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Types of Roommates

1 Aug

Searching for a roommate can be as good as searching for a bride. 

You want someone to whom you can connect and feel comfortable sharing your apartment and personal things. It’s a relationship that may or may not last longer than two years. And you may gradually end up getting divorced because of fight with roommate or if he/she graduates, finds internship, etc. and then the search begins from step one. You can think of roommate as contractual marriage.

Some of these relationships can be memorable, whereas others can be horrifying.

Types of roommates:

 1. You end up with a roommate who always wants to reduce rent and ends up adding more and more people to your unit. (Rent 800/10 = $80 pm per head) He/She just understands the language of money and savings. And, you better not object his/her decision because he/she is the lease holder and any confrontation can lead to you being homeless overnight.

2. Your roommate labels  all the products in a refrigerator with his/her name and you better not drink milk from his /her gallon or borrow an onion, if you want to live peacefully. Over the period of time, his/her label on products becomes the brand name of the products itself. Example: Hritik milk, Hritik Ketchup, Hritik Onion, Hritik Lemon, etc.

3. On the other hand there will be roommates who won’t miss an opportunity to steal your food items in your absence and then have courage to deny, even when it’s too obvious. Guy’s if you are hungry, just ask. Think about people who come home after class or work, assuming that food is left in refrigerator, only to find that there’s ghost in their apartment who eats food in their absence.

4. A roommate who has just entered USA and has been around for few months will try to FAKE American Accent, which definitely sounds stupid and funny to us but he thinks that he has got mastery over the language and will leave no stones unturned to impress you.

5. There are few who will hug you, kiss you and project as if you are their life and they will do anything for you. Brother from another mother types, but ditch you when you need them.

6. He/she threatens to call police or housing for every minor issue that can be settled peacefully by talks.

7. A roommate for whom life is all about partying, drinking, smoking and sex. He is one of those creatures who won’t give a damn about his career, forget about yours. He is also one of those who will puke once a week and ends up urinating in wash basin.

8. A roommate who is always short of cash and never pays rent on time. Begs, borrows,scams and arranges somehow but still money is never sufficient. But, ask him for booze and suddenly you will see $500 balance in his wellsfargo account.

9. You might come across a roommate who will give you paid rides to Walmart even though he/she is going to share groceries. And at times, overcharge you by few cents on every product.

10. A roommate who believes in rounding off all numbers. He owes you $102.79 but will transfer only $100 or $102. I assume his fingers will hurt if he/she will type few extra digits “.79”

11. I NEED TIME: A character who takes 15 minutes to pee and 30 minutes to attend natures call, bathing is never less than an hour. UTILITY at UTA is FREE – Yayyy !!! Dude, others also stay in this apartment who needs to use restroom.

12. A roommate who doesn’t know how to use restroom. Goes for bath and there’s swimming pool ready for you when he/she comes out or if he urinates, you will have“urinary abstract art” allover the pot, no matter how many times you explain him how to use English toilets.If he/she uses wash basin, you will find water scattered all around – including walls. Were you dancing while washing your hands?

13.  A roommate who will borrow your car and have party at your expense. He will use 3 gallons on fuel but refuel just 1-2 gallon. He is one of those kind, who will drive your car all the way to Dallas just to have dosa worth $9. So cost is $8 for fuel and $9 for dosa = $17 total cost for dosa. He won’t be courteous enough to even give you a call and ask if you want something to eat. In short, you end up sponsoring him for his need.

14. You might come across someone who claims to be super rich and intelligent but he’ll be the sickest person on this planet with his brains smaller than rodents.

15. You end up leasing your apartment to your friend who is so called “homeless” and you trust his word that he will make rent payments on time and will find you another person, if he/she decides to move out. What happens next is that you are screwed; you are idiot to trust someone blindly because he/she decides to disappear as lease isn’t on his/her name. Reason: “I got an internship and anyways, I didn’t stay”.

Yes brother, you didn’t stay for two months but wasn’t it your responsibility to make payment as it was leased for definite period? Not having name on lease doesn’t free you from liability..Where are your morals?

16. A day before the exams this person will be working hard strategizing on how to copyrather work hard and study for exam. He will call up all the sources and seniors asking for past exams.

17. A roommate who is never at home or class. His or her daily schedule is- motel to gas station to sleep and same cycle again. Did you come here to study or work in motel? No wonder you are on PROBATION!!!

18. A roommate who thinks himself as a stud – he’s the best in world, girls will die for him and he assumes that he has power to do anything in the world. In reality he lacks self-esteem and you can see that…

19. You might come across a roommate who will give your free advice no matter what, ranging from education to relationship to finance to sex to conflicts, but he won’t make any sense.

