Revealed! Why Facebook Is Popular In IndiaGone are the days when people used to feel the most excited on getting a new job, or attending a birthday party. Nowadays, people are most ecstatic when they have something to post on Facebook – a photo, or a video or relationship status (from single to committed).
Agreed Facebook deserves all the success that it has achieved. It cruised ahead of Orkut even before the latter could realize that it was a hare that dozed off and the former was a tortoise who refused to snooze. Its young CEO is a shining example of a creative mind. But still the question that bothered me is that why Facebook is so popular in India. So I put my thinking cap on my head, and without using Google, tried to find out the reasons for its popularity in this billion-strong country.
Given my Einstein + Edison intelligence level, it didn’t take me long to figure out the reasons.
Man, it’s free! In a country where fuel is costlier than beer, and vegetables sell at the price of gold bars, people are bound to jump on something that is free of cost.
It’s a superb time killing tool for idle minds. The girl in my neighborhood chats for hours on her cell phone with her boyfriend, and when the chat is over, logs on to Facebook from the cell itself to check for any comments. Then again her boyfriend calls back. This goes on until she dozes off (but not before she updates her status to: Going to sleep).
For those who like to pass comments on anything that happens in the world, or at least with their friends, Facebook is the ideal place to be. What’s more, there are always few people who would ‘Like’ your comment, no matter how pathetic it was.
If you have got something new recently, be an iPad, bike or even a pair of socks, you can put a picture of it on Facebook. Rest assured, you will get a few likes even though no one actually cares whether you travel on a bike or a bullock cart.
People (like me) who have not yet lost their heart to anyone (or who didn’t find anyone interested in their heart) can spend time on Facebook checking love compatibility and friendship quotients. Moreover, girls that are usually found hanging out with some guy in real life are ‘single’ on Facebook.
You can send a friendship request to absolutely anyone and get away with it. What’s more, some pretty girl may even accept it, no matter where you actually stay or how you look.
If you are an ugly looking guy or girl, you can modify your snap on Picasa or Photoshop, and then upload it on Facebook. All pimples and dark spots disappear and you look no less than Brad Pitt or Kristen Stewart (depending on your gender).
With the arrival of Google+, I do not know how long Facebook will continue to be part of people’s life. Maybe, Facebook will still emerge as the tortoise that never snoozes. We Indians have the habit of trying to copy the western world, be it cinema or everyday lifestyle. As long as the western countries continue their love affair with Facebook, the social network should take it easy in India as well.
And those girls who liked this blogpost of mine, why not add me on Facebook? Just type Prabodh Phanse in the search box, and here you go. Lol.