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Twitter Introduces ‘You Both Follow’ Feature

Today, in the morning, when I signed in to my twitter account, I saw a tweet that said, “twitter has launched the much awaited ‘You Both Follow’ feature.” On the July 19th, I had written a post ‘You Both Follow’ Feature soon on Twitter. At that time Twitter was testing this feature by giving the facility to mere 10% of the total no. of twitter users. Today, it seems, many of the twitter users have said that they have the feature enabled on their account though it is still not confirmed if the feature is enabled on everyone’s account. Leading Tech website Mashable in a post says:

It appears the “You Both Follow” feature that Twitter started testing back in June is now being rolled out to more (if not all) users.
What is ‘You Both Follow’:
I am sure every one knows about the mutual friend feature on facebook. “You Both Follow’ is the same feature on twitter. When you go to some one’s profile, you can see this feature on the sidebar on the right. The feature is just above the ‘following’ feature. You can click on the view all… to view all the people you both follow.

This how the feature looks.

The twitter world is also abuzz discussing the topic. While some are excited to use this new feature on twitter, many are not happy with it as they feel twitter shouldn’t copy features from facebook. In fact, a few days ago, twitter rolled out the ‘Who to Follow’ feature that suggest you to follow some one, exactly like the ‘People You May Know’ feature on facebook.

As people see twitter as a path breaking and totally innovative social networking website, they don’t like such features being copied from another website. Well, have you used the feature? Do you like it? Express your views in the comments section.

Reverse ATM code as ‘Panic Code’?

Around 1 year ago, I had received an e-mail which had the following content.


If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse. For example if your pin number is 1234 then you would put in 4321. The ATM recognizes that your pin number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you.

This information was recently broadcasted on TV and it states that it is seldom used because people don’t know it exists.

Please forward this e-mail to your friends whom you care. They may need this information.

As the mail seemed like a ‘Internet Rumor’ to me, I did a bit of research with the help of Google and became sure that the mail is nothing but a part of junk e-mail chain.

Today i received an SMS from one of my friend which had the same content. After receiving it, I decided to write this post with details of the rumor so that people will not be deceived by such fake rumors.

The information passed in such e-mails and SMS is not correct though such technology exists. And probably the existence of such technology has given birth to the rumor. Such a concept was imagined and patented by Joseph Zingher, a Chicago based businessman. He is the inventor and patent holder for the ATM SafetyPIN software. He thought of a model in which in case of emergency if people enters the reverse of the ATM code (he termed it as Safety PIN), it will be treated as ‘panic code’ and it will alert the cops. The idea failed because such a system can not work for palindromic no.s like 1111, 3443, 4004 etc.

Though 2 American states, Illinois and Kansas, moved bills to propose such laws but while the bill of Kansas failed, the bill of  the Illinois was diluted. Another reason why the idea failed is because of the high amount the banks had to spend to install such technology with the ATMs when such ATM crimes are not so abundant.

I hope this post helps you to stop such rumors. If some one forwards such mail or SMS to you, don’t forward them and educate the sender with details of this rumors. Enjoy. 🙂

“Twitter is currently down for planned maintenance”

Is this the message displayed on the screen when you try to log in twitter?

Twitter is currently down for planned maintenance

I know, it’s frustrating for avid tweeters to remain away from twitter for long. Here are details of the maintenance program due to which twitter is down now.

As per official twitter status update on 31st July,

Twitter’s hosting provider, NTT America, will begin scheduled maintenance at 11:00PM PT*/06:00AM UTC. This maintenance will last approximately five hours.

During this maintenance, there will be periods of time when some users are unable to use Twitter. We do not expect these periods will last for the entire maintenance window.

*[11PM PT is 7AM GMT.]

Such maintenance was a requirement for the site to upgrade its servers as recently twitter marked the 20billionth tweet. We have to pay this ‘small price’ for a better tweeting experience in the future.

As the update clearly states that twitter will be down for 5 hours, you will not be able to use the social networking site in these hours. But as the last line of the update says, you may not have to be away from twitter for all 5 hours. So, take a break from tweeting, celebrate and enjoy ‘Friendship Day’ and experience some time without twitter. By the way, don’t forget to check in regular intervals if the twitter is back. Have fun.

World’s oldest Twitterer dies

Ivy Bean- The oldest twitterer is no more

Ivy Bean (@IvyBean104), the oldest twitterer (twitter user), who also happens to be the oldest Facebook user (Ivy Bean on Facebook) has passed away at 12.08am today at the age of 104. One staff for her twitter account made this announcement on the twitter account today. Ivy had 56,577 followers and 1015 tweets.

The tweet declaring Ivy's death

After Ivy’s death she is trending on twitter as number of twitter user tweeting about her and her death. Ivy’s story defies the popular belief that only youth enjoy using social networking websites and it also shows how social media is very much a part of an individual’s life.

Now I can use Rupee symbol on my computer, Can you?

Do you wonder how to use the new Rupee symbol on your computer? Here is how you can do it.

1. Download the following Rupee_foradian font.

2. Install it on your computer. You can do it by copying the font into the Fonts folder in the Control Panel.

3. Open MS Word, Choose your font as Rupee Foradian. Use ` key (Key just above Tab key) and see the rupee symbol ( e.g. ` 5000)


[Developed by: Foradian Technologies, a Mangalore based Internet Engineering Company]

Image Courtesy: Foradian Technologies

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