Almost all of us would have realized that India had an Ice Hockey team sometime last month. That is when they cried out for funding through Twitter so that they could make it to the Challenge Cup of Asia Division 1 in Kuwait. The usual questions started to swirl around. Since when did we have an ice hockey team? Are they professional sportsmen? Why spend money on a sport which is not even remotely popular in India? But then, something gave way.
The #ISupportIceHockey hashtag became a trend on Twitter as personalities like Anand Mahindra, Gautam Gambhir, the CEO of Micromax and others chipped in. More than 285 donors from over 52 cities came together to fund their trip to this tournament. #ChakDeBarfPe became a clarion call. The team is made of mostly policemen from the Indo-Tibetan Border police, a few servicemen and civilians. Ice Hockey is quite popular in Shimla and Ladakh. But it suffers from basic problems like lack of availability of protective gear, pucks etc. The only international level rink in India which is situated in Dehradun has been lying closed since 2012.
I had read a lot about Kidzania before visiting their outlet in Kuwait. Started in 1999 in Mexico City, Kidzania has expanded to 16 cities and more across the world in the space of a few years since they started a franchise model to expand their properties. With more than 31 million guests having visited Kidzania since its opening, it is one of the fastest growing edutainment brands on the planet.
“How can you even stay in such a godforsaken place? You stay here for six months at a stretch every year. Don’t you miss us at all?”
Krystal, George’s daughter had come to her dad’s laboratory located in one of the northernmost regions of the world. She couldn’t take in the fact that her father was never there when she needed him. All he seemed worried about was finding ways to save the earth from destruction.
“You know I am doing this for the benefit of humankind, don’t you?” Saying this, he got busy again much to her chagrin.
From the time we are small, our friends and Bollywood movies all around us teach us that a girl and a boy can never be friends. A lot of parents feel that mixing with the opposite gender can lead to their children losing their way in their studies. And therefore, many prefer their children going to an only-boys or an only-girls school. They feel that with the absence of the opposite gender, their children’s minds wouldn’t wander and they would concentrate completely on their studies. Is that really the case?
Interestingly, from what I have heard from friends who have studied in only-boys schools, their minds wander a lot more into useless activities in classrooms and beyond compared to those who studied in co-ed institutions. The main reason for this is the fact that guys try to be at their best behavior when in the company of the opposite gender.
In societies across the world, the practice has always been for women to take their husband’s surname after marriage. As per the so called tradition which all of us have been accustomed to, women get rid of their family (father’s) surname as soon as they get married. But why is it required? As someone said – What’s in a name?
It’s always said that changing surnames keeps things quite easy. If we consider our personal documents like passports, marriage certificates etc. people tend to raise eyebrows if both the husband and wife have different surnames. Why do they raise eyebrows? Answer: Because it has been followed as a practice for years on end.
There are so many times in our lives when we are confused on whether to listen to our hearts or our minds. From taking decisions which affect our lives or those around us to decisions our day to day activities, we are always in a dilemma on whom to listen to. There are so many instances when we listen to our heart causing our mind to be unhappy and vice-versa. But then, that’s life isn’t it?
In an age where equality is a buzzword for all and sundry, how can washing clothes be only a woman’s domain? Gone are the times when cooking food, washing clothes and doing other household chores was the duty of a woman. In today’s fast paced world where both men and women work in 9am-5pm corporate jobs, there is barely any time to relax. In such a scenario, its unfair to expect either partner to do all the chores at home. And therefore, sharing responsibilities is the best way forward.
In Phase 1 of this activity by BlogAdda, women were asked to blog about the startling statistics on the perceptions about washing clothes. The biggest problem with doing laundry or any other household chore is the stereotype associated with it.
“Dude, how can you even think of washing the clothes? Doesn’t your wife do it?”
“Can’t you get a maid? Why do you have to wash clothes or clean your house all the time?”
Social Media has attracted almost everyone across the spectrum in today’s world. Whether its users or brands, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and the likes are popular almost everywhere. While many use it to brand themselves and create their online identities, there are others who use it to keep in touch with friends. Sharing thoughts, photographs, links, videos – there’s so much and more one can use social networks for. But don’t you find it difficult to manage all your networks? Wouldn’t it be useful to analyze the social activity across all the networks on one platform altogether?
Here’s where ThoughtBuzz comes in. This was an organization setup in 2008 to provide insights on social platforms for a user through big data and cross platform analytics across different social networks. It has offices in India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.
Thoughtbuzz provides a variety of social insights from evaluating a brand or a user’s social media presence to helping generate additional leads and clients to even establishing and reinvigorating the social media strategy of the organization. There are three kinds of plans (Free, 6 SGD per month and 160 SGD per month). They differ in the social networks evaluated as well as the other insights provided.
There is a simple way to signup for the FREE version which I tried. A user can either register by entering the user details or login using Facebook, Twitter or Google+ login. On entry, the user has to select the Country and click on Submit. The basic version allows to add only 2 social profiles (Facebook and Twitter) while the premium version allows adding 5 social profiles which includes Instagram, YouTube and Linkedin as well.
A dashboard with the global Twitter, YouTube and Instagram trends are visible. This can be customized according to one’s country. The user can add his Facebook and Twitter accounts to get going. I logged onto Facebook and imported my fans from my page ‘Aseem Rastogi’.
There is a feature for the user to engage with friends, family and other users or brands across all social networks within one dashboard. The posts and tweets can be scheduled and posted at a later date and time or posted immediately depending on the user’s choice.
The graphs and charts feature helped me analyze my reach, likes, followers etc. on both Twitter and Facebook for the past 45 days. For brands, this is an excellent feature to compare the social activity on the different social networks.
In case if there are any questions, there is also the FAQs and ‘Contact Us’ feature which is quite useful if one is still trying to get through the different features of the site without much success.
UI: Thoughtbuzz has a pretty neat and clean User Experience for users and brands to navigate through the website.
Graphs and charts: These insights which detail out the followers, likes and overall engagement of the users and brands on social networks is quite helpful to get insights on the social activity and make appropriate business decisions.
Competition: Klout provides social insights on all the social networks provided by Thoughtbuzz and many more in the free version.
Thoughtbuzz is an interesting and easy to use social monitoring tool for various brands and users who would like to keep an eye on their social influence and activity.