Oh what a circus….

Trolling conspirarcy groups on Usenet, back in the days…

Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy.princess-diana
Subject: Oh what a circus….
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 97 13:18:39 GMT
Organization: ALT-F4

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Where are the EU’s Dotcoms

When the European Union was founded by the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1993 we were very happy. That kind of made us outcasts in the opting-out UK, particulary as we also advocated for UK membership of the Euro and Schengen.

At that time there was no public email or websites to browse. The Internet as we know it is younger than the EU, and it hasn’t even been a quarter of a century.

The Internet’s growth has been similar to the growth of railways two centuries before, with the accompanying monopolist zillionaires taking over newspapers of record, founding banks, and spawning their own congressmen and women.

However, one-percenters of yore such as Rhodes or Harriman built railways. Which required them to deal with land-owners along with local and regional authorities across continents. Naturally bringing them into close, back-handing contact with a nation’s elites. Contacts the dotcom billionaires of today do not make as a natural consequence of their siloed off-shored online businesses.

But we’re not interested in the offspring of today’s dotcom billionaires causing nuclear war under President Chelsea Clinton in thirty years time. We’re wondering where the EU’s dotcoms are. Or to be more precise why doteu fails to even qualify as a brand, let alone a household name.

The dotcoms of the USA are well known. China has QQ, baidu, and ali baba. Russia has Yandex, vKontakte, and mail.ru. Websites used by hundreds of millions.

What has the EU produced? A tax-free offshoring centre for America’s dotcoms and that’s about it.

It’s failed. Maastricht was a nice idea but the EU became distracted by the collapse of the USSR, dazzled by expansion, spooked by 9/11, and largely missed out on the opportunity of the century.

Tweet us your favourite EU dotcoms and prove us wrong

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New World Order

It’s been a long time in coming, and that’s likely because anybody in their right mind wouldn’t want it.

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August 1st

Switzerland celebrates its National Day on 1 August.

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Trending on Twitter

Not us, alas. More to do with our response to a Tweet about the subject of Twitter’s Trends.

The tweet relates to the globally trending hashtag #CNNBlackmail, which we reproduce live and uncensored below:


Analysis

At first glance it would appear that the Tweeter we responded to is flat wrong, but this is not the case. We’ve casually analyzed Twitter’s Trending suggestions over the years and have come to the following conclusions.

The list of “trending topics” is mistakenly thought of as comparable to “The Charts” of the music industry that we are all familiar with. These charts compare the sales figures of commercial music products, providing a fair indictation of which music tracks people are buying.

To think of Twitter’s Trends in the same way is an error, and an easy one to make. The displayed trends are very clearly not based on numbers. We will not show an example here because any twitter user can look at their own lists and see for themselves. Some “trending” topics may have millions of hits, while others only have thousands.

It is better to think of these “trending topics” as suggestions, or perhaps even advertisments. Their purpose is not to inform you of what people are currently tweeting about. They are there to keep you on the website by drawing your attention to things you may be interested in based upon your location and your tweeting history.

Thus, if you are already active on a hashtag that is trending there would be no point in Twitter drawing your attention to it. In the same way that if you only ever Tweet in English there would be no point in showing you what is trending in Japanese.

Twitters Trending List is not a comparision of how many people are tweeting about a particular topic, and is simply an alogrithm designed to keep you engaged with the product. It is about as good as the much lauded artificial intelligence (AI) gets – in spite of what well-heeled has-been lunatics at Google’s research department may claim.

In our experience there has never been a proven hashtag conspiracy on Twitter. On the contrary, all we’ve seen is bad AI trying to keep people on the site in order to expose them to more advertisements.

Which is what Twitter Inc are in business to do.

As for what CNN are in business to do, that’s anybody’s guess.

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