Tweeting in India

Here’s a report on the growing popularity of Twitter in India, where there are an estimated 1.4 million Twitter members, apparently making it the third biggest “tweeting” nation behind Germany and the US. Former United Nations under-secretary-general Shashi Tharoor, now India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, is a regular “tweeter”. He thinks more politicians should use the social media tool to keep in touch with their constituents.


1 Response to “Tweeting in India”

  1. 1 Anushri Alva 01/11/2009 at 9:26 am

    I found the whole Shashi Tharoor fiasco very entertaining because I’m not particularly fond of him (for reasons independent of his twitter comment).I do, however, think his comment was not offensive and yet it was blown out of proportion. Tharoor might want more politicians in India to use twitter, but I don’t think the idea will gain much currency among them precisely because of what he went through. There are way too many sensitive groups in India (linguistic, religous, ethnic, political)who are just waiting to take offense, twitter will probably do more harm than good to their public image.

    I think its an interesting platform to interact with your political representatives but I’m not exactly optimistic about the prospects of twitter. Besides, most Indian polticians are pretty unproductive, I can just imagine how much work they’ll get done if they start tweeting 😉

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