Monthly Archives: June 2008

Do people still watch Doordarshan?

Found this video on a friend’s Orkut profile. It is nostalgic, but it made me realize something I never thought about before. This video is 5 minutes and 48 seconds long. That is a few lakhs Rupees worth air time. I remember that the video was aired 2-3 times a day, which means a lot of missing revenues. No wonder Doordarshan isn’t profitable or has high quality programming.

Obviously I don’t know what exactly was going on in DD’s offices. May be they did not have enough advertisers and used these videos as fillers.
Update: Ashish confirmed that they still play the song.
I realized that I get Doordarshan on Direct TV. If you subscribe to Indian package on Direct, it is channel # 2025 (right after Cricket Plus)

What I did on 2008-06-07

  • Trying to understand what Plurk is. So far it seems like another Twitter #
  • Plurk looks more like a chat room to me & its profile colors hurt my eyes. May be it is twitter for kids? I c a lot of 14-17 yrs old on it. #
  • dropping my car for service #

Plurk Vs Twitter

Plurk is ‘enhanced’ version of Twitter. IMO Twitter got popular because of it is really easy to use. In my busy life, I don’t have enough time to see what my Karma is or some complicated timelines. Twitter works for me because it is a free form short messaging. Back in the days when Twitter’s IM worked fine, I rarely logged on to the web interface.

I think Plurk makes things complicated and might features over done. Although it is great that they have all the major IM support. At this time Plurk looks like a great tool for teenagers (like myspace crowd). They’d love to collect Karma and get starred etc. I don’t see Obama lifestreaming on Plurk any time soon*. Or Jet Blue using it for customer service*.

Right now I am interested to see if this Python based messaging app be able to scale well, unlike Twitter.

* I’ve been wrong in the past.

PS: I am back from India.