Not you too, you’re too cute

o rly?

I swear that was the real thing that Hillary said to me.

Hillary says I'm too cute

hillary saying

The plurk is here.

Anyway, If you’re too lazy to open the plurk, I was asking for opinions for a niche I can blog about. I mean, I’ve blogged about many things in my personal blog, mainly because I have too many interests. I initially wanted to talk about web 2.0 and social media, but to be honest I’m quite tired about them and I don’t want to be seen as “following the trend”. Let me talk about it later.

Suggestions came in. Krisandro mentioned accessory making, which I enjoy so much doing, but lately I have too little time to make those trinkets. Malique mentioned about simple and easy recipes, but I don’t really cook and thus I’m not really able to churn original content. Paced mentioned about movie reviews. I like movies and I like reviewing them, but the problem is I don’t watch movies that often anymore. Hillary recommended about fashion. She said I got good imagination with fashion (which is actually unproven). Well, I can write about fashion of course, but no one will really be interested I think, unless overweight girls fashion is on fire.

The reason why I didn’t want to blog about social media was that.. I believe in original content. Sure I can browse through the blogs talking about social media and then write articles similar to them. In fact I can blog about anything if I want to. Information in the Internet is endless and a bit too much. Found this, found that, copy-paste, put image, a blogpost done. But no, that’s not what I want.

So the important question is.. Why did I finally decide to blog about social media/web 2.0?

This is because.. I realize I have unique stories about social media/web 2.0. As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve been muddling in web 2.0 for quite some time but well.. I’m not really those prominent bloggers who has thousands of followers/subscribers, who always blog regularly (notably with lists) about “Things in Social Media”.

I’m not.

But I’m inside.

Remember this guy?
linguini
This is Linguini from the movie Ratatouille. Before he ever became the famous chef (or rather.. “chef”), he was just the cleaner in the kitchen. He’s not cooking for you, no, but he’s inside, he’s part of the kitchen/restaurant.

If this guy blogs..
head chef
(this is the head chef, by the way)
What will the blogpost be?

In restaurant business, the important thing is to bring smiles to the customer. So no matter who the customer is, no matter how weird their requests are, they’re still number one. So today I encountered this customer that sent a special request to the kitchen asking for roasted duck, but the duck must be female. You can either 1. freak out or 2. find a way to talk to them. The tactic of this is ……

But when the cleaner boy is blogging, what will it be?

You know what the most important thing in restaurant business is? Somebody who can be told to do anything impossible! Like calling duck meat suppliers and ask for female duck meat. Not just any duck meat, must be a female duck meat. So I went frantic and dealt with them and …..

This blog will contain the stories like these. Ok, not that extreme, but something you might not have heard in the middle of this social media abyss.

So keep coming back for more. For the very first time, I’m going to open up about what I think about social media/web 2.0.

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web 2.0 and me

Let’s backtrack to my history in web 2.0 to see whether I’m credible to talk about web 2.0.

I’ve been muddling around web 2.0 for years now, after started blogging in my MSN space. But that blog had just 2 entries and thus I don’t think I need to link it 😛 I then moved to Friendster Blogs and was blogging until about 2006. I then moved to Blogger. At this point of time I was still blogging in my mother tongue (Indonesian). After I moved to Singapore in 2006, a friend encouraged me to move to a self-hosted wordpress site. After messing around with sites, I firmly stay in My Grey World.

And this was the time when I knew about web 2.0. This was the video that made me understand what web 2.0 is.

I wrote about it here in my personal blog.

Anyway, after a while, I found out about ping.sg. It was initially a desperate plea to get traffic, but after that I found out about their shoutbox and through that, I joined their outings after outings and soon after online friends become personal offline friends. Yes apparently it can happen. Give me another post to talk about this later.

And after reading so much rave in ping.sg and other sites, I joined Twitter. And became addicted to it quite instantly. Especially for the fact that I can update it via phone/sms (provided I have enough credit for international sms – yes I still use pre-paid cards). Blogposts in my personal blog decreased – since posting short updates in blog is no longer necessary (which I did often actually). After Twitter, I joined the hype again : Plurk. It’s microblogging with conversation, perfect for me.

I also joined del.icio.us and digg but I don’t really use it that much nowadays. Another web 2.0 “thingy” I like is StumbleUpon. It’s more like a time-waster,
a stumbler's day

but I have discovered a lot of great sites (and great procrastinator tools) through it. Since I’m a music person, I also joined last.fm, and later a late adopter of imeem. I like to take pictures so I joined Flickr and even became a pro member, but I left it eventually since I realized I don’t really need it that much.

And what’s web 2.0 without Social Networking, yes? I adopted Friendster quite early, and it was the “in” thing when I was in high school. Along the way social networking sites sprouted out and I joined liveconnector, hi5, myspace, and maybe other sites I forgot. (you can see the list here) At SMU Facebook seemed to be the hype so I joined and quite hooked on it since. I make use of a lot of applications and I have about 400 (real) friends there.

So there you go. Web 2.0 and me.

The question is still unanswered though. So am I credible enough to talk about web 2.0?

My personal answer is : perhaps. Web 2.0 (or a bit narrower, social media/new media) consists of a lot of things and while all those things are extremely interesting and useful (in some sense), I don’t use them all.

Ask me something though, and I’ll be glad to share.