16 April 2008

Orkut Applications launched !

A random refresh at about 11.30 P.M.(IST) on my Orkut Profile revealed this new image.At first it appeared as a security tip, but one more look told me that Orkut had finally graduated to the next level, and had come up with much awaited third party applications.

The application directory currently has the following applications:
Music iLike
By iLike, Inc.
Add music and videos to your profile, list your favorite artists, and test your skill in the Music Challenge! Join 23 million iLike users to share and discover music.
By RockYou!
Bored, Happy, Glum? We've got an ever growing list of emoticons to show off how you feel.
By ActOnME, Inc.
Attack photos of your friends with cool animations! Slap them silly, send them a kiss, splash them with color balloons. No matter what your emotions are we have an animation that can help you to express yourself. Let the game begin. Attack Now !!
By RockYou!
Are the stars aligning for you? Find out with a RockYou horoscope and get regular updates for your sign.
By Alex Epshteyn
Typing meets racing in this first-ever competitive typing game. Compete against your friends and the whole world in the new sport of keyboarding!
Top Friends by Slide.com.
Who are your Top Friends? Keep track of your best friends right on your profile with Top Friends by Slide.com!
SlideTV by Slide.com.
Add custom pics, graffiti, videos and more to your profile with SlideTV by Slide.com!
By C2w.com
Play the classic word game of Hangman or create one of your own on your favourite movies, music, TV shows and more. Guess the missing letters of the alphabet to fill in the blanks and get the right answer.

By ugenie
iRead is a social book discovery application. With iRead you can organize your favorite books in bookshelves, rate and review them. You can browse what other iReaders and friends are reading. iRead learns from your book reading tastes and recommends books you will like and also users who read like you. Add application and join the social book discovery revolution!
Flixster Movies
By Flixster, Inc.
Share movie ratings and compare your movie taste with friends. Create and challenge friends to movie quizzes. Meet other movie fans with similar taste.
Chakpak Movies
By chakpak.com
Chakpak Movies is a social movies application that lets you rate/review movies and related photos/videos and share your ratings and reviews with your friends. It also lets you organize movies by classifying them into ones you have seen, you own, your favorite movies and other similar categories. Among other fun things, you can also create movie quizzes and challenge your friends.
By Hungry Machine
Organize your reading history! Build up your bookshelf to keep track of what you've read, want to read, and are currently reading. See what your friends are reading. Show others what's on your real bookshelf. See others reading the same book (a good icebreaker). Read and create reviews. Recommend books on your bookshelf to your friends. Get recommendations from your friends.
Bible Verses
By Barry Welch
Play the Bible Verses quiz and challenge your friends. Post a prayer and share it with your Orkut friends. Post your favorite bible passages to your profile and scrapbook.
India Dekha!
India Dekha has been developed by Zoomtra.com in an effort to connect Indian Travel enthusiasts with one another. How much of India Have you traveled or plan to travel to in the future? Make your India Dekha! Map and share it with your friends.
Teen Patti
By minglebox.com
Teen Patti - Indian version of 3 card poker; also known as flash. A multi-player game that you won't be able to stop playing - once you start. A must play before and on Diwali for most Indian families, even losing in this game is supposed to bring you good luck. Get together with friends and have fun!
By Auciti Info Technologies
Upcoming music concert or a quick meet at a coffee shop down the street. Casual outing or a special event. Schedule it and invite friends. Hangout enables you to schedule, coordinate and have fun with your Orkut friends outside your online world. Hangout now!!
By BuboMe.com
Pimp yours or your friends photos by adding themes and bubbles, be the celebrity or superhero you always wanted to be, there are hundreds of themes to choose from, and built in 4 languages: English, Portuguese, Chinese and Vietnamese, come create some fun photos!
Music n Movies
By Minglebox
Vaat Lag Gayi Maamu! New, fun way to interact with friends! Let your friends know what you think of them and how you are feeling! Go back in time with classic dialogues from Sholay and Don or enjoy dialogues from recent hits like Om Shanti Om and Jab We Met. Enjoy personalised music stations. Add your favourite channels and share fun memories and trivia around songs! Listen to Bollywood Hits, Indipop, Punjabi Hits, International Hits and more... Share your movie tastes with friends, add favourites, rate and review movies. Check out what's hot and happening in Latest Movies.

These applications had been testing in the Google Sandbox for quite some time now and were also open for reviews.The initial line up looks good, with some apps from Indian sites like minglebox, and zoomtra and others from sites like slide, ilike etc. basically focusing on books, movies and travel.

This is the start of the exciting new phase for orkut, the online social networking hub in India.Like Facebook, we will soon see the entire web bandwagon designing apps for orkut, which I'm sure will be lapped up by the Orkut hooked Indian audience which has been relentless thus far and has shown no signs of the so called Social networking fatigue!

It also comes in at a time when Google is looking to monetize Orkut big time after achieving the kind of user base and page views.The applications feature is a winner, and is sure to escalate the real estate prices at Orkut !!!

11 April 2008

The all time best 'BUSHISMS' : 'isms' series Part I

Many of us have heard about Mr. Bush and his much famous oratory skills.In his tenure as president of the U.S., he's spoken things, most hilarious, and of which some make no sense, and some make a completely different sense altogether...

I guess he's better off with a script, an extempore is just not his style.......

Do go through the entire list, it's a great read!!

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 (Watch video)

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (Watch video)

"Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!" —President George W. Bush, joking about his administration's failure to find WMDs in Iraq as he narrated a comic slideshow during the Radio & TV Correspondents' Association dinner, Washington, D.C., March 24, 2004

"I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." —to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." —Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002

"Can we win? I don't think you can win it." after being asked whether the war on terror was winnable, "Today" show interview, Aug. 30, 2004

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2001

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002

"But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." —summing up his first year in office, three months after the 9/11 attacks, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe — I believe what I believe is right." —Rome, Italy, July 22, 2001

"It is white." —after being asked by a child in Britain what the White House was like, July 19, 2001

"Tribal sovereignty means that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a — you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004 (Watch video)

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

"I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." —Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

"One of my concerns is that the health care not be as good as it can possibly be." --on military benefits, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs( Obstetrician/Gynecologist)aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”

“There’s no doubt in my mind that we should allow the world worst leaders to hold America hostage, to threaten our peace, to threaten our friends and allies with the world’s worst weapons.” —South Bend, Indiana, Sept. 5, 2002..

And in the end, my personal best, this one really got me in splits.....

“The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the — the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.” —Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2003.