Gaza’s #Flotilla — Has Twitter Joined the Censoring Game?

Last night there was a brutal and barbaric attack by the Israeli Defense Forces on a humanitarian aid convey that was making its way to Gaza to protest the siege that has been in place for more than 2 years. The humanitarian aid convey had activists from several nationalities and even included a holocaust survivor.

The biggest ship of the flotilla was surrounded by Israeli naval ships in international waters and boarded by Israeli soldiers whom attacked and killed at least 10 and injured tens of the 600 activists on board of the ship.

There was a huge outcry by people from around the world, and international countries were unanimous in condemning the attacks which might have breached international accords since they took place while the ships were in international waters. On the backdrop of the attacks, it seemed that the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, will have to cancel this week’s visit to the USA out of fear of being shamed again by the administration.

So What happened on Twitter?

Israel, Flotilla, Gaza, FreedomFlotilla on Trendistic

Israel, Flotilla, Gaza, FreedomFlotilla on Trendistic

Given that it was breaking news, people took up the cause and started talking about it on Twitter where it would have logically became a trending topic since a lot of people were using the hashtags #flotilla, #Freedom, and #Gaza but then something strange happened. Other tags with less mentions got to be trending, but not those. So speculation ran amok trying to understand what exactly happened and what might have been the reason that not only those tags didn’t trend but if people tried to search for them on the Twitter stream they would get an error.

The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook

Recently, Facebook has gotten on the bad side of most people, from politicians to security experts to casual folks, everyone is starting to realize just how little Zuckman and his Facebook care about their users’ privacy.

At first, it was concerns about the latest “Like” feature that was popping up on 3rd party websites, then there was the leaked chat log in which Mark, the founder of Facebook, called his user’s “Dumb fucks” for trusting him with their information and he offered to share it.

Some have dismissed the chat as being too old to be relevant but the next story that broke proved it to be a very relevant issue. News broke that Facebook and other social networks have been sending private user information such as the usernames and ID’s allowing advertisers to track down specific profiles and gather more information about who clicked their ads. The Facebook PR machine just couldn’t catch a break lately and has been hammered hard on the issue to the extent that even a mere promise of being a Facebook Alternative made funding rain down on the start-up open source social media network Diaspora, allowing them to achieve their funding target in a phenomenally short period of time.

All these changes, the sadistic labyrinth that is the Facebook privacy settings, and the huge number of people that are vowing to leave the service, make a person think if Facebook reached its tipping point on privacy? How has privacy changed across the history of Facebook?

Therefore, I found this illustration wonderful to answer these questions and illuminate the evolution of privacy on Facebook.

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Using Social Media to Promote Haiti Shops to US Consumers

Using Social Media to Promote Haiti Shops to US Consumers

Made in Haiti

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Introducing Google TV — Be Careful What You Wish For! [video]

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Free Hugs Campaign — Learn Social Media By Example

Free Hugs Campaign — Learn Social Media By Example

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Bejeweled Blitz — Apps Using Social Media Brilliantly!

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Bejeweled Blitz is one of PopCap's variety of online games; the leading multi-platform provider of "casual games" - fun, easy-to-learn, captivating computer games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106. Learn how its utilizing social media brilliantly!

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Use of Social Media to Uncover Haitian Slave Labor in Florida!

This story of Florida's "Modern Day Slavery" might have never gotten around or reached the right people if it weren't for a combination of using Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and a mobile phone!

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