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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It struck me the other day that facebook and twitter provide passive friendship. We don't call or visit a friends; we update our facebook profile and expect friends to actively monitor us. One doesn't visit all there friend's profiles, they visit there own and see what friends have done for them. Twitter, similarly, provides a passive broadcast of mundane ideas; friends do the active work of monitoring our #life as we comment on the sandwich at lunch.

Granted, some groups of friends may be very active on facebook just as there are some very interesting uses for twitter. Nothings a universal constant. I've just seen the majority older than twenty seven go through a big honeymoon romantic bubble that quickly cools to "I check about once every four or six months".

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