Ranjeet Walunj

January 17, 2009

BarCamp #5 at Mumbai (VJTI – Matunga)

I’ve tried attending few of the last barcamp’s at mumbai and always look forward to see what new I can learn from the same.

I’ve met few of my good contacts at barcamps and learned a lot from them.

My friend Satish Vijaykumar aka BombayLives (twitter – @bombaylives) have been the major driving force for me to attend the same.
And last barcamp at IIT, he has taken a cool photograph of mine with Fedora Hat on (RedHat) — (which i’m using everywhere as profile –even if there are mixed reviews bout my looks ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  )

This year satish has even made resolution that he will attend all the tweetups/blogcamps/barcamps happening in mumbai … ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways point is BarCamp Mumbai 5 will be held at VJTI, Matunga, Mumbai on Sunday, February 1st, 2009.

I love it when such events are pretty close to my house ๐Ÿ˜‰

If I manage to find some time and finish my project, then probably I’ll be trying to take a session. Otherwise I’m there to learn and spread good karma … Would love to be volunteer … (And this will not have hidden agenda to get few extra cool barcamp T-shirts/goodies ๐Ÿ˜‰

For people who don’t know what barcamp is : (I’ve taken following content from http://barcampmumbai.org/)

for people who don’t know how to get there — pls check : http://barcampmumbai.org/BCM5_Venue

BCM5 is not 2 day event as last barcamp …ย  its debatable … but I preffer one day camp than the 2 day spread …


BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.
It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.

(I love to see some fights happening @ bcm5 — some nice intellectual fights )

BarCamp is in essence a conference without a preset agenda.
We prefer the term ‘unconference’ actually.
A bunch of smart people meet up over the weekend, put up a schedule on a wall and spend the rest of their time
taking up sessions and discussions with each other.

There is no audience. Only participants. So host a session, help out with planning, ask questions, spread the word-

Everybody is invited. There really are no walls.


Please visit official Barcamp Mumbai wiki — http://barcampmumbai.org/



BarCamp?? What BarCamp??

Learn more about BarCamps on the following resources:

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp
* http://barcamp.org/WhatToExpect
* http://barcamp.org/TheRulesOfBarCamp


October 1, 2008

The future of widgets on facebook looks bleak

Filed under: social media, Tech, technology, Web 2.0 — Tags: , , , , — ranjeetwalunj @ 8:36 pm

In the last couple of years there was a big rush of making gadgets/widgets by most of the agencies/companies to have a prominent presence on social mediaย  for the last couple of years.

This involved many widgets being created for Facebook and loads of users adding those widgets to their profile.

One of the goal for the new Facebook design was to make it clean, uncluttered interface by removing few widgets which are not working or not useful.

O’Neil has written : “Widgets have not survived the shift over and my guess is that within a
matter of weeks we will see most top-performing widget applications
practically disappear.”

To drive this point he gives an example of widget created by him called “Bush Countdown Clock” which attracted close to 50K users. It was just a flash badge which allowed users to express. However with the new design it has been added to another box and not prominent on the profile.

Nick O’Neil says ‘Widgets or badges that help users express their personal beliefs,
ideals, and personality are now harder to find with the new facebook design.’

Source of the article is : All Facebook Article

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