Archive for the 'facebook' Category

Sri Lankan Memes

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

This Sri Lankan Memes Facebook Group is pretty funny. I’ve include a few samples here. They’re generally variations on memebase style gags (which is still funny), but some are just absurdly awesome, like the demon in an Army truck above. I do see you rolling, but I am not hating.

Coke And Ketchup In Glass Bottles

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

kik colaI think packaged goods cost more in emerging markets than, uh, emerged. But at least we get Coke and ketchup in glass bottles. I was reading about Heinz’s new social media promotion for balsamic-based ketchup, not available in Sri Lanka I assume. What struck me, however, was this:

Facebook, Twitter And The Black Hole Of Right Now

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Facebook and Twitter are like crack. It’s like, gimme crack, gimme crack, gimme crack, and then you can’t remember shit. The emphasis is all on the right now, and archives are (were) an almost foreign concept. The Facebook Timeline for profiles is supposed to resolve this, but they’ve recently gotten rid of discussion tabs for (business) pages without really replacing their organizational ability. Twitter is even worse.

Facebook And The Colombo Election

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

This Colombo Municipal Council race has seen a lot more candidates get onto social networks, especially Facebook. Sanjana is calling for people to hack their web campaigns, but I suggest that you merely ‘like’ them. Here are a few candidates that I think are worth a like, a subscribe, or at least a look.

Does Milinda Update His Own Facebook?

Friday, September 16th, 2011

People keep asking me. I’m helping Milinda Moragoda with his campaign for Mayor of Colombo. Anyways, people keep asking me if Milinda updates his own FB which, really, nobody does. But he does. He writes extended notes, thanks people, and even puts out fires. Is he on FB all day? Certainly not. He’s actually out talking to people all day, comes home tired, and still finds time in the morning or evening to update.

29. Modern Birthday Etiquette

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

As I get older, I get less presents but more wishes. This is kinda OK. I suppose this process culminates in a large funeral. People knock Facebook for taking the personal touch out of birthdays. It just tells you when peoples birthdays are. To the contrary, I appreciate FB wishes. I just wish FB could run facial recognition on my life so I could stop forgetting peoples names. What is modern birthday etiquette?

Bookend The Elephant: Great Photo

Friday, July 15th, 2011

elephant and broI saw this awesome photo from my friend Chanishka Colombage on Facebook. To repeat, it’s awesome. It shows him as a child riding an elephant in 1984, and as an adult with the same elephant in 2008. It’s quite sweet. The elephant’s name is Nadungamuwe Raja and he certainly looks quite regal. What’s a bookend? An image like this, showing an American father and son at the first and last shuttle launch, 30 years apart.

How Tech Companies Don’t Create Jobs

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

will code for foodThe new industrialization doesn’t create many direct jobs. Apple employs around 50,000, which seems good until you consider that their Chinese supplier FoxConn employs 800,000 at suicide-inducing jobs. Facebook only employs about 2,000 and takes pride in not creating jobs. Check out their COO, Sheryl Sandberg: “We think one of the best ways to stay small is just to stay smaller.”

China Buying Stake In Facebook?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Business Insider quoted an anonymouse saying that China wants to buy a big piece of Facebook. Gordon Chang, a China skeptic, hyperbowls that China wants to buy Facebook. The broad idea is that China may want some ownership before they let Facebook in.

Return Of The IFrame

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

IFrames let you stick a webpage within a webpage. This is cool, but can quickly lead to Inception style weirdness and thought crime. They have been shunned by the web design community for decades, until Facebook brought them back this year, for folding the web into Facebook pages.