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Do the Facebook nudity test

Porn, sex, nudity, excessive cleavages, sex or even the implication of any of the mentioned is something we all shouldn't want. Why? Well it clouds the mind, degrades women to sex objects, it defies all our moral standards and even worse, it causes men to start thinking with their secondary brain "mr Happy". No peepz, we should do whatever we can to fight people and websites that do not follow there rules!

And luckily I'm not standing alone here because our friends from Facebook uphold the same values like us, yep, great minds think alike. Any, the Zuckerberg clan basically tells it like this:

Images may not be overly sexual. They may not show excessive amounts of skin, cleavage or imply nudity.

Well, that's a clear rule but apparently there's some confusion amongst the nice people that man the support desks at Facebook. Below are 2 photo's, one was flagged as inappropriate and got declined but the other picture was 100% A ok no problemo.

Can you tell which one it is? Post your comment below and the most original comment wins a free trip to Bali (on foot), 100 Tokobagus promo points and a lifetime free membership of the Sangat Pedas community. Word! That's how we roll!

Picture A                                                              Picture B


The making of the Tokobagus TV commercials

A big shout out to Melvin, Acong, Lisa, Suryani, Kevin and all the rest of the crew that made it happen for us. Because to their creativity and professionalism the Tokobagus TV commercials are a big success and while making it we had a great time. Thanks guys!


Marketing tips for Internet startups

Before I start I need to make some disclaimers first. First, there is no formula for success, if there was everybody who has the formula would be successful which is clearly not the case, Second, I'm no expert, there are thousands of people out there who read way much more about marketing and know all the terms and theories. Reason why I don't share a lot of knowledge, expertise and experience is because it simply makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable, it seems somewhat pretentious. However, I can consider myself as a serial startup entrepreneur and with every startup I was directly involved on the marketing side. The numerous tests, failures and occasional successes have finally led to my so far most promising startup in which our marketing strategy seems to pay off. Last disclaimer is that this has been definitely a team effort and I'm lucky to work with some smart and creative people.

Anyway, enough with the disclaimers and on to the core. The startup community in Indonesia and especially Jakarta is a fast growing, enthusiastic and passionate community with some promising startups. Often startups are created by geeks, and I mean no disrespect, after all, Mark Zuckerberg might be considered a geek but he also definitely had his share of luck. So for most startups the struggle begins once they've launched their platform their startup won't just take of by itself, it requires marketing, most of the time lots of it. So this in this post I share some of my experiences and opinion in the hope that it will help startup entrepreneurs around the world and especially in Indonesia.


The history of the tablet according to Motorola [video]

In 2011 Motorola will be launching their Android tablet and they're already starting some pre-launch promotion. For that they've made a somewhat funny video about the history and evolution of the tablet. Funny thing is that there are a lot of negative comments on this video on youtube like that it's not good marketing practice to bash other products/manufacturers. Actually in general I agree that promoting your own product by bashing the competitors is bad practice but on the other hand it is funny to claim that this device will make the iPad and Galaxy Tab look ancient.


Hyper activity on Twitter pays

Sysomos recently published some nice research on Twitter statistics in 2010 compared to 2009. The highlights of this research shows:

Users with more than 100 friends have increased by three-fold to 21% since 2009.

•  22.5% of users accounted for about 90% of all tweets.
•  80% users have made fewer than 500 tweets.
•  Justin Bieber is one of top two-word phrases and top
name in user's bios.
•  Significantly more users are disclosing their location, bio
and web information in Twitter profiles.

So it has been a good year for Twitter in which they probably doubled their number of members. What got my attention in the publication was this graph:


Because your mom’s on Facebook

Can we hire the guy that came up with this? RESPECT!


10 tips for buying and selling online

This post gives you 10 tips on how to successfully sell on Tokobagus, or any other classified site for that matter. Follow these tips and post your experience in the comments here and help me improve this post.