Technology News – April 9, 2007

Blogging is social phenomenon in Asia: report

Asia’s blogosphere is surging forward with nearly half, 46 per cent, of those online actively blogging, according to research released by Microsoft’s MSN and Windows Live Online Services Business. The research showed that blogging is a social phenomenon with Asians primarily blogging as a means to maintain and build their social connections and to express themselves. The research findings are reportedly based on an online survey of more than 25,000 MSN portal visitors across seven markets….

The report suggested that netizens in Asia are most interested in those blogs written by friends and family (74 per cent) while blogs by work colleagues were the second most popular blog but were a distant second with only a quarter of respondents showing interest. In South Korea and India, however, respondents are most interested in blogs covering a specific topic of interest, the report said. The survey also shows that blogs are a relatively trusted source of information with half of respondents believing that blog content is as trustworthy as traditional media. A quarter of respondents also believed blogs to be the quickest way to learn about news and current affairs. Source: DigitalMediaAsia.com

Cambodia bans text messaging ahead of polls

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – SMS text messaging has been banned in Cambodia over the weekend amid fears of political unrest as the country votes for local government administrators, election officials said Friday.

The announcement came on the final day of campaigning before the Sunday polls, as thousands of ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) supporters rallied in the capital Phnom Penh, snarling traffic for hours. “Most people are using cell phones which can receive campaign messages from political parties. On these two days, the environment must be quiet, according to the law,” the National Election Committee said in a statement.
Source: AsiaPacificUniverse.com

Presidential candidates’ new soapbox for 2008: social networking, video Web sites

With voter turnout among young people rising from 36 percent in the 2000 election to 47 percent in 2004, candidates are posting their campaign positions on YouTube.com, chronicling campaign stops on MySpace.com and promoting rallies on Facebook.com, the social-networking site with 10 million users. “This age group is poised to be the age group that makes a winning difference in a close presidential race,” said Heather Smith, director of young-voter strategies at George Washington University. “And, to engage these young voters, a campaign must communicate about issues that matter, through mediums that are familiar.”
Source: SignonSanDiego.com

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