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Last year, I had written about how I was and planning to limit my usage of social media. To refrain from using Facebook app or Twitter whenever there is “free” time, I don’t have them in my phone (Samsung Android). In my older phone, I have got another SIM, installed WhatsApp and moved all my social, professional and friends’ groups to that phone which I was checking only once or twice in a day, unlike my regular number’s WhatsApp where I will receive messages that I care. LinkedIn is the only social media app apart from WhatsApp that is installed in…

Pretentious and banal was how I felt whenever I heard people removing Facebook & other social apps from their phones. But in the last few weeks, I have seen my view gradually shifting on this subject. No specific reason or a single incident led to this shift. I was noticing that I was defaulting to Facebook or WhatsApp or Instagram many times during the day, after finishing the job on hand I was visiting Facebook and WhatsApp as a habit. It became obvious that I was wasting my time (the most precious asset for humans) – it was a time…

Today being a Friday, the auspicious day in the week according to the Hinduism for prayers, I am starting a temple pilgrimage, praying for the speedy recovery of our beloved contractor Mr Nesamani! #Pray_for_Naesamani #PrayforNaesamani #PrayforNesamani P.S.: For the social media uninitiated, “Pray for Naesamani” is a hashtag topic that is trending for the last two days across India. It is a reference to a Tamil film called Friends (2001) in which comedian Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu appearing as a contractor gets injured when a hammer accidentally falls on his head. Even the BBC had published a story about this trend.

I find the story on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data leakage (it is not a breach or hack), fascinating. More so, the call to #deletefacebook is nothing but hypocrisy. I will group my views on this as 3, 2, 1 below. I am restricting my post to the discussion about Facebook & Social Media, I have no knowledge or opinion about Cambridge Analytica or its activities. Three things that I believe: These companies are run by people not interested in stealing – my money (that I have in my bank account) or my stuff that I didn’t offer it to…

Yesterday, Manish Maheshwari, CEO, Network18 Digital wrote an article with inputs from a friend of mine “Avinash Mudaliar”, titled “Why Facebook’s Latest Dual News Feed Pilot Is a Nightmare for Publishers”. In this article, Manish says “It is the fundamental problem of trying to assume power by controlling what a certain section of users can do on their platform, and displaying this intent through their various initiatives”. After reading the article, this is what I wrote in the comments on what I thought about the issue: This topic becomes important with the spread of fake news, and their impact on electoral results…