In case anyone has missed it, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva recently launched a website called ILoveThailand.org (seemingly someone else already owns the .com domain and I guess Thailand wasn’t ready to pony up to get it). The stated goal was to bring Thai people together but there seems to be a pretty good mix of farang and Thai people posting messages and such. Thankfully the site is available in both English and Thai so they seem to welcome farangs to the site. But, in typical fashion of almost getting it right, they have a splash page before the main page and that page is all in Thai. So many farangs who try to check it out might never get past the splash page.
Some local media were perhaps a little too ambitious saying that the new ILoveThailand website might give Facebook or Hi5 a good run for their money. It has it’s rough edges. I haven’t tested it on a range of browsers but on FireFox on a Mac whenever you reply to an email or when making posts or comments hitting the return key for a new line moves the entire page. It’s a tad annoying when you’re trying to type of long comment and every time you want a new line you have to scroll back down to where you left off.
Other than that, it’s a good website but I highly doubt it will live up to the hype. I mean, nearly every Thai I’ve ever spoken with is on Hi5 so their beating out the big social media sites is going to be a challenge.