Saturday, September 16, 2017

Easy way to save video posts from other people's Facebook timeline without any software

Sometimes, in our daily life, we are easy to give in to technical difficulties. I didn't remember the last time I attempted to save inspiring Facebook videos being posted by a friend or other unknown sources in order to able to share it further to friends over other platforms or social networks. And, I saw some other friends also did the same. 

"I shared the video posts on my timeline to keep record of the videos," said one friend. "The risks are getting my own timeline being cluttered."

Some other friends simply send the video to other people via Facebook private message, just to avoid cluttering their own timelines. 

Today, I stumble upon a solution by Computerhope.com that allows me to download any uploaded video on Facebook without any software. I hope these steps below would be helpful for you and me as well in the future. 


  1. Log in to Facebook and find the video you want to download.
  2. Right-click on the video and select Show video URL.
  3. A small pop-up window should appear, with the video URL. Press Ctrl+C on the keyboard to copy the URL.
  4. In the browser's Address bar, press Ctrl+V to paste the video URL.
  5. Modify the video URL, changing the "www" at the beginning of the URL to "m". The URL should then start with https://m.facebook.com/
  6. Once changed, press Enter to open the mobile version of the page and follow the steps below, depending on your browser.
Internet Explorer browser
  1. Click on the Play icon on the video to start playing the video in a new tab.
  2. At the bottom of the Internet Explorer window, a pop-up message will appear, asking if you want to Open or Save the video. Click the down arrow next to the Save button and select the Save as option.
  3. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the video.
Google Chrome browser
  1. Click the Play icon on the video to start playing the video.
  2. Right-click on the video and select the Save video as... option.
  3. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the video.
Firefox browser
  1. Click the Play icon on the video to start playing the video in a new tab.
  2. Right-click on the video and select the Save Video as... option.
  3. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the video.
I used Chrome and it did work just that!






Saturday, July 08, 2017

A Jakarta (people’s) fair


The largest and longest fair in Southeast Asia has begun: the 50th edition of the Jakarta Fair at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta 


For decades, the fair was a must-visit event for residents of the Greater Jakarta area and other cities. Until recently, other events overshadowed the popularity of the fair, which has always been part of the city’s anniversary celebration — Jakarta will celebrate its 490th birthday on June 22.



This year, the fair will run until July 16 and under heightened security, particularly following the twin suicide bombings in East Jakarta on May 25. Two thousand security guards will be watching over the event, along with the police and the Indonesia Military (TNI).



The security challenge for the fair, which is expected to draw almost 6 million visitors, is enormous. Yet, if the event goes off without a hitch, it might significantly restore confidence among Jakartans against threats to their security. 



For many years, the fair served as an indicator of people’s purchasing power, thanks to growing transactions. This year’s target of exceeding Rp 6.5 trillion (US$488.4 million) in transactions will hopefully do its part to boost the economy. 



We also share the high hopes of the fair’s theme in creating more jobs. Not only 40,000 freelance workers are to be employed during the 39-day event, the extravaganza should also open a big window of opportunity for the 2,700 participating companies across 1,500 stands, to promote their products to huge crowds. Forty percent of the stands are allocated to small and medium-scale businesses, while the remaining are reserved for state-owned, multinational and large-scale companies.



Older generations may recall the first “unofficial fair” initiated by then-governor Ali Sadikin in 1967 at the National Monument (Monas) Square. It aimed to entertain the people by bringing together night markets across Jakarta. The fair was said to be a recollection of the Gambir Night Market, which was held in the same venue when it was still called Koningsplein during Dutch rule. The first night market on Aug. 31, 1898, celebrated the coronation of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina. The annual night market ended in 1942 following the beginning of Japanese rule.  



Fast forward to 1968, the maiden Djakarta Fair was marked with the release of doves by president Soeharto on June 5, attracting 1.4 million visitors. A year later, the 1969 Djakarta Fair became the longest ever, running for 71 days — to which former United States president Richard Nixon was reportedly a visitor. 



In 1992, the fair moved from Monas to Kemayoran — which occupies 44 hectares of space — to accommodate bigger crowds. 



As the fair became more commercial, then-governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo decided four years ago to hold a separate fair in Monas to bring back the spirit of the fair. Only one year later, Jokowi’s successor, then-acting governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, relocated the fair back to Kemayoran amid damages the fair did to Monas park. 



Nevertheless, the Jakarta Fair has been always intended as the people’s celebration. See you at the Fair!

The article has been published on The Jakarta Post on June 10, 2017







Saturday, July 08, 2017

A garden for all

Originally part of the vast garden of the Dutch governor general’s mansion, the Bogor Botanical Garden, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary, has now become one of the oldest plant conservation centers in Southeast Asia. 

It is not an overstatement when the head of the garden management Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Iskandar Zulkarnaen, describes the garden as one of the last bastions of Indonesia’s biodiversity conservation. 

The garden, built by German-born botanist Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt in 1817, has been used to collect different species of plants from across the archipelago and the first seed-bed for foreign plants before being grown in Indonesian soil. Some rare plants have been cultivated there, such as Amorphophallus titanum known by locals as the “corpse flower” or the Rafflesia patma, which drew international attention in 2010 when it bloomed for the first time since 1930.  

The 200-year anniversary celebration should be a great opportunity for the garden management to relive the garden’s pioneering role during its “golden era” for research in the early 1900s with the study of auxins, growth hormones for plants, and the fungus mycorrhiza. 

The garden was once the hotbed of innovative economic botany, which supported the development of plants for agro-industries in the past, such as oil palm, rubber, coffee, tea, quinine and tobacco. 

