They said it was going to be free. And they were right. They said the free trial was going to last until October 14. But in that case, they were absolutely wrong. Because in a dramatic turn of events, tantamount to a mobile internet product manager momentarily taking leave of his senses, SMART’s Facebook for […]Read more "SMART Extends its Facebook Mobile App for Java Trial All the Way Till October 31"
On September 25, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy lashed Metro Manila and plagued it with wind, rain, floods and power failures. Mobile networks (mainly Globe) went down, causing communications breakdown. And social media took center stage as people plugged into the networks, reporting news, finding news, generating Tweets, Facebook updates, sharing media, and creating homespun disaster reporting […]Read more "Pedring 2011: Rain, Flood, Power Failure, Mobile Network breakdown, and Social Media"
In response to one of the more common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about using the Facebook Mobile app on the SMART network, the SMART customer care group produced and uploaded this video on their YouTube channel. This hopefully should be a clear procedure for any but the densest of individuals: ——– Another Frequently Asked Question […]Read more "Video: How to install the Facebook Mobile app on SMART"
The rollout of new java applications like Facebook for Every Phone has brought the spotlight back on “feature phones” – which in one way are the internet phones that everyone had (or still have) prior to to the coming of age of iPhones and Androids. Of course defining what a “feature phone” is in 2011 […]Read more "Rise of the Feature Phones: the “Dumb Phone” gets its due"
Update: Thie free trial ended October 31. Service is still available at just P10/day. Read all the details here. In response to some recent Tweets I made, I received a few questions from people curious about SMART’s free offer on Facebook. Yes, it’s true that the Facebook Mobile app for java phones is offered for […]Read more "Facebook Mobile app for Java: FREE Access on SMART"
Our home baked music site PhilMusic.com has gone through several stages of evolution in its 15 or so years of existence. It started as a mailing list (then referred to as a “listserv”) on the local ISP iPhil in 1996 before becoming a full-fledged web domain. It then went through another round of evolution as […]Read more "Reeling in the Years: Raiding the PhilMusic Archives"
Determining the Philippine Internet population has traditionally been a tale of chasing the “guesstimates”. The closest we had to a scientific effort to nail the figure were the studies published by the market research company AGB Nielsen. In 2009, they announced a figure of 20 Million online Filipinos that year, with a projected run up […]Read more "The Philippines as a Facebook Nation: We passed 20 Million in 2010, We’re #5 in the World."
The last time we did an analysis of PH Facebook stats, the results appeared to surprise some who still believed that Friendster occupied the top dog position in the Philippines, as it still did for the first part of 2009. A quick glance at this Google Trends screenshot shows where things went horribly wrong for […]Read more "Another look at Philippine Facebook Stats"
Some months back, I gave this presentation (the deck is embedded here as a Slideshare link), which encapsulated some ideas I had been thinking of for sometime. It seems that as far as social media is concerned, several factors came into play in late 2009 that have conspired to create a “perfect storm” that have […]Read more "Why 2010 is the Year of Mobile Social Media"
We’ve heard of social media mashups before, but this one strikes us as more than just a little odd. Apparently Friendster maintains an official account on Twitter (which is confirmed through a post on the official Friendster blog). Since Friendster’s operations have been increasingly Philippine-centric, this Twitter account is run out of Manila. The Twitter […]Read more "Friendster’s Twitter is Updated from Facebook"