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Old 17th September 2011, 10:07 AM
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Is There a Future for Social Media in Hindi?

Damned Right there is!

http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2...edia-in-hindi/

"Research firm Socialbakers ranks India as third in the world for Facebook users after the U.S. and Indonesia. This exemplifies the growing popularity of social networking in general across India.

And a growing portion of India’s Internet users is set to come from people, often in rural areas, with less privileged backgrounds compared to the web-savvy urbanites who have dominated web traffic so far in India. Among that new population, English is less common – yet the potential market for Internet companies is huge, which explains why Facebook, Google, YouTube and now Twitter are ramping up their Hindi offerings.

“Just like the television has become an indispensable part of households in villages today, the internet is soon to follow” said Sasidharan, a Chennai-based social media analyst who only goes by one name.

Mr. Sasidharan noted that today several small-scale entrepreneurs and NGOs have opened cyber cafés in villages. These frequently function as training centers aimed at equipping locals with tech skills.

The expansion won’t just come in Hindi. Google also offers searches in other eight Indian languages including Punjabi, Bengali and Tamil. Facebook, too, is available in many Indian languages, including Telugu and Malayalam. The social networking site launched its Hindi portal in May 2009.

But Hindi is the most widely-spoken Indian language and Hindi blogging is also on the rise. IndiBlogger, a popular Indian blog portal, hosted just 350 Hindi blogs in 2010. Now they host over 1,300 blogs in Hindi, many of which originate from bloggers based in towns and smaller Indian cities. (This blog also is translated into Hindi)."
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Re: Is There a Future for Social Media in Hindi?

The "potential" traffic is mindboggling with a billion + population....
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Re: Is There a Future for Social Media in Hindi?

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The "potential" traffic is mindboggling with a billion + population....
Yes, especially when what we call smart phones today will soon be standard issue.

Markets seem to think RIM is going the way of the dinosaurs and the Blackburry is history.
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Yes, especially when what we call smart phones today will soon be standard issue.

Markets seem to think RIM is going the way of the dinosaurs and the Blackburry is history.
Unbelievable that most see the real value of RIM in its back catalogue of patents.
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Re: Is There a Future for Social Media in Hindi?

don''t count RIM and Nokia out in India.

sub $100 smartphones is one thing.

used great feature phones with WAP browsers for $10 is still the standard.

sms is 100X of voice .

sms is basically India's email for 800 million people.
english, urdu or Hindi
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don''t count RIM and Nokia out in India.

sub $100 smartphones is one thing.

used great feature phones with WAP browsers for $10 is still the standard.

sms is 100X of voice .

sms is basically India's email for 800 million people.
english, urdu or Hindi
But that implies some form a script inputting skills. If that is done is Davengari, then we can look forward to huge amounts of type-in in the foreseeable future.
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Re: Is There a Future for Social Media in Hindi?

http://www.slideshare.net/ilaive/glo...r-presentation

should give you confidence in 'foreseeable future' David ????

again ...rim/nokia/ and android used phones below $100 soon to be $50...in 2012
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http://www.slideshare.net/ilaive/glo...r-presentation should give you confidence in 'foreseeable future' David ????
again ...rim/nokia/ and android used phones below $100 soon to be $50...in 2012
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Total (Indian) Languages- 122
Most Commonly used Languages in India are
Hindi – 422M
Bengali – 83M
Telugu – 74M
Marathi – 72M
Tamil – 61M
Urdu – 52M

English Users
300 M

Irony of telecommunication in India
‘All the services are designed for these 300M English speakers’
‘But for the remaining 800 Million people Language becomes a hindrance’
(Solution) “Need for a Devanagari text input systems for mobile phones”
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