Millions of Indians are still not connected to the electricity grid. They donot use, and cannot even imagine the techological tools most of us use on a day-to-day basis to survive and to forge ahead. But is using a tool like twitter necessarily an elitist activity, out of sync, with the ethos and mood of the ‘masses’ as some columnists suggest. Personally, I think this is the sort of argument which was used against those who drove the Maruti car in the ‘ 80s. One recalls the phrase “the Maruti set”. Today, using that would be laughable.
Some may use twitter to describe what they are doing during their work-day or vacation on an hourly basis. I agree that twittering can be self-indulgent. You have to believe that someone really wants to know what you are doing through the day. But twitter is also being used during crises to save lives. So donot blame the tool. Tech tools can narrow the divide between the information haves and information havenots . The glitterati may be the creme de la creme of twitterati of today, but tomorrow, who knows. Let us hope, the net will widen. It will be perceived as not only a tool for self-promotion but also tool for survival ….