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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Finally ... Blogging gets Stature in Indian Media

This sure is going to give blogging in India a fillip by raising awareness and stature. Thanks Indian Express for this story - Join the Dots

What a pleasant change that this article in the Indian print media takes blogging away from the kiddie diary tag it has been associated with, among the few that know what a blog is.  It presents blogs as a great space for conversations in real voices and real time, for sharing exchanging and building ideas, and for building communities across geographical borders. 

Some comments from me that have been quoted there :

"Dina Mehta, 38, meanwhile, says blogging harnesses collective intelligence across continents."Email is dead," says the qualitative researcher, "and e-groups are outdated". Twenty-two months old in the blogworld, Mehta is already talking of the next step - a combination of blogs, wikis (shared blogs), Social Network Systems like Orkut or Ryze, and online presence indicators like Skype. "Through my 80-person friend list on Orkut," she explains, "I have a linked network of nearly 35 lakh contacts. Imagine the potential for collaborative communication, to share and develop ideas, technologies."

But its not all cyberpunk, globe-spanning futurespeak; blogging is also individualistic: "There's a lot of trust - after reading a journal for months, you know a lot about the person. You can't be consistently fake, right?"


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Yahoo! Its a Boy .......

Fun stuff for a Sunday ...

"Yahoo! Its a Boy :

by a Sun Online Reporter

A ROMANIAN couple named their son YAHOO - because the proud parents met over the Internet.

Daily Libertatea said Cornelia and Nonu Dragoman, both from Transylvania, met and decided they were meant for each other after a three-month relationship over the Net.

They married and when their baby was born at Christmas they decided to name him after one of the worldwide web's most popular portals.

"We named him Lucian Yahoo after my father and the Net, the main beacon of my life," Cornelia Dragoman said"

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