Another trend that encourages Twitter verified accounts


Twitter is the social media site that pioneered account verification. It mainly launched this function to ascertain the authenticity of user accounts that are likely to be subject to parody and fake user accounts that try to trick other users into believing they are real ones.

Verified Twitter accounts have a blue badge with a white check mark inside and it is positioned right next to the username.

When Twitter launched the account verification functionality in 2009, only user accounts that are highly of public interest were verifiable and accounts were verified on requests. But a few years down the road, Twitter put an end to verifying accounts on user request and started doing it behind the scene based on in-house discretion. There were rumours that the former verification process was put to an end because of increasing numbers of new and ‘non-worthy (spam, parody, etc.) accounts’ requesting verification.

User accounts that are highly of public interest include those of ‘public figures and organisations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business and other key areas of interest, according to Bryan Clark, a reporter at The Next Web.

But apart from the need to determine the authenticity of user accounts, there is another trend among users for verifying accounts.

Many users attribute verified accounts to affluence. For these category of users, verified accounts show high social status and class, it is not just about confirming the authenticity of accounts. It is very likely that this is because Twitter had mostly been verifying user accounts of high public interest, like those of celebrities and top government officials.

Twitter recently changed its policy on verified accounts. The new policy makes verified accounts less a symbol of high social status and class.

‘We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification,’ Twitter’s vice president of user services Tina Bhatnagar.

If you are going to like to verify your Twitter account too, visit Twitter’s help centre.

SHVS technology expected in 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift


The 2017 Maruti Suzuki which is to officially launch at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October is expected to be equipped with an ‘SHVS mild hybrid technology’, according to report. It is likely going to appear in Indian showrooms in 2017.

A next generation Maruti Suzuki hatchback was recently spotted testing in Germany and another in Italy. This new model is packed with some interesting interior and exterior details. The Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) technology is one of the most awesome feature it is coming with so far.

The Swift variant seen in Italy was powered by a petrol engine and an electric motor. From interior images, instrument cluster shows two engine lights. One is the ‘silver’ light for the primary ‘engine’ and the other is the ‘green’ light for the ‘SHVS’ mild hybrid system.

This new model Swift is expected to release in three new engine options. An enhanced version of the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder BoosterJet engine – the same one that powers the Baleno RS and Ignis, an upgraded 1.2-litre K-series engine and a 140bhp, 1.4-litre BoosterJet, four-cylinder petrol motor for the Swift Sport that will only be released as a 2018 model.

The new generation Swift will be lighter than the existing models based on Suzuki’s new global platform that is used in the Baleno and Ignis. At 50mm longer than the older models, it is expected to have increased cabin space.

Length and width of this new model will be 3.84 metres and 1.74 metres respectively. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic gearshift.

The Swift Sport model which will have more sporty exterior and overall power will launch nine months after the standard version.

Four sacred secrets of entrepreneurship success


Growing up as a child, I intuitively picked up creative talents. I would draw my favorite cartoon and comic characters. Aladin and his flying carpet with his little monkey friend, the entire Power Rangers line up, the cunning Bugs Bunny and so on. Later, I started to write poetry too.

How easily I started doing all these without any intensive structured learning, like those at schools of art and literature, somehow made me to start to think that every kind of work in life is so easy to get into.

I expected it to be easy getting into entrepreneurship.

Unfortunately, entrepreneurship was quite more challenging. Especially with the level and speed of development of the 21st century. The 2nd millennium.

Entrepreneurship is not an easy thing.

But here are some sacred secrets that I found out are necessary for success. [I say sacred because I find something divine in their nature]:

An entrepreneur would need to be constantly conscious of the business and continuously work toward the business vision. There is need to remain in business from idea to development. There must not be weariness, tiredness or retreat. No giving up, no going back.

Focus is the quality of keeping to the course of business without interruption.

Continuous learning
Newbies and longtimers must be ready to learn on an on-going basis. Every input to business would have a result and changes in life would tell on business too. An entrepreneur must be able to keep up with results of inputs to business and effects of changes in life, and understand how they affect business.

This requires an active search for knowledge about the business you are into and life in the environment where the business is operating.

Results of inputs to business and effects of changes in life would bring new situations and challenges to business. An entrepreneur must be able to manage inputs to business to get better results and adjust designs of business to adapt to those changes.

It is improvement that brings growth after successive operations of business. Every aspect of business has to improve for growth to happen. Work, performance and income have to improve.

Intelligence is the skill that an entrepreneur would require to make suitable decisions for the business under any given condition of business and life.