The Bogor Botanical Garden should be preserved and conserved as a model for developing other conservation gardens in cities across the country. The maintenance of the conservation gardens is crucial given Indonesia’s valuable biodiversity and rich ecosystems. Therefore, LIPI’s target of increasing the number of city gardens to 47 from the current 33 by 2030 needs greater support from the central government, city administration and the public.

Today, the Bogor Botanical Garden plays a vital role not only for Bogor residents. An hour’s drive from bustling Jakarta, it serves as an oasis for those who thirst for open and green spaces. Between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors visit the park on weekends to enjoy outdoor activities in the garden’s shade. 

These crowds, however, pinpoint chronic urban problems that the Bogor administration has to tackle, the absence of parking spaces, which leaves drivers of buses, cars and motorcycles with no choice but to park on the street, exacerbating traffic gridlock and poor trash collection, for example. 

Earlier this year, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto widened 4.2 kilometers of sidewalks around the garden in a bid to boost the city’s ecotourism. This weekend, thousands are expected to turn up for the Kebun Raya Bogor 200 marathon, which includes a 36-hour race covering a 200-km route inside the vast garden.   

Such initiatives deserve praise and support, as they exemplify collaboration between the local administration and the public in reinstating the role of parks and gardens as the heart and lungs of city life and as places of interaction among residents.

Long live Bogor Botanical Garden, a restful place for all.

The piece has been published at The Jakarta Post on May 20, 2017


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Panduan meracik kisah yang viral. Belajar dari para buzzer

Breaking news! Terungkap! Terkuak! Fakta membuktikan!

Panduan ini diinspirasi oleh kisah-kisah, berita-berita propaganda, meme meme lucu tapi menohok, foto tanpa tanggal dan sumber namun dibumbui sindiran dan tusukan untuk pihak yang mau dibela atau yang mau bayar. Kadang-kadang kita perlu belajar dari hal yang sehari-hari mempengaruhi emosi kita.

Tujuan belajar ini adalah membiasakan kita membuat sendiri, meramu sendiri kisah-kisah itu untuk membangun konstruksi sosial yang kita inginkan. Atau, ketrampilan ini juga bisa dipakai untuk menandingi konstruksi sosial dan narasi dari mereka yang selama ini telah malang melintang di dunia per-buzzer-an.

Kalau semua bisa dan mahir dengan teknik ini mungkin profesi ini perlu berinovasi supaya menemukan cara yang lebih canggih dan tidak membosankan.

Pada dasarnya, jejak jejak hasil karya para digital mercenaries itu bisa dilacak dengan pola, gaya bahasa yang dimiliki, dan jenis materi yang diracik.

1. (Hampir) selalu di awali dengan punchline yang menarik seperti:
Terkuak!, Fakta! Berita Terbaru! Akhirnya terungkap!, Breaking News!, Inilah!, Geger!, Menggetarkan!, Makjleb, Dhuar! Tahukan kalian? Makin banyak tanda seru makin bagus. Atau, pakai tanda tanya, cari kata-kata gugatan. Inikah? Tahukah?

2. Tulisan atau foto jarang menyertakan penunjuk waktu dan tempat. Atau, kalaupun menyertakannya, hanya dipakai jika menguatkan narasi yang mau dibangun. Perbandingan dengan foto lain yang juga jarang menyertakan petunjuk waktu dan tempat, dipergunakan untuk menunjukkan kontras dan pertentangan. Konflik, paradoks selalu menarik untuk membuat klimaks sebuah kisah.

3. Ditutup dengan seruan untuk menyebarkan kisah, bahasa kerennya Call to Action: Sebarkan!,  Ayo, atau seruan/perintah yang dibungkus dalam sebuah pertanyaan. Relakah? Apakah kita akan tinggal diam? dan semacamnya.

4. Cara membagikan kisah bisa melalui beberapa cara. Namun ini salah satu cara tersederhana yang saya tahu.

a. Miliki beberapa akun Facebook, Twitter. 5-10 idealnya untuk hasil maksimal. Gratis kok tinggal membuat baru. Syaratnya juga mudah, dengan memakai akun email Google, Yahoo, atau Hotmail.

b. Namun, akun yang baru dibuat, terlalu mudah diendus oleh para penggiat anti-hoax, sehingga cara lain yang lebih meyakinkan adalah mengambil alih penguasaan akun-akun yang lama tidak diupdate oleh penggunanya. Cara mengambil alih? Gampang. Siapkan email penampung, tinggal bilang bahwa kita lupa password pada penyedia platform sosmed. Paling banter kita diminta menyebut kota asal pemilik. Beberapa teman, memiliki beberapa akun yang ditinggalkan karena lupa password dan email yang terkoneksi dengan akun itu pun sudah lupa passwordnya. Ini akun sempurna untuk diubah menjadi akun zombie.

c. Akun zombie ini bisa dipakai sebagai publisher pertama kisah. Supaya terkesan 'genuine' dan 'orisinil' pakai kata-kata yang membangkitkan emosi. Istilah kebun binatang, singgung SARA biar seru, atau provokasi pihak yang diharapkan akan segera merespon. dlsb. Santai saja. Toh, yang dipakai adalah akun orang lain.

d. Kalau kita punya 5-10 akun zombie, akan lebih mudah memainkan isu. Masing-masing akun zombie mencolek melalui 'tag' atau mention ke orang-orang yang friendsnya banyak, followernya bejibun, dan aktif serta bersumbu pendek. Harapannya,  reaksinya pun akan optimal juga. Atau, colek para "certified buzzer" yang dari track recordnya berkomentar tertentu anti atau menyokong pihak tertentu.

e. Kalau sudah viral. Hapus postingan pertama dari timeline supaya terkesan lebih meyakinkan. "Saya takut di-bully", itu pesan untuk para pembully yang tidak waspada tengah mengejar zombie. Menghapus timeline itu penting, untuk memberi kesan, seolah-olah orang yang membully pintar. Mereka biasanya sudah siap dengan screen capture. Basi!

f. Tenang saja. Kisah itu sejelek dan sebodoh apapun, selalu berkaki dan bersayap. Dia bisa berjalan kemana mana, dan terbang ke mana mana. Selalu ada yang membeli kisah itu. Umurnya pun seringkali panjang dan bertahun-tahun dan bisa di daur ulang.

h. Supaya tambah meyakinkan lagi dan 'berkelas', pakai'modal' sedikit, beli beberapa nama domain. Murah kok? Seratus ribuan saja per satu nama domain. Jangan lupa pakai mode sembunyikan nama pembeli domain. Setelah itu, buat websitenya dan posting kisah di website. Lagi-lagi supaya lebih meyakinkan, postinglah di tengah-tengah postingan lain yang tampaknya objektif supaya memberi kesan alamiah. Ambil saja dari website lain yang ada. 

Mudah, bukan?

Kira-kira sekian dulu.

Ingat! Sebarkan!



Post script: Tujuan tulisan ini adalah untuk mencerahkan orang-orang tersayang yang akhir-akhir ini terpontang-panting oleh kisah-kisah seru yang mulai membosankan
Monday, April 24, 2017

Eyes set in 2019 presidential election as Jakarta election ends

The dust has been settled. The brouhaha of "the gubernatorial election that tastes like presidential election" in the past six months has abated. 

In the coming two years, we will welcome the 2019 presidential election and for those who are interested in running for the race, two years are too short to win prospective voters, build image and network, formulate programs and prepare necessary logistics.

Referring to the result of the Jakarta gubernatorial election, retired general Prabowo Subianto may find no more reason not to extend his marathon run in 2019 for the country's top post.

Prabowo has said that he would run again for the presidential election should he manage to win his top dog Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno. The 2019 election may be a decisive moment for Prabowo who failed as vice president candidate in 2009 and president candidate in 2014. Prabowo may not repeat the same mistake to lose then President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, both he supported during the Jakarta election, in a very short period.

Jokowi made a giant step to become the president, while Ahok left Prabowo's Gerindra Party and replaces Jokowi as Jakarta Governor.

It is evident that Prabowo has made his point when in the victory speech, he emphasized that Anies would complete his gubernatorial post until 2022. However, there is no guarantee Anies would follow Prabowo's wish. Anies's track record has underlined his political agility by winning the Jakarta election by a landslide not long after his dismissal from Jokowi's Cabinet. Therefore, Anies may consider Jokowi's stellar ascension to presidential palace as his passage as well.

Prabowo may see Perindo Party chairman Hary Tanoesoedibjo, a media mogul, as his ideal partner for the 2019 election. Hary, who joined Prabowo in supporting Anies-Sandiaga pair during the recent Jakarta governor election, could help Prabowo in terms of logistics and media coverage. Hary's close network with US President Donald Trump may add another edge.

Another contender in the upcoming election is Vice President Jusuf Kalla. Kalla has been mentioned playing a role behind the victory of his junior at the Islamic Students Association (HMI), 47-year-old Anies. Kalla, who has been vice president in 2004-2009 and 2014-2019, may be confident to run for the presidency for the last time.

However, both 65-year-old Prabowo and 74-year-old Kalla have the same challenge with their old age to challenge incumbent President Jokowi who garners job approval of more than 50 percent thanks to the latter's consistently high performance and good image for being close to the people due to his signature blusukan (impromptu visit). Early last year, Jokowi might still have Ahok in his cards, but Ahok's alleged blasphemy case and defeat in the recent election might make Jokowi to look other candidates for vice president.

Time will tell whether Jokowi will be able to retain his title. Or losing it to Prabowo or Kalla or other newcomers.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ensure your website friendly enough on all platforms

Today, more people search on mobile phones than computers.

People are five times more likely to leave a mobile site that isn’t mobile-friendly.

Nearly half of all visitors will leave a mobile site if the pages don’t load within 3 seconds.

9 out of 10 people say that they use multiple screens for such tasks as booking a flight online or managing their personal finances.

Afore-mentioned words are part of the ad provided by Google with its recent easy and for this time being free site check service. The aim is to find what to fix on our websites so that they perform well across all platforms, be it mobile and desktop. 

Just access: https://testmysite.withgoogle.com or click here , to enjoy the service. It also provides detailed report it will send over via email. 

Aside from Google, I also find several free site audit portals, such as:

Free tool for testing how good your website is, and what you can do to improve it. Check accessibility, SEO, social media, compliance and more.


https://www.1and1.com/website-checker
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ensure peaceful Jakarta gubernatorial election

Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers take down a hate banner in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)
Hatred has been escalating recently, triggered by conflicting political views in relation to Jakarta’s gubernatorial election. Provocative banners expressing religion and ethnicity sentiments have been placed in several public places, residential areas and even in front of places of worship.
The latest outrage was triggered by banners in front of a number of mosques in South Jakarta, which said the mosques would not perform funeral prayers for deceased fellow Muslims who were found to have supported or voted for “blasphemers” or an infidel — a clear reference to incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for insulting the Quran. The banners have taken their toll, even on the city’s dead. The grieving families of the late Hindun binti Raisan, 77, a resident of Setiabudi, and of the late Siti Rohbaniah, 74, of Pondok Pinang, both in South Jakarta, said they had faced bullying from neighbors and religious leaders.
Funeral prayers for Hindun were performed at her own home as no one was willing to do so at the nearby mosque. The cleric said it was because of impending rain, while the family suspected the reason was because Hindun had voted for Ahok, as witnessed by people assisting the bedridden woman on voting day.
Meanwhile, prayers for Siti Rohbaniah were held at the mosque only after a family member signed a document indicating his support for Ahok’s rival, Anies Baswedan, as instructed by the local neighborhood unit chief.
Anies’ campaign team and supporters have said they had nothing to do with such dirty tactics.
What happened to the families is intolerable. Every citizen should enjoy the right and freedom to have their own political standpoint. The government must ensure every citizen is protected and not discriminated against or even intimidated for having different political views, ahead of the runoff on April 19.
As the banners have violated the electoral law and a public order bylaw, the police, Elections Supervisory Committee and public order officers must enforce the law and take steps against the offenders. They should also hunt down the brains and culprits behind the banner distribution.
Noted ulema such as Syafii Maarif of Muhammadiyah and Said Aqil Siradj of Nahdlatul Ulama have said such provocative banners are against the teachings of Islam.
Instead of expressing free speech, the spread of provocative messages on banners and also on social media are tantamount to acts of terror as they directly attack the sense of security of community members. Such acts of hate speech should be responded to firmly and swiftly, as such spiteful campaigns severely undermine Indonesia’s pluralism and the foundation of democratic society.
A failure to act immediately and firmly against such acts could encourage the continuous whipping up of sectarian sentiment even after the election ends.
Authorities must find novel approaches, including by collaborating with Indonesian denizens, to better step up the fight against provocateurs of hate speech on all fronts.
Only then will Jakarta be able to significantly drown out such expressions of spite that are alien to the capital — which must remain home to people of all backgrounds.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jakarta floods: An early warning too late

After floods of promises during three months of gubernatorial campaigning, Jakarta citizens this week were caught off guard by waves of deluge that should be taken as a reality check. Floods struck not just once, but in cycles and in an upward intensity. Heavy rains lasting for a few hours buffeted by downpours upstream in Bogor, south of the capital, on the evening of Feb. 15, triggered floods that swamped nearly 3,400 houses along the banks of the Ciliwung River with Cawang and Cililitan in East Jakarta the hardest hit areas. A week later the disaster returned on a bigger scale, affecting thousands of residents and killing five people.
Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his team were too prompt and way too confident when the first incident came last week, belittling it as merely “inundation” as the floodwater receded within less than four hours. Only after it became too late, where Ahok conveyed his apology after seeing 54 areas throughout the capital trapped in 1.5-meter-deep water, disrupting traffic and operation of public transportation.
Afterwards came along the litany of excuses from the authorities, ranging from the unavailability of proper early warning systems being installed on the 13 rivers in Jakarta to the unfinished river normalization program.
Floods have become a cyclical if not annual occurrence in the capital. The fact that many early warning devices dot the city’s rivers and tributaries shows that Jakarta’s preparedness for the disaster should be unquestionable. Both the apparatuses and system had been in place to cushion such blows.
With the system in place the three-month hiatus of Ahok and his running mate Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat should not give City Hall an excuse for the flooding. Or, should it be a pretext for the administration to explain why the early warning system did not work and therefore the entire system, as well as its supporting apparatuses, is subject to evaluation.
Casualties and victims could have been minimized had the early warning system worked properly even when the flood mitigation system was not yet perfect. Alerting the residents of possible flooding helps them prepare measures to ease the devastation. Failure to warn people in advance of the risks amounts to putting them in a vulnerable state to disaster as the recent floods showed.
This week’s flooding is a wake-up call for the administration to immediately fix its early warning system amid forecast that rainy season has yet to peak and therefore the worse has yet to come. Changes to weather patterns, which is a global phenomenon, underline the need for a better disaster early warning mechanism.
Ahok’s apology might be taken and yes, as Ahok said, the long shot of the river normalization program should proceed to spare the city from future disasters. However, in this point in time, the administration had better focus on relief efforts to help flood victims and launch contingency measures to shun another flood. That may include intensifying coordination with authorities upstream and the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) with emphasis on improving the early warning system.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Indonesian Democrazy or Indonesian Democracy?


"Democracy as we know it developing in Indonesia has overstepped its boundaries. Extremism in the forms of hate speech, defamation have been rampant. For that reason, we should do our utmost to uphold the law," President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said in his remarks during an inauguration ceremony of Hanura Party board leaders, on Feb. 22, 2017.

Jokowi went on saying that "Law enforcement [should] play a pivotal role to settle all problems in such current situations. Law enforcers have to be firm in upholding the law."

Democracy, in this sense, means that the authority is in the hand of the people, and being handed to the politicians through elections.

In the past 72 years since its independence, Indonesia has been applying three types of democracy.The country embraced 'liberal democracy', being imported from the West, between 1945 and 1959. Later on, so-called Guided Democracy was introduced by first president Sukarno from 1959 to 1967. Second president Soeharto came with an idea of promoting Pancasila democracy, based on state ideology, which has been promoted from 1967-1999. After the Reformasi, the pendulum of democracy swung back to liberal democracy until today.

During the first implementation of the liberal democracy in 1945, many people felt disappointed with the noise of political brouhaha, marred by unsettled cabinets, constant tension between Army and legislators that reached its height in the widespread separatism activities across the country on Oct. 17, 1952, which led to the resignation of first vice president Muhammad Hatta and the deportation of Dutch and Chinese citizens from Indonesia.  The tension has forced president Sukarno to introduce iron-fist policy through the presidential decree on July 5, 1959.

