Category Archives: web services

Facebook: the return of the Sith

The old design of Facebook has come back with more bells and whistles. But I’m trying to refrain myself from giving any opinion of these changes now but will come back in a few weeks when data are available for analysis. For the time being, I’ve switched to the Live feed option. Continue reading

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Is this confusing?

From the Linkhay‘s homepage: If I navigate to “Tin mới” [New News], and choose Technology, I get newly submitted Tech news. If I navigate to Technology, and choose “Tin mới”, I get general submitted links instead of Tech ones. It’s … Continue reading

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Twitter or not Mimo?

Haven’t we had enough local microblogging services? And what sort of difference does Mino bring if cheap SMS message is the only difference from the others? Maybe, just maybe, this can help them push more users to the platform, but it might take them at least two years to grow like Twitter used to. Because it looks exactly like Twitter on first look. How much percentage does 5mil users account for in the total Internet population? And how much would that be for the Vietnamese market? Plus, what’s the point for the English interface anyway? Continue reading

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Quick thoughts on Social games

For a game to be addictive in Facebook, it has to be really social. Letting you play with/against your very own friends. It doesn’t have to be the coolest game in the world, but it has to be just that social. Continue reading

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Yahoo! 360 exodus: where’s the new land?

Facebook will continue to gain momentum in Vietnam, with an increasing rate of adoption. This SNS will be a stand-alone platform that serves Vietnamese first need of socializing on the Net and should not be included as an alternative platform to Yahoo 360. Facebook does extremely well in connecting “already known” friends, and in terms of social graph, I would say this can be moved pretty fast via email invitation.
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Email is not dead.

Last week we had a quite interesting debate over the death of email, which was ignited by @dlead‘s translation of the “9 reasons why email is dead“. IMO, a permanent email address (personal, not corporate) is extremely important. Let’s recall … Continue reading

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Posterous – The escape of email

Posterous is an online service that allows you to post anything: blog entries, pictures, videos, music, and files to a centralized page that can either be named by you or automatically by the service. All you need to do is … Continue reading

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Thodia.vn – a simple Wishlist

Thodia.vn – a Vietnamese online service that helps users find places of interest (restaurants, coffee shops, shopping centers, etc.) is the most important tool that I’ve used to look for new locations to organize #h3 and #hcmctweet as well as … Continue reading

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Yahoo 360 and Fairy Tales

The book called “Don’t make me think” makes a lot of sense. This post is to help me write down some of the important points the book’s conveyed to me. Part of Yahoo 360′s success boils down to these things: … Continue reading

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Vietnamese search engines: late comers that don’t win

Rick and I have gone to great lengths to discuss local search engines such as Xalo.vn. I guess it’s time we shared what we think about SEs. Before it’s too late. Linguistics It’s easy to realize that in order to … Continue reading

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