Beware caprice of social media

A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustration. Photo: Reuters

When it comes to the internet, there is one guarantee: nothing stays the same forever. Facebook, the world's dominant social media platform, is fast finding that out as users in mature markets increasingly abandon it.

Saturday, 4 May, 2013, 4:04am

There's no substitute for the real thing

Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer. Photo: Reuters

First it was the supposed obsolescence of the workplace. Now it's the university classroom. The Western cult of online virtuality is overhyped. It's a good thing it has never caught on in this part of the world. Let's hope it never will.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 3 comments

Why face time in the office is irreplaceable

Yahoo announced a company-wide ban on 'remote' working. Photo: AP

A recent worldwide memo sent to all staff at Yahoo announced a company-wide ban on "remote" working. "To become the absolute best place to work," it read, "communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side."

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

George and Mia have been together for seven years. When they got together, Mia says, her partner was very attentive, but now there is far less intimacy.

She often feels sad and alone. While Mia feels that George does not talk to her or share his life with her, he feels that they are now always fighting and that she makes a drama out of things.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:14am

How to bridge that gap with your children

Illustration: Corbis

Imagine the literary masterpieces the world would never know if children grew up seeing eye-to-eye with their parents (Romeo who?). It's a truism as old as time that kids will spend many of their years feeling like their parents don't get them.

But sometimes they're more right than they know.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:00pm

Class action: hard to find the note from teacher in today's electronic world

Most schools are using modern technology to communicate with parents.

My child's school is increasingly communicating with me electronically. I no longer get notes, I get e-mails. Newsletters I could stick on the fridge are now attachments and homework is posted on a website I find hard to access. I tried to complain, but didn't feel I was listened to.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:44pm

SMS may be losing appeal after 20 years

Mobile-phone outlets like this one in Beijing now offer internet-enabled smartphones, with alternatives to SMS. Photo: AFP

Amid the 20th anniversary of the short messaging service (SMS) this month, analysts say the world's most popular mobile service is facing stiff competition from emerging applications for internet-enabled smartphones.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

A way to scale the barrier of intolerance

A way to scale the barrier of intolerance

Mountains are great levellers. I don't know why so many of us feel the urge to climb them. It's hard work, and dangerous at times. But it seems to turn out better people, at least during the climb. Somehow, they become more sensible and sensitive to the feelings of others, as I found during a recent expedition to the top of Africa.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:19am

Ensure people get timely information during disasters

Climate Change Conference, in Doha, Qatar. Photo: AP

The impact of natural disasters, caused by multiple geophysical hazards, is greater in Asia than on any other continent. This is true both in mega cities and rural areas - particularly near coasts, unstable mountain slopes and volcanoes, and deserts.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

CLP's PR chief Quince Chong lauds good communication

Illustration: Henry Wong

As the ultimate gatekeeper responsible for protecting and maintaining a company's public image, Quince Chong Wai-yan knows how to call a crisis a "communication challenge".

It's all about communications among people, says the newly appointed chief corporate development officer of CLP.

29 Oct 2012 - 6:37am

Pedderzine exhibition

Pedderzine exhibition

Exhibitionist: Pedderzine Uncatalogued, an exhibition that celebrates Hong Kong retailer On Pedder's seasonal magazine, Pedderzine, opens today in Central.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:41am

Surprise Sina profit comes with warning

Sina's headquarters in Beijing. Weibo will add more money-making features. Photo: Bloomberg

Internet major Sina, which posted a surprise quarterly net profit, has warned that second-half earnings will not be "significant" and it will offer more services on its microblogging platform Weibo to boost revenue.

17 Aug 2012 - 11:46am

Sohu goes on spending spree despite profit fall

Mainland internet media, gaming and search giant plans to continue making 'heavy investments' this year despite a sharp fall in second-quarter net profit.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Censors ban train crash coverage

Censors have banned coverage of the first anniversary of the deadly high-speed-train crash in Wenzhou , Zhejiang province, in the latest move to tighten media control ahead of the Communist Party's national congress later this year.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Here's some advice: try to adopt a pet

Being a responsible pet owner is not an easy job. It is much more than just providing food, water and shelter for your pet. You must also show that you truly care about the animal.

Some people will buy a cute pet as a love token. However, the pet is often abandoned when the relationship ends.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am