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>Top 12 Ranked Web sites in India for December 2010:

Posted by drneelesh on January 29, 2011


Alexa – Top Sites in India

Top Sites in India ranked for December 2010

The 1 month rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1.

1) Google India
Indian version of this popular search engine. Search the whole web or only webpages from India…. More Interfaces offered in English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil.

2) Google
Enables users to search the Web, Usenet, and images. Features include PageRank, caching and tra… Morenslation of results, and an option to find similar pages. The company’s focus is developing search technology.

3) Facebook
A social utility that connects people, to keep up with friends, upload photos, share links and … Morevideos.

4) Yahoo!
A major internet portal and service provider offering search results, customizable content, cha… Moretrooms, free e-mail, clubs, and pager.

5) YouTube – Broadcast yourself
YouTube is a way to get your videos to the people who matter to you. Upload, tag and share your… More videos worldwide!
Free, automated weblog publishing tool that sends updates to a site via FTP.
7) Wikipedia
A free encyclopedia built collaboratively using wiki software. (Creative Commons Attribution-Sh… MoreareAlike License).

9) India Ltd.
Online portal with free e-mail and many other services.

10) Twitter
Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface..

11) LinkedIn
A networking tool to find connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts and busin… Moreess partners. Allows registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people they know and trust in business.
12) Indiatimes
Portal site; includes news stories under subject headings, and links to other information

Analysis and Pointers:

a) At least half of these dozen are hardcore social networking sites.Orkut is still doing reasonably well in India, and Facebook has fast climbed to number 3, after the obligatory Google Search.

b) Google India is on the first position and we wonder how many choose to surf the net in their local languages. This information can transform the way content is produced in India currently.If this data can be gathered, it will allow content creators to better plan their offerings.

c) The only two India based entities, Rediff and Indiatimes are web portals, with a strong presence in the e-commerce space. These two being popular shopping sites, this is another pointer to increasing online expenditure habits being formed.

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>How to Create Animations Online without Costly Softwares

Posted by drneelesh on January 28, 2011


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A Video is a very powerful resource on the internet. Various studies have proved that videos get shared more rapidly via social media, rather than text based content. But making good quality videos has required using special programs and costly talent.
Not Anymore.

There are a few sites online where you can do basic animation and you do not need to have animation experience. You can pick backgrounds, text, music, etc. to make a short video and then send it to your friends. You do not need any experience just point and click:

5 websites which allow you to create animations:


Check out this video on using Xtranormal:

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>Tracing The First Decade of Wikipedia (Video)

Posted by drneelesh on January 23, 2011


Wikipedia has been around for Ten years now. Over the years, it has proved itself to be a much maligned and under-appreciated source of information to a large number of people.

The WikiMedia foundation has now set its eyes on the developing markets like India, and it will be interesting to see Wikipedia make it through another few years without advertising revenues.

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>8 Questions to Answer Before you Start a Health Community

Posted by drneelesh on January 13, 2011



Online community building require planning all your activities much before you launch it on the web. Here is the list of 8 questions you should answer before you actually start building a community::

(1)Who is responsible for managing the community. One person who has ultimate authority for managing your online community. Pick this person before you launch. What are the limits of their authority. What can/can’t they do without you? What are their responsibilities and deliverables?

(2)The first people that you’re going to approach. Building an online community needs a very focussed approach. So before you venture into any such project, have a clear target audience profile. You should know their demographics, habits and attitudes. You should have a list of people, but start with the best 20 to 50 consumers to join in the beginning

(3)What you’re going to tell them. Based upon your research, you should know what you’re going to tell a member that will get them to join. We believe it is best to draw up a plan for publishing content according to a table -of -contents and in a timely fashion.

(4)How you will convert newcomers into regulars. What will members do in your community for the first few weeks? You need a clear process that will take a newcomer to the community past the usual 3-week mark into a regular. This means a combination of constant prods asking for opinions/recommendations etc.

(6)How you will grow the community. Will you continue to use direct invites? Will you use referrals? If so what will you do to gain those referrals? Will you go for promotion/mentions in top media outlets. If so, what will you tell them to get those mentions? In our opinion, it is better to grow physician communities via referrals and recruiting health consumers via direct invitation, social media marketing and Google adwords.

(7)What platform you will use. Hot topic, but what platform will you use for your community (should be very clear about why). The default should be forums/mailing list/newsgroups until you outgrow it.

(8)What you are measuring. What metrics matter to you? This should also include how you will react to these metrics. How will these metrics change your actions?
(via Feverbee)

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>6 Great Ways to Kick start Your Health Community.

