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Facebook vs Orkut

facebook vs orkut

I was no fan of online social networking till the early days of my college because I had so many real friends and barely spent any time online and then one fine day I was introduced to WordPress which changed brought a turnaround in my cyber life. Most of my real friends were not on online and I had a tough time gathering a following for my blog. I started off with Orkut and after a year or so I was on Facebook. I was on Orkut most of the time till I realized that Orkut was becoming monotonous with nothing much to do. They had been doing great for a long long time [yes… 3-5 years is a long long time in cyber world] but somehow lost it to Facebook.

When I completely moved onto Facebook, I found it better to share and post. I still have a lot many friends on Orkut who are not there on Facebook so I visit Orkut once or twice a week.

I liked Facebook so because it provides so much more exposure than other Social Networks. The proof is the constantly growing number of users on Facebook.

One major fact that makes Facebook better for me is that I feel that I have to spend less time to see what all updates are there unlike in Orkut. [Its the way I feel and I may be biased]. Facebook also allows me to decide what goes where on my page though in a limited way but it still counts. Orkut and Facebook both have chat and I like that. Just one more feature that I want is a common place to upload my pictures so that they are seen on both Facebook and Orkut because I get tires of uploading same pictures two times on both the sites. If any one of you knows any such site or service please let us know.

For those who think that Facebook still lags behind Orkut in India please visit GlobalThoutz illustrations.

We would also like to hear from you all how you feel about the two of them and which one you find better for yourself.

Import Orkut Birthdays to Google Calender

I was just wondering whether I could get all my Orkut friends birthday notifications in google calendar so I did a Google search for it.  I turned out that @labnol had an excellent post on it. So I am just linking to the post instead of copying and pasting it.

To add orkut friends birthdays to your google calender you can click here [this link will automatically add your friends’ birthdays to your Google calender] or visit labnol’s post here.

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While most Orkut users will definitely find the calendar feature useful, there’re limitations. You can neither subscribe to Orkut birthday notifications in Google Calendar via SMS or email, nor do they provide an XML or ICAL feed for the Orkut calendar so you can’t import birthday notification into other calendar systems.

The only workaround is Google Calendar Sync that will help you import Orkut birthdays into Microsoft Outlook calendar from where you can copy the events into other calendars.

Thanks to Amit Agarwal aka @labnol

Me & My Cell phone

My cell phone .. .dropped into water man …  And I stood there watching… like a meak spectator … as if I am watching my near and dear one killed in front of me.. I looked at it again .. my mind filled with thousands thoughts entering …

How can I save my phone .. no I don’t want it to die … thinking about saving hundreds of people, businesses ….

I picked it up from water immediately .. opened it.. separating the battery and the parts..  quick and Swinged it fast , so that the water can move out … from each pore.. of my phone .. Water that  was smelling like it’s touched each part of my phone , each circuits of my phone ..  Each one touched by water, No not touched but wounded…

I patted it with a towel and with teary eyes .. I was thinking and trying to figure out .. is it alive..  Thinking that do I have to arrange a demise ceremony for my phone.. or an obituary. …. I dried it as much as I cud …myself…. But I cud realize water called much  harm…

Without losing time ..I rushed to a hair dryer .. holding it in my hand for atleast 30 min or more .. and thinking this would work miracle … prayers coming out of my mind ..more and more .. God save my phone ..  

With crossed my fingers … and switched it on .. Nopes.. did not work… L

I Rushed to  my car and drove as fast as I cud …  went to one of the renowned shop and gave it to them … immediate measures were taken in front of me .. and I was a one percent relxed .. just 1 %. . I went home as they said it would take 2 days ..

I was back home and feeling low…

At times I feel Technology is too much … I Want to get disconnected from facebook , twitter, orkut , gtalk , hotmail, yahoo . ..( thought this is just a momentary feeling).

At times when my cell phone rings all day and I feel like .. Man .. gimme some peace man!!!. 

But today I had No phone. Just been an hour and I cud see the feeling ..  But losing contact with technology is like losing contact with a best friend…. One day when my cell phone NokiaE63 , had to go for a repair . I lost touch with my friends. I was feeling soo imcomplete whole day… I had lost contact with 450 people.  In few seconds , I felt like earthquake and my life going topsy turvy. I was feeling as if I was in  a middle of a presentation and the battery of my laptop has discharged.

My mind thinking abt my phone .. my beautiful phone … My most lovely possession .. my people , my contact list , my sms!!!! My online twitter , skype … I started missing everything soo much .. I was unable to live without my cell phone… M I really soo addicted..  my fingers feel like .. I need to text .. type… my fingers felt like typing and I wanted my phone.. in my palm…

I can hear the ringtone of my phone… even if it was not ringing…

What have we done to ourself … Technology has made us soo crippled.. Can’t we stay without a phone for few hours??? …… Yes I have to say .. we have became dependent too much .. on technology .. Cant remember birthday’s , we feed in, alarm , sms , photo , navigation ,songs , video ,bill payment, everything  we can think of under the Sun.

Can I feel complete ever without my Cell phone??? As if m dying and my soul is coming out from my body.. trying to unleash .. and fly…

I was turning low and sinking into it .. and getting desperate about my phone .. when would I get it back . I was right there standing at the same place where my phone fell . The water … was same… ad there I could see my own reflection.. the effects were all on my face…

As if I my dear one has gone into Coma!, and doctor says the recovery might be possible. Might , this again struck my brain cells with millions and nano questions.. We get soo attached to objects so much!. An object merely dead!, a non living thing, and I got soo fond of it ..

I was staying in a fear, I might get my prized possession back or not…

With this feeling I opened my diary to check what contacts and other details I have saved… and realized it’s not updated from an year…

I lost it .. again from scratch ..

I got a lesson of my life.. Technology is good, but keep backups ( mayb2) , technology made me feel crippled..  But yes.. I got my lesson …

This time if my phone comes back , I would try to remember b’day of my friends myself , few important numbers as well. Not just blindly depend on technology…

I tried to smile again .. and felt how would I keep my phone away from me…

I knew I would try .. this time .. dunnoo it would be fruitful or not.. But I will give it a shot…