Really? Friendster is Shutting Down?

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News has it that Friendster is shutting down and we all have until May 31, 2011 to get all our important photos, blogs and whathaveyous from it.  Then I remember I received an email from Friendster with the subject “Export Your Friendster data and information” on April 23rd but didn’t care to open (I have been ignoring notifications from it for the longest time).  I opened it just now and tried to log in to my account.  Unfortunately, I already forgot my password there.  Has it been that long?  I tried all possible passwords but to no avail.  So, I just viewed my profile without logging in.  The last activity was a comment/testimonial dated August 2, 2009, just a day after my birthday.  I looked further and saw that I joined one of the pioneering social networking site on June 2003.  Looked even further and saw that my last shoutout was “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades” which was posted on December 24, 2007.  I got 101 friends on my contact list.  I have no more contact with most of them and I wonder how they are now.

After IRC, Friendster had been my second virtual community and I feel kind of guilty for not even being able to remember my password there.  It is like turning my back and forgetting a place that was once my home and contributing to the closing down of that place; conceding to the now more popular Facebook.  I don’t know the real score why it is shutting down, but it feels like it has accepted defeat and let Facebook win.

Maybe not really shutting down because it says on their letter "We are introducing a new and improved Friendster site in the coming weeks. As part of this change, we will remove a number of social networking functions in Friendster. This includes your existing account profile, photos, messages, blogs, and shoutouts. However, your list of friends will be preserved, along with your basic profile information."  It's the profile and information of the members that the new owner has bought, methinks.  Let's wait and see what Friendster is cooking for us in the weeks to come.

Anyway, I don’t think I have any data to save from Friendster so there’s no need to panic.  Looking back, I actually had some bad memories there.  Maybe, it’s really about time to let go and move on.

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FAQs on Blogging and Why I Do What I Do

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Article contributed by: ronsalvador

Another true story: My blogsite, “Blogger Fever” went viral the past 2 weeks as I’ve been lucky enough to have been featured by my guru, Jomar Hilario in his e-mail marketing work.

It’s been an honor really. To have received so many congratulatory messages and inspiring words from such kind souls in and around the bloggerverse.

Then the flip side: Because of this too, my personal friends have suddenly made me THE expert in blogging (when in fact I am very much just a newbie and I know just bits and pieces here and there). As if to embarrass me some more, I’ve been bombarded by so many questions about blogging. These questions range from the mundane to the most technical. Majority of these I cannot answer (of course I cannot; I am no expert!) but promised to write about it soon in my blog.

Lucky for me, Holy Week 2011 came in and I found time to sit down and write a blog. Another lucky thing for me, my friend, Google was with me all throughout. This post is intended to answer the not so technical questions my friends were asking me about blogging. Hopefully, this will get them to start blogging themselves and experience the same things I have had. So here goes:

What is blogging?

A blog is a collection of writings on one or more subjects by a person, usually the owner of the website.

What’s the Point of Blogging?

Most bloggers write simply for the pleasure of writing. It is just a 21st Century method of communication, I guess.
Some people like the idea of having hundreds of people logging on to their website every day to see what’s new.
Some people blog for money and there are (according to google) a range of ways to make a blog earn money for you.

How Do You Get a Blog?

There are free blogs on sites like or wordpress. To start your blogging career, pick any of these 2.
 If you want to become the more serious blogger and plan to make this forever, then it is better to have a self-hosted blog.  You can go to for great deals.

What do Bloggers Write About?

Absolutely anything. For starters, you may blogs about ordinary everyday life, looking after children, life on a farm cooking, etc. I started out with blogs ala-diary. My first one I started The 1st platform I used was blogspot in 2007. I have forgotten the username and password for this account in a short 2 weeks. Lol!

How Do You Write a Blog?

Now this sounds technical. But I’m answering it like how an average Joe would - Just like a diary, sweetheart.
Or if you are serious, make it like a newsletter. Informative, objective.
But most bloggers’ style of writing is usually in the first person and is informal.

How to Be a Blogging Success Story?

My best answer to this would be – Do not try to be a success. Just make it a point to give visitors useful, preferably unique, knowledge that they cannot find elsewhere. Give, give and give some more. I learned early on to NOT start blogging to make money. Rather, you should be blogging to help people, to pass on your knowledge in a particular area. If visitors come to know you, to like you, and eventually trust you, they are more likely to follow your recommendations and allow you to earn .

How to be a Blogging Failure

I researched long and hard for this one. Google says : More than nine out of ten blogs fail because the blogger’s prime objective is to take money from blog visitors. Most bloggers fail to give a unique insight or perspective on any subject; they even outsource their blog posts or use an article spinner to write them.

So there, readers. I am heavily into blogging. When I finally “got the idea”, I could not stop. It really is a nice feeling to know that your blog is being read by people all over the world; that you are touching lives.

My mantra has always been “Information is Key!”. Thru my website/s, I am able to live this. For that alone, I am happy and content.

God bless and good luck to everyone who reads this – ronsalvador
Message from ronsalvador.

Hi! You might want to check out some of my work.

My blog, Blogger Fever  talks about my experiences as a newbie blogger.
My other blog, Creating Wealth Philippines is all about financial management and how to create wealth in the Philippines.
My other blog, Extra Income Philippines features the many ways the Filipinos can earn extra in these modern times
My other blog, The Generics Pharmacy Franchise is all about my personal experiences managing my own company / business
My other blog, My APPS + Internet Tools + Philippines features the best internet apps and tools available in the web

I am also a freelance writer. I offer professional services for article writing, web content writing, and product / service reviews. I also do proofreading, copywriting and data entry work. I run a team of virtual assistants for bulk jobs.

Follow me on facebook and twitter.

Thank you.

