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Young children: Adults in S’pore must use social media more responsibly

Young children: Adults in S’pore must use social media more responsibly

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Lest they regret their actions later.


Young children in Singapore from all walks of life, who believe adults practise double standards, are shaking their heads and tsk tsking under their breath.

This after they saw a few elderly Singaporeans misuse social media and cause a scene online.

One young Singaporean, Yao Tou, said: “All these elderly Singaporeans do this kind of thing, later then hsien-half.”

“I say yew, yew say me, all like yang kids.”

“No big, no small, like nobody kuan them.”

“So unbecoming.”

“After all, it’s one big familee, what.”







S’poreans applaud Navy military girl for being a real social media influencer while having a day job

S’poreans applaud Navy military girl for being a real social media influencer while having a day job

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This is unlike the other social media charlatans in Singapore who rely on handouts.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are head over heels over Republic of Singapore Navy girl Clarie Teo (rank Military Expert 1), are also praising her for being a real life social media influencer.

This after a Navy recruitment video masqueraded as profile video of her got disseminated far and wide online, proving that she has real clout as a social media influencer and an expert at attracting attention.

One Singaporean, Yong Dian Nao, praised Clarie for being a real social media influnencer while having a real day job serving the country: “This is so unlike the other so-called social media influencers in Singapore who are not even gainfully employed and rely on sponsorship handouts to survive. So shameful”

“Clarie has a day job, doesn’t have plastic surgery and she is able to reach out to a large audience without shedding any clothes. This is unlike the other charlatans who have to be in various states of undress to attract any attention.”

At press time, it is rumoured that Xiaxue might be looking to have a spat with her.


So-called social media influencers in Singapore:

Private condominium in S’pore looks like it might collapse, balcony warps, hangs precariously

Blogger gets free condo, free bus rides or else she’ll damage reputations

S’porean Instagram ‘star’ who lost 8,700 followers overnight believes many of her fans died suddenly

S’porean children lament the state of adults after witnessing Xiaxue-Gushcloud spat

S’poreans request Singtel, Gushcloud management to commit hara-kiri

Xiaxue’s lawyer looks set to make a lot of money off Xiaxue

Chen Show Mao is the God of social media

Chen Show Mao is the God of social media

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How social media loves Chen Show Mao and vice versa.

Which Singaporean has 30,000 more Facebook fans than Lee Kuan Yew?

Which Singaporean has 30,000 more Facebook fans than Lee Kuan Yew?

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Nope, not Nicole Seah. It’s Justin Ng! Who?

This is a reduction of the original article that first appeared on sgentrepreneurs.

Justin Ng has more than 130,000 fans on Facebook. He is a social media-technopreneur-photographer who employs social media tools to devastating effect.

Well, well. Seems like His Leeness has been overtaken again.

This time round, it is by a somewhat unlikely technopreneur-photographer by the name of Justin Ng.

Ring a bell yet? No? It’s ok, you’re probably not alone.

Well, what’s so awesome about him is that he has achieved what other photographers haven’t managed to do locally.

And that is to carve out a niche for himself on the Internet, particularly on Facebook.

You see, Justin has prior experince learning Windows programming and PHP scripting.

He spent three weeks building his personal iPhone app called “Justin Ng Photo”. It allows users to view ‘live’ photos that are transmitted from his camera.

So he is in fact a geeky, techy sort of guy.

And when did he pick up this photography thing? In 2010.

Unbelievable right? Not only that, he was on stage recently to receive the People’s Choice Award for the Asia’s Top 50 Apps competition.

What Justin does is that he actively markets his app to clients who can download it and view photos of the proceedings that he shoots in real time.

High-resolution versions of a particular photo can be requested. All anyone has to do is send a text message to ask for it.

Heard of anyone else doing that?

So, we’ve ascertained Justin’s got technology on his side

But there’s more. His passion extends to Internet marketing too. Prior to running his photography business, he started a recruitment firm. He generates leads by applying search engine optimisation techniques.

And with his wife dealing with the firm’s day-to-day operations now, he has embarked on a new adventure to promote his photography business: Social media marketing.

