Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 6th Dec 2010 00:24 UTC
Legal I'm (was?) a Twitter user. This past week I found it utterly weird that none of the words #wikileaks, #cablegate, #cables, #Assange were actually "trending". I even tweeted about this 5 days ago. Today, my fears of secret censorship seem to be coming true. It appears that Twitter is censoring all these words, so they don't appear in the (much-used) Twitter "trends" list. Update 1: A Twitter staffer replied to the blog post saying that their trending algorithm doesn't always result to the most popular terms. Update 2: More investigation about what might be going on.
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Hanky?
by djitanium on Mon 6th Dec 2010 14:20 UTC
djitanium
Member since:
2009-09-25

Twitter has the right to censor whatever they want. When you sign up for a service, you agree to play within the sandbox they provide.

Considering Wikileaks is a criminal organization that now resorts to cyber-terrorism, Twitter is clearly justified.

If you don't like it, get a hanky, blow your nose, and build your own social network for you and your three friends.

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RE: Hanky?
by _txf_ on Mon 6th Dec 2010 16:02 in reply to "Hanky?"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

My...Aren't you a lovely specimen. I shall name your species Ignarus Vehemens Troll

Eek long time since I took latin, probably got my suffixes all wrong...

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RE: Hanky?
by Almafeta on Tue 7th Dec 2010 04:10 in reply to "Hanky?"
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2007-02-22

If you don't like it, get a hanky, blow your nose, and build your own social network for you and your three friends.


Looking into it, but it turns out that it's not so easy to write a peer-to-peer network that doesn't rely on a central server (which would be expensive to maintain and able to be taken down by one government mandate - or like at one data center I know, one backhoe coming down in the right spot). And I have seven friends, thank you very much.

Edited 2010-12-07 04:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Hanky?
by Valhalla on Tue 7th Dec 2010 09:37 in reply to "RE: Hanky?"
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2006-01-24


Looking into it, but it turns out that it's not so easy to write a peer-to-peer network that doesn't rely on a central server (which would be expensive to maintain and able to be taken down by one government mandate - or like at one data center I know, one backhoe coming down in the right spot).

I believe Emule (a peer 2 peer client) uses a decentralized network called kademlia which requires you to bootstrap of one ip connected to the network in order to enter it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kademlia

I don't know how efficient it is, but according to the wiki, Emule has around 3-4 million users.

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