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Phone from TelemarketerIt was a lazy Saturday morning, I was getting bored, there was no power and I was done with the newspaper. Just then my land line began ringing, I was expecting it to be a wrong number as I use it only for Internet and I myself do not know the number.

Here is how it went:
Lady Caller: Hello is it Mr. Kamath?
Me: Yes.

Caller: Hello Mr. Kamath this is Ms xyz calling from abc, Delhi.
Me: Okay.

Caller: We would like to tell you about our new scheme and it features..Blah…Blah…Blah….Blah…
Me [in thoughts]: Nice voice…suits her telemarketing job, but how did she get my number?

The caller changes over to Hindi..the speed of speech is much faster now.

Caller: Blah…Blah…Blah….Blah…Blah….Blah…
Caller: Blah…Blah…Blah….Blah…Blah….Blah…
Caller: Blah…Blah…Blah….Blah…Blah….Blah…
(continues for 2 minutes)

Caller: What is your age Mr. Kamath?
Me: I am not interested in your offer. Thank you.

Caller: Mr Kamath. How can you tell you are not interested, you have not yet heard about it. How can you decide on its pro and cons before you hear about it…

Caller: Blah…Blah…Blah….Blah…Blah….Blah…
Caller: Blah…Blah…Blah….Blah…Blah….Blah…

Me (I cut her in between): If I am not interested..there is no point of any decision..Thank you.
Caller: No Mr. Kamath…Once you hear about the scheme…blah..blah..blah……blah…(continues speaking for 2 more minutes)

Me (in thoughts): Let her continue..you tried your best not to waster her time, now it is she who wants to continue talking to you..so let her do that…at least she is offering some good time pass. Come on, how often do you hear such fine tuned voice expect from such unexpected callers.

Caller: Mr. Kamath.. Can I know your age?
Me (in thoughts): Why is she behind my age, is she looking for someone to get married to??? Also If she can get my number, name and tells me that I am in good financial state how come she can’t find my out my age?

Me: No..no.. don’t stop please continue…
Caller: Mr. Kamath…If I go on continuing and give you all the details..blah…blah..blah and then if you tell me that you are not interested it will be bad.

Me: Didn’t I already tell you I am not interested in your offering..(almost laughing)
Caller: Ok. your wish..(cuts the call)
Me (in thoughts): I should have told her to call again after all she spent a good 10 minutes talking to me.

As I kept the phone down, power came back and I was left wondering was it just a coincidence or a marketing tactic ;-)

Facebook.com – a small take

As I was going through the post I made in my old and lost blog, I came across this post which I had written in October 2nd, 2006. It has been 5 years since I wrote this post and look how much has changed!!

Today I was introduced to Facebook.com by Diabolic Preacher. So what is Facebook, their blog mentions:

“We want to help people understand their world. We started at one school, and realized over and over again that this site was useful to everyone” not just to Harvard students, not just to college students, not just to students, not just to former students. We’ve kept growing to accommodate this fact.

This includes your friends who graduated pre-Facebook (yes, there was such a time), your friends who don’t have school or work email addresses, and your friends whose schools don’t give out email addresses. Now you can all connect.”

The feature set of Facebook is also pretty good, consider all these: Photos, Notes (Blog), Groups, Events, Messages..etc all add up to a good feature set. One of the advantages that this site has over other sites is the privacy settings options, where one can set from the lowest level of privacy to the highest level. This means that you have control over who see’s your profile, which is much better than letting any person in this world being able to see your profile.

One of the first things that you will notice while registering for Facebook.com is that it allows you to be a part of a regional network, or college or work place. I thought of joining the regional network of Karnataka, to my surprise, the smallest network that I can choose that I fit into is India, no statewise networks for India yet.

Then I tried out the Notes feature which let me import my blog posts directly into the profile, which is cool, very much like what Yahoo! 360 does. It also allows others to comment on your notes, which is kind of nice.Next I went on and tried the Photo’s section, created a album and uploaded some photos, even here it offered me, to whom the album should be visible to (all, friends and network, friends only) which is a nice set of options to have.

Then there is the Wall, a scrapbook (Orkut) kind of thing. Orkut scapping is just waste, since if you check out your scraps one month later you may not understand what was the context of the messages since you get to see only what the other side has posted, not what u posted on their scrap. Facebook has something called wall-to-wall which allows you to see all the post you made on the other party wall as well as the post the other part has made on your wall, all combined, so this at least makes some sense.

There are many more things still left to check out…..will post about that later…currently there are less than 2000 people in the India network….so not many people I know hang out there….lets see how my friends will react to this site.