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Indian Women: Avoid Orkut, Switch to Facebook

One of the most fre­quent­ly googled post on this blog is Indi­an Women: Beware of Orkut. They use many dif­fer­ent key­words to land on that post: pho­to mis­use on Orkut, indi­an women abuse orkut, and so on. Some­times, Orku­tians post a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Spooky Spock

This is the spook­i­est thing I’ve ever seen on the Inter­net yet. A rev­o­lu­tion­ary peo­­ple-focused search engine, Spock, launched into pub­lic beta today. About 30% of all search traf­fic is peo­ple relat­ed — about 20 bil­lion search queries per month. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Yearning for Sense…

Once an issue becomes a main­stream news item in India, you can be sure every major reli­gious group, polit­i­cal par­ty, stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion, and celebri­ty will have an opin­ion on it. After the Shiv Sena, it’s now the All India Minori­ties … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Orkut anti-Shiv Sena community flourishes after recent Sena violence

I had found 270 mem­bers in Orkut’s “I Hate Shiv Sena” com­mu­ni­ty when I wrote about Cher­ish­ing Indi­an Democ­ra­cy. Today, the same com­mu­ni­ty has 555 mem­bers. In one week, the strength of the com­mu­ni­ty has dou­bled! This is what’s called the “The Streisand Effect”: “…has become … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Why India Should Not Ban Orkut

A com­ment on my pre­vi­ous post gen­er­at­ed so many thoughts in response, that I thought it fit to cre­ate anoth­er post. Text in ital­ics is from the com­ment on my ear­li­er post. Orkut is thriv­ing on pro­mo­tion of obscen­i­ty, defama­tion, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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India Should Cherish Democracy, Not Ban Orkut!

I was appalled by a report in the After­noon Dis­patch & Couri­er today: “Cyber cafes ban Orkut”. A day after Shiv Sainiks van­dalised a cyber-cafe in Kalyan, protest­ing against cer­tain hate-com­­mu­ni­ties on the web­site Orkut.com on Sun­day, cyber café own­ers … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Indian Women: Beware of Orkut

Many days ago, I had writ­ten about the preva­lent child abuse in India and how par­ents should safe­guard against it, includ­ing edu­cat­ing your chil­dren about the dan­gers of the Inter­net. On the heels of that post, comes this arti­cle in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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