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March 29, 2010 Posted by | CMC, Language & ICT | 2 Comments

CMC is… (raise your hand, anyone?)

Cluster Munition Coalition? Certified Management Consultant? Civic Malaysia Club? Commercial Metals Company?  I guess if you’re thinking about any of those, this is not the right space (but it’s my honor if you stay :)).

The CMC I’m referring to is ‘Computer-Mediated Communication’.  If you think you haven’t come across CMC, second that. Have you used Facebook, Yahoo! Messenger or e-mails before? Then you have come across it.

Before we go any further… have you the slightest idea what CMC is? If we search on the Net, there could be millions hits, therefore I would like to focus on one particular book (we get conventional at times, but it works, right?) namely Online Teaching and Learning in ELT by the editors Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan, Norizan Abdul Razak and Mohamed Amin Embi who all are lecturers in their respective universities.  It takes the definition from Levy, 1997:

Levy (1997:79) defines CMC as “concerned with communication between two or more participants via a computer covering technological platforms such as e-mail, bulletin board, discussion list and computer conferencing, both text- and video-based”.

You can also refer to the definition of CMC from my previous blog here.

I’m going to quote two chapters in this book regarding CMC: Use of Computer-Mediated Communication to Facilitate Second Language Acquisition and Computer-Mediated Communication in Literature Reading.

*Use of Computer-Mediated Communication to Facilitate Second Language Acquisition*

*Computer-Mediated Communication in Literature Reading*

Web-based Computer Application : all CMC modes referred before such as

  • e-mails
  • e-forums
  • chat rooms
  • online discussion groups
  • mailing lists
  • blogs
  • instant messaging

March 8, 2010 Posted by | CMC, Language & ICT | 5 Comments

Looking For Your Perfect Match?

Ha! Did you think I was promoting match-making service? 😀

If it caught your attention, it works.  Otherwise, I should work on my auditing skill.

Anyway, this is one way of using technology nowadays.  Other than communication, Internet is an efficient business area and definitely with global market.  Who knows, given a chance, I would jump at the opportunity of entrepreneurship.  I believe anyone could give it a go.

Right, last but not least, all this ad is plainly fictional. F.I.C.T.I.O.N.A.L only. 😉 The featured site will link you only to your search engine which may produce “no result” page.  Lol. This is just for fun; messing around with computer application tools!

Till then, please share your thought below. Thanks!

March 2, 2010 Posted by | CMC, Language & ICT | , , , , , | 5 Comments

So we’re NETSPEAKing…

OMG, someone actually pingback this very blog!

Who would’ve thought, ey?

FYI, the author was “sitting on the fence” between FB and Twitter so he used my blog s n example to clarify his tendency; clarifying the pros and the cons.

If this is Yahoo! Messenger or a diary blog, I would’ve written it that way or maybe simpler.  (This blog is rather semi-formal for me).  Now, this is what we call Netspeak, an internet language or slang used by any internet users for some purposes related to the characteristics of the Internet itself.  Moreover, as defined,

“Netspeak is the special language, abbreviations, and expressions used by people when communicating using the Internet.” ~

That definition should give us a clear idea, shouldn’t it?  We can say that any form of language used while communicating via Internet tools and applications is Netspeak.  These services promotes effective and expressive type of communication between users.  For example, there are loads of interactive features available when we use it:  emoticons, smileys, images, videos, audios, links and even pingback.  In the Net, we write not on our own but with others.

People, since we’re talking about language in the context of Internet language, then the prefect man for this subject of matter is none other than the language guru, David Crystal.  Who is he?

*  Professor David Crystal.

* Specialized in English Language Studies from University College London

* Had successfully conducted various research regarding language

* Has published 100++ books

* Currently an Honorary Professor of Linguistics at University of Wales, Bangor


David Crystal’s approach to Internet slang or Internet language or Netspeak is very open.  Rather than considering Netspeak as a form of language abuse, he accepts it as a language revolution along side the development of technology.  David Crystal considers the impact of Netspeak as, simply without prejudice, a new medium.  Nowadays, the communication using technology has evolved around messages instead of grammatical or conventional, proper language.

With technology, Netspeak somehow adapts itself to, initially, fit into a 160-characters limit mobile phone text messaging compose.  Things seem to move on well from there.  Whether via Internet, like, social networking services, instant messaging and chat rooms, there often is characters limit for each post or status.  This limits applies the modern technology principle: simple, straight-forward and fast.  Hence the Netspeak becomes very efficient and helpful.  Most words are abbreviated or spelling-altered according to phonology.  For instance…


  • GMTA: Great Minds Think Alike
  • BCBC: Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
  • GBU: God Bless You

Spelling-altered According to Morphology

  • Ate: 8
  • Late: l8
  • Been: Bn
  • To: 2

(More examples can be further read in

Besides, emoticons may replace you, facially, artificially.

If that is not enough, punctuation plays a big role in expressing emotions.  For example…

I will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What does this form of sentence make you feel?  The writer is rather very determined,  or maybe, annoyed?  As though it may seem ambiguous at some point, the emotion can be determined according to the context of the discussion. (And the exclamation mark can go on and on and on and on depending on the liking of the writer)

What????” and “What?”

