INDIAN NAVY: WELL, NO BALANCE HERE..(II)

Continuing from where I left in my last write-up on digital footprints of the Indian Navy (its website and social media extensions), let’s see how the social media extensions of the Indian Navy fare.

And we can say they continue, even extend the poor show by the Indian Navy on this front.

While two of the claimed official websites (www.joinindiannavy.gov.in and http://www.nausena-bharti.nic.in) are silent on the social media extensions of the Indian Navy, the other one, that looks in a sort of ‘abandoned state’, does give away three buttons – tucked on the extreme right of the webpage – for Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.

Let’s first go for the Twitter page:

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The Twitter handle of the Indian Navy is @INDIANNAVY1 that is not verified. The page says it has 4638 followers while it is following 55 Twitter accounts. That is simply not done for an organization of the scale of the Indian Navy.

But what leaves us squirming is the content on the page – just one tweet dating back to August 3, 2012 the month the account was created. It seems after creating the account, the Indian Navy thought to dump it – but in that case they, ideally, should have removed it from their website. Okay, it is not on some of their ‘official websites’ but then it is also on their ‘official website’.

Now about its Facebook page. Here is the screenshot of http://www.facebook.com/IndianNavy.

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As far as I could go, I saw the first post done on March 8, 2009, so it has some history – before this page, too, was dumped in July 2012 – a month before the Indian Navy’s Twitter handle was created and dumped. Its most recent post goes back to July 16, 2012.

A cursory look at the page’s timeline tells it indeed served as the official Facebook page though the page now says that it is a ‘community page about Indian Navy’. Interestingly, on its ‘about page’, it still says that it is the ‘official Facebook page of the Indian Navy’. And likewise, it has many entries that kill its aesthetics – like it redirects us to the Indian Navy’s website through a wrong link (www.nausenabharti.nic.in) – that never opens.

Find here the screenshot.

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And about the Google Plus extension – well, there isn’t any official Google Plus page of the Indian Navy. Instead, the link redirects us a Google Plus news feed about content related to the Indian Navy.

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True, the organization that cannot maintain a Twitter handle or a Facebook page cannot be expected to create a Google Plus page – even if ‘Digital India’ is expects them all to do so.

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INDIAN NAVY: WELL, NO BALANCE HERE..(I)

It was a random pick during a search online for something else when I came across this – different websites of the Indian Navy – and its social media extensions – most notably the Twitter handle and the Facebook page – the presence of which looks totally absent-minded – if I have the liberty to use the term.

Now, when you key in ‘Indian Navy’ on Google search page – the first link that the page returns is with – http://www.joinindiannavy.gov.in. Since it is a ‘gov.in’ domain name, we should have no doubt that it is an official page.

Screenshot of the webpage is:

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The website here doesn’t show any link to the social media extensions of the Indian Navy.

The second link is about its Twitter handle but clicking on it redirects to a Twitter search page is. Its screen grab is here:

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The third link redirects us to an NIC site – http://www.indiannavy.nic.in. Since it is again a government of India owned domain name (nic.in – National Informatics Centre), we have no reasons to doubt even here. Here is its screenshot:

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Here, in the screenshot of this website, on this link (www.indiannavy.nic.in), we can see links to social media extensions (Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus). But clicking on them takes us to another sorry story that will come next.

Here it is about the ‘official websites of the Indian Navy’.

The fourth link is about the Wikipedia page on the Indian Navy. Then there are some links on news stories on the Indian Navy.

The fifth, sixth, seventh and eight links are again ‘nic.in’ links – so the officials ones only. The fifth link – http://www.nausena-bharti.nic.in/forthcomingOfficer.php – says it is the official website on career and opportunities in the Indian Navy (but poorly written here – Official Website Indian Navy Career and Opportunity). The other links follow the suit. So, you can say it is the ‘career and opportunity’ extension of the website of the Indian Navy.

Its screenshot is:

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Now here is the first catch.

When you simply try to open – http://www.nausena-bharti.nic.in – you are redirected to the webpage on http://www.joinindiannavy.gov.in. Here is the screen grab.

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And the absurdities don’t end here. In fact, they aggravate on digging further.

Postscript:

The screenshots of the Google Search page with search phase – Indian Navy.

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