Top 10 kind of tweeple I choose not to follow on twitter

Ok here Is my “top 10 kind of tweeple I choose not to follow on twitter.”

1) I will not follow people who who are neither right nor left nor centre of right. In short, very prejudiced people are out from my twitter follow list.

2) People who lifecast, I occasionally like to envy on the designer coffee you are having or will chuckle on your observation of random people and places. But if it’s not buffered (spaced well), I will not show any regret when I hit the unfollow.

3) Emotional people – Iam hugely guilty on this count, especially when its late in the night, I like to let out. But I am not going to follow a late night philosopher. Sorry.

4) people who mostly share updates via Facebook. Twitter is a different audience, treat it separately please!

5) People who unneccessary and mindlessly RT with a comment and make me part of online white noise. You are unfollowed.

6) then there are people who think you should follow them, just because they follow you. No! I can’t do that, my attention is limited and I will pick and choose and unfollow you when you no longer give me relevant feedback or information.

7) Pretty girls calling for attention (not from me though, I’m ignored, but my TL) are promptly dumped.

8) arrogant geeks

9) abstract talkers or smart talkers. So what we are friends, buzz off.

10) people like me!


Why I left the Twitter cocktail Party.

Painting By Jokulo Cooper

Twitter or rather social networking is like a cocktail party. There are friends, there are aquaintances and then there are friends of friends and many perfect strangers who you can freak out!.  They all meet, intermingle and have a ball of time. Sometime they  form small groups, sometimes they stand alone in the crowd.

I was a regular at the twitter cocktail party, I usually kept to myself nursing my drink, But I just decided to call it a day! why?

I unfollowed around 250 people I used to follow, these are the people who dont tweet or sometimes they are tweeple who you converse, but they havent come around to follow you back. It just means they like you enough to say “cheers” but dont want to be seen with you socially. (Ok, I maybe wrong, but I am assuming here.)

What I would like to do is bring down the number of the people I follow to 150 people. These would be essentially people I know in person “OR” people who add great value to my network, by sharing interesting (relevant) things.

For the people in the cocktail circuit , If you need to connect with me, you can always email me at manoj at manojnayak dot com.

BTW I used Twitter Karma to unfollow.

What to do in case there is wife beating or domestic violence in your neighbourhood.

  1. I asked my Facebook and twitter community for help, below are some of the responses.
  2. “@powaiinfo: Just got a call from a friend that a guy is beating his wife and kids mercilessly, she is asking what to do? Any NGO? #fb”
    December 15, 2011 2:37:02 PM EST
  3. @powaiinfo the neighbours should go and ring the bell…atleast the firts level of intervention a mesage that they are being watched…
    December 15, 2011 2:37:55 PM EST
  4. @powaiinfo helpline 103 for women, senior citizens and children. the that is best to stop the abuse then the ngo can intervene
    December 15, 2011 10:09:05 PM EST
  5. @powaiinfo CALL THE POLICE.
    December 15, 2011 2:37:36 PM EST
  6. @Sengupta @powaiinfo Go ring the door bell.
    December 15, 2011 2:42:44 PM EST
  7. @Sengupta @powaiinfo 103 / 7738133133 / 7738144144
    December 15, 2011 2:43:38 PM EST
  8. @sahilk @powaiinfo When it is physical violence- unless you’re entirely sure you can take the guy down, do no such thing. Call the police.
    December 15, 2011 2:45:16 PM EST
  9. Sahil argues that the best first plan of action is “Bell Bajao!”
  10. @Sengupta @powaiinfo Not about bringing the other guy down. Just ring the door bell. Remember the Bell Bajao campaign?
    December 15, 2011 2:46:29 PM EST
  11. is a NGO that trains people to fight against DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
  12. @Sengupta @powaiinfo Here:
    December 15, 2011 2:48:11 PM EST
  13. @manojnayak @powaiinfo you could pass this on thanks @AnkitBathija
    December 15, 2011 3:09:45 PM EST
  14. @powaiinfo where is it? u can call police senior mr kolekar asap… 9821270474
    December 15, 2011 2:52:01 PM EST
  15. December 15, 2011 3:13:07 PM EST
  16. @Naina @DKMahant @powaiinfo call the cops! DV Act!
    December 15, 2011 3:13:41 PM EST
  17. @DKMahant @Naina @powaiinfo please google Lawyers Collective and search their mumbai number on website.. Its a ngo for womens rights.
    December 15, 2011 3:18:12 PM EST
  18. @Naina @powaiinfo Ask her to contact the Women & Child Welfare Dept.’s Helpline number in tht city !
    December 15, 2011 3:20:57 PM EST
  19. @powaiinfo @shivOO @vivekvpandit sharadpawar the local corporator lives in lakeside. He’s a helpful person. Can approach
    December 15, 2011 4:11:33 PM EST
  20. @Naina @vishweshk @powaiinfo dfon’t know about NGO, but she must file a police complaint – an FIR and NOT NC, to protect self. Insist on FIR
    December 15, 2011 9:06:19 PM EST
  21. Last SMS I got from the friend was that the beating had stopped and the family seems to have gone to sleep. She said it was a routine matter and she would use the information next time to complain.

