Friday, January 25

Networking bigger than FB

With its billion or so active members, Facebook once again dominates the World Map of Social Networks. As the No. 1-ranked social network in 127 countries out of the 137 tracked, Faceboook seemingly swallows its competition in its march towards world dominance. But Facebook's competitors have over a billion members of their own — you just haven't heard of most of them.
A quick look at the December 2009 version of a social media map, composed bi-annually by strategist Vincenzo Cosenza using info from Internet metrics firm Alexa, notes that while Facebook was on top even way back then, it had 16 competitors that bested it in various countries. Now there are only four that have bigger numbers, and in just 10 countries. Four plus Twitter, that is — did you know that China is one of Twitter's most active countries, even though it's blocked there?
It seems Facebook's planetary ubiquity is inevitable ... until you take a look at the sheer size of those competitors: Total membership of the four major non-U.S. networks is 778 million. Combine that with Twitter's 500 million active users around the globe, and you've got a social horde that eclipses Facebook's. Besides Twitter, who are these plucky social networks standing firm outside the U.S.? Let's have a look.
The top social network in China, Qzone.
Qzone - 552 million usersA massive social network that dominates China and South Korea, Qzone is sort of a cross between Facebook and Myspace. Users are encouraged to keep both diaries and blogs, share photos and listen to music, and as such, attracts mostly 18- to 24-year-olds. Qzone is owned by  Shenzhen-based Internet portal Tencent, which also operates China's extremely popular instant-messaging service QQ.
The synergy of the social media platforms no doubt aids Qzone's popularity, but of course, it also helps that Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter are among the 2,600 websites blocked in mainland China. (As we noted earlier, however, Twitter's most active users are reportedly in China, subverting government filters by using proxy servers. So if people in China really did want to use Facebook, it seems they'd find a way.)
Popular Russian social network V Kontakte.
V Kontakte - 190 million users 
Mark Zuckerberg took a tour of Russia last October, meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, but the Facebook founder and CEO has a tough road ahead of him when it comes to establishing a foothold in that country. Unabashed Facebook clone V Kontakte (know these days as "VK") is not only the dominant social network in the Russian territories, it's also the second-most visited website in that part of the world (mostly by men, 35 and younger). And since VK looks and operates a lot like Facebook, with profiles, messages, photo sharing and even a "Like" button, users have little reason to migrate.
Odnoklassniki -
Odnoklassniki is the Russian social network for old classmates and friends.
Odnoklassniki - 45 million usersVK isn't the only competition Facebook faces in the Russian territories. Odnoklassniki ( "Classmates" in Russian), is also among the top five social networks. Designed to reunite school chums and old friends, Odnoklassniki gets its traffic mostly from 25- to 34-year-olds with kids and graduate degrees. It's also is the 7th most-visited website in Russian, 60th worldwide, according to Alexa, and a two-time winner of the Runet Prize, a mass-media award from the Russian government. Odnoklassniki's focus is largely on sharing photographs, and allows users to interact by rating those photos.
Cloob is the top social network in Iran.
Cloob - 1 million usersThough its user base is comparatively minute, Cloob is the top social network in Iran, where its primary users are men over 65. Cloob is one of several social networks that emerged after the Iranian government blocked the former top network in that country, Orkut (yes, Orkut), along with Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Cloob states on its site that it operates within the laws of the Iranian government. It is invitation-only and offers many social media features found elsewhere, including email, communities, photo sharing, news sharing, classifieds and resumes.
Qzone,  V Kontakte, Odnoklassniki and Cloob aren't the only social networks that challenge Facebook's hegemony. We talked about Twitter earlier, and there's also a little thing called Pinterest, which has about 25 million users. Earlier this week, we learned from Google Trends that "Tumblr" — the short-form blogging platform — recently surpassed "blog" in Google searches. Speaking of Google, the search giant is adding to its social ranks by forcing people into signing up for Google+, even if they just want to use Gmail, YouTube and other services, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Even though it often feels like it's all about Facebook, there's lots more going on out there in the social media eco-system. Think of it this way: You know everybody in the U.S. is all "Oh, that PSY with his 'Gangam Style' is just a one-hit wonder blah blah blah!"? In South Korea, he's been selling hit records since 2001. Just because it doesn't happen in the U.S. doesn't mean it's not happening.
source: google+nbc news+wiki

