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I’m officially Twitter user number x!!!

This morning I’ve noticed a new app tweeting something along the lines of:

I’m officially Twitter user No 325 in United Kingdom! http://uris.us/xxx Check out Your Number at http://uris.us/xxx #fun #United Kingdom

My initial reaction was ‘ooh, that looks fun, I might check it out’, however, after seeing a few more tweets I noticed that the number kept rising exponentially, and seemed to have no relevance to how long the person had been on Twitter.

I went to the site to take a look (it’s down at the moment), and sure enough, it’s one of the latest in a breed of sites that post tweets to your timeline without your express permission. However, unlike Twifficiency (which did the same thing for a while), which actually had a clever algorithm running underneath it, this one seems to push a counter forward any time anyone uses the system in a particular country.

The dumbness of the system (as well as the fact that it uses an obscure url shortening service) makes me think that its been put together for nefarious purposes (spreading spam and so on), so if you’ve granted access to this ‘application’, it would probably be a good idea to revoke access.

Getting a bit nostalgic about old Amiga games, and I came across this. I remember when I first saw this, I still had a ZX Spectrum and had my nine-year-old socks blown off. Awesome stuff in it’s time.

Worst spam email ever.

HEY HOW ABOUT TAKING THAT TRIP U ALWAYS WANTED PAY OFF SOME BILLS PAY OFF THAT SCHOOL LOAN FIRE THAT BOSS BE YOUR OWN BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW ABOUT THAT HOW ABOUT NEVER STRESSING ABOUT RENT HOUSE NOTE OR EVEN BILLS WOULD U LIKE TO NO MORE CLICK THE LINK OR PUT IT IN YOUR WEB BROWSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

'School loan fire'? 'Rent house note'? Spam, or the ramblings of a madman?

My email to the BBC Trust

Fired off in the heat of the moment, so excuse any half-formed ideas or grammatical errors:

I am absolutely flabbergasted by Mark Thompson’s announcement today that the BBC are to close the digital stations 6Music and the Asian Network. 6Music in particular for me has been a shining beacon of light in the world of commercial radio, where we’re not subjected to the same rolling playlist of chart music or middle of the road ballads, a station where the presenters are passionate and knowledgeable about music, rather than vacuous and ironically detached. Most importantly, it’s a station for people who actually enjoy music, rather than see it as a background setting for their daily life.

The argument that these stations operate in competition to commercial broadcasters does not stand up. The only station that was remotely like 6Music was XFM, a mainly London-based station which had to water down its output to attract advertisers.

It’s precisely stations like 6Music and the Asian Network, ones which cater to minority audiences, which should be protected. Mainstream entertainment programming exists elsewhere and is provided for well by commercial broadcasters, so surely this is where cuts should take place?

Without 6Music there is nowhere for lovers of real music to go, and the radio landscape will be a poorer place without it.

Kind Regards

Stuart Harrison

adnans:

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If you were wondering what those pattern painted ships were on the interwebs.

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