Cyberculture agenda: Twitter is 10 #LoveTwitter

Despite rumblings of a 10,000-character limit on Twitter, the company’s CEOtold The Today Show that the 140-character limit is here to stay.

In an appearance on The Today Show, Jack Dorsey dismissed the rumors of long-form tweets, saying that the company is focused on keeping tweets to 140-characters or less:

Twitter Celebrates 10th Birthday

Millions of people use Twitter every day — everyone from Justin Bieber toPresident Barack Obama.

It has become a powerful platform of self-expression, aided political revolutions and fostered personal connections, 140 characters at a time.

However, before polls and hashtag emojis and throwback Thursdays, the service started simply, with an innocent tweet on March 21, 2006 from co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

The 10 most historic tweets from world leaders over the past decade #Twitter10Years

Despite recent growing pains, Twitter still generates a wealth of data that can tell us all kinds of things about its users.

Last week, we examined where the most hateful Twitter users live; this week we take a look at where you’ll find the happiest Twitter users in the world.


Big data and creativity: What we can learn from ‘House of Cards’

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Data and creativity can work really well together. Don’t believe me? On February 1, 2013, a TV series called House of Cards debuted on the video streaming service Netflix. It proved an immediate hit. Two years later, it has a nine out of 10 rating from more than 275,000 reviewers.
This week, Twitter turns 10. Over the next five days we’ll be exploring how far the microblogging service has come, the challenges it faces going forward and some of its key moments along the way. March 21 marks ten years since Twitter came to life. Since its 2006 arrival, the platform has arguably changed the way we express ourselves online, keeping our worldly thoughts within its 140 character constraint. checking out twttr — Ev Williams (@ev) March 21, 2006 just setting up my twttr — Jack (@jack) March 21, 2006 What a lot of people don’t realize, Twitter — once…
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Earlier this week we brought you news that Anonymous was planning to launch “total war” on Donald Trump. Today, the hacktivist’s fired the opening salvo. The group followed through on earlier threats by posting extensive personal information about Trump — including a social security number, home address, birth certificate and phone numbers.

The engagement rate for posts by brands on Instagram continued to slide in February, as did growth in followers for accounts studied by social analytics and reporting company Locowise.

Locowise shared its findings in a blog post, including:


LGBTQ people and Apple vs FBI


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, “Everyone is focused on the high profile fight between Apple and the FBI, which is a good thing, because the outcome of this case will affect all of us.”



More proof that all devices in the modern world are just computers in fancy cases: the FBI’s joint warning issued with the DoT and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration tells drivers that they’re at risk of local and remote hack-attacks against their cars, and tells them they have to keep their cars’ patch-levels current or they’ll be in serious danger. (more…)


If you follow Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump on Twitter, your face has probably been analyzed by a machine to determine your age, ethnicity, and social influence.
Indexing the dark Web offers a way to track crime—and shows that the hidden realm is a refuge for people who fear persecution.
I often get asked “what email service should I use if I don’t want to use Gmail?” and now I finally have what I think is an excellent answer. ProtonMail is an ad-free, end-to-end encrypted email client that’s been invite-only since 2014 – but it’s now opened its doors to ordinary civilians and is finally live on both Android and iOS – after delays that it’s blamed on the US government. In February, the company explained:
New York City residents who found themselves tweeting at a bar in 2014 may have actually been contributing to the betterment of machine-learning algorithms.
Apple’s Brief Hits the FBI With a Withering Fact Check

The company pointed out numerous legal and technical errors in the government’s assertions.

Cafes in Europe set to become hotspots for illegal piracy

Europe’s highest court has just made a preliminary ruling that says owners of public Wi-Fi networks in places like cafes and bars cannot be expected to add passwords or monitor traffic, great news for those who are keen on illegal downloading. This follows a case where Sony in Germany was suing a shop owner for illegal music downloads made on the company’s unsecured hotspot. In a statement that explains why this is a good day for freedom of the internet and open access to information, rather than just a wonderful one for pirates, the ruling says: The Advocate General considers that the imposition of an obligation…

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