Twitter Acquires Banglore based “Missed call” startup ZipDial

Acquisition, merger and takeover are three words which have the ability to change the future of any business around. If the small business is getting acquiesced by some big popular company then the changes that the small business had to go through is huge. But just because a company is small or a startup doesn’t mean it is not valuable.

This is what has happened here – a big company called Twitter has acquired a start up called ZipDial. Although ZipDial is just a startup, but it has taken the Indian market up by storm by targeting the most insignificant habit of many Indians – sending missed calls. But despite its popularity, why would a company like Twitter would be interested in 4 year old startup. This question would probably be understood when we go little more in depth of what exactly is ZipDial.

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ZipDial

Indian mobile market is one of the hugest networks of people, much more than the Internet market that uses Internet for every single menial work to big research work. This network of people, however, has remained untouched to quite an extent, as reaching such

ZipDial founder & CEO Valerie Wagoner
ZipDial founder & CEO @Valerie Wagoner

huge number people for just one single product is not an easy task. But what if you could change one most common habit of these billion people into a marketing opportunity?That’s what ZipDial is all about. They have turned our most common habit, sometimes most annoying also, of giving missed call into a business opportunity for them and many other companies. While looking at advertisements online, you dial the number flashed on screen and after one ring your call automatically gets disconnected. You register yourself with the company for the product via missed call only.

How did they become popular?

ZipDial is a platform where brands and companies connect with their target, new and existing customers through mobile via mediums like coupons, friend referrals, on-pack activation and many more similar ideas. Some of the benefits offered by the product to companies are:

  • Easy integration on Social Media
  • As the companies popularity will increase, so will the number of downloads for their product app.
  • Hassle free verification of mobile numbers.
  • Follow groups over mobile
  • Track who all have redeemed your coupons.

Apart from above benefits, ZipDial also allows for recharge coupons and top ups. This acquisition is probably one of the best ways for Twitter to enter into Indian market as they are directly hitting the largest market ever seen.

Watching the current trend of acquisitions and mergers, it can easily be said that you don’t need years but performance to work in the corporate industry.

Time to Feel the Warmth of the Festivals-Lohri, Makar Sankranti & Pongal

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Hindus celebrate a host of winter festivals in mid-January. In North India, it’s Lohri on the 13th. On the 14th, people observe Makar sankranti across India, Uttarayan in the West, Pongal and Tamil New Year in the South, and Magha Bihu in the East.

Lohri, Makar Sankranti & Pongal , these are the three names of one festival. All these festivals are celebrated in the country with different names in every state. Lohri is the festival of North India which is celebrated in the first month of the year, January. According to the Hindu calendar According to the Hindu calendar, Lohri falls in mid-January. The earth, farthest from the sun at this point of time, starts its journey towards the sun, thus ending the coldest month of the year, Paush, and announcing the start of the month of Magh and the auspicious period of Uttarayan. According to the Bhagawad Gita, Lord Krishna manifests himself in his full magnificence during this time. The Hindus ‘nullify’ their sins by bathing in the Ganges.

Importance and Relevance of the Festivals

Nowadays, Lohri brings in an opportunity for people in the community to take a break from their busy schedule and get together to share each other’s company. In other parts of India, Lohri almost coincides with the festivals of Pongal, Makar Sankranti, and Uttarayan all of which communicate the same message of oneness and celebrates the spirit of brotherhood, while thanking the Almighty for a bountiful life on earth. Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. Makar Sankranti commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon in South India. The movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makar in Sanskrit, this occasion is named as Makar Sankranti in the Indian context. It is one of the few Hindu Indian festivals which are celebrated on a fixed date i.e. 14 January every year (or may be sometimes on 15 January (leap year).

Since each festival has its own significance, the joy & fun associated with them are the same. No matter how different our cultures are, the message is always the same-unity in diversity. Let’s celebrate the festivals with great enthusiasm and feel the warmth of love, togetherness and care.

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Free SMS Api

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In this blog you can learn to write a Java API to send free sms to India.

A number of websites like fullonsms,way2sms etc provide services to send free SMS to India. We will leverage one of these service providers to implement our SMS API.

PRE-REQUISTIES

To leverage one of these services, you need to create an account with them. For the purpose of this blog we will be using fullonsms. Create an account into the website.
For demo purpose we will assume that mobile number /username of account is DEMO_USER and password is DEMO_PASSWORD.

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How to Earn More Free Recharge with Ultoo

Ultoo is a multipurpose website, started with the aim of helping people strengthen their Earn more Free Mobile rechargerelations by aiding in communicating easily without actually spending money for it. Its members can connect to their family and friends by sending messages for free and earning mobile recharge by participating in activities, games and quizzes offered by the website. Each correct answer accords user with some amount of money which can be redeemed later on to recharge mobile without shelling out even a single paisa from your pocket.

 

Earn Recharge via Invite friends

One of the interesting ways of earning recharge is by inviting friends and contacts to Ultoo. Every referral that registers with the website, earns user Rs2. This activity offers two benefits to the user- one is he earn more free recharge amount and also gets to interact with his friends. Normally to invite people you use two methods- SMS and Email ID. Ultoo offers a third method which is called Unique URL.

