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How exactly are we different from others?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

This blog has served as a platform for us to clarify a lot of the questions that do the rounds regarding this initiative. This post is just another one of those.

In the past few weeks a lot of questions have popped up in front of us, asking us why we are different from the other social networking sites that have come up related to JMI in recent times. I would not like to divulge any names but would like to put the comparison in the form of bullet points.

  1. We are no business!
    Yes this is no business. It never was, is and will never be one! Agreed we need money to power it all. Money to compensate for the thousands we have already shelled into this project and the thousands we will in the coming days and months. And we need a way to fund that. Having said that we aim at making no money out of this. It is all being done for the love of the institution. There are no vested interests. In case one of these days you realize that the information you provided to us has been wrongly used, I give you full authority to try me or any other member of the team for the same. Its not stupidity in my opinion but the confidence we have in our goodwill.
  2. We love JMI!
    A couple of sites and their strategy puts us into a fix. If you might have noticed, our branding is totally based on the JMI logo. A logo we love! Rest assured we have some of the best graphic designers out there to design a logo for us but the prospect of designing one never appealed to us. An alumni for us passed out of JMI and not from a random organization we build out of thin air. Hence its only obvious that we give him/her what he/she left behind. Makes more sense as we are no business.
  3. We are transparent!
    Everything that is on the site is in front of you. We do not harass you into signing up to be able to see what the site is made up of and what all it can provide. I for one am a staunch opposer of such cheap tactics and made sure we do not have a login and registration form welcoming users on the site. What we have is what you get.
  4. We have more for you, a LOT more!
    People thought the blog was good. Then off late they have been thinking that we probably maxed out with the Community site. But as they say the best is yet to come. And we are diligently working on the next big thing already while making sure the current components are advertised and marketed properly.
  5. We are purely FET!
    Our target audience is clear. FET it is! No plans of serving the entire university.

A couple more things that are in the works currently but discussing them here could probably jeopardize our prospects. Hence I would not discuss them just yet. One of these days if all goes well I will be the first one to blog about it.

It might sound like a useless post this to a few. But I have always believed in keeping my slate as clean as possible. :) This another one of those attempts. ;-)

Cheers
IA

Dose of criticism

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I have been a spectator here for quite some time but could not keep myself from “blogging”. Before I go on to being my critical self, allow me to appreciate the initiative taken, the pleasing-to-the-eye layout of the website and the rather impressive statistics of your growing viewership. What I would be suggesting in the rest of this write-up might not actually make for blogging content so please accept it as a suggestion only, I shall write something soon enough suitable for publishing :)

I think we could increasingly focus on making this an alumni database rather than a forum addressing issues and stating facts which although essential but need to be limited to the knowledge of the alumnus of the college only. If I understand the purpose right, then I think what we are focusing on is educating people (and maybe prospective students too) about what they ARE missing by not being a part of the institute when it comes to recruitment/admission and NOT what the institute is missing.

Having said that, in my honest opinion only, I feel that you should have partitioned spaces, one strictly for the members which would include only the alumni and the present students and they alone could have access to the blogs. For all and sundry, as your viewership increases, we would be more interested in facts. Facts about the college (not expressed in the form of a blog), about the societies, about the initiatives, about the companies visiting and most importantly about where it’s students are.

Much to my dismay, prior to and even now after registering for this site, I could not see any link which could lead me to the list of members who have already registered. While registering also, the form did not seem to have any details asking for the whereabouts of the person (which should have actually been your point of attention), considering that a good number of people have already registered. How are you benefiting if the alumni are not being made to share their details? Had I been a visitor or I show this to my friend, I would first ideally like to see who the people are who make this institute (and not the people of who make this blog; no offense intended), who were fortunate enough to have studied here and where they are now.

I understand that the site is still in its nascent stage and maybe each one of you is brimming with ideas. I’m sure that true to Deep’s status, JMI FET shall be the next big thing soon enough. Once again, congratulations on the initiative taken. I hope the team does achieve the purpose of fetching FET JMI, it’s much due credit and a place right under the sun.

As a last piece of suggestion, (I bet you hate me already), you could also contemplate creating communities on this site maybe with respect to departments or the batch year so that there is more active networking which is actually the need of the hour.

P.S. To repeat myself, take this as a suggestion only. I hope to write in something soon again, suitable for publishing :D

Best Regards
Aeliya

Editor’s note

Firstly thanks a lot for blogging. Its really appreciated. I really liked the fact that you took the initiative to blog and speak you heart out on this initiative of ours. Let me take the liberty on behalf of the entire team to try and answer the concerns you have put forward to the best of my abilities.

What really is the agenda of this blog? Frankly its still a bit hazy. See it this way. For years the JMI FET community has remained silent at large. I still don’t know of one public forum where we guys, both the current students and the alumni can get together and pour our heart out the way we have done here till date. Now that we found something we started punching in every thing that we had i.e. views and news all at once into one common platform. At the same time we want to make sure that the alumni feels a connect with the college by being updated how we are doing currently in terms of admissions etc. Rest assured over the next few weeks/months everything will be categorized very cleanly and we will leave this blog venting purposes only.

What’s with the registration debacle on this site? Well we know its simple. Intentional attempt of ours actually to make registration real straight forward for all in coming alumni members. The actual jewel in the crown i.e. the community site is under construction. Infact we are into heavy testing mode and we are hoping to release it soon, very soon. It will have everything that you talked of here. Infact as a token of thank you for the hard work you put into writing this blog I would like you to beta test the site with us. I have emailed you the details separately. :-)

Do we hate you?! No! In fact I personally love you for the blog you just wrote for us. Hope you understand the context in which the word ‘love’ he been used here. ;-) On the contrary I feel that I might have been added to your hit/hate list for having published this blog post despite your explicit statutory warnings of not to do so flashing all over the article. Genuinely sorry if I offended you in doing that but I so wanted the readers to see what you had written.

P.S: I have read you blog talking about the various minute details of the ECE Department. Been a big fan of it for some time now and made a lot of others read it as well. Lets take that up on a personal level though! :-)

Imran

Ready set go!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Yes! That’s how I would sum today’s updates. After months of planning between me and Shariq(Rahul and Adnan had their cameos as well), we finally seem to have a team which will take on this tedious job. Ankit and Sameet are officially a part of the big league of passionate JMI FET students and alumni that are trying to turn a dream into reality.

Here’s a quick pic of us in ultra happy decision making mode. ;-)

The mood is definitely upbeat. The prospects that this project holds is good enough to motivate us all which is pretty evident from the pic above. We will soon be publishing details of how we go about doing our job. Regular status updates shall follow. :-)