Fake Gulzar Account on Twitter!

For once, even I was bowled.

As reported by Pavan Jha, the person who is joked about knowing more about Gulzar than Gulzar himself, and Jitesh Pillaai, the editor of Filmfare, the account @MainGulzar is a fake one.

For the record, here are some tweets from the two.

@JiteshPillaai says:

“Oh shit got conned. @gulzarpost is the real deal. Don’t go by decoys.”

“Dear all @gulzarpost will not be active for a while. I will keep u posted as soon as the legend resumes tweeting. Spread the love.”

“As of now gulzar saab has deactivated his @gulzarpost on twitter. Do not follow any other fake handles please.”

Pavan (@P1J) tweeted:

“@MainGulzar is a fake account.. Just confirmed..”

The confusion was created also because even Jitesh Pillaai posted about @MainGulzar thinking the account was real and retweeted him. I myself was confused by the same and created a post about the account that is now deleted.

Twifi Awards: My Nominees (Music Awards only)


As you might know or not know, I was selected as a member of the Critics Jury for the music awards for Tweeples’ Film Awards (Twifi Awards).

For the same I was asked to send in my picks for the best music (album), best lyrics (album), best singer (male), best singer (female), and best song (overall).

While I had some problem with the idea of Best lyrics for an entire album, as I think lyrics are related more to a song than an entire album, except for a few cases, and also, most of the times an album has many lyricists while multiple composers, still, is not that common.

Anyway, I checked every film and even though I have heard most of the songs that came out this year irrespective of their banner, composer or popularity, this was a huge and difficult task.

Finally, the list of nominees that I came up with, along with the remarks I have sent to the Twifi Awards, is here. Unfortunately, the list still leaves ‘Best Lyrics’ that I wanted to select from the years words. I hope I’ll be writing on that very soon.

Here go my nominations for Twifi Music Awards:
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Book Review: Another Chance (Ahmed Faiyaz)

One day a Twitter friend randomly asked if I was interested in a book review. I had not done much book reviews in past some days, so I randomly said yes, and he said he’d send the book. Then there were some delays from both sides and finally after some three and half weeks I could find some time to start the book.

And very frankly, within less than twenty four hours, I had finished the book more than 90 percent, when I had to stop due to some reasons. Of course, the book was running through my mind and of the things I wanted to do was to thank the author Ahmed Faiyaz as well as the person who had asked me to review the book, Aseem.

No, ANOTHER CHANCE is not a classic, nor is it the best book I have read. But somehow the book touched me deep inside, and that is what I truly loved the book for.
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How to remove Who to Follow from your Twitter

Irritated and annoyed by this new, stubborn feature of Twitter called ‘Who to Follow’ that looks like part of Twitter’s Facebookization? Well, here is a temporary solution. It still has to be seen how long it lasts.

I know that if we keep clicking the cross signs, all the suggestions keep coming back like they do in Facebook, but the trick is to click ‘View all’ under the suggestions and when you reach the page full of suggestions, just put your mouse at ‘hide’ and keep clicking as all of them hide one by one. Some twenty clicks and your Twitter is back to its normal, old self.

Now that I have done this, suggestions are not there at present but sooner or later they will come back. Now how successful is the method depends on how long does Twitter wait before I get suggestions.

Update: The thing works for say, one day, after which Twitter comes with a few more suggestions. However, if you are a Chrome user, you can remove the thing for always, with this app.

Sanjay Dutt Joins Twitter as @DuttSanjay

And the latest to join Twitter becomes Sanjay Dutt. Composer duo Vishal-Shekhar’s @5hekhar introduced Sanjay with “The man with a big heart and loved by all. Please welcome our friend @duttsanjay. Give him love tweeple!!” which was a little surprising for me, as I don’t really know how they connect.

Anyway, it seems Sanjay’s next movie Lamhaa is near. He has it’s poster as DP n background.

Follow Sanjay Dutt at http://twitter.com/duttsanjay.

Twitter starts promoted tweets, when?

OK. I don’t know exactly when it happened but I saw it, and it’s there. Micro Blogging platform Twitter has started Promoted tweets (read advertisements) and they can be seen when you search something. For example, I saw my first Promoted tweet when I clicked the hashtag ‘#didyoureallythink’ today.
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Salman Khan Joins Twitter too, as BeingSalmanKhan

So finally Sallu bhai aka Salman Khan joins the Twitter, something that looked almost impossible. In his first tweet, Salman says he joined the website on Arbaaz’s recommendation. In his first two tweets, Salman looks to be in his typical touch and doesn’t try and talk a more mature language or something.

You can follow salman at his twitter account from this link.

What to do on Twitter?

I am a Twitter addict and have made a number of friends through the website. I have got news, advice and help there and have given the same when required by others. So I do recommend Twitter to friends many times, but whenever I do so, I generally face a question — What to do on Twitter? So here I try to answer this.

