Life without Internet

Internet is the most essential thing in today’s life. I can’t imagine living even a day without Internet. With Covid-19 pandemic our day to day life runs mainly on Internet. The world’s leading companies do their business relating to Internet and most of us are employed in these companies. Let me do a self check of where I use Internet.

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Blog – I came back to Blogging few months back when the Covid-19 virus hit us hard and when we started going through life lock down. I spend good time with WordPress these days on my phone and laptop to Blog and also to read Blogs from my friends. Am going to keep myself busy in future by regularly writing Blogs, sharing my nicest clicks and going through Blogs from my friends to be well informed and enhance my knowledge. All I need is Internet to Blog and Learn.

Work From Home The last 4 months am doing my office work from home. Thanks to some high speed Internet at home these days Business emails, calls and work have no change and is Business as usual. I will also add our productivity has only gone up in the last 4 months. Most of the Companies will no longer require their complete staff to return to office even during the post Covid-19 days.

Video Calls The last 4 months is one of the toughest phase for me. I cant imagine living my life without seeing my Parents, my Niece and my Brother’s family. My parents are in Chennai and am in Bangalore. Again, Thanks to Internet, I can do a video call to see my Parents and my Niece. My Niece is so cool that even when I dial an audio call, she asks me to come on video.

WhatsApp The day for many starts and ends with WhatsApp. As long as we use WhatsApp to connect with family, friends and don’t forward any fake news or inappropriate content, WhatsApp is a great medium to communicate. WhatsApp runs on Internet and I use WhatsApp to connect with my family and friends, share some of my Blogs and also to go through some interesting articles that enhances my knowledge. Kindly check my Blog on WhatsApp forwards and groups on my views about WhatsApp: https://rainbow-thoughts.com/2020/07/03/whatsapp-and-forward/

Netflix, Discovery Plus and YouTube I have a nice Smart TV at home. Again, thanks to fast internet at home, I can watch nice movies, songs and documentaries in 4k format. I like watching nice English Movies on Netflix, I watch anything Informative or anything about Nature and Wild life on Discovery Plus and YouTube is for watching recipe of whatever I cook, watching Music Videos and some old classic movies in regional languages. Without Internet and these Apps, life during these tough days would been even more tougher.

Spotify I already have good collection of Music in my phone library. I developed interest for listening to Carnatic music recently. I signed up for Spotify and this is one of the coolest thing I did recently. Spotify requires Internet and is taking my Music Experience to a totally different level. What I like about Spotify is the “Made for Self” section based on the Artist I like. Spotify is understanding my interest so well and I get to hear some nicest numbers whenever I have time. For someone who listens to English, Regional and Carnatic, Spotify is the best thing to have.

Bank related Work I can’t remember when I last went to a Bank to operate my savings or investment account. Life has become so smooth to do any Bank transactions using Internet. These days I don’t even use my credit card when I step out to shop. Thanks to Google Pay, we can even step out without our wallet.

Shopping Whether its groceries or electronic gadgets or essentials, shopping has become easier using Internet. We also get some cool discounts from Amazon or Flipkart when we buy our gadgets. In a while, we might see the number of stores coming down as more people might buy things from Amazon, Flipkart and other e retailers. Going to a shop might become History.

Google Maps The most important App I use is Google Maps. If am asked to commute in Bangalore without Google Maps, I will never step out of my house. I can’t imagine driving to my friends place in Bangalore without Google Maps. Imagine drawing the directions and stepping out to drive, we are already in the Bangalore’s usual traffic jam, we will never take the correct right or left. If am blessed to meet Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, my first thanks to him will be for this App. Then, I will ask him about his days in Jawahar Vidyalaya, BTW we passed out from same school, am his one year senior.

Internet has made our life easier and today Internet is the most essential thing in our life. We all are going through the toughest days in our lives with this Covid-19, none of us never thought a small virus will change our life completely. What will happen if for some reason Internet stops working. If the Internet stops working for few days, it can cause more stress to people and most of the Businesses can become non-operational. One thing this Covid-19 is teaching us is anything can happen in our life and it’s very difficult to plan for everything.

As mentioned in one of my earlier Blog, I want to go back to a village and settle down – https://rainbow-thoughts.com/2020/06/14/go-back-to-village/ . I can stay connected to anyone, continue writing my Blog, watch Netflix, Discovery Plus and YouTube, listen to Spotify, do all Bank Transactions and shop from anywhere in the World and I prefer moving back to a village, A Big Thanks to Internet to make our life easier.

Kindly leave your comment if I have missed out something and share your views on Internet. Stay Safe and Take Care.

