A little while back my younger brother handed over my phone to me and said, there’s a missed call. I looked the number and it wasn’t from someone I knew, curious I called back. Here’s a transcript of what followed
Guy(on phone): Hanji Bhaiya (Hello) Me: Kaun bol raha hai (whose this?)
Guy(on phone): Bhaiya aaj se 10-11 saal pehle Gujrat mein jo bhukamp aaya tha na, wahan mein khudayi karta tha aur wahan mujhe zameen ke 6ft neeche 4 sone ke biscuit mile hain jo mein apne gaun le aaya hun rajasthan mein. Inko bech do, aadhe aadhe paise mein.( While digging the place in Gujarat where there was an earthquake about 10-11 years back I found four gold biscuits. I have brought them along to my village in Rajasthan, sell them for half price) Me(Clueless): aapko mera number kaise mila? (How did you get my number?)
Guy(on phone): Bhaiya Billu naam ka driver hai Dilli mein, usne aapka number diya hai. Mein aapse paise nahi maang raha hai, aap mujhse mil lo aur yeh sona bech do.(I got your number from a driver named “Billu” from Delhi, I am not asking for money, I just want you to meet me and sell this gold) Me: Theek hai main aapse kal baat karta hun(I’ll talk to you tomorrow)
Did I just experience world’s first phone phishing attempt ?
It’s been more than 36 hours that India’s financial capital Mumbai is under seize. In the ongoing battle with the terrorists in one of the biggest terrorist attacks on India ever, Mumbai has demonstrated “citizen journalism“, in the real sense. While the role of social media and its contribution in the current situation cannot be denied but there’s more to it than just that.
What’s true and what’s not ?
What’s original and what’s not ?
Whose genuine and whose not ?
A cursory glance at #mumbai tells us it’s all happening on the web but lets try to not add more noise and rumor
1) Spread something without verifying the source
2) Spread hate against someone or a community
3) Spread information that could be used negatively
4) Say something just for the sake of saying
“social media dispenses gossip as well as truth, see the mumbai stream on twitter search” – GregoryLent