10 Steps for Setting Up Live Tweet Feed On A Screen For Events

1.Create an Official Hashtag for the event well in advance.

2.Display Hashatags strategically at different place at the event, in communication materials like brochure, also on event backdrop banner. Keep the hash tags visible and prominently displayed.

3. Encourage participants to use Hashtags in tweets. May be you can pick up few question posed by the audience from the tweet feed.

Live Twitter Feed

 

4.Use this free web app for projecting live tweet on a screen http://www.twitterfall.com/ (Free)

https://www.livetweetapp.com/en/ (Free)

5. Create an account with above mentioned apps, free or paid.

6.Create settings based on your need & requirement for the live tweet feed.

7.You can block /filter/moderate the tweets to weed out inappropriate & abusive tweets. You can also use filter for tweets by mentioning abusive words in the settings.

8.For this you need a dedicated laptop & social media savvy operator for the live tweet feed.

9.In case , an offending post makes it through your filters, a social media savvy moderator watching the feed can quickly remove off-topic or inappropriate posts from public display.

10. You are now good to go for an integrated Talk & Tweet Session.

**Good Internet Speed Is Must !

How it helps : It takes your message from a closed room session to the global  audience! People interested in the topic can connect from anywhere. 

#communicatekaro

Bihar Techie ‘Lights’ Up Homes in Rural Bihar Through Solar Way

Patna:  Forty year old, Umrawati Devi, a landless labourer in Padman Chapra,  a village hardly 100 kilometres away from Patna, the  capital city of  Bihar, is beaming with happiness talking about her  new “light” in the life. She & her two young kids are for the first time in their life  enjoying the luminous light emanating from an advanced solar lamp in her thatched hut.

Till few months ago, Devi  use to live under pitch darkness after the sun sets in. This change  in her life was brought  by 31 year old Amritanshu Bhardwaj , a software engineer, a native of the same village, who decided to do something to “light” up the lives  of  poor families who are damned to live a  life in ignominy.  Amritnashu has worked in USA in one of the well known film studio before moving back to India.

Umrawati Devi holding new light in her life.

Umrawati Devi holding solar lamp in her hut.

On his initiative of  “Light a Home”, Bhardwaj, says, “It is unfortunate that a major population still have no electricity facility in Bihar. My visit to my own village gave me a reality check on the lives of  these hapless families. After sunset,  their lives come to a standstill. The rising prices of kerosene makes it more difficult for them to use it for any other purpose than cooking. This impacts children education and safety of the family too.”

In Bihar, kerosene is the main source of lighting.  Mostly, kerosene is available in black market only, where a litre costs no less than Rs 40-45. Devi survives on less than  Rs 60 (less than a dollar) per day.

Bhardwaj dedicated a portion of his monthly salary and pooled money  from his international IT clients  who willingly supported  the noble gesture of lighting up these homes through solar lamps.  Bhardwaj says,” The first 10 solar lamps were installed in the homes of the women who have lost their husbands. ”

At present, these bulbs are being used for multiple purposes in the villages- cooking,  kids study under it,  women carry it when they  go out in night and also for community gathering.

The solar lamp  provides 6 hrs of lighting. It is rainproof , break resistant and auto shut off too which makes it is handy for use in villages. Bhardwaj says, ” We also wrote to  the multi national parent company of the advanced solar lamp, through email & facebook page to support the cause but they did not responded back,”

However, this did not deterred Bhardwaj resolve. In pilot project, Bhardwaj under his Ek foundation distributed 10 highly advanced solar lamps to selected few families. Each bulb costed  Rs 1200.

On solar energy, Bhardwaj said, ” There are abundance of solar power which can be harnessed to light many villages. I wish &  hope, government also starts promoting solar lamps  in more transparent manner to reach out to needy ones,”

According to a household amenities and assets in Bihar report released by the Census of India published in Rediff. com  in year 2012 states, that “Only 16.4 per cent of Bihar’s 1.89 crore families  or households have the luxury to light up their residences with electricity, the remaining, nearly 83.6 per cent families are forced to live without electricity.”

