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Language and Social websites

People think in their native tongue no matter what. Because that is what they hear. Place them away from their habitat of native tongue thinkers and they speak differently.
It is not a question of whether you think in your native tongue and then translate it and speak it out. It is a matter of what you are used to. It is a matter of using a form of a language. Where else will you hear "Come ooon, yaar!" No wonder English English and US English can sound so alien on an Indians tongue.

Of course, English is widely used in India. But its different all over the country. Someone from the southern part of India will add the "da" or the famous "cyom on". Or, transform the 'Come' into a Khom if they are from the East. But then, this becomes too reminiscent of My Fair Lady for me to pursue the topic.

However, the language per se, the sentence formation, etc. differ by native touches. Sample these

Just as I was entering... (jaisi hi main wahan gayi...)
Eaten? (khana khaya?)
Do, na!? (karo, na!)

and when the same people move around a lot with people who speak differently, so does the diction.
So, though people just transliterate from native tongue, it is heavily influenced by what the peers are using.


There are socialising websites, and then there are some more. However, to keep putting in the kind of effort each requires on a regular basis is asking too much. Facebook for examples demands your full attention. Let it lie around for a day and you've already missed out on some pokes and pings and what-nots. And soon the pile just grows adn grows. Its like a full time attention grabbing machine. Orkut is only marginally better with its Portuguese spam.

However, on the other hand you have places like Linked In. Polite, nice clean places. Where all you have to do is build the initial community around you. Then it takes care of itself. People find you, or you find them, accidentally. There is no pressing need to know exactly what the other person is eating (why should you know anyway?) or feeling great or blue. There is, in this awesome place, no one shoving that information down your throat the moment you open your page. The pages are easy to load, you do your work and go away. You say Hi to ppl if you want, send them mails, recommend them, look up where they are working and all without having to do it because you are out of touch. A visit a month more than suffices. If you want, you can be more active and participate in forums. But once a crtitical mass is achieved, you can sit back and relax if you want. It will take care of itself.

Now, everyone knows LinkedIn is a formal network - a place working ppl meet. I guess that is the reason it has remained so clean. I just hope it remains that way. Because anything that is just a 'social' place is just to noisy. It is ridiculous how in tools like Facebook and Orkut where your personal life is displayed, people try and form formal associations. Of course they fail, unless you are in that kind of professional life where the culture is casual and it doesn't really matter that your superboss looks at your photograph with some people or the comments left on your 'wall' by friends.

But I wish there was a simpler, cleaner, lighter-to-load 'social networking tool' which just allowed me to send emails to the people I know, without the intrusive details or the obsessive-compulsive merry-making involved.

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27th Aug, 2008 12:45 (UTC)
amen to that
Hi5 is supposed to be a decent alternative to orkut and facebook, less cluttered i hear. Facebook is too difficult to keep up, even with the few people on my friend list. The applications are a further nuisance. Heck i can barely locate my own wall!. Orkut is beyond redemption, i rarely log into it. I can only marvel at some of the users, who have more than 2000 friends on their list. I mean 2000 friends?, who has 2000 friends in real life. If you took an average of 1 minute to respond to every scrap posted by every one of those 1000, close to 1 day is lost!. No thank you, i d rather call/email the people i want to contact. I dont want to rediscover some fellow who stole my assignment, screwed me over in college, but now wants to send me smileys.
28th Aug, 2008 06:18 (UTC)
Re: amen to that
Hi5 sounds too shady for me to subscribe to. Have had enough with a presence on FB and Orkut.
28th Aug, 2008 06:19 (UTC)
Re: amen to that
lol.. not so shady... its owned by yahoo!.. and i remember you are already added as a friend on my Hi5 list! :)..
28th Aug, 2008 06:24 (UTC)
Re: amen to that
im on Hi5?!? When? How?
27th Aug, 2008 13:03 (UTC)
Re: amen to that
One thing I like about Facebook- especially after its makeover-
you can fine tune the amount of notifications you get.
Privacy controls have always been far superior to anything else-you can block application requests, or per person. You can delete a news item from your feed and say 'show fewer stories by this person/about this thing'.
You can prevent yourself from showing up on searches by other people and even restrict who gets to see what on your profile page.
It may take a bit to set up-but it IS possible to make it totally clam up and only notify you once in a bluemoon. Or turn everything off and visit it yourself when you want.
28th Aug, 2008 06:21 (UTC)
Re: amen to that
I couldnt care less about all that. It takes too much effort for all that to happen.
Im not saying Classmates.com was amazing, but why cant it all be simpler like that? Just because I talk to you does not mean I want to know that you feel like a haircut! Or that u want to poke me. Sure, its fun for a while but then you tire of it all.

Getting rid of application by application is too ardous, no matter how wonderful the makeover. And that page takes ages to load anyway >.
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