Twitter is the great leveller: Saad Akhtar
By: A Correspondent
Delhi cartoonist speaks on becoming MiD DAY Twitter Indian of the Year after trumping Shashi Tharoor and Priyanka Chopra
Since the launch of the MiD DAY Twitter Indian of the Year award on December 29, we had received an encouraging 6,000 votes by the time the polling closed last afternoon.
Saad Akhtar (30), creator of the comic strip Fly You Fools won after he bagged 34 per cent of the votes.
He trumped heavyweight External Affairs Minister Shashi Tharoor by a thin two per cent margin. Actress Priyanka Chopra stood third with 10 per cent of the votes.
Delhiite Akhtar's sarcasm prompted author Chetan Bhagat to block him, leading to the creation of the now infamous #chetanblocks tag. Akhtar has created over 100 comics in the last two years.
Tweet victory: Saad Akhtar
On beating famous personalities like Priyanka Chopra and Shashi Tharoor, Akhtar said, "I voted for Tharoor myself.
It would have been no shame losing to him. Good of MiD DAY to include non-celebrities in the poll too. Proves that Twitter is the great leveller."
Adman Prahlad Kakkar agrees. "Social media like Twitter reflect our changing times. The lines are always blurred between celebrity and non-celebrity.
A celebrity is only a celebrity based on content. If their Tweets are not interactive or not interesting, it doesn't matter how many fans they've got in real life.
Content is the key and the person that's got better stuff will have a better hold," said Kakkar.
Number of SRK followers at 4.30 am
Saad Akhtar Creator of comic strip, Fly You Fools
1. When did you start Tweeting?
I opened a Twitter account a year ago to post new comic updates. Then, it got addictive like crack!
2. How does it feel to have trumped other giants in Twitterverse?
Feels great! It was more of a surprise that it would have been had I won the Miss World/Universe participant. I really wasn't expecting this.
3. When the #Chetanblocks tag began, did you think the issue would become so big?
I was merely pulling his leg. Others took it to the heights you speak of. I guess Chetan has as many haters as he has fans. They merely made themselves known.
|Twitter, A Sociologist's View|
|Online tools are faster and have far reaching capabilities. I might have a friend I want to keep in touch with in Delhi and letters take time. Twitter reflects how our society is changing. It also reflects how impersonal communication has become. As technology changes, so do habits." |
- Sociologist Nandini Sardesai
What after Twitter?
Twitter is the best way to get hyper local. It is the best way to communicate a message to maximum number of people within a short time. I believe that the next big thing will be location where places mentioned or the source of the information will be geo-tagged that will make information more relevant.
- Vishal Gondal, CEO, IndiaGames