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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Ayodhya title suit verdict: the hottest issue in cyber world

Nandini R Iyer, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 01, 2010
First Published: 00:21 IST(1/10/2010) | Last Updated: 08:02 IST(1/10/2010)

The verdict on the Ayodhya title suit was the most talked about, tweeted and searched topic in cyberspace on Thursday across the globe.

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It was also the hottest subject for status messages in social networking sites and chat rooms.

On Google Trends, Hot Searches (India) listed the top 10 searches thus: “1. allahabad high court ayodhya, 2. ayodhya verdict latest news, 3. allahabadhighcourt, 4. ram janmabhoomi, 5. ram janmabhoomi babri masjid conflict, 6. ayodhya judgement, 7. ayodhya case result, 8. aaj tak hindi news live, 9. lucknow high court judgement, 10. ndtv live”. Clearly the subject occupied eight of the top 10 search slots in India.

On the US list for Google Trends, the “Babri Masjid Verdict” figured at number 8, and after India, the highest number of searches related to the verdict on multiple search engines came from Singapore and Poland, said a senior government official monitoring internet activity trends on the subject.

Figures on the number of people who changed or updated their status messages on chatrooms, chat services or on their social network profiles were difficult to get as no one really maintains these.

Industry insiders, however, said the verdict and related status messages dominated all cyberspace fronts in India between 2.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. (IST). These incidentally took on all shades and colours.

Sample these: “Muslims have agreed to let Hindus build the temple there, on condition that Suresh Kalmadi is asked to take charge of the project”; “The court should have told Pakistan they can have it in exchange for Kashmir,” to “the site should have been used to set up a super-speciality hospital for the poor”.

Twitter, saw updates from members, including several who alerted others that the website of the Allahabad High Court had crashed, courtesy high volume of traffic.

Yet others tweeted random data relating to the case, picked up from television channels.


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