5 Major Social Media Impacts In 2014

Recently Facebook completed 10 years of its existence.

Believe it or not, 10 years have gone by since you set up our Facebook profiles, filling them up with personal pictures and videos. Amidst the infinite internet matrix, seems like everyone has found a place where they can speak their minds- be it through this social networking site, or any other- like Twitter, YouTube or even Instagram. With the whole world engaged, it was inevitable that companies, small or big, started showcasing as well as promoting their products through these Social Media Giants.

Ultimately speaking, Social Media has now turned into a platform where the active display of personal interests is used as an advantage by start-ups to well-established companies to directly get to its customers.

#1 High Social Profile Government… Really?

Not just shopping but in Politics as well, Social Media is becoming an important direct communication medium with the public and the Indian politicians are beginning to understand this.
Not so long ago, then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram connected with the public through not only Facebook or Twitter, but also Google+ Hangouts. While some are keeping up with this trend like Modi who has about 2.3 million Twitter followers with 4.4 million Facebook ‘likes’, others like the Gandhis seem reticent.

#2 I Know Where Bipasha Basu Partied Last Night!

Like never experienced before, you can now get a quick news update through a tweet or your newsfeed. Celebrities have found a way through Social media to connect to fans and maintain public relations.
Be it an occasional Instagram post by Madhuri Dixit Nene sharing a moment from behind the scenes of her set, or Nikhil Chinapa updating his fans about his vacation in Cambodia on Facebook, or even just Mumbai celebs stuck in perpetual traffic jams updating their frustration in one line on Twitter, one can’t complain about how Social Media is bringing the world virtually closer.

#3 Hello Online Shopping!

I can now find several Facebook ‘pages’ selling everything from jewel accessories, gorgeous saris to even properties. Shopping portals such as Jabong or Flipcart are constantly promoting themselves through social giants like Facebook only to end up attracting hundreds, if not thousands of customers every day. Though a relatively slow pick, Indians are now happily logging in to shop.

#4 Display Your Opinion: It Matters

Our friend Facebook thinks fast. Just before the largest democracy voting, Facebook launched it’s “I voted” check-in. All of the sudden there was the need to share your finger selfie, showing your support and interest in your country’s future.

#5 Resources For Entrepreneurs

Crowd sourcing is now a major way to receive funding for your startup, through social media. Enough said.
Another Social Media giant is YouTube which has been around relatively longer than Facebook but somehow stills maintains its importance and individualistic approach to social networking.
This site is not just used to watch famous saas-bahu serials for Indian television lovers abroad, but YouTube is also being used to upload and share audio-visual projects by students. For instance, a prestigious film university based in London asks its prospective students to display their talent by creating and sharing a video. A scholarship is awarded to the most popular video, i.e., the video with maximum ‘likes’ and comments. Polls and surveys are now easier to conduct as access to the public is more convenient- faster and inexpensive.
People are using this Social medium to demonstrate their skills like singing, playing a musical instrument or even act out a role. In other words, reaching your targeted audience has never been easier.
Be it companies, consumers, customers or students, everyone is enjoying the perks of Social Media and looking forward to what else there is in store for the future.

Do the Chinese really eat insects?

This is to answer that one question you always had about the Chinese. Do they really eat insects? Let’s find out.

Even though eating insects is a taboo in most societies, it dates back thousands of years. Not only do the Chinese but a lot of south Asian countries like Korea and Thailand including other parts of the world like North, Central, South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand enjoy ingesting insects.

I come from a culture where we more or less kill insects to protect ourselves and not because we want to eat them. It’s a cultural difference and perspective that’s hard to step away from.

While researching on the consumption of insects or entomophagy, it came to me as a surprise that the main consumers for these creepy guys  are in Thailand and not China. Grasshoppers, centipedes, various bug larvae, silkworms, multiple creepy giant cockroach lookalikes fall into the list of bugs humans consume.

Other unusual food consumed includes seahorses, scorpions, even animal body parts like snakehead soup, duck feet marinated in blood, solidified duck blood, pork lungs, peacock and pig face. Banquet specialties include cow’s lung soaked in chili sauce, goose stomachs, fish lips with celery, goat’s feet tendons in wheat noodles, shark’s stomach soup, chicken-feet soup, monkey’s head, ox forehead, turtle casserole, pigeon brain, deer ligament and snake venom, lily bulbs and deer’s penis… no, no typo, penis.

What came as a bigger shock was that even though people blame the rapid rate of urbanization and industrialization for China’s pollution problems and water shortages, few recognize that meat industries are to be equally blamed. Livestock produces more greenhouse gasses on the planet than all automobiles and other forms of transportation combined.

China’s meat consumption per capita has nearly quadrupled over the past 30 years to an estimated 71 million tons per year. And if China’s meat consumption doesn’t slow down, the environmental consequences could be disastrous.

So is there anything in the world that the Chinese find disgusting ?

Believe it or not, many regard eating cheese or butter as disgusting; they consider eating a plain cooked steak as primitive and unappetizing and find the French custom of eating snails to be strange.

[Images from Flickr][sources: http://factsanddetails.com]

The Next Best 7 Wonders of Beijing

This post is in response to the article on the 7 Wonders of Beijing.

Blue sky days, Mc Donalds delivery, Taobao and Ayis, are few of the seven wonders that the author mentions in his article on thebeijinger. Well, here is the list of the next best 7 Wonders of Beijing.

1. Pyro Pizza

Like all good things, this amazing pizza place, is located in the Wudaokuo district. Offering the most amazing pepperoni pizza, and the most exciting menu, Pyro also delivers right to your door step. Celebrations or no celebrations, good times call for some Pyro!

2. BLCU/BFSU

These two universities are among the most famous universities for foreigners. Located in the Haidian district, majority of foreigners that come to Beijing to study get enrolled here for their bachelors and even language courses. Having studied in BLCU, I have got to say, the sort of university life I’ve enjoyed for one year- learning mandarin, travelling around China, meeting new people and making new friends in addition to my favorite – numerous conversations with the taxi drivers, the ride has been amazing.

3. National Holidays

The Chinese work hard, play harder. The few days they get off they spend travelling around and even out of the country. Unfortunately, I had to travel these national holidays and had the (unlucky) chance to be one of the millions travelling around the same time. For more on that, click here.

4. CCTV 6

The first day I moved in Chaoyang, I happened to browse through the Chinese channels and TO MY SURPRISE, I bumped into CCTV 6 playing “Kites”, a Bollywood movie featuring Hrithik Roshan. CCTV 6, the movies channel does rescue you sometimes even if it’s with some funny and interesting Chinese movies.

5. Roller-blades

Trolling around the city, I have come across people on roller-blades more than once. Enjoying the wind and the crowd behind you, roller-blades are not a bad idea moving through this busy city.

6. The Alien Market, Russian District

After moving to the Chaoyang district, here in Chaoyangmen, I live 5 minutes away from The Alien Market a.k.a The Russian district. Along with the huge shopping malls, there are a bunch of posh Russian restaurants also located here.

7. Thebeijinger

This is one website that might as well be introduced to you as soon as you land Beijing. Including everything from housing, personals, jobs, etc., under classifieds, it offers very interesting blogs as well as the most happening events around the city along with reviews of all the top restaurants the city has to offer.

Beijing Fragrant Hills Park (香山) & Cloud Temple in Pictures (2011)

Studying in Beijing also comes with travelling in Beijing and most of us have been to the hills near-by. The Fragrant Hills are one of them. Located around an hour away from the city, you can travel there by bus or even a taxi.

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