Are you worried that Facebook overnight changed your email address to be something like ****.****.firstname.lastname@example.org? Yes, they did it a few months ago and overnight your email address either in gmail, yahoo or hotmail was replaced by ****@facebook.com in your About page.
There are thousands of ways people are using social media like Facebook or Twitter. Certainly, they have good aspects and sadly all are not that good at all! For example, manipulating others’ pictures, using other’s pictures or status without proper credit and unnecessary tags, to name only a few.
In this short write-up, I am talking about tags, which have embarrassed many people and find a reason to hate or not love facebook as much as they could.
Tagging pictures in Facebook
People want their beautiful pictures to be seen by as many people as they can reach. Therefore, even if your friend was in the other side of the Atlantic or was probably sleeping when you were taking pictures, you are tagging him/her in the pictures.
Last two years have brought great political upheavals in the Arab world. But now, there are two great things happening. One is the political uprising and the killings in Syria and the other is Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Conference in Iran.
The Prime Minister of Nepal Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has flown to attend the two-day conference starting Thursday. As Nepal has become an important member of the Movement for long, it is not unusual that the chief executive of the country participated. But not any more!
Concerns of the Western Nations
On the eve of his travel, Kathmandu-based diplomats from the powerful nations tried to convince him not to go to Tehran. It’s not because they have differences with the NAM but because they ‘hate’ the host country.
They are scared that Iran may take this opportunity to garner broader legitimacy and international support to its Uranium enrichment project which the Western nations fear threatens global peace and security. They also fear that Iran may use this opportunity to legitimize its support to the President Bashir al-Ashad’s brutal suppression of Syrian revolution.
Stop Dictating a sovereign nation!
While their concerns can’t be ignored outright and Nepal becomes cautious in not endorsing any such efforts by Iran, the western nations should stop dictating a sovereign country about where their chief executive can or can’t go.
Besides, when Ban-ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the UN, the lapdog of the powerful nations is attending the conference, the Western nations should take the lesson that the forum is too dear to overlook.
It is in their best interest if they looked at things the other way around and used the forum to convince Iran and other participating countries for the cause of global peace and solidarity.
In Nepal or even India and many other developing countries, debates about social media are more focused about their negative impacts i.e. defamation, obscenity, hatred and violence. Rather than discussing about how to make best use of these technologies, people are more worried about how to better control them. In my personal experience, even in some sessions that are designed to make people literate about social media, the debate shifts towards how to restrict them. I have found many people worried about controlling mechanisms even before they start using them! Continue reading