is looking for a ‘big data’ analyst

Co-founder and Managing Director RJ David of, the biggest buy and sell website in the Philippines, is looking for a data analyst that will give them insights about their community. He didn’t give any specific “qualifications,” but explained that his or her job is to make sense of the amount of data that they have, and hopefully better understand them. Sounds like a job for an audience guy who also loves to do a lot of spreadsheets.

This is indeed a big job! At Yahoo! we hired a data analyst to help editors understand big data. There’s so much to go with everyday. But one thing I learned is asking the right questions. Data is nothing of value to you if you’re not asking the right questions. So whoever will land the job in Sulit, good luck!


Talking about big data, Nate Silver comes to mind. An accomplished statistician, author, blogger–among other things, Nate has developed his own theories in understanding and even predicting outcomes using data. He gained popularity after predicting Obama’s victory in 49 of the 50 states in the US elections. Go check him out and his book too.


Learning from Indonesia

I have long been covering the tech beat prior to joining Yahoo! And I know there are a lot of Filipino tech start-ups trying to make it in this tough industry.

Reading this recent article from TechCrunch, it makes you wonder where have all the local start-ups gone?

Here’s a quote from the article:

Having matured from its early 2000s Internet obsession with Friendster, it seems Indonesia has become something of a Web force, embracing everything from Facebook to Foursquare catching people off guard with some uncommon swarms.

I know they are out there. But why are they not getting the needed attention?

Should we start learning from Indonesia now that they’re now in the radar of the likes of TechCrunch?

What are your thoughts?

No Philippine IT news?

Aileen Apolo starts her blog with a rant about the scarcity of news about the information technology industry in the Philippines for, hmm, the past months since elections started, or even way before that period.

The shortest reply to her question is this: elections. Most of the media’s attention is focused on this regular exercise of democracy. Also, there are stories that we cannot write because sources decline to make them public, as Migz would put it.

Actually, one of the sources of IT stories today are blogs or the Internet in general. As more techies get connected, it is easier to network with people who are in the know.

Sometimes, I get leads via e-mail from friendly (sometimes unfriendly) sources. But as I stated earlier, the elections has sidetracked IT coverage for some local IT journalists, including myself. I hope to get back on track in the next few weeks when the Commission on Elections finally declares all senatorial winners.

I hope this brief explanation answers some of Aileen’s questions. 😉

CICT chief resigns

A sad news.

CICT chief resigns

June 01, 2007
Updated 12:40:16 (Mla time)
Erwin Oliva

MANILA, Philippines — Ramon Sales, chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), has filed an indefinite leave of absence en route to his resignation, an official confirmed with Friday.

“He has filed an indefinite leave of absence yesterday but since the President is not in the country, we still don’t know if she would accept it,” Tim Diaz de Rivera, CICT commissioner, said in a telephone

why we watch YouTube more than TV

Is the boob tube the noob tube? Joey Alarilla asks in his @Play blog. To add to this discussion, I offer you my own, well, thoughts.
1. I hate advertisements slammed down my throat. Remember the boxing fight between, oh you know who. I recall waiting for hours to find out who won the fight when somebody (okay, a friend abroad) sent me a text message spoiling the suspense. Now, ask me will you watch TV now if you can find out everything quickly online?

2. There are more content online & soon on mobile phones. Admit it, guys. You watch more YouTube/Google Video/Yahoo! Video/Metacafe (you get what I mean) than television. I know you even download most of Smallville’s episodes online after seeing them on YouTube. Yes, they’re copyrighted content. But are they available locally? No. Joey mentions about Hero. I also love that series. But is the DVD set or online counterpart available to Filipino buyers? Not necessarily.

3. YouTube is more candid than “reality TV.” Nalts of Will Video for Food blogged about this recently. He writes:

When my Bored at Mall” was featured on I was reminded how much people like real reactions to staged situations. It’s what made Candid Camera, Punked and “Trigger Happy TV.”

This weekend we did two similar videos, which are currently topping the list of most discussed and highest rated comedies on YouTube (see image below). It began when my nephew’s friend, Spencer, showed up at our house eager to make a video. He’s been watching my videos, and volunteered to do practically anything.

Here’s a prank done by Nalts, which has generated so much interest online. (Disclaimer: Don’t take this seriously. Just don’t fart laughing).

4. YouTube = Younger audience.

Read this BBC report, Online Video Eroding TV viewing, and you’ll understand why. Excerpt:

The online video boom is starting to eat into TV viewing time, an ICM survey of 2,070 people for the BBC suggests.

Some 43% of Britons who watch video from the internet or on a mobile device at least once a week said they watched less normal TV as a result.

And online and mobile viewing is rising – three quarters of users said they now watched more than they did a year ago.

5. It is viral, and yes, it’s free! Let’s pretend that there are no legal cases filed against YouTube. But really there are a lot of copyrighted content landing online. And there’s no stopping it. Now, you ask why again? An entry on Lifehacker offers this explanation: TV is for suckers. Wendy Boswell writes:

I am not a fan of most shows on the boob tube, mostly because it’s a ginormous waste of time to sit through commercials. Instead of watching network shows, I’ll either A) wait for the DVD set (i.e., Family Guy) or B) catch ’em on the webernets. Here’s just a few sites that can help you get your TV-watching all done and save you from the time-wasting ads.

She also provides a list of what she calls “TV on the Web.” You will need a fast Internet connection though to watch the streaming videos.