The Star and Their AllMalaysian Bloggers Project

Inviting all bloggers to the AllMalaysian Bloggers Project, on behalf of a friend I’d like to extend an invite to all Malaysian Bloggers to join this project.

AllMalaysian Bloggers Project

The AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP) is an undertaking of the folks behind the AllMalaysia.info website, all of whom believe strongly in the freedom of speech. The objective of this little project is to gather ALL Malaysian blogs under one umbrella site from which (potential) readers can find the various blogs by theme.

Basically, it’s a blog directory. No big deal, there’re plenty of them around, except this is probably the first time a rather large (albeit local) online media org is hosting it.

Hosting a directory is just one part of the whole thing, of course – although it is the core of their plans. It’s also expected that they will host blog gatherings, blogathons, and even possibly organise workshops (on writing, presentation, etc) for bloggers.

So what’s in it for us? Very simple – bloggers form a very powerful viral marketing voice. We hope to be able harness this voice to market/promote our services/products. It’s not compulsory, of course. There’re NO compulsions in doing anything for us – you’re even free to criticise us to your heart’s content!

Most importantly, they ensure that privacy will be maintained, your personal information will not be disclosed to third parties without your written consent. So no need to worry that any snooping politician and his men will be poking around The Star’s database trying to grab data – Privacy Policy

Finally, as a sweetener to invite blogger participation, they are holding a contest sponsored by Genting, where 20 shortlisted bloggers are voted by web visitors, with the winner winning some cool prizes! (Voters get to win too!)

What do I think of it? I don’t know, it’s too soon to say. But I support any local initiatives that may bring the blogosphere up a notch or two.

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4 Responses to The Star and Their AllMalaysian Bloggers Project

  1. nyx May 25, 2007 at 6:27 pm #

    Where on the page do you click to sign up? There doesn’t seem to be an obvious link… 🙁

  2. narrowband May 26, 2007 at 1:32 am #

    I think you need to be a MyStar member, right? And to be a MyStar member you need to enter details like home address, IC number, phone number, things like that. I know cos I have an account since 2001, for contests purposes.

    I don’t think they should associate our blogs with our current MyStar account. I’m abit apprehensive about these sensitive infos. Interesting initiative (would love to participate too), but it takes away too much of anonymity. What do you think? (correct me if any of my facts are wrong)

  3. ShaolinTiger May 28, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    nyx: You need to sign-up a MyStar account then you can submit your blog to the directory and take part in the contest. It’s an integrated login.

    narrowband: Yah that’s right, if you aren’t comfortable you don’t have to put your real details though, I know I didn’t and certainly wouldn’t give such confidential info to any third party. It has no algorithm checks to verify so you can put anything in.

  4. zewt May 28, 2007 at 10:00 pm #

    somehow… am quite sceptical about it.