I have been wondering about some Nepalese products that exists online, created by Nepalese and Serving us. The list may go longer but i have selected few site that i noticed are mention worthy.
I personally feel that popular sites like Google, Facebook (which killed the hi5 commity of Nepal and of the world altogether) , Twitter, eBay, Amazon they hold some share on bringing the Nepalese community online. We are shifting, yes the shift is becoming more visible these days. The demand for Nepal Telecom’s ADSL Service, ISPs like Wordlink, Merchantile is increasing day by day.
Here’s a graph from Google Public Data, which clearly shows the increasing internet users in Nepal.
I use Twitter actively, and its been more than a year since i have been tweeting, i noticed that the tweets status in TPM (Tweets Per Minute) around Kathmandu is increasing, it was around 1-2 Tweets/Minute a year ago and now ~ 25 TPM. It’s amazing. People sitting on the Facebook wall may too have noticed that they suddenly get friend’s request from a old friend whom they never thought would have an online profile.
The facts are interesting. We are staying more online. Searching for the reason why we are accepting internet as a medium to be in – i concluded that the web is becoming more essential to connect, to share and to communicate. I hardly remember any SMS reaching my mobile inbox since all my friends gathered around in Facebook. They send me message in facebook and i receive it at my Gmail inbox. Wow!
My point about these discussion is, on one hand we have the number of internet users increasing but on the other hand look at our own Nepalese products online, how many of us use Nepali web service to communicate or say to do business/shopping? To find an answer to this question i searched for some products/services we use online which are actively maintained by Nepalese. The way these sites in the list below serving is praiseworthy. These websites may have their own business motives but equally they are providing/promising quality web services.
Do you remember when Nagarik News started their publication? Now, look at the online issues, and all the active news community we have around.
THT – The Himalayan Times, this is my personal favorite national English daily.
Kantipur Publication has done very good service bringing their publications online.
I think no other bank in Nepal is so open to web implementations. Whenever i heard of some online business service launch, NIBL is there to support them. Either you pay your online bills, or buy a recharge card for you NTC mobile.
eSewa Nepal is the product of F1 Soft International. It is a Payment Gateway, for those of us familiar with Paypal (but has been of no use in Nepal), eSewa is the similar kind of product. Look at the services they offer with eSewa: here. The online transaction status from the site says: It’s 671510 Total transaction through eSsewa. This is quite impressive.
Pay Way, the product of Young Minds, is an online payment gateway. I have not tried it yet but it promises to bridge the gap we have with our Paypal account. We can send and receive money from Paypal to our Payway account or directly to our bank account with Payway.
Muncha was buzz in my school days, and is still a good service provider, though i can’t say why they still are not planning to change the web site look. I still remember the day when people were saying, “now we can do shopping online”. The site is active, and accepts many of the ATM cards we have in Nepal, Credit cards and bank account payments.
We see, with more crowd coming online, Nepalese money too is travelling online, but are we ready get maximum benefit from this changes?? What i have to say is before we allow our money online we need 1000 more munchas, shops & services online – that would serve for us, serve our product.
It was after my graduation, i started searching for a job through the internet. Would you believe me, i applied for the job through one of these sites and got hired.
Jobs Nepal lists all the current Open Jobs, the organization, full time – part time status & number of days remaining to apply for the job. How many of us are searching for jobs through these sites?? Ain’t this service useful?
Merojob too is a Job Board Site, looks promising. i think its neat and clean interface will surely make user experience better.
dmslist, build on wordpress free cms, is a product of Digital Max Solution, simple look but with live job openings. Cheers to DMS for this product and hosting.
Here are some places where Neplese gather to share, argue and discuss with each other online.
The Mazzako forum status itself speaks more about its existence.
Mero Sansar, its not a news site, its blog. I personally like the site slogan, and now and then visit the site to get some views about current issues in country. There’s a difference between a News portal (see Nagarik News Site) & a blog. The blog is free expression, no bounds to the expression of the authors, follow language etiquettes and respect your readers and present the idea in your fantasy. I admire the way Mero Sansar bloggers are contributing.
So you may wonder why FOSS Nepal got listed here! This is the only community in Nepal which does that offline what it says online. I myself was/am active in the FOSS Nepal community. We planned, discussed about events, messages, trainings everything online and gathered on the spot to make it happen real. The days we celebrate Software Freedom Day, every year, the training program we provide every once in a while, we needs such community to be multiplied in Number if we want to see changes in Nepalese technology sector. You can join FOSS – Nepal Google Group here.
We have Thulo Social Network here – a Nepalese Social Network. The site looks promising in the technology used, and in providing social network functionality to its users. Before suggesting you to try the thulo network, i think we should first understand the essence of social network. Be it Facebook or Twitter or anything else if it has to be a social network – it needs to have users. We are the users, and our networks travels wherever we move. Invite some of your closest network to thulo network, lets enjoy social networking in our own style, with our own product.
I have listed two sites below, and hope this two sites co-operative with each other and allow NTC users to send web message to NCELL users and NCELL users could send web SMSes to NTC users. For the stuffs to happen, the organization behind them needs co-work, i think.
There is not a single day we do not curse NTC for its bad service, but look at the changes it brought in the country. Our last decade is know as the communication decade. Lots of things have changed, the land lines to mobile switch, the mobile to ADSL switch. NTC has always been there as back bone of the communication sector in the country. The NTC web site is quite functional. How many of you use the web sms service daily?
I can’t forget the organization that promises international standard services in our price. Be it bringing GPRS to country or excellent schemes for student to business persons, i always admired the ideas NCELL have for the country. It was always NCELL which did the initiation for the VAS Mobile services. Look at the site, and check how they changed their brand in just 3 days.
Completing this list i remembered something i heard back in my school days. It was like, Nepalese will never invest on products other than noodles ( नेपालीहरु चाउचाउ बाहेक अरु कुरामा लगानी गर्दैनन ). Technology is changing, things will change and we need to change the way we look at things to invest upon. Have you ever thought supporting a project like Thulo network to give a front space in country web social networking ? Have you ever had an idea to invest on a project like eSewa or Payway. Have you ever thought bringing your organization business online? or bringing your shopping center to provide online service?
Time has come now to stop thinking and start investing.
Few Nepalese websites and the possibilities