Why are the BBC wasting time and people on Twitter at all?
They have their own IT and Servers. Why do they continually promote Twitter? Do they think people can't use the Internet?
Syrian hacktivists took over the BBC Weather Twitter account on Thursday afternoon. Instead of getting the usual updates such as "partly cloudy over the British Isles with a chance of rain later" the 60,000 followers of the @BBCWeather account on Twitter were confronted with a series of bizarre messages. These updates included …
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From a consumer perspective it's probably nice to have a single reference for all of your "alerts from".
So an idle account which follows all your software providers emergency patch people etc could be handy. Of course you could put it together or use that good old fashioned "e-mail"...
Poor Fish really doesn't altogether deserve the grief he gets for that. It wasn't a hurricane, it was a very severe storm. As a rule of thumb peak wind speeds in a storm are about double the average wind speed, and the great storm saw peak wind speeds at the same strength as average speed of a hurricane. The peak wind speeds in a real hurricane are far far greater. If we ever get a real hurricane going through southern England the damage will be unbelievable and maybe folk will appreciate a bit better what its like in real hurricane areas...
Today the weather in Blighty will be cold and shitty, followed by bouts of rain and economic gloom ( repeat )
Today the weather in Syria will be sunny and 20 Deg C, with bouts of bloodshed, oppression and international apathy. ( Same tomorrow )
And in Paris.... well we've all seen the video. Hot and nasty.
Yes, that's one solution.
The other is to ignore it and facebook leave it to folks that want to be spied on, be egotistical and wash their smalls in public.
If I'm really publishing important stuff, surely people using RSS in their Email Client makes more sense that giving an Advertising Parasite a monopoly. The BBC really needs Twitter to Publish? It's lazy journalists and bad management. Article about Twitter on R5 PM today too.
Now, now. I had a good reason to use Facebook.
While I was deployed, I used Facebook to see pictures of my brand new granddaughter.
Now that I've retired from the military, I have very little use for it. If I want to see my grandchildren, I go and visit them. They're only ten minutes away in heavy traffic. :)
Propaganda is also used to demonize/ridiculize the opposing side and to enhance your own side image (by passing as a bunch of funny fellows for example).
ADDENDUM : Due to the overload of propaganda from both side (the famous Syrian Human Rights Committee is rumored to be nothing more than a propaganda office of the opposition), I'ld prefer NOT starting a flame war on this stuff.