Check out the figures and you’ll be amazed at the rate he has scaled the number of Facebook fans.

More than 135,000 fans and counting...

From 5,000 to over 100,000 fans in the span of six months, it has made Justin Ng Photography one of the top Singapore business brands on Facebook, with many top global companies lying in his wake.

One reason for the monstrous growth of his Facebook page is due to a recurring international photography competition he launched in May 2011.

Justin invests S$1,000 (US$786) as the top prize for the winning submission every month, with a panel of judges that includes himself deciding the winner.

Submissions can come from anywhere around the world, as long as it fits into the monthly theme. Even a Hipstamatic photo qualifies.

Once a submission is approved and uploaded onto the Page, participants must tag five of their friends in the photo within three days, otherwise the entry might be deleted. Also, repeated winners will not be eligible for the S$1,000 grand prize, so as to encourage more participation.

The idea is to keep the competition broad, open, and exposed to as many people as possible.

Popularity for his Facebook page surged due to the format of this competition.

His efforts have even been generated measurable, revenue-generating returns.

Before May, he received about five to ten business queries a month. Now, it’s more than 60.

High demand for his services means he now charges S$6,888 (US$5,416) for a package, up from S$2,888 (US$2,270).

“I’m also moving on to other things, like sports photography, and shooting for events. I don’t want to do too many weddings anymore,” Justin said.

His technological edge has also secured him a lucrative contract as the official photographer for Chingay 2012, an annual festival that showcases bright and colorful street floats.

Using technology to project ‘live’ photos onto a projector screen, the organisers fell head over heels for it. He is currently amassing a team of photographers and planning the details for execution.

Justin has also used the same approach to shoot the 64th SCC International Rugby 7s.

And if all goes according to plan, he might just secure the job for next year’s National Day Parade.

This technological adventure is more than just a hobby or a passion. In fact, it is a way to “eliminate” competitors, Justin said rather apologetically.

Photography, after all, is a cut-throat business.

Lucrative jobs are reserved for the very best.

And the situation is made worse ever since the price of DSLR cameras have fallen, lowering the barriers to entry for any aspiring professional.

But to beat the odds, you need a bit of savvy.

As well as employ technological know-how and cunning.

Until then, you won’t just be a credible photographer.

You’ll be Justin credible. Get it?

Just incredible?

Ok, lame.

How politicians can get started on new media

How politicians can get started on new media

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With these 5Cs, politicians can more effectively master social media as an engagement tool, says Ryan Lim, business director of social media consultancy firm Blugrapes.

Avoid ending up like Tin Pei Ling. Photo: SPH

POLITICIANS should approach social media like a courtship. Start slowly, first wooing your voters and attracting them to you. Once you have established trust, engage your followers and get to know each other better. Finally, make a long-term commitment with them and ask them to put their faith with you.

For politicians who have not yet gotten on the social media bandwagon, here are some guidelines on how to start:

Content – Planning content is the most important thing when entering any social media platform. Know what you want to share with your voters. They wish to understand your views on key political issues, as well as your personal and party manifesto. Top scores will go to politicians who allow their personality to shine through, revealing a human side to politics, rather than a faceless party.

Community – Leverage upon the social media platform that the majority of your targeted voters are on. Platforms such as Facebook and Foursquare have targeting tools, which can be used to your advantage. You can also benefit by localising your messages and organizing events. Not all voters are equal, and you may wish to focus your limited resources on winning a few key voters over, who can then have a positive multiplier effect on the masses.

Benefits of using social media

Technology-savvy politicians can leverage upon social media to complement their engagement efforts. The main benefits of using social media for politics include:

Cost – Online rally platforms are faster to create and cheaper to operate. This levels the playing fields amongst all parties, as the more established politicians with deeper pockets no longer hold an advantage.

Constraints – Unlike the number of rally sites in Singapore, real estate in social media is virtually unlimited. The public can see opinions and discussions, allowing them to understand about new candidates and what they believe in. With viral marketing, they can also see what their trusted networks are following.