Posted by drneelesh on January 11, 2011



Despite all the debate about the many differentiating feature of health communities, they are at their core like any other online community. And growing a health community faces almost the same challenges as growing  any other non-specialist communities.

Feverbee is a good source of gyan for building online communities. Created by Richard Millington, it is overflowing with solid practical advice in building vibrant online communities. We have taken one of their recent posts and edited it to answer our own question.

How to Kick Start a passive Health Community? 6 questions which will enthuse activity in your community forum and encourage people to share:

(1) What is your average day like? People love to talk about themselves winning over their arthritis/ diabetes/ whatever. Ask them what their average day is like and they’ll tell you. They’ll also compare it with anyone else that answers.

(2) This question can be difficult to monitor/ balance but will surely get you a lot of traffic. Can anyone recommend ( a healthcare service provider, source of information, treatment strategy which worked for you)…..? People like to be helpful and show off knowledge. Asking for recommendations will solicit knowledge and engagement from users. Another variant of this is Who/What are your top 5 …………… ? Ranking is addictive. Ask people to rank their top 5 anything and then try to create an overall ranking based upon the community.

(3) What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you whilst you have been unwell….. ? Self explanatory. Let members share their stories. It’ll almost certainly boost activity and return visits. Members will slowly get to know and like each other.

(4) Has anyone tried…………….. ? Again, has anyone is all-encompassing and people are likely to share their experiences.

(5) What would you do if ……. ? Create a hypothetical situation, perhaps a problem lots of people face, and ask members what they would do. Life problems work well here.

(6) What should every newcomer know about ….? Well, what should every newcomer know about something relevant in your community? It’s great and much needed advice – perfect for a sticky-thread. 

PS: We recommend an Editorial board of independent experts for every health community.  Plus, Always let users flag content as spam or promotional. Contact for help in creating health communities targeting physicians/ health consumers in India.

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>The History of Medicine : Video 2.0

Posted by drneelesh on January 10, 2011

>Video recounts the history of medicine from ancient China to web 2.0

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>The Best New Social LMS : TOPYX

Posted by drneelesh on January 9, 2011


Social LMS is the new buzz-word in eLearning. Everyones wants an elearning platform which allows social features like connecting, forming interest groups and building communities.
Such features are not well defined in the earlier breed of LMS like Blackboard or Moodle.What it needs is an affordable, fully-hosted social learning management system (social LMS) eLearning software as a service (SaaS) solution with integrated, innovative social learning resources that meet the needs of today’s learners.
TOPYX is a revolutionary eLearning 2.0 platform that ingeniously integrates learning content, assignment tracking facilities and social learning. Using the most advanced technology, TOPYX brings the best interactive software together into a single platform—giving educators, trainers and learners the ultimate resource for all their knowledge-sharing needs.
TOPYX is already used by many corporates, including Johnson and Johnson. It is 100% web based and works within the browser, so no need to download anything! It is fully integrated with community building features and single user sig-on. Also, Social networking plug-in compatibility (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc) gives it the edge over many other similar LMSs.
It is provided as a service, so you don’t need to dirty your hands with complicated coding. Just pay and start using! Its customizable, so easy to add branding! It lets you embed multimedia in a variety of formats. It has already been voted as eLearning – Best of 2010 winner.It is used by a number of corporate houses from different verticals and has proved itself adaptable for all kinds of niche needs.
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>Exchange Data Between Smartphones with Free Bump App.

Posted by drneelesh on January 6, 2011

Smartphones have almost become ubiquitous amongst the physicians and other healthcare providers. They all work within a small niche and often need to pass data/information between themselves. Now a free application called Bump lets individuals using smartphones ( whether iPhones or Android phones) easily share contacts and links to Facebook too!

Setting up Bump :
1) Make sure that the person you want to connect with is in your address book, and that you both have the latest version of Bump installed on your devices.
2) Fill out your email address and/or phone number, and have your friends do the same. This information will help Bump identify who you want to connect with. 
3) Select ‘Yes’ when Bump asks permission to have access to your address book.
4) If you are friends on Facebook, you and your friends can sign into your accounts within Bump which will also help in the matching process.
Once this is done Bump will generate a list of people that you will be able to instantly connect with simply by clicking the green check mark next to their names, and voilà! You’re connected and able to send all kinds of stuff back and forth for free.


You can download the app here from the iTunes store.

Also see a whole list of other apps using the Bump API to bump-share songs, wine lists, play games and pay bills.

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