January 6, 2015

Women's safety in Delhi through Himmat, and @Mamata Banerjee discovers Twitter

Today, we’d talk about two minor, yet interesting – not significant – developments in India, around social media.

First, the Delhi Police has experimented with an Android app for safety of women. Claiming to be the best in class, the app Himmat gets activated when the woman under duress shakes the phone or presses its  power button. It sends an alert, with information about the location and video, to Delhi Police control room, and also sends SOS messages to people that the woman has identified while registering the app. 

mamata-TMC-twitterSecond, West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee joins the bandwagon of political Twitterati. She opened her account (@mamataofficial) on 1st January and has over eight thousand followers within a week. Interestingly, her party, the All India Trinamul Congress, has been able to reach this figure after nearly 17 thousand tweets over five years of tweeting. 

Compared to veteran Indian politician tweeters such as @NarendraModi and @ShashiTharoor, she is nowhere but we are sure, she would reach a hundred thousand figure in two-three month time. Do also expect some irreverent tweets posted at the spur of the moment by this unpredictable politician.