However, the Guided Democracy era, apparently also failed to solve problems even though several workings cabinets managed to start political, economic, social and cultural developments. Rifts with neighbor Malaysia and Sukarno's political ambition to bring Indonesia to world stage posed to be a distraction.

During Suharto's era, democracy based on Pancasila actually repeated what have been done by the Old Order. Political parties have been shackled through active participation of the military and civil servants who played a role in winning  government-sponsored Golkar Party in the 1971, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, and 1997 elections.

Most notable characteristics of Pancasila democracy is KKN, a short for corruption, collusion and nepotism, which remains rampant until today.

The spirit of KKN even lingers after the Suharto regime was toppled during the 1999 reform that brought back the liberal democracy. Even, corruption becomes more rampant, breaking record made by the New Order as the regime has turned into cleptocracy, involving the venerable Trias Poly-Thieves: execu-thieves, legisla-thieves and iudica-thieves.

Some skeptics say that people's political culture remains traditional and as a matter of fact, it is not compatible with the liberal democracy. However, some say that Indonesian democracy is very young that leaves big rooms for experiments.

Some other labels Indonesian democracy   with 'talking democracy' for having been busy with empty words without real action. On the other side, some other comes up with working democracy by practicing democratic attitudes and habits in their families and communities.

Whatever the names of democracy, it should subscribe to respect to difference.

free translation from Demokrasi Permen Karet, Budiarto Shambazy, Kompas, 25 Feb, 2017, p. 2.  
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

6 Prinsip Membuat Ide/Gagasan/Produk 'Sangat Menular dan Mewabah'

Ada enam prinsip pokok yang menyebabkan hal-hal dibicarakan, diceritakan dan ditiru menurut buku Contagious karya Jonah Berger.

Prinsip I: Social Currency (mata uang sosial)
Kebanyakan orang lebih suka tampak cerdas daripada tampak bodoh, lebih suka tampak kaya daripada tampak miskin, lebih suka dianggap hebat daripada kampungan, ketika mereka tengah membicarakan sesuatu produk atau gagasan. Kita perlu memberi orang cara untuk memperoleh status sebagai penerima dan menyediakan simbol status yang terlihat yang bisa mereka perlihatkan kepada orang lain.

Prinsip II: Trigger (pemicu)
Pemicu adalah rangsangan yang membuat orang berpiir mengenai hal-hal yang saling berhubungan. Kita perlu merancang produk dan gagasan yang sering dipicu oleh lingkungan dan menciptakan pemicu baru dengan menghubungkan produk dan gagasan kita dengan petunjuk yang mapan di lingkungan termaksud. Pemikiran terbaik cenderung muncul di ujung lidah.

Prinsip III: Emotion (emosi)
Ketika kita peduli, kita cenderung berbagi. Jadi kita perlu memilih emosi yang tepat untuk dibangkitkan. Ada emosi yang meningkatkan keinginan bercerita, sementara ada yang malah mengurangi keinginan itu. Yang kita perlukan adalah mengobarkan api. Kadang emosi negatifpun bisa berguna.

(Baca juga: Contagious, Formula Rahasia Mencapai Popularitas)

Prinsip IV: Public (umum)
Ungkapan terkenal "monkey see, monkey do" menunjukkan lebih dari sekedar kecenderungan manusia untuk meniru. Membuat sesuatu lebih terlihat menjadikan sesuatu itu lebih mudah ditiru, dan memperbesar kemungkinan menjadi lebih populer.

Prinsip V: Practical Value (nilai praktis)
Orang punya kecenderungan membantu orang lain. Jadi kalau kita bisa menunjukkan kepada mereka bagaimana produk atau gagasan akan menghemat waktu, meningkatkan kesehatan, atau menghemat uang, mereka akan menyebarkan informasi itu. Kita juga perlu mengemas pengetahuan serta keahlian sedemikian sehingga orang bisa dengan mudah menceritakannya kepada orang lain.

Prinsip VI: Story (cerita)
Kita perlu membuat pesan kita begitu menyatu dengan narasi sehingga orang tidak bisa menyampaikan cerita tanpa informasi yang dikandungnya.

Prinsip-prinsip itu di dalam bahasa Inggris diringkas dalam akronim: STEPSS, sebuah jembatan keledai untuk mengingat. 






Sunday, January 15, 2017

Paradoxes in Digital Newsrooms


Nowadays, media are facing ample of paradoxes. Media people are tugged between two extremes in the equations. They have to produce instant news reporting while at the same time ensure the creation of in-depth stories. 

As the information engine, newsroom serves like a factory that create large quantity of published news contents while keep crafting original contents. Other paradoxes are cheaper production costs versus optimized monetization; hyperlocal reporting and community voices versus global impact and many more.

The afore-mentioned paradoxes are getting deeper and deeper happening within media organizations and affecting the industry as well. With the digital innovation and internet, currently, newsrooms anywhere in the world have no other option but turn into digital and embrace each and every ramification of consequences and risks or facing their instant demises.

All legacy newsrooms, be it print, broadcast, radio, are all facing that their platforms are now merged into one single online platform which can accommodate contents of any platforms, with all for relatively cheaper production costs. Should they continue running their legacy business or should they close them down? Should they radically jump into the online bandwagon, or should they keep both cards in their hands?

Uncertainties are very high, leaving only one certainty that is none of the players holding firm the future. If online news media is the David, then their Goliath is not big online news competitors, but other online heavyweights, such as e-commerce giants, digital tech companies, fintech startups, social media networks. All those players are looking for bigger stakes in the burgeoning digital markets.

In today’s world, digital newsroom people should bear in mind that news as the core product of their industry is not the only source of information for today’s netizens. Newsrooms are witnessing that their influence to the lives of the audience and society is getting less and less.