Communication – Social media allows candidates to engage directly with their voters, building up personal relations in an easy and safe manner. Voters can virtually follow candidates, through updates on platforms like Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter.

Conversation – Talk to your voters; not down at them. Social media is about being social, so interesting conversations are important. Welcome anyone who has taken the time to connect with you. There is no better endorsement than unsolicited praise from your supporters, so do remember to thank them! With social media, everyone will be able to see good and bad comments. There will always be instances when people will not support you. However, never abuse or attack them. Take it in your stride and respond graciously, remembering to accept and learn from their views.

Care – Show that you care for the welfare of your voters. Respond to their needs and concerns. While it may be tempting to use social media as a broadcast platform, vague and general responses will show a lack of sincerity. So be prepared to spend time engaging with voters on a one-to-one basis.

Commitment – Any social media effort requires long-term commitment to sustain what was started, and should never be used for immediate and temporary gains. Do not launch a Facebook page just to garner votes, only to let it become a ghost town once you’ve been elected. Sustain the community that has been built up over the duration of your tenure. This is a community that is interested in you, and can be used as an effective forum for governance and as a feedback channel on policies and engagement.

Exciting times ahead

The 2011 General Election in Singapore was an exciting event. It was the first time that Singaporeans voted during the social media era. Social media became the platform to showcase and disseminate information for public consumption. Those parties that were able to do this well were able to galvanize their supporters, engage the public and win their votes.

The emergence of “citizen reporters”, the viral spreading of messages over social media platforms and the ability for parties to really engage with the people resulted in the rapid and effective dissemination of information. Overall, the rise of social media in Singapore resulted in a more balanced coverage of political issues.

This article is contributed by Ryan Lim, Business Director of Blugrapes, a leading social media consultancy firm based in Singapore. The company has a track record of launching and maintaining social media solutions for organisations including Fortune 500 consumer brands across 15 industries. In Singapore alone, over 1 in 20 Singaporeans would have engaged in any one of Blugrapes’ social media solutions.

When importing contact lists into social networks is a bad idea

When importing contact lists into social networks is a bad idea

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Connecting with people has never been easier with Facebook and Tumblr. But beware the implications.

By Lee Jian Xuan


PRIVATE blogs are a dime a dozen these days. After the anti-establishment streak that informs most of our secondary school web-capades, those of us who still troll cyberspace tend to settle down, older and wiser and open a weblog for penning down more private thoughts, with the odd bad fictional piece thrown in. In any case, we guard these fiercely, restricting access only to a select few.

A week back, an old friend stumbled upon my private Tumblr, which puzzled me: I’d never once publicized or given the URL away. A brief chat with her soon revealed the answer.

Apparently, anybody can load their entire Gmail/AOL/Yahoo/MSN contact list into this and voila, discover all the Tumblrs created by their contacts who unsuspectingly did so with those e-mails. Friends, parents, rebellious cousins, office kaypohs, your karung guni man who just set up his website last month: ANYBODY you ever had contact with online is suddenly privy to your innermost thoughts and belated teenage angst.

Which to me highlights a glaring flaw with Tumblr (along with many other social networks) – users were never made aware of this feature as it was implemented in a later phase of the site’s development. This option only appears at the bottom of the ‘Goodies’ page.

Well, SQUEEZE ME, because this feature should sure as hell take centerstage. If people I don’t even talk to (these constitute 90% of my contact list) are sniffing around my Tumblr posts, I deserve to know. Some of the stuff I write about there is more private than my email inbox, which mostly consists of Singtel trying to sell me crap I don’t need.

And they need to put it up HIGH, like,


And what is it with this add-friends-from-your-contact-list nonsense anyway?

I understand that we’re living in an age where we check into 5792005 social networks on a regular basis and this is an attempt to streamline the arduous process of manually adding contacts on YouTwitFace, but we need some gatekeeping power.

I only add people whom I’ve met with before and whom I’m generally interested in getting to know. And I do so after reading their profiles and deciding if I’m comfortable sharing my profile with them.