In academic writing, the former is not acceptable because it does not indicate professionalism of the author, it may look biased and emotional.  However, sticking to the rule that ‘there is no rule’ in using technology as a communication medium, especially informal, you can use as many punctuation as you like.  The former shows how the message recipient is shocked while the latter seems curious.  Besides, isn’t it funny how we use punctuation to replace OUR facial expressions?

But wait, Netspeak is not just all about cutting words short, or putting up motionless or motioned pictures, or toying around with characters.  On the very bright side, Netspeak allows human to be creative with words; an art that may change by time, but favor us by the moment.  It represents the transformation of how communication takes place using language.  We know that language changes according to human and cultures; and now it is also molded by technology.  It epitomizes the existence of a new human generation by the existence of a new medium of communicating. Well, literally it is not that new.  It has started to evolve in the early of the twentieth century, and I sense it will keep evolving until the end of humankind.

Before I leave you, please do watch this clip.  This is David Crystal and his view on Internet Language.

*all credit goes to David Crystal and Macmillan English

Source: David Crystal’s official website-

March 2, 2010 Posted by | CMC, Language & ICT | , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

TWITTER vs FACEBOOK… want to bet?

Let the game begins!
Let the game begin!

Twitter.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Facebook.

Do you have a hard time to choose?  I doubt.  Surely most of you have more than one social network account. Admit it, you’re one of the addicts;  you can’t leave a second wondering if someone has responded your updates and if your friend has commented on a picture you uploaded or you’re restless in the lecture hall because you have just remembered the crops you forgot to harvest this morning.  And you just can’t seem to get enough of one account; you figured you should have ‘this’ for friends and ‘that’ for business purposes while ‘the other’ for the latest updates on your favorite stars.  Well, I don’t blame you.  It’s like language, it’s rare to find people who is monolingual.

So I’m not a monolingual.

My two picks would (obviously…) be Twitter and Facebook and here I would like say what I like and don’t about both networks, but most of all we’ll look at the similarities and differences between them.

Basically Twitter and Facebook are both social networking sites that enables connectivity between their users by updates and media sharing.  Through a free sign-up, you can enjoy the all of the features provided.  From getting new friends, catching up with peers or getting updates from old friends,  all is possible by their updates or ‘shout outs’ on the main page of the site.  In fact, they allow photo sharing.  We love this feature, don’t we?  (Now why do I feel like a promoter…?)  Sharing gossips, showing off our incredible, summer vacation in Maui 😉 The best part is you can comment on those photos!  But these are all the ground for any social networks, even with the earlier sites like Friendster and MySpace.  If there’s no such thing, we wouldn’t be interested anyway.  So what makes them different from one another?

Since my focus is only two sites, lets go to the differences of both.  The prior difference you will notice between Twitter and Facebook is the simplicity of the former compared to the latter.  Once you sign in into Twitter, all you see is your ‘following”s updates and another column that shows the quantities of your ‘following’s, followers, lists and updates.

twitter home
This is YOUR twitter home when you sign in (despite the updates, of course it would be your connection instead 😉 )

On the other hand, for Facebook, you can see so much of… well, almost everything.

facebook home
On Facebook home, you will get to see your friends’ updates including the comments (and whether you and others like it or not), the requests you have, your Facebook online friends, and even friends suggested to you. Very user-friendly, ey?

More evidence on Twitter’s simplicity?


This is Facebook’s status update limit: 420 characters.

Meanwhile, the limit for Twitter’s status update or ‘tweet’ is 140 characters.  It also shows your latest ‘tweet’ below the typing box.

The characters allowed in one status update in Facebook is three times the Twitter’s.  Moreover, in Twitter, you can only type in texts and links but in Facebook, there’s more.  Facebook however allows texts, links with preview, images, videos and notes feature for longer text.

Talking about this available features on status updates, the links are dealt differently between these two social networks.  If in Facebook, when you want to show a photo or video, you can put the URL on the status updates and others can watch or listen to it instantly on that page. For example…

Above picture shows a video posted, a video playing (all you have to do is click the ‘Play’ button) and a picture that others tag you in (in this, the picture becomes a link to other’s page).

Additionally, in Facebook we can comment on our and our friends’ updates (and this includes the quizzes and games announcements).  The updates also include notifications.  To some it becomes very informative, to others it is a bit TOO informative (and hence, annoying).  Of course, that’s up to you.


Besides being able to upload your photos, you may as well see others’ and all in the same page, but afterwards you’ll be directed to the respective pages of each album.

For Twitter, the photo sharing features is another site.  You have to sign in into to be able to upload and access photos.  We can even consider it as another social network because you can interact with others through comments and profiles.  You can even put the pictures on your website, regardless they are yours or not.


In Twitter, your connection will be categorized into two: followers and (others that you are) following.  In Facebook, you only have ‘Friends’.  Twitter allows following others without having to need confirmation, and others can follow you, but the ‘followed’ have the option to block the person that follows you. I guess the same goes with Facebook, but since it only has one category that is ‘Friends’, you always need confirmation from the requested part.


