New Notes On Facebook

Have you seen the new Notes on Facebook?

Notes was part of Facebook to provide for longer updates, however, the old Facebook Notes was kind of boring and stale.

Say goodbye to the old Facebook Notes

The new Facebook Notes now allows you to add a cover photo, similar to Medium,  and even allows you to select Bold, Italics, Mono, and even add links just be simply highlighting the words and the option appears above the words.

In comparison, the old Facebook Notes required you to know a little html that you have to enter before and after the text.

So far, the new Facebook Notes only allows you to add photos, but hopefully, it could allow adding of videos and even let users put HTML for more advance users.

Maybe Facebook should even allow users to add advertising in the post and earn from it, something similar to Google’s Adsense program.

The new Facebook Notes will give the various online blogging publishers, eg Medium, Blogger, a run for the money. Google’s Blogger seem to have lag behind the blogging publishers as I have yet to see any new innovations from them.

Hopefully the new Facebook Notes will give Google the kick it needs to wake up from the blogger slumber.

Google.Com.Sg Goes Voting

Looks like has gone voting.

I wonder who did L vote for?

Advertisers and marketers are often tasked to take advantage of festive holidays to bring in the crowd with catchy taglines and creative advertisements. As most festive holidays in Singapore center around religious tradition and culture, it is important that the advertisement does not offend or against them.

For IKEA Singapore, their "Bling Glamour Home" Raya advertisement has come under fire on their Facebook Page on how IKEA Singapore's creative definition as a total misinterpretation of the Muslim community.

Even though I am not a Muslim, I found this IKEA advertisement to be a display of ignorance on the creative team on how Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated.

If the creative team took just ten minutes to Google and understand the real meaning of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festival, it would have same them from the backlash of fans, especially those from the Muslim community.

Hari Raya Aidilftri is the"festival of breaking of the fast". A quick Google search shared that by fasting when the sun is up, it acts as a reminder of the "suffering of the poor". Yet, this advertisement serves to depict the celebration as to display one's extravagance of richness and wealth. Even for a non-Muslim, it is easy to see why the Muslim community is against this ad.

Ironically, in using "bling" or gold to depict this display of one's extravagance of wealth, IKEA Singapore has further demonstrated its lack of understanding of, not just the Hari Raya Aidilftri celebration, the teaching of the Koran, the central religious text of Islam, itself where wearing gold, by man, is considered Haram - an act to prohibited by Allah.


'Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, took some silk in his right hand and some gold in his left hand and then he said, "These two are haram for the males among my followers."

(Reported in Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadith no. 1642 and also in An-Nasai, Hadith No. 5170.)

The erudite scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi also shared that "There is a social aim underlying the prohibition of men wearing gold. The prohibition of gold and silk to males is part of a broader Islamic program of combating luxuriousness in living. From the Qur'anic point of view, luxurious living leads to weakness among nations and to their eventual downfall; the existence of luxury is also an expression of social injustice, as only a few can afford luxurious items at the expense of the deprived masses of people. "

Yet, IKEA Singapore's respond to the backlash was that their "aim (is) to inspire people with home decor ideas through campaigns that bring a smile and are inimitably IKEA. Our intention is to give people ideas to have their homes ready with our Raya range. We assure you that it is not our aim to offend and we value all feedback provide."

IKEA Singapore's respond shows the corporation still is not aware of how much this "Bling" ad campaign goes against the religious teachings of their intended audience.

Is this "inmitably IKEA" to promote HARAM components in an ad to give their intended audience decor ideas to have their home ready with their Raya range?

I was going through the ChurpChurp app over the weekend and these two campaigns appeared on it.

UAT stands for User Acceptance Test and probably the two was targeted at the advertisers to see how their campaign would like on the app.

It shouldn't have appeared on the end-user app but it did.

I wonder if other Churpers saw these two campaigns on their app recently.

ChurpChurp "allow members can get cash rewards for sharing brand messages, discover what people are reading or watching on the Internet, and be part of an awesome community and meet like-minded friends."

Model Manuela Arbelaez gave away a USD 21,960 car away on the game show "The Price Is Right" and the clip has become the gameshow's most viewed video in its Youtube channel.

The video clip has already generated 5 million views as of this writing.

The most popular video I can find on the "The Price Is Right" channel is the clip of the "USD7,000" iPhone 6, which was looking at 1.8 million views.

Model Manuela Arbelaez wasn't fired for her gaffe though she thought she would be.

Wrote Today,

“It was a brain fart,” said Arbelaez. “I just zoned out. I literally did not see that coming. My body took over and reacted before my brain had a chance to stop it.”
The goof brought Arbelaez to tears and sent “Price is Right” host Drew Carey into a giggle fit.
“Congratulations, Manuela just gave you a car,” Carey told the contestant.
 This gaffe probably generated more attention to the show that it ever had.

In Singapore, with high import tariffs and COE, the sponsor would probably ask the show producers to make full payment for the car.

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