• Venkatarangan
    Rostrum,  Technology

    Why #DeleteFacebook is nothing but hypocrisy

    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 them They are not #evil, just companies that have a…

  • Economy

    My thoughts on Facebook’s dual News Feed

    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 and so on. The problems are being noticed now, because…

  • Book Review

    Facebook, Twitter & A Pair of Shoes

    I just realised I haven’t posted a review of a book that I enjoyed reading some time back – “Facebook, Twitter and a Pair of Shoes” (FTAPOS) by G.Sankaranarayanan, here it goes. There have been many books about how businesses can benefit from having a good social media strategy. FTAPOS takes a slightly different approach, rather than prescribing you with models to follow the author tells you about many of the successful journeys, how they achieved it and what we can learn. To be wildly successful in social media you have to play long-term; yes, it’s a journey and not a bullet point to cover. The book talks about how businesses can co-create…

  • Events,  Rostrum

    Book launch with Ashok Leyland’s Managing Director

    G.Sankaranarayanan, a speaker and author is known to me for more than a decade now. As a former journalist he has a deep understanding of the Indian market and the challenges faced by Indian enterprises in reaching their message to their consumers. People keep talking about moving out of urban sprawls and taking businesses to towns of India and to their native places; Sankar has walked his talk on this and has build a successful consulting business “younomy” based of Rajapalaiyam town in Tamil Nadu. Sankar publishes a popular newsletter through which every week he writes on a management/business tip told through a humorous story. Last week he invited me for a book release event and…

  • Movie Review

    The Social Networking (2010)

    This is one movie that anyone using FaceBook or any other social sites should certainly not miss out. It shows how a great idea coupled with fine execution results, in a runaway success, along in the way you are sure to earn enemies. I have been waiting for the release of this movie “The Social Networking”. It is good to have the movie released in India just after its US release last month. Having decided suddenly we couldn’t get tickets in INOX or Satyam, so we went for this movie with our friends at Mayajaal. The movie showed in the new Screen 12 at Mayajaal which has a bigger screen…

  • Events,  Rostrum,  Speeches

    Social – Best Habits to follow and Pitfalls to avoid

    About two weeks back, I got an email through my blog from Ms Geetha Lakshmi, CEO of ABAttorneys, Dubai. Then after few phone calls of mutual pleasantries and introductions, Geetha came to my office early this week and invited me to do a talk. The talk was to be at the launch event of their Legal Compliance & IT Security Audit product in India. I gave the talk yesterday at the event in Chancery Hotel, Bangalore on ‘Social – Best Habits to follow and Pitfalls to avoid’ (Download the deck). Since it was a product launch event with a mixed audience, from various industries and family members I decided to choose…

  • தமிழ்

    Twitterக்கு தமிழ் சொல் என்ன?

    What do you call in Tamil new technology trends like Twitter, Tweets and Micro blogging?. Today in a press meet where I talked about that these trends are catching up amongst Tamil writers, I was asked this question. I come home thinking and guess what I receive a Tweet from Dr.Na.Ganesan (NASA, USA) with the answer in his blog post, as if he has read my mind. முனைவர் நாக. கணேசன் நான் துணை தலைவராகயிருக்கும் உத்தமம் என்ற தன்னார்வ அமைப்பின் வட அமெரிக்கா தலைவராக உள்ளார்,  ஒருங்குறியில் மிக தேர்ச்சிப் பெற்றவர். என் ஐயத்திற்கு அவரின் விடைக் கீழே (வள்ளுவரிலிருந்து உதாரணத்தோடுக்கூடிய அவரின் அருமையான விளக்கம் அவரின் பதிவில் இங்கே): Twitterer என்றால் “சிட்டு” Tweet என்றால் “சிட்டி“ Microblog என்றால் “நுண்பதிவு“ ஆஹா. என்ன அற்புதமான…