Thank You

Nov 28, 2008

I’m not going to write too much today, and I don’t really want to make a list of people to thank, because I’ll probably miss out some of you.

But basically, I just want to say thank you, to all of you out there.

Thank you for giving me your attention and taking time to read what I have to say. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and interacting with me. Thank you for being so inspiring and for making this such an awesome journey.

So yeah. Thank you, for making the world – and my life – better.

Happy thanksgiving.

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Liveblog: Podcamp Singapore, Part 2

Nov 1, 2008

The second session I’ll be live blogging is Amsie from She’ll be sharing her story and her blogging journey. I’m starting a bit late, so the first 10 minutes aren’t covered. But yeah, here’s the liveblog and my thoughts.

Why I’m Not Using Plurk

Jun 7, 2008

I’ve got an account on Plurk, but after checking it out for a couple of days, I’m not really using it.

Daryl, who has become a huge proponent of Plurk, has been sharing some of his reasons for choosing Plurk over Twitter. His reason number 4: it provides closer/more intimate conversations. And in a way, I don’t disagree.

But that point is precisely why I’m not on Plurk. The downside of more intimate conversations is that there tends to be more “mindless chatter“, as Daryl put it – and as evidenced by this thread. Yes, it helps build closer relationships, but from an outsider – if I’m not following everyone in that conversation – it doesn’t add much value, just noise.

It’s sort of related to what Mitch Joel wrote about why he tends to reply using Direct Messages instead of @ replies on Twitter, and why I personally don’t write much about my personal life here.

Yes, there’s a place for Plurk, I’m not denying that. It’s just a completely different dynamic, and not one that’s suited to me. I’m looking not just for conversations, but for intellectual, stimulating discussions.

I try to keep my personal conversations private, for two reasons. firstly, to not add too much noise. And secondly, because in a mass conversation like that, chances are – for me personally – I would have trouble keeping up and giving due attention to everyone.

Sonny Gill wrote that “Twitter is the conference and Plurk is the party“. And personally, I’m just not much of a party person.

So yeah, if you’re looking for me on Plurk, chances are you’ll find my account, but not me. I’m not on it anymore. I’m waiting (and hoping) for Twitter to get back up.

Providing Personal, Customized Solutions

Mar 28, 2008

CNet reports that Bug Labs have sold out until May. And it’s succeeding not just with “hobbyists and tinkerers”, but also with “corporations looking for less-expensive alternatives to custom devices”.

The beauty of Bug Labs, in my opinion, is this. It’s a tool that is inherently personal. It gives the user freedom to choose how they want to use it. By its very nature, it is customized, tailored to their own needs and wants.

When you provide a personal, customized solution – like Bug Labs has – you’re really likely to succeed.

It’s no longer about generic tools and services. It’s not about the mass anymore. It’s about the individual. It’s about being personal.

How can you make your product – or whatever you’re selling – more personal?