Wednesday, October 15, 2014

$9000 to Join the Newest Social Network for the Rich

Money cant buy you friends, but it sure can buy you privacy. Imagine you are a celeb or a public figure, or just loaded with enough buck that doesn’t require you to engage with the lesser mortals. But then, the taste of social networking deprives you of making select friends on the Internet too.

The answer for the rich is here – Netropolitan. A social networking site for the rich which goes with the tagline, ‘The online country club for people with more money than time’. Netropolitan is a global online community for affluent and accomplished individuals worldwide to socialize in a private and secure manner.

The one time joining fee of $9000 gets you the access to create your member profile with subsequent annual fees of $3000 a year.

Netropolitan confirms their service is inaccessible from the public Internet, including search engines and all member transmission is encrypted. Presently the site is also ad-free and they would like to keep it the same. The site offers similar features and functionality as seen by other social networks including – status updates, following members, forums, groups, events, member search and more.

If you’re wondering how the site looks like without shelling out the $9000 fee, below are some screen grabs of the member section



So if you are someone who doesn’t mind shelling the bucks, go on and register, to start sharing your updates on the costliest wines you have sipped, or boast about your new set of sports wheels!

(Image courtesy: Netropolitan)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Farewell Orkut

The most famous & loved social network at one time among users of all age groups - Orkut shut down yesterday! According to a blog published by Orkut, the social networking site has comparatively seen the degrading traction on the website since a very long time. Whereas, the other ventures of Google like Youtube, blogger, Google+ etc have taken off and have reached the online audience on a larger extent.

In July 2014, Google had announced that they would be shelving Orkut in September 2014. Also, in bid to preserve the legacy of the closure, Google has decided to archive all the public communities, which is now available online. now redirects to If you’d like to see what’s happened to the website type and here’s what you will see

There were several emotional and nostalgic posts and tweets by users whose first access to social networking was introduced by Orkut. Timelines and newsfeeds were filled with ‘Farewell Orkut’ and ‘Will Miss Orkut’ especially from Brazil and India.

A social network that enjoyed worldwide popularity and had seen finer days has shut shop, something not expected way back then. Surely enough lessons to be learnt for other social networks or even for that matter both enterprises and startups alike. Learn to evolve, innovate, predict and if all fails, gracefully step down.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#DidYouKnow This Facebook Feature

Its strange how some of the nicer and sweeter Facebook features are largely unknown or get lost among the bigger updates.  Here, I am talking about the Facebook Save feature.
This feature allows a user to save links, videos, news stories, places and music from the news feed to be viewed later. The feature was introduced a couple of months back for iOS devices and gradually for Android and Web versions.

Things to know about Save
  1. It’s private. Only the user who built this gets to see the list.
  2. Save doesn’t show in a page insights
  3. At this time, Facebook cannot target ads specifically to saved content
  4. Only Text posts cannot be saved for viewing later. 

How To Save & Access

Click on the top right corner of the post
Select ‘Save……….’
The post gets Saved in your list

To access the saved links, click on Save under your favorites column

Do you think this is a feature that could be useful to users for later viewing?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Modi’s Victory Tweet The Most Retweeted Tweet From India

May 16, 2014 was the judgment day for Lok Sabha elections 2014. The whole nation had eyes on the results. By the time counting concluded, Narendra Modi tweeted the below which according to Twitter India, has become the most retweeted tweet from India.

At the time of drafting, its seen that the tweet has received 69,520 retweets & 44,447 favorites & its still increasing. This shows yet again that people use Twitter as a voracious media to consume news and interact thereby. Of course, this also shows the countless supporters of the to be PM on Twitter to extend their best wishes. Narendra Modi himself has been a very active Twitterati and has used the power of 140 as an effective communication method to reach voters.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How To Remove Ring From Swollen Finger

You know, every time you try on a ring and when it's difficult to remove it, the first thought that in-evidently comes to mind is 'this time I may just end up losing my finger'!

Well that's exactly the thought that struck my wife's mind when our engagement ring got stuck in her finger. Last Saturday, she tried the engagement ring on her finger after quite sometime and slept with it. Now, when you wake up your fingers usually are slightly puffy. You may know that if you've ever tried to remove a tight fitted ring from your finger just after waking up. That's exactly what my wife, Salma did. She woke up and wanted to remove the ring as it was feeling tight. The ring refused to come off and a lot of struggle on it ensured a swollen finger in just a few minutes. 

Now was the time to do the following tips that we knew of on how to remove ring from swollen finger. 
We tried all the following methods to remove the ring

1. Using soap to remove the ring.

2. Used oil to remove the ring.
3. Used dental floss to tie the thread around the finger and slid it under the ring, so as when you untie the thread the ring comes off it.
4. Used ice packs to reduce the swelling on the finger every ten minutes.
5. Had an anti-inflammatory pill to reduce the finger swelling
6. Switch on AC and fan to let body temperature come down to reduce swelling
7. And finally, slept over the matter for the night. (hoped to see the swelling reduce in morning and then try all the above steps again)

Waking up in the morning we saw no reduction in the swelling. Perhaps, it even increased. Things were now getting little freaky and we did not want to take chance of the ring stopping the blood circulation to the finger. Thankfully, the finger hadn't turned blue yet, else we would have visited a doctor immediately.

So, we finally headed to a Jeweller and see if we could get a ring cutter to get Salma off the agony.

The goldsmith here said he would do it, but not before giving us a warning. He said we will have to cut the ring and in case of any injury to the finger in the process he will not be responsible. The other option is to go to the doctor/hospital. We agreed to let him cut the ring.  And here's what happened:

The ring got cut in 5 minutes and Salma was relieved! Slight pain during the process but again, thankfully no injury or cuts due to the tool. The goldsmith was quite patient and seemed to know what he was doing. He said he's done this quite a few times. Another thing you would like to know, since this ring was 18 karat gold (which most rings with diamonds are) , it was tougher than a simple steel or 22/24 karat gold ring. Those just snap off easily since its delicate. But this engagement ring, (call it the strength of our love :P ) gave some harrowing time to us.

Hope this post helps you if you are ever stuck in the same situation. But before cutting the ring (or your finger) ensure you follow the above mentioned steps once. There are enough videos online to show you the processes for the above too!