Social Encounter

Writing letters to mummy and papa was in my routine in the hostel. For every small thing waiting for outing timing and going out to make an std call from PCO or sitting next to landline of hostel waiting for papa’s call. 

Those years were really amazing when I get call from college office that you got a mail..oops mail means letter, I used to run from hostel till office to get that letter and remember sitting reading that letter from my papa with teary eyes. 

The year 1999, my friend who stays with his parents have his own computer and that with an internet connection. He told me that there is a better way now to send a letter to your dad via Yahoo and with so much surprise we all friends reached his home and he created my yahoo id and told me how to use. Thanks, Amit, I still have that id. 

I called papa and told him the same and very next day first mail in my mailbox from papa and I was so happy to receive it. 

This was my first encounter with social media as before that I was only looking up for Google. 

For next few years, I was like yes!! I’m so active that I have a social account going cyber cafe either to check email or chat with friends online on Yahoo chat. 

I still remember when I returned home after my post graduation I entered in a cyber cafe and while passing I saw a boy chatting on some very attractive window, due to my curiosity I enquired cyber cafe person who was my family friend ‘What he is using?” 

He replied a new social platform by Google is called ”  “ I was like ok let me also open an account on it and this is what I saw myself encountered with the second social platform and started enjoying uploading pics and connecting to my friends on finger tips. 

Then it is on with FB, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and much more. Even few friends saved my name as Social Queen. 

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Don’t forget to tell me about your first encounter with social media in comment section!! 

Social media has given me many things in life to know what and how? Stay tuned much more is coming up in this series of #MyFriendAlexa

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Ruchi Verma

Certified parenting teen practitioner, multiple Award winner, mother of two active kids believes in sharing the right source of information to readers which could help them in every possible way!!

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  1. It’s fun to be a king or queen on social media but v can’t forget those times when letter meant the blue coloured inland letter lying in our letter box , that handwritten love was very fragrant

    1. Absolutely…I still hv those letters of papa n friends …n mummy’s where she always mention her one dialogue” jo ped jhuktha hai Wahi khada rehta hai” always

  2. Ha the Orkut days and tes­ti­mo­ni­als! ? I remem­ber them vivid­ly. All the best with Alexa. Look­ing for­ward to read­ing your SM encoun­ters.

    1. Thanks Shalini…

  3. Ah.. Feel­ing nos­tal­gic dear.. I remem­ber yahoo chat used to be so fun and inter­est­ing ?

    1. My life changed with Yahoo chat ..u will read in coming post

  4. Yes, I remember using internet only at office for a very long time and then Orkut happened and then Yahoo. You brought so many lovely memories flooding back Ruchi.

    1. Ya …m sure many are in same old zone

  5. Yeah! Good old Orkut… We could call it the father of social media 😛 This post was a trip down the memory lane.

    1. So happy u liked this

  6. I don’t remember my first social media encounter. ? But it’s definitely FB!

  7. I also used orkut and yahoo and real­ly it was so fun time. Missed those days of col­lege life when the­se things just start­ed and only few teenagers used the­se.

  8. I do remember Orkut days and the yahoo chat rooms. HA HA where ppl use to ask each other Hi ASL . Loved reading your post.

  9. This is such a beautiful start of the challenge. All the best for #Alexa watching this space for more on Social Media Journey

  10. Social media was first facebook then twitter.My favorite is twitter though

  11. You took us all down the ‘memory lane 🙂

  12. Feeling so nostalgic dear. Remembering those orkut days.

  13. I remem­ber writ­ing let­ters to my mater­nal grand­moth­er ?It used to be fun… tech­nol­o­gy has made com­mu­ni­ca­tion so easy

  14. It was fun time when I was using OrkutOrkut and yahoo

  15. My first encounter with social media was when i created a yahoo mail to chat with friends! It was fun!

  16. Ye the old says chats and let­ters were so much fun

  17. Hahaha!! Orkut was like a rage those days.

  18. Wonderful article. I remember being mesmerized with socialmedia when i first used it. I got really obsessed.

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  20. For me it was MBA wherein I used computers maximum earlier than that it was sending forwards to friends that’s it. The first time I came to know about Facebook I hated the concept and not we can’t survive without it.

  21. your blog reminded me of good old pen-friend days! nice post.

    1. Ya those days were so cool

  22. I still remember when gmail was only by invite… And one of my school friend invited us 6 people on gmail. Before that, same as you, it was just yahoo!

  23. Real­ly reminds me how far tech­nol­o­gy has come. Who knows what the future holds for us.

  24. Oh the good old Orkut…It was like my first love ? I migrated to FB only after orkut was off the rails ? This post made me feel nostalgic…Thanks for sharing!

  25. You made me nos­tal­gic! I recall yahoo chats with ran­dom peo­ple in a cyber cafe where we would use asl and talk ran­dom stuff

  26. Ah! I started with Orkut. The testimonials and scraps were such fascinating things in those days. I met a lot of my old school friends over Orkut and that was the main reason I joined it. Thanks for reminding me of good old days. ?

    1. So glad that you hopped here and happy that I made you remind old days

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