Friday, July 24, 2015

From Emojis to body language

This is cute. But I think true Emojis in real life are better known as pantomime or simply nonverbal or body language.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Word of mouth on social networks

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According to a McKinsey Report, word of mouth is the primary factor behind 20 to 50 percent of all purchasing decisions. Its influence is greatest for first time purchases, or when products are relatively expensive.

McKinsey also reported that word of mouth “is no longer an act of intimate, one-on-one communication”. Rather, it operates on a “one-to-many basis: product reviews are posted online and opinions disseminated through social networks."
Reference: Marketing with Everyday Influencers.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Snapchat guide for grown-ups

The ephemeral nature of Snapchat promises to do something different: To capture life in all its messiness, as it unfolds in real time. Emoji, optional.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Reflections on Access Online

If indeed censorship is ultimately impossible, and I would like to believe it is, then oppression, restriction or prohibition is also doomed to fail.  Human will and ingenuity perhaps trump any efforts to tamp these down.  It's a very curious point, isn't it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Access (5) The Internet as a Human Right

Does every person across the world have the right to healthcare and education, shelter and fresh water, a decent living and personal dignity and freedom?  The answer, of course, is yes.  But is internet access on par with these key life provisions?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Access (4) Prisoners' Access to the Web

To me, the immediate answer is It depends.  It depends on the nature of their crime and of course the subsequent punishment.  It also depends, I imagine, on time served and behavioral progress.  Prisoners in general are carefully guarded on what they communicate and what information they access, especially with the world outside prison.  Perhaps the law or regulation governing prisoners needs to be reviewed vis-a-vis the radical developments in media and technology, information and communications over the last decade or two.