I’ve realized the ICS Tribes App looks much more confusing than it is. I thought writing something about it explaining fully how the whole system is would be nice, so here it is
When I designed the app, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I can make use of the already-awesome Facebook systems. That way, I don’t have to spend a lot of time on programming a nice interface myself, nor do I have to worry about the right security stuff – Facebook can take care them for me!
Showcase with Pages
After thinking a while, here’s what I decided: Facebook Pages! Each Tribe has its own Facebook Page, and that is where the tribes”showcase” their class. Through them, tribes can easily upload pictures and tell everybody about it through the fans system. Pages are where tribes basically showcase their work, and most likely where all the tribal points will be coming from (posting good pics, reflective stories, etc.)
While that is solved, another issue popped up: I need to somehow connect the pages together. And this is where the Page Tabs come in. With the “ICS” Tabs on each page, you can access the information about a tribe quickly, such as points and members, as well as links to other tribes too.
“Internal Communication” via App
In addition, there is also a separate part from the pages system, and it is the app itself. If you launch the app from Facebook menus, you’ll be able to see something like an announcement system. Although the whole system is still in progress, the part with advisory announcements is done. Advisories and Mr. Chan can easily setup advisory meeting times. And yes, that means no more posting “any advisory tomorrow” messages on Facebook. =)
Always Looking for Suggestions
So now, please do me a favor and start using the Facebook App! We’ll be running a few contests soon, but it’s never too late to start. =D
I’m always looking for suggestions. If you have ideas (be reasonable, please) that you think can help the ICS App Experience, please do tell me! Either by Facebook wall post, or commenting on this post.
A very late Merry Christmas!
I didn’t JUST realize I haven’t updated this blog for a while, it’s just that, the lack of time keeps on preventing me from posting. Or should I just simply say, I suck at time management.
I just came back from my Shanghai trip and spent a week of Christmas break over there with friends. It was certainly nice seeing them, but now that I lived in Hong Kong for such a long time, I realize how boring Shanghai is. I was there for a week, but I could basically think of only two places to hang out at. And in those places, there were basically only one thing to do, besides shopping at really lame stores and eating, Karaoke. (Oh my voice…)
But it is true that I was very busy these days though. After the Finals and the school stuff, I immediately began working on my 8 website projects. Yes, 8. Let me count it for you:
- Tribal Facebook App – my Dean asked me to write a Facebook App that would basically act as a online community for students – for them to post pics, comments, blog posts, etc.
- ICS Buy – an eBay system thing that lets ICS students to trade materials and equipments
- CubePoints – a WordPress plugin that lets users to earn points by commenting/posting
- EEC - a website for my church
- LO.SG – a domain shortener
- AxieBlast - I need to find some way to revive my dead community. Hmph!
- (Not confirmed) A Wedding site for a teacher
- (Not confirmed) A site for an Environmental Club in SMIC
But that’s not it. Since my complete fail at SAT (with a pity 1890 – Reading 520, Writing 650, Math 720), my mom has been urging me to study SAT. I know I need to study, but I just never had the motivation. I get out my SAT book, put it on my desk, and just as I flip the book open, something on the computer would happen: either a new email comes in or somebody would start chatting with me. Sucks .
And besides working, so many good movies are out recently, too! Besides Avatar, there’s Alvin and Chipmunks 2, Sherlock Holmes, and heck, I didn’t even watch Christmas Carol yet!
BUSY BUSY BUSY.
But I’m not giving any of these up. Just wait. I am working on the 2nd day of my ThinkQuest journey, and I already have 2000 words. Heh, wish I can write that much for English class. I doubt anybody is going to read it, but still, I think such a nice experience deserves somebody to document it thoroughly. Just MAYBE, sometime somebody will notice it and asks me more about ThinkQuest… and I’ll be famous? *daydreaming*
I just finished uploading pictures to three different sources just so that China users should be able to view them too! (DARN that Great FireWall of China!)
Preferred – Picasa Web Albums
Add me on Facebook if you haven’t already done so, and then simply find the photos under my name. (Search for “peetah” on Facebook and you should be able to find me then)
Day 0 – Flight, Pizzas: http://www.getdropbox.com/gallery/2662279/1/ThinkQuest%20Day%200?h=9b1104
Day 1 – Registration, Showcase, SF Tour ,Welcome Dinner: http://www.getdropbox.com/gallery/2662279/1/ThinkQuest%20Day%201?h=37d835
Day 2 – Workshop, SF Tour, Some REALLY NICE Dinner: http://www.getdropbox.com/gallery/2662279/1/ThinkQuest%20Day%202?h=7c12b0
Day 3 – Workshop x2, Awards Dinner: http://www.getdropbox.com/gallery/2662279/1/ThinkQuest%20Day%203?h=66148f
Day 4 – Workshop, The Tech @ San Jose, Fairwell Dinner: http://www.getdropbox.com/gallery/2662279/1/ThinkQuest%20Day%204?h=c0d781