Because a) we don’t add the same people to each network, b) we don’t communicate the same messages on each network and c) each network serves a fundamentally different purpose. If I said half the things I said on Twitter on Facebook, my ass would be standing on trial now for defamation/libel/sedition.

Similarly, you wouldn’t post Tumblr reblogs onto FB either. It’d make zero sense to most people and elicit asinine comments from well-meaning but clueless relatives like: ‘Wah boy so original ah!’

I don’t know about you guys, but having dabbled around with social media so much in the past few years, I’ve learnt that if anything, friend requests should be sincere. Yes, the fact that such a function can be performed with the click of a button (or even worse, on a large scale with these silly import/export options) inevitably cheapens it somewhat.

But for me, I only add people whom I’ve met with before and whom I’m generally interested in getting to know. And I do so after reading their profiles and deciding if I’m comfortable sharing my profile with them.

And I genuinely hope it’s the same the other way around when people add me. I hope that the user on the other side of the screen at least took the time to run my name through a search, click on my profile, check out my interests, even read what I’ve written.

Instead of ‘importing’ me like I’m some kind of nameless cipher alongside his army sergeants, neighbors, project mates, clubbing kahkees, fuck buddies and whathaveyou.

We’re already living in an era where social contact has been grossly de-personalized. Let’s not make it any worse than it has to be.

Jian Xuan is a second-year student from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University.

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Don’t be hoodwinked: Social media will have limited impact on GE

Don’t be hoodwinked: Social media will have limited impact on GE

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Trust me, the only version of Windows the computer illiterate folk operate regularly is on hinges: Their kitchen window.

By Belmont Lay

WITH the General Election due, I have a pronouncement to make: My sincere belief is that social media will have a limited impact on the outcome of the voting results this time round.

Simply put, social media being influential is overrated.

And I’m terribly afraid I might be the only person who actually realises this.

You and I have heard about the oft-cited example about how powerful social media such as Facebook and Twitter are as tools to galvanise support from the constituents.

We are often reminded that Barack Obama used social networking to win his 2008 presidency because he connected with the younger voters and encouraged a larger turnout using a medium that translated online participation into offline action.

(You can read the latest example of this argument laid out by 16-year-old uber tech blogger, Xavier Lur, here.)

In Singapore, it is true that we see a lot of people compulsively molesting their iPhones in the spirit of navigating a Facebook page even when they are on the go.

And yes, you can discharge your democratic duty these days by dispensing dissenting views while moving your bowels, if you so happen to have access to 3G while on the throne.

Happily, of course, when you’re done, you can use Twitter to conveniently declare to your universe of 15 followers that a so-and-so minister as well as your toilet are so full of shit.

For social media users with some clout, any kind of declaration such as these can be influential. Indeed.

However, just by thinking a little deeper, I can name you just two counterarguments to ruin Xavier’s point about the powerful effects of social media that really has nothing to do with social media at all but more to do with context: 1) Voting in US is not compulsory 2) Singaporean voters don’t just have to deal with two choices.

In the US presidential elections in 2008, it is the whole country voting by choice for either the optimistic black man with a vision and no policy or a very old man who can barely comb his own hair.

That’s it.

In Singapore, matters are vastly differently.

For one, we are not in the business of electing presidents this GE. We are electing individual candidates.

I am thankful that non-users of social media are not subjected to the tyranny of this sort of free flowing rubbish that comes out from the Internet and so-called influential social media.

Hence, there are so many bloody constituencies cut up in so many ways.

There are as many candidates from the incumbent and opposition as there are brothels in Joo Chiat.

And there are more political parties than I have cousins.

True, Singapore might have 2.35 million Facebook users at last count. But that also just means that there are another 2.35 million, at least, who don’t use FB.

And when you think all that funky 2.35 million FB users form a critical mass, you realise one thing: 50% are apathetic (because that’s who they really are offline), 25% are simply pathetic and sexually frustrated, 20% are stalkers and the remaining 5% are wholeheartedly, politically-minded.

Plus, based on the fact that voting in the US is not compulsory, they have a self-selection bias. The Americans who care about the vote will show up. The Americans who don’t, won’t, and they can’t spoil the winning chances of those who turned up.

