Is it the curtains for Orkut?
Its not too long now before the headlines start screaming “Orkut used for murder”. Even as i type, Indian media channels have begun their discussions and viewer polls on how online social networking sites have become a menace. The reason for all this hungama happens to be the murder of a 16 year old Mumbai boy, Adnan Patrawala.
I dont need to tell you what happened, cause you can read plenty about it here. I have always felt that orkut and other similiar social networking sites exploit insecurities of individuals. They give people this false hope of popularity, a platform to lie and have an alterego. They start living in this fantasy world where friends are there only in name and not in reality. Why give people this false hope. Does having more number of friends actually make you a better person? A real friend is someone who calls you up just to say hi. Scraps, testimonials and e-greetings are just bull.
I write this because i have been asked numerous times why i dont have an orkut account and am quickly dismissed as an uncool person. For all of you who have 12000 scraps and over 500 friends on their list, just ask yourself how many actually care about you.
Anyway, i never really expected orkut to keep going. Its not too long before e-socializing fades away as something new comes out. I just find it sad when i see people spending so much of time obsessed with orkut which seems totally unproductive. Blogging on the other hand … 😀