Amit Agarwal

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Amit Agarwal
Amit Agarwal.jpg
Amit Agarwal at Barcamp Bangalore
Born 1977 (age 36–37)
Nationality Indian
Education BTech in Computer Science
Alma mater IIT Roorkee
Occupation Blogger, Software Engineer
Website
http://www.labnol.org//

Amit Agarwal (born 1977[1]) is an Indian blogger and the founder of Digital Inspiration.[2] He has previously worked as personal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal[3] (India) and The Financial Express.[4] He has been involved in advocating freedom of speech and an end to internet censorship in India.[5]

Profession[edit]

Amit Agarwal holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from IIT Roorkee and has previously worked with ADP. In 2004, Amit quit his job to become India's first Professional Blogger.[citation needed]

Amit authors a popular and award winning blog Digital Inspiration where he writes about computer software, consumer gadgets, and web applications that increase productivity. Amit also writes a weekly personal technology column for The Hindustan Times & WSJ.

Recognition[edit]

Amit has appeared on various TV channels and radio including BBC, CNN IBN, CNBC, NDTV, Star TV, ETV and Blog TV Singapore. He also made it to the coverpage of The Week magazine.[citation needed]

HT calls Amit the "founder of the Indian blogging revolution" while the prestigious The Straits Times of Singapore included him in their list of Asia's Blog Stars alongside Chinese actress Xu Jinglei and Japanese Ambassador Naoto Amaki.[citation needed]

Amit is a regular speaker at technology and blogging conferences. He is also a Technology Columnist at WSJ India.[6] Microsoft awarded him the Most Valuable Professional award for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

About Digital Inspiration[edit]

Digital Inspiration, launched in 2004, publishes tips & tutorials on efficient usage of software tools, services and web based technologies. It has been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNet, Wired, CNN Money, Guardian, Financial Times, CBC, Wired, ITWire, MSNBC, BoingBoing, BBC, Mercury News, Sydney Morning Herald, PBS, The New York Times etc.[citation needed]

Digital Inspiration won the Best Technology Blog award at Indibloggies twice. It has been featured as a "success story" on the official Google AdSense blog.[7]

A survey by Business World magazine puts Digital Inspiration blog in the list of most popular blogs and online youth hangouts.[citation needed] The site has been mentioned as "must read" in India Today while it has also been recommended in CNN Go, the new travel and lifestyle site of CNN.[8]

Technical projects[edit]

Amit has also created few popular web-applications & tools, which include "Sleeping Time", a mashup service that can estimate of the sleeping habits of any Twitter user. It quickly went viral[citation needed] and was mentioned on CNN, The 33 News, Open Magazine and also made it to the front page of the Bangalore Mirror.[citation needed] Some other such websites include RSS Search and Tall Tweets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "At 27, Amit Agarwal grew restless. A techie working in Bangalore". Economic Times. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Hans, Pritam P. "The business of blogging". Rediff. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Agarwal, Amit (8 August 2014). "Tech Journal". WSJ. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Agarwal, Amit (23 June 2008). "Financial Express". Financial Express. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Biswas, Soutik (19 July 2006). "India bloggers angry at net ban". BBC. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "India Real Time - WSJ". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "AdSense Inspiration". Official AdSense Blog. Retrieved 27 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Mumbai blog: Reporting from the front lines of urban culture". CNN. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 

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