If you wish to support this cause –

Please get in touch  with him

Email : Amrit@quest-infotech.com

Mobile Number : 7766903177

A video on the initiative: : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRihYW4PS34

Dare to Care for Adolescent Girls Poor Status in India

Ahmedabad :  Fourteen year old, Sejal Baria was beaming with joy to share her story of grit. Baria, a 10th standard student travelled from remotest tribal village of Gujarat to talk about adolescent girls challenges which are affecting thousands of girls like her in their communities.

Baria and her young team, part of “Dare to Care”, a  UNICEF child rights projects, were successful in  rescuing three minor girls from getting married  at an early age in last three years in her village.

DareDevil IPL team member meeting with Dare to Care girls. Credit : Unicef India

DareDevil IPL team member meeting with Dare to Care girls.
Credit : Unicef India

 

 Baria said, “It is common  in our part of village to get the girls married before they attain the legal age of 18 years. They get married by 13-14 years. It was not an easy task to convince parents of minor girls to call off the marriage. We took help & support from the village heads to persuade families not to marry the minor girls. We got success eventually,”

Despite the progress in expanding the access of girls to education, health and social services, millions of adolescent girls still face difficult obstacles in their lives, experiencing various forms of discrimination, exploitation and abuse on account of their age and their sex in India. According to National Sample Survey office(NSSO) 2007-2008 report,  almost  40  percent  of adolescent girls in between 14 and 17 years  in India are not attending school. Also, District Level Household & Facility Survey  of year 2007-2008 reveals that around 40 per cent  girls in India marry before the legal age of 18 years.

Baria was among 11 adolescent girls who came from different parts of Gujarat to  share their “Dare to Care” UNICEF  initiative with  popular Delhi Daredevils team of Indian Premier League(IPL). As part of the UNICEF initiative, these girls have been trained on child rights issues. Thy have have been doing exemplary work at the village level to fight against social issues like child marriage, child labour, gender disparities, etc.

DareDevil IPL team greeting Dare to Care girls. Credit: Unicef India

DareDevil IPL team greeting Dare to Care girls.
Credit: Unicef India

This was one of the rare occasion when these girls met with national and international  cricketing icons in real life. They were excited and talking with foreign cricket players despite the language barrier.  

Gopi Boghil, 17 years from rural area from Bhavnagar, said, “Child labour is most rampant in our villages. The families prefer to send their kids to work in fields than in school as it adds  to their family income.Our team of 20 volunteers meet parents and convince them that if their children education is continued, they can earn much more than what they earn today.”

“However, poverty does push many children to leave their village and go to work in farms outside their village”  added she.  Bhogil dreams of becoming an air-hostess.

Moved by the stories of the girls, Jaydev Unadkat, Daredevil IPL players, looking sombre , said. “The confidence among these girls are commendable. They are doing amazing work in empowering other girls. It was a humbling experience to listen to them.”

“As a cricketer our responsibility lies in spreading their message, making people more aware and supportive of adolescent girls situations  in the country.”

The Delhi Daredevils team has been advocating for an overall protective environment for adolescent girls through the IPL platform and various other public forums.

Ross Taylor, New Zealand cricketer and part of Daredevil IPL team still reminisces about the infamous Delhi gangrape case. Taylor said, ” The shocking Delhi incident made headlines in New Zealand newspapers,”

After her interaction with the girls, Taylor said,” The language was a barrier but  girls were confident in asking questions on cricket. It was humbling experience interacting to them on various issues they face as a girl,”

The three key messages of this initiative are investing in girls education as  it is great investment in building her and her family future,  no child marriages as it affects their education, lower economic status, less livelihood opportunities, and they have little say in their home and to encourage girls to express and participate more. 

It is time we all  dare to  care to address grave issues affecting half  of the population in the country.  

Click here to read more on – Date to Care  

Official Hastag : #DaretoCare 

( Communicate Karo was invited by  UNICEF India  to meet Dare to Care girls & Dare Devil IPL team members interaction )

 

India Witnesses First Social Media Prime Minister in Narendra Modi

India got its first social media prime minister in Narendra Modi.  The three time chief minister of Gujarat will soon sworn as the 15th prime minister of India after his landslide victory trouncing the ruling United Progressive Alliance led by Congress. During the general election 2014, Narendra Modi became the second most-liked politician on Facebook behind only  Barack Obama, president of United States of America. Obama is also popularly called “first Social Media President of USA”.

