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Salman Khan also jumps into blogging

Posted: May 31st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

After Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan now it’s Salman Khan who is bitten by blogging bug. Salman Khan now blogs on 10 ka dum. It’s a new game show to be aired on Sony Entertainment Television. Surprisingly, The blog is hosted on blogspot and not on SET India website. The blog is a more of marketing blog rather than a personal blog of Salman Khan but who knows if it will entice Salman to start blogging.

The celebrities are using their blog quite effectively to promote their films. The Amitabh blog now has Sarkar Raj image prominently as the the release of film is near and so did Aamir use his blog to promote Taare Zameen Par.

Let’s wait and watch how much controversy/publicity/criticism will this blog generate for show and Salman Khan. So, who can be the next celebrity blogger? Any guesses.

On second thought, these blogs are helping spreading the word about Blogs in general. These blogs are silent ambassador of Blogs and blogging. When Newspapers and TV channels talk about these blogs then an aam aadmi will think what the heck is blogging and blogs? and people will know more about blogs. :-)


Google launches Orkut India

Posted: May 28th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Google Mania, News, Websites | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

After recently launch of Myspace India, Google has launched India version of Orkut. But unlike Myspace India, that can be opened from anywhere, Orkut India can be opened in India only.

India is a key country for Orkut in terms of traffic as more than 38% of traffic of Orkut is from India, second only to Brazil which contributes more than 43% of Orkut traffic. Orkut India also has themes ( remember the Diwali theme )which are being rolled out in phased manner I think because I can not see themes in my account as of now.
It seems that Google is focusing more now on India centric sites and products. In last one month it’s third India specific product from Google after You tube India and Google Hindi Translation.

So, what’s next…. A Facebook India? It can not be denied considering Mark Zuckerberg was in India recently.


Why people don’t want to give feedback?

Posted: May 27th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Musings | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Recently, I have started sending a weekly newsletter to few of my friends and colleagues. I realized the need of newsletter because of 3 main reasons and they were.

A. A lot of Internet users use Internet for e-mail, chat and social networking (read scrapping on Orkut) only. Yes, they do use Google for search but not to the fullest. Here I am not talking about general Internet users, these users include IT professional as well. I have seen a lot of and I really mean a lot of people not using the power of Internet.

B. All don’t have all time access to Internet and hence can not read blogs and news related to technology or they are not interested in reading blogs but they do want to know latest happenings and news.

C. I read a couple of technology blogs. So, I thought of compiling a weekly newsletter with whatever little information I collect and sending it across to all in my address list.

Now, after releasing two newsletters I have analyzed that people don’t want to give feedback and they try to avoid feedback questions. I had to ask personally how did they like content of the newsletter or if there is anything they would like to change or add into it but I just get plan reply… it’s good that’s it.

I have attended several trainings and seen people talking that training did not have that, it should have been done this way and blah blah.. but when it comes to giving feedback in the end of training, the field any improvement suggestion stays blank and they dutifully gives the average ratings.

What I believe is Feedback is an integral part of your learning and improvement provided if it’s constructive and you are ready to take it.

So, I am wondering what stops people from giving feedback? Have you also seen this kind of trend? Do you (if there is any) have any clue?
Oh.. yes, If you want to see the newsletters it’s available here and yes, Feedback is encouraged and appreciated :-)


ICICI Bank adds security feature in Online banking

Posted: May 26th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Miscellaneous | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

ICICI Bank, India’s second largest private bank has added a new security feature for online banking. Now, you get an option to type in your password using virtual keyboard. By using Virtual keyboard the risk of password theft is less and any unknown keylogger software might not able to save your keystrokes for password.
ICICI online banking
Citi Bank India online banking has this feature since a very long time now and their virtual key board is far better than that of ICICI Bank. The keyboard loads faster, virtual keys are larger in size and the virtual keyboard is default option to type in your password unlike ICICI Bank.