Tuesday, September 05, 2006

What !! Acroot ? ohhh Orkut !!

I think the title would summarize my introduction to this new online 'thing'. For those of you wondering what an "Acroot" means: a walnut is known as acroot in Hindi (north Indian language). The picture shows a bunch of them and is taken from Wikipedia.

So officially now I am an 'orkutian' which adds Orkut to the ever growing list of internet 'things' ..... mail id, chat id, some people have multiple ids!!!, website, blog, forum, photo viewer webpages etc. This effectively means more time on the computer which will surely lead to increased chances of back sore, neck problem, carpal tunnel syndrome, straining your eyes and other health problems that are summed up nicely (and ominously ) in this link.

And the best part is how fast the social relevance of such things change over a short period of time; 6 months ago I heard, "Did u hear about orkut?", which soon became, "Everyone is joining orkut" and the last straw which pushed me into panic mode and subsequent signup was, "WHAT !! You are not in orkut ?" - It sure sounded like "What !! You are not vaccinated ?". Sure, peer pressure is real.

In the end Orkut or acroot looked like a mix of chat, networking, matrimonial / dating service, forum / blog, mail, communication service and yeah a fortune cookie !! My first day's fortune: "Your present plans are going to succeed". Cha.... I wish I had a good one ready :(

It is funny how there are so many sites which claim to merge all the needs in site and ultimately we end up having accounts in so many sites. I wonder, is it the power of consumerism or too much time on the internet !?

PS: While filling out my profile I realized one interesting point; The field where one needs to fill in a website takes a maximum of 60 characters. This makes me think, what is the limit of the http name for a website ?


At 1:05 AM, Blogger Flavin said...

I totally agree that Orkut has become an important part of our online lives today. Infact I think nowadays, people spend more time in the virtual world than the real. However, it is good in a way because it kind of binds us together in ways unimagineable in the real world. Atleast you know how to get a message across to that old friend you had in school, thanks to Orkut. I've managed to get back in touch with so many old school friends, something that I thought was almost impossible.

The part about the effects on the body from prolonged use of the computer is definitely true. I follow (read..try to) a much simpler 20:20:20 rule. Take breaks every 20 minutes, try to look at some object 20m away for about 20 seconds. I also checked out some widget for the google desktop which performs the function of reminding you about taking breaks.

Oh yes, about the max. length of a URL, here is something to read.

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Supraja said...

Good one. I liked the Acroot, Orkut connection. Ha ha ha

At 6:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good piece of writing.acroot/ orkut is good but i have another one that is chirkut/orkut. chirkut in hindi means bevkoof.i say this coz people after joining orkut kill so much time like real chirkuts.

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Arun / Anna / AK said...

# anon:
I agree many people become
'chirkut' when they use Orkut. This happens with many online utilities. But it must be acknowledged that Orkut had been instrumental in getting long lost friends back in touch.

At 3:42 AM, Blogger Amy said...

I only joined Orkut cause i was bored one day and one of my friends sent me one of those invites. I get invites for different sites like every two days! I've now had orkut, hi5, bebo, myspace and an incomplete zorpia. It's crazy isn't it? The only ones i really use anymore is blogger and hotmail! I like your second last paragraph - so so true.


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