Asterix Ventures Website (2009)

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Asterix Ventures Website Design (2009)

Web design for Asterix Ventures, Singapore

新加坡阿斯特里克斯投资公司网站设计

Link http://www.asterixventures.com

The Body Mart website (2009)

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The Body Mart website (2009)

Ecommerce Web Design Consultant for The Body Mart, Shanghai Showbox! InfoTech Limited

上海秀宝信息技术有限公司电子商务网站The Body Mart网页设计顾问

The Body Mart Website Link http://www.thebodymart.com

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Herbalife Distributor business opportunity website is a fully SEO optimized website for The Body Mart.

Herbalife Distributor website link http://www.thebodymart.com/herbalife_distributor

Shanghai Urban Development Website (2009)

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Shanghai Urban Development Website (2009)

Graphic Multimedia Studio project at Raffles Design Institute

A HEATHERM’S VIDEO FOR INTERVIEWING SHANGHAI SLUMS

一个黄何采访上海贫民窟的视频片断

THE SULMS LOCALED AT PEOPLE SQUARE AREA, NEAR THE SUZHOU CREEK

这座贫民窟坐落于人民广场区域,苏州河旁边

Website Link http://www.heatherm.net/portfolio/urban

Raffles IAO website (2009)

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Raffles IAO website (2009)

Web design for International Admission Office (China) of Raffles Education Corporation

莱佛士教育集团国际招生部(中国)网站设计

Website link http://www.heatherm.net/portfolio/rafflesiao

Otaku Psychology Test (2009)

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Otaku Psychology Test (2009)

Subculture course project at Raffles Design Institute

Flash link http://www.heatherm.net/portfolio/otaku.swf

Next basic usage: Social Networking (2008)

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// Academic Research and Communication Skill
// Heatherm Huang
// Multimedia Design
// Raffles Design Institute, Shanghai

 

Social Networking Sites Will Become the Next Basic Usage of the Internet

E-mail, instant message, and search engines are the three basic usages of the present internet. According to the trend and development, social networking will be the fourth kind of internet usage.

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of need, the need of man could be divided into five stages: physiological need, safety, social intercourse, respect and the need for self-realization.

The traditional web site (Web 1.0) satisfies the demand of people to access information, while search engines, such as Google and Baidu, meet the need for information search. People need information on a daily basis – there is a hunger, as we need to eat and drink every day, but also for resolving the most basic demand. When people meet the demand for access to information, as we have enough food and water every day, the following need is to meet friends, have dinner with them, or chat – in other words, people’s social needs. Social networking resolves Maslow’s third stage of demand.

Differences between Instant Messaging and Use of Social Networking Sites to Resolve People’s Social Needs. Of course, instant messengers like MSN and QQ are resolving people’s social needs online and attempt to resolve our social needs in real time. You either connect with your friend or you do not. You send something to your friend on instant messenger because you want your friend to know it immediately. However, the reality is we have delayed social needs. For instance, we post an article on our blog or upload a photo on our online album. Usually it’s not necessary to notify all your friends about this and require them to reply or give comments immediately, as also, our friends send us something but it might be fine to delay. This is a passive or unreal-time demand for us. There are only “do” or “do not” in our real-time social needs. However, the delay appears between the “do” and “do not”. Social networking resolves our delayed social needs today.

Almost everyone has their own personal space. Through technology, the space of themselves and friends are linked to interact and share, so personal spaces are important for social networking.  The development of blogs laid the foundation for personal spaces, but every blog is independent, which makes it difficult to spread the popularity of blogs. Even a blog service provider (BSP) has many blog users, but the vast majority of users have few visitors, or only the celebrities’ blog are visited.

The Concept of Absolute and Relative Value. We are doing things according to absolute value in Web1.0 and blog services. People enjoy it.  However, almost all online uses are ordinary. Someone posts a blog article, but it only has relative value and has no value for the masses. For example, you post an article on your blog about where you went during Christmas. Basically, only your friend or your family may pay some attention and are interested in it. You said you got sick on your blog, but only your friend and family worried about you. Nobody in the masses will care for you. Therefore, social networking is a space to share among friends according to the relative value to solve something like the problems above. With the development of internet services, bottle-necks appeared in the services which believed in the supremacy of absolute value. Some Blog Service Providers realized this problem and the significance of relative value on internet services.

