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If not ever.

Twitter cannot be allowed to operate outside the law


"Facebook and Twitter must be reeled in," froths Richard Hillgrove, business and political public relations consultant and safari hat fan. "Clearly, they are going to have to introduce a delay mechanism so that content can be checked before it goes up." 

I'd love to know how he thinks this might be implemented. Twitter has on average 3,440 tweets per second.  206,400 per minute. 1,238,4000 per hour.  Presumably someone has to check them all to make sure they're not breaking any super-injunction laws? 

I think this comment sums it up:

"Ah, I see the Guardian is up to it's old trick: get some random troll to write a completely outrageous and ill thought out piece of dickishness, and watch the site traffic go up as news of the dickishness spreads and many people feel compelled to comment.

Damn, I've fallen for it, haven't I?"

Date: 2011-05-25 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mollydot.livejournal.com
With that volume, the checking is going to have to be outsourced. I suggest getting the users to do it. "@username has just tweeted 'xyzzy'. Publish?". I can't see any problems whatsoever with that.

Date: 2011-05-25 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
How much would it cost to outsource? How many people would Twitter need to employ for such a large volume of tweets?

I don't think many would have the time or the inclination to censor their own Twitter feed either.

Date: 2011-05-25 11:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
Someone with better maths skills than me worked it out:

"Great your idea on delaying tweets in order that they can be given an appropriate review prior to publication. That is exactly what Twitter needs.

Thinking it through that might be a little impractical. Here is a thought experiment:

How long do you think is an appropriate delay? Say 2 minutes? That doesn't really seem long enough to do the appropriate background and contextual checks for everyone on twitter but for the sake of argument let's say 2 minutes is long enough for you to approve a tweet for posting.

I read in Forbes (http://goo.gl/yRQYv) that Twitter was hitting 110million tweets per day.

That would need 220million minutes of delay to check at 2 minutes per tweet, wouldn't it?

So with 1440 minutes in a day (24x60) you would need 152,778 days to check every tweet per day. Of course that is impossible for you to do on your own but you could get a little help from your friends.

If you hire 152,777 people they can help you get through them!

Easy peasy.

Congratulations on your wisdom."

Date: 2011-05-25 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mollydot.livejournal.com
That's why I'm suggesting the completely-foolproof-and-couldn't-possiblly-go-wrong-in-any-way-whatsoever method of getting twitter users, who are all bias-free, intelligent, and capable of understanding any language and context thrown at them, to do it. Can't fail.

Date: 2011-05-25 11:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-25 10:25 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] the-meanest-cat.livejournal.com
Lol... that comment says it all.

Date: 2011-05-25 10:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
I wonder do CiF contributors get paid? I reckon I could knock off an ill-informed rant on any topic in a matter of minutes.

Date: 2011-05-25 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thipe.livejournal.com
I could knock off several things in a matter of minutes

Date: 2011-05-26 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
I'll bet.

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