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Being social: Online sale of cow dung cakes and inappropriate selfies

We track all that's making waves on social media, over the last week.

Written by Vishakha Saxena | New Delhi | Updated: January 8, 2016 11:36:55 am
Order cow dung cakes online, request gift wrap and you have your Diwali gifts for 2016. (Photo Source: AP) Order cow dung cakes online, request gift wrap and you have your Diwali gifts for 2016. (Photo Source: AP)

What happens when the Internet finds out that cow dung cakes can now be purchased from eBay and Amazon? They point out that they’re sold under the ‘Home Improvement’ category and well, we can request gift-wrap.

Apart from e-market listings of cow dung cakes, last week, social media discovered what frequent use of emojis could mean, the world of paid tweets and their weekly dose of outrage was reserved for a highly questionable selfie moment.

A survey by an online dating website claimed last week that people who use emoji icons the most often, think about sex several times a day. “[Emoji users] want to give their texts more personality. Emoji users don’t just have more sex, they go on more dates and they are two times more likely to get married,” said researchers. Now, while many readers found this ‘revelation’ hilarious, not everyone was sold on the theory. ;)


Readers also had a hard time believing that more than a dozen celebrities had this exact thought at around the same time:

Yes, Twitter, this is what the much popular world of paid tweets looks like, in its full force. For those who still don’t know what happened here, here’s some education – when corporates seek attention for certain events or moments, they turn to ‘influencers’ on Twitter. These influencers tweet using their hashtags and make them ‘top trends’ in an attempt to stay etched in the social media sphere’s memory.

Which is exactly what Reliance did for its 4G service – Reliance Jio which will roll-out for non-Reliance employees from March this year. And though one wonders if the celebs here were paid, Reliance did reach out to twitterati with high follower counts for paid promotions. #CelebratingJio became a top trend and got etched in our memory, but not for all the right reasons:


So what else got etched in our memory for all the wrong reasons?

This couple for their arguably horribly timed selfie:

As fire engulfed a 63-storied luxury hotel in Dubai, three hours before the New Year rung in, these lovebirds decided “heck, this is selfie time!” Now, we’re not one to judge, but this does sound like a bad, bad idea especially in our times of viral outrage. Oh, and outrage there was.

Their picture was mostly referred to as the “most senseless selfie ever” and couple were awarded “stupid of the year” by many. Of course, some users came to their rescue too – “They aren’t firefighters, what should they do?” tweeted @JonGardnerSC. Comments here will give you a gist of the overall reactions:


New Year 2016 was an exciting time for social media, in general. Facebook remained flooded with “Year in Review” videos, and this viral photo from New Years eve was termed modern renaissance art:

28,000 retweets and counting, the picture got a few makeovers like these:


Boy, Twitter knows how to have fun. But we already knew that.


Even more fun was had when ISIS leader Baghdadi got trolled on Twitter after he invited people to join ISIS. Responses ranged from “I’d rather watch Star Wars than join you” to “I wanna wait until April and find out what happened to Jon Snow”.



With New Years, Delhi approached the much dreaded day of odd-even. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plan to allow cars with even-numbered plates to ply on even dates and odd-numbered on odd dates was met with surprisingly good results.

Even as the general atmosphere was that of uncertainty, Delhi cooperated and together reduced traffic on the streets and the pollution that has been choking it for months now. “I find this lack of congestion disturbing,” tweeted @abhijit_chanda summing up the thoughts running through most of our minds.

But the story doesn’t end there. As an already congested Metro, especially, Rajiv Chowk metro station, dealt with odd-even, images like these inundated Twitter and Facebook:

Feeling claustrophobic? Worry not, most of these images have been proven to be hoax, apparently of the Diwali rush from 2014.


The other big New Year event was Adnan Sami’s ‘homecoming’. As the formerly Pakistani singer got Indian citizenship and announced “I’m home”, congratulations poured in from all corners.


From the world of Express

After his much talked about interview with Ram Madhav, national general secretary of the BJP and former spokesperson for the RSS, journalist Mehdi Hasan penned a column for The Indian Express. “Hell has no fury like a Hindu nationalist scorned — as I found out after my Ram Madhav interview,” he wrote resulting in even more ire for the Al Jazeera presenter.

There was also this women-only liquor store in east Delhi that totally grabbed the attention of the internet. And while feminists and meninists argued about the need for such a ‘theka’, the general conversations involved women tagging their female friends for a happy drunk time.


One of the most popular Express stories of the week was a profile of Kashibai, the first wife of Bajirao Peshwa. EYE, the weekly Express magazine, explored her lesser-known story in its first issue of 2016. There was more to Kashibai than being a devoted wife who struggled to accept her of the Marathi warrior husband’s relationship with Mastani, and readers were all over it.

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