Next month, the last telegram in the history of the entire world will be sent — unless one Indian wire fiend has his way.
India is the only country left with a government-run telegram service. Incredibly, 5,000 of the missives are still sent daily in India, USA Today reports. But state-owned telecom company BSNL hemorrhages $23 million per year on the quaint medium, so they’re bowing out of the telegram biz on July 13.
If you’re lucky enough to have a grandparent in your life, he/she probably spends some time on Facebook liking your party pics but asking why you have to swear so much, sweetheart. Your non-response to her well-meaning nudging is merely a sign of the times. A recent report in the (awesomely-named) Gerontologist found that almost every Facebook group about elderly is either hateful and nasty or treats them like children.
Imagine that–disrespectful whippersnappers!
New York City’s chief digital officer Rachel Sterne has already graced the pages of Vogue magazine. But this morning, fresh off of waving the Made in NYC™ pom-poms at SXSW, she stopped by MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to announce NYCgov’s new Facebook photo contest to get your pic on the big screen in Times Square.
Joe Scarborough and his guests took the opportunity to shout out their personal digital requests, such as Wifi in the subway and shower.
“You know, I’m a small government conservative,” said Mr. Scarborough. “But you know just—
“—Free wifi for all,” interrupted one of his guests.
“Everybody!” Mr. Scarborough continued, gesticulating enthusiastically. “User name: USA. Password: Number1.”