It is no wonder that journalists look into ways to reestablish historic relationship by putting more attention to the readers’ emotion. They try harder to find ways to captivate the readers’ emotions in order to better influence their thoughts and in turn actions.

Emotion is where the battle once won by editorial people in the forgotten past with opinion pieces and op-ed written by the newspaper did impact to real actions and public policy making. Emotion, which is for some time, has become the domain of marketing and advertising people who read religiously readers’ trends and behaviors in order to exploit them for selling ads, now becomes an element that digital journalism should begin to impart in their news and reporting approaches. How journalists have to present their stories in more user-friendly interfaces, easy to digest stories and at the same time amusing.

In the meantime, despite apparently dwindling advertisement revenue, some legacy media still see ad revenue from flowing into their legacy media pocket, more than those into their digital media arm. Monetization becomes new challenge. Unlike their legacy newsroom predecessors, the online media have their own challenge to prove at least to themselves that their business is lucrative and promising. Seeing that many online startups aggressively use traditional billboards, TV ads, radio ads and print ads perfectly displays this very paradox. How could that be?  

On the other hand, platform-wise, the online news media carry along great potentials. It is now journalists have in their hands powers to translate news into compelling stories in best possible platforms suitable to the nature of their news or stories. Elements of visual, audio, and text are now available at their disposals. Of course, today’s journalists have to learn new set of skills to better use of the different platform of storytelling. Journalists may have to enrich themselves with other interdisciplinary approaches, such as dramaturgy, data analysis and design. 

Interestingly, today’s journalists should impart all those knowledge and skills to better invoke emotion and captivate their audience/readers.

Today’s journalists and editors have also to understand complex technical requirements as required by ever-changing Google search engine algorithm to stay standing out in the industry.

Unending pursuit of breaking news in the name of instant reporting to generate page views has been replaced by the awareness that compelling and engaging stories, of greater relevance, making the audience proud, inspiring yet remain newsy, are more important that quick yet unnatural spikes in website analytics charts.

Some old-school journalists might believe that the advent of online media brought along subdued practices of second-grade journalism, instant news with less verified and balanced reporting in the name of speed and high rate of page views or unique visits. They call it the dusk of quality journalism. However, some other journalists have different perspective as they have the faith that this would be the dawn of new era to improve even perfect journalism as we know it. They put high expectations that the online journalism promise much richer ways of storytelling thanks to the diverse platform the online media have.

Different from print media, broadcast TV and radio where space and frequency is limited, online media do not face such constraints. Real time analytics, interactivity and measurability has become new currencies in digital media industry. By harnessing the power of social media networks, online newsroom could also make stories going viral as well within seconds.
Content-wise, the nature of the content is getting more hyperlocal, yet the perspective should be more global to ensure that newsroom are still relevant to their audience/readers. Geographical locations are no longer relevant in the more connected world thanks to internet penetration worldwide. That explains well why paper circulation plummeted drastically these past few years.

The behavior of the audience and readers is also displaying some changes. And, the changes are simply in continuous permutations. Long form stories prove to enjoy longer life shelf than the shorter ones, apparently suggesting that people still read lengthy and serious reports, even though some may still do ‘news snacking’ of breaking news, ‘click-bait tips’ and easy to digest information.


The paradoxes will be getting more complex and intense in the near future as information technology reach their new level with the development of Big Data, Virtual Reality, cell phone apps and internet superhighway connections. How could each and every newsroom respond to those state-of-the-art tech advancements? Will these technologies leave journalism into relic or else it opens up unlimited possibilities for transforming journalism. 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Expect some big things from self broadcasting apps


Pictures of young girls wearing revealing clothes appeared several times in sponsored contents on my Facebook timeline. I have been living up a habit of ignoring such cheap ads in fears of phisings and other marketing traps.

But, I did note the apps: Nono Live and Bigo Live. Both appeared the same and seemed to offer similar service, interactive chatrooms.

It began with a blogwalking when I stumbled into a blog post from a blogger who did a full week tryout on such apps and concluded that those broadcasting service are nothing but platform to ad porn and disguised prostitution. Such judgemental verdict intrigued me so much and prompted me to give it a try.

I installed NonoLive in my cellphone and did chatroom strolling. To my surprise, the service requires no sign in to enter the room at any time (Recently, they require sign in with Twitter, Google and Facebook account in an apparent ploy to get rid of anonymity). I can understand the blogger I read his writing that made a comparison between the apps and glass-window showcases at a brothel. Why not? Some heavily photoshop-ed cover pictures of the broadcasters might have disappointed visitors upon entering every room. Most of the time, the broadcaster appearance is way way less illustrious, not to say ugly. It is becoming evident that most broadcasters are not ready to fill the rooms with interesting attraction to keep the audience amused and stay in the room. Some make visitors turned off with random rants and requests of gifts from the visitors. On the other hand, some visitors go nasty, seducing the broadcaster with cat calling to blatant sexual harassment. 

Even though some warning message line keep popping up notifying that activities such as posing nudity, smoking activity, are strictly forbidden inside the chatrooms, yet people seem not really care much about it. Probably, most people think that the service is anonymous and requires no sign in whatsoever, even though the broadcasters have the right to block some audience proven violating the rules.

Setting aside all those downsides, I did find some potentials that the apps might promise big things in the near future. I noticed some broadcasters did some good jobs to keep the audience in their rooms with good conversation and topics. Some personalities won many hearts with their natural chitchats and therefore earned abundant gifts as token of appreciation from the room visitors.  

