Klout is but one way to measure a person’s influence in cyberspace, and a new player is looking to fire up the game with an emphasis on the popularity of entertainment personalities.
Singapore-based Starcount, as its name suggests, collects data from 11 major social networks in the world, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Sina Weibo, and measures how popular your favourite movie star or popular figure is on social media.
The result: chart after chart of the world’s most popular people, which the user can sort according to territory and category. In Singapore, for example, JJ Lin was the most popular in “social media” at an unveiling event a fortnight ago and the Workers’ Party the most popular in “politics”. Those at the top might not stay there for long, though — the charts are updated daily. …
Singapore is the most facebooked nation in the world.
So says web analytics company Experian Hitwise, who samples global web traffic data for marketing insights.
In a recently released 2011 report by them that detailed Singaporean’s social habits, it was found that Singaporeans spend a heck of a lot of time on Facebook. According to them, we are the top Facebook users in the world in terms of time spent per session.
Twitter may already possess a large portion of the pie serving up bite-sized pieces of information, but a bunch of developers based in Singapore is taking square aim at the micro-blogging service with a location-based twist.
Like Twitter, the app lets users feature – or feecha – an event or an object that’s close to him/her, which friends of that user can discover. Unlike Twitter, however, these feechas are all visualised on a map, and are colour-coded based on popularity.
It is currently possible to add your location to a tweet, but Twitter treats that as a secondary and optional feature. Feecha seeks to highlight that very feature and make it central to the app’s experience. …
Social media has the power to change the world. It allows people with the same shared beliefs to come together and marshal grassroot support for causes.
It could be used to organize protests, campaign for beliefs, or even used to promote giving back to community.
One such great example of the latter is Twestival, a global phenomenon that started two years earlier in 2009. Twestival is an event in which people organize organic grassroot fundraisers using twitter to give to charities all over the world in a single day.
For 2011, that day was last week on March 24th. In Singapore, volunteers here picked CARE, a charitable agency which aims to help youths at risk, as the beneficiary.
A series of massive earthquakes hit Japan at 5.45 GMT today, causing widespread devastation in the form of landslides, floods and even a 4-metre high tsunami. If you have family and friends in Japan, and want to keep track of everything that is happening, here are a few ways to do so:
Google’s Person Finder The search giant launched “Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake” shortly after the earthquake hit. The Web-based app allows you to look for a person by searching his name, and, should there not be a result, let you create a new record for a missing person. The service is available in both Japanese and English, and should be very handy for those trying to locate a loved one.
Live blogs Many news outlets are live-blogging the catastrophe on the fly, including BBC News, Reuters, and The Guardian. Accompanying the live blogs are interactive maps, videos, and pictures. You can also contribute by submitting information on the unfolding disaster.
YouTube Arabic news network Al-Jazeera is providing live coverage over on their channel.
Twitter Twitter is an excellent place to hear what people on the ground are saying. Virtually all trending topics right now are about the disaster, including #prayforjapan and #tsunami. Searching for “Japan earthquake” on Twitter also yielded numerous results.
If you have any other ways of tracking the earthquake, do share them in the comments below. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the disaster.
As an ex-PR ex-journalist who has made a living telling stories for the better part of my working life, social media has opened my eyes to new ways of telling stories.
It is such a powerful force for collecting and aggregating data. Rather than taking the news from one source, you get to hear from a sea of sources.
For example, I was just monitoring the twitter social media reaction to the recent 369 gang violence in Singapore, where seven people were slashed in Bukit Panjang and sent to the hospital two days ago. Just barely a week and half before that another teen was murdered by the same gang at Pasir Ris.
If I were to describe the tonality of the 300-odd posts on twitter since yesterday, I would say they were mostly angry, tinged with a little fear.
There are three general themes that emerged:
Are we safe in Singapore?
The first reaction is about safety. There is a significant amount of posts lamenting about Singapore’s safety and checking up on friends and family, esp. in the Bukit Panjang area. On Twitter alone there are more than 70 of such posts.
Wth why now so many slashings in sg . Read abt the bukit panjang one. 7 ppl slashed by 369. Siao Liao la everyone please be careful .
Slashing case at bukit panjang now. Wtff, singapore is getting unsafee! Really unsafeeeeee.
A student from the Queen’s University Belfast in the UK has come up with a radio that “tunes in” to Twitter feeds and broadcasts them in audio in real time. A microcontroller and custom software (presumably text-to-speech) was used in what could possibly be one of the most creative hacks of the good old radio!
The idea: you spot a pair of pink hello kitty slippers in a boutique mall in Japan’s trendy Shinjuku shopping district to die for, and you want to let all your friends know. You whip out your phone, snap it, and upload it where all your friends can goggle over your latest purchase.
Except that with Shoplette (beta), the whole world can find out what and where you like to shop.
“Shopping is a very social thing,” said Shoplette founder Shannon Low Shen-Li, 32, in an interview with Techgoondu. “If you spot a good buy, you are often excited to tell others about what you have bought!”