Amit Bhatnagar on on June 12, 2012

Everybody’s darling since last 40+ years: The Amul girl! Here is what Wikipedia says about her:

Amul girl refers to the advertising mascot used by Amul, an Indian dairy brand. The Amul girl is a hand-drawn cartoon of a young, chubby Indian girl dressed in a polka dotted frock  with blue hair and a half pony tied up. The Amul girl advertising have often been described as one of the best Indian Advertising concepts because of their humour.

I used to like her when I was too young to understand the humor/satire. I liked her simply for her cute face and those “Utterly, butterly delicious” ads. Gradually, I started appreciating the humor and timeliness of the ads. Very often, you can see a billboard commenting on an event within 3-4 days of the actual date of the incident.

Although the Amul girl is strictly a business mascot, who appears on billboards and Amul Butter packets,  her status in India is comparable to that of regularly appearing newspaper cartoons. (next only to perhaps to RK Laxman’s Common Man mentioned by Ankul Bagati. And while most daily cartoons focus primarily on Politics, Amul girl addresses a wider  topics, including but not limited to: Politics, Sports, Movies and Business. 

Some samples (You will need to know Hindi to cmpletely understand the puns)

After India’s World Cup Cricket victory (The tagline is a play on Hindi for “Makes Impossible Possible” replacing the word for Possible (Honi) by the name of Indian Captain(Dhoni))

When Sensex (Bombay Stock Exchange’s Stock index) was behaving erratically

After launch of Tata Nano, the unbelieveably affordable small car (The tagline is a play on Hindi for “Believe it or not”)

And here are some for Amul girl’s takes on Bollywood movies:

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Amit Bhatnagar on on June 12, 2012

There is no option to un-filter. Since it’s not clear from your question, whether you are asking from the perspective of a business-owner, review-writer or review-reader, I will cover all three:

However, as a review-writer whose review for a particular business has been filtered (I think you will have to log out to see whether your review has been filtered; your review is not filtered from you), you can do something about it. Build some credibility by writing more reviews, get more friends, do not copy-paste any reviews (not even your own!). You may want to read my answer here: How do the mechanics of Yelp’s review filter work?

If you are an business-owner and your negative reviews are filtered, thank your stars, but go through each of those. There may be no legitimate reason for them getting filtered, except that the reviewer doesn’t have much credibility yet.(see previous para) Unless you are sure that these reviews are from your jealous competitors, take all negative reviews (filtered or unfiltered) as a useful feedback, and try to incorporate that into your operations. However,if it’s your 4* and 5* reviews that are filtered, you can’t do much, except continuing to deliver good service, so that you get more such reviews!

As a review-reader, always pay attention to filtered reviews, especially for businesses with very few unfiltered reviews. (They will ask you to verify your human identity by filling in a re-CAPTCHA) Read them and use your judgement to see which ones feel right, but take them with a pinch of salt. Sometimes, there is a lot of useful information hidden in the filtered ones.

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Amit Bhatnagar on on June 6, 2012

Amit BhatnagarI know that very often restaurants and other businesses offer such a pathetic service that even a one star review looks too generous, but practically speaking, once you are used to the scale, it does not really really better what the hig…

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Amit Bhatnagar on on June 3, 2012

Since I know that LinkedIn co-founder  Reid Garrett Hoffman is on Quora (I have read some answers by him), my first guess was that perhaps he may be the oldest LinkedIn member here. But when I checked his LinkedIn profile, i found that his ID is 1213, not #1 or #2.

So even before we know who is the oldest LinkedIn member on Quora, we need to know who were the first LinkedIn users, and then, we could check which of them are present on Quora.

A check for LinkedIn ID #1 or #2 leads to a page like the screenshot below. Most probably, these are all dummy users that were created while the initial tests were being conducted for LinkedIn as a service:

Of course, I could not have manually checked all the profile IDs till 1213 (i.e. Reid Hoffman’s ID). So I used excel to fetch page title for LinkedIn profiles of first 1250 LinkedIn IDs. You may see that for a non-existent profile (like the one in screenshot above) the page title is “Profile|LinkedIn”, and for real users with public profiles, the page title is in format of “<User Name>|LinkedIn” (Example: “Amit Bhatnagar|LinkedIn”)

So, after my spreadsheet fetched me this list, it was just a matter of seeing first profile IDs with real names instead of “Profile|LinkedIn” Results can be seen in the screenshot below:

So, first 1209 users are all dummy users, and as expected, the first real LinkedIn users are all from founding team. First three are: Jean-Luc Vaillant, Eric Ly and  Lee Hower. And as you can guess from the tags, I could not locate Jean-Luc Vaillant on Quora. So the answer to your question is: Eric Ly

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Amit Bhatnagar on on June 2, 2012

You can consider doing a search by location, but here is an old, neat trick to know the approximate number of people in any geographic area/profession: Use “Advertise with LinkedIn” and proceed with geographic segmentation.

I tried this out, and the result comes out to be a little over 2.5 MM. (See screenshot below)

If you reach this screen, scroll down to select job titles and then, start selecting different job functions. You will see the numbers for each job function. Some prominent functions:

  • Consulting: 77.5K
  • Marketing 77.8 K
  • Legal 49.6 K
  • Finance 85K
  • Engineering 209 K (Is anyone surprised?)
  • Entrepreneurship 217.6 K (For this one, even I am surprised, but perhaps, only in Bay Area, Entrepreneurship can be a leading job function!!)

Hope this helps!

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