Why social networkers are more likely to get ahead at work

I have recently read this interesting article on the Guardian about the benefits of using social network on your career by Mamta Saha.

It’s great because it basically summarizes the benefits of this tool that some assume to serve only as a form of entertainment.

Also, if you pay attention, you can learn how to use your social media tools to help yourself in your career as well.

I’ll summarize the article here but if you’d like to read the full article, click here.

  1. It allows even the quietest people to share and show off their amazing depth of knowledge.
  2. It’s a great way to broaden your circle of contacts and gain useful business connections.
  3. It lets your interesting and unique personal interests shine, allowing you to connect to influential people in a more personal level.
  4. Following your company’s movement on social media sites is a great way to spot customer feedbacks or activities. Being the first to report them to your senior staff will get you noticed as someone who really cares about the company.
  5. It has many great tools to help you manage time and productivity.

Now get socializing!

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[Review] The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

I have recently finished reading The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, and I found it very painful to go through it from beginning to end.

The novel is one family’s tragedy told through painfully honest stream of consciousness of the family members, laced with such innocent humor and a uniquely beautiful narration. Roy lays out Life as it is, bare like a naked body stripped of its romanticized beauty. However, it is this undeniably raw honesty that is the charm of the novel. There are many characters to love, to hate, and to be completely puzzled about. Their heartbreaking fate is slowly revealed to us as we go forward in time and back again only to watch our poor beloved characters fall into the trap of the Love Law.

What pains me the most about this novel lies within the mind of the Twins, Estha and Rachel. Much of the story is told through their most personal thoughts, their reaction to the world. It makes me feel so exposed, as if someone has finally broken into my terrifying, childishly dark world I thought was a secret, one-of-a-kind, mine. Roy spells out, through the Twins, all my childhood questions, misconceptions, fears, and lays them patiently on these pages for the world to read. On one hand, I am glad that I wasn’t the only child with that disturbing inner world. But on the other hand, it horrifies me to even wonder whether all children have to go through such an experience.

I am not exaggerating when I say that you have to possess a certain amount of strength to read and enjoy—as much as it would allow you—this novel. You will laugh out loud. You will be angry and offended. You will feel hopeless and you will be deeply hurt. But mostly it is only because you know that everything you are reading is true, that life and human nature are no fiction. And somehow you will foolishly believe that Roy’s beautiful writing is enough to heal the wounds.

32 Innovations that will change your tomorrow

I have just read an article on The New York Times on a list of 32 Innovations that will change your tomorrow, and I am very impressed.

There is so much innovation and creativity in all of them. And the crazy bit is that it’s not just another creative idea for an advertising campaign that can be computer generated. These are real innovations that are becoming reality.

Here are some of my favorites:

#5 Shampooing machine. A machine that washes, shampoos, and blow dries your hair while you just sit there and enjoy the show. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? After reading this, you kind of go “Why hasn’t anyone done this before?” For someone with super long hair like me, this will save me so much time and trouble in the morning.

#6 The congestion killer. A theory that a certain amount of space left between cars will help with most traffic jams. If a car gets too close to the one in front of it, it has to slow down, causing the following car to do the same, and so on. Once explained, it makes so much sense. The idea is simple, but it can really solve many city problems.

#7, 8, 9 Better bikes. All of these ideas are great. No more grease on your legs/pants from the chains. And an internal lock that thieves will have to break the bike to steal it. My boyfriend once chained his bike in front of his apartment and found it stolen the next morning. Simple locks don’t really work anymore. If the thieves really want to take the bike, they will.

#11 Better air in airplanes. Better humidity and pressure control in airplane air? Yes, yes, yes! This will make my plane trips so much more pleasant. Next innovation, the baby silencer.

#16 Body movement login. Apparently, your body movement is as unique as your fingerprint, so it’s better than any code you can come up with. This is so clever. If the facts are correct, I see no reason to use anything else!

#20 Synthetic alcohol. No alcohol. No hangover. No super drunkenness. Just the pleasant buzz. This is so Star Trek. The buzz without the pain? Oh my!

#21 Mind-reading shopping cart. It understands your dinner, your shopping list, your diet. And since it scans all your food once you drop it in, there’s no need to wait in line to pay at the till. This is so clever and super useful.

#22 Better-looking movies. Increasing frame rates makes movies look better. So if we increase from the current 24 images to say, 48 or 60, everything can be so good it’s almost holographic. This is another one of those things that make you wonder why no one’s done this before.

#24, 25 Illness detectors. From diagnosing diseases in your sleep to confirming depression with blood tests. New technologies that help with detecting illnesses are always a win.

#28 Quality dinner, frozen. This allows anyone to buy a Michelin meal frozen, defrost and eat it while it tastes like it’s freshly cooked. Anything food-related is always a win.

Anywhos, these are just my favorites. The rest is super cool as well. Enjoy!