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Halloween Fever on Opentalk

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It was late at night and I was done with daily chores and all set to use Opentalk for next hour so. I was connected with a girl from Europe and while having conversation she mentioned a story to me

When I was about thirteen, my Mum and Dad invited round our previous neighbours from the block of flats we lived in until I was five years old. Anyway, I’d been sent to bed but could still hear everyone talking about this and that, until the woman neighbour said ‘Hey Digsy’s Mum, do you remember when Digsy used to complain that there was someone in his room? Well there’s a family that’s just moved in to the floor above who have a three year old son. He is complaining of the exact same things Digsy did.’

This creeped me out. I had no recollection of any of this, so the next day asked my Mum. Her first reaction was ‘You don’t remember?’ then she told me all about the weird stuff that used to happen, footsteps up and down the hall, shit going missing and stuff. She said the final thing to happen was when she was listening to a record one day, and it started to slow down, like someone was holding a finger gently on the platter till it finally came to a stop. My Mum said she snapped at this point, and started shouting ‘WILL YOU LEAVE US THE FUCK ALONE!’ As soon as she said this, the record went straight back to playing normally, and we never experienced anything again. I’ve never experienced anything like that since, and these days I’m quite sceptical of such stories, but I believe my Mum. Strangest thing is how I found out about it, from someone else ten years later experiencing something similar.

I was so scared and creeped out. I hung up on her. Later she sent me reconnect request and said she was joking.


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7 Tips to Impress Someone in 7 Seconds

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Making a first impression is one of the few things in life that is completely in your control. Getting off on the right foot can lead to multiple benefits in future personal and business relationships. But how does this affect us when we communicate through digital media?

First impressions are just as important online as they are in person. The good news is many of the same tips listed here on how to impress someone in real life also work in digital world. The only problem: While you may have up to 30 seconds in person, you only have about 7 seconds when it comes to digital.

Therefore, here are 7 tips to impress someone online in 7 seconds:

  • Talk or type as if you’re talking to your BFF: When online, there’s a good chance you’re mostly likely talking to someone you don’t know – the more approachable you sound, the better the feedback you’ll receive.
  • Use humor: Just as you would in person, you can’t take yourself too seriously. Using humor will give you more appeal to a greater audience.
  • Be brief, and use sound bites: Nobody wants to stop and read something long online. Use sound bites – they work, and you can do less with more.
  • Use pattern interrupts: People who are online are usually scrolling through hundreds of messages at once. So how can you stand out? Interrupt with a question or an image, but do so in a pattern that makes sense.
  • Spark conversation: Shock jocks get it. Say something unexpected and provocative to gain attention online, but do so in a way that sparks positive conversation.
  • Strong message, but an open mind: People online are interested in what you have to say, but have no interest in being talked down to. Keep their interest with an open, yet strong, message.
  • Don’t take any connection for granted: Just as in real life, the next connection you receive may be the most important one – you can never know for sure.
Talking Stories

Real Life Heroes

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Everyone has a story to tell, and Melissa from Turkey was no different. I got in touch with her on Opentalk; I was brought up in a liberal suburb in America I had no idea how much another struggle to follow their dreams and sometimes these dreams consist of saving a million dreams.

“I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. I’ve touched the darkness that lives in between the light. Seen the worst of this world, and the best. Seen the terrible things men do to each other in the name of hatred, and the lengths they’ll go to for love. Now I know. Only love can save this world. So I stay. I fight, and I give… for the world I know can be. This is my mission, now. For ever.” – Wonder Woman

Melissa is a 19-year-old girl studying medical in Turkey and lost her family three years back to a car accident, her relatives took over everything, and that didn’t stop her from pursuing her dreams. She works as a night shift waitress at a diner, and in the morning she pursues her degree.

She wants to become a gynecologist so that she can treat women for free in villages. Women who emerge out of the worst situation to make the best out of it are the actual ‘Wonder Woman.’ Heroism isn’t limited to comics or TV; We live every day of our life with heroes. We just don’t have enough time to hear their story.

Thanks to Opentalk, I got in touch with a hero.