Bisaya poetry e-book “Skina Balak” launched today

InnoPub Media, the journalism start-up I co-founded with Marlen, and literary group Bathalad, Inc. have published an e-book anthology of Bisaya poetry written by its members. The anthology, “Skina Balak,” will be launched tonight in Persimmon in Mabolo, Cebu City in time with the opening of Tahas art exhibit. Skina Balak can be downloaded to… Continue reading Bisaya poetry e-book “Skina Balak” launched today

Innovation, disruption in media

Last Thursday, Newsweek announced it was ending its print publication on Dec. 31 and going all-digital starting next year. The digital publication, which will be named Newsweek Global, “will be a single, worldwide edition targeted for a highly mobile, opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events in a sophisticated context,” Newsweek and The… Continue reading Innovation, disruption in media

Going mobile

In the recent Olympics, smartphones and tablets took a more central role in providing people more information about the games, Google said in a report. Google said there were times when more searches were “performed on tablets and smartphones than on computers.” The search giant said they’ve been seeing “large spikes in global mobile search… Continue reading Going mobile

Nexus and disruption

A Filipino company launched in Cebu last week two dual-SIM phones with one that can, arguably, be called a smartphone, in a non-snobbish sense that it is a touchscreen phone that can connect to the Internet. Starmobile’s FeatureSmart T601i costs just P3,290. Starmobile president Michael Chen said that although their phones are priced low, these… Continue reading Nexus and disruption

This column is still written by a human

THE Agence France Presse (AFP) published an interesting article last week about the use of algorithms to write news articles. The AFP article, which was written by a human, discussed how a group of new companies use algorithms or mathematical procedures run on computers to turn large volumes of numeric data into articles. A pioneer… Continue reading This column is still written by a human

Social media layer on ‘real life’

Last Saturday, several groups all over the world celebrated Social Media Day. In Cebu, members of the Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. gathered in Mactan Isla Resort and Spa for a seminar on various topics related to social media. I talked about good writing as foundation of an effective social media campaign. Despite advances in online… Continue reading Social media layer on ‘real life’

Next frontier lies in media space: MVP

PLDT will not just be an Internet pipe for data, chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan told shareholders during a meeting Thursday afternoon in Dusit Thani hotel in Makati City. The company needs to “move firmly into social media, social networking and Internet spaces before they move into ours and eat our lunch,” Pangilinan told the company’s… Continue reading Next frontier lies in media space: MVP

Disintermediation

TO do well online, close your website department. The website department as we know it today is approaching obsolescence, even anachronism. It’s like a typists’ pool-–convenient but unessential, an extra layer of fat that is fatal in today’s time of lean startups and agile companies. Today, the Internet should be central to everything that you… Continue reading Disintermediation

Making money in new media

HOW long do you support a losing website? Two years? Three? Five? Failing is okay so long as you fail fast, Inquirer director for mobile JV Rufino said in a forum last Monday held as part of this year’s Press Freedom Week celebration. Speed is even more crucial on the Internet, where one year zips… Continue reading Making money in new media

Writing, reading and mobile devices

GOOD Web writing is non-linear. It takes advantage of the key technology behind the Internet—the hyperlink—to provide context, additional information and even marginalia. It is “writing for selfish readers,” as usability expert Jakob Nielsen puts it. Web readers have so many sites and services competing for their attention they barely have time to read your… Continue reading Writing, reading and mobile devices