4 simple guidelines for whatsapp groups

Since March of this year i.e. 2013, I have been in India, and I have realized how intense text’ing via phone can be. Most significant player is the whatsapp application on smartphones.

One can very easily form a community group using this app.  It’s an exciting idea to stay connected and virtually be social. I am part of multiple such groups. As time passed by, I learned what people in a group like most and dislike most. There’s commonality of these likes and dislikes across groups. Based on that experience, I have draft’ed 4 simple guidelines for the whatsapp group members, to help make the group more fun and enjoyable experience for all it’s members. Guidelines to make the group more like’able then dislike’able.

4 simple guidelines for whatsapp groups

  1. Express yourself in your own words
    We, as a society are being constantly bombarded by stuff that someone else thought and worked upon – TV, Movies, Ads, Hoardings etc. It’s lot of in-take. Lets not make our dear group an addition to the list. There should be something going out. Make your brain put in that small effort to express yourself. It simply boils down to – avoid forwards and express yourself in your own words!
    (This may turn out to be quite hard for those who absolutely have nothing else to kill their time other than forwarding messages around, across different groups)
  2. Only 1 forward on a given topic at a given time
    I totally get it. We get lots n lots of good forwards. Some of those forwards are so good, you might be convinced, sending those out to your friends would not just change the way they would spend their day, but change their life altogether for good! But please limit such forwards, to only 1! Multiple forwards on same topic, sequentially, not just pollutes the topic but in fact kills the interest of the reader and she/he won’t even bother to read ’em. And then you would miss out the noble opportunity to make a difference in your group members lives! That would be absolutely sad.
  3. Upto 3 forwards maximum, in a given day
    There are so many of us in a given group. For each member, lets limit ourselves to maximum of 3 forwards in a given day. For social well-being and to promote overall happiness in the group, it is important that one curbs the intense urge to forward 100s of messages. Instead one may only forward upto maximum 3, in a day.
  4. Punish offenders
    This guideline is for offenders. Each group should decide for itself, what would be the repercussions for those who offend the above 3 guidelines. It may turn out to be simple form of punishment like – every other group member curses the offender or maybe something milder like – the offender is banned from the group for a week (note: she/he may attain nirvana by then and never join back!)

Please Note
All above guidelines are *just* guidelines that my brain i.e. explicitly and personally mine, could come up with. I dedicate these guidelines for a good social cause. For a potential awakening, an enlightenment for, maybe a few. There is absolutely no intention of any kind of harm to anyone and no responsibility shall be taken in any case, if by following these guidelines some of your group members are unhappy and come after you for proposing it!

Enjoy whatsapp’ing…

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4 simple guidelines for whatsapp groups

What newbie start-ups don’t want to learn from successful startups

It does sound surprising but it’s mostly true

Most of the successful startups are giants today. So whatever cool and crazy stuff they do, is attributed to their giant-ness, capacity i.e. they being very big can do all that funky stuff. Really? Is that definitely true? Maybe, they’ve always been doing funky stuff, pushing the boundaries, hence they are successful? Is it about ability or is it about capability?

 

Ability versus Capability
Ability versus Capability ?

 

The above image and the one below, I’ve linked are from a very interesting article. Yes, it takes efforts, to get out of comfort-zone, go that extra mile and achieve it. Who says success comes easy? Unless you are extremely lucky, in which case, it might be short-lived!

 

Comfort Zone
Comfort Zone

 

Startups should be nimble. It’s inherent and natural for them to be super flexible, re-define the norms, walk on that never before walked on path. In a way, I guess it means, newbie start-ups should not just be doing the best that’s already been done by other successful ones, but surpass them.

 

Well, based on above 2 graphs, that does mean:

successful start-up = [ ever changing, discomfortable, ever pushing can do and how-to boundaries ]

I do believe, if you – as an individual of a start-up or a start-up itself does fit in the above definition, chances of success are huge!

What newbie start-ups don’t want to learn from successful startups

#PowerOfFocus – Hackathons

The Power Of Focus

Most of my childhood, I’ve lived in places where there was more than ample amount of sunshine. As a kid I remember playing with magnifying glass, on a sunny day, focusing a spot on a paper. Like most other kids, I found it very intriguing. It was fascinating to watch the paper burn, was like Magic!

During the summer hokaratelidays after I finished my 4th grade, I attended summer camp Karate course. I still remember watching spell-bound all the karate masters breaking multiple bricks in one blow. I got so excited that I even tried it myself, with obvious results. Finally I asked my teacher, how could those senior karate students do it? He replied – lot of determination and power of focus!

My colleague here @Krossover – Cyriel, mentioned this concept of – hackathon few weeks back. It didn’t struck me initially but later at some point of time, I came across hackathons again. It’s basically like – grouping with bright-minded programmers, decide to work on a particular project or feature, start working on it and keep working on it, till it’s almost done. Day and night. I remembered my childhood experiences about the “Power Of Focus” and then it all suddenly started making so much sense.

When the whole team (3-4 members), all focus on 1 single goal, sit together, eat together and keep working, it tends to render the same magical effects. I guess, it’s the same underlying principle of focus, thats working here too. I’ve been an amateur musician, who records once on some moon day. But I’ve always had so many ideas, compositions in my head, that have never made it. Luckily, on some occasions, when I stumble across other musicians and we jam, effect again is magical.

So, it’s not just focus (though that is what is moving the threads), it’s also doing it as a group activity. When everyone is interested in doing the same thing. Just like jamming together, hackathons have been very exciting and an enjoyable experience. We’ve started it @Krossover, it’s bit too early to say, but I am looking forward to see and experience some magic.

#PowerOfFocus – Hackathons