Today, Tharoor at bangalore tweetup
By: Aditya Anand
Here's your chance to get more out of the tech-savvy minister than his posts on micro-blog site Twitter will allow, but expect a crowd|
Enthisiastic tweeter Shashi Tharoor, the tech-savvy minister of state for external affairs, will for the first time meet the city's tweeple people who are active users of the micro-blogging Twitter service today.
Twitter users are excited at the prospect of meeting Tharoor offline, as many of them religiously follow his tweets.
"The biggest question tweeters in the city is on the minister's 'cattle class' controversy and the lessons he drew from it as a political beginner in India," said C T Abraham, techie and Bangalore-based tweeter.
The cattle class remark, which kicked up a political storm when Tharoor used the term in a tweet to describe lower-class air travel at the height of the Congress austerity drive, was not the new politician's first brush with controversy.
Little wonder, then, that tweeple expecting a little more elaboration on several things Tharoor have been registering in large numbers for the tweetup a gathering of people who use Twitter at the TERI Conference Hall in Domlur at 3 pm.
It will be Tharoor's first direct, offline interaction with fellow tweeple from the city.
The former UN official will be the second high-profile guest in the city. This after Guy Kawasaki, the marketing brain behind Apple's legendary Macintosh system, visited the city earlier.
While the IT city has a little over 2000 'very active' tweeters people who tweet over two times a day on an average and a few hundred users more registered on the website, Friday's tweetup can accommodate only about 80 people.
"Since we are flooded with registrations, only the early arrivals will get inside the auditorium," said Abraham.
On Thursday Tharoor tweeted, "As the Internet gains ground more and more in India, I think those numbers will go up in India."