Social Media in Malaysia

I would say that there is no specific social media site that is blocked in Malaysia. We, Malaysians embrace social media tools. Our prime minister has a Twitter account and uses both English and Malay to communicate with his followers. Here’s a screenshot from his Twitter account related to the MH17 incident: Mohd Najib Tun Razak (NajibRazak) on Twitter

The nation’s number one singer is also active on her Instagram with more than 6.6M followers:

ctdk on Instagram

There’re also Malaysian youths that are actively sharing their thoughts on Youtube and use English as their main language to communicate:

i like to ____ - YouTube

Other than that, there is also an annual event, the Malaysia Social Media Week hosted by a non-profit organization called the Social Media Chambers. The highlight of the week is the awards for Malaysian bloggers. Some of the categories of the awards are Best Auto Blog, Best Foodie Blog, Best Business Blog, and Best Lifestyle Blog.

Malaysia Social Media Week 2014


The Berita Harian Annual Awards is another event that give awards such as the Most Influential Artist on Social Media and  the Most Popular Artist on YouTube.  The event also hosts a “Social Media Party” for people who couldn’t go to the event but can share Tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts with #ABPH and #ABPHSELFIE tags.

Despite the Prime Minister promises that Malaysia will never censor the Internet, there are times when certain YouTube videos or blog posts that were politically sensitive, banned by the Malaysian government. In addition, the government also blocked WikiLeaks, The Pirate Bay, and several file-hosting website. I found this information here, on Wikipedia.


How to use social media for formal learning

Hello EME 6414!

I would like to share some ideas to use social media in educational context. All the links will direct you to the original post. I gathered these links from my Tweets and RT. I hope it will be helpful for the instructional design assignment 🙂


Formative assessment with social media

5 ways to collaborate with another class

How to use Twitter in the classroom

How to use Pinterest in education

How to use Skype in the classroom

Why you should use Diigo  

And don’t forget how to use Wordle in the classroom in my last post here.

Any other suggestions?

How to use Wordle in classroom?

Vreed17 shared 40 interesting ways to use Wordle in the classroom on slideshare. Check it out! 

I think I can apply #39 tips, which is to reflect what I’ve written on this blog for themes or pattern. Here’s my word cloud created from Wordle:



I obviously love Facebook 😛 

How about you? How do or would you use tags cloud in your classroom? Do you think tags cloud can be a tool for learning? 

Folksonomy vs. Taxonomy

I’ve never heard of folksonomy and it is interesting to know such term, which is first coined by Thomas Vander Wal. According to wikipedia, folksonomy is also known as 

collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, and social tagging.


Image credit to Flickr user: Ross Mayfield 

As you can see from the image, the tags, which build the folksonomy in social media is always public, which means that everyone or members of a community can view them. However, only I can view the tags that I use in my mail or other private sites. 


Image credit to Flickr user: Andrea Hernandez

In contrast with taxonomy, folksonomy does not have any hierarchy and usually uncontrolled. In other words, the tags in folksonomy might have different meanings related to it. Or other different words or tags have the same meaning. 

Proper Law Distribution

While reading Shirky’s chapter 5, I’m interested with the power law distribution that he discussed. Power law distribution, which is also known as Pareto Distribution and 80-20 rule is a common rule of thumb and portrays the general patterns in social media. 

An example of power law distribution:




Figure 1 showed that 84% of the tweets come from 20% of the users account (80-20 rule). The 20% towards the left are the few that dominate and far more active than average. 

Although the distribution obviously showed an imbalance pattern, Shirky stated that this imbalance drives large social systems rather than damaging them. He further gave an interesting fact that fewer than 2% of Wikipedia users ever contribute, yet that is enough to create profound value for millions of users! 

So, are you the 20% or 80% of the social media users?