Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Publishing La Idler's blog

Tomorrow.sg solicits donations to maintain La Idler's blog, idledays.net, and publish excerpts of her blog for her family. This causes a heated debate about La Idler's posthumous right to privacy, her family's wishes, and the rights of Tomorrow's editors to carry out these tasks.

La Idler, also known as biks and fembot, passed away on 1 December 2005.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Days Were The Those

Days Were The Those, a blog of NS-related experiences, is temporarily pulled at the request of the Ministry of Defence. The reason given is that classified or sensitive information may be released accidentally through anecdotes or pictures.

The blog has since resumed publishing contributions.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Joey the Lion Heart

After an exposé by The New Paper, primary school teacher "Joey the Lion Heart" pulls her blog (formerly at lionheart26.blogspot.com).

The New Paper reported that she had allegedly sold adult sex toys on her blog.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Dawn Yang

Dawn Yang's claim in a The New Paper report that she has not had plastic surgery causes a ruckus in the blogosphere.

Before-and-after photographs of her are posted by bloggers to show the differences in her appearance.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Virtual Insanity

The Barflies of Cowboy Bar organise a Halloween party at Cocco Latte.

Part of the raised funds is used to support Women Make a Difference's (WMD) beneficiary, HOME.

Update:
Amount raised for WMD/HOME : $428
Amount raised for Liquidblade : $338

Contributed by Yuhui.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Crossfire (针锋相对)

Channel U's Crossfire (针锋相对) talk show discusses the responsibilities of bloggers.

The panelists are:
  • Lan Guo Qing (蓝国庆) (lawyer)
  • Li Hui Min (李慧敏) (radio programme producer)
  • Xia Xue (下雪) (blogger)
  • Zhao Ling Mao (赵令茂) (secondary school teacher)
It is hosted by Wang Di Cong (王帝璁).

English-translated transcript

Contributed by Yuhui.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Suspended students

The Straits Times reported that five female junior college students were suspended from school for blogging offensive remarks about two teachers and a vice-principal.

The suspension lasted three days in August 2005. The remarks have since been removed. The newspaper article was written by Sandra Davie and Liaw Wy-Cin.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Charged under Sedition Act

Benjamin Koh Song Huat and Nicholas Lim Yew are charged under the Sedition Act for posting racist remarks in online forums and their blogs.

Update: 9 October 2005

Koh is jailed for one month. Lim is jailed for one day and fined the maximum $5,000.

Update: 27 October 2005

Gan Huai Shi, 17, pleads guilty to two charges of making seditious and inflammatory remarks about Muslims on the Internet. His case has been adjourned till November 23.

Update: 24 November 2005

Gan is sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation. He will:
  • undergo psychological evaluation and follow-up to address the death of his brother,
  • attend counselling sessions to correct his misguided dislike of Malays,
  • post a $10,000 bond to ensure good behaviour, and
  • perform 180 hours of community service.
More information:Contributed by Yuhui.

Monday, August 29, 2005

RJC GP Exam

Raffles Junior College's 2005 General Paper preliminary examination features an essay question on blogging and podcasting:
"6. Blogging and podcasting have little worth beyond allowing the individual to indulge in narcissistic exhibitionism. Do you agree?"
(Copyright © 2005 Raffles Junior College)
Contributed by Yuhui.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Uniquely Singapore clipper

The crew of the Uniquely Singapore clipper start blogging about the race.

The clipper is participating in the Clipper 05/06 Round the World Yacht Race. The crew comprises of Singaporeans and foreigners. It is led by Richard Falk, 37, an Australian.

It has a scheduled stop in Singapore from 15 to 27 January 2006.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Straits Times podcast

The Straits Times Podcast is launched, the first by a mainstream medium.

The podcast is launched in time with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's second National Day Rally speech.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Singapore Democratic Party

The Singapore Democratic Party announces that it is working on using videoblogging (vblogging) to expand its communication with Singaporeans.

Contributed by Mr Wang.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Blog Timeline.SG

Blog Timeline.SG is launched. It keeps track of significant events in the Singapore blogosphere.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Friday, July 22, 2005

SG Entrepreneurs

SG Entrepreneurs is founded by Bernard Leong, Gwendolyn Tan and Lai Weichang. A public and moderated blog, it invites fellow entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business plan competition organisers to blog about their experiences on entrepreneurship and enterprise in Singapore. It also talks about intrapreneurship and social entrepreneurship.

Contributed by Bernard Leong.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Hacked blogs

Xiaxue's blog is hacked into, the first-known case of such a crime.

