Monday, October 08, 2007

Testimonial Categorization!

Having been on Orkut now for (the better part of) a year & a half now, I have noticed the spate of the rather meaningful testimonials that give a stunning insight into of the concerned person (all the sarcasm intended).

Some authors are poetic in their expression, preferring to write poems & sometimes songs in praise of the fellow. The colourful, sometimes-cryptic-sometimes-descriptive words sewn together to form lines & then stanzas ring out so rythmically & with such rhyming, that the heart soars when it reads! :P

Other authors prefer a more philosophically engaging way of expressing themselves, as they choose a recursive mode of writing. A generic example of such a recursion would be : "this is a blog post" OR " this is a testimonial" - a careful scrutiny of the statement reveals such hidden information & philosophical implications that you will be stunned by how so much can be implied in so little! :P .... Truly, brevity & recursion is the soul of a testimonial! :P .... The authors of such testimonials are usually philosophers, sears or computer programmers who understand the philosophical dichotomy of recursion!

Be it in poetry or prose, both testimonials have one thing in common - they are mass manufactured & copy-pasted/submitted/accepted in bulk - quite like that Archies card you gift some-one. Even that is a tad more original & authentic! This is not to say that the authors mean anything less than a sincere friendly testimonial - but many unfortunately haven't been blessed with the gift of the pen ;)

Then we have authors, who not satisfied with a mass-propagated material, make sincere attempts to be original & creative. While their efforts are valiant & appreciable, the result unfortunately is hardly flattering. But, atleast these guys make an effort to write something unique & different - its not just the end-result, but the gesture that counts.

And then, there's a category of committed love-birds, who choose to let out their feelings for each other via multiple testimonials, each of which read out like a Mills & Boons novel :P - okay mebbe not that bad! But its bad enough! Some of them divulge in such great detail the small nuances/idiosyncrasies and incidents that established their relationship, that would satisfy the apetite of even the most voyeuristic amongst us.

And finally, there are authors like me, who use a dozen adjectives & so-called "hi-funda" words (I like to think of them as illustrations of my linguistic mastery - yea, call me pompous & grandiloquent :P) .... Of course, it comes at a price - such testimonials are beyond the comprehension of the general orkutting masses and defy the very purpose of having a testimonial! People get more pissed when they receive such testimonials than when they have none - the reason? they don't understand half of it!

In the end, there are two ways of looking at it - that testimonials are tools for self-gratification and peer-approval on the internet in a manner that is as frivolous as it is dangerous/delusional OR testimonials are just a funny, light-hearted (and often copy-pasted/badly written) perspective on near friends/family that is meant NOT to be taken too seriously. Which one is the case, I leave it to you guys to decide.


Mahalakshmi said...

hey awesome one....guess u hv done a lot of research on testimonials....[:P]

J(Z)ubin said...

gud re...nice to read ur blog....testimonials....well u have tried coverng everything....concerned with it...but just felt u should have made it little lively...nywys....its always nice to read ur posts....keep going

Bit Hawk said...

You missed two most important types of testimonials:
1) Patients suffering from obsessive compulsive disorders repeating the same sentence ("Great friend" or "Sweetest person on the planet") in 10 or 20 lines
2) The highly overused ASCII art, where weird character combinations make a heart or a teddy bear!

CruciFire said...

Haha... good observations and a gr8 write-up - typical rajiv post... it wud have been much more fun if you could actually quote some testis (not an anatomical one! :P) you might have come across... and yeah thanx once again for the testimonial... ;)

free-spirited said...

not at all a rajive-esque kinda blog..sry,wasn't impressed..i believe the "authors" more than impressing their peers with their prowess and humor sense try to show their pals bout how they least its the case with only concern while writin a testi 4 a bud wud be 2 show tat i mean to them..and make an good impression of them amongst their peers..As usual u wud side-line ma comment as childish..but if u look carefully the gesture counts..its hw things work mate:)---dhanesh

Hari said...

lol !!
read abt the "rajiv" type of testi writers..
i BET these ppl access the dictionary / thesaurus doubt, such meager use of simple words cannot be comprehended by the mass ! :P :P

neways....a GOOD post once again... :p

prashant said...

gr8 research on testis...and agree wit hari 2oo......need to refer to dictionary lotta times......ppl givin gre.......u gotta know this guy....