it is vital enough to cause a devastating impact to the country as the result of its incapacity or destruction.
We know digitalization is inevitable across the globe. IT systems are playing more and more significant and mission critical role in all facets of society, including the way we conduct commerce, the way country defends against threats, health care management, and many more.
Since yesterday, Malaysian tech people (including general public like myself) are complaining, griping, and opposing the proposed Computing Professionals Act 2011 on social media – blogs, tweets, Facebook updates, Google Plus, and others.
BUT, if one didn’t skip Page 6 of the widely circulated draft version of the proposed Computing Professionals Bill 2011 (shown below), it is stated that the proposed Act “applies to the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII)”.
Twitter just unveiled its latest interface iteration. It now neatly arrange into four key sections – Home, Connect, Discover and Me.
- Home The landing page where you see all the tweets of those you’ve followed. And I like the fact that photos and videos are now embedded directly in the Tweet streams.
You walk into a local shopping mall one fine Sunday afternoon and notice a crowd gathering at the concourse area. You approach the crowd trying to find out what the fuss was about and then you see it: Darth Vader and his Imperial Stormtroopers have decided to drop on to our little third rock from the Sun to expand their Imperial might on us puny humans. But wait, they’re also on a drive to gather donations for charity?
Well, if that’s the case, then you may have just stumbled upon the 501st Legion. Specifically, the Malaysia-Brunei Outpost of the 501st Legion.
Apple released their latest and grandest operating system for their iDevices, the iOS 5 on 12th October 2011. I’ve had it installed on my iPhone and iPad 2 for a week now so I thought I’d share my views of it so far.
Facebook is looking a Software Engineer (Products), a full-time position for its Malaysian office. Details below:
Facebook now has over 800 million users worldwide, with 168 million are from Asia. In Quarter 3 this year, Facebook added 16.8 million new users in Asia (compared to 19.5 million in Quarter 2 2011). So far this year, the social network has added some 56 million new users; it started the year with 111 million Asian users. Its latest quarter-on-quarter growth rate is 11%. However, the rate has been somewhat slowing since end of 2010 – from 24% in Quarter 4 2010 to 17% Q1’11 to 15% Q2’11 to 11% Q3’11.
The new Friendster was launched on June 28 this year, with a focus on delivering more Asia-centric gaming contents. At the same time, it aims to enable games publishers and developers to tap into the vibrant Asian gaming markets. As part of the relaunch, Friendster unveiled a new logo and moved its business operations from the U.S. to Asia (operates mainly from three Asian countries namely in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore).
Since the relaunch, the pioneering social network Friendster is showing positive signs of rejuvenation. So far, the social network has attracted over half a million new users and now includes over 40 premium games and hundreds of free-to-play games and applications. More interestingly, the relaunch has breathed life into its Monthly Active Users and Daily Active Users, which have increased by 50%, to date.
On Mobile9 website, there are 30 million monthly unique active users downloading a whopping 100 Terabytes of mobile contents each month. No doubt, the 100 Terabytes volume is rather impressive, considering video portal TonTon is streaming 300 Terabytes of video contents per month and Mobile9 users are consuming 1/3 of TonTon’s data volume just by downloading mobile contents.
Anyone can download contents off Mobile9. Out of the 30 million active monthly active users, 9 million are registered members. Majority of the users are from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines and also, Germany and the US.
If you visit the Facebook Page of one of the world’s coolest brands, Levi’s, you’ll see only localized updates on its Wall. For example, Facebook users from Malaysia will read updates on Malaysian offers, new arrivals and other local news. At a glance, Levi’s Pages seems like a local Facebook Page.
Many global brands such as McDonald’s and Coca-Cola maintain both global and local Facebook Pages. For instance, the global version of McDonald’s Page and the local ones like McDonald’s Malaysia and McDonald’s Singapore.
Levi’s adopts a consolidated approach, whereby it maintains only www.facebook.com/levis as its Facebook presence. No local Pages. To enable delivery of relevance contents, the company creates a globally consolidated platform to manage the Page. Local Levi’s teams access the platform to post updates and these updates are geo-tagged. On Facebook Page, it is set to display the tagged updates based on Fans’ locations (via IP-detection). I’m assuming such implementation requires customizations on Facebook end.