Saturday, June 20, 2009

Twitter has a place in society

I slammed Twitter a few days ago, for spamming my friends. While I'm still not interested in Tweets, I recognise its value in letting the world know what is going on when governments try to restrict access to information.

In case you live under a rock, I am talking about Iran.
"Attention Twittering Redditors! Help the Iranian bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we are all 'Iranians' it's much harder to find them. (self.worldnews) submitted 9 hours ago by dopesomniac to worldnews [on reddit]."

Also, on Iran: On Friday, Google started translating Persian, also known as Farsi, in a move that could dramatically help spread information on the Iranian election crisis.

On another twitter note: Twitter bath death:
A teenage girl was electrocuted after dropping her laptop into the bath as she twittered in the tub.

Police said they believed Maria Barbu, 17, had tried to plug in her laptop with wet hands after the battery died during a long session on social networking site Twitter as she took a soak at her home in Brasov, central Romania.

She was found dead by her parents with the laptop lying next to her.

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