Wabletâ€™s going to rock web IM, according to Marshall Kirkpatrick, after he road-tests Wablet. His review was nothing short of an endorsement which makes me feel good because it is for the most part a product of Filipino innovation.
Yet if you course through the article you’ll see how some of the commenters shrug it off as a third-rate app from a third-world country. It’s discrimination at the most hi-tech form. I understand how one should be concerned about how their personal data is treated, but really, just because Wablet is developed by Filipinos, does it mean that your privacy won’t be any less respected if it were made somewhere else, say, in the USA? Funny that with the recent AOL episode, people tend to forget so easily (Marquee: AOL data now searchable!). That and the fact that the country’s best hackers troop freely to Vegas every year like it’s an OK thing to do.
Are the geeks educated in Stanford, Yale or MIT the only ones who deserve Kirkpatrick’s attention or anyone’s for that matter? Like the dirty world of politics, the tech sector has its own brand of nepotism. It’s despicable. Honestly, I have seen a lot of overhyped Web 2.0 apps that are either utterly pretentious or a copycat of another. I could only name a few that I really like, and I think Wablet will make it to that shortlist once I try it. Asians are the smartest people in the world, IMO. Maybe it’s because of arrogance, discrimination or indifference, Westerners should suck it up and accept that fact sooner or later.