I woke up to this morning with some twists and turns on the Facebook homepage, following the recent changes on its Event Management and Group features.
It wasn’t a very pleasant moment at first, and I was not alone. Let’s take a look at the new design when it’s still fresh:
- The highlight is gone. For the past month we’ve experimented with different kinds of media on the highlight as a marketing tool for our Fan page and all of a sudden it disappeared. Without this, advertisers’ve lost a valuable estate, but thanks god the suggestion box is still there. I will take another couple of weeks to see how this hurts our work ( or how other changes may compensate for it.)
- Live Feeds are back. Oh dear, I almost fell in love with these feeds a while ago when Facebook decided to pull the plug. Now it’s back! It’s not the same as before though. Things can go viral more easily but I’ve heard the neighbors saying it’s too noisy and irrelevant. “Why do I need to know someone becoming friends of all of these strangers?” or “why they don’t they group those tagged in the same post together?”. Hopefully it will be better with time.
- News Feeds are the new Friendfeed. I haven’t used Friendfeed a lot but I can tell that this new option looks a lot like FF. Basically content that gets the most reactions stay on top. It makes life a lot easier for those whose motto is “content is king” but this is probably not a good thing. It’s going against the long tail, and fat cats just get fatter. Now we can start seeing the fruit from Facebook’s acquisition of FriendFeed.
- Friend suggestions are confusing to me. Seeing “Reconnect with him/her” makes me wonder when I removed that person when in fact we’re still good friends.
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.
For those who like the new design, here’s your friend. How about you? Do you “like” or “dislike” the new design?
Barcamp Saigon is on it’s way, but we still need to figure out the date. We had November 29th before, but the venue is not available at that date. So we know checking either December 6th or December 13th. We want to confirm the date in the next two dates.
Please take part in our poll to vote for your preferred date HERE
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 weird. Can you guys fix it?
Mimo, yet another microblogging service, has surfaced on the Vietnamese Web scene today, this time drawing more attention than its previous competitors because Henry Nguyen Bao Hoang, IDG Ventures Vietnam’s General Partner, is reportedly one of the earliest adopters. This, therefore, may lead to speculations that Mimo is one of IDG’s unamed portfolio companies.
It has been a long while since we have heard something from the only Venture Capital firm in Vietnam, and it looks like some good news. Are our men back to business? (wink)
Looking back, I used to be one of the Twitter “evangelists” who would excitedlt pitch this shiny social technology to anyone in contact. But that’s changed now. Not that I don’t believe Twitter will be something in Vietnam in a foreseeable future, but it’s practically not practicable for brands to take advantage of this as a communication/ PR platform. If I were to advise a client on which social technologies to use for the next social media marketing campaign, Twitter would be at the end of the list. Sorry, my blue bird.
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 do 5mil users account for out of the total Internet population? And how much would that be for the Vietnamese market? Plus, what’s the point for the English interface anyway? Did someone just mention Facebook? Tee…hee…
I’m a little clueless.
Yesterday I decided to purchase some books from Vinabook, the leading online bookstore in Vietnam. Shortly after creating my account, I headed to the Best-seller section and picked up “Giận” [Anger], by Thích Nhất Hạnh. I’d long wanted to purchase this book thanks to @epi_longo‘s recommendation. Then I was also suggested to buy some related books, so I bought “Rich Dad Poor Dad” Part 1.
Seconds (I really mean it, SECONDS!) after I pressed the “check out” button, Vinabook called me to confirm the purchase and reminded me that because my house is in the outskirts of HCMC, I would have to pay additional cost for postage, which was fine.
But what I found amazing is that the response came so fast on a Saturday evening!
I later posted an update on my Twitter and Facebook. A couple of friends confirmed that Vinabook’s done a really good job regarding Customer Service. Awesome!
This reminds me of Zappos!
Disclosure: @sonnymotives – Vinabook’s Marketing Manager – is an acquaintance.
