5 reasons am thankful for technology..

5 reasons am thankful for technology..

Whether we accept it or not, the technology at our disposal has made our world a smaller place in more ways than one. While there are positives and negatives for everything, I would still like to think positively as far as technology is concerned.

Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, Weibo, Tencent, WeChat, Vkontakte, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and what not have provided us more ways than one to keep in touch with our near and dear ones. They help us remember and understand the likes, dislikes, where our loved ones are going, what they are doing and everything else happening in their lives. While on one hand, this may reflect on intruding someone’s privacy, on the other hand, this does play a role in bringing people closer whether in love, friendship or family relations. As they say “distance makes the heart grow fonder”.

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Microblog Mondays: My Twitter journey..

My Twitter Journey...

My Twitter Journey…

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In July, I complete 7 years on Twitter and I must say that the journey from my 1st tweet to my 45,410th tweet has been quite exciting. When I joined Twitter way back in 2009, it wasn’t half as famous in most parts of the world as is the case today.

Whenever I informed people that I was on Twitter, there was a common question on what can one actually tweet about. And even if one does, why would anyone listen? But Twitter has grown exponentially from being just another social network to a medium for news, advertisements, election campaigns, eCommerce businesses and more.

Seeing its growth, even the Twitter founders would have been left thanking their stars on the fact that they had uncovered a goldmine. On the flip side, trolls haven’t left Twitter alone and one always keeps encountering them day and night

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Buzzing on ThoughtBuzz


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 Pricing Plans

Thoughtbuzz Pricing Plans

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.

Thoughtbuzz Signup

Thoughtbuzz Signup


Choosing between basic and premium plans

Choosing between basic and premium plans

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.

Global Twitter, Instagram & Youtube Trends

Global Twitter, Instagram & Youtube Trends

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.

Last word:

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.

Written for the Thoughtbuzz review activity as part of an initiative at BlogAdda

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – March – My post no 12 for this month.
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Hyderabad Bloggers Meet: An experience..


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I have always cribbed about the fact that in the cities where I have resided in, there have generally been no blogger meets at least during those periods. From Pune to Hyderabad, I always longed to attend one. Yes, some are nothing but brand promotions with tea, coffee and good food thrown in for good measure. But the fact that you get a chance to meet some amazing bloggers across the spectrum is quite exciting.

Just a day prior to the Hyderabad Bloggers Meet, Manjulika dropped a note to me on Twitter with the FB page link about the details of the meet. I managed to register just in time and the rest is history. Interestingly this was the 4th such meet. And I thought no blogger meets happen in Hyderabad :O.

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Blogging Connects..

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There was a time when we had to spend hundreds of rupees to call someone anywhere in India let alone the world. Mobile phones were a rarity and a luxury as well. And the most famous one was Nokia (referred to as a brick by many because of its weight).

But today, technology has changed our perspective of the world around us in more ways than one. Whether its exploring the latest news or meeting and interacting with new people, finding jobs & perfect matches or building careers in music and writing, the online world gives each of us a great platform to do all this and more.

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