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Facebook working on a Dislike button

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that the company is working on a Dislike button. The Dislike button was one of the most requested feature on Facebook but implementing such a button may be tricky and lead to widespread negativity and abuse on the social networking site. That’s why the Dislike button has been a subject of much discussion over the years.

But wait. Don’t click on the Dislike button on this yet. Facebook will not be implementing the Dislike button like what YouTube did. In fact, the social networking site is exploring a way to let users express emotion other than Like. It is not meant as a tool to vote up or vote down a Facebook posting.

The new feature will allow users to express empathy easily. Lets say for example your friend post on Facebook that he met a car accident. It just doesn’t feel right to click on the Like button on situation like this.

Mark Zuckerberg said that the Dislike button is “surprisingly complicated” to create but Facebook will soon begin testing before a wider roll out. Although we still don’t know how it will look like, there are some rumours that it has something to do with a patent filed in 2013.

Will we be using emoji to express empathy? Well…. we will find out soon.

Twitter Highlights nows on Android

Twitter just introduced Highlights today for Android users. Highlights is a simply summary of the most interesting things on Twitter for users delivered via push notification.


Highlights will change the way users use Twitter. Currently, the home timeline is the place where users browse and engage with Tweets. For old time users like me, we are used to this method of using Twitter. But some newer users and those who don’t use Twitter as often might find it intimidating or challenging. That’s why Twitter introduced Highlights to let users get the most out of it no matter how much time they spend on the social media platform.

Highlights provides a fast and simple Twitter summary to let users catch up on interesting thing quickly. To create Highlights, Twitter looks at things like the accounts and conversations that are popular among people that the user follow, Tweets from people they are closely tied to, topics and events that are trending in the area or within their network, and people that are popular or trending among people they follow.

Highlight in English is now available to all Android users. Twitter will extend this experience globally in all 35+ languages that Twitter supports. Twitter will consider bringing Highlights to other platforms in the future.

Singapore’s General Election heats up on Twitter

Millions of Singaporeans will be going to the polling station on 11 September. As usual, the best way to get breaking news about the Singapore General Election is through Twitter with the hashtag #GE2015.

Since the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report was released on 24 July and up to 31 August, there has been a 300% increase in elections-related conversation on Twitter (compared to the previous 39-day period from 14 June to 23 July). Over the past week alone (from 24-31 August), there have been over 52,000 elections-related conversations on Twitter with a spike in Tweets on 25 August when Parliament was dissolved and the writ of election issued. Check out the Twitter Reverb.


Hmmmm…. that avatar in the middle looks familiar. Where have I seen it before? Hmmm.

Workers’ Party tops the list for the most mentioned political party on Twitter. WP is 1.4 times more widely discussed than PAP.

Most Mentioned Political Parties
1. Workers’ Party (@wpsg)
2. People’s Action Party (@PAPSingapore)
3. The Reform Party (@thereformparty)
4. Singapore Democratic Party (@yourSDP)
5. National Solidarity Party (@nsp_sg)
6. Singaporeans First Party (@SFPSingapore)
7. Democratic Progressive Party (@dpp_sg)
8. Singapore Democratic Alliance
9. Singapore People’s Party (@sgpeoplesparty)
10. People’s Power Party (@PeoplesPowerSG)

It is no surprise that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the most mentioned politician since he has been active on social media. PM Lee has 8 times more mention than WP’s leader Mr Low Thia Khiang. Newcomer He Ting Ru from the Workers’ Party has more mentions than veterans Ken Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and Sylvia Lim, reflecting her appeal to younger voters. It is also worth noting that some of the politicians on the most mentioned list do not have a Twitter account. But that doesn’t stop people from mentioning them on Twitter.

Most Mentioned Politicians
1. Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong)
2. Lee Kuan Yew
3. Chiam See Tong
4. Low Thia Khiang
5. He Ting Ru (@hetingru)
6. Ken Jeyaretnam (@KenJeyaretnam)
7. Chee Soon Juan (@CheeSoonJuan)
8. Sylvia Lim (@sylvialimwp)
9. Lina Chiam (@linachiam)
10. Tan Jee Say (@JeeSayTan)

And the most shared election-related Tweet from 24-31 August came from PM Lee.

The Election just started. The best way to stay in touch with the latest news is on Twitter using the hashtag #GE2015.

PS: I personally prefer #SGElections. There are several countries also using #GE2015 for their elections. But unfortunately all the Government agencies and News outlets are using #GE2015.

Twitter removes 140 character limit on Direct Messages

Twitter is famous for its 140 character limit. It is this limit that makes users keep their Tweets short and simple. That’s the beauty of Twitter.

While 140 char limit is great for Tweets, it is too short for Direct Messages. And perhaps that’s the reason why not many people use the DM feature of Twitter. That’s why I’m glad that Twitter is now removing the 140 characters limit on Direct Messages.

You can now send DM up to 10,000 characters. Hopefully with this new limit and the addition of Group DM recently will increase the number of people using the DM feature.

Twitter has began rolling out the changes to Direct Messages across both Android and iOS apps, on, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac, and will continue to roll out worldwide over the coming weeks. So don’t panic if you still can’t send DM more than 140 char. They are coming soon.

National Day Parade 2015 sets new Twitter record for one-day event in Singapore

A new Twitter record for a one day event in Singapore was set yesterday as Singapore celebrate its 50th Birthday. Over 230,000 Tweets about #NDP2015 and all things related to the National Day Parade with a peak of 570 Tweets per minutes at around 8:30pm.

The Tweets about National Day Parade includes nostalgic and humorous views of Singapore’s development over the past 50 years, amazing and funny highlights of NDP 2015, and well-wishes from Singaporean leaders and influencers.


Previous Twitter record for one-day event in Singapore was over 100,000 Tweets for the One Direction concert on 11 March 2015.