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Social media's rise as 'loudspeaker'

Social media, all but non-existent at the time of handover 15 years ago, has since evolved into a powerful loudspeaker for the city's internet users.

It has allowed Hongkongers' long-held passions for everything from food to activism to flourish.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

Social media the name of the Games

When Usain Bolt crosses the finishing line after the 100-metre dash this summer, he's likely to have quite a few followers - but only a tiny fraction of them will be anywhere near London's Olympic Park. Social media has come into its own in recent years, but next month's Olympic Games will see Twitter, Facebook and Google+ used to report and discuss the on-track happenings like never before.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

What's happening around the world

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

The week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Living Things, Linkin Park

2 PTX, Vol 1, Pentatonix

3 Believe (Deluxe Edition), Justin Bieber

4 If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, Sleeping With Sirens

5 Write Me Back (Deluxe Version), R. Kelly

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cats, apps and a digital splash

1 Looking 4 Myself (Deluxe Version), Usher

2 + (Deluxe Version), Ed Sheeran

3 Clockwork Angels, Rush

4 PTX Volume 1, Pentatonix

5 The Lion the Beast the Beat (Deluxe Edition), Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

6 Punching Bag, Josh Turner

7 Synthetica, Metric

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Our legislators fail when it comes to social networks

It may have been a powerful weapon that helped mobilise protesters to topple tyrannical governments in the Middle East, but in Hong Kong politics, the social media is more like notice boards.

'The things that our lawmakers put up, if any, are usually boring. You'd be lucky if you did not fall asleep looking at them,' said political commentator Martin Oei.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lots of fun and games

New trend on the web


An addictive feature of Facebook games is that they let you collect coins or points after certain achievements. These rewards can get you hooked on playing more and more towards credits you can earn to unlock fun new features of a game.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Facebook and Twitter are far from being revolutionary

A few predictable howls of outrage have trickled into my mailbox in response to yesterday's column, in which I wrote that neither Apple, nor the internet, is nearly as world-changing as we like to think.

Apple, I argued, is no great innovator, while the advent of the internet was far less momentous than the invention of the electric telegraph a century earlier.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

They'll keep you posted

Parents who catch a child with Facebook open on a computer, only to be greeted with 'But I'm doing schoolwork!' are now often finding that to be the truth.

Social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter have invaded our schools, where they are erasing, or at least blurring, traditional lines between the classroom and the outside world, and between teachers and pupils.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Facebook is set to face increasing challenges

Facebook was launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, who was then just 20. Eight years on, his site is the world's leading social network with more than 800 million users.

Facebook will soon be traded on the stock market, enabling anyone to own a portion of the company.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Log off, reboot

Patrick Lee is a tad frightened about working a regular job; it's such a foreign concept to him. At age 37, the Los Angeles-born tech entrepreneur is the co-founder of five companies in the US and China, one of which - film-rating website Rotten Tomatoes - he sold for US$10 million. 'Sometimes I worry about what would happen if I went to a normal job. I'm not even sure what it's like.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

When location is an open secret

What does the place you're at say about you? Using a mobile phone to 'check in' on Facebook might seem like a good idea - perhaps to boast to friends if you're somewhere special - but no information is more precious than your current location.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Activists thrive on Twitter, Facebook

Now retired, holding normal jobs or raising children, former pro-democracy activists in Southeast Asia must feel a mix of astonishment, admiration and envy at the critical role of social media in the dramatic uprisings in the Middle East this year.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Tweeting to topple regimes

The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt proved the power of social media.

From being a tool to organise the protests to being used by the post-revolution governments, social media have a major role to play.

Tunisian protesters organised rallies and shared information via Facebook and Twitter.

19 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

In a Sina the times, bloggers get chance to choose favourite musician

The Hong Kong branch of Chinese online portal has launched what it is billing as the first 'people's choice music award' in the city, with the winners decided entirely by fans.

Two weeks into the voting, Gigi Leung Wing-kei and Pakho Chau (pictured) are leading their respective categories.

10 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Political pressure puts paid to annual bloggers' meeting

Several dozen bloggers, programmers and activists from all corners of the mainland met up for lunch around a large table in a Shanghai suburb last month.

For most of them, it was the first and the last meeting of the sixth annual China Blogger Conference, one of the biggest events organised by grass-roots internet users.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am