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if only ancient civilizations had kept records of every tweet
people weren't so quick to re-tweet back then; chiseling on stone tablets.
twitter.com/qbnpro will live forever.
they also approached QBN to buy the complete Public Voice archive but negotiations came to a sudden halt
Something about this pisses me off...
i think the phrase 'who gives a fuck' fits perfectly here. seriously, the mountain of inane noise that is tweeting amounts to nothing. sure, someone could datamine some nuggets of info out of it but if you're the kind of douchnozzle that tweets their bank card pin number and events like murdering a prostitute then you probably need your data mined as a lesson.
the thing i find most amazing is that people think their info and the crap they tweet and blog is of any interest to anyone. the ego of some people astonishes me. thanks to twitter and scientology the 'religion of me' is just getting worse.
the mantra must be:
'i am not unique. i am less than interesting. i'm just like evry other cunt on the planet, except i've got net access and worry about 1st world problems like their real'.
I agree with your sentiments airey .. but even the boring shite is interesting to marketing companies. They can analyse tweets, produce statistics and sell reports.
if a company can afford to analyse that amount of info then more power to them. cost vs reward couldn't work in their favour surely.
it's a time capsule better than newspapers because it reflects the people's opinions on current events rather than the ones sold to us.
pretty fucking valuable if you ask me.
i can't imagine why this would piss anyone off. it's not going to be any more useful to marketers than it is now, and even if it were, so what?
you're all in advertising in some way or another, so quit acting like you're all against "the system" or whatever
The thing is .. it must already be in the public domain - so who are they acquiring it from?
and we all use phrases like 'marketing companies' and 'the government' which is effectively like saying 'the man'. it's all crap. many of us work for or with marketing companies and big business and sure, some look for phrases or trademarks or business mentions on social media but the idea that there's some nefarious group out there doing dark deeds is nuts.
have you read a paper lately. the same people that are apparently mining all this info for untoward ends are leaving laptops on trains, losing money to nigerian bank scams, stressing about losing their jobs and homes, etc etc.
'they' don't exist. it's 'us'. and we're to busy tweeting and reading our own blogs that we don't have time to read other peoples.
A bit to your point here, airey.
Just read the article/blog post. I love how the first response was "how much is this shit going to cost me?" The thing that pisses me off I guess is that it is all just garbage in the long run. Printing and cataloging it all creates even more garbage. So great, we have an archive of garbage now. What's important today to most people means nothing tomorrow. Maybe in 100 years, we will look back in awe of our disillusionment—"How were the masses so fooled?" On the other hand, I sort of like that they are making this "hard" fingerprint of it all...something tangible to represent it. Will it be printed? Will it be digital/web-based? Will anyone ever care again that DJ AM died and that it was the most popular subject for like a whole week on Twitter? Or will it be more interesting that the artifacts which start to represent this information/social age will be less and less tangible?
There is something to be said though for major institutions acclimating in real-world positive ways like this. The Library of Congress essentially adopting/acknowledging professionally a trend and format of the "social age" and cataloging it in its pure form is pretty great for all industries that touch information media. But again, on the other hand you've got the White House basically crowdsourcing politics—http://bit.ly/dy9fkL #whgc—and god knows only loudmouthed dipshits like me use the Internet.
"crowdsourcing politics" is kind of the point of a democracy.
Not a lot of work actually, they'll just duplicate content from CIA servers
yeah, the cost thing is odd. of all the things money is spent on people would worry about this? and costs are so hard to determine in real life as it ignores the employment created etc.
i guess it will be interesting for the future users who can simple search for terms or phrases and read what the public opinion was at that time. not cleaned up by the media or clever writers but raw, unedited opinion. in all it's insane uneducated craziness.
still, it could very well be a case of finding uses or the meaning of it down the track. i'm sure people helping carry darwin's boxes around a fucking island in the middle of nowhere mumbled "what's the farking point of all this shit".
If twitter did sell this, I wonder how much money they sold it for?
it would be nice for twitter to actually make money. fucks me how they keep going to be honest.
obviously on a tangent but in tune with the conspiracy nutters that bang on about these dark forces at work with our twitter feeds and such, these lyrics always crack me up. maynard apparently got accosted by some nimrod who felt tool had soldout (this is after 'sober' was released). so:
tool - Hooker with a Penis
I met a boy wearing Vans, 501s, and a dope beastie-tee,
nipple rings, and new tattoos that claimed that he was OGT,
from '92, the first EP.
and in between sips of coke he told me that he thought we were sellin' out, layin' down, suckin' up to the man.
Well now I've got some advice for you, little buddy. Before you point the finger you should know that I'm the man, and if I'm the man, then you're the man, and he's the man as well so you can point that fuckin' finger up your ass.
All you know about me is what I've sold you, Dumb fuck. I sold out long before you ever heard my name. I sold my soul to make a record, Dip shit, and you bought one.
So I've got some Advice for you, little buddy. Before you point your finger You should know that I'm the man. If I'm the fuckin' man then you're the fuckin' man as well, So you can Point that fuckin' finger up your ass.
All you know about me is what I've sold you, Dumb fuck. I sold out long before you ever heard my name. I sold my soul to make a record, Dip shit, And you bought one.
All you read and Wear or see and Hear on TV Is a product Begging for your Fatass dirty Dollar So ... Shut up and Buy my new record Send more money Fuck you, buddy.