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To have a chat tool in a blog means that you are really nurturing the ‘health’ of your blogging experience. The chat tool acts like some sort of a vacuum that attracts visitors regularly. However, there are also many factors affecting the way websites attract visitors. One of these common factors is web content. If the content of a website is poor, visitors won’t spend time exploring it. After hours of continuous searching, I discovered a simple chat application that can be embedded to blogs and websites. I almost thought that this app is the same with other chat boxes all over the Internet. My assumption proved me wrong.
Chatwing is Dynamic
The Chatwing chatbox can be used for almost all niches that I can imagine. For example: if I have a blog that discusses alien conspiracies, the chatroom tool can help visitors relay their important questions. I can answer those questions in real-time. The visitors don’t need to wait for daily posts to have answers for their questions. It doesn’t matter what your blog is all about—the Chatwing app can provide a clear solution to your communication woes.
Chatwing is a Professional Marketing Tool
Let’s face it: online marketing is now a very important activity for any blog, website, or business. Without online presence, a business will lose potential clients along the way. There are many online marketing methods available in the Internet today. Most of these methods are paid, but they offer very little advantages. At other instances, these methods will eat up a large chunk of your time. So, why should you waste your time and money on something that is not productive at all? Chatwing, indubitably, is free and can be installed in mere seconds. After installation, you can edit the appearance of the chat app tool. Colors and sizes can be selected freely. I also enjoyed tinkering with the tool’s selection of background images.
Chatwing is Entertainment
Using the Chatwing chatbox creates a flare of excitement all the time. I can change the overall appearance of my chatbox, according to my mood or new content of my site. As a bonus, I can also add a MP3 song link. The song will always set up the mood of the chatroom and my visitors will always return if they are enticed properly.
With these simple characteristics, I can say that the Chatwing chat software can reach far. More web users will realize its importance and they can use the application to reach various online goals.
Find Chatwing on the web @ http://chatwing.com
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Come December, the Multiply website I’ve come to love (and somehow forgot — what with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn now competing for our attention) will no longer host “regular” users — meaning those who use the site primarily for social networking purposes (you know, for storing vacation photos, “occasional” rants and even music.
Multiply started out like MySpace, Friendster and Facebook did — to serve our narcissistic tendencies and over the years, through no intervention of their own, evolved into the massive online market that it is today.
And now, the inevitable has arrived. I do have a personal account at Multiply but I also have a seller/buyer account because I used to do business there.
So that explains why I kept seeing options to “Export to Tumblr” and “Export to Blogger” recently.
I will miss my personal account though. I’ve had it for six (6) years. That’s an even longer time in Internet years.
I wonder what sort of protection the #NBAPh will add to what bloggers (& non-bloggers) already enjoy as enshrined in the Constitution. Are they set to provide pro bono lawyers for members in cases of say, libel suits? Will they be able to impose disciplinary actions against erring bloggers and up to what extent? How about non-members, rogue ones? Will there be strict requirements for joining, like banning those known to have ethical issues in the past? Or will it just be another way of getting free pass on exclusive media/political events? Will there be mentoring? And in the case of issuing statements/stand on issues that concern blogging, it appears that members of the minority will automatically relinquish their voices in favor of the majority.
I love organizations. I love forming groups — organizing people to meet a common cause. But the purpose of such an organization has to be clear-cut from the get-go. The idea of “build it and they will come” sounds plausible — and it is. It even appears to be the right thing to do.
But let’s step back for a moment and ask ourselves this — why the need for mobilization? Why organize?
It’s easy to group people together, urge them to march somewhere, but I dare ask, where to? What for?
*In the case of protection
They say we bloggers need to protect ourselves from people who are out to get us — to sue us, to strip us of our right to free speech — to blogging freely, hence we must form a group.
But I say, who are these people? Where are they? Are they an irrational bunch of onion-skinned celebrities/politicians/average Juans? I don’t think so.
I asked you to step back awhile and I hope you’re still where I left you because the view from afar is enlightening. Ironically, the nearer you are to the picture, the more obscured your view becomes. So if you’re still there, read on.
If you’re a fellow blogger, you know these people “out to get us” (meaning bloggers in particular) do not exist. The people likely to sue us for uttering anything slanderous offline are the same ones likely to sue us for libel online.
It is not the medium. It is the person using it — irresponsibly, destructively.
So in the case of bloggers, the single protection we need now is from “ourselves” — from that borderline disregard for the fact that whatever we publish online is open to scrutiny — legal or otherwise. We need to protect ourselves from that evil monster of self-importance and “I-can-write-whatever-the-hell-I-want-and-not-be-liable-for-it” attitude. What this blogosphere fails to discuss is this elephant in the room — that overblown ego inflated by the ability to self-publish about anything and anyone, anytime and anywhere.
If we’re able to police our ranks and practice self-regulation, such “protection” would not be necessary.
*On the issue of representation
This one’s debatable. But I’m inclined to guard my stand on issues that matter to me, heck that’s why I even blog in the first place — because I don’t want my “small voice” to get drowned in the noisy crowd. Here on my blog is where I could say what I want without anyone interrupting me or telling me my stand belongs to the “minority” and thereby won’t be adapted when the association issues statements on such issues.
Come to think of it, if that’s what I wanted, I would not have cared to put up my blog — I would’ve contented myself to lurking in forums where my posts are moderated.
In my humble and insignificant opinion, if a National Bloggers Association of the Philippines would be created, it has to be one that supports and sustains bloggers to thrive and not stifle whatever benefits they enjoy which is already inherent to blogging. A bloggers association must be one that cultivates growth in the blogosphere and not inadvertently sow division by getting a “majority sentiment” on issues.