WhatsApp and Forward

I was never on social media until ten years back. I completed school more than three decades back, around fifteen of us were always in touch very closely, meeting and spending time with our family and participating in any of the family function and knowing what happens in our life every day. Around sixteen years back this fifteen started increasing and we started getting connected with more of our school classmates. This is what brought me to Facebook, to be connected with school friends. I was very active on Facebook during those days primarily to stay connected with my school classmates. I also started a Facebook group of our batch-mates and it was like we are back in our school. We used to have some great times going back to school days pulling each other. After we were connected with most of our classmates, someone suggested me to start a WhatsApp group around six years back. It took sometime for me first say yes to myself to start a WhatsApp account. I finally decided to start one and it used to be fun connecting with my friends when I landed on WhatsApp. I slowly started getting out of other popular Apps like Viber and Skype. WhatsApp became the medium of communication with my friends. Facebook helped me to connect with old friends and WhatsApp helps me to stay in touch with my family and friends. I also started a WhatsApp group and added my school batch-mates, this was the first WhatsApp group I was part of. Now, am also part of few other important groups. I already left groups which I found to be adding no value or where there were no conversation, these were groups where the day starts and ends with a bunch of people forwarding content. After I connected with most of my friends and family on WhatsApp I left Facebook.

Now, I use WhatsApp to call or message my friends and relatives. Am very happy communication has become so easy and cheaper. Am now part of few WhatsApp group, baring one or two most of the groups have these in common. a) There is hardly any discussion on the group, the groups are meant for forwarding any content from internet or YouTube b) Forward any News content without verifying whether its true or not c) at times forward inappropriate content without worrying about who are all part of the group d) Good Morning Messages with pictures of God – Am of the opinion what I worship and the God to whom I worship is personal and in a group there will be people from different religion, worshiping God of their choice or even people who don’t believe in God, I have not understood why people use pictures of God to say Good Morning. Am of the opinion few people are addicted to forward any content, even after the restriction of forwarding to only one person or group, I still see lot of forwards. If there is a group of 100 members it will be the four or five who will be keeping the group active by forwarding content without worrying whether the others are going through what is forwarded. I must admit even I have done this forward of content from YouTube or News, thankfully I got better sense recently and I stopped forwarding now. Nowadays, I share my Blog, good reads and knowledge sharing content with my close friends and family members.

WhatsApp is an excellent App to stay connected with our friends and family, with the option to do group video calls, it helps us to see our people and talk. WhatsApp is an excellent medium to share knowledge enhancing content. WhatsApp is also a place where we can have discussion with our friends on any topic – it could be sports, health, fitness, personal, movies, music, food recipe etc.., We can wish our friends and relatives on their birthday and anniversary. Finally, it helps us share our photos and see photos of our dear ones.

I only hope WhatsApp does some small changes so that the App is used for communicating and not for forwarding any irrelevant or inappropriate content. Here are the few things that come to my mind to make WhatsApp a better App a) WhatsApp should continue to allow users to share content, but forwarding option must be completely removed. b) sharing must be restricted to one or two groups on a day unless it is a photo clicked by them c) there must be an option to permanently archive a group d) it also makes sense to charge users for starting a WhatsApp group e) there must be tough laws for someone sharing or posting any sensitive or inappropriate content.

As mentioned earlier I have started using WhatsApp the better way. I only hope my friends will start using WhatsApp groups in a way others are not finding it uncomfortable. These are my personal views and it is not meant to offend anyone, Take Care and Be Safe.

Is there Facebook Helpdesk

I first signed up for Facebook more than a decade back. This was the time my school classmates reunion started. We thought it was easy to stay connected in Facebook rather than on emails. I was able to connect with lot of my classmates and other friends in Facebook. After a point I was connected with almost all my friends and since I didn’t find staying on Facebook useful, I left Facebook by following the process of account deletion.

I again came to Facebook a year back when I started blogging. This was primarily to share my blogs with friends. I was completely occupied with work for a while, instead of remaining inactive I erroneously closed my blog account and Facebook account.

One more time I signed up for Facebook account around 3 months back with the same email id and my account was started. When I added my profile photo and phone number I immediately got a pop up in the browser that my account is disabled and I have to submit some documents to confirm my identity. I went through the type of documents and submitted relevant documents using Facebook help center. I got a pop up that Facebook will get back to me shortly. I waited for a month and since I got no response, submitted the same documents again. I again waited for a month and submitted the same documents to confirm my identity and am yet to get any response. In this experience I have the below fundamental questions or suggestions.

SLA – I completely respect Facebook policy that they must be certain am not creating any fake id. Since, am coming back to Facebook again they must check my identity and if required can also ask some questions. What I don’t understand is even after submission of all relevant documents I haven’t heard anything from them in the last 3 months. I hope Facebook help center have a SLA to address any concern or on the issues like the one I have. They must check the documents and get back to the Customer if they have any additional question.

Facebook Helpdesk – In most of the business these days we have a helpdesk. Once I have a concern and report to Facebook or on the issue I have where I submitted the documents, I must ideally get a ticket number. I must know at any point of time why my account is disabled and what is the status of the document submitted. There must be also an escalation matrix where customers can escalate if there is a delay in addressing the concern or if the account was wrongly disabled considering their policy.

Whatsapp – Whatsapp is owned by Facebook and my Whatsapp account is very much active. Facebook can check about my usage in Whatsapp if required to ascertain about fake id and also how am using the account. I don’t use Whatsapp against their policy and I have never used Whatsapp for any inappropriate purpose.

I would have definitely sent my concerns or suggestions to Facebook if they had a helpdesk. Am writing this with the hope someone in Facebook will read and consider my suggestions. I request Facebook to have a helpdesk and also have timelines to address customer concerns. Am sure it is only going to help Facebook.