I’ve seen a lot of posts that claim that a certain video has “gone viral.”

My question is, who determines when anything has “gone viral?”

Number of views? Over what period? Number of shares? Is the base global? Or within a certain context?

I really want to know.

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Good idea.

Dog cone manufacturers, rejoice! Coca-cola just opened up a new revenue stream for you.

 

“It takes the social out of media and puts it back into your life.”

Side note: It must be hard drinking a coke with The Social Media Guard.

Nice diagram from College Humor.

Source: collegehumor.com

Original source here.

PM LHL gently but sarcastically whacks all the papers in Singapore but it must sting the The Straits Times the most:

Source: Wikimedia

From an article on Yahoo!

He was responding to a question from the public on whether there is an attitude of Singaporeans that he would want to change on “Ask The Prime Minister”, a ‘live’ TV forum on Channel NewsAsia, on Tuesday evening. PM Lee said Singaporeans are often “very preoccupied with our own problems”.

Thus, he encouraged them to know what’s happening in the world around them.

To illustrate this point, PM Lee cited an example of how the Nairobi mall attack in Kenya didn’t make it to the frontpage of all the newspapers in Singapore, which he said were focusing on a recent collapse of a part of the first-floor ceiling in Jem mall in Jurong East for several days in a row.

Ouch!

SIR — I refer to your article “The stingy nanny” of Feb 13th.

Each society has to decide for itself the appropriate balance between unconditional welfare and self-reliance. Singapore has concluded that we cannot afford European-style state welfare, not because of dogma, but because our circumstances are different. We face competition from some of the most vibrant economies in the world, we have no hinterland or natural resources of our own to fall back on, and our future depends on being a dynamic and self-reliant people who strive our utmost to excel and create wealth for ourselves, our families and our society. Each generation must earn and save enough for its entire life cycle.

Our approach is based on time-tested values of hard work, self-reliance, family responsibility and community support for those in need. While we avoid over-generous welfare handouts, we have substantial state subsidies for education, health care and public housing. These are major investments that uplift the skills, promote the health and increase the assets of all Singaporeans. The result has been high growth, low unemployment, high savings and the highest home-ownership rates in the world.

No society has ever succeeded in totally eradicating poverty, nor in eliminating inequality of incomes, not even Communist systems. A generous welfare state, despite its theoretical attractiveness, is not a panacea. Singapore’s system is by no means perfect, but it has produced real results for the vast majority of Singaporeans, and enabled even the poor to live with dignity and hope. The burden of proof is on its critics to demonstrate that their proposals will in fact work, and improve on what Singapore has achieved, given our socio-cultural fabric and economic circumstances.
Michael Eng Cheng Teo

High Commissioner for Singapore

London