Wednesday, January 16


Mylapore Temple

    This post is published as a part of the CBC Tablog.CBC, for everybody is the Chennai Bloggers’ Club, which I am honored to be a part of. Over 35 bloggers from Chennai are taking part in this blog tag RELAY- we take turns to write about Chennai and what it means to us...

 This BATON was given to me by :  Ram N. - who's passionate about Chennai and who blogs at Daily Photo Chennai

The doorway to South India, Chennai, yesterday's Madras is a miraculous gift the land of Tamil Nadu embraces Drawing the quality of 'Unity in Diversity' from the homeland country India. I feel this beautiful city has got multiple personality.

When I refer to it as MADRAS, it carries the legacy of rich cultural heritage imbibed in its fine arts, music and dance forms, people and cuisines, a number of monuments silently express the glorious history of the city they witnessed, the traditional art forms they preserved and continued to keep it alive.

And When i refer to it as CHENNAI, it carries the attribute of being a cosmopolitan city which mirrors the confluence of all the diverse cultures nourishing within its boundaries. Modernity has its own impact in Chennai.The spirit of Chennai and Madras, vibrant culture and reminiscent traditions all make the city wonderful and tremendously important as a part of Indian heritage.

Now that Chennai enjoys the status of a cosmopolitan where people from different directions reach the city for various reasons ranging from tourism to job to various other things, but that is not the case with Madras, which is popular for having core value system and orthodox beliefs. Their deep rooted beliefs and customs upholding brotherhood, tranquility and mutual respect drive their daily chores from celebrations to mournful times.

Filter coffee
When it comes to hospitality and traditional food, Chennai beats many of the cities easily. As serving food is seen as an utmost pious deed in the entire South India. We may eat Italian, love Chinese, enjoy the Mexican food, but how can we forget and not like the traditional way of eating sambhar, dosa, idli, rasam, coconut chutney, molaga podi(dry chilly flakes) and kootu , puliyogare, thayir sadam, thogayal, appam, pongal, aviyal, payasam etc with steamed rice on banana leaf?? And the rich Tamilian filtered degree coffee . haa tempting..:)

I have known many of my friends who are new to the city complain and crib about the city … When asked for the reason they say about the climate, pollution and the most important lack of hang outs!??? Here are few places for them

Historic landmarks and buildings, long sandy beaches, places ,cultural and art centers and parks and

 Chennai has some unique places to offer for shopping. Art and crafts, contemporary and traditional artwork, antiques, jewellery etc. Are available in the city. Traditional items like leaf and palmyra-fiber handicrafts from Tirunelveli, bronze and brass castings and traditional jewelry from Kumbakonam, metal works from Thanjavur, stone carvings from Mahabalipuram, silks from Kanchipuram are for sale in shops and boutiques. George Town and Parrys Corner are wholesale markets of Chennai where one can purchase almost anything. Nearby Mint Street plays host to communities from Rajasthan and Gujarat and is where north Indian snacks can be sampled along with textiles, kitchenware and jewellery. Many streets are entirely devoted to selling one particular type of merchandise. The nearby Burma Bazaar and Ritchie streets are famous for its counterfeit electronic goods and media, Moore Market for its large number of bookstores. Pondy Bazaar located in T. Nagar, is home to huge multi-storey stores, unique to Chennai, which deal mainly in textiles and silks or gold, silver and diamond jewellery. Anna Salai (Mount Road), has many large stores lined up and this road has what u want. Mylapore, There are a number of retails shops of handicrafts, traditional items and fashion accessories etc.

How did I forget Nungambakkam and Kader Nawaz Khan road??? If u are a brand conscious shopaholic then these places are heaven!