Modi’s tweet proclaiming the victory of the Bharitya Janta Party(BJP) is testament to the fact that people are connecting with political leaders online.  The tweet  has become the most retweeted tweet from India in Twitter’s history. Till May 18, 2014, it has received 68,750  retweets and had been favourited 29,000 times.

 

Maximum RT and Favourited  tweet in India till now.  Pic: Twitter

Maximum RT and Favourited tweet in India till now.
Pic: Twitter

This was the first social media election for 1.2 billion strong India with the advent of Social Media giants in India, namely Facebook and Twitter, whose users run into million from urban areas to rural areas. Modi  from Bhartiya Janta Party gets the credit for first initiator on social media platforms when most of the politicians were busy ridiculing the emerging social media tools as “waste of time” and impersonal way to connect to masses. Even, Lalu Prasad Yadav, former chief minister of Bihar, known for his rustic behaviour fell for Twitter. He is now an active twitter user keeping intact his humour on the micro blogging site.  Earlier, he had criticized the use of social media.  In run up to the elections,  Facebook, the US based social media giant came up with  dedicated  Facebook ELECTION TRACKER to monitor political conversation on elections in India.

According to Facebook, “From the day elections were announced to the day polling ended, 29 million people conducted 227 million interactions (posts, comments, shares, and likes) regarding the elections on Facebook. In addition, 13 million people conducted 75 million interactions regarding  Narendra Modi.”

 Modi has 14.3 million fans — The Fastest-Growing Number on FACEBOOK  and  4,158,031 followers on TWITTER , the micro blogging site

In India,  814 million were eligible voters, and the interest in this year election was palpable — a record breaking 66% voter turn -out.In few of the parliamentary constituencies in Gujarat,  the voter turnout  crossed 70 %.  There is no denying to the fact that people, young & old are  turning to popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to talk  & engage on politics. In India, Facebook already had relatively high penetration in India, with 100 million active users.  According to published article in Quartz “On April 30—the day that 89 of India’s 543 constituencies went to the polls—696,000 election-related tweets were sentSince Jan1, the breakdown of tweets for the various national candidates/parties has been 34% for Narendra Modi or his Bharatiya Janata Party, 27% for Arvind Kejriwal or the Aam Admi Party, 4% for Rahul Gandhi or the Indian National Congress.”

The Facebook Election Tracker sums up the story well for elections in India- BJP and Narendra Modi tops the chart, while congress stood at last behind the newbie Aam Aadmi Party, on the last day of the elections.

BJP and Modi tops the chart, congress at the bottom.  Credit: India Tracker/Facebook India

BJP and Modi tops the chart, congress at the bottom.
Credit: India Tracker/Facebook India

The general elections 2014  reemphasized the fact that do not  underestimate the power of a tweet or a post in this globally wireless connected world! Modi landslide victory has proved all the social media critics wrong, especially his political opponents who we were more critical of his communication strategy of using social media extensively.

Social networking giant #Facebook said “29 million people in India have made 227 million interactions through posts, comments, shares, and likes about the elections from the day they were announced.

General Elections 2014 on Facebook  Credit : FacebookIndia

General Elections 2014 on Facebook
Credit : FacebookIndia

Rahul Gandhi, scion of Gandhi family and the face of Indian National Congress (INC) during general elections has no social media presence. Despite the fact that, he  is the young face of  Congress.

Today youth in India is social media mobile & savvy. They are tweeting, posting, sharing  from everything under the Sun.This time, youths were very much part of this elections and they participated in a big way.  They are vociferously demanding for a better future, jobs and amenities.During Modi’s victory speech in Vadodara, the parliamentary constituency from where Modi won by a margin of over 5 lakh votes, he gave due credit to role of social media in spreading the message  of ab ki baar Modi sarkaar far and wide”

Narendra Modi respecting the power of social media in his victory speech has stated that- “Due to social media, lies & false promises of several leaders could not go beyond the podiums of their rallies! More power to social media ,”

It is yet to be seen how social media euphoria translates into real work on ground level.  This will be watched closely by online & offline !



