Archives for August 2007

Has Alexa changed the way they work?

On The India Street ( ) I read,

I’m not surprised by our winner but I am stunned by how close Rediff Classifieds came to Craigslist India in terms of page view Rank. According to Alexa, Craigslist India is about 46th most popular while Rediff Classifieds finishes a respectable 105; not bad for a site that doesn’t focus on classified advertising.

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Social Networking seems to be in the news, AGAIN!

Orkut manages to be in the news in India very often, always for the wrong reasons. Last week a 16 year old boy was kidnapped and murdered in Mumbai by his “friends”. TV channels were quick to suspect/conclude – the murder was planned on Orkut. But new reports say that the group met “offline” and not “online”. For a change everyone is happy with the word “offline” and it not being “online”.

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Voice chat providers may be taxed

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Royal ride, Mysore is Mysuru now

Our politicians across all parties are united when it comes to diverting the attention of their citizens. Dharam Singh initiated the change of name of 12 cities and finally it got approved during HDK‘s tenure. Why has the government unnecessarily fiddled around something which was going on smoothly? I guess because they are the government!

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How do you build future leaders/bureaucrats?

Yesterday I had a very interesting conversation with my cousin from US. We met her family after 11 years. We were talking about  her son’s extra-curricular activities. One of her sons went to National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington DC.
National Youth Leadership Forum
His team was given a “situation” – emergency in Sudan. They had to come up with a solution. Each member was appointed as Secretary of Defence, National Security Advisor etc. The team got a chance to communicate with few “real” bureaucrats from the US government to learn how to solve these situations (not that the US has always been successful when it comes to foreign policy – Iraq, Pakistan) . I think this is a real cool idea. Exposing students to such mature topics during their childhood can leave a lasting impression on these kids.

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