I imagine what if the apps are used by some lecturers to do some live class simultaneously with students sign in into the room and let the students who attend the virtual rooms could raise questions any time from anywhere in the world from their cell phone? What if the broadcasters are preachers who use the fora as virtual pulpits.Time surely will tell.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Pasang musik di blog dengan sederhana dan mudah

Pada masa-masa awal perkembangan blogging, memasang musik di website atau blog membutuhkan upaya yang cukup rumit. Kabar baiknya, sekarang ini, hal itu bisa dengan mudah dan sederhana dilakukan.

Secara kebetulan karena bosan dengan tampilan dan presentasi yang begitu-begitu saja, saya mencari referensi untuk meletakkan lagu pada blog ini. Saya menemukan penyedia layanan pihak ketiga ini: SCM Music Player.

Layanan ini gratis, open source, dan menyokong website dengan berbagai platform: Tumblr, Blogger, Weebly, Tistory dan lain sebagainya. Terus terang saya hanya khusus mencoba Blogger.

Tanpa babibu, langsung saya ikuti cara yang tertera di homepage website tersebut.

1. Memilih tampilan. Anda tinggal memilih tampilan player yang dikehendaki. Saya memilih tampilan default saja, dan mengklik tab Edit Playlist untuk menambahkan daftar lagu.


2. Isi judul pada field yang tersedia dan isi juga URL dari Youtube yang Anda suka. Tinggal copy paste saja. Isi sebanyak playlist yang Anda inginkan.



3.  Klik tombol kanan bawah: Done. Selanjutnya, copy paste kode HTML yang digenerate ke Blogger--Layout -- Gadget -- HTML/Javascript : Lalu Save. 




4. Selesai. 

Semoga berhasil!



Saturday, August 06, 2016

How to ensure our blog posts be indexed by Google within few minutes

Some bloggers may have been familiar with steps to optimize their posts so that the posts become friendly to search engine Google. For those new to blogging, I'd like to share one of those basic steps.

Google crawlers or internet bots do the indexing of a website or blog based on the frequency of the content update. The more frequent the update, the more frequent the bots do the indexing.

Of course, everytime we posted new content on our blog, we want it immediately being on Google index list. The good news is we can do that easily.

1. First, we have to check whether our new post have been included in the Google index or not by way of copying URL of the post and paste it into the Google search field.

If the post has yet been on the index list, the result of the search would  show it right away.

2. Second, inform as soon as possible to Google by sending the URL to   Google by placing the URL to the field of the www.blogsearch.google.com/ping

We will receive notification that our submission being processed within few seconds

3. Submit the URL to Google via google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url  (You need to login into your Google account).

4. Recheck whether your URL has been on the list by repeating the first step.

That's all. Simple, isn't it? I tried those steps out within few minutes.
Friday, August 05, 2016

Not everything wireless is good


I used to buy in ideas that as tech develops further, the less it requires physical wire connections. Wireless reigns over wirefull. 

This piece is born on a bluetooth wireless keyboard connected to a mobile, an apparent testament to aforementioned belief.

Unfortunately, I am in the midst of doubting my belief on the premacy of wireless. 

Why?

This keyboard is my third of its kind. My last two wireless keyboards last less than a year, with them keeping showing four to six digits of pass code which only proved to be unmatched to every device I tried to pair with. 

I gleaned information from the Internet and various fora, regarding wireless keyboards and its types and how the world of bluetooth works, with high hopes to troubleshoot my pairing-unpairing woes. As always goes a digital adage saying that change is inevitable yet progress is optional, I find that my tech endeavors are not necessarily bearing fruit as in the wireless case. 

I ended up, in the cases of my ill-fated wireless bluetooth keyboards, smashing them into wall or hit all keypads with a fist, pushing my luck in hoping that the pass codes would finally work a charm. No. It never happened. 

My belief on wireless world has been further shattered after my office wireless Internet network become excruciatingly painful for all employees with unstable connections and downtime occurrences.

However, despite such growing doubts, I was intrigued to keep trying the limits of wireless connection. Yes, I find it many wireless things remain mysterious to me and too difficult to comprehend. 

But, I tell myself to extend the venture in the future in order to further debunk the myth behind wireless fairytale.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Google Drive Tidak Bisa Lagi untuk Hosting Web Hingga Akhir Agustus

Kabar buruk bagi beberapa blogger (termasuk saya, hiks) yang mengandalkan layanan Google Drive untuk hosting kode CSS, JS, dan HTML secara gratis, karena bulan ini adalah bulan terakhir bagi layanan hosting gratis di platform berbasis cloud ini.

Google sudah mengumumkan bahwa ia akan menghentikan layanan tersebut sejak Agustus tahun lalu.  Dalam pengumuman itu, Google mengatakan bahwa sejak diluncurkannya web hosting di Google Drive, banyak layanan hosting web yang bermunculan sehingga Google memutuskan untuk lebih memfokuskan diri ke fitur utama dari Drive dan pengalaman pengguna dalam Google Apps. Artinya, tagline Google Drive: Keep everything, Share anything, musti dikoreksi.

Tentu, kabar ini menyesakkan karena banyak aplikasi dan program yang 'ditanam' di Google Drive dan terhubung dengan webpage ini setelah tanggal 31 Agustus 2016 akan serta merta putus dan tidak bisa berfungsi lagi.  Padahal, awal tahun ini, Google juga memaksa beberapa blogger untuk bermigrasi ke Google Drive karena ia menutup layanan Google Code. 

Memang, umur di jagad maya ini amatlah pendek. Sudah lah. Tidak perlu baper, cari layanan lain lagi. Yuk kita pindahan lagi.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Little Secret: Create own custom RSS news feeds and subscribe to best websites for free!

