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Monday, February 16th, 2009 | Author:

On my way to college in the U-Special, this not-so-special girl standing next to me was talking to her friend. “Just scrap me. I’ll have a look and get back,” she said. When I reached the Rehearsal lawns, I began investigating.  From a friend, I received an invitation to Orkut along with three tips.

  • Upload an image for your profile (It should NOT reflect your image).
  • Get everybody on your friend list (Even your foes!).
  • Join a community (No immunity from communities! You’ll receive a dozen invitations every week).

This was how I entered the world of online social networking.

With all its cellphone-clicked photos, Youtube-borrowed videos and public scrapbooks, Orkut appeared glamorous. However, it was only after the experience of its usability, that I started appreciating this space.

Campus-curious freshers dug out everything they wanted to know about JP Tea Stall. The way in which the online presence of this tea stall has made it the hub of University’s pseudo-intellectuals is just amazing. A visit to its community will reveal how JP is much more than its renowned Rs3-iced tea. It has turned into a forum for protest against sexual harassment in the adjacent college. It advertises the festivals and events held in the campus. Besides, people even discuss the future of JP stall (I wonder if JP can be the next Starbucks by using the feedback).

When done with ragging, our seniors reserved their places for summer-internships through their Orkut contacts. The super-seniors were the smartest. They formed a community for every coveted PG course, six months before the entrance examination. Every piece of information about it was gathered by networking aspirants and friends who were successful the previous year.

The beautiful part of this informal exchange of information was the communication itself. The online medium of socialization can put up a cause, increase footfall at events and create a supreme sense of possession towards what we share. This is what makes it wonderful.

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