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Social Networking for Grown-Ups...

So much is said about social networks and how catch all social networks are all the rage right now. But look back a few years and you see all a landscape littered with yesterday's stars.
Friendster
Hi5
and to some extent
Orkut (Some may argue that Orkut is alive and kicking in India, but I beg to differ. Orkut isn't hip any mre, which means that over time it will slide into nothingness. After all which woman, wants 100 friend requests from absolute strangers)

And not to mention that the hundreds of new social networks that pop up every other day. Clearly a gold rush is on. The acquisition of Desimartini by HT 's Firefly eVenture is a symptom of this gold rush.
With the reported difficulties of Google & MS to monetise their respective ad properties of MySpace and Facebook, it is clear that we have seen all the hypergrowth we had to see, It will grow, there are after all several billion people on this planet but not necessarily to the point, where it will justify …

Do Not Call

Everytime, you give your number away in a form or a promotion or even when you are buying an air-ticket. you are inviting yourself to spam, lots and lots of spam. After that, everytime, you get a call from someone selling you a credit card or a home, loan. Did you wish that they would stop bugging you? Wishing does not work in India. You have to do something about it. The short and sweet way from TRAI:“For customers who would like to register/de-register their request for NDNC registry may dial 1909 or SMS to 1909 with keywords 'START DND' for registration and 'STOP DND' for de-registration”For the harder way especially for the companies (read as: banks), who frankly give a damn. Here are some URL’s, to go:ICICI: http://www.inuonline.com/dnc/donotcall.asp
HDFC: http://www.hdfc.com/donotcallform.asp
HDFC Bank: https://www.hdfcbank.com/applications/misc/dnc/dnc.htm
HSBC: https://www.tools.asiapacific.hsbc.com/webform/apply?id=in+donotcall
CitiBank India: http://www.online.ci…

An Aggregator for Aggregators

Earlier this week a friend of mine popped up on messenger to ask me about a rumour regarding someone at one of my previous workplaces. So we got chatting about rumours, what is news and what is worth blogging about? So he suddenly asked are you on FriendFeed?My reaction, quite frankly was of bafflement? what is this now? I usually consider myself to be on the bleeding edge of technology, but I have been out of this watch-techcrunch-and-sign-up-for-everything-new-thing-that-gets-announced loop. After some moments of befuddlement on my part, I start adding the usual aggregator stuff, del.icio.us, Amazon wishlists, Google reader et al. And then I added Jassim (the aforementioned friend) and some other friends and suddenly a thought struck me: Firehose.It was like drinking from a firehose. after the first few minutes, I was complely zapped. this is impossible, first you had del.icio.us which kinda helped you to keep track of websites as an aggregator. Google reader to keep tack of news fe…

Who?, What?, Where? When? and How? etc...

I've had a blog at http://chiragpatnaik.blogspot.com /(now http://chirag.patnaiks.in) since quite a while. This blog went through several name changes and changes in direction, till, way back 5 years ago, I finally renamed it to Marlinspike, inspired by Marlinspike Hall from my favourite comic.

Over time, I realised that it was more a personal blog. I always had this thought to write a professional blog , but the name Marlinspike was too good to use (or so I think) on a personal blog. So yet another name change for the personal blog, while this new one becomes... Marlinspike.

This blog is essentially a commentary on what is happening around us in media (MSM and otherwise) and Marketing. Yes, that means, pretty much everything under the sun.

Facebook Chat. What is next? Facebook Mail?

Facebook has enabled chat for the India Network.



I was only a matter of time, before this happened.

First thought: Gtalk has competition. If you spend more than a few minutes on facebook, then Facebook Chat has the potential to make you stay for even longer. Orkut had it, but it somehow always seemed kind of wishy washy...

What's next?

Think further and there is no reason why facebook can't have a robust mail app. It will be a logical progression (like gtalk was a logical progression for google) of features. Though, you can already send mails from facebook to a regular email address, facebook needs to create seamless two way mail a usable option.

More time on an app that does social networks and chat and mail... yes please...

(Technically, iTimes.com already has mail built into it, but being the first is not necessarily by default the best option.)