Blogging has given me many highs, going live from Facebook Mumbai Office recently was one such experience. I was coming to Mumbai to attend OTM, which is a trade show. So, when Tanvi from Facebook asked if I would be interested in visiting their office and going live from there, I was thrilled.
I boarded a Jet Airways flight from Delhi on the morning when I was supposed to go live. The flight started getting delayed. My original plan was to check-in to Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach and then go to FB office but due to the flight delay I went straight to FB Office from the airport itself. Imagine arriving at a posh destination with lots of luggage and looking totally shabby!
It was lunch time by then and my kind host, Tanvi invited me have food. On a Thursday they have a live Pav Bhaji counter too! The cafeteria is cool and with some nourishment inside me, I went looking for the restroom.
The restroom gave me some clue into the life of Facebookers! There were toothpaste and toothbrushes in the bathroom along with face wash and moisturizers! There is a separate shower room too! I believe coordination across offices in different parts of the world demands such facilities!
I spruced myself up as much as could and then I went looking for coffee. Tanvi offered me the coffee in the mug with the Facebook logo on it. Another person was going live before me, so I had time to kill. I clicked a selfie with the mug and posted it on Facebook! And so many of my friends told me to get (pinch, whack) the mug for them! It was fun seeing the high demand that Facebook mug generated on my feed!
Soon it was time for me to go live! I talked all things travel blogging. Here is the feed of the live session. Do watch when you can!
Blogging has been such immense fun for me, I never know what fun opportunities will come next! Going live from Facebook Mumbai office was one such experience that I am going to savor for a long time to come!
When I started blogging, in 2005, there was no Twitter, there was no Instagram. I resisted Facebook or a long time. Let me be honest, for a long time I was not one of those who would jump at a new platform. I have still not tried Snapchat. I just opened Reddit before I typed this.
Blogging has always been my first love. But gradually sponsorship came into blogging and my sponsors would ask- following on FB page, number of followers, on Twitter, Instagram and I eventually migrated to those platforms. Gradually I became faithful to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
I do not sync my feeds across social media platforms as I feel all offer me different opportunities and audiences.
For me Twitter is the place to go for multiple updates. Even ten times a day will do! If you follow a few thousand people your feed scrolls pretty fast. That gives me the illusion that no one reads anything and I can vent, make controversial comments, political comments and do everything that I can’t on Facebook! I believe I still post pictures most!
I try to restrict my updates to one a day, unless I am traveling. But I do end up sharing more than once often. Still it will b a rare day when you see me posting 5 updates are more! Chhavi’s picture go there, but predominantly I post travel updates on my personal profile too!
I do have a FB page but since the algorithm change, my posts hardly get any traction there. Maybe I am doing something wrong, but then I don’t want to boost every random post. I joined Facebook because my students kept sending me invites! I succumbed eventually, like after a year or so!
As I didn’t get a smart phone for a long time I was not present on Instagram. My good friends from Nokia opened my account from my Lumia 1020 in Finland! It took me some time to find traction there, but I started enjoying it a lot. Now I am a regular there.
After quitting my job I was thinking if I should open a photoblog. Then I realized Instagram is my photoblog!
Even though I am on Pinterest I don’t have much clue as to what to do there. If you have some tips, let me know.
Once again I became active on Indiblogger late. But I like the community. I use it as my bookmark to read a wide variety of posts. Otherwise I would just read travel posts! Haiku was not something I thought I was interested in but my good pals on Indiblogger made sure I like it too!
I am not too good with videos. But Vine allows me to do 7 second videos and share it on Twitter easily. So that is where most of my videos go!
I have an account on Youtube too. Not very active but can’t make up my mind what to do with it! I wonder if I will make decent videos but then I can’t delete the account as well!
I am Linkedin too. But I am already fatigued! What about you? Other than blogging which social media platforms you use?
I hardly ever blog about movies. It is not that I don’t watch them but when it comes to writing I prefer travel! So when I heard about this movie, New Star of India, I was in two minds. But then my sister and her daughter are a big fan of Ranbir Kapoor so I thought I will do this post for them. The other thing that made me want to do the post was that this movie was auditioned through Facebook!
But I have to admit I have not watched a single Ranbir Kapoor movie till date, maybe it will change with New Star of India?
Here are some of the teasers for the movie. One Ranbir Kapoor and a lot of Micras!