Watching a gripping game of Rugby League between West Tigers and St George I curiously grabbed my phone to check the Twitter stream. Looking for a shortcut to league tweets I checked trending topics–no league unfortunately but there was “tonga” trending because of the first game of the Rugby Union. So I checked it out. Now I have seen spam twitter profiles, been @spammed and have heard of direct mail spam. But had not seen such blatant pr0n spamming of a hashtag. Note #tonga …
“The amended claim quotes a Cisco engineer describing the all-encompassing monitoring Cisco’s technology allowed the Chinese government to conduct.
Social media and mobile phones are the communication and organising tool of this moment. As you well know these tools have been important factors in recent events like the Arab Spring and the London Riots. So I thought it an apt time to reflect on old school comms. I found this telegram from 1980 on a cleaning bee at my parent’s house.
It was a quality panel at the 10th Digital Citizens event moderated by the talented James Fridley @fridley:
At a FED event in April, I asked Dean McEvoy co founder of group buying site Spreets a question about the deals function. What was the point of quotas for deals considering that Spreets is so popular, it is inevitable that all deals go ahead? He replied and said “watch this space”. Well, nothing has happened so far in terms of innovations on Spreets or any other group buying site. But something has happened on Facebook. With Snoop Dogg.
The Yammer network at work yesterday was a buzz talking about Harvey Norman’s new online shop. Gerry Harvey has been very public in recent times in a campaign by retailers lobbying government to reconsider tax rules on items bought over the internet under $1000 in value.
I’m sure it has been announced previously, but as a user I just received my email from Yahoo! notifying me of the sale of Delicious to AVOS. I used to be a huge Delicious fan. Remember when it was one of the darlings of “web 2.0”? My use and fan-dom has wavered as other tools such as Instapaper have proven more useful. Even in its hey day, my inbox remained empty as friends never really leveraged the sharing aspect as it was designed. Yet the feature remained. Only recently has search of own bookmarks been enabled. I wonder what this means for the future of Delicious? Hopefully some product innovations will follow.
Reading crazy spam may just be one of the best things about having a blog. Pills, pr0n, heavy equipment training courses (WTF?), spiritual healing, seo.To quote the first line from one attempt to infiltrate my spam filters, I give you this:
Gmail, it used to be so fresh, so clean. Now tile ads.