But in Singapore, when voting is made compulsory, shit happens.

Because Singaporeans can be paranoid, they will still vote for the incumbent just because there is a serial number on the voting slip and since voting is compulsory, it means someone somewhere is keeping count (according to the Singaporean logic), and hence, losing their jobs and their house and their dog is a real possibility for anyone who tried anything funny like put an “X” next to the non-PAP candidate’s name.

Therefore, people harnassing the power of social media will have their efforts thwarted just because anyone who can vote will show up and this causes votes to go all over the place, including being spoilt.

Oh wait. Did I mention that because the other 2.35 million non-users of FB cannot be influenced by FB, this election is as much about non-social media users as it is about social media users?

So here’s the point of today’s missive: When you remove the context from the argument, you are left with a narrative that resembles a myth.

And people who buy the myth subscribe to the lie and regurgitate the same kind of rubbish in all their naivety and foolhardiness.

They usually end up doing it over social media.

And I am thankful that non-users of social media are not subjected to the tyranny of this sort of free flowing rubbish that comes out from the Internet and so-called influential social media.

If you actually made it this far reading this, my suggestion is to turn off your computer and spend some time with your children, parents and real friends who are offline and find some real people (not avatars) to talk to by having a rational proper discussion about politics or why your vote is indeed secret.

But as always, feel free to share this over Facebook or retweeting it.

Thank you.

Skype to acquire phone app company Qik; Singaporeans lent a hand

Skype to acquire phone app company Qik; Singaporeans lent a hand

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Local NUS interns contributed to app development during their stints at Qik office in Silicon Valley.

By Terence Lee

Elisha Ong tests out the Qik app at the Yosemite National Park with his Russian colleague. Picture by ELISHA ONG.

FOR Elisha Ong, 24, the moment felt zen.

The Singaporean was in Yosemite National Park, California, making a video call to a Russian colleague in Moscow. Awakened by the cold at 5am in the morning last May, he wore thick layers of jackets, a beanie and headed out.

He showed his colleague around the Park, while the Russian showed Ong around his office.

“That moment displayed the tremendous power of video communications in breaking geographical and time boundaries,” he said in grandiose terms.

No big deal, you would say. But considering that Ong was the lead designer for Qik, which was the app he used to make the call, he had every right to feel ecstatic. It was his baby.

Today, he has another reason to feel like a proud father: Internet phone giant Skype has entered into an agreement to acquire Qik, which was also the name of the company he interned at together with five other NUS students. The deal, according to one source, is said to be worth over US$150 million (S$194 million).

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong demonstrated Qik at the National Day Rally Speech in 2008.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong demonstrated Qik at the National Day Rally Speech in 2008.

“Skype and Qik share a common purpose of enriching communications with video, and the acquisition of Qik will help to accelerate our leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to our product portfolio,” said Tony Bates, Skype CEO.The move was announced at the second day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Qik is a phone app for all major mobile platforms that allows live video streaming and video calls. From just 600,000 users at the beginning of last year, the figure has ballooned to more than 5 million.

While Ong was there, he led a team to redesign Qik’s user interface to incorporate video calling, then a new feature. He was also involved in marketing campaigns and overhauling the company website.

Scott Png, 23, the only one still in Silicon Valley, is a customer support specialist who resolves problems for querying users.

Both are a part of NUS’s Overseas Colleges programme, which has been sending students to Qik since 2008. Under the programme, NUS undergraduates get a chance to study entrepreneurship courses in locales like Beijing, Sweden and Bangalore, and of course, Silicon Valley. At the same time, they get valuable work experience at start-up companies.

Three others interns assisted in Qik’s social media campaign under the NUS-MDA Singapore Hollywood Attachment Programme. They are videographer Farkhan Salleh, 25; and social media specialists Liyana Sulaiman, 22, and Farhan Hamid, 24.

In their own ways, Singapore’s home-grown talents are already contributing to the success stories of technology companies abroad.

The challenge now is to replicate these same breakthroughs at home and egg on Singapore’s technopreneurs to create the next Big Thing.