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.

PicFog: Exposing your Twitter images to the world!

PicFog is a real-time Twitter image search engine that’s been around for some time, persistently adding new features, such as the support for Twitter image sharing services Twitpic, Twitgoo and Yfrog.

This all sounds great, but what what about privacy concerns? Doesn’t anyone care anymore? Or is it that they are, simply, clueless!

Recently, an article in the Dutch de Volkskrant newspaper discussed the new PicFog web application: Picfog brings order to photograph fog on Twitter (translated from Dutch).

PicFog and Privacy Issues:

Basically, what the article talks about is the following: With a reported 300,000 new users every single day, only Twitter knows how many pictures have been added to its user accounts. But if users have not blocked their user account from third party peeks, their pictures may now be seen, by the entire world, through a simple search on PicFog!

A Simple Search on Picfog and... viola!

USA Today’s #AmericaWants Twitter Campaign — Learn Social Media By Example

The #AmericaWants hashtag contest was created as part of USA Today’s larger “What America Wants” brand campaign, designed to illustrate USA Today’s connection with the American experience and readers’ engagement with the brand on multiple media platforms.

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British General Election 2010 — Learn Social Media by Example

This year’s general election was certainly one of the toughest elections that Britain has seen in recent memory. It resulted with a win for David Cameron and the Tory’s who formed a coalition government with Nick Clegg’s Liberals. The election had many firsts, it was the first time that the candidates participated in an American style debate, and it was the first time that social media played a role in determining the result of the election.

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“3 out of 4 Tips via Twitter” – Dutch Chief of Police

“3 out of 4 Tips via Twitter” – Dutch Chief of Police

Dutch Police on Twitter by Town [translated from Dutch]

Police started to depend on social media in their quest for capturing criminals and unveiling the truth. Here's the latest story...

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Twitt(url)y — The Twitter Digg in the works?

Twitt(url)y — The Twitter Digg in the works?

Finally a link aggregator

Twitter became a sort of linking haven, there are so many links and media that is being shared on the service that makes it really a great tool to figure out what is currently hot and is being shared by a lot of people. If only there was some tool that would allow you to just have a Twitter eye view of the entire traffic and aggregate...

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Earth Hour 2010 – Learn Social Media By Example

Earth Hour 2010 – Learn Social Media By Example

Twitter Buzz During the Event

Earth Hour is an event organized by the WWF to raise awareness about global warming that started off in the city of Sydney, Australia in 2007, and its message spread like wildfire through the internet by word of mouth through social media networks and blogs.The event usually takes place at the last Saturday of March between 8:30-9:30...

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Anything you “Tweet” can & will be used against you!

Anything you “Tweet” can & will be used against you!

Library of Congress, Jefferson Building by Michael Casey

The Library of Congress announced this week that it will archive the billions of tweets published since Twitter launched in March 2006. Is it a waste of money and time?

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How To Plan the Perfect Trip – & Save Loads of Money

How To Plan the Perfect Trip – & Save Loads of Money

Looking for a place to crash or an experience?

In the first part of this series I talked about how to I plan my trips from gathering information about a country and its attractions to picking the right hotel room or checking what events are going on in town. In this part I'll be talking about how to find out about the best deals, last minute offers and packages and any corners...

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@Anywhere with Twitter

This week, Twitter announced its '@anywhere' platform for websites, which allows site visitors to Tweet and follow from sites including Digg, Amazon and eBay.

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