I stumbled upon Brunei.fm one day on Twitter and was wondering what exactly they were up to. My brother mentioned it looked a lot like Yahoo before the current design change. A portal service as seen from the wealth/clutter of links, it was hard to understand what they are trying to do.
I guess the one of the main attractions of the site would be the Brunei search engine of local content. A huge feat to try to compete against the behemoth that is Google. I tried searching for a few terms such as "ministry of health", "ministry of education", "ministry of finance" and "anti corruption bureau" and found that Google provided much better results especially with the "pages from Brunei (halaman dari Brunei)" option.
Google’s Brunei content search:
Brunei.fm seems to be searching through a list of known Brunei websites which could be a good thing for Brunei websites with good content but not good Google Juice.
Brunei.fm has a ton of features and some interesting ones are
- Brunei Community Directory: a list of communities/organizations in Brunei
- Yellow Pages: the yellow pages with ability to add your own entry
- Your News: user submitted content
- News: regular news stories nicely categorized
- Online office: have your operating system / desktop with all your files available to you anywhere with Internet access, with ability for word processing and personal information management features
Running on Joomla, WordPress (with Buddypress), eyeOS, Jamroom, osTube and possibly other solutions, Brunei.fm is making use of currently implemented technology to provide a wealth of features. The site as a whole is still pretty in an on-going process as I’ve seen many things that aren’t working either giving links to non-existent pages (404: Services > Contact Us) or non working features (Yellow Pages registration not working). Relying on different underlying technologies one hopes that they would unify the login process but alas this isn’t the case making Brunei.fm a portal of disjointed services, each requiring a login of its own. They need to try to implement OpenID authentication for each of the services.
But all in all Brunei.fm is an interesting portal to keep an eye on to see what else they are going to be up to.