Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Specialness Of A Display Picture

Is it pathetic when you look at the display picture of someone you haven’t talked to, in ages & think,

“That picture was taken on my camera!”

No it’s not. And I’ll tell you why. Because it means I was there in that moment with that person. It means that moment, either preserved for posterity because it was so precious or simply because the picture was most pleasing as a representation of its owner, was shared with me. It means that that moment still trumps the zillion others that have happened ever since then.

Think of when cameras were not digital, when photo-processing was a laboratory function, not a ‘Wait for it’ message on your viewfinder. You could go for years on a single photograph since there might not be an opportunity or a camera or a developed film in that while in between. Now with every moment being mobile-picable, every picture being uploadable and every display pic being changeable, think of what a really old DP means.

Yes, that’s why it’s not pathetic.

India Tweets The Darndest Things!

Twitter  trends have officially displaced the ‘Search terms that lead to your blog’ widget in the funny stakes. We used to only need frandsheeps. Add spell check and a ‘how to use Twitter’ manual to that list now. Oh God, indeed.

The Liar

How can you really know someone whose reality shifts under pressure?

Kapil Sibal & The C-Word

Kapil Sibal is this week’s hot topic on the Twitterverse. Catch my thoughts on what’s making him news, at Social Samosa. I’m picking a few titbits from the article. Read the full story at Social Samosa and comment!

‘Free to speak except if it hurts somebody else’ is a misnomer. Who judges what is hurtful and what is not? One man’s humour is another man’s slander. Screening can’t be absolute, else it becomes restriction.

Censorship may not be the way to go but regulating it might be a thought. Freedom of speech can’t be absolute. In fact, there are no absolutes when it comes to real people and so many of them.

It’s got little to do with what is ethical and more to do with who gets to control detailed data about a large group of people.

There have been attempts to censor the internet, in the past, starting right from public figures decrying it for making morphed pictures accessible in the 90s, to Blogspot being closed off for nearly 2 days following an Orkut hate-community targeted at a political party.

Social Networking-How Communities Were Built

December opens in one of my favorite ways – a new writing project! 🙂 I’ve been an active member of the online community from 1996 and the social sub-community that emerged in the early years of the last decade. Now I get to lay down my observations in a commentary of this space. I’m quite excited to be part of Social Samosa!

Social Samosa is a venture by Ankita Gaba and Aditya Gupta and will focus exclusively on the Indian social media space. That’s a tall order, as you may imagine, considering just how much there is, firstly, to social media and secondly, to how Indians are using it.

I start with by exploring the advent of social networking in a 2-part article. The first post titled ‘Social Networking: How Communities Were Built‘, looks at the prominent players and their individual attempts to build the social community we have today. Facebook stars prominently of course as does LinkedIn but Orkut, Google Plus and Egroups feature along the way too. Do read it and tell me what you think!

“The primary function of a social network is to connect people. However, it is not enough to link people and assume that they will prolong the interaction, or indeed keep their interactions within the network. Furthering those connections & retaining the conversations within the network, is crucial for the network to survive. People need activities in order to transition from connection to community. “

Read the full article here.

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