Facebook is OPEN, WWW is CLOSED...

"I'm trying to make the world a more open place by helping people connect and share." thats what Mark Zuckerberg writes on his Facebook fan page.


Mark, what could be open need to be closed also, or for that matter semi-closed or semi-open...


I still vividly remember that afternoon of April 2000, when I went to Camp in Pune to open my first email account (it was yahoo, its still active, but I dont use it anymore).


I was fascinated by this WWW stuff, I could be anything on this planet on WWW. I need not be the boring "Abhishek Rai". And in fact I could  become "realmccoy2k2" (thats my email id, coming from "realmccoy"). I imagined myself to be "the realmccoy" and WWW allowed me to become one, albeit with a slight moderation, with an appendix of 2k2.


Thats the power of WWW, you can imagine what you can become or rather you can become what you can imagine...


I was hooked onto WWW because it afforded me the anonymity and the opportunity to be myself, what I always wanted to become and not to be tied with who I was...


Tons and tons of people started chatting because they can pretend to someone else, someone better than they were...


Suddenly, WWW accorded us the tool to be what we wanted, anonymous...


Now Mark has changed the paradigm of WWW, It has become the same like your good old neighbourhood...


You know each one and every one and know them decently well...


You cant be anonymous anymore, you are what you are...


But were you on WWW for this?...


So Facebook is "OPEN", and WWW is "CLOSED"

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