Did you know that you have hosts in 190 countries?

Where are you going?
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This time the happy hours at Indiblogger introduced me to airbnb. This website is going to help you if you have plans to travel or host. The concept of renting your place on a daily basis might have been there since long, but the way airbnb has created an attractive and easy to use platform for both the hosts and travelers, is commendable. Other than the interface and beautiful images that made me think about my next trip, the website follows a process that is very secure and makes you feel safe while you are looking for a place to stay.

One can feel the seriousness with which things are being verified while completing his profile. And the best part is, you will enjoy doing so because you are given an opportunity to add more details about you from different platforms, ranging from your name to a 30 seconds video. All this information will later help you get legitimate deals both as a traveler and a host.

While browsing the website, I noticed a search box with the caption “Where are you going?”. I started off by typing in New York because it is one of the places that I would like to visit in the coming years. To my surprise, I found hundreds of listings which were within my budget and offered me a private room. And this was not just true for my first search; I started searching for other places like London, Bangkok, Seoul and Paris. For all these places there were listings below Rs. 2500. Ranging from Rs. 989 per night in Bangkok to Rs. 2410 in London, I was happy to learn that if I arrange my flight tickets, I can book my accommodation in any of these places right now; without killing my savings. Thus, I added these listings to my wish list along with some notes which I could use later.

And the best part was that there were enough images uploaded by the hosts to make me comfortable already. And images were not the only things that I found credible, the reviews posted by guests sealed the deal for me. And the reason that I could trust these reviews was that they were connected to real people having profiles at various platforms including facebook, linkedin and more importantly a verified ID (e.g. Driving License). If you consider the amount of details that are being added and verified at each step, spamming and faking any of this information seems very difficult to me. And this is the reason, that I would suggest my friends and acquaintances to try Airbnb while planning their next trip.

And for those who are willing to host and make some friends, make sure you add enough details to your listings while being as descriptive as possible. Once again, the Airbnb tips and tutorials will help you complete the submission process.

P.S.: After you sign up, don’t forget to download the mobile app.

Ring the bell

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One person adds up to one million but the change doesn’t stop with that million, there are billions out there who are yet to change. But before we conclude that we need the change, let us speculate the present conditions.

In the metropolitan city of Delhi women don’t feel safe as they are told every day how vulnerable they are. It’s not that the news channels are exaggerating the issue but in reality the women feel unsafe. Some won’t start a conversation with a stranger even when they are in dire need. All they can expect is terror and violence and some have already started learning self defense. I chose the example of Delhi because it is the city where most incidents have occurred in the recent past. But the problem is not just with one city, it is everywhere. The following pictures were clicked in Sector 17 Chandigarh when a candle march protest was held after Delhi gang rape.

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Man is called a social animal, but sometimes I fear that we are not social any more. Even animals have a sense of faith which has been observed and proven. (You can learn about it at mother nature work) Then why has man become so unfaithful? Why a daughter can’t trust her own father? Why a girl has to feel like an object put on display?

There is no one single answer to these questions. All these things are inter-related and we need to find a solution which works for all. Whether it be Delhi or Patna, girl or boy, young or old, we need to make sure that the change effects everyone everywhere.

We can start with common habits. The advertisement industry has got more creative and can inculcate good behavior by using themes like following:

A girl has been feeling low all day and her parents take her to a social gathering even though she has got no interest. They pick up their neighbors and drive to their destination. They all did their chit-chat on the way while the girl sat silent. As all are excited about the party they quickly get off while the girl is sitting alone on the back seat, feeling weird. Just then a boy who was traveling along, opens the door for her with a smile on his face. The girl can’t stop herself from smiling. The sense of importance and respect given by the boy, changes her mood and the moment she gets off the car she is ready to party.
“A gentleman would always treat women with respect.”

This can be an ad for men’s wear or the car itself. (I am not sure)

Already we have people with great ideas which resulted into ads like these:

Another one:

The most basic thing we can do is to give respect to women. Reading the news-paper and calling names to the culprits, to the government and to the mother land is not going to solve anything. We need to think because we have been given the power to think, we need to act because we have been given the courage to act and we we need to be strong because the dark side has always got more heads. A simple example would be the way war heroes are being treated in Bengal: War heroes or rape victims?. If only the society (that is us), would understand the very basic norm of humanity we all can solve the problem for sure. Let alone humanity, the basic sagacity can save us from such disasters. God has given us a brain, the instrument that made us the master of our planet. Why not use it constructively?

All I can say for now is that we all have some good and some bad inside us. There are also parts of our country where women are treated with utmost respect. There are people who have died for such causes and are relentlessly fighting for the right. We all need to bring the change together and we all need to play our parts by understanding the problem and making our decisions accordingly. If you are reading this article, then you are definitely acquainted with the problem. The change that I have been talking about starts with you. If you can make sure that all women in your family are treated with respect, then you have brought the change. If you can make sure that you will stop or report any incident of wrongdoing without making any excuses, then you have brought the change. If you can make sure that you would think about the severity of the problem and ways in which it can be solved, then you have brought the change.