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Internet Pioneer Paul Baran Died

I know I promised to give you the compilation of IRC terminologies but I need some time to remember them all (think I'm having a memory gap already).  Anyway, I just finished my online class with a Polish student and we talked about popular Polish people like Pope John Paul (who's going to have his beatification soon), Chopin (the classical composer), and Paul Baran,who died at the age of 84 on March 26, 2011 due to complications from lung cancer in Palo Alto, California.  He was born in Poland in 1926 but his family moved to the USA when he was two years young.

I decided to dedicate today's article to him since if it weren't for him, I wouldn't have the job that I love doing, I wouldn't be blogging and you wouldn't be reading this article.  He was one of the few people who helped invent the  internet.

Paul Baran was a Polish-American who pioneered in the development of computer network.  It started during the Cold War when the US military needed ways to communicate after a nuclear attack.  It was Baran who offered a solution: design a more robust communications network using "redundancy" and "digital" technology. The pessimists thought this idea was not feasible but Baran persisted.

I want to quote him when he discussed his vision about the new technology with Wired magazine: "Around December 1966, I presented a paper at the American Marketing Association called 'Marketing in the Year 2000.' I described push-and-pull communications and how we're going to do our shopping via a television set and a virtual department store. If you want to buy a drill, you click on Hardware and that shows Tools and you click on that and go deeper."  Isn't this what's exactly happening now?  Read more about him in this article.

So before we have this now called INTERNET, there were MILNET (Military Network) and ARPANET  (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network; an Academic Network) first.  Interesting facts.

On a personal note, I would like to thank this man for coming up with his bright ideas which benefited a lot of people, like me, who make a living using the internet.  I'm an ESL Online Teacher and there is no other way to do this job but through the internet.  For me, working at home using the internet is the most convenient job ever.  Online teaching is not the only thing that you can do to earn a living through the use of internet.  There is plenty of opportunities here in the virtual world.  You just need to open your eyes and your mind because really, in the virtual world, the possibilities are endless.  

I still want to say many things due to my overwhelming gratitude to Mr. Paul Baran but I gotta go back to work; next student is now online.  Until then.

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IRC: My First Virtual Community

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IRC may be an old school chat client, but when I visited there last night, there were still lots who were online.  Sadly, I only found very few virtual friends who are still very much active.  For the past years, I’ve only joined trivia channels and tried to answer questions as fast as I could to beat the other players.  Though I’ve always failed to beat them and I blame the bad internet connection in the Philippines (here I go again; passing the buck LOL).

These trivia channels are filled with people from different parts of the world.  It was in those channels where I was able to make friends with people from other countries.  I was able to make really good friends to a few of them.  Trivia channels can be really funny with all the bloopers and funny guesses from the players.  I wish I compiled all the bloopers so I have something to ROFLOL at whenever I’m sad and need entertainment.  Alright, for the newbies out there, ROFLOL means Rolling On the Floor Laughing Out Loud.  I should compile these acronyms and jargon words on IRC, methinks.  Because believe me, when you enter the room without any knowledge on these IRC terms, you’ll have the culture shock of your life. 

Before I joined trivia channels flocked by people from all over the world, my first home channel was a local one called #nu107.  Yup! Hash tag has been used on IRC even long before Twitter existed.  The ‘/me action’ command has been used on IRC even before people used it on Facebook private messages.  Anyway, my stint in #nu107 was one of the most colorful parts of my life LOL, yeah it was in the virtual world where I enjoyed life the most.  There was no trivia games, just pure chat.  Can you imagine me laughing real hard in front of the computer alone in my room?  It sounds insane but true.  I even experienced my body shaking because I was trying so hard to suppress my laughter because I was at the internet shop and it’d be very embarrassing!  It was difficult, I swear!  Well, that was before.  Nothing beats being with my unico hijo now here IRL (In Real Life). 

Okay, back to #nu107, I’ve made a lot of friends from this channel and I’m still In touch with most of them even after 12 long years.  It was a big group and we had eyeball every third Saturday of the month for three years straight!  We called that monthly event REB (Rolling Eye Ball).  Mayric’s (my favorite place) had always been jam-packed whenever there was REB.  People in #nu107 were all into music.

Ah those were the days.  I’ll stop reminiscing for a while.  Gotta get some sleep.   I will try to remember the terminologies that were used on IRC and compile them on my next post.  Goodnight, peeps *yawns*
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My First Internet Addiction

The first time I got fascinated with the internet was in 1999 and my first internet addiction was IRC (Internet Relay Chat). It was in that virtual world where the introvert and extremely shy person in me was able to socialize with people I just virtually know.  IRC is/was not like the modern chat clients that we have now where you can see and hear your chat mates using the webcam and the headset.  IRC is/was purely text; no face and no voice.  These virtual people are just known for their handles or nicknames.  This is how IRC looks like:

screenshot from my desktop
I visited IRC again after a very long time just to insert a picture here.  Yup, that’s the reason why I only have 1 point on the score table (now that’s my defense mechanism at work lol). And oh, speaking of ‘lol’, it was on IRC where I first learned that acronym way back in 1999.  At that time, some people thought ‘lol’ meant something bad in Filipino.  But I’m sure now majority already know what it means.  LOL = Laughing Out Loud.  As a matter of fact, it has just been added to the Oxford English Dictionary along with the ‘heart’ sign (<3).  How cool is that!  I’ve tried looking up for the meaning of LOL and I've found it!  Now I don't know how I'm gonna search for the 'heart' sign.  I mean, what shoud I type in the search box? <3? Let's try.  No dictionary entries found for ‘<3’.  Pfft, I've tried to look for 'to heart', 'symbol for a heart' and 'heart symbol' but to no avail!  Okay, I'm frustrated now.  Let me play trivia on IRC for while ^_^
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