Can Social Media Influence Elections in India?

My article was originally posted on Thinking Aloud site.

India is set to witness a very interesting and tough election in 2014. Politicians, political parties not only have to fight it out on the traditional media but now even on the internet, particularly the social media.

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2012-13: 50% rise in Facebook users in India

Yesterday’s report from Facebook suggests that there has been an impressive increase in user base of Facebook users in India – 50% over a year. Some highlights, Read more on 2012-13: 50% rise in Facebook users in India…

Every minute, 1300 new mobile users are added: Intel

An interesting infographic from Intel talks about what happens in a minute on the internet,

  • Every minute, 1,300 new mobile users are added
  • Every minute, 47,000 apps are downloaded
  • Every minute, 320 people join Twitter and 100K tweets are sent
  • Every minute, there are 277,000 Facebook logins and 6 million page views
  • Every minute, >2 million Google searches are performed
  • Every minute, 204 million emails are sent
  • By 2015, the number of networked devices will be 2x the global population

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4.8 billion people worldwide own mobile phones, 600K more than own toothbrushes

According to “Digital Disruption’s Impact on Business” mobile and Facebook’s have a huge impact on digital business today. Read more on 4.8 billion people worldwide own mobile phones, 600K more than own toothbrushes…

The growing influence of Facebook in India, it is for real

Today I was at a hotel in Bangalore waiting for a meeting scheduled to start at 10:30 am. I reached the hotel a little early and decided to check out the bookstore in that hotel. For a Saturday 10:15 am can be considered early hours! I was strolling around the bookstore and I could not take my eyes off what the store manager was browsing – a Hindi website. Nothing that unusual about anyone reading Hindi on the net. The real stuff happened later.

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