How to set up a Self Hosted WordPress Blog and start making money.

I read this morning around 275 million people used wordpress to blog in the month of October 2011. But this is not a great figure, considering a thriving population of 7 billion on this planet.

Leaving this figure aside, My personal objective is to convince more and more people to start a blog and then make money out of the blogs. A blog it is said takes around 8 years to start paying off so that you can quit your job and become a full time blogger. I really dont have the figure on how many people in India survive with Blogging income as their main source of income.

I have been lucky, I started making money from the 1st year onward, and this is my 3rd year that I am a full time blogger. I have actually evolved in to hyper-local media website. What I want to share is that I have the formula which I can share that you start making money via blogging, and at the end of the 3rd year, you can kiss your 9 to 5 job goodbye and start living by your blog and working on what you are passionate about.

Check this presentation video below and drop me a line if you need help on setting up a blogging business.


Can advertisers use brand “Gandhi” free of cost?

When I saw a few ads of apple and airtel using Gandhi in their value statement advertisement. I felt that they need to pay a royalty to the Gandhi Trust. If the photographer can get paid then the Gandhi Trust should also get paid. Here is a twitter discussion with Prashant.

  1. The Query

  2. Why do all corporates use Gandhi on their promo video’s, even apple did in 1998. I hope they are paying @TusharG royalty.
  3. This reply by Tushar Gandhi, confirms he (being a direct descendant) or Gandhi Trust is not paid by corporations who have used MKG image for brand building. 
  4. Prashant Argues very rightly that the Publisher of these images own the rights. Follow the entire discussion. 
  5. @manojnayak pictures wud mostly be owned by getty/reuters. Apple wud’ve paid them. Why wud they pay anyone but the copyright owners?
  6. @prashantdr you are right. But not fair. Suppose a corporate uses Tendulkars picture, clicked by someone, Sachin w sue for sure! I think.
  7. @manojnayak yr still missing the point. The photographer owns the picture (or the co he sells it to, like Getty) not the person being shot
  8. @prashantdr i get your point, but the person whose picture has been used help define the brand position. So its not the artistic quality ..
  9. @prashantdr of the picture but the person who is in the picture who help the branding of the corporation. UNLESS the photographer contd
  10. has a written contract from (in this case) Gandhi (Trust) permission to do so for commercial purpose.
  11. @prashantdr legally they might be correct, but its unfair to exploit Brand Gandhi particularly by brands like Apple and Airtel.
  12. @prashantdr particularly if the original intent of the picture was for some news item. In this case the agency who owns the right is at faul
  13. @manojnayak brands *do* use ckter’s images out of line when they “congratulate” them. Don’t see anything out of line in Gandhi’s img though
  14. @manojnayak he’s a public figure and so long as the picture isn’t protected, well within rights to use them
  15. Tushar Gandhi’s reply to this discussion. 
  16. @manojnayak according to international law they require NOC from legal heirs.
  17. Sir, I am assuming they have not got the same. RT @tusharg: @manojnayak according to international law they require NOC from legal heirs.
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