Friday, August 22, 2008

Plurk not cool on iPhone 3G

I admit that being a user of Nokia N95 made me partly skeptical of the Apple iPhone 3G. Last week, I got the chance to try the iPhone and used it to Plurk. Some observations:
  • The default Plurk site loads instead of the mobile edition.

  • Timeline does not scroll.

  • When typing entries in the text field, the pop up keyboard makes it hard to view the Plurk screen. Resize before you start typing your reply (especially if you need them as reference).

  • Tried backspace for corrections and it ended up deleting the whole text I just typed in.
Of course, that may not necessarily be the iPhone's fault but of Plurk. I think I'm just ok with my Nokia N95 for now.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Enjoying Park, Bed, and Breakfast in Pasay City

I visited Park, Bed, and Breakfast (PBB) in Pasay City yesterday to meet a friend and work on the August 11 details of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs eyeball.

I always enjoy visiting a place that has good amenities and high on the list will be free Internet access. The Mags Diner provides one and not to mention great food as well. Tried their 3M Lechon Kawali that comes with fried rice and pinakbet (I was supposed to order a different one but unavailable). I can't recall the last time I had such a tasty great combo meal which is worth less than P300. I was telling my host such meal was prepared with art and love for the food.

PBB is still new and not all rooms are fully operational. However, customers kept coming in throughout the day. Later, on my way home, the cab told me that they are given incentive for referring customers to the establishment.

The is the first time I visited a motorist hotel and great to see establishments re-inventing themselves to adapt to the times.

Park, Bed, and Breakfast (PBB) is located at 733 Woods Street corner EDSA Pasay City. If you are coming from north (e.g. Cubao) heading southbound (e.g. Taft/Roxas Boulevard), it is two streets after Evangelista Street and before MRT Taft Avenue station.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Five Things Bloggers Should Know about Press Events

I've been getting inquiries from bloggers on how to go about attending press events, what is expected of them, and should they see themselves as journalists. I've worn both hats and it is a struggle to balance.

Here are some personal notes I like to share. Note that this will not apply to everyone since this is a matter of personal principle. Learned a lot of lessons the hard way.

1. Minimize conflict of interest. If you are working for a competitor of the inviting company, inform outright of your working relationship (you get paid) with the competition.

2. Assume invitations as not shareable. This means you can't extend this to others or presume you can bring your family members. Best to ask and avoid embarrassment or feeling of uneasiness with industry peers attending the event.

3. Check the topic. Best not to attend an event knowing it is not within your league and have no intention of writing about it.

4. Remember that there are conversations considered as off-the-record. Not all are meant to be written. Check if you can quote what you were told during one-on-one or after-the-event discussion, else, you might put a person on the spot.

5. Giveaways are not mandatory. Do not expect that when you attend an event, you will receive valuable items. If you do, be discreet and not brag about it.

Bloggers should be aware that how they conduct themselves in events can impact other blogging peers as it creates an impression that others also behave in such manner.

I hope this helps.

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