Thomas Crampton

Social Media in China and across Asia

Politics

Lee Brenner

Jun 6, 2009

Lee Brenner

From his base in Washington D.C Lee Brenner is executive producer of IMPACT, the Myspace political initiative. As his first project with MySpace, Brenner spearheaded a partnership with MTV, leading to the online interactive political engagement forums of the 2008 Presidential election. He was formerly a senior editorial producer at CNN. Brenner has a B.A.

Thaksin Shinawatra

Mar 16, 2009

Thaksin Shinawatra

Thailand’s most controversial and – by some measures – most popular Prime Minister in recent Thai history, Thaksin served in office from 2001 to 2006. He was deposed by a military coup and convicted in absentia of abusing power. Prior to politics, Thaksin was a policeman who made it big selling computer to the force.

Randi Zuckerberg: Helping Politicians Flock to Facebook

Feb 22, 2009

Recently caught up with Randi Zuckerberg, marketing director of Facebook, to hear how she is helping other politicians follow Obama’s lead into cyberspace. Net, a friend who also works for Facebook, described how Israel’s politicians were the latest to use Facebook Connect prominently.

Rumors: Obama’s China and Japan ambassadors

Feb 4, 2009

Chris Nelson of Samuels International has the latest rumors on Obama’s appointments for China and Japan ambassadorships: Many Loyal Readers ask who we are hearing for Obama’s Ambassador to China, now that it does appear the candidates for Japan have been narrowed to Joe Nye and Joe Nye. If Harvard Prof. Nye is formally offered,

Best Obama Front Pages in the Middle East

Jan 20, 2009

Best Obama Front Pages in the Middle East

Or, more accurately, those that I could find. Send over images of others if you can find them! (Press “more” below to get the full posting.

Best Obama Front Pages in Europe

Jan 20, 2009

Best Obama Front Pages in Europe

European papers have already started turning up on the Internet. I will expand this as more come online. (Press on the “more” tab for full list)

Best Obama Front Pages of Asia

Jan 20, 2009

Best Obama Front Pages of Asia

I gathered a collection of the best Obama front pages from across Asia. Coverage was understated in many newspapers – including Indonesia, which I found a little surprising. (Malaysia’s Star marked the occasion with a call to fight Dengue.) Press the “more” button if you only see 4 front pages.

Make your own Obama icon

Jan 20, 2009

Make your own Obama icon

Funny website put up by Paste Magazine allows you to make your very own Obama icon. I chose the Dude, of course.

Video of Mark Ndesandjo playing piano

Jan 18, 2009

Video of Mark Ndesandjo playing piano

Below is a Chinese TV report on Mark Ndesandjo’s concert in Shenzhen to benefit a Chinese orphanage. By now, Mark should be on a flight to Washington for the inauguration. Barack Obama’s half-brother who lives in China, running an Internet company, you can find out more information at the profile page I have compiled on

Obama half-brother plays Jazz for Shenzhen fundraiser

Jan 17, 2009

Obama half-brother plays Jazz for Shenzhen fundraiser

SHENZHEN, CHINA: A fundraiser last night in Shenzhen featured a unique jazz pianist: Barack Obama’s half-brother. As I have detailed in the past – and on this profile page about Mark Ndesandjo – Obama’s half-brother has lived in the south China boomtown city of Shenzhen for more than seven years. The event was organized by

Obama Travel Schedule Mashup by Dopplr

Jan 15, 2009

Obama Travel Schedule Mashup by Dopplr

Dopplr, a Web 2.0 travel service that lets you know when friends trips coincide with yours, has done a great data mashup of Obama’s campaign travel schedule. The intent is to demonstrate the Dopplr service, but it also gives you an idea about the amount of travel on the campaign trail. (92 percent of the

Possible Obama Ambassadors to Japan and China

Jan 10, 2009

Chris Nelson of Samuels International offers the latest speculation in Washington about Obama’s Ambassadorships to Tokyo and Beijing. He suggests Bob Rubin??!! who recently quit Citi. Anyone have further thoughts? On Monday, we inadvertently started a Japanese media feeding frenzy on who will be Obama’s Ambassador to Tokyo, with a one line comment, “think Joe

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