Kalam rocks facebook; fans go into a frenzy

BANGALORE: The ‘K-missile’ hits the target! As expected, former President A P J Abdul Kalam is likely to overtake some of India’s biggest inspiration icons on Facebook, soon. Barel

Published: 08th February 2012 02:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:52 PM   |  A+A-

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Former president APJ Kalam (R) during his early days as a rocket engineer in Thumba. Photo: APJ@FB

BANGALORE: The ‘K-missile’ hits the target!

As expected, former President A P J Abdul Kalam is likely to overtake some of India’s biggest inspiration icons on Facebook, soon.

Barely a day after he hit FB, thousands of his ‘devotees’ across the globe are thronging the ‘original Kalam’ fan page (www.facebook.com/OfficialKalam), with many profusely thanking him for embracing them on the web.

With just over 1,000 followers during its silent trial-run period, today the Like This community is breaking all records by the minute, after the official announcement. His office says that the new-kid-on-the-block is enjoying every bit of FB, checking the comments randomly and giving strict instructions to police the page constantly. Interestingly, the latest post, which is being commented on, shared and liked by the FB clan is the Express report APJ Gets FBied, which appeared on February 6.

So far, he has 10 posts, including a photograph dating back to the Sepian era, when he was a rocket engineer. “Assembling one of the earliest test rockets of ISRO at Thumba, some four-and-a-half-decades-ago. We did not have computers, not even proper calculators. Everything was on slide rule calculations, and surprisingly accurate,” says Kalam.

Topics ranging from stinking bus-stands, poverty, agriculture, power-cuts, corruption, missiles, jets and Chennai’s famous Koovam river are being posted and commented on by the Like This people.

“We want to keep the FB page in one uniform language (read as English), so that everyone gets to read, understand and give appropriate comments. He (Kalam) is keen that only constructive debates happen on the site,” a close aide said.

Back-channel efforts are on to bring all ‘other Kalam’ communities under one roof so that the visitors don’t get deviated from the ‘real one’.

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