On 23rd of October, 2003 , a certain Mark Zuckerberg while trying to get over his ex girlfriend came up with Facemash, an internal website for students of Harvard University. 5 Years later, Zuckerberg’s creation revolutionized the way we all communicate with one another. Yes, we’re talking about Facebook. Initially only for students of various universities in the United States, Facebook is now used by people of all age groups and from all every corner of the globe.
If Harvard is proud of Zuckerberg, then DU too has a reason to be proud. Honey Arora, a technical expert has started www.networkdu.com , Delhi University’s first ever social networking website.
From connecting with old friends, watching videos or listening to music, to conducting polls and being part of groups and discussions, networkDU has it all. It is well and truly a website for students and by students. In her address to Higher Education India, Arora explains that besides providing entertainment and networking, the site also aims to help students with placements, internships and scholarships. NetworkDU also serves to provide campus related information such as locations of PG and Hostel Accommodation.
The site has witnessed a great start with more than 2000 people registering within 4 weeks. Out of those, 500 are DU Alumni. The network is open to people outside of DU as well. Content like blogs, polls, videos and forums are freely accessible without having to become a member while listening to music or viewing the profiles of other members requires you to sign up first.
The site bears a slight resemblance to Facebook though its content sets it apart. A little more colour, vigour and energy would make the site more engaging and hence more popular. However it’s still a great initiative and we truly hope Arora can become the next Zuckerberg.