A brilliant storytelling project that aims to revisit India and its glorious past through photographs and stories submitted by users.
Here’s an excerpt about the project from their website -
" Indian Memory Project was founded in February 2010, by Anusha Yadav. It is an online, curated, visual and oral-history based archive that traces a personal history of the Indian Subcontinent, its people, cultures, professions, cities, development, traditions, circumstances and their consequences. Applying images, letters and stories from family archives (sent and collected from contributors), it reconstructs a visual history that is emotionally rich, vivid, informative and even more surprising than we think.”
I was driving on an straight road in India, cruising at about 40Km/Hr, on the left lane. Bob Dylan was playing on the radio, and I was humming along, when I realized I needed to take a right turn. I was too close to the signal. The light was green for the straight goers, while the right-turners were waiting at a red.
I had two options:
1. Be spontaneous, take the turn from the left lane.
2. Skip the turn, go straight ahead, turn around a come back.
Both options would eventually lead me to my destination. But the choices I had in front of me would give me two different experiences.
In going with option 1, I would have stalled the traffic behind me. Taken a right turn from the left lane, leaving the folks trying to go straight from the right lane frustrated (a sight so familiar to us Indians). I would have been the ‘Chief Architect of the world of traffic mess we live in’.
If I drove along the straight road, I would have seen something new. A new restaurant, a park, an antique shop, a rusty old village, a farmers market, a swanky mall, a new apartment complex, a school, a golf course, a new set of people or more. What I make out of this new experience were up to me. But the opportunity to see or try something new was there.
Look back. Do you see a life full of missed turns? Or do you see a glorious journey of wrong turns that gave you new experiences?
Frequency The number of times most people tweet on a daily basis are far greater the number of times most experts say you should post updates on LinkedIn. The recommended frequency for tweeting is about 5-10 times per day according to some experts, while many LinkedIn Gurus agree that you should post updates no more than 1-2 times per day.
If I wanted to sift through 1000s of tweets per day from my connections, I would follow them on Twitter and do it there. I want my LinkedIn update stream to be clean and uncluttered so I can interact with my connections on a more personal level, which is why I generally will hide updates from my LinkedIn connections if they are auto-posting more than a few tweets a day.
Etiquette The etiquette and terminology on the two platforms are completely different. Many people on LinkedIn don’t know what a hashtag is or what RT means. They aren’t familiar with #followfriday or #musicmonday. They could be confused when they see me referred to as @MarketPathAC instead of my full name.
Twitter has a language of its own and doesn’t always translate very well for non-twitter users, which make up a majority of LinkedIn’s demographic. Heck, I’ve been on Twitter for 3 years and I still don’t understand what some peoples’ tweets say.
Shareability This is my #1 reason not to auto-post tweets to LinkedIn. Take a look at the image below… it’s the same question I asked in the “via Twitter” example I used at the beginning of this post, only this time I posted it directly as a LinkedIn update: