Recalling the time when he was criticized for using Twitter and even lost his job as Minister of State for External Affairs, Tharoor said, "When I started with Twitter four years ago, everyone was critical of me as being in the political space it was not a serious thing for a politician to do."

The Congress MP from Thiruvanathapuram, who has served as UN undersecretary-general in charge of public information and who recently launched a new social networking website,, feels social media shouldn't be ignored at all.

He feels that it will take an interesting turn once fourth generation (4G) service, a high-speed mobile telephone technology, which will result in faster data transmission speeds and call connectivity, will come into existence.

"Social media shouldn't be ignored. There are 10-12 percent of people who are using Internet. 70 percent of the Indian citizens have mobile phones in their hand. When there will be a convergence of the two, when 4G will replace 3G, then people will not have a problem in accessing the internet. So I think, social media will become very important in the future and we should be involved in it since the beginning," said Tharoor, who has also served as spokesperson for the UN secretary general.


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