World Wide Web

In character

Illustration: Yam Lee

Whether they want to take the pulse of the nation or merely shore up a dwindling fanbase, foreign celebrities are jumping on the mainland microblogging bandwagon. Sian Powell and Jie Chen look at the weibo effect.

Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 11:31pm

Digital Lifestyle: a post-mortem web presence

Illustration: Oliver Raw

There are few thoughts creepier than receiving messages from beyond the grave. In older times, when people passed away, relatives and friends would give them loving send-offs and get on with their lives. Memories of the deceased would be limited to photo albums and keepsakes.

2 Nov 2012 - 1:26pm

Digital lifestyle: sports marketing

Illustration: Oliver Raw

So explosive has been the impact of social media that sports journalists long ago swapped their little black book of contacts for accounts on micro-blogging websites, and frequently get their breaking news direct from comments from sports stars now too distant to interview.

5 Oct 2012 - 9:12am

Pins and needs

Pinterest co-founder and chief executive Ben Silbermann. Photo: AFP

As Pinterest takes the world by storm, Max Chafkin looks at how the website's founders have rewritten the rulebook on the way we browse, shop and share.

6 Oct 2012 - 11:54pm

Should old acquaintance be forgot?

Should old acquaintance be forgot?

As social media platforms swell our circles of friends to unmanageable levels, why are we still so reluctant to let go of defunct relationships, asks Oliver Burkeman.

22 Sep 2012 - 11:25pm

The dark side of social media

Palestinian men burn the US flag during a demonstration against a film deemed offensive to Islam, on September 12, 2012  in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza City.  Photo: AFP

In 2010, Time magazine's prestigious Person of the Year title went to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. He was the choice of the magazine's editors, though its readers picked Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.

15 Sep 2012 - 6:02pm 2 comments

Dissident jailed with evidence from Yahoo HK to be freed, wife says

A dissident whose conviction in 2003 for subversion was based on evidence from United States internet giant Yahoo will be released from a 10-year jail term this week, his wife says.

Wang Xiaoning , 62, became a cause célèbre after a Beijing court named Yahoo (Hong Kong) as the source of its evidence, a public relations disaster for the firm.

30 Aug 2012 - 4:11am

The truth hurts

The truth hurts

Arguably, WikiLeaks has helped changed the course of history, leaving diplomatic embarrassment and a journalistic goldmine in its wake. Sian Powell looks at the legacy of the whistle blowing website.

2 Sep 2012 - 12:50pm

Issues, not personalities, stir net users to action

The theme of a protest matters more to the online community than the political personalities behind the rallies, a study has found. Internet users tend to trust online media more than traditional print and electronic sources, it also found.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:10pm

Power down

I surrender: I have reached overload, the point where my online, virtual life is taking up so much time that it is affecting what I do in the physical world. Where yesterday I thought that internet connectivity was essential for everyday living, I now realise that it is merely a tool to make things easier, just like a rice cooker or an Octopus card.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

62 million users duped by internet shopping cheats

Nearly one-third of online shoppers in the mainland were cheated an average of about 500 yuan in the past year, a Xinhua report said yesterday.

Internet fraud cost more than 60 million mainland internet users 30 billion yuan (HK$36.7 billion) in the past year, and may become a major impediment for further expansion of online retail businesses, Xinhua said.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm

It's party time, even for zombies!

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 The Soul Sessions, Vol 2 (Deluxe Edition), Joss Stone (pictured)

2 Underwater, Joshua Radin

3 Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

4 Gossamer, Passion Pit

5 Dark Roots of Earth, Testament

6 iTunes Session, Mat Kearney

7 The Lumineers, The Lumineers

15 Aug 2012 - 11:01pm

Lai See

Stay away from those off-market distractions, guys

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Our best brainstorm apps

1. Weather Forecast

Hong Kong weather in summer is so unstable. Knowing the weather conditions ahead of time not only comes in handy, but also saves me money, as I won't have to keep buying so many umbrellas.

Doris Lam

2. Species scanner

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Alibaba share buy-back on track, Yahoo says

Alibaba Group's efforts to sew up financing for buying back up to half of the 40 per cent stake in the mainland company that Yahoo owns 'are well on track', according to the United States-based internet pioneer.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am