If a national bloggers association should exist, it must be one that celebrates the diversity of opinions and personality of its members by not forcing its members to routinely vote on issues just so they can come up with a “statement”.
Bloggers are highly opinionated people who will fight for what they believe is right. Put them in one room to get a sense of “majority atmosphere” and it will not be easy shutting them up.
Bottomline, surrendering one’s opinion to the “majority whim” isn’t the easiest thing to do if such will be required to gain membership.
*On the issue of mobilization
Going back to the idea of herding bloggers to march (literally or figuratively) somewhere, it behooves us to question its intent and purpose. There is enough evil in the world and enough groups of people trying to identify themselves with a certain label that sometimes we overlook the fact that the last thing we need is another group of revolutionary or influential set of people to tell us what’s right and what’s wrong.
And I guess, bloggers are too smart to know this already — which is probably why many of us don’t feel the need to blog frantically about every issue that comes along. In the same way other people “choose their battles”, we bloggers “choose our posts”.
And truth be told, as much as there are probably millions of blogs around, very few of them are actually in it to “change the world” or protect their rights. Many of them are contented with the fact that they can broadcast their thoughts to the world and couldn’t care less if the world ends today.
*What would a National Bloggers Association be good for then?
1. To create a directory of bloggers in the Philippines
2. To organize “Help A Blogger” events
3. To promote social good (this is where mobilization should come in)
4. To organize charity events sponsored by blogs and advertisers
5. To draft a Code of Ethics for Bloggers
6. To strengthen/promote self-regulation thru seminars, etc
7. To aim for government recognition through equal, not special rights
8. To bring decency/ethics to paid blogging by transparency
9. To expose options more than influence them
10. To reward authenticity and crush online deceit
*Just so you know…
I have nothing against the organizers/creators of this group. They have my respect and they have all the right to create one as they please, just like everyone else. But I’m happy where I am now — unbridled yet responsible, a small voice in a noisy crowd but heard once in a while nonetheless.
I’d love to be part of a bloggers association in the future but I find the draft manifesto not entirely agreeable at this moment. I was hoping to find one that’s directed outside the sphere and not inward, with the goal of making bloggers an instrument of social change, allowing bloggers to give to the community and not simply assert rights and recognition as “movers and influencers”. In short, to assume the role and not simply ascribe it to oneself. Until then, I’d be happily typing away, blogging alone.
This post is in no way discouraging any blogger from joining any club of their choice. Let’s enjoy the mutual respect that blogging teaches us. Hey, see you when I see you! — RJ
- I’m not afraid of #NBAPh – more like ‘puzzled’. (rjmarmol.com)
- Reactions to the proposed Philippine Bloggers’ Association (globalvoicesonline.org)
- National Bloggers’ Association? (chryztyners.wordpress.com)
Note: This is supposed to be a tweet. But words runneth over, so to speak — hence this micro-post.
On the creation of a National Bloggers Association of the Philippines:
The intention may be noble and all, sure. But in the programming lingo, you don’t/can’t use ‘reserved words’ like ‘national’ just like that. While the definition may seem inclusive in theory, in reality it hints at exclusivity. And it’s the very reason it evoked the ire of the other regions. Why not Luzon Bloggers Club instead? Having a bloggers group in Luzon seems to make a lot more sense, plus using the words ‘club’ or ‘society’ appears to be more fun. Visayas and Mindanao already have theirs. Why the need to consolidate everything so abruptly? These are bloggers you are ‘mobilizing’ here, they are too keen with words and sensitive when it comes to ‘representation’ because it runs counter to the very essence of blogging.
“#InAPerfectWorld every opinion carries equal weight. And each opinion, be it amazingly profound or despicably inane must be treated with the same level of respect if only for the fact that the existence of one validates the other.” — RJ Marmol
Yes, I just quoted myself. It could well be taken as brandishing arrogance, but on the contrary, it is a humble display of my humanity.
And you know why? Because each time I set out to write anything and manage to hit “publish”, I submit myself to criticism. It’s like diving in a sea of piranha — you’re injured at best, dead at worst. But I still dive just the same. Maybe because I’m masochistic. Or maybe because I believe that each “dive” amounts to something good for myself or for other people.
That’s what bloggers do. That’s what people on Twitter do. They speak their minds.
There’s a hint of narcissism sometimes, a little ego-stroking on the side. But that’s what 21st century living has become. This is what “media” has become. Everyone is an instant pundit, stylist, guru or what-have-you’s.
So when people who were ‘born’ pre-Twitter mock or worse, question a person’s right to air his/her opinion over Facebook, Twitter or his/her own blogsite, I think those people need to seriously reconsider their position on the subject.
The online community don’t just gang-up on a certain person or group of people on a whim. In fact, unbelievable as it may seem, it is easier to organize a ‘protest’ in the ‘real world’ than it is to organize a ‘hate’ campaign online. And that’s because those online know very well that doing so exposes them to a more traceable liability. When you ‘tweet’ or post a Facebook update, it is traceable to you and you alone. Whereas if you join a group of people marching in the streets of Mendiola, that ‘protest’ is traceable to a certain ‘group’. In business analogy, it’s like single proprietorship vs. corporation.
If your company/group is drawing flak from the online community, one thing is for sure then, whatever it is that you’ve done has created a personal impression on each netizen. And at such huge numbers and immense personal impact that it appears to be an organized attack towards you.
So instead of attacking people’s opinion and belittling the ‘weight’ of their opinions, it is best to show them incontestable proof of one’s innocence the best way possible. They have a term for it — sweet revenge.
Let’s be thankful then that this isn’t exactly a perfect world because we don’t have to live with each other’s assumed profundity and live in constant denial of the existence of our inanities. We have each other’s opinion to keep ourselves in check.