Interesting things

by Dina on January 15, 2009 · 4 comments

in blogs i enjoy,Phweet,Social Media,Stuff

I’ve been quiet here but have been reading. And playing games – I think I am quite addicted to some of them – Alphattack is my current fav and I’m determined to crack level 18 on hard to get the award. And I’m trying to get back sculpted arms!!!

I find myself opening GoogleReader less often these days – I seem to be getting most of my info off Twitter. I’ve more or less stopped using delicious (when did they delete the dots from their name???). Moreover, conversations that used to happen on blogs are moving to Twitter too.  It continues to amaze me how effective 140 characters can really be.

I thought I’d share some links here on what I’ve found interesting and thought-provoking, some of which I have tweeted over the last few days:

  1. Google Analytics Maximized – Deeper Analysis, Higher ROI and You I learnt a lot!
  2. Fantastic collection of the best of blogging in Anthropology in 2008 – Parts 1 and 2
  3. Web 2.0 and Transience -Manu questions what it means for brands to ‘engage’ in social media ending with “Perhaps the more meaningful discussions lie in figuring out how the basic pillars of web 2.o – connecting, sharing, collaborating-  can be used to build brands. The ‘How to use Twitter/Facebook for Marketing/PR’ are based on tools, and that would mean that we’ve been confusing tactics for strategy.”
  4. Asfaq questions the social media echo chamber
  5. Shefaly throws light on language as a challenge for global businesses
  6. This made me smile – a satire on Satyam Chairman’s trial by Web 2.0
  7. Top 20 iPhone applications for bloggers, designers and freelancers
  8. Peter has an amazing set of links to great writing at his post which is meant to attract writers for his new project with Forbes – Network 18 magazine. Smart strategy Pete!
  9. Stuart’s really honest review on Phweet – there are plans for a revamp – keep watching!!!
  10. A good round-up of statistics and milestones on the mobile phone market in India in 2008
  11. Social Mobile applications Myth and the LongTail “There have been many positive blog posts calling 2009 the “Year of Mobile”. I think they could be right. I also think 2009 is going to be the “Year of the Searcher” (see my earlier blog post). As I argued back then, let’s never forget it’s the users of our tools who we answer to. Social change happens on the ground, often through them, and not online.”

Meanwhile, help Gaurav Tandon, who’s bravely battling AML (a type of blood cancer).  And, thanks Stuart for updating my blog to WordPress 2.7 – takes a bit of getting used to but is a much neater-looking interface!


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1 Lee January 18, 2009 at 8:53 am

Hi Dina, seems a while since we worked together in India. It’s good to see from your blog that all is well. I now too have become addicted to alphattack due to this post (like to think it redeems those lost hours in typing class). All the best for 2009, and am blogging over at

2 Dina January 19, 2009 at 1:59 am

Hi Lee … don’t blame me if you get really really really hooked onto it :). I’m reggirl at miniclips – what’s your ID there – we can set up some challenges 🙂

Good to see you’re blogging – added you to my reader and hope to have some good blog conversations! Also hope 2009 is a great year for you.

3 ange January 23, 2009 at 2:25 am

Awesome update Dina 🙂 Good to see SecondLife mentioned up on the top references within the Satyam satire 😀 And given budget cuts by corps and all the rest of the nonsense being played around with, how do non profits and start ups like Phweet for example, guage funding?

4 Elroy Jetson January 23, 2009 at 10:10 am

I have found myself migrating toward twitter more often also. What does this say about my attention span? I do still utilize google reader often and have been toying with ways to make delicious more useful, but you are right, it is hard to blog lately when you can just reduce your thought to 140 characters.

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