Monday, January 22, 2007

Survey about Blogs and Bloggers

Daily devotion to blogs waning

Dan Knutson, the man behind the blog "And I am somebody," still is somebody, even though he’s been missing from his Minnesota blog since August.

"Ghost Noise and Psychic Dream Butter" hasn’t rattled its chains since the summer. Even the confidently named "I Blog Therefore I Am" Web site posted only once between Dec. 4 and 17, an entry consisting simply of the word yadda repeated over and over.

"Yes, life has intervened," Knutson said recently. "I’d love to keep the blog going, but I’m fearful it may have gasped its last breath. It was great for a while, but it became a chore."
Knutson isn’t alone in feeling all blogged out.
The technology firm Gartner Inc. has announced that 2007 could be the year when the blog world loses steam.

Said Gartner:

• There were more than 56 million active weblogs, typically called blogs, in October, according to Technorati, but the average life span is three months and declining.

• Given the trend in the average life span of blogs and their current growth rate, there already are more than 200 million ex-bloggers. So, the peak number of bloggers worldwide will be about 100 million at some point in the first half of 2007.

• MySpace and Facebook lost visitors in September, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, a Web-tracking service. The number of unique U.S. visitors at MySpace fell 4 percent to 47.2 million from 49.2 million in August, and the number of visitors to Facebook fell 12 percent to 7.8 million from 8.9 million.

• Today’s overexuberance will level off to at least 30 million active bloggers and 30 million frequent community contributors worldwide.

That’s still a lot of yapping, but consider that Google recently estimated that the average blog is read by one person.

The reason, according to Gartner, is that people have gotten bored with their blogs, or just found the responsibility of saying something interesting every day just isn’t worth it.
"Everyone thinks they have something to say, until they’re put onstage and asked to say it," said Daryl Plummer, chief Gartner fellow.

Rex Sorgatz, who founded the site MNSpeak and now is Innovations Director for in Seattle, doesn’t think Gartner’s data portends the end for blogs.
"I’m honestly no blog triumphalist, but when did 100 million people involved in contributory media become a disappointment?" he said.

Sorgatz thinks that the definition of the term is changing: "There’s something happening on MySpace that is bloglike, but not exactly blogging. The same goes with Twitter, where people are sort of insta-blogging."
For now, many blogs clearly have a shelf life.

One blogger who decided to give it a rest is Kevin-M, at the Insomnia Report, who wrote this in October:
"Over the past couple of weeks I’ve grown less and less enthusiastic about keeping up this site. So I’ve decided to stop doing it for a little while. ... So, this is goodbye for now."

(Thanks to Coloumbus Dispatch)

Come on boys keep it up

Two boys selected from PIFA to represent Maharasthra for India Trials U-16.

Harshad Meher (GK) & Ajit Bhoir (Defender) players from PIFA Colaba Youngstar FC that was just promoted in their 1st year to Super Division have been called for the AIFF Indian team Under-16 trials to be held in February.

Only 3 boys were selected from Maharastra.

Harshad Meher (GK) played for PIFA Colaba Youngstar, was elected the best goal keeper at the recently concluded MDFA MFL Senior division tournament.

Ajit Bhoir (defender) was elected the best player of the tournament at the MDFA Mumbai Zonals for team PIFA-Colaba Zone.
Both these young players have been regular starters in the PIFA- CYFC team and have contributed to the teams success.

Coach & Director of PIFA Mr Nirvan Shah quotes "We are proud of these boys. The boys have worked hard and have quickly adapted to the PIFA training methods. Their success is due to their ability to understand the game and what their responsibility is on the field."

The final Indian team should be going to Germany for further training.

Cogrates all and keep it up!!!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Disturbing Fact of India

Stray dogs feed on with a charred human bodies of people killed in a political clash at Sonachuri area of Nandigram, 150 kilometers (95 miles) north of Calcutta, India, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. Six people were killed and scores more injured in clashes between villagers and ruling Communist Party members in India's West Bengal state in a dispute over the acquisition of farmland for industrial purposes, according to agency reports.

Gadar: The Revolution among us

Some Leftist are more Right

Gummadi Vitthal Rao alias Gadar, the poet who sings revolution was in the Pune city for last two days. He is the person who supports the Naxalite movement and still the government wont touches him. Gadar is so popular in naxalite areas of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh that whenever he goes for programme there are mob of around one-lack peoples to hear him. He is the person who seems dangerous for the government. Because of his popularity and his fiery thoughts government takes all precaution too avoid the worst situation.

But when one meets Gadar he is the simple person like us. He is so impressive that when you hear his songs and poems for a while you think that whatever he is saying is correct. Just giving simples examples he explains the serious topic like Special Economic Zone, Naxalite Movement, Economic policies and changing future of India etc.

As he is leftist he don’t bother to criticize the Marxist government in West Bengal on the SEZ issue. How can a government forcibly take lands of farmers for the industry for the name of SEZ? If any other government has done this then it is ok. One can understand the situation but how can Marxist government behave like this? WB government is not Marxist in the sense that they are going away from the thought of Carl Marx. One cannot be Marxist just by wearing Red clothes and taking Red flags in hand but there should be red color in your heart also.

SEZ issue will become more explosive in the future as per Gadar. According to him SEZ is the example of Imperialism of America. That’s why the American President George W. Bush was visited small village of Mehaboobnagar. America wants to conquer lands and water resources of India. (Other developing countries also) America is entering in India through SEZ and it will increase day by day. In future not only land but water and electricity will be the things because of which peoples will stand against each other and fight with neighbors.

We are passing through the phase of New Democratic Revolution. Some people may call this as Naxalite Movement. If New Democratic Revolution is Naxalism then I Support that movement. This is the movement against imperialism of America and World Bank. This is the movement against the Cultural and Economic invasion of America. This is the movement of farmers and adivasis against the government policies, Gadar adds.

Gadar says that Khairlanji may have occurred because of land. Upper caste people many not digest the thing that lower caste people owning land and fight starts. In villages land is key factor. In villages there is an unwritten rule that the person who has more land will rule the village. So everyone is eager to acquire more and more land.

To avoid such situation again land reformation is necessary. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was of the thought that every backward person should get reservation and Land Reformation is necessary. But political persons neglect the later thing and only gave reservations to the backward class. But now its perfect time to reform the lands and give some lands to backward class people for farming.

To avoid another Khairlanji Gadar is going to Marathi writers, poets and artists to discuss thing with them. Then discussing things with them he will decide next step. But Gadar wants to go slow but steady.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Could you belive this?

There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

1) He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!

2) He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.

3) He still lives in the same small 3 bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.

4) He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.

5) He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world's largest private jet company.

6) His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis.

7) He has given his CEO's only two rules. Rule number 1: do not lose any of your share holder's money. Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.

8) He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch television.

9) Bill Gates, the world's richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.

10) Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.

11) His advice to young people: Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself.