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  • Harshad Joshi 7:52 am on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BBC, Facebook, Online Communities, Real life, Social network, , Virtual world, YouTube   

    a virtual life 

    These days we have got two social lives. One in real world and other in virtual world of social networks like Facebook and/or  Twitter.

    I was reading an article of why Facebook causes a new stress on users. - http://www.opposingviews.com/i/new-report-facebook-causes-stress-depression-anxiety  and http://www.switched.com/2011/02/16/facebook-causes-stress-anxiety-hooks-us-anyway/

    An important finding from one of the posts is

    Charles speculated that many users may feel anxious because of the site’s intrinsically self-centered structure. “It’s like being a mini news channel about yourself. The more people you have the more you feel there is an audience there,” Charles told the BBC. “You are almost a mini celebrity and the bigger the audience the more pressure you feel to produce something about yourself.”

    In short, Facebook tries to create a virtual but fake celebrity out of users, whatever might their real life be. By including photos, videos, quotes, events, Facebook is  like more of someone PRO promoting your personal life..publishing your details to world.

    But in the end, we should always remember that Facebook is a virtual world. Whenever you log into Facebook, you invest time, bandwidth and personal data in it..which is obviously not free. Remember not to get carried away by frenzy of getting a ‘celeb’ status. It is very easy on Facebook to get influenced by someone more elite then you and you can waste lot of positive energy attempting to be like them.

    I found out some old tips that will help you to stay updated with everyone without getting bogged down by all the information Facebook hurls at you.

    1. RSS feeds – If you want to find out latest information about a product, technology, or anything, you just need to subscribe to their RSS feeds. A good thing about these feeds is that most of sites dont have ads in them, thus providing you with clutterless information. However, it might not take too long before companies bombard you with ads in RSS feeds

    2. Email – Email is the reason why internet became popular. IM or real time communication is taking fight against email, but there is no substitute for emails as yet. Answering emails is more easy and more natural then replying to real time IM…not only emails allow you to think before answering, it is also more productive due to push mail services that are available on handsets, computers etc.

    3. Be social in real life – It takes nothing extra to be nice with people..meet people. Maintain good relations with them. If you ever get into trouble, the real people you know will be the first to help you out.  Speaking and conversing with people  helps better then posting fancy updates.

    4. Facebook is not the ultimate goal – Facebook is just another way to share things, its not the ultimate communication or the end point of what communication will be like. As we are evolving, we might have advanced tools at our disposal.

     
    • Anita Menon 9:09 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Well it can be sorted and that stress kept at bay, if you don’t take yourself seriously :-)

      • Harshad Joshi 9:16 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        yeah. everything can be sorted out, but an individual needs to know how much stress to bear and how much to keep at bay.

        social networks is just a phase we are passing . we all had a life before fb and i bet there will be life beyond fb as well :)

        • Anita Menon 10:51 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          I absolutely agree!

          yours truly,
          A social media junkie ( :-))

          • Harshad Joshi 11:08 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            as a technology user and creator, facebook is quite marvelous in terms of accessibility, scalability and concept.

            but how long will it grow selling users data to partners? at some point it will reach saturation point and this juggernaut will stop rolling. we will go back to days where mobile phone will be used as a mobile phone to call people and send sms.

            it will take approx 8 years more and we will go back to normal life we had before 2005. a life before GPRS, broadband, blogs etc went mainstream.

            • Anita Menon 11:10 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

              That makes a lot of sense. Didn’t see that far into the future of social media. I enjoyed reading your post about it.

    • vinita 2:43 pm on February 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi
      I am reading the Emperor of Maladies-just started actually, and have read about 50 pg only so far. So far the book has no reference to the ancient indian texts and curiosity about Ancient Indian comments or finding lead me (thanks to google) to your blog.
      Then like other netizens i got diverted to reading your page on ancient vedic mantra that heal and cure.

      Needless to mention, i am suitably intrigued by your views, and range of topics you are covering in these articles…

      i will visit this again surely.,, inshallah..! our attention span is like a 2 yr olds these days .. as i write this vijay mallya’s assets are flashed on tv and the startling (well not so startling) fact is announced that his total debt to banks thru 6 of his companies is a whopping 14000 cr..
      for a rich beyond words man, with 26 properties, a luxury mall, 200 horses, and 16 vintage cars … the king of goodtimes will go down in debt may be. but at the same time, i worry for the PSU bankers who financed such ventures, coz the witch hunting for them would be terrible…

      anyway the mind is a potpourrie of millions of thoughts and so it flitted from the treatiseon cancer to our ancient indian scriptures, to power of yagna, to reading about your cheerful profile …….and then thanks to the audio-visual stimulant of tv- to mr mallya!!! au revoir…

  • Harshad Joshi 5:23 am on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Facebook,   

    In 2004, you begged for Gmail invite.
    In 2005, you begged for Orkut invite.
    In 2009, you begged for Google Wave invite..

    Its 2011, they are back at it again..They have introduced a FaceBook Killer under the name Google+..as usual, its invite only of now.

    Stop begging. Say no to invite only scheme!

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:50 am on July 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dilemma, Facebook, , Myspace, People   

    The New Age dilemma 

    • S: (n) dilemma, quandary (state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options)

    I have discovered a new ego bruising experience. If you are a single individual, and having lot of virtual girl friends on social networking tools like Orkut, then you might have noticed that whenever the girls status changes to ‘commited’ there is something, a sort of silent tiing that goes across the mind..It isent exactly pain or unhappiness, its something mix of surprise, shock, bruised ego and just like that…

    No actual reason why this happens, but fair enough, so many times I have preached to people – Digital Social Networks esp Orkut are a fun, playway mirror of our daily lives, but the real problem arises when we start relating those tools with our real life and begin attaching our emotions and expectations to our virtual meetings. A timepass turns trouble for some. Should Orkut/Facebook/Myspace be avoided? Or is it the beginning of a new age desperation? Boy…this things tough to comprehend…Web 2.0 has binded people togather on a common platform but no ones ever thinking of the trouble that is following us..Wake up…Welcome to the new age dilemma.

     
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