Millions of Indians are essentially breaking certain U.S.-based tech companies by sending out so many images around the same time in the morning, according to The Wall Street Journal.
As India, the second-most populous country in the world, has been steadily gaining internet access in recent weeks and months, people are starting to utilize the capabilities afforded in the most innocent and cheerful of ways. Internet beginners in India are sending merry messages to friends, family, and loved ones with lighthearted images before sunrise and up until around 8 a.m., reports WSJ. Due to the relatively new massive influx, which is reportedly inundating Google’s systems, smartphones are temporarily malfunctioning.
Pinterest, a web application that offers playful images, has reportedly experienced a ninefold increase in downloads from the country of India in the past year, according to WSJ.
Using Facebook’s proprietary messaging service WhatsApp, one 71-year-old man wakes up every morning at roughly 6 a.m. to send good-morning greetings to around 50 of his closest friends and family.
Indians in general seem to really appreciate either giving greetings to people they care about, or the communicative wonders of the internet, or both. More than 20 million New Year’s messages were virtually transmitted in India around the new year, which was more than any other country and a record, reports TheWSJ.
Both Google and Facebook have launched initiatives supplying India with internet capacity. One of those projects, however, in which Google set up Wi-Fi in 23 different train stations across the country, wasn’t quite used for its intended purposes, as reports showed the complimentary service was mostly being employed to watch pornography.
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