Intelligent entrepreneurs are able to understand results of inputs to business and effects of changes in life well enough to match them from time to time to decisions that would lead to the success of their business.

Intelligence could help an entrepreneur find new ways of thinking and doing business, especially when results that inputs generate are not favourable enough or effects that changes cause are too unpleasant.

Focus, continuous learning, improvement and intelligence are concepts that are important in nearly every aspect of our daily life too. They are almost applicable in every thing we do that they should be classified as divine and sacred.

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Important things that a self-learner must know


How we learn is changing. There is an increasing shift from institutional to self learning. It is unbelievable how this approach to learning is strongly impacting people and fast changing the world.

Through self-learning people are gathering new skills, creating new jobs and starting new sources of income.

I have spent years under institutional education, attending traditional school structure. But most of the major skills I work with today are self-learnt ones. I have taught myself content writing and web development, among others.

Here are some important things that a self-learner must know:

Practice is king
In a post titled The 27 principles to teaching yourself anything, Scott Dinsmore, the late founder of Live Your Legend writes, ‘Practical application rules the world.’ He is right.

For a self-learner especially, practical know-how is worth much. It is what is really usable. Theoretical knowledge is good too, but it cannot replace practical proficiency.

Class is not enough
Regular class attendance and routine would not be enough. Going in for lessons, doing homework and taking written test would not do. As a self-learner, you must take everything you learn on paper and test it out yourself. You would need to see what truly works and how it does.

Make learning be required to survive and thrive
Many times, a little challenge often gets us to do what we did not have capability to do. As Dinsmore says, ‘If your job, hobby or passion doesn’t require you to constantly learn then something’s wrong.’

‘Make it a must and you can’t help but grow,’ Dinsmore argues.

The more you stretch yourself to learn new skills, the more you would gain them.

Who you are
There are lots of secrets hidden within you. Explore your ‘strengths, passions, weaknesses, talents, gifts, values, experiences, successes, failure,’ Dinsmore advises. Knowing all these, helps you know areas where you have a learning advantage or disadvantage and be better prepared.

What you love
It is important to have love for what you are doing. This applies to learning. When you are doing what you love, it can hardly feel like work.

Dream about the things you love and go after them. Learn them. The love you have for them will keep you going.

What you hate
What you hate is as important as what you love. You should know what you hate and why you hate them. Know which ideas, personalities, lifestyles, and other things that you do not feel good about. Avoid them.

‘Society does not benefit from you spending more time doing things you hate or getting better at things you suck at. That is not what improvement is about. It’s about taking the best of you and making it better,’ Dinsmore writes.

Take nothing for granted
All the ideas, suggestions and hypotheses that you come across should not be ignored. Take everything into consideration. Test them and see the outcomes. There is always something to learn whether you fail or succeed.

Keep everything in record
Everything counts. Keep a record of everything. From what you love, to what you hate, to what you are good at and what you suck at. You would be able to measure and study your condition and performance easily with this system.

Watch who you learn from
With the rise in self-learning and digital publishing, a lot of books, blogs and content are created daily. It is easier than ever before to get caught up with bad content. You would have to filter things you find. Do not just settle for anything.

Analyze every input
Observe every contribution you put in and the results they pull in. See what you gain and lose from specific inputs.

‘Be sure you’re getting returns,’ Dinsmore advises.

Teach others
You are able to teach others only something you have truly learnt. You can test and grow your knowledge by teaching others also.

Build things
Right from when you start learning, you should start building something.

As Dinsmore explains that, ‘If you are reading about how to write, then start writing.’ He says, ‘People dramatically overestimate how much time they must spend learning before they start doing. The answer is exactly ZERO.’

The time is now. Do not wait until later.

Break things
Learning does not happen only when you build things. You do not have to succeed always. Feel free to goof and fail, to mess things up.

Rumor has it that the Wright Brothers brought five sets of parts to every attempted flight test because that’s how many times they’d fail before supper. Dinsmore concludes that, ‘The people who break the most things tend to experience the most success.’

Make money
Most people have fun doing what they love. But they do not make money doing it. This is ‘because they either think it should take much longer or they never ask in the first place,’ Dinsmore explains.

He says, ‘What if you put a price on your experiments from day one? I bet there’s someone who will pay you.’

If the opportunity comes, you should try make money with the knowledge and skills you have learnt.

It never ends
Learning is an unending process. At any age or stage in life, you would always find more things to learn. You should be ready to learn anytime.

‘Develop a passion for learning like you would for anything else you love,’ Dinsmore advises. ‘You’ll become addicted in no time,’ he adds.