Road Traffic Injury is The Number One Killer of Adolescents- WHO Report

Road Injuries  are the biggest killer of  teens globally. The road injuries top 10 causes of death among adolescents in both male & female, according to recent released report by World Health Organization (WHO). The report  titled “Health for the World’s Adolescents : A second chance in the second decade”  recently got released.

According to the report, “There were an estimated 1.3  million adolescent deaths in 2012, most of them from causes that could have been prevented or  treated. Mortality is higher in boys than in girls and in older adolescents (15–19 years) than in the younger group (10–14 years).”

Traffic injuries are man made disaster getting aggravated by poor policy & law  implementation in India.  Also, poor road designing risks the lives of people, especially, pedestrians & cyclists on the roads in India. Traffic fatalities have spiraled, however the preventive measures at government level have not been encouraging to stop this growing epidemic.

The report compares the 10–14 and 15–19 age groups, males and females, and different regions of the world. 

 The report states that  “Road injuries are among the top five causes of death in all regions, all age groups and all sexes, except among adolescent females in the African Region (although, with a mortality rate of 11 per 100,000 population, the rate of death from road injuries among adolescent females in the African Region is higher than the rates of death from this cause in any other region). 

Pic : The Hindu

Pic : The Hindu

 

About the report :  Health for the world’s adolescents is a dynamic, multimedia, online report  (www.who.int/adolescent/second-decade). It describes why adolescents need  specific attention, distinct from children and adults. It presents a global overview of adolescents’ health and health-related behaviours, including the latest data  and trends, and discusses the determinants that influence their health and  behaviours. It features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.

Best Pratice on Social Media-Curate Well

Content that inspires, amuses, informs or assists people.

Content that inspires, amuses, informs or assists people.

 

“The best practice is to curate valuable content. This means content that inspires, amuses, informs, or assists people. Other than cheating by buying followers, it’s the only way to do this.”

Global Media Reacts on NARENDRA MODI Landslide Win in Indian Elections

The media reaction to landslide victory of BJP in general elections 2014. Photo  : Siddhanth Suchit

The media reaction to landslide victory of BJP in general elections 2014.
Photo :Reuters

A  Quick analysis of front page headlines from popular newspaper/TV in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, USA & UK’s on verdict given by 1.2 billion strong India. It is interesting to read the tone & tenor in these headlines! The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the main opposition party in India had a landslide victory winning 285 seats out of 543 parliamentary constituencies. The BJP lead National Democratic Alliance won 340 seats. BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be next prime minister of India.

India

BJP Aaandhi Flattens Clan Gandhi- Times of India 

India Places its Faith in Moditva- Times of India

Hunkaar Tally- Hindustan Times 

MODI- Indian Express 

India is Modi. Modi is India- Economic Times

MODI’S Moment – MINT 

Prime Minister Modi – The Hindu

Pakistan

BJP knocks out Congres- The Dawn

Modi wave sweeps India- The Nation 

Modi storms to historic win in Indian elections-Pakistan Observer

Bangladesh

Modi wins landslide victory: The Daily Star,Bangladesh

Landslide win for Modi, BJP- Dhaka Tribune,Bangladesh 

Modi crushes the fort of Congress- The Bangladesh Today

USA

Congress Party Concedes Defeat as India Backs Modi-The

New York Times 

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi heads to victory in Indian

election- Washington Post 

Narenda Modi Is India’s Next Leader-The Wire 

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi claims victory as India’s

next Prime Minister- CNN

India’s Narendra Modi leads conservatives to election day

victory- Chicago Day Tribune 

India’s pro-business Modi storms to historic election win- Reuters 

Landslide win for Indian opposition party- USA Today

England

Congress admits India poll defeat- BBC

Modi wins landslide victory in Indian election- The Daily Star/Reuters

Narendra Modi wins India election with landslide victory- The Telegraph 

Narendra Modi’s landslide victory shatters Congress’s grip on India – The

Guardian