<ul><li>“ It was an extremely important part of my healing process to make the story. I hope folks in Malaysia have the opportunity to make such stories for themselves. I entered the workshop intending on making a macro political analysis of violence against women, and had a four-page script. The teacher came up to me and circled the center of my script and said, this is actually your story! I couldn't believe it. But she was right. The story was specifically about my mother. What I learned is that people care more about stories when they are in multimedia format, putting them onto video actually allows some people to hear a story where they wouldn't be able to stomach having you tell them the same story sitting in front of them,” Jamie, abuse survivor. </li></ul>
Lesson 2: No test, no licence, no passport, no age limit
“ It’s never too late to learn,” says Haji Mohamed Abu Hassan, 64-year-old retired school teacher, Kg Jana Sambungan, Kamunting. Named oldest Malaysian webmaster by fan at that time, after winning more than 35 awards for website design. Published in Golden Surfers, CNet
Case study: Scubapoint, Tioman <ul><li>Created a simple website for scuba diving outfit in Tioman using free tools, sweat equity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Niche site for enthusiasts can attract global customers at low cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People prefer dealing with real people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Response time matters, answer your emails! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customers will pay premium for specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfied customers become your evangelists </li></ul></ul>
Case study: Crisis blog <ul><li>In November 2004, Indrajit Samarajiva, a Canadian of Sri Lankan descent was asked to speak at lunch gathering at Colombo Regency Rotary Club, Sri Lanka to talk about blogging… </li></ul><ul><li>A month later, when the deadly tsunami struck, the members set up a blog reliefforsrilanka.blogspot.com and used it to raise money + coordinate donation of shelter, food, medicine to aid survivors </li></ul><ul><li>"Our club has been successful because we have been able to reach out to the international community through the Web site," said Chamila Wickramasinghe, who is the secretary of the club and was its first president. "You've got to be open to new technology." </li></ul>
“ In 2008, if you’re not on a social networking site, you’re not on the Internet.” IAB Platform Status Report: User Generated Content, Social Media, And Advertising - An Overview, April 2008 2009
Why use social media? <ul><li>COMMUNICATE: Start conversations, engage people, build loyalty, provide insider views, promote upcoming events. </li></ul><ul><li>SHARE: Pics, videos, audio recordings can be shared easily, more visual/auditory. </li></ul><ul><li>FASTER: More flexible than traditional press releases, can post stuff quicker, useful in a crisis, can go viral. </li></ul><ul><li>POWERFUL: Can raise funding globally, can reach wider audience, can tap experts. </li></ul>
“ The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet,” William Gibson, author of Neuromancer; coined term “cyberspace” in 1984
(Attribution: Some slides were updated from a presentation by Marta Z Kagan)
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