My Chinese Blog on Baidu «百度» ;-)

27 Apr 2007 (Fri)

I’VE JUST CREATED a bilingual blog on Baidu Spaces «百度空间» called «拍掌丛林» (hehe “ClappingTrees” as usual, not literal translation though ) and using “descendent of DongShan” «东山后裔» for my pen name. My experience with Baidu had been such a breeze. So many beautiful templates to choose from. Modules which are add-on plugins in WordPress are already there by default, e.g. Recent Readers, Baidu Search, Visitor Stats, “Read More”, social networking (”Add xxx as friend”).

ClappingTrees blog in Baidu

At first impressions, besides the minimalist search (搜藏) interface, Baidu seems to offer many services similar to those offered in Google: e.g. news (新闻), images (图片), maps (地图), video (视频), Blogger-equivalent (空间), BlogSearch (博客搜索) and toolbar (超级搜霸). However, one key difference seems to be in the extent of integration. Unlike Google, the many services in Baidu feel like subfeatures of ONE service and not many separate services. I only need to log in once.

What do you think? Have you used Baidu and Google? Which do you prefer, and why?

See also discussion on the Asia Social Media 2.0 Forum.

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Japanese Loves to Read Blogs?

23 Apr 2007 (Mon)

JAPANESE ARE READING BLOGS more than Americans, Koreans, British, and French, according to survey results announced by Japan’s premier international PR consultancy Edelman and reported in the Blog Herald in late March. The poll conducted by StrategyOne over 1,000 Japanese, with accompanying studies conducted in different countries, showed that:

  • In an average week, 74% of Japanese Internet users read blogs at least once a week, compared to South Korea (43%), the UK (23%), France (22%) and the USA (27%).
  • Respondents claim to have taken part in at least three (3) of the activities listed ‘Influencers’, fewer of this group (29%) were likely to do so as a result of reading a blog in Japan, compared to similar groups in other countries with 4 in 10 (41%) of Influencers interviewed in South Korea, UK (48%) and the US (49%), taking action after reading a blog.
  • Less than 1 in 5 (18%) of Japanese have taken some sort of public affairs action as a result of reading a blog. 18% have signed a petition (18%), 9% by attending a public meeting.

Robert Pickard, President of Edelman, North Asia says, “However, our recent Edelman Trust Barometer research shows that Japanese are more likely than people in other countries to punish companies they don’t trust by taking personal actions against them, so it’s just a matter of time for this tendency – amplified by blogs – to assert itself in the marketplace and at election time.”

Related Info:

  • Which are the Top 10 blogs in/on Japan? Check out the Asia Social Media Directory’s Japan page.
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Tagged! 9 Worthy Goals Before I Expire

20 Apr 2007 (Fri)

I WAS TAGGED BY CHRISTY of Christy’s Coffee Break to this “Gotta Get Goals” meme. Christy is a warm and friendly lady who also maintains a cool blog called “A Hint of Poetry“. Check out her sites!

Gotta Get Goals logo

Now, my 9otta 9et 9oals (aka “9 Worthy 9oals Before I Expire”) are:

  1. Complete a PhD program in educational psychology with a world-class professor.
  2. Make a positive difference in the lives of the youths in my family and within my church so that they in turn would make a positive difference in the lives of others.
  3. Be actively involved in non-profit work for the less fortunate in Asia, e.g. like what Beth Kanter is doing for Cambodia. Read the rest of this entry »
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Web 2.0 is about “We”, NOT “I”

18 Apr 2007 (Wed)

SOME PEOPLE STILL DON’T GET IT: Web 2.0 is about “We” — “us”, “our”, and “ours” (the wisdom of many) — and NOT about “I”, as in the word “Idol”, — “me”, “my”, and “mine” (the uber-coolness of a select few). Perhaps two of Kathy Sierra’s excellent graphs below (modified slightly) can help to convey the right message:

Creating Passionate Users - Buy this because…


Creating Passionate Users - Caring about the users

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