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AMBP Smashin’ Gathering

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the AMBP Smashin' Gathering last Saturday. There were some interesting talks by bloggers Kimberlycun, Peter Tan and Aizuddin Danian (who founded Project Petaling Street).

Kimberly mentioned how blogging had 'changed her life', which also includes getting an all-expenses trip to Thailand next month (*jealous*) - she started with the Xanga platform back then and eventually went public with her name because "Narcissism is necessary... (her tagline) and what's the point of getting all that attention if people don't know who you are? Makes sense! Peter Tan mentioned how using a blog enabled him and other disabled people to reach out and complement the MSM in a significant way: we had a chat afterwards and reminisced a bit about the old blogwar days, which was when I first came across his blog; he also said something that sparked off a good idea - thank you Peter :-). Aizuddin basically told the story of PPS, which initially was not meant to be for everyone, just for some selected bloggers. He's been a blogger since 2001!

Vin Sen from CinemaOnline talked about integrating Facebook and cinema marketing - one thing that surprised me was that companies can use Facebook features without paying for them, for example creating an event as a film or something. Finally, Rohan Thomas demonstrated a new Microsoft online service, Popfly with which you can 'mash' websites together and do fancy things like bringing your photos from Facebook onto your blog in a slideshow (there's an example on his blog, but it doesn't seem to work very well, or takes ages to download, or something). You can also make games. The principle of the application is that you don't have to write any code, but still, it looked like it would take a little learning to get used to it. I was impressed though, and it's a sign of things to come.
AMBP blogmeet 2008
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Oxygen from the past

Recently I chased up some old friends, and yesterday I got a call from an old friend who lives in Paris now. Since he was a teenager he had always been playing music, and now he’s in a band that’s being relatively successful in France – he’s just come back from playing at a festival this weekend, they even got a clip played on MTV France the other day!

Check them out on their MySpace or their official website (there's more music to listen to on their MySpace site) – their music is kind of slightly trippy 80’s style rock, and that throbbing bass is Stéphane :-)

He told me that he was going to take the plunge and quit his job to go full-time on the musique – so I wish him and the band… Bonne Merde! :-D