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Best time to Tweet

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Web writing


Just found this interesting article and findings related to time tweeting. According to the research, the best time to post to Tweeter is early in the afternoon – 1pm to 3 pm – from Monday to Thursday.


Living in Melbourne Australia for about four years but I still couldn’t find the right Banh Cuon, in terms of its taste and texture. Below are some nice photos of Banh Cuon collecting from different sites…

Review by Hoang Minh Phuc

November 3, 2010

Willie (Rocky McKenzie) and his schoolmates dance and sing as a rebellion against Father Benedictus (Geoffrey Rush).

Review Rating

Genre: Comedy

Running time: 85 min

Actors: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, Geoffrey Rush

Director: Rachel Perkins

Screen writer: Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins and Jimmy Chi from the play by Jimmy Chi

Appeal: Australian

OFLC rating: PG

Year: 2010

DVD Release: March 17, 2010

An intimate portrait reveals the nature of Australian humour with a mix of joy and happiness.

Many will remember the adventure of an Australia bushman Dundee in New York City in ‘Crocodile Dundee’ (1986) and the journey in a school bus to Alice Springs of three drag queens in ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). Through capturing heroics with their self-deprecating humour, resilience of the face of the adversity, and desire to conquer the landscape, Australian adventure comedy always brings a complex mix of witty gags, joy, surprise, and happy ending.

As an adaptation of Jimmy Chi’s 1990 stage musical, Rachel Persin’s ‘Bran Nue Dae’ is the best slide of Australian heroic comedy out of its time.

In Australian comedy movies of all stripes, the most usual comic characters are young men – but Bran Nue Dae centres on Willie (Rocky McKenzie), an Aboriginal teenage boy, who escapes from the Catholic boarding school in Perth to find his way home in Broome in north-western Australia.

Set in the late 1960s, the movie opens with Willie enjoying with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome – fishing, hanging out with his mates. The opening scene grabs the audience’s attention through Willie’s timidity, naivety and imaginariness of Rosie the girl he loves.

However, his mother returns him to the religious mission for further schooling. After being punished for an act of youthful rebellion, he runs away from the mission on a journey that ultimately leads him back home.

Along the way to head back home, Willie meets some new friends, most notably Uncle Tadpole (Ernie Dingo), who is a drunken buffoon but at the same time becomes a helper and guide. The old man makes laugh through his cunning trick to hitch a lift on a pink van.

Adapting the approach of road movie, Perkins brings her characters out of the prison cell to the natural world through capturing the heroics’ adventure to conquer the vast landscape.

The movie amazes the audiences through many comic icons. The pink van evokes the witty image of a colourful school bus in ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’. A hilarious image of a ‘condom tree’ is another amusing effect that generates the laughter.

‘Bran Nue Dae’ reveals the uniqueness of Australian humour through portraying different body types, energies and forms of self-expression. Missy Higgins attempts to parody herself as an idiot hippie, Annie, and Deborah Mailman powers through scenes of a mincing older woman, Roxanne, tries to relieve Willie of his naivety.

One of the great facets that create the pleasure of the movie is its fabulous music – a pastiche of rock’n’roll, Broadway, country and folk – is by Chi’s band, Knuckles.


An article on CNET says that a data broker has been buying identifying Facebook user information from app developers. This announcement was made because many popular Facebook apps were transmitting user IDs, which can be used to look up a users’ names and, in some cases, the names of the app user’s friends, to at least 25 advertising and data firms. The article also adds that Facebook modified its policy to require developers to use the anonymous identifiers when working with ad networks.

It can’t be denied that Facebook is now becoming the leading social networks with more than 500 million users (Source from The Age). Facebook is also a social networks site that users can share their personal information, not just their background, but also photos, videos, and notes. I am also a Facebook user. As many other users, putting my personal information is just a way of ‘advertising’ myself, so that everyone who are in my friend list can understand who I am. I post my interests in details because I want my friends know that I am not a boring personal. All is about portrait myself to the world, to keep in touch with my old friends and make new friends.

I think it is tough time for Facebook developers to think about privacy protection. In this way, users like myself can still be confident to upload personal information on Facebook.

Readings of this week bring many interesting viewpoints that spin around the rise of blogging and the death of newspapers.

1. Rupert Murdoch\’s view on the role of newspaper in the digital age

In the speech, Rupert Murdoch aims to address the decline of printed news consumption and the rise of online news through a range of actual evidence. It’s undeniable that in recent times, young people prefer to get information through the web than read newspapers due to the convenience and updating of online news. The interesting point in Murdoch speech, I think, is his though about the role of journalists in providing information for young readers, who want faster news delivered by distinctive ways. He says that editors and journalists use the internet as a great tool to deliver news. Journalists are media actors, who have ‘the experience, the brands, the resources, and the know-how to get it done’. The challenge for all news websites, according to Murdoch, is how to get a room in the internet traffic. The answer is media practitioners need to bring to their readers more compelling and relevant content with deep local news and relevant national and international news. Also, a blend of commentary and debate, or gossip and humor can reshape the presence of a news web page.

2. Journalists’ Professionalism

Rowan Williams\’ article focuses on the credibility of online materials. He says that it is a challenge for media practitioners in the digital age to balance the professionalism of traditional media and online communication. Williams also raises an issue about the responsibility of the media for the quality of communication in a society. Williams also brings Steven Johnson‘s viewpoint on the article to argue that compared to works twenty years ago, news now ‘doesn’t guarantee an imaginative depth, a sense of knowledge as tied in with processes that take time’.

Have you been tired of reading long features or articles online? I have. So the question of how to make those pieces of writing look more interesting on the web page have been spinning my mind not only as a digital media student but also as a online reader.

There are some websites that do a good job of turning long boring texts into more amusing and eye-catchy piece. The article on Salon prompts me to read more by its trick in putting the long article in a justify form. Also, as the body text cover half of the screen, my eye doesn’t feel tired while reading it.

Does long news article have the same trick? Slate’s article on Australian PM is a clear example. Though the first part of the article is mixing up with photo and the links box, the editor did a good job of putting a number of links throughout the article.

I found this week’s reading relevant to what we are doing as an editor or a writer for digital media.

Nielsen reading interests me as he points out a number of key devices in writing for a web page. It is true that not many people nowadays can read websites word-by-word for some reasons. I used to read through a web page but then I found it impossible, especially when I did the research for my assignments. Also, what makes me impressed the article lies in its emphasis on the element of ‘credibility’ of the web content.

Kissane reading usefully explains the importance of the web’s incredibility in nowadays communication context. I agree with the writer’s argument on the fact that not many web pages provide information precisely and effectively due to the lack of ‘conveyable meaning’. Kissance makes the argument more convincing by providing actual evidence on Academia Solutions and presenting four strategic questions in writing for a product web page. The four elements are all important but for me the question of why the product is better than the others is the most significant one. This is because this query can show the quality of the web page and the writer’ strive to do deep research. I found the slide on web content is relevant to Kissance’s idea as it highlights the duty of web publishers in developing a content strategy.

Compared to the two other articles, Lynch and Horton’s reading is more practical. The writers usefully provide different elements of web writing by explaining why it is important and how to apply it. The most interesting part of the article is the discussion of the three major elements of rhetorical persuasion that is related to web design, including ‘ethos’, ‘pathos’, and ‘logos’. Understanding the meaning of these three elements can help us evaluate a web site.