Dynamic Content Creates Real Social Networking. The core of maintaining a social website is user-generated content (UGC). In the world’s largest social networking web site, Facebook, UGC’s contribution lays in the photo album, through photographs to make comments. The popularity of digital cameras and mobile phone cameras is a very important condition to acknowledge. Without digital cameras, users contributed content will be reduced by 80 percent.

Vast majority of traditional internet web sites (WEB1.0) are static, but with the emergence of social networks, all pages can be turned from static to dynamic (database access is required for the operation), where every operation of the user requires a server to calculate. In the past, this required a lot of investment in hardware. With the cost of storage reducing, social networking web sites can even have users’ information stored in memory rather than the hard disk. At the same time, the cost of backup is much lower; the content of the website’s security is assured.

In the past, the network of making friends was a process of entertainment – find some strangers through the internet, make them friends, and establish social relations. In fact, the new relationship established in a virtual world is not solid, and likely to create fatigue. Through reversing the traditional understanding about information in internet, we have moved the true relationship in the real world into the Internet to form a real social networking website, which is enough to meet people’s social needs.

The most important part of social networking website is users. Users are the core of social networking website, without users, there is no social.

There is a network of relationships between users. This network of relationships is established by searching and collection. Through searching a name of the person you know, you can that person and establish a relationship. In the same way, once we fill out the detailed real personal information, the social networking website will present you those people who you probably have known. For example, you fill in the name and the class of the high school which you had been to, the social networking website will tell you your classmates who have registered in the website.

In the past, people were unwilling to fill their own information on the internet. For instance there would be no mention about uploading their picture in the blogs, for fearing of their information being disclosed. In reality, people often write down their own information, such as applying for credit cards. We have our own information written in a very detailed way, because we believe that banks will never publicize our information. However, in the Web1.0 era, the privacy of users couldn’t receive powerful protection. But now, social networking websites pay great attention to the protection of users’ privacy.  It is possible to set up the authority to visit each piece of personal information.
UGC is the shared conditions and comments and so on among users’ blogs, pictures or others of this kind.  The interaction among users can be divided into three categories: one-to-one interaction, such as internal messages, instant messaging, and messages; one-to-many interaction, such as blogs and photo albums; and, many-to-many interaction, such as BBS and chat rooms.

Value-added services have been established on the bases of which have been mentioned above. The social networking website has users, the relationship has been created by searching and collection, the users’ privacy has been given well protection, UGC, interaction, the last but not the least one is provide real service. Though social networking has met the third stage of demand, there are still the fourth and fifth stages, respect and self-realization. Social networking websites have more which can be contributed to them.

Social networking is being used on more terminals. There are more than 50,000,000 people accessing the internet through mobile phone in China. Big names such as Google and Apple have entered the field of wireless.

It is mow much more convenient to connect through social networking website. Users can demand connection anytime and anywhere. With the largest social networking website in Japan, mixi.com, the number mobile phone users numbers more than those of PC users.

Social networking sites such as Facebook, are now trying to change their website concept from social network service provider to internet operating system. In the traditional operating systems like Microsoft Windows, programmers develop software which could be run on the system by using UB, VC or other computer program compilers without worrying about drivers or network support. Through the API (Application Programming Interface), the online applications which are created by programmers can be used by used directly in the social networking website. Facebook opens its user profiles and their relationships, and there are lots of applications that have became extra services running on Facebook. Therefore, Facebook is just like an internet operating system based on social networking service.

The future of the social networking website could experience crucial competition, resulting in elimination or mergers. Only two or three larger social networking websites will remain and there could be interoperability between them, similar to MSN and Yahoo messenger users interoperability.

The social networking site’s business model is becoming clear now. Well-known brands and accurate targeted advertising are very important parts of social networking sites.

In real social networking websites, each user’s interests and hobbies and their tendency of the product demand, are held in the database of the social networking website. Through this information, a social networking website could make its online advertising more accurate than search engine advertising. It is not necessary to key any words – the users only need to log the social networking website, then they will be able to see the useful and interesting advertising.

The objective of the search engine is to allow users to leave the website as soon as possible, but the purpose of the social networking website is to have people interact with the website. This point is embodied in interactive advertising marketing, for example, a questionnaire.

Socialization of e-commerce and word-of–mouth marketing will become the main interactive businesses in social networking. If your friend recommends to you that Nokia is good, it is much more convincing than advertising. This word-of-mouth marketing will be widely used in social networking website. The purchase information of users will become one part of UGC, being shared and commented. Through word-of-mouth marketing, it is possible to bring more new orders or sales.

Personal value-add satisfies the demand of respect and self-realization, virtual items, virtual currency, and so on.
Facebook had 60 million users as of Feb 2008 and an average of 8 million new users a month. The total number of users will increase to 100 million within one year if this velocity of increase is maintained. According to Alexa’s traffic statistics, Facebook has a traffic rank of 6 in the world. The rank might be submitted Google on a given day during 2008. But Facebook needs a fulcrum to embody. More than 50 percent of users are active, which means 300 million users sign in and communicate with their friends on Facebook every day.

In the beginning, social networking sites were based on Kevin Bacon’s Six Degrees concept. This concept believes that any one person in the world is connected to any other person through six or fewer relationships, because it’s a small world. Introduced in 2002, Friendster.com was the first social networking site and the Six Degrees concept’s pioneer and practitioner. This was followed by MySpace a year later, which soon became extremely popular.

People were enthusiastic about the Six Degree-based social sites for a long time. We found the relationships between you and the famous movie star or the CEO of the international company sometimes; however, we found the concept was actually quite useless. Therefore, we can see the first degree of the relationship between friends is the most important and reliable for us.

That is the main feature of Facebook, not as a website for you to make new friends. Facebook is a social utility that connects you with the people around you. Just like using the telephone, it would be useless if you were only person who owned a telephone. It works only if the people with which you need to communicate own a telephone as well. The more people use it, the stronger Facebook becomes.

In conclusion, every person has friends, they would like to know what is happening with their friends, and they also want their friends to know their thoughts. Social networking sites are now very popular among students and white-collar workers. They play a very important part in our social lives, and we cannot live without them every day. More and more people are finding out that social networking is a basic need, and it will inevitably become the next basic usage of the internet.

 

Reference

1. Maslow’s need
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1087-needhierarchytheory.html
2. Internet basic usages current
http://tech.163.com/08/0117/14/42DT2QF700092HJD.html
3. Social sites trend
http://www.answers.com/topic/social-networking-site/
4. Facebook on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/facebook
5. Six Degrees relationship
http://www.sixdegrees.org/About.aspx
6. Next target – cellphone
http://knowledge.whrton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1493
7. Statistics of Facebook
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/facebook.com
8. China Web 2.0 and Social networking site report 2007 by iResearch
http://www.iresearch.com.cn/consulting/Web2/
9. History of social network service
http://www.answers.com/topic/social-network-service/
10. Mixi.com mobile users comes to pc users
http://tech.sina.com.cn/i/2007-12-20/10121925493.shtml
11. Documentation of the Facebook platform
http://developers.facebook.com/documentation.php 

Heatherm’s Business Card (2007)

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Heatherm’s Business Card Design (2007)

Website for my birthday (2007)

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Website for my private birthday 私人生日派对网站 (2007)

Link http://www.heatherm.net/portfolio/birthday

Domain name presentation with Jim Allchin

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Domain name (jimallchin.com) presentation with Jim Allchin, the Former Co-President, Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft, as known as the father of Windows System

域名jimallchin.com赠送给被尊称为“Windows之父”的原微软三号人物、平台和服务部总裁吉姆·阿尔钦

 

第一财经日报 China Busniess News

http://tech.sina.com.cn/i/2007-06-20/01551571909.shtml

Windows之父中国讨域名遇尴尬 服务商推诿拖延

 

  域名注册过度竞争留下后遗症

  熊立

  “几经周折,历经磨难。”昨日凌晨2点,在成功转移出了他的一个国际域名JimAllchin.com后,黄何对《第一财经日报》记者如是形容他的感受。让黄何如此感慨的是,为了转移出一个国际域名,他已经和域名注册商打了近一个月的“拉锯战”。

