India Part II: A View from The Youth


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In India I stayed with a host family in Delhi for only a few days and then I spent the rest of my time at the boarding school surrounded by youth or traveling with guys I met to their cities. In my month I spent with the kids who I would say were all members of the middle and upper class I realized some interesting things about their relationship with money, the internet, and technology in general.

First the phones, every guy I was with had a nice phone. In my previous article about India I mentioned how everyone even the servants had basic cell phones but these phone were not basic phones that they had. I saw as many iPhones, blackberries, android phones and other top phones as I see at home in Florida. They also do not have unlimited data plans like we do in the united states but they used the internet and facebook all the time from their phones. The number of mobile internet users in India is going to be huge, and there is a huge opportunity to do something with the market. The basic phones unlike the top end phones do not have full html internet browsers and they will need to view mobile sites to make the internet work well on their phones.

Internet use was also a big thing I noticed. At the school they limit the kids internet use and block most sites. (I had to get special permission to unblock gmail.) So when we got to go into the city and leave school we would head right for an internet cafe with computers for all that were unblocked. Everyone would go check facebook, and other sites that they could not open at school. They loved to look up cricket, and soccer (football) websites. Internet speed was good but not blazing fast but it was no problem loading most sites and downloading stuff.

As for other technology many of the kids had iPod touches and other various mp3 players. Many of them love American music and movies.

The big market in India right now is the upper and middle class because most of them attend school which is taught in English and the are exposed more to western culture and the internet. When these students become the leaders of India after being exposed to technology and the internet they will begin to use it more in their business and realize the importance of the world wide web.

I asked many guys about what they think the difference is between the .com and .in and .co.in and they said they are all equal in their eyes. The .com is still the most well known but in India the .in has gained mainstream recognition as the domain extension for India.

Again this is a perfect reason why Indian domain names I believe make a great long term investment. I hope you enjoyed this post, the Indian Domain Names eBook is almost done and I it will be given away for free on my blog thanks to sponsorship from Inforum.in

Related posts:

  1. Off to India and My Plans for a Report On the Indian Domain Market
  2. Indian Domain Market Part 1: An Overview
  3. Late Update from India and My Initial Thoughts

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9 Responses to “India Part II: A View from The Youth”

  1. Kannan
    August 19th, 2010 @ 11:39 am

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    Good observations since almost all the schools teach English and the hollywood movies are premiered simultaneously in India.

    There is a good market for local businesses to get on the web.

    Hope to see you in south India soon :)

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    August 19th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

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  3. TeenDomainer
    August 19th, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

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    @Kannan Thanks and I would love to head to South India, Next time!

  4. Silki Garg
    August 19th, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

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    Hi Brian,
    Welcome to India.
    Our country is making huge strides in the fields of education and technology. Computers and mobiles have made a huge difference to the middle and upper layers of the society and changing the lifestyle dramatically.
    And being a domainer with a portfolio of more than 200 .INs, it looks very satisfying to me.

    BTW, I am at Varanasi, one of the most sacred places in India. If you plan to come here, I would love to meet and host you.

  5. Steve
    August 19th, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

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    Great post! Nice to hear a real perspective of what’s actually happening on the ground. Are many people creating websites for their business and/or personal use?
    Great info, thanks!

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    August 20th, 2010 @ 6:11 am

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  7. Samit Madan
    August 20th, 2010 @ 8:02 am

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    @Brian – good observations, mostly correct. One thing I’d like to say is the ‘cyber cafe culture’ might be prominent with hostel guys, day scholars will usually have computers at home with 2mbps adsl connections, which are fairly reasonable and extremely fast.

    @Steve – By the thousands.

    When we started web publishing with a focus towards India, online population was 500k, its now over 70 million and growing everyday, so opportunity is huge for .IN

  8. Naoko
    October 6th, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

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    I am trying to find the total number of .IN domains registered. The .IN registry (NIXI) does not seem to publish this.

  9. joseph joy
    June 10th, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

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    I dont agree when you say we are western followers, we have been taught english by the british and we continue to use british english.

    But offcourse we like hollywood, western music and technology.

    At a GDP of 9% i can see a big leap from the sleeping giant in front of my eyes.

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