Book: The Google Story

This is the second time I have read this book since the 2006's edition. I may sound like a Google worshiper here but to me, this book is quite enjoyable, albeit some criticisms on the author's Google worshiping himself.

This book is much like a chronology + wikipedia of Google, hence you might be disappointed if you are looking forward to some sorts of technology insights. It is not mind-blowing as well if you have been following Google's development all these years. Nevertheless, I am going to recap some of the interesting events or thoughts about Google here.

Has Facebook Colonized Asia?

Previously, I spoke about Facebook superseding Friendster in Asia, or more precisely Southeast Asia. However, Facebook is facing bigger challenges to beat or even catch up with its competitors in other parts of Asia, especially China, Japan and South Korea.

Social Networks Around the World

The map above is an interesting visualization by Vincenzo Cosenza built using Alexa and Google Trends for Website traffic data in June 2009.

How I Consume The News?

Continued from An Observation on Newsprint Circulation...

Newspaper

Newspaper

Yes, I still read newspapers mainly for general news. Sin Chew is on my daily information consumption schedule while I do read The Star on weekends if I have time to burn. Why Sin Chew? Because I think it is quite politically neutral and being a Chinese myself, I would like to get in touch with updates on Chinese community.

An Observation on Newsprint Circulation

Continued from Online News Portal in Malaysia...

After looking at the online figures, let's check out some of the selected Peninsular Malaysia statistics from Analysis of Print Media by MSA.

Total Newspaper Circulation 1988 – 2008 (Peninsular Malaysia)

Total newspaper circulation is generally on the rise since 1998. Actual figure for 2008 should have stood higher though if data from Nanyang, Malay Mail and Weekend Mail are included.

Online News Portal in Malaysia

According to comScore (via The Edge), the average daily readership for local news portal in March this year was about 2.8 million, 10% of our population. Many believe that online news portal has hit mainstream since the political tsunami in last March. Citizens started to flock into these sites looking for (almost) real time and unfiltered updates. Imagine how popular Twitter would have been in Malaysia then?

Some of those sites (without mass circulations) are still maintaining lot of their audience since then. Malaysiakini's position as no.1 is both surprising and impressive considering that it is on paid-subscription model (for English content).

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