What: BarCamp Phnom Penh 2009, an open conference of all things Technology, Communication and Innovation
Where: Paññasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) – #184, Maha Vithei Preah Norodom (South of Independence Monument)
When: October 3rd – 4th
It’s here again. We (the folks in Ho Chi Minh City) will be flocking to the capital of beautiful Cambodia once again to attend the largest technology unconference in the country to date. Last year it was a greatly successful event attended by some 300 people from around South East Asia. There were about 10 of us, most of whom were Barcamp Saigon organizers being there.
It was also my first time going abroad and first time attending a Barcamp. No need to tell you how cool it was, right? That’s why I’m really excited to be back in Phnom Penh again. My friend is studying at the host university so it’s even more tempting.
We’ve talked about how we might want to go there together. Possibly we will rent a bus or buy tickets to go on the same bus, buy some beer and toast on the bus. Sounds kinda fancy hehe.
Anyway, just to let you know that this year we’re going there in big numbers, and would love to have you join us. If anyone is planning to go Cambodia this October for Barcamp Phnom Penh 2009, please register for a seat here and leave a comment so I know you’re coming
svenfuchs have you been programming in some other language before?
intangibleliquid html & css : yes
intangibleliquid ruby is my first language.
intangibleliquid talking ruby like a baby lol
svenfuchs i guess the first thing to do then is face the fact that we’re really not talking about an easy task
svenfuchs think of adva_user as a part of your coffee making maschine that can be replaced by some service guys
intangibleliquid I know It’s a training task for me
svenfuchs or maybe the printer ink cartige or something
svenfuchs when you want to replace this piece with a piece that’s not been built from the same manufacturer
svenfuchs you have to make sure that the new piece does two things:
svenfuchs it fits into your machine and it behaves the same way
svenfuchs in terms of programming this is the api
svenfuchs it accepts the same method calls and the methods return the same stuff
svenfuchs so, when you replace adva_user with your own adva_authlogic
svenfuchs you’d need to make sure that the rest of adva_cms can still call the same methods on objects like controllers, user models etc
svenfuchs and that these methods return the same things OR change the same stuff in the system (state) that other portions of the code rely on
svenfuchs that’s one means by “support the same api”
svenfuchs does that explanation help at all?
intangibleliquid yes, which basically means I have to fully understand how both AuthLogic and Adva work. And then “sync” the methods
intangibleliquid which is not easy for me I think
svenfuchs except that you might not need to understand *all* of adva-cms and authlogic, just the relevant parts where they are supposed to interact
intangibleliquid I have one more day to work on this. Will be looking through the codes now instead of blindly work on stuffs
svenfuchs if that’s a training task it’s certainly a cool one
svenfuchs that’s a good idea i guess
svenfuchs there might be two general approaches. i have no idea which one works in the end …
intangibleliquid so basically most of the codes involved are in adva_user. But then other things like sitesrolesetc also need modifying
svenfuchs 1. swap out adva_cms with something like adva_authlogicsvenfuchs
intangibleliquid go on please
svenfuchs 2. only swap out the internal pluggable auth module that adva_user uses to authenticate from the database
svenfuchs i guess the first one would be the easier one, but also involves some more work
intangibleliquid does 1. mean rebuilding adva_cms from sratch and does two mean adjusting it side-by-side with auth_logic?
svenfuchs building adva_user from scratch, yes, so it completely behaves like a wrapper for authlogic
svenfuchs and yeah, 2. might mean that both apps use the same database, but use different code to validate tokens etc
svenfuchs so that would be side-by-side
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intangibleliquid maybe I should try 1. first and see how it goes. This is surely interesting (and damn tough)
svenfuchs it’s a great task let us know how it goes
P/S: svenfuchs is the lead developer of adva-cms, a Ruby on Rails Conten Management System. IntangibleLiquid is my other nickname on IRC channels.