Saturday, February 22, 2014

Facebook ban in Sri Lanka? - The Great Traditional Media Conspiracy

"Student commits Suicide over a Facebook photo" | "Facebook love ends in Death" | "Man kills wife over a Facebook status (USA)" | “Facebook නිසා තවත් මරණයක්” (Hiru FM News) |

These are some of the headlines in Sri Lankan newspapers and TV/Radio news over the last couple of weeks. This morning I spotted this poster for ‘Irudina’ Sinhala newspaper, with the headline “ෆේස් බුක් තහනම් කරනු!” (Ban Facebook!).

All of a sudden, there is a huge increase in number of mass media content highlighting the bad side of Facebook and Social Media. If you look at these stories, the local media is highlighting the "Facebook" part of the story as the ‘news’, but undermine the social, cultural, and political factors leading to those sad incidents . 

Even before the Facebook era, people committed suicide over broken love affairs. Even before Facebook era, students committed suicide after facing a problem at school. Regardless of whether the person committed suicide over broken love affair started through Facebook or Sri Lanka Post (the most popular method of communication between lovers about 20 years ago!), the cause of the suicides remains to be "broken love", not Facebook or Sri Lanka Postal Department. If someone builds a logic, Facebook should be banned in Sri Lanka due to those suicide cases, and then we should have started it by banning postal service, SMS, telephone, and all sorts of communication. Wait; let’s start banning love and sex all together!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

7 Rules to Follow for Better Use of Mobile Phones

 I see lots of people who doesn't realize the importance of these rules.

Rule 1. If the person you are calling, doesn’t answer the call within 15 seconds; disconnect the call and try again later.

Rule 2. If the person you are calling declined your call, don’t call them immediately right away. They would have dropped the call for a reason (a meeting or something like that) so you shouldn’t irritate the person with repeated attempts of calling.

Rule 3. If the person you are calling declined your call, send him a text message asking for a convenient time to call back.

Rule 4. It is OK to decline/ignore an incoming call. If they are really in a hurry, there’s something called SMS to follow-up a declined/ignored call.

Rule 5. If you decline a call from someone, use an automated text message to let other person know the reason why you declined the call (I’m at a meeting, driving, eating, etc etc)

Rule 6. Always return the missed calls from known numbers!

Rule 7. Think twice before returning a missed call from an unknown number. If you were anticipating a call from an unknown number (a taxi you booked, call for a job interview you applied etc) you should always return such calls. But 80% of the time, when you return a missed call from an unknown number, you would realized you asked for some unnecessary trouble :-)

Did I miss anything? Add in the comments below..

Monday, August 19, 2013

Do You Have Broken Windows in Your Facebook Page?

I’ve received some good feedback on my last blog post about the ‘broken windows theory’. Some of them were discussing the applicability of this theory in certain other areas such as politics; particularly about what’s happening with some political parties in Sri Lanka :-)

Politics being one of the topics I have put a strict ‘self-regulation’ as a topic not to be discussed in this blog, I would rather leave it at that point and quickly jump into the topic which I’m about to write on my blog this evening.

The broken windows theory can be a good example why some Facebook pages (Youtube channels, blogs even) becomes favorite hunting grounds for trolls. A Facebook page which isn’t attended by its admins well enough can easily be a target of a competitor’s troll.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Broken Windows Theory and Ex-Alien Video

The Broken Windows Theory was introduced by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in 1982, as a theory in criminology which explains how maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime.
Ok, let me explain this with a classic example they always take when explaining this theory.

Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars. (From Wikipedia) 
 Now think about how most streets in Colombo & suburbs looked like four years ago. It was untidy, filthy, not well maintained. As a result what happened was, people fearlessly went ahead and dropped more garbage out of their vehicles. They spit on sidewalks, dropped their food wrappers on the streets, and in some streets in Colombo it was a common thing to see even people urinating on the sidewalks. Fast forward to 2013; thanks to massive urban development projects happening in and around Colombo, most of the streets are now well maintained, clean and disciplined. You will probably think more than twice before even dropping a toffee wrapper outside your vehicle, because nobody wants to be the ‘first culprit’ who spoils it all. Now, you might be asking me ‘how this broken window theory relates to Ex-Alien video?’ The relationship occurred to me when I noticed this Tweet on my timeline this morning.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Delivery Cranes and Google Quality Score

Kid: “How did I born, and become your son?”

Mom: “Well…. Your father and me got married, and god gave you us as a gift”

Kid: “But how did god come to your wedding? He’s supposed to be invisible?”

Mom: “Errrrr… a Delivery crane from heavens delivered you to us”

Kid: “But, how can such a small bird carry a baby?”

Mom: “Look honey, now there are things you don’t understand; it’s too complicated, you will know when you grow-up, now go to sleep”

Kid: “Mmmm… I think there’s something that you don’t tell me”


Marketer: “How does Google rank sponsored links?”

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