Extra feature means one has it and one doesn’t.  So without any intention to be biased (really, honestly), Facebook has some parts that are unavailable in Twitter. For example, online games and quizzes (and also others mentioned before).


… chosen by me due to its interactivity and most all of the extra features, but mainly because most of my friends are loyal users of it. So, my score?


Facebook scores!

Yes, yes and yes, this is based on my environment and how I use this.  To me, Facebook has been an efficient medium to stay in touch with my old friends and exchange news with them.  Also, not missing an important part, I love the online games after a long day of lectures, tutorials, assignments, projects and readings.  I couldn’t be happier getting away from a hectic world and closer to ‘nature’.

Last but not least, do visit my farm and help clean my tanks! 😉 Till then, take care.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | CMC, Language & ICT | , , , , , | 3 Comments

How Wikis and Blogs Affect Writing

It’s an interesting topic isn’t it? Because, I’m a writer (I reckon myself as that ^_^) and even without internet as medium, writing has been a particular and growing interest of mine since I was small.  You know, back then, I would have this log book, usually the A4 size, where I keep all my lyrics and fictions which I kept from everyone and I would draw dresses (and smiling as I did) because it belongs to my little world where I let all might thoughts wander.

I can return to my parent’s home and take the books off my shelf, (yes, you read me right, I have loads of them!) and laugh it off. Those days were amazing, the imagination was limitless. As I grow older, writing is no longer an interest but a must: writing for exams, making notes and doing exercises. We don’t write and publish for fun; it takes time. So… when this whole brand new idea of writing comes out, I beamed.  What am I talking about? Blogs! Hundreds of blogs, thousands of blogs, millions of blogs you can create! Well, that’s if you want to make that much of them; two is enough for me to juggle 😉

Does blog in any way affect my writing? We’re talking about many aspects here: messages, audience, medium, writing style, grammar, vocabulary and the writer himself.  But before we discuss this, we should see what wikis are too.

Wikis are websites where information is combined, like an encyclopedia, and anyone can add up to the pages.  Yep, you just need to sign up and you can be one of the editors.  That’s why some call ‘wiki’ as ‘what I know is…’  Well, does that make it less reliable? This is where we need users to become ‘information literates’ (check out For me, most of my time spent looking for definition, wikis come in handy- very convenient. Uh-uh, it is fast, which is the literal meaning taken from Hawaiian language; ‘wiki-wiki’=’fast’… But, it actually helps on the fundamental level.  For details, really, we have to rely on official resources.  In fact, you can’t use wikis as references in assignments, can we… You can go google for further information 😉

Right, so we have gone through the basics of wikis and blogs.  Obviously we’re talking about writing style at present time; the modern, hi-tech, multimedia, world-at-your-fingertips era. As I’ve mentioned before, there are a few issues I’d like to elaborate:

With or without blogs and wikis, writing will always stay.  I remember a quote saying if we want to measure the civilization level of a nation, we measure its writing as it indicates the data keeping.  Huge empires such as Rome is successful due to this.  Therefore, there will always be exchange of information and messages, but nowadays, the writings slant on the messages itself and not the literature.  People are more straight-forward and write only about important things.  We were made to be outspoken and open in writing.

Therefore, writing style definitely has gone through an evolution: message-oriented.  What affects writing may be the tools used.  Writing blogs makes casual writing since writers focus more on what the readers want, but the text is editable therefore at some point writers tend to write carelessly.  Wikis on the other hand becomes a helpful source in assisting writers to understand concepts better, also to gain vast range of vocabulary.

In a nutshell, I believe wikis and blogs affect the writing style of a writer.  Grammatically and lexically, well, honestly I’m a bit technology-dependent, but hey, if it improves the writing, why not?  But that’s a whole different story, that’s computer as tools. Drop by at

“A good writer writes good blog, but does a blog makes a good writer?”

What do you think?

February 18, 2010 Posted by | CMC, Language & ICT | , , , , , | 3 Comments

My former blog…

Olla friends..!!

This is my 2nd Language & ICT blog, so you can go and checkout  my previous one alright.

There has been some discussion on Information Communication Technology fundamentally. Mostly on the basic terms like internet, computer-mediated communication, web browser and of course, our favourite, internet. (Oh yes, you know it’s YOUR fave too…)

Then we English Language Students did an ad remake using our preferred software. Did everything to imitate the real ad, but at the end of the day, there was nothing related at all! haha.

do check ’em out ya… till then ^_^

P/S :  Am wandering on

February 7, 2010 Posted by | CMC, Language & ICT | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hello!!! Come & Join Me! (^_^)v

hi there… ^_^ had just moved in back here, in wordpress, from blogspot… hmm.. looking forward to the enthusiasism of logging in all the necessary things for this blog. haha. join me here~ leave all that you’ve got to say.. you never know what you’d miss if you don’t say what you need to say…… hehe. alright, till then, keep me in your schedule!! TC xoxo

February 3, 2010 Posted by | CMC, Language & ICT | , , , | 1 Comment