SOCIALISM

  • Harassment a common part of online life: Survey 19 hours 32 minutes ago

    New York: A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Centre found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty per cent have experienced...
  • Chhattisgarh to set up district-level panels for third-gender community 21 hours 39 minutes ago

    Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up district-level committees for the effective implementation of its schemes for the third-gender community. The district-level committees, to be headed by Collectors or Additional Collectors, will ensure that the benefits of the welfare schemes for transgenders reach them, an official said. In a...
  • Social media war over 'Yes' or 'No' to firecrackers 3 days ago

    New Delhi: We are living in dangerous times. The hyper social media 'activism' has made everything sensitive these days. It seems almost everybody is facing a Hamletian dilemma of 'to do or not do or 'to be or not to be'. The latest debate is over bursting of firecrackers during...
  • Monica Lewinsky joins twitter 3 days ago

    Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, has joined twitter. She described herself as a social activist and public speaker among other things. ...
  • Social media helps find missing Indian girl in Sharjah 3 days ago

    Sharjah: A minor Indian girl, who went missing from her home in Sharjah, was found after some five hours -- thanks to social media spreading information about her, media reported Monday. "The missing eight-year-old girl was spotted by a passerby near Joy Alukkas Centre in Rolla," Khaleej Times quoted her father...
  • Project to scan 'social pollution' on Twitter: Researchers 6 days ago

    New York: Researchers at the Indiana University in the US are working on an ambitious project to collect and analyse 'social pollution' that is spreading on social media like Twitter. Funded by the US National Science Foundation, the project named "Truthy" will study what researchers call "social epidemics", including how memes...
  • Twitter users will now see tweets from accounts they don't follow. Here's why 6 days ago

    San Francisco: Twitter said Friday it would start reconfiguring its users' timelines with "relevant" messages from people they haven't bothered to follow at the service. Based on a positive response from its tests, the popular one-to-many messaging service is inching toward the Facebook model of using software to "curate" what users...
  • Here's why lonely people spend more time on Facebook October 14, 2014

    Washington: Feeling of loneliness drives people to Facebook, according to a new study. Researchers found that compared to non-lonely people, lonely people spend more time on Facebook. Lonely individuals who are shy or have low social support may turn to Facebook to compensate for their lack of social skills and/or social...
  • Delhi Traffic Police asks people to use Facebook, Whatsapp to complain illegal parking October 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Traffic Police, in its effort to curb parking mafia in the national capital, has asked people to come forward and complain about illegal parking in the city through their Facebook page and traffic helpline numbers 1095. Delhiites can also lodge such complaints at Delhi Police's anti-corruption WhatsApp helpline...
  • 113-year-old woman fudges date of birth to join Facebook October 12, 2014

    New York: Anna Stoehr, one of the oldest living people in the world at age 113, has finally got herself a Facebook account. What she had to do was to lie about her actual age as the earliest birth year listed on Facebook to create a new profile is 1905. Stoehr,...
  • Why people stalk Facebook profiles of not-so-successful friends October 12, 2014

    New York: When feeling down and out, do you scan through Facebook profiles of friends who are not so successful to find some solace that you are not alone struggling with life? According to a study, people in good mood surf profiles of friends who are successful and attractive. On the other...
  • Time to scrap laws which turn ordinary men into criminals! October 10, 2014

    Beginning Saturday, 4 October 2014, the death of Raghavendra Guruprasad and his two boys has been discussed in newspapers, on TV channels, and in the social media. For those who have not heard about him, Guruprasad was an ordinary Indian male, with above average intelligence, who worked hard to...
  • Maharashtra polls: BJP pulls advertisements that triggered jokes on social media October 9, 2014

    Mumbai: The BJP has withdrawn a series of advertisements rhetorically asking "Kuthe neun thevlay Maharashtra maajha? (Where have you taken my Maharashtra?)" that attracted severe criticism from various quarters. "The ads have been dropped, but that is a scheduled action and has nothing to do with criticism or ridicule they...
  • HC asks police to use social media, mobile in tracing missing persons October 9, 2014

    Madurai: Madras High Court Bench on Thursday suggested police personnel be trained in modern technologies including the use of computers, social media, mobile phones and Global Positioning System (GPS), in tracing missing persons. A bench comprising Justices S Manikumar and VS Ravi, in a common interim order on...
  • Mark Zuckerberg addresses the first Internet.org summit in New Delhi; to meet PM Modi on October 10 October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is on a two-day visit to India, the second biggest market for the social networking giant, addressed the first Internet.org summit on October 9 in New Delhi. Addressing the summit, Zuckergberg said that more than one billion people don't have the Internet access in...
  • Maharashtra polls: Parties take social media route to woo voters October 9, 2014

    Mumbai: Taking a cue from the success of BJP's online campaign in Lok Sabha election, the other parties have opened up their war chest to spend on social media to expand the reach of their mass contact campaign for the Maharashtra Assembly polls. The NCP, staring at a massive anti-incumbency factor,...
  • Modi to meet Zuckerberg, likely to discuss use of Facebook, social media for improving governance October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has come to India for a two day visit during which he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two are likely to discuss how social media can be used for improving governance and enhancing India's tourism. Tech Expert Rishabh Jain said, "Facebook has a...
  • Missing one-year-old Abhinav's parents take desperate measures to find him October 8, 2014

    It's been eleven days since one-year-old Abhinav went missing from near his Noida home. His anxious parents are now taking every step possible to trace him. ...
  • One-year-old Abhinav's family takes to social media to trace their missing child October 8, 2014

    Noida: Worried parents of one-year-old Abhinav who has been missing since the last 11 days have now taken to social media to find their child. Abhinav had gone missing from near his Noida home last week. His mother Priyanka says Abhinav and other children in the locality had gathered to...
  • Breakup may cost you Twitter followers: Study October 7, 2014

    London: A romantic breakup could cost you 20 Twitter followers on average, according to a new study. Researchers from Aalto University, Qatar Computing Research Institute and the University of Michigan found that a decrease in cross-messaging on social media can be indicative of an impending split and the event itself predicts...
  • Did an intensive social media campaign help this couple find their missing daughter? October 6, 2014

    Three-year-old Jahnvi, who went missing from the capital, is now back with her family after eight days. But there are still no clear answers on where she was. As Jhanvi returned with her head shaved, there are some who are suggesting the intense social media campaign to find her spooked...
  • Kidnapped baby Jhanvi found: Has social media helped in policing? October 6, 2014

    A three-year-old, Jhanvi, who went missing from India Gate over a week ago has been traced with her head shaved and a placard around her neck at a market in Janakpuri locality of Delhi late Tuesday evening. CNN-IBN asks whether the social media has helped in policing. ...
  • Conservative Muslim clerics condemn #HajjSelfies as they flood social media October 6, 2014

    Mina (Saudi Arabia): Raising his arm, Yousef Ali hugs his elderly father in front of one of Islam's holiest sites as they grin for a selfie -- a craze that has hit this year's hajj. But not everyone is happy about young pilgrims from around the world constantly snapping "selfies", photographs...
  • Here's how Twitter brings Bangalore police and people closer October 6, 2014

    Bangalore: Perhaps, the Bangalore City Police is the most interactive police force in the entire India, today. It has not been like this till recently. Then, what has changed in the last few months? The answer is M N Reddi, the new police commissioner of Bangalore. After the unceremonious exit...
  • Social media can generate content for advertisers: Expert October 5, 2014

    Kolkata: Indian advertisers can use social media as a content generator besides utilising it as a new marketing medium, says an expert. "Millions of people all over the world are sharing videos and pictures every day on a number of social media platforms. You can filter out the type of...
  • Kiran Bedi holds the district administration responsible for the Patna stampede October 4, 2014

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said that the district administration was to be blamed for whatever happened in Gandhi Maidan in Patna. "Callous attitude, no leadership, lack of coordination by the authorities were the various reasons for the stampede," said Kiran Bedi. ...
  • Singapore honours veteran Indian-origin social worker October 3, 2014

    Singapore: An 80-year-old Indian-origin social worker in Singapore has been felicitated and given a cash prize of SGD 10,000 for his community work. KV Veloo was felicitated by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong and an award by Tabla, a local weekly on Indian social activities in addition...
  • Twitter grants $10 million to MIT for social data analysis, new tools October 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Twitter gave $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research that would explore how people use and achieve shared goals using social networks. Over five years, the university's researchers will organize a vast quantity of content from Twitter, Reddit and other online forums and build new communication...
  • Flashback to 2006: When Orkut was the opium of the Internet masses September 30, 2014

    Google is shutting down its once-popular social networking website Orkut on September 30. The glory days of Orkut are now long gone with its last bastions India and Brazil also switching their loyalties to Facebook, this news item from eight years ago gives us an idea of how popular and...
  • Goodbye, Orkut! Google's first social network shutting down today September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Orkut, Google's first foray into social networking, is closing down today. Announced three months back, Google is going to shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, on September 30 to focus on its other social networking initiatives. Orkut was launched ten years ago but has failed to put...