There is hope and there is light, we just need to reach the other end of the tunnel.

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Manage all your social networks via single interface- Tweetdeck

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Intel Appup Center offers a great deal of applications varying from education to games. When I browsed for my favourite App my eyes got fixed at Tweetdeck.

It is a Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Google Buzz, Foursquare and LinkedIn client, which has been popular since 2009.

Although there are many applications that may offer similar integrations with these networks, there are certain features that make Tweetdeck stand alone.

The most important thing to be considered is that Tweetdeck has recently been acquired by twitter (May 25 2011) which makes it more authentic and proves to be good enough.

Some of the main facilities available are:

Multiple columns: One can organize the information into real-time columns which may include updates from friends, Facebook notifications, tweets from certain groups, etc. This provides the very recent updates organized as per the user’s interest.

Multiple twitter accounts: Some users like to keep up more than one twitter accounts. Like if you want to post tweets related to a certain topic from a different profile. Tweetdeck allows you to do so, and you can swap between the profiles with a single click.

Reply, retweet, direct message and favorite from a tweet: There are small buttons for these, which appear on the concerned image as one hovers on it. This makes it pretty fast and easy.

View user profiles: There is no need to open a separate web page as one can view the profiles in tweetdeck itself which will give all the required options like Follow, See recent updates and who a person is following and being followed by, etc

Follow or unfollow and block or unblock a user: This can be done very easily and saves time.

Add All Friends, Mentions and DM columns: These are some of the columns that may help you to deal with different activities of twitter simultaneously. This allows you to keep track in real-time.

Add Search columns: This is another important feature that allows you to add a separate column featuring the results of your search. (Very useful for dealing with hashtags)

Add Trending Topic columns: These columns connect you with the world in a single go.

Add Twitter list columns: You can organize various lists and keep track of them so.

Cross post updates to any combination of your accounts: This is my favourite feature as it allows you to decide which of the accounts you want to use for posting your updates.

Geotag your tweets: Just set your location once and your tweets can be geotagged automatically.

Shorten URLs: This makes sharing links fairly easy. It also allows you to choose the shortening service on your own.

Access your Twitter contact list: You can browse among the contacts and can search for a friend.

Upload photos (from the on-board Photo Library): Sharing photos is of course one of the most required feature which is being covered.

Rearrange columns however you like and delete those you no longer need: Thus, you can always change your mind and try experimenting.

View geocoded tweets on a full-screen map: This feature allows you to see where the tweets are coming from.

And this is not the end of it, the development status of this application is active and there are likely to be even more magical updates to it. Some of them can be listed as:

Quick Send tweet: Suppose you notice a tweet which seems interesting but you don’t have enough time to explore. This feature will allow you to directly email it for later consideration.

Gmail Notifications: These when integrated with tweetdeck will allow you to keep track of your emails as well.

Unicode Art: This will allow you to use smiley faces, arrows, etc.

Tweet as you go: This can truly be a fresh design that will allow the users to use the camera in their portable device to see where they are going while using tweetdeck. Hence you don’t have to worry about crashing into a pole while you were busy typing your tweet while walking.
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Thus, I can say that tweetdeck is the best application I have ever used for dealing with my twitter account. And if you are into facebook, you will notice that reading updates and responding to them is a lot easier and faster.

The environment that allows Tweetdeck to take care of all the above mentioned characteristics is called Adobe Integrated Runtime. This cross-platform runtime environment is abbreviated as Adobe AIR which might be already installed on your computer as it comes along various installations of Adobe like Adobe Reader 9, Photoshop and Lightroom with no option for exclusion.

Support: Tweetdeck is supported by operating systems like Windows, Linux, Apple iOS and Android as well. Thus you can use it anywhere anytime. Several different versions have been launched which allow you to decide how you want to use it. There is a downloadable desktop version that allows you to use it just like any other application installed. Other versions include iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome and Web(limited beta). Each of these has been carefully designed keeping in mind the needs and platform being used.

As most of us are on facebook, even if you are not a fan of twitter or other networks specified, you can try this application for the sake of most popular social network (facebook as for now) at least. I would suggest that one should sign-up for twitter and try using this application after connecting the account, and I am pretty sure that even the least active person on twitter will start enjoying it.

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Reference:

http://tweetdeck.posterous.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TweetDeck https://www.facebook.com/GoTweetDeck http://thenextweb.com/apps/2010/04/02/tweetdeck-coming-ipad-awesome/
Image: Screenshot taken from https://www.tweetdeck.com/api/webbeta/