  从事域名投资的黄何是上海一所高校大一的学生,从初中就开始做域名投资。这群域名投资者被外界称为“玉米虫”,他们抢先注册可能有价值的互联网域名,然后待价而沽,看上某个域名的买家以高价将其买走,“玉米虫”们套现退出。

  想和Windows之父交朋友

  今年2月2日,微软公司宣布其平台和服务部总裁Jim Allchin 退休。Jim Allchin 被称为微软的“第三号人物”、Windows之父,在业界享有很高的声誉。黄何看到这条新闻后马上注册了Jim Allchin名字全拼的国际域名JimAllchin.com。

  一个月后,Jim Allchin通过注册域名时留下的E-mail联系到黄何,希望能拿回自己姓名全拼的域名。

  Jim在邮件中说,他从微软退休后正在做一些和软件及音乐相关的个人项目,因为从小就酷爱弹吉他,所以退休后就成立了一个录音工作室,通过自己在微软主持开发的最后一个作品——Vista来录制一些片段。已经有了Allchin.com域名的Jim说他计划用JimAllchin.com作为自己的个人网站,放一些个人信息在上面,包括他录制的自己弹的吉他曲子。

  黄何是一个互联网爱好者,想和微软Windows之父交个朋友,回复说愿意将该域名无偿赠送给Jim Allchin。可在域名的转移过户中却遇到了他们想象不到的麻烦。

  一个月的曲折历程

  按照相关规定,域名转移过户需要提供双方的身份证件及转移合同等一系列纸质文件。黄何很快按照规定向域名注册商快递了相关文件。

  这家服务商的国际域名转出申请书上写道,“核实无误后,我们会立刻为您更改域名解析服务器信息,将在3~5个工作日后正式生效。”

  但3~5个工作日之后却并未得到结果。并且在此后将近一个月的时间里,黄何一共向这家注册商快递了三次文件。“要么是说没收到快递,要么是说收到的文件丢失了,最后一次说文件还缺少代理商信息,在我看来这是在以各种理由推诿。”

  为了域名转出的事,黄河说他和Jim Allchin也通了10次E-mail,这还不包括在即时通讯工具上的在线沟通。

  最后黄何无奈之下,在一家网站论坛上发帖声讨该代理商的不作为,网站管理人员看到帖子后将其推荐置顶,其他一些IT业界网站也开始转载帖子,这家注册机构才“开会进行了检讨”,同意黄何转移这个域名。

  从5月24日快递出第一份申请,已经过去了近一个月。

  域名注册过度竞争后遗症

  “这个域名转移得如此艰难,不是特殊个案,一些注册商的域名转移要么非常麻烦,要么收费昂贵。”黄何说,一些注册商要收取好几百块的转移手续费,部分不收费的域名注册商,就千方百计的阻挠用户转移出去。

  “行业里确实有一些注册商利用低价吸引客户,然后在域名转移、过户时收取不菲的手续费,注册前承诺转移不收费的就尽量拖延。”域名授权注册商厦门易名网络公司运营总监杨育聪告诉《第一财经日报》,出现这种现象是域名注册行业过度竞争所致。

  目前国内市场,.com、.net等国际域名被国际域名管理机构ICANN授权的注册机构已经有10家,中国互联网络信息中心(CNNIC)授权的.cn域名注册商也近50家,一些注册机构下面还有数量众多的代理商,竞争非常激烈。

  杨育聪说,经过几年的发展,发达地区的市场已经被开发到一定程度,增长乏力,而加入域名注册行业的企业却越来越多。

  《中国域名经济》主编沈阳向记者表示,一些域名注册商还经营虚拟主机、服务器托管、建站等服务,低价域名只是拿来打广告,并不靠域名赚钱。由此也出现了低于成本价销售域名的现象,这也让行业的竞争进一步加剧。

Shanghai Spirit TV (2007)

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Basic VI elements of Shanghai Spirit TV 上海精神电视台基础视觉识别元素 (2007)

School Project at Raffles VIS