20. You may end up with someone who keeps bitching and gossiping about every damn thing in this world. Gossiping gives him kind of high. Good for him/her, it’s better than drugs and you don’t get arrested for gossiping!!!

21. Your roommate can be one of those who has zero discipline and negative organization skills. You will find his socks in hall way, underwear hanging somewhere in apartment, books scattered around, someone who will always keep losing apartment keys, and blame neighbors for cockroaches and bedbugs in your apartment.

22. Be on lookout for strip club maniac in your room.

23. A roommate who won’t contribute a dollar for “netflix” or other physical assets in your apartment like microwave,iron, iron board, TV, DVD Player, PS3, etc. but he wants to use them all as if he owns them. If he/she ends up damaging your property, he/she won’t have courtesy to tell you that they were responsible. And, you don’t have all the time on this earth to play role of “ACP Pradyuman” from C.I.D to find out who damaged your property.

24. Outnumbered: You might end up with roommates who will outnumber you and screw your life. Example: (No offense to any community) If you are from North and stay with three guys from South, they won’t  have courtesy to talk in a language that is understood by all. And if you end up in verbal argument, they might kick you out or file false report against you. You will have no defenses because of this groupism. Few people fight back against injustice, most don’t. 

25. Someone who will wash his/her clothes once a month and bath 2-3 times a week just because he/she didn’t sweat and don’t think that it’s really required to bath. Yes, we need to save water!!!

26. You may come across a character who borrows a book from you for a day and same night at 2am you catch him/her in Central Library scanning you book, for which you paid $150 on amazon and he got free scanned copy, which soon entire class will have. Now, that’s open violation of copyright!!

27. Only 4 people stay in unit but he/she will always cook for 6 people. Guess who are the other two? Thrash Can and neighbor

28. This guy doesn’t believe in washing utensils. You will find same the spoon laying around in wash basin till the day of his graduation. And roommates too don’t bother because it’s not their spoon. Guy’s take ownership and get it cleaned.

29. A roommate who is eagerly waiting on FEDEX package delivery (snacks, sweets, home-made food) that your parents will send. And even before you can grab a bite, he’ll be done with emptying some of your yummy home-made food. A time will come when you will start hiding some of your food in your locker, closet, under your bed, etc. to make sure that your roommate doesn’t get hold of any.

30. A roommate who ends up emptying shampoo or body wash bottle for which he didn’t even contribute a dime. 

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Orkut – A brief Introduction and Uses

2 Jan

What is Orkut?

“Orkut is an online community designed to help people connect, build relationships and create engaging communities around common interests.” (Keep Orkut Beautiful, 2006)

How to use Orkut:

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Six steps to using Orkut:

1)      Sign In- A user can sign in Orkut using his credentials from a current Google account, or he may create an Orkut account.

2)      Profile- A profile allows each user to express themselves. They can add photos, interests, and any information they would like to share.

3)      A user can look at the profiles of friends or people who are interested in connecting with him.

4)      Users can send ‘scraps’ to their friends. Scraps may comprise of items such as photos and notes.

5)      Users can create a photo album to upload their photos too. This would allow their friends to see their pictures.

6)      Users can adjust their privacy settings to avoid unwanted people from viewing certain information from their profiles. (Contributor, 2012)

 Pros and cons of Orkut:

 Pros:

  • Scrapbook feature- allows users and their friends to add items to the users’ scrapbooks.
  • Can add pictures and information such as “about me” like other social media forums.
  • Helps users to find friends who are scattered and be in touch with them virtually.
  • Testimonials are as good as recommendations section of LinkedIn. Orkut users can write testimonials for their friends, which when approved by the user for whom recommendation is written, gets posted on the wall of the user profile.

 Cons:

  • Finding friends on Orkut is difficult. It lacks options to reduce the search results.
  • Due to lack of popularity and marketing, it is not as commonly used as other social media like Facebook. This makes it difficult to find past friends you would like to reconnect with.
  • It does not have the option of pages like Facebook. Instead, groups can be made with limited features.
  • There are so many fake profiles; it makes it difficult for users to know which ones to trust.
  • Not as user friendly when compared to its competitors. Instead of IMs and chatting on “walls”, there are posts that users can reply to. This reduces the feeling of having fluid conversations.
  • There is no option to upload files (other than your picture) and create documents.

