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My Nokia World

July 31, 2009

Came across a blog written by a friend of mine about Nokia phones and applications for them. I’m not that into smartphones, but if you are then this blog might be useful to you. Check it out at My Nokia World

The Government tries, but alas

July 30, 2009

I happened to be writing an article on ecotourism today. In the course of my research, I happened to stumble upon the website of the Sikkim Department of Tourism. I was pleasantly surprised by it. Although the layout and user interface could be much better (the site claims it is under upgradation), the content was great for an Indian state government site. There were no broken links that I came across, all the information was up to date and it contained a nice browse by map section that I really liked.

I, being a loyal Bangalorean, then searched for the Karnataka Tourism Department website. But alas, the search was not easy. I Googled “Karnataka Tourism” and the tourism department site was not on the 1st page.  I then tried “Karnataka Tourism Department”. The result, unfortunately, was the same.  Down but not out, I tried “Government of Karnataka tourism department” this time. The result was a listing of a few private travel sites, a report by the Government of Karnataka and the official site of the Karnataka Government, but still no Tourism Department. A closer look at the pages that showed up in the search told me that the tourism department is actually named the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC). It turns out that the KSTDC promotes two websites promoting Karnataka Tourism – KarnatakaHolidays.net and KarnatakaTourism.org which did actually show up in my earlier Google searches but showed no indication of being official Karnataka Tourism sites. In addition, the KSTDC has its own site. I still can’t figure out which one is the actual official Karnataka Tourism website.

As it turns out, both tourism websites are quite usable, well designed and have a lot of relevant information. But if the Government can spend lakhs of rupees on developing these sites (as I’m sure they did) wouldn’t it make sense to spend an extra Rs. 1000 on a Google for Dummies book and get the site optimized for searches? I guess some people never learn.

My Job Is…

July 8, 2009

Enter “my job is” in google and check the auto-complete options. You’re not alone!

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Has my digital identity taken over?

July 7, 2009

I had an interesting experience yesterday. I played chess with (or rather against) my cousin. As surprising as it may sound, I do know how to play. Whats interesting about that you ask? Well, although we were sitting right next to each other, we didn’t play on a regular board with regular pieces; we played chess on Facebook through a chess.com application. Has my digital identity taken over?!

Until a couple of years back I had no real digital identity to speak of. I wasn’t present on any social networking sites. I didn’t have a blog, I didn’t read blogs and although I did have an email address, I never used it. I never had a need for a digital identity. I was happy enough going to college, playing sports, playing boardgames, watching the occasional movie and hanging out (read drinking) with my friends. Remember the times when the most important social gauge was how many people showed up to your birthday party and not how many people follow you on Twitter? I kinda miss those days.

Today the first thing I do at work is check my work mail. I then check my personal mail. Then check my Facebook and Twitter accounts, then my blog, then a friends blog… by the time I’m done an hour has passed. That got me wondering whether I do all this just to pass the time at work or have I become addicted to the digital me? On one hand my Sundays haven’t changed much from 5 years ago (thank God). But on the other hand, I am posting this on my blog! What do you think; has my digital identity taken over?

Why Blog?

July 3, 2009

I never really understood why people blog, or use stuff like Facebook and Twitter. Well i started working about a month back and now I finally understand. Boredom at work! The primary reason for blogging and all social networking.