Obama swearing-in: First Web2.0 Inauguration

January 20, 2009

As the United States made history with the swearing-in of Barack Obama, some less significant, but still remarkable, things happened in the tech world.

Web 2.0 technologies offered plenty of new experiences and communications tools for those witnessing the historic event.

Social networking sites helped coordinate in-person meetings in the nation’s capital and throughout the country. The iPhone offered a UStream application for viewing live coverage of the inauguration and information about the events taking place.

YouTube offered downloadable video. Twitter members traded tidbits of information, allowing for a broader perspective than in years past. Bloggers and citizen journalists expanded perspective even further through new media sites, as well as traditional media Web sites, while video-sharing sites like Flickr certainly enhanced perspective from a visual standpoint.

The virtual inaugural events come as little surprise after U.S. President Barack Obama’s transition team held community discussions on health care in Second Life as a way to provide easier access to people with disabilities who wanted to voice their views.



Ex Google Staffers Launch Cuil Search

August 4, 2008

Former Google search experts have revealed what they hope will be a threat to their previous employer’s dominant search service. The new engine is named Cuil, after the Gaelic word for “wisdom.” It’s perhaps not the catchiest name ever, but neither was Google, before it became a household name. The people at Cuil claim the new search engine uses far fewer servers than the search leader, yet indexes a much larger chunk of the Web. It also purports to produce more relevant search results, because the information it returns in response to queries is based on organization of ideas rather than link popularity. A final—and important—differentiator from Google is that Cuil, according to the company, doesn’t collect information on its users’ search histories or IP addresses. Of course, that last advantage is significant only if the product is worth using.


Is Twitter down?

July 28, 2008

What Twitter did when I tried to log in?

Serial bomb blast @ Bangalore; not scared da

July 25, 2008

Today five serial bomb blasts tried to scatter the unity of various culture and people of Bangalore later in the noon. Then said, the anti-social activities won’t be able to shake the spirit of Bangalore macha…

A nice one :)

March 17, 2008

Bill Gates met God, and God said, “Well, Bill, I’m really confused on this one. I’m not sure whether to send you to Heaven or to Hell. After all, you enormously helped society by putting a computer in almost every home in the world, and yet you created that ghastly Windows. I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. I’m going to let you decide where you want to go.”

Bill Gates said, “What’s the difference between the two?”

God said, “It might help you decide if you took a peek at both places. Shall we look at Hell first?”

Bill was amazed. He saw a clean, white sandy beach with clear waters. There were thousands of beautiful men and women running around, playing in the water, laughing and frolicking about. The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect. “This is great!” said Bill. “If this is Hell, I can’t wait to see Heaven.”

God said, “Let’s go!” and off they went to Heaven.

Bill saw puffy white clouds in a beautiful blue sky, with angels drifting about playing harps and singing. It was nice, but surely not as enticing as Hell. Bill thought for only a brief moment and rendered his decision. “God, I do believe I would prefer to go to Hell.”

“As you wish,” said God.

Two weeks later, God decided to check up on the late billionaire to see how things were going. He found Bill shackled to a wall, screaming amidst the hot flames in a dark cave. He was being tortured by demons with pitchforks. “How ya doin’, Bill?” asked God.

Bill responded with anguish and despair, “This is awful! This is not what I expected at all! What happened to the beach and the beautiful women playing in the water?”

“Oh, that,” said God. “That was the screen saver.”

Celebrate Valentine’s Week With One You LOVE Most

February 8, 2008

The month of February has always been much awaited for the love-birds. Folks make your Valentine’s week a memorable day and gift the moment of love to your loveables. Here’s a quick walk through the whole week:

February 7th Rose day- Gift her a rose and show the passion of your love.
February 8th Propose day- Express your love by telling him/her how much you love.

February 9th Chocolate day- This goes for boys, go get her a choco treat and make her feel cozy 🙂

February 10 th Teddy day- The cute one.

February 11 th Promise day- The day to make the eternal promise of love and togetherness.

February 12 th Kiss day- The tenderness which makes you feel loved.

February 13 th Hug day- Hug him/her and give a feeling of forever protection and shelter in your arms.

February 14 th Valentine day- The final day to be together and stay together in love forever.

Social Media and Networking, how much impact it has on Indian community?

February 7, 2008

Networking on the net isn’t new; there have been so many sites bringing friends together, dating and matrimonial and even business networking sites; but suddenly there is hush hush about the user generated content(UGC). Content communities, social and business networking are emerging all over the net. What brought about the change?
If I start mentioning about UGC sites then it would take me pages to jot about them but to name few, there are several sites those who have been so very well performed to serve the user to broadcast or showcase their content on the net. YouTube and MySpace are most extensive examples driven on:
1. Broadband.
2. Content already there, present it in a social format.

The impact on the community is to identify the difference between the approach to en-cash the concept of social networking and community content. Google AdSense and several ads publishers/sponsors gives a good start to develop around the social networking concept. It’s a good option to start the transactions but may not be a possible option always.

There are so many social networking sites approaching the common goal; being social but there’s a thin line in this game that has to be drawn. I call this forecast an eagle-eye, developing a content oriented site where networking should be a mean of sharing or making the content social but NOT the end. Be more polite, networking should not be end but it should be a medium of content oriented sites.

So what would be main ingredients in making of a successful community? Obviously, understanding one’s pain would always be highlighted and then throwing them the options as solution to their pain has always a good impact. That’s what is needed to translate the impact in a successful community. The main ingredients or key bullet points would be:
1. Understanding your user and their needs(the pain)
2. Offering a simple but targeted product/service
3. Go social(Log on….log on…log on)

Creating a forum and discussion board to observe the conversation may be easy but on the community scales it may be tough. We need multimedia capabilities and user engagement(user activity) to involve more(go social).