 Use of Orkut in engaging users:

Positives

  • Several small businesses started using Orkut for better understanding of customer’s perceptions of their brand as they could not afford advertising.
  • Several automobile companies started using Orkut as a complaint board wherein they took customers complaint seriously as it was early warning of potential product or service issues.
  • Large number of companies used this online platform to create and measure brand awareness about their product and services.
  • Music companies started using Orkut communities as it was a powerful distribution channel as its effect can be viral.
  • Universities started using Orkut communities to get feedback from students and students could rate their professors.

Negatives

  • In 2006, India and Pakistan were exposed to numerous hate groups formed on Orkut “with over 1000 groups dedicated to hating celebrities, politicians, math, and sports teams alongside nationalities and rival countries.” (India, Orkut, and the ‘balance of information’, 2006)
  • “Shiv Sena” is a local political party in India which is very aggressive in its activities ordered its followers to attack the cyber cafes around the region, if cyber cafes didn’t stop their customers from accessing these Orkut communities, which ultimately led to riots as all the cyber café establishments did not follow the orders (Mishra, 2009). At that time there were no controls such as “report this” or “flag” options that would report the abuse of social media.
  • The Shiv Sena also asked its supporters to flag these communities on Orkut, so that they could be banned. They created numerous fake profiles, ultimately leading Google to ban several profiles and communities on Orkut for a short period (Mishra, 2009).

Long term viability of platform:

Today people do not want to move from Orkut to Facebook because they have already created a social network on Orkut. But gradually their network is shifting to Facebook as Facebook is helping them do it by suggesting friends, people they might know, friend’s friend and encouraging them to find friends. Unless Orkut innovates, markets, and gives its early users a reason to come back it will surely lose out its users to a giant called Facebook.

Facebook versus Orkut:

 

Facebook Orkut
Launched 2004 2004
Total Users 955 million (2012) 41 million (2012)
Indian Users 52 million (2012) (Up from 5.5 million in 2005) 4 million in 2012(down from 15 millionin 2005)
Friends Search – Less filters
+Multiple  address books
+More Filters-Only Gmail address book
Interface + Wall gives high visibility to happenings in network – Spamming issues
Applications/
Zynga
+ More than 350 million application usersZynga’s relationship with Facebook was an added advantage -Launched applicationsin 2010 but failed toengage users
Spamming/Abuses + Better Privacy Settings – Poor PrivacySettings
Daily active users + 552 Million (2012) – 9 Million
Visibility + Creates a brilliant viral effect – Very poor in creating viral effect
Group/Fan Pages  + Up to date and much better groups and fan pages allowing users to effectively communicate and see Member statistics. – Limited number of peoplecan communicate in

groups

– No Fan Pages

– No means to

measure members

statistics

Communication    Wall
+ Every update becomes a thread and hence engages users
   Scraps
+ Communication is                               isolated
Activity               You can see your/friends activity on wall No option for                                   activity log
Testimonials – No option for testimonials/recommendations + Option available

(Facebook vs. Orkut in India) (Press, 2012) (India, Orkut, and the ‘balance of information’, 2006)

The table above compares Facebook with Orkut. While both communities were launched in the same year, it is quite obvious that their memberships vary drastically. Facebook has a significantly larger following than Orkut. Facebook has added features such as better privacy settings and fan pages that have increased its market share in the online community sector. To achieve longevity and increased market share, Orkut must not only meet the standards set by Facebook (an industry leader), but also create unique user friendly features that would encourage users to give Orkut a second chance.

References

India, Orkut, and the ‘balance of information’. (2006, October 16). Retrieved August 23, 2012, from OpenNet Initiative: http://opennet.net/blog/2006/10/india-orkut-and-balance-information

Keep Orkut Beautiful. (2006, October 3). Retrieved August 22, 2012, from Orkut: http://www.orkut.com/Main#About?page=keep

Contributor, a. e. (2012). How to Use Google Orkut. Retrieved August 23, 2012, from eHow tech: http://www.ehow.com/how_2221855_use-google-orkut.html

Facebook vs. Orkut in India. (n.d.). Retrieved August 23, 2012, from Ghumantu Batuta: http://naveenmeena.in/facebook-vs-orkut-in-india/

Mishra, G. (2009, February 28). Shiv Sena’s Orkut Campaign: The Limits to Freedom of Expression in an Intolerant India. Retrieved August 23, 2012, from Global Voices Advocacy Defending Free Speech Online: Shiv Sena’s Orkut Campaign: The Limits to Freedom of Expression in an Intolerant India

Press, T. A. (2012, July 26). Number of active users at Facebook over the years. Retrieved August 24, 2012, from boston.com: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/2012/07/26/number-active-users-facebook-over-the-years/OAsT5SjyrppzpgWLroa7ON/story.html

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