Office life in Jakarta

Wow. It is different from The Netherlands, let me start by saying that. Every morning between 8.30 and 9, people start coming in, looking like they just got out of bed. The first hour is dedicated to brushing and curling hair, applying make-up and changing clothes. When everybody looks presentable, it is time to check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, e-mail and if there is time left (and there is always time left) we will watch some Youtube videos. By then it is time for breakfast or a snack. And maybe at that point, somebody will start working. But other times that is the time to create some Dubsmash videos, or for me to learn some Bahasa Indonesia.

In the afternoon there is time for lunch. It is for free in the cafeteria, but for me as a vegetarian/vegan there is not always something to eat. Luckily, my colleagues also like to eat out, so we go to the Wartuk, a place nearby, where we eat. Some would say, isn’t it expensive to eat out to lunch every day? My answer would be no. It is not even a euro, so I can afford it. It is even cheaper than bringing my lunch to work in The Netherlands, because then I would spend even more money in the supermarket.

There is a lot of time for socializing, and I think this is good. It creates a team spirit and a good atmosphere. Everybody is ready to help each other. Also, the social media activity is good for a marketing department. They should keep up to date about current events.

At the end of the day, after there is a lot of time spent relaxing and socializing, it is time for a meeting. Then, after the meeting, when it is 17.30, a lot of people get motivated to immediately get to work on their tasks, which causes them to work later.

A lot of time, afterwards, it is time to eat something together. There is a foodcourt that is part of the hotel and we eat there. I have eaten Martabak, which is delicious. It is a sort of cake/pancake. It’s hard to explain, at some point there will be a picture of this deliciousness. But the truth is, there is not one piece of food I ate here that I didn’t like.

Now that my first week is almost through and I handed in some of my school assignments, this weekend it is time to explore Jakarta again!

Disclaimer: It is not like this everywhere. This was just one day and after I changed internships it also became clear that this is not necessarily the common way of working.

Social Media Statistics

The world contains a lot of statistics. I would know, I recently passed my Statistics III course and after studying for it on four different occasions, you can trust me when I say that the world of statistics is very – very – elaborate. There is a measurement for everything.

Don’t worry, in this blog I won’t bore you with all the statistical knowledge I have gained in my years as a psychology student. But I will tell you this: nowadays, the only statistics that seem to matter to the lay people is the social media statistics. How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many likes did your post or comment receive? How many followers do you have on Twitter or Instagram? How many people do you follow?

A random picture of a normal distribution that has nothing to do with the text.

But as a new expert in the field of statistics (take this with a grain of salt, please) I have come up with some of my own social media statistics. You see, the statistic of how many likes you get on a status update is very misleading. If I would get, say, 50 likes, I would be satisfied. But if a famous person only gets 50 likes, something is wrong. For this, I have invented the “Like To Follower Ratio’. And fitting for a good statistic, it will have an abbreviation: LTFR

An example.

I have 480 friends (and in a few weeks, I will cleanse my friend list, but that is beside the point). If I post a status update and it gets 50 likes, I have an LTFR of 0,10, meaning only 10% of my friends actually like what I typed.

However, if my mother (who currently has 69 friends) would post an update and get the same amount of likes, she would have an LTFR of 0,72. Wow! What a hit. More than 70% of her friends like the status. My mom is awesome.

Of course, one should always strive for perfection = 100%. So be funny. Get those likes.

For those of you who aren’t math geniuses like myself (ahem), the calculation is:

 Number of likes
Number of friends/followers.

The same can be applied to Twitter, Instagram… Everything that contains people and likes, really.

Another quote important statistic unquote is the Follower To Followee Ratio (FTFR). On social media like Instagram and Twitter, it all starts with following other people. So in the beginning you have a very small FTFR. For instance, two people (your parents, maybe?) are following you, but you start following 100 other people. So your ratio would be 0,02. But then the people that you follow will also start following you and before you know it, you will have more followers than followees. Say, you now follow 100 people and 150 people follow you. Your ratio will be 1,5.

Needless to say, only the people with ratios above 1 are cool.

We can also create a little social media statistics inception (don’t worry, it won’t be as confusing as the movie). If you post a status update, you could also create a statistic that allows you to put into ratio the amount of people who commented on your post, versus the people who liked it. Say 50 people like your post, but only ten people comment on it. You have a Comment To Like Ratio (CTLR) (not to be confused with CTRL, the powerful button on your keyboard) of 0,20. Not bad.

I know what you are all thinking, after reading this. Besides being an amazing statistician I am also slightly psychic. You’re thinking: Thank you for this epic statistics lesson that was so relevant for my life. Well let me respond to your thoughts without you having to voice them in the comments below: You’re welcome.