For those who are visiting Chennai for the first time it may seem that the city is conservative and the people are proud of their culture and follow traditional norms but the different contradictions shows that the city should be overlooked beyond Tamil culture.

Yes Chennai has a tropical climate and is hot and humid!!! And people of Madras are particular about the values and their systems, the World famous auto walas..:) they charge half our salary…how can we forget the malli poo(jasmine flowers),pulli kolam(rangoli), December music and dance season, navratri golu, margazhi mahotsavams,jallikattu,St Thomas Church, thousand lights mosque. All these come together in a package called Chennai and brings a pride when we call ourselves as chennaiite… who are a fusion of the modern Chennai thoughts without losing the cultural values of Madras. 

Here is my first try with a Tamil Kavidai (sort the help of my mother): :)

ழகிய கடற்கரை மெரினா

சியாவின் பெரிய வண்டலூர் பூங்கா

தயத்தை கவரும் வள்ளுவர் கோட்டம்

ட்ட உதவும் பூங்காக்கள்

ழைப்பை உணர்த்தும் தொழிலாளர் சிலை

றோரை வாழவைக்கும் தொழிற்சாலைகள்

ன்றும் அழியா பல்லவ சிற்ப்பங்கள்

றி போகும் மாடி ரயில்கள்

யத்தை தெளிய வைக்கும் அண்ணா நூலகம்

ளியேற்றும் வாழ்வில் பல்வேறு ஆலயங்கள்

த உதவும் புகழ் பெற்ற கல்லூரிகள்

டதத்தால் உயிர்காக்கும் உலகத்தர மருத்துவமனைகள்

 ஆம் இதுதான் நம் சிங்கார சென்னை !!!!!
பெருமை படலாம் நம் சென்னை வாசிகள் !!!!!

Now i hand over this baton to Sandhya Iyer -  who writes about things close to her heart, thrives on coffee and chocolates :) :)

Sunday, January 6

Mayan facts

Well the Mayan talk may seem to be old and long lost. But the facts are always interesting. Here are the few interesting facts that i found.  Read and enjoy.:) 
In the “Brahma-Vaivarta Purana”, Lord Krishna tells Ganga Devi that a Golden Age will come in the Kali Yuga - one of the four stages of development that the world goes through as part of the cycle of eras, as described in Hindu scriptures. Lord Krishna predicted that this Golden Age will start 5,000 years after the beginning of the Kali Yuga, and will last for 10,000 years.

Mayan Calendar Matches Hindu Calendar
hindu calender

It is interesting that this prediction of the emergence of a new world is prophesied to appear about the same time that the Mayans predicted it to come! The 
Mayan calendar began with the Fifth Great Cycle in 3114 BC and will end on 21 December 2012 AD. The Hindu Kali Yuga calendar began on 18 February 3102 B.C. There is only a difference of 12 years between the Hindu's beginning of the Kali Yuga and the Mayan's beginning of the Fifth Great Cycle.

Golden Age Could Begin in 2012

The ancient Hindus mainly used lunar calendars but also used solar calendars. If an average lunar year equals 354.36 days, then this would be about 5270 lunar years from the time when the Kali Yuga started until 21 Dec 2012. This is the same year that the Mayans predict rebirth of our planet. It is also about 5113 solar years of 365.24 days per year, and is day number 1,867,817 into the Kali Yuga. By either solar or lunar years, we are over 5,000 years into the Kali Yuga and it is time for Lord Krishna's prophecy to happen according to the ancient Hindu scriptures. Lord Krishna's Golden Age could easily begin in 2012!
Mayan Prophecy Matches Hindu Prophecy
Mayan calendar

It is amazing that both calendars began at about the same time over 5,000 years ago and both calendars predict a totally new world and/or golden age after about 5,000 years into their calendars! We are definitely on to something with these Mayan and Hindu 2012 predictions. Historically, this is an amazing fact since these two ancient cultures did not have any contact or may be that did!!.

 credits: google