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Vote and Make a Difference

How the Voting takes place. Each vote counts.

One of India’s most trusted and credible NGOs, GiveIndia is taking part in a competition on Facebook to win a US$1 million grant. The winner will be the NGO that gets the highest number of votes from Facebook users. The prize of $1 million will help put or keep 40,000 children across India in school for one year.

What’s really sad at this point is despite our population, we are in the 65th position. Hopefully bloggers can make a difference. Do vote and spread the word.
Check the Give India Blog and their website. But do vote first!
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The FaceBook Etiquette Cheat Sheet

Do you speak Facebook?

I joined facebook sometime in 2006; but it has just exploded in recent times. The last count of the number of users on facebook stood at around 300 million. That’s one out of every 20 people in the world on social networking.

I am no authority on Facebook but just a regular user who just has this compulsive habit of updating my status message. That’s my only sin. Here is a simple list I have compiled with some personal experience and Facebook user guides.

It’s complicated: Sure, your relationship is complicated. Would you want to tell the whole world about it?

Wall to Wall: When someone writes on your wall, you write back on their wall. The comment feature is for other people who can view the conversation only.

Breaking up, the weasel way: Changing the relationship status to tell your spouse you are no longer seeing her, 100% cheap!

I like, you like: Liking your own status messages and posts, could be avoided.

Reply: Use @name like twitter to reply to people’s comments on your posts.

Give and take: If you share something you like from your friend’s profile, it’s a good thing to tell people where it’s coming from.

App-warfare: there are tones and tones of applications out there. For even taking a quiz, you need to add it as an application and then of course they expect you to invite people. Invite only the ones whom you think would be genuinely interested. A personal message along with it, would also be recommended.

Add ‘fiend’: When you add someone as a friend, it’s a good idea to give a small personal message. You could be getting back in touch with a year, people tend to forget; live with it.

Third person: Nowhere does it say, that your status messages need to be in third person. Don’t kill yourself over it. Earlier the status messages used to be always prefixed with “is”. Not anymore.

Of ‘frandships’: No one wants to know pretty their eyes are, and that you want to make ‘frandship’.

Messaging is a good idea: Privacy rocks, especially if you are sending across personal information.
Control albums: There is no reason why the whole world would want to see your photo album. It’s a good idea to make your profile photos available to friends of friends (for others to find you) and hide other photo albums.

Tagging: It’s a bad idea to tag oneself in your own photo albums. You could request someone else to do it for you, however.

Me, myself and me: putting too many pictures of yourself would just make it pretty obvious how self obsessed you really are.

Whiskey and FB don’t go well together: If you are drunk, stay away! Shit happens.

Comment if you are tagged: You could be tagged in a picture or a post. When someone has taken the effort to tag you, why not leave a comment to share the moment again?

No Dear please: This has nothing to do with facebook etiquettes, but I get really pissed when some guy calls me “Dear”. How are you doing dear? Ewwwwwwwww.

Profile pictures are good: Put a profile picture where people can identify you. cartoon characters, group photos are a strict NO!

Jabbing: If one feature could be removed from facebook, I would definitely vote for the Poke feature. Maybe if they had called it the ‘Nudge’ it wouldn’t have been so bad. Just the fact that whenever I get a poke, I get this pain in my ass.

Ok, that’s about it from my side. If there are things that bug you on facebook, just comment! Liked this post? Share it!

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Google on April Fools Day 2008

Google Virgle

So google does it again! And this time its not only Google but also Richard Branson! An April Fools Joke crafted in great detail goes to the extent of even co branding with Virgin! Virgle.

SO what is it this time? 

Colonizing Mars, and actually inviting applications to join the mission as a Pioneer!

Heck, they even went to the extent of creating an online application, you can take the test here. Google totally takes to a all new level this year. Its got FAQs as well! Google actually has a 100 year plan for this!

This is the pitch:
Join our startup civilization
Here’s the Virgle Pioneer pitch: Things will get better. Eventually. Sure, the work will be hard, the broadband rates low, the commodes decidedly open source, and yes, your life might be extinguished in a fiery instant of catastrophic technological malfunction. But your enriched descendants will appreciate your sacrifice, which should render worthwhile your choice to spend the rest of your (perhaps radically foreshortened) life in deprivation and uncertainty.

 Larry and Sergey, all part of the joke!

Richard on Virgle!

You can check and discuss the videos here

They finally spill the beans here. Reads,

Sorry, but the page you’re looking for doesn’t actually exist. Why? Well, because…we didn’t have time to build it. Because we didn’t think that particular page was all that important. Because this is just an early version of the Virgle site and lots more pages will be coming down the pike as the project -

— oh, all right. Fine. April Fool’s. Ha, ha, ha. It isn’t real. There. Are you happy? Does it please you to drag us out of our lovely little fantasy world, to crush all our hopes and dreams? Is that really what you need to hear? Fine, you’ve heard it. Virgle isn’t real.


Get all the details of Virgle here

Gmail Custom Time

HA! This service claims to set the delivery date to anything you choose, way back to April 1st 2004 When Gmail started. This is what it says:

Yes. You’ll only be able to send email back until April 1, 2004, the day we launched Gmail. If we were to let you send an email from Gmail before Gmail existed, well, that would be like hanging out with your parents before you were born — crazy talk.

A ‘genuine’ testimonial!

“I used to be an honest person; but now I don’t have to be. It’s just so much easier this way. I’ve gained a lot of productivity by not having to think about doing the ‘right’ thing.”

Todd J., Investment Banker

Read More about it here

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