1. I do not have friends on Twitter, Why do I join it then?

Frankly, Twitter is not Orkut, or even Facebook. Twitter is much more open in terms of talk, and you can and do talk to people you hardly know. You follow unknown people for various reasons, like matching interests, similar likes or dislikes, business prospects, sense of humor or simply because of the way they tweet. So when you go out there on Twitter, find people you like and simply start following them. If you want to keep limited to your friends strictly, Twitter may not be the best platform for you.

2. What do I actually do on Twitter?

You have joined Twitter and even started following your friends (which might not make big numbers) but not many people follow you and you have no idea what to do next. This is one thing that happens to almost all of us when we join Twitter.

Unfortunately, most people give up early and that is the reason Twitter is still limited in it’s reach. In case you are really interested, you will find a way, but if you are not that interested, you leave Twitter and many times it may leave a part of your potential unexhausted if you were planning to join Twitter to promote something, like your business, services, or some campaign. So if you are on Twitter and wondering what to do, here are some things to start with.

Speak. Yeah, Tweet. Simply starting to write whatever you’re thinking, that is, speaking your mind, is probably the best way to start. People around may befriend you for your views. Just be yourself, and don’t try and act ultra smart. That, sometimes, may go negative.

Follow. As I said, keep searching for more and more people with similar interests as yours. The more people you follow, the more you get recognized in the Twitterverse. Also, write a good and short bio for yourself. That helps people people with similar interests find you.

Interact. If you’re following someone, do try to interact with them. If anyone needs help and you can, go ahead and leave an @ reply to the person with whatever you can offer. Retweet people with credit if you think others will like to know what you just read in a tweet. The more you interact and help people, the more they like you. I have many friends on Twitter I have never seen but who do help me with anything they can simply because of the personal rapport we share.

Indulge. Yes, Indulging is more than just interacting. If you have a good sense of humor, you are more than welcome on Twitter. So are you if you have a good knowledge of the world around you. Do not show off, but if you involve yourself, especially when there are some trends doing rounds, you can be better identified and more liked.

Get informed. Frankly, since the time I joined Twitter, the need to read newspapers has reduced considerably as I get more news on Twitter itself. You may follow newspapers, news channels and all on Twitter, but actually they aren’t much needed either if you’re following a number of active people, say hundred or more, because in that case, you get almost all significant news in tweets.

3. How can I promote my business on Twitter?

Many people are joining Twitter to promote their businesses, services or simply their websites/blogs. If that is your objective, be sure of one thing: Until you’re a major name in your business, blandly promoting your business/service won’t help. Go on Twitter like a normal tweeter (even if you’re tweeting with your business’s name) and build rapport with the Twitterverse by interacting, involving yourself and indulging and make your promotion a part of your tweets. That way you can make your business reach more people. @90di is a good example of promoting business through Twitter.

So here is what I think is essential to get started on Twitter. I hope next time you go to Twitter, you don’t ask what do I do here. 🙂

Shammi Kapoor joins Twitter

Now this is big. He need not promote his films, he does not want any business from his fans. Here is the superstar of yesteryear, the star of films like ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’, ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, ‘Budtameez’, ‘Junglee’, ‘Jaanwar’, ‘China Town’, Professor, Rajkumar, ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’, Teesri Manzil, An Evening In Paris, Bramhachari, and Andaaz, the one and only Shammi Kapoor.

Follow him on Twitter from his profile page http://twitter.com/shamsheraj.
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Follow him. Rahul Bose on Twitter.

So guys, actor, rugby player and almost a reformist (yeah, count the cloth bags at his home, he doesn’t use plastic) Rahul Bose is on Twitter now as his first tweet hit the stage this evening.

Though, it still needs to be confirmed it’s THE Rahul Bose, it looks like one, and not because of the picture. 😉

You can follow Rahul Bose at http://twitter.com/RahulBose1.

Hrithik Roshan Joins Twitter

As per the latest news Hrithik Roshan joined Twitter as @iHrithik. There has been no proper verification of the fact though, except that he was being followed by hundred plus people within 2 minutes after writing his first tweet, in favor of Karan Johar’s Shahrukh Khan starrer My Name is Khan.
पढ़ना जारी रखें “Hrithik Roshan Joins Twitter”

Twitter Dead

So this time the ‘failwhale’ has stuck to the Twitter homepage and Twitter is not working. The breakdown happened at 5:10 PM IST, and even after forty minutes, the twitter website is not opening.

One email, which I got from a twitter user friend, says that he was ‘not able to access twitter’ and even posterous was also not working.

This is second long incidence of Twitter unavailability after 18th Dec 2009 when Twitter was allegedly hacked by Iranian Cyber Army.

Find Page Rank of your Twitter Profile

Are you on Twitter? If yes, then there is something that might be interesting for you. Google has Page Ranks for Twitter profiles and now you can check the Page rank of your Twitter profile to know how popular you are on Twitter. Of course there are several other ways, but then, Google and Page Rank is something that has been a Holy Grail for long. So here is how to do that.
पढ़ना जारी रखें “Find Page Rank of your Twitter Profile”