September 8, 2015

Taj Mahal on Twitter, stalker on Facebook, refugee kid on social lap, politics on Viber!

The last fortnight saw us delving deep into the habits of Indian bloggers, so we could not update you on what is happening, especially in South Asia, on the social media. Let's catch up with some interesting developments.

The photo of a young man went viral after it was posted by a Delhi girl, accusing the boy to be harassing her everyday. The boy was arrested and later released. Delhi Chief Minister instantly congratulated the girl.
girl, accused boy

Later, the boy also wrote a Facebook post accusing the girl of threatening him and posting the photo for her publicity. The jury is out, but the Facebook post created a lot of drama on TV news channels, print media and of course the social media. 'Trial by media' is passé; talk of 'trial by social media'.

Wah Taj!

Visiting Taj Mahal? Use your mobile phone creatively and snap lovely photos of yours and your family. Broadcast it to the world by posting the  photos on the Twitter handle @tajmahal

The state tourism department says, Taj is the first historical monument to have its verified account on Twitter. 

One of the photos; taken from the web
You might have seen nothing more moving in the recent past than a Syrian refugee kid's body lying on a beach in Turkey. It generated a huge outcry over the way refugees were treated in  Europe. The little boy #Aylan alongwith his brother and mother were washed away when their boat sank off Turkish coast. 

Hope, the stir caused in our minds by the picture stirs European leaders and helps in resolving the migration issue facing the region.

Elections and the social media

Singapore goes to polls this week and all its big and small parties have lapped up social media in a big way. However, despite the small nation being fully tech-enabled, the role of new media may be only marginal, say observers. It could, at best, make an impact in closely-fought constituencies, they reckon. 

Nothing comes close to real action on the ground, and meeting the voters in person, no?

Yet, in another island nation, Sri Lanka, the recent elections saw a decisive impact by new tech platforms of communication, it seems. Prominent Sri Lankan Leader , Chandrika Kumaratunga has disclosed that opposition parties used Viber, Tango and Skype for secret communication, and the government did not know how to monitor that. Otherwise the government would have snooped over them and even got them killed, she says. 

Intelligence agencies, listening?

A blogger gets notice in India for using a company logo!

Indian e-commerce biggie, Flipkart, has sent legal notice to a tech blogger, Amit Bhawani, for  copyright infringement and cyber squatting. Amit, a blogger of repute, opened a blog comparing Flipkart with rival Amazon, and used company logos etc. Flipkart feels that the way its trademark, domain name, and artistic work have been used by the blogger can create confusion among the public and harm its reputation.