[Taken from a recent research on Indian users of Social Networking websites. Here are some common trends desi netizens follow, and what those trends say about them.]
Trend: Status message talking about some ‘celebrity’ engagement
Some recent desi status messages read:
1. “The Prince got engaged yayyyy”
2. “Another royal wedding soon”
3. “Kate Middleton and the Prince look so happy together.”
Ah, such a great news for the mankind, particularly for the desi-kind. After a hard day’s work and after hearing about the telecom scam again and again, the news of our master’s engagement came as a heavenly respite. Let’s sing in praise for the new queen-to-be. The problem is, the media will move on to another chick soon, just as they have moved on from the stripped-to-stardom Larissa Riquelme to the clean-shaven Kate Middleton. Unless, of course, Kate keeps giving the paparazzi regular glimpse of some royal undergarments. The chap that will marry her will get angry, though. She will have to be careful, or meet with the same fate as her late mom-in-law.
[Side-notes: The British parliament will have to approve the engagement! What else do they have to approve – which jockey Kate gets to sleep with on the side? I feel for the British royal family. They are like very well-fed animals in a grand zoo.
British Taxpayers will pay for the wedding. Can they stake a proportional claim on the bride?]
Personality: The proud hereditary slave personality
Trend: Display IQ Score on Facebook profile
Admit it. Every once in a while you search for people on Facebook with an IQ score greater than, say, 161. You don’t? Well, may be you are not one of those people! But some people think that you do, and they are there to help you out by displaying there IQ score (from some shady application) on there profile. Visit my Facebook profile to see an example.
Personality: The narcissistic loser personality
Trend: Very high Farmville (or any other damn-ville) score
Getting high score in any of the games from Zynga requires determination, passion and absolute dedication. You can not get a high score there unless you are always on the lookout for a stray pink calf (that will grow up in 3 days 2 hours 17 mins and 43 seconds and start giving strawberry milk), or have created multiple profiles to be your own neighbor and to give gifts to your seventeen selves, or focus on anything even remotely meaningful in the real world. Treat those ____-ville games as just games at your own risk. Here is some more related information.
Personality: The I-live-in-a-fool’s-paradise personality
Trend: Tweeting (or updating status on Facebook) frequently
What’s the meaning of using social networking sites if you don’t let the whole world know what you’re doing at this precise moment? Who else will that other than you? Wouldn’t the world be a dull place without such updates as:
tweet_king 12:02 pm: Just entered a #Japanese #restaurant
tweet_king 12:03 pm: planning to try chopsticks
tweet_king 12:15 pm: cudnt manage chopsticks
tweet_king 12:15 pm: some wasabi sauce on my shirt #fml
tweet_king 12:16 pm: wiped the sauce off but stain remains
tweet_king 12:22 pm: sipping diet coke now
Personality: The I-fee-like-a-celebrity personality, often perceived by other people as you-are-just-a-moron
Trend: Following random celebs on twitterCelebs are to be followed, otherwise they wouldn’t be celebs. And it’s the duty of all non-celebs to follow the celebs on twitter. It’s another thing that Rajesh Kapoor is the real person tweeting for Shahrukh Khan. See who I follow on Twitter.
Personality: The floating turd personality
Celebrity Trend: Endorsing (or advertising for) products for free
A tweet from Shreya Ghosal indicated how excited she was to get an iPad (yeah, just an iPad). Sonam Kapoor made seven tweets about how overwhelmed she was by her first D&G perfume!
Personality: I-am-a-celebrity-and-I-have-no-clue-what-I-am-doing personality
Trend: Joining groups for a humanitarian cause
It is important to join groups/communities on Facebook etc to save the planet earth. Already a lot has been accomplished by these groups (read here). New groups like Save the African Tigers or North Pole is for the Penguins or Stop Poaching of Himalayan Polar Bears are popping up every day. It’s nice to see that finally some major problems of the world are being solved through Facebook and Twitter. It would be foolish for anyone not to join these communities.
Personality: The sheep
Just read about an example of how to better use social networking and texting. Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli broke up with his Italian model girlfriend, Melissa Castagnoli, via text message. They had met on Facebook.