The Hindu News – ‘Twitmdu 2010′ conference held in city

MADURAI: Finally, it’s in the city. Perhaps, one of the most happening things in recent times that has created a fever sweeping across continents engulfing youngsters and keeping them glued to their computer screens is Twitter.

To provide a deeper insight into the hottest Internet start-up, the ‘Twitmdu 2010′ was held here on Sunday. The event was organised by Galatta Events and hosted by Dot Com Infoway. It attracted scores from various walks of life such as webmasters, bloggers, IT professionals, businessmen and students. It was inaugurated, in keeping with the spirit of the social networking site, online by Chinmayi, the noted playback singer and chief executive officer of Blue Elephant.

Addressing the inaugural session, C.R. Venkatesh, chief executive officer and managing director, said that from a base of just 273 users in 2006, Twitter boasts of over 2.41 lakh users in 2009.

Kalyana Sundaram, CEO of Great Innovus, who goes by the Twitter name ‘dollar5,’ said that even major technological companies had a presence in this site to promote their brand. Personalities like Shah Rukh Khan and others have thousands of followers wanting to know what their icons do every day. Shan, creator of, spoke on the core technology for programmers with Raghavan R.P., team leader, DCI, speaking about some of the dangers of this site. Bala Krishnan, business development executive of Cogzidel Technologies and Kuberan, tech blogger, spoke.

The event was more of a fun-filled meet where events like ‘twitFun’ and quizzes were held. ‘twitFun’ saw six people who had never ‘tweeted’ before being called up and do their first tweet. The quiz contest brought out some very subtle aspects of this site to the fore. An example was that few would have known that one could have only a certain number of followers.

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