The Cheshire Cat

In Lewis Caroll’s masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland, there is a character called Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat is a grinning cat who could disappear (become invisible) and reappear at will. Sometimes, the cat would disappear but would leave its “grin” behind.

I was recently in a Panel Discussion where we were debating what would be a future telco and what would be considered a good customer experience in those scenarios. I ended up speaking about Cheshire Cat…

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True, this! Very intriguing phenomena in recent times…

I have taken selfies too… Especially while on tour… For me it was the equivalent of an “I was here” graffiti kind of thing!

But as I look back – I knew of people, two generations before me, in India, who had a superstition that taking their photos (or getting a portrait painted for that matter) will lower their lifespan.

My dad didn’t believe in this superstition and has clicked 100s of black-and-white photos of me as a kid (some I still possess). I am sure today’s generation is one which is used to photographs as I am, if not more.

Sometimes, I wonder what if that superstition turns out to be true? Guess, mankind would have created one more substance to abuse and harm themselves! They will print statutory warnings on phones with cameras on screen side. 🙂

Nevertheless a topic worth researching, indeed!

Another blog in the machine.

Selfies. We’re surrounded by them, we’re always exposed to them on our personal Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, in the media we consume every day. I mean, the Prime Minister of India is taking selfies and Kim Kardashian has even just released a book filled with all of her selfies of herself and with her family, but why? What’s the interest behind this phenomenon? What is known about these images and the people who take them? Is there any difference between selfies taken in different cultures?

These are some of the questions I plan to answer in my upcoming research project on selfies and their global impact. Some of the texts I have already investigated show that what the general public think about people who take selfies is not positive. They are seen to be narcissistic, self-objectified, overtly sexualised for the pleasure of men, time-wasting but I believe that they…

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How Burglars & Thieves Are Using Social Media

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It is scary to think about the information we divulge about ourselves on the Internet. Many users of social media feel that they have a handle on their privacy settings and that they are safe from any unwanted interaction both on and offline. It’s easiest to think you are only sharing updates with YOUR friends, but let’s think about this for a second..

“Now, Facebook has added features like a scrolling update of comments friends have made on others’ pages; you can find it plastered in the upper right corner of your home page. Although it may be fun to see what your friends are saying to people you don’t know, that also means that people you don’t know may be able to see some of your updates — including the ones that say, ‘Can’t wait to leave for Hawaii tomorrow.’” – IBT.com

What most users do not realize is…

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A third of people would rather lose a finger than their internet connection

Interesting! I have heard some of my friends (on social media) complain about their own addiction. It looks serious!

Speaking for myself, the Internet has always been an important tool and makes my entertainment (especially when I travel).

But I wonder what I will do without broadband!

Hmmm….

Here, guys! Take my finger too! But spare me my Broadband! 🙂 🙂 🙂

A third of people would rather lose a finger than their internet connection

Losing a finger is something that you might more readily associate with horrific industrial injuries, or the result of failing to pay back a gangland loan shark. In the UK, however, broadband access is now seen as such a vital service that people would rather lose a digit than lose their high speed internet connection.

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German carmakers may need help to bid for Nokia’s high tech map

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German carmakers may need
help to bid for Nokia’s high-
tech maps Fri May 8, 2015 12:15pm EDT By Edward Taylor and Andreas
Cremer FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German
car companies may need help to
compete with a wealthy field of
bidders for Nokia’s NOK1V.HDE
high-tech mapping unit HERE, as
the entry of technology company Uber into the fray signals interest
from deep-pocketed Silicon Valley
players, bankers and executives
close to the deal said. German auto makers Daimler
(DAIGn.DE), owner of Mercedes- Benz, BMW (BMWG.DE) and Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) premium car division Audi have
clubbed together to submit an
indicative bid as a consortium, two
sources close to the auto
companies told Reuters. The German carmakers can
probably justify stumping up
around 700 million euros ($785
million) each to match HERE’s
book value, but could be easily
outbid by technology companies who enjoy higher valuation
multiples and have more cash. Some investment…

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Hashtag hijacking and the need for authenticity – the #EtisalatChallenge

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Let’s face it, social media is entertaining. As communicators, we really do need to think through the consequences of using digital. But sometimes, the best of intentions just aren’t enough. Companies who don’t think through the reasoning behind their campaigns will face a backlash online, including derision, contempt, and abuse.

There are many examples globally of hashtag hijacking; possibly the best is McDonalds and its #McStories campaign. Fortunately for us in the Middle East, we now have our own example of how not to launch a hashtag on Twitter. A couple of days back the Abu Dhabi-based telecommunications operator launched an advertising campaign called the #EtisalatChallenge. The idea is simple enough – Etisalat challenges consumers to find offers and prices that are better than their own and they’ll match or beat that offer. You will literally see the below advert everywhere across the UAE at the moment.

Are you ready for the #EtisalatChallenge? Are you ready…

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The Indian Net-Neutrality Debate

In the last few weeks, on Social Media circles where I am present, there have been shrill cries on alleged “Net-Neutrality” compromises in India based on an opposition to Airtel Zero plan and Internet.Org setup by Reliance.

I have been pointing out the flaws in the arguments and have received a lot of flak. An analysis of arguments from the other camp led me to conclude that there is a lack of understanding on what is “Net-Neutrality”, that there is a “transference of anger” from another problem and triggered some thoughts on future needs.

Here I would like to share some of those thoughts…

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