What Is Unique URL?

Unique URL is a link that redirects a person, when clicked, to the login page of the website. It can be copied and pasted on various websites and also on users IM statuses to invite more and more people.

http://ultoo.com/login.php?refererCode=4757444E&flag=hide

For every successful registration of referrals users earn more free recharge worth Rs2. Users can use this link in numerous places such as:

• Social Networking Sites:

These sites allow their users to connect with other people and grow their network consisting of people from all over the world. User can share this link on their social accounts and invite people to join Ultoo without needing to send any SMS and email.

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Google+
  4. Youtube

• Bookmarking Sites:

These sites allow people to save, share and manage links of different websites. They can also tag the links so that other users can easily identify them. This feature of tagging and sharing makes bookmarking sites perfect for pasting the URL. Some of the popular bookmarking sites are:

  1. StumbleUpon
  2. Delicious.
  3. Reddit

• Blogs:

Blogs are those sites where people all over the world come to share their thought process, opinion and some sort of information in the form of articles. If you are a regular blogger with a good amount of followers, you can paste this link in your bio profile or comments section.

  1. Blogger
  2. WordPress
  3. Private Blog or Website

There are many more sites where user can copy and paste the link and increase the chances of earning free mobile recharge. So just register with Ultoo on the given link and connect with your loved one vie free communication.

Daily Free SMS Alerts on Mobile for Easy Life

DIFFERENT SMS ALERTS

In this age of technology, mobile has become an indispensable part of our lives. In fact mobile technology has developed so much that now people can perform almost all the activities via mobiles. We depend on this fast advancing technology for almost all our tasks, whether it is setting reminders, looking up recipes or maybe looking up the current location of a person. But do you know that you can receive free SMS alerts on mobile for stock price, gold, jobs, and different types of news.
In this article we will guide you as to how you can set alerts to receive SMS on your mobile on daily basis.

Gold Price:

Gold is that one commodity that is very precious to Indian community. Especially on festivals like dhanteras the demand for gold goes very high. Keeping this demand in mind, receiving Gold price SMS alerts can be very beneficial to everyone. The procedure to set the alert is very simple as given below:

  • Go to www.economictimes.indiatimes.com and click on More button on the right side in blue menu bar.
  •  Now click on Alerts tab shown on the left side of the dropdown menu.
  • This will take you to a new window where you will see 4 types of alert.
  •  Click on Gold Price Alerts tab which will open a new window as shown in the snapshot below.
  • Enter your mobile number in the given space and click on continue.
  • The next screen will ask you to provide the verification sent on the given mobile number.
  • After providing verification code, you will be directed to screen asking for the time that the alert will be sent and the fluctuation rate according to your comfort.
  •  In the end they will ask you to join the website which would help you to customize your alert and change its setting as per your convenience.

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Job Alerts:

Another important aspect of our lives is a good job. In India a government job is considered to be one of the best. So let’s see how you can set Government job alert on mobile free by SMS:

  • Click on the URL: www.india.gov.in
  • On the right hand corner of the page there is a section called Most Viewed. Click on the first link called Employment News Weekly.
  • Under ‘Related Links’ section click on second link called ‘Register for SMS job alerts by Employment News Weekly’.
  • This link will redirect you to new page showcasing the same form as shown in the snap shot given below.
  • Provide the required information correctly and then click ‘subscribe’.
  • Then in a new window, a message will be displayed that your registration is complete and now you will get free job alerts by SMS.

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Breaking News Alerts:

In this busy life we don’t even have time to stay up to date with daily news. But now you can get Breaking News SMS alert on your mobile daily without much hassle. Just follow the given procedure and stay in loop with the world.

  • Click on given URL:  www.economictimes.indiatimes.com
  • In the home page click on ‘More’ button on the right side in blue menu bar.
  • Now select Alerts tab shown on the left hand side of the dropdown menu.
  • This will take you to a new window where you will see 4 types of alert.
  • Click on Breaking News Alert tab which will open a new window as shown in the snapshot below.
  • Enter your mobile number in the given space and click on continue.
  • The next screen will ask you to provide the verification sent on the given mobile number.
  • You will be asked to subscribe with the website for better management of your alerts, however, you do not need to do so to get regular alerts.

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Dollar Price Alert:

Dollar price is one thing that we always like to stay up to date with, especially businessmen who are dealing with foreign customers. Now for such people there is a system through which they can get Dollar Price SMS Alerts on their mobile. The procedure is given below:

  • Go to www.economictimes.indiatimes.com and click on More button on the right side in blue menu bar.
  • Now click on Alerts tab shown on the left side of the dropdown menu.
  • This will take you to a new window where you will see 4 types of alert.
  • Click on Gold Price Alerts tab which will open a new window as shown in the snapshot below.
  • Enter your mobile number in the given space and click on continue.
  • The next screen will ask you to provide the verification sent on the given mobile number.
  • After providing verification code, you will be directed to screen asking for the time that the alert will be sent and the fluctuation rate according to your comfort.
  • In the end they will ask you to join the website which would help you to customize your alert and change its setting as per your convenience.

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Now that you have set all the important alerts, you can stop worrying about missing out on some kind of important information. Just set free SMS alerts on your mobile.
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