More than six years ago, search engine giant Google shut down its Google Reader, a platform that allowed users subscribe to Really Simple Syndication (RSS) news feeds from various news publishers and blogs. Since then, I have been starting looking out other RSS reader platforms whose functions equal to those of Google Reader.

I tried out some fancy magazine-like applications, such as Flipboard and Feedly, but found them not as simple yet effective as the Google Reader. Therefore, I continued my quest for the best (and free) RSS reader but to no avail. Even, I found out that some geeks might think RSS as an obsolete tech or extinction-doomed dinosaur so that they didn’t give a darn to develop it further. (By the way, I was saddened by the sudden demise of one of RSS fathers: Aaron Swartz in 2013). Many RSS reader services and apps in the market between 2010 to 2015 were no longer in operation.

Then, I recently stumbled into this “The Old Reader” and by far, it helps me much to keep updated on the latest news, RSS feeds. The good news is yes, it’s free for 100 first RSS subscriptions! You can access The Old Reader and integrate it with your Google Account.

How to set up The Old Reader?

1. Access:  theoldreader.com
2.  Please click Sign In with Google+ button in the top right.
3. Access news website, blogs you want to subscribe to. Look for RSS button and copy the RSS links.
4. Paste the RSS links to the field on The Old Reader
 ‘Add a subscription’ field and that’s it.

Simple and easy, right?

But there is a catch.  My quest then hit the wall as many news sites simply hide their RSS feeds. They may have their own rationale: RSS undermines their goal to harvest as many of pageviews as readers would stop visiting the sites unless they are interested to click on the topic on the feed list.

Recently, my years of RSS hunting bore fruit.

Some very few third parties are still thinking that RSS is worth developing. They allow anyone to create an RSS feed of any website. Some are very simple while others are more advanced. I tried Feedity and Fivefilters.

Feedity is a simple online tool to create RSS feed for any webpage. However, it limits the number of feeds I enjoy per day.

My best recommendation, then, goes to Fivefilters. It requires a bit understanding on HTML, but please don’t be too scared since actually it may not require you to learn it at all. It is free and able to create unlimited number of RSS feeds from most websites. (Indeed, some websites manage to really bury any possibilities to have their feeds).  

1. Just type on the URL address: createfeed.fivefilters.org,

2. fill in the web page URL in the field,

3. Access the designated news websites and blogs which don't provide the RSS links. Right click and click Inspect Element: Look for links inside HTML elements whose 'id' or 'class attribute' contains (such as entry-title), then press: 'preview.'

4. Afterwards, you may find a new RSS feed of the website, ready to be copied into the 'Add a subscription' field in The Old Reader account. With The Old Reader combined with RSS feeds I created using Fivefilters, now I have the list of my own custom RSS Reader.


The only drawback from all the services is the absence of The Old Reader mobile app. The one available on Android Market is not working. In the era of mobile, this could be a huge downside.

However, please bear with me that in the world of digital technology, there's always solution when problems arise. In our case, we can still use my mobile to access our The Old Reader account by making a shortcut by sending the direct link of The Old Reader account to Home Screen using ‘ Add to My Home Screen” feature.  What an easy troubleshoot using an old school trick!






Friday, April 29, 2016

Kota-kota Ini Punya Tips Siasati Smombie Yang Suka Jalan Sambil Main HP

Ada kata gaul baru yang sekarang ini di kenal di pustaka gaul warga Jermani: smombie- gabungan dari kata “smartphone” dan “zombie”, yang menunjukkan orang yang punya kebiasaan menggunakan smartphone sambil abai dengan sekitarnya seperti zombie.

Penyakit ini amat sangat menular. Dan, menurut studi terbaru terhadap 14 ribu pejalan kaki di Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Roma dan Stockholm menemukan bahwa 17 persen orang memakai smartphone sembari berjalan. Pengguna berat berusia antara 25 tahun hingga 35 tahun: hampir seperempatnya menunjukkan perilaku ‘smombie.’

Perilaku ini sebenarnya amat berbahaya karena di banyak tempat mengakibatkan berbagai kecelakaan lalu lintas maupun kecelakaan lainnya.
The special traffic lights have been installed at two stations in Augsburg, as well as three locations in Cologne.
Lampu lalu lintas dipasang di lantai perlintasan tram di dua stasiun di Augsburg dan Cologne.




Pemerintah kota Ausburg dan Cologne terdorong untuk bereksperimen memasang lampu lalu lintas di lantai trotoar yang memiliki sensor yang terhubung pada lampu yang akan berkedip kedip jika ada tram yang melintas.  

Di Munich, dilaporkan seorang gadis berumur 15 tahun tewas dihajar tram ketika melintas jalur tram sambil mendengarkan headphone. Kejadian itu mendorong pemerintah kota memasang piranti lunak yang mengirim peringatan melalui aplikasi bernama Watch Out! ke HP yang mendekat.

Sementara itu di Amerika Serikat, kota-kota seperti Portland, Seattle, Cleveland bereksperimen dengan bis yang bisa memperingatkan pejalan kaki, terutama saat berada di belokan. Sementara di Rexburg, Idaho, pemerintah kota bahkan mendenda $50 untuk pemakai HP yang mengetik pesan di HP sembari berjalan.

Sebuah taman kota di kota Chongqing, Tiongkok bereksperimen dengan jalur telepon khusus bagi penjalan kaki, berdasarkan eksperimen yang pernah juga diterapkan di Washington DC.
A ‘mobile phone lane’ on a street in a theme park in Chongqing, China.
Sebuah jalur khusus pengguna telpon genggam di sebuah jalan di taman kota di Chongqing, China.

Bagaimana dengan Anda? Apakah Anda pengidap smombie juga?




Disadur secara bebas dari The Guardian

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