Top posts in Ping.sg & Tomorrow.sg – one year later

10 Apr 2008 (Thu)

HAVE THE TOP 20 POSTS CHANGED in Tomorrow.sg and Ping.sg this year, when compared with those of last year? Are “sex”, “money” and “controversies” still top reads?

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As of today, the Top 20 (most read) posts in Ping.sg (2008) are (tags appended in the list below are my comments):

  1. v1.80 is Here: More Community Features | 81 pongs, 408 reads | by uzyn at Ping.sg Blog – community
  2. Going into Ping.sg is now so stressful (see picture) | 79 pongs, 248 reads | by simplyjean at Simply Jean – curiosity
  3. My Cousin Saw Mas Selamat! | 78 pongs, 399 reads | by jussaemon at The Original Juice – curiosity, piggybacking (post is not there anymore)
  4. Xiaxue gets flamed on high-profile USA blog | 76 pongs, 222 reads | by sheylara at Sheylara.com – curiosity, piggybacking
  5. Sex blogging can ruin your offline reputation | 75 pongs, 554 reads | by themediaslut at the(new)mediaslut – sex, advice
  6. 15yrs old girl had sex for 300 times.. | 74 pongs, 466 reads | by ylva 2 at missYLva =D – sex
  7. EDISON CHEN SEX PHOTOS: Another 200 are leaked online, with possibly more to come | 73 pongs, 1666 reads | by publiceducator on February 10, 2008 at Public Education – sex
  8. Tammy NYP – Sex Scandal That Would Not Die. | 73 pongs, 597 reads | by ahpek at Malaysian Blogger – sex
  9. Last blog entry | 73 pongs, 274 reads | by dk99 at Decay On Net – curiosity
  10. [Living in Sin] Maia Lee is Fucked | 72 pongs, 274 reads | by nocturne at fruit of the poisonous tree – sex Read the rest of this entry »
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Time’s “25 Sites We Can’t Live Without” in 2007

4 Apr 2008 (Fri)

WHAT ARE THE 25 SITES WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IN 2007? According to Time magazine, they are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Amazon.com – a great place to shop for virtually anything (Zappos.com)
  2. BBC.co.uk – World news, sports, radio, articles and audio in 33 languages (PBS.org)
  3. CitySearch.com – find the right restuarants, bars, nightclubs, hotels and spas in dozens of cities, with editors’ picks and user reviews, and a Yellow Pages directory
  4. Craigslist.org – free classified ads in every category organized by locale
  5. Del.icio.us – popular social bookmarking system which can be tagged and searched by keywords
  6. Digg.com – leader in social news, where users determine what’s important and interesting by “digging” it and posting a comment.
  7. Ebay.com – online auction powerhouse
  8. ESPN.com – everything a sports fanatic needs.
  9. Facebook.com – popular social network not yet corrupted by marketers and fake friends, dozens of third-party apps Read the rest of this entry »
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A video guide to the Ping.sg celebration – by an absentee!

8 Jul 2007 (Sun)

THANKS TO WEB 2.0 AND CHILLYCRAPS, I managed to follow this morning much of what had happened at the Ping.sg’s first anniversary celebration at the Geek Terminal yesterday afternoon on 07/07/2007 — even though I couldn’t be there at all. ;-)

First, I read Chillycraps’ Pinging Party post and found the official recording of the live Ping.sg webcast on Ustream:
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This recording, however is almost three hours long! :-p So, here’s a quick guide to this video:

  • 0:00 NTT and Rinaz warming up the camera, people streaming in, testing on stage…
  • 39:00 Award Presentation begins with MCs Brendan and Rinaz.
  • 45:00 Most Entertaining Blog: Chillycraps
  • 51:15 Most Interactive Blog: EastCoastLife
  • 58:00 Most Insightful Blog: Cobalt Paladin (entertaining video around 62:00)
  • 71:00 Best Photoblog: Keropok Man
  • 81:00 Best Blog Design: Veron
  • 88:30 Most Controversial Post: EastCoastLife
  • 97:35 Most Entertaining Post: EastCoastLife
  • 103:42 Most Insightful Post: dk99
  • 115: Best Citizen Journalist Post: dk99
  • 120:30 Post of The Year: EastCoastLife
  • 125:30 Blog Of The Year: Veron (Suddenly, there was no sound!)
  • 131:00 How Ping.sg Got Started (Haha! Uzyn used the word “Web 2.0″ to describe Ping.sg!)

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50 Writing Tips from School for Journalists

29 Jun 2007 (Fri)

FOUND 50 GREAT TIPS ON WRITING just now while browsing a few sites: Fried Beef’s Tech, then LifeHacker.Org, then to the archived version on Poynter Online (a publication of a school for journalists) and then to the recently posted Fifty Writing Tools: Quick List (May 2007). So, here they are, summarized and linked for quick and easy reference in the near future:

  1. Begin sentences with subjects and verbs. Make meaning early, then let weaker elements branch to the right.
  2. Order words for emphasis. Place strong words at the beginning and at the end.
  3. Activate your verbs. Strong verbs create action, save words, and reveal the players.
  4. Be passive-aggressive. Use passive verbs to showcase the “victim” of action.
  5. Watch those adverbs. They can dilute the meaning of the verb or repeat it. Use them to change the meaning of the verb.
  6. Go easy on the ‘ings’. Prefer the simple present or past. For example, “wish and hope and think and pray” is better than “wishing and hoping and thinking and praying“.
  7. Fear Not the Long Sentence. Take the reader on a journey of language and meaning.
  8. Parallel Lines – Establish a pattern, then give it a twist. Build parallel constructions, but cut across the grain.
  9. Let punctuation control pace and space. Learn the rules, but realize you have more options than you think.
  10. Cut Big, Then Small. Prune the big limbs, then shake out the dead leaves. Read the rest of this entry »
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