Nokia 3310 That You Know Is A Myth

Nokia is making a comeback this year by releasing 4 new phones including a revised version (or a tribute?) of Nokia 3310 with the same name. They have included (almost) the same features that have been exaggerated over the years: Snake game, (almost) same simple design, (not so much) power battery with 22 hours talk time and 30 days standby and probably a strong body (that won’t break the floor when it falls).

Has Nokia done it right? Will people really replace their 20+ MP cameras for a 2MP and no selfie camera where they can filter their selfies with dog or ridiculous flower crown? Will they really replace their WhatsApp with SMS? LTE with 2g internet? Where they can’t say ‘there’s an app for that.’, won’t be able to read their emails or to hail a cab they will actually have to flail their hand on the roadside and not wiggle their finger on screen? You won’t be able to post check-in on your Facebook about how much are you enjoying with your friends or Tweet your intellect in witty 140 characters and certainly not #WokeUpLikeThis Instagram pic. I certainly won’t be able to write this post on 3310 but I’m doing it on my smartphone.

Nokia 3310 has been glorified like some Greek-God-Phone which had all these amazing features that these new phones don’t have. It’s a Myth. All the latest phones are stronger, have a better battery, better display, camera, phone life and dozens of other features. They make our life easier. The Nokia 3310 everyone keeps talking about in memes is just like our first love – something we discovered for the first time. Something that we never forget because of being the first.

It’s been almost a decade since smartphones. We have a new generation that probably never used a Nokia phone before, unlike some of us who only knew about Nokia when we went to buy our first phone. People didn’t ask for different brands of phone back then but different variants of Nokia. So has Nokia in order to revitalise it’s Brand name and bring itself back from the grave done it right? How correct is their Branding and Marketing Strategy? Have they even considered what are they up against and what are their competitors or are going the same path ignoring everyone else just like they did in the past. Is it actually offering what people were expecting or should have expected? Customers buy the augmentation of their expectation, not the core product. Definitely not this Frankenstein-3310. You can’t give someone their first love back in another form and expect them to have the same feelings.

Hey there! I’m using WhatSnapp!

 

WhatsApp Status
WhatsApp Status

The power of Buzz Marketing and Network effects:

Usually, features are released to a select group to check the acceptance of users and then rolled out to a wider audience. Mark Zuckerberg being hell-bent to destroy Snapchat made tricky decision to roll out WhatsApp-Status to everyone around the globe at the same time.

It created an immediate buzz on all social forums (whether they hated it or not) and due to a bigger base of users on WhatsApp (personal contacts) people realized consciously or unconsciously that they can reach a far bigger population of people unlike Snapchat without going through the hassle of creating new account, installing new app and finding their usernames and adding them.

Everyone posted their test-Status even if just to show their frustration. Two crucial feature updates would be to introduce categories of people for privacy and filters for fun. People might have hated it yesterday, but they will be using it tomorrow.

Coming up next: Facebook Stories

Pakistan not P0rnistan

Recently, an article was published about P0rn searches by a very incompetent ‘Mic Editorial Fellow’ Miss Becca Stanek that ranked Pakistan as top-p0rn searching country. And went so far as mentioning that all Muslim-countries have the top 10 places in the p0rn related searches. Although her post’s main purpose was probably to address the topic whether ‘repression seems to be breeding curiosity — not suppressing it‘, it has a very negative impact on the cultural and religious values of a conservative country like Pakistan where all p0rn-related weblinks are inaccessible thanks to the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) regulations.

And some other rather indifferent sources went and shared her post with a proud ‘#1 Pakistan’ heading so rumors could be spread without any effort of verification and bring shame upon already troubled country. The country’s one of the most read ‘The Express Tribune’ went ahead and re-phrased the same article without any proof and lowered their already cheap standards. But before I begin mentioning any facts, let’s correct the accusations – Miss Becca Stanek updated her post yesterday with the following P.S.:

The Countries That Watch the Most Porn Aren't the Ones You'd Expect - Mic

 

So there it is, Google has denied it. And she has denied it. But who reads a 3-days old post with a correction? And all those people who shamelessly spread the article won’t stand up to the occasion and rectify their mistakes and tell people that what they shared earlier wasn’t true.

Now let’s face the true facts, the most searched items on Google was not p0rn in Pakistan but rather Bigg Boss 8 and ARY News Live. The complete list goes as follow:

And people that were searched were not p0rnstars but rather Robin Williams and Fahad Mustafa. Complete list goes as follow:

 

Why Pakistan is always taking such crap from the global media? And instead of correcting them why we stay quiet? The people of this country are going through so much mess lately that nobody cares to give it a second thought.

And now that the record of searches in Pakistan has been set straight, let’s see who is actually topping the p0rn searches according to the world’s #1 p0rn website:

2-pornhub-2014-top-traffic-country

 

Now there’s really amazing analytics and search results for the interested on the weblink but since this is not a p0rn facts/research post, I am not going to delve into that. Not a single reference to Pakistan except one, where it is rather very insignificant – in the mobile usage, and obviously! Thanks to the introduction of 3G technology in Pakistan last year.

Not going into much details of how this propaganda is spreading years over years after a comedy show quoted that Pakistan ranks 1st in p0rn related searches a few years ago, Pakistani people have to think and take responsibility of why and how they are projected in the Global Village.

For obvious reasons, I’m not going to add references to this posts as I don’t want it to be added to the auto-ban list of PTA, but they can all be found easily.