Category Archives: Social Media

Is an egg more famous than Kylie Jenner?

By Sarwat Nasir

Armchair philosophers have long debated whether the chicken came first or the egg. In the crazy digital world, and moving with the times, that age-old existential question would have to be rephrased: what’s more important, the chicken or the egg? Depends on who has more likes on Instagram and retweets on Twitter. The only reliable measure of what is truly important these days, of course.

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An easy 100 million yen. All you had to do was hit retweet

By Sushmita Bose

People do the strangest things for the sake of world records. They immerse themselves in snow for hours on end — clad in nothing but swimming trunks — to own the honours of being The One who spent the longest time in “direct full body contact” with freezing point. Or they cover their selves with bees: the more the better — because that’ll make them queen (or king) of an alternative, and human, version of the beehive. And so on.

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What if you were in charge of tweets for @OfficiallyDubai?

By Anita Iyer

All good things come to an end, they say. And we’re sad to see Swedes give up the official @Sweden handle on Twitter.

‘Curators of Sweden’, a project that started in December 2011 as an experiment which allowed a Swede to tweet for a week, came to an end on September 30.

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Dear Twitter, high time you granted me that blue tick

By Anamika Chatterjee

A part-hilarious-part-awkward moment on the job came for me way back in 2009. I had been working for a leading news magazine in Delhi then and was asked to edit a story on cervical cancer. The references made in the article led me to an achingly beautiful blog of a cancer survivor that kept me glued to my computer screen. I was seated close to a conference room where a meeting of senior editors had been going on. Taking a break, the seniormost editor stepped out of the meeting room, talking to someone on his cellphone who seemed important. He lurked behind me for a bit — I was too absorbed to take note of his presence. Soon, the never-ending phone call came to an end and he headed back to the conference room.

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