Wonkytong's blog is also later found to be hacked into. This site is now kept hidden from public view.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Bloggers.SG

Bloggers.SG, Singapore's first bloggers' convention, is held at DXO.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

NKF on Technorati

The top search phrase on Technorati, a search engine for worldwide blogs, is "NKF", at the height of the National Kidney Foundation-Singapore Press Holdings lawsuit.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Rockson and T T Durai

Rockson Takumi Tan's entry about the pay of the National Kidney Foundation's former chief executive officer, T T Durai, becomes the most read blog entry (allegedly in the five-digit figures), receiving more than 800 comments.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Library of Congress (Jakarta)

The Library of Congress Office, Jakarta starts listing blogs as electronic resources.

It also includes blogs from the other countries in Southeast Asia.

Contributed by Mr Wang.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Today's blog column

Today, a free newspaper, starts a weekly column on blogging, written by Mr Miyagi.

Update: 10 July 2006

Mr Miyagi announces that he has resigned from Today.

Contributed by Mr Miyagi.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Sarong Party Girl nude photo

Sarong Party Girl posts a nude photo of herself, attracting the attention of the mainstream media and general public.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

READ! Singapore

The National Library Board encourages members of the public to blog about their reading experiences at the READ! Singapore blog.

This is part of its nation-wide reading initiative, READ! Singapore.

Contributed by Mr Wang.

Friday, May 20, 2005

National Interschool Blogging Championship

The Ministry of Education announces the first National Interschool Blogging Championship, co-organised with SingTel.

Contributed by Mr Wang.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Penny Low

Penny Low, a People's Action Party member, becomes the first Member of Parliament to blog.

Update: 18 April 2006

She announces that she has stopped moblogging.

Contributed by Mr Wang.

Monday, April 25, 2005

A*Star-AcidFlask incident

A*Star, a government agency, forces the closure of Caustic Soda by Chen Jiahao a.k.a. AcidFlask, the first-known shutdown of a personal blog due to external pressure.

Update (9 March, 2007)
Aaron Ng posted an official clarification from A*Star regarding the AcidFlask incident. It included the defamatory remarks. It also clarified that Jiahao was asked to delete the offending remarks only, not shut down his entire blog.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Infantile

Steven McDermott labels local blogs as infantile (in general).

mrbrown subsequently retitles his blog as "mrbrown: L'infantile terrible of Singapore".

Contributed by Yuhui.

Tomorrow.sg

Launch of Tomorrow.sg, a repository of public recommendations of blogs and news about Singapore.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Chua Cheng Zhan

Chua Cheng Zhan, a Public Service Commission scholar, posts an entry that insults Indians, drawing comments and criticism from the blogosphere and mainstream media.

The entry has since been removed.

The site, www.chengzhan.net, has since shut down.

Contributed by Yuhui (on behalf of an anonymous contributor).

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Goh Meng Seng

Goh Meng Seng, a Workers' Party member, launches his blog, a first by an opposition party member.

Contributed by Mr Wang.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Tan Kin Lian

Tan Kin Lian, chief executive officer of insurance company NTUC Income, posts his first entry, becoming the first local chief executive to blog publicly.

Contributed by Mr Wang.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Freedom Blog Award

Singabloodypore is nominated for the Freedom Blog Award organised by Reporters Without Borders.

Altogether, 60 blogs from around the world are nominated.

Contributed by Mr Wang.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Xiaxue-LocalBrand endorsement deal

Xiaxue announces her endorsement contract with LocalBrand, a T-shirt company, the first-known blogger-corporate deal.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Pilot n' Jo Show

Niraj and Johal start the first-known podcast, The Pilot n' Jo Show.

Update: 5 May 2006

The site shuts down.

Contributed by mordecai.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

eGen official launch

Official launch of eGen, touted as the first blogging community in Singapore for youths.

It is managed by Fei Yue Community Services.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

"browned"

First use of this word by Project Maya.

Its meaning is similar to "slashdotted" to indicate a website that is hyperlinked by another, usually heavily trafficked, website (mrbrown, in this case). This results in something similar to the Slashdot effect.

Contributed by Yuhui.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

From A Singapore Angle

Loy Hui Chieh renames his blog to From A Singapore Angle to cover Singaporean issues, particularly political ones.

Originally, he had set it up as "Tsunami Relief Singapore", following the devastating tsunami on 26 December 2004. It was used to chronicle the efforts of the disaster recovery work from a Singapore perspective.

Update: 26 June 2006

The blog moves to its new location under the name, Singapore Angle. It is co-written initially by 10 bloggers to "promote civil and reasoned discussions of Singapore affairs and other related issues of interest."

Contributed by Ivan Lian.