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Is HBR for or against Twitter?

September 11, 2009 10:52 PM | Comments (0)

So is HBR for or against Twitter?

Look closely at the screenshot of the Harvard Business Review’s home page, above. The rightmost article discusses the disadvantages of using of Twitter, but just below it is a button for subscribing to HBR’s Twitter feed.

OK, it’s not as straightforward as that but I couldn’t resist showing the irony lurking on the surface. The author of the article feels that it’s better to send a customised email ‘forward’ rather than Tweet a link to all your followers. I agree that if possible, one should send personal emails to show that you care for other people’s interests.

However, it isn’t possible to do that all the time, and sometimes Twitter and Facebook are simply more effective ways of getting more generic news snippets out to the masses. Which is exactly what HBR is doing with their Twitter feed.

Also, one can send impersonal mass emails (almost like ‘spam’), or use Twitter’s DM or @reply function to respond personally to someone. So it’s not like one medium is absolutely more personal than another. It is, ultimately, what you make of it.

6 words for your teacher

August 4, 2008 12:28 AM | Comments (5)

Thank your teacher in six words, at

There are so many things I want to say, I don’t know where to begin. A few of my favourite teachers are, sadly, deceased. Would it look strange to write, ‘Rest in peace. We love you.”?

Hitwise Awards 2008, Singapore

April 3, 2008 11:02 PM

I was at the Hitwise Singapore Online Performance Awards 2008 this evening. When I arrived at the venue, Indochine, surprisingly it wasn’t as packed as it was last year. It seems that one of the main taxi operator’s websites went down and people couldn’t book cabs. I joked to Hitwise’s boss that maybe next year that taxi site would win a Hitwise award!

Hitwise Awards 2008 - 02

Anyway. I’m sure the results will be announced on the Hitwise website eventually, but here’s what I can remember:

Kevin’s blog just got hacked.

You can still catch up with Kevin on other social media platforms such as Twitter.

Hang in there, Kev…

Update: Kevin’s blog is back! Risen from the dead.

Gmail IMAP

November 9, 2007 12:27 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)

After hearing the buzz about Gmail offering IMAP access, but also hearing that this new feature wasn't rolled out to everybody yet, I decided to check if my account had it. Sadly, it didn't look like it and I thought, maybe it's because they're enabling it for the earliest Gmail users first.

Then I checked out the Gmail blog which explains that the feature is actually available for all Gmail users. Then why wasn't it listed under my Settings? Because Google has only rolled it out for those using Gmail with the US language and will be working on the other languages in the next few weeks. I, being the typical Anglophile, had set my account to display UK English and thus had prevented myself from receiving IMAP access immediately.

So I switched to US English and voila! IMAP was enabled.

I'm now watching Thunderbird load up my mails. All my Gmail labels are appearing as folders. Wow, I haven't had IMAP mail since University days. This should be pretty useful.

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