Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Are Saamna’s boasts true?

Saamna, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece claims that Balasaheb Thackeray "rules" the Internet and his Dasara Melava Speech is highly sought after on Youtube.


Aim – To check which Thackeray is creating the most noise on the internet

Experiments conducted -
Experiment #1: The word Thackeray was searched on Youtube (world's most popular video sharing website)… out of the top 20 videos, 17 are dedicated to Raj Thackeray, 2 to Balasaheb and 1 to Uddhav. Please note that not all videos were “pro-Thackeray”.

Experiment #2: Now let’s search the word Thackeray on Orkut (world's most popular social networking website)… We will consider fan club communities for this experiment. The top 5 Raj Thackeray fan clubs have 11991, 9245, 4672, 2454 & 1023 fans respectively… The largest Balasaheb fan club has 3811 members and Uddhav’s has 481 members. I could find only 3 other Marathi Manoos who have bigger fan clubs on Orkut than Raj… Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar and Shivaji Maharaj himself! (Hmm... Salman Khan may be considered, as he is ½ Marathi Manoos)

Experiment #3: Now let’s look @ Google Trends… This tool shows which word is searched more in a given timeframe on Google (world's most popular search engine). So words “Raj Thackeray”, “Bal Thackeray” & “Uddhav Thackeray” were searched and the results are seen in the diagram below.

You can see Raj’s blue line and Balasaheb’s red line… but Uddhav’s yellow line is non-existent!

The case rests with the readers!

3M Trivia – Surprisingly, Raj’s fan club on Orkut is the 2nd largest for any politician (alive) in India… way ahead of Sonia, Manmohan, Rahul, Advani, Vajpayee, Yadavs, Naidu and Mayawati…

3M Quiz - Can you guess the Indian politician (alive) with the biggest fan club on Orkut?


The Lone Wanderer said...


it has to be Narendrabhai Modi....
interesting results there...

Love him hate him but u cannot ignore him.....

to speak in the media lingo..raj is hot now...

so whats ur presumption...
will raj thackerey go all out on his anti north indian tirade and bring laws if he comes to power?

the coming elections are gonna be very interesting due to the delimiting of the constituencies...

BharGo said...

Bingo... Full marks

Once in power people have to "broadbase their missions"... Shiv Sena's move from Marathi Manoos to Hindutva... Mayawati talking about "Sarva Samaj"... BJP putting Ramjanmabhoomi on the backburner...

Frankly, I dont see Raj getting the "remote control" very soon.

As for delimitation... well, please don't preempt my forthcoming topics... ;-)

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Anonymous said...

The internet does not matter for these politicians. What matters is who goes out and votes for them. On Raj, we will know this very soon.

BharGo said...

@ anon

Agreed... internet does not matter to politicians... but it gives a direction in which educated youth are moving.


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