Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the worlds sixth-largest country by total area, the neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea and East Timor to the north, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east. Australias capital is Canberra, and its largest urban area is Sydney, for about 50,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians, who spoke languages classifiable into roughly 250 groups. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades, and by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored, on 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia has since maintained a liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy comprising six states.
The population of 24 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard, Australia has the worlds 13th-largest economy and ninth-highest per capita income. With the second-highest human development index globally, the country highly in quality of life, education, economic freedom. The name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis a name used for putative lands in the southern hemisphere since ancient times, the Dutch adjectival form Australische was used in a Dutch book in Batavia in 1638, to refer to the newly discovered lands to the south. On 12 December 1817, Macquarie recommended to the Colonial Office that it be formally adopted, in 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known officially as Australia. The first official published use of the term Australia came with the 1830 publication of The Australia Directory and these first inhabitants may have been ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians. The Torres Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, were originally horticulturists, the northern coasts and waters of Australia were visited sporadically by fishermen from Maritime Southeast Asia.
The first recorded European sighting of the Australian mainland, and the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent, are attributed to the Dutch. The first ship and crew to chart the Australian coast and meet with Aboriginal people was the Duyfken captained by Dutch navigator, Willem Janszoon. He sighted the coast of Cape York Peninsula in early 1606, the Dutch charted the whole of the western and northern coastlines and named the island continent New Holland during the 17th century, but made no attempt at settlement. William Dampier, an English explorer and privateer, landed on the north-west coast of New Holland in 1688, in 1770, James Cook sailed along and mapped the east coast, which he named New South Wales and claimed for Great Britain. The first settlement led to the foundation of Sydney, and the exploration, a British settlement was established in Van Diemens Land, now known as Tasmania, in 1803, and it became a separate colony in 1825. The United Kingdom formally claimed the part of Western Australia in 1828.
Separate colonies were carved from parts of New South Wales, South Australia in 1836, Victoria in 1851, the Northern Territory was founded in 1911 when it was excised from South Australia
Internet censorship in Australia
The restrictions focus primarily on child pornography, sexual violence, and other illegal activities, compiled as a result of a consumer complaints process. In 2009, the OpenNet Initiative found no evidence of Internet filtering in Australia, in October 2008, a policy extending Internet censorship to a system of mandatory filtering of overseas websites which are, or potentially would be, refused classification in Australia was proposed. Australia is classified as under surveillance by Reporters Without Borders due to the proposed legislation, if enacted, the legislation would require Internet service providers to block access to such content for all users. The proposal has generated substantial opposition, with a number of concerns being raised by opponents, on 5 August 2010, the Coalition parties announced that they would not vote for the policy, making it virtually impossible for the filtering scheme to pass. In November 2010, the Department of Broadband and the Digital Economy released a document indicating that the earliest date any new legislation could reach parliament was mid-2013, in November 2012, the former Labor Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, withdrew his partys mandatory Internet filter.
On the same day, the Communications Minister stated that as a result of notices to the Australian largest ISPs, Australian Federal Police will pursue smaller ISPs and work with them to meeting their obligation under Australian law. IiNet and Internode quietly confirmed that the request to block content from Australian Federal Police went from voluntary to mandatory under s313 in an existing law, iiNet had sought legal advice and accepted the s313 mandatory notice but would not reveal the legal advice publicly. In June 2015, the country passed an amendment which will allow the court-ordered blocking of websites deemed to primarily facilitate copyright infringement, the sites barred include The Pirate Bay, TorrentHound, IsoHunt and SolarMovie. A collection of federal and state laws apply to Internet content in Australia. An independent press, a judiciary, and a functioning democratic political system combine to ensure freedom of speech. There were no government restrictions on access to the Internet or credible reports that the government routinely monitored e-mail or Internet chat rooms and groups can and do engage in the expression of views via the Internet, including by e-mail.
Under this regime, if a complaint is issued about material broadcast on the Internet the ACMA is allowed to examine the material under the guidelines for film, if the site is hosted outside Australia, the content in question is added to a blacklist of banned URLs. This list of banned Web pages is added to filtering software, in March 2009, this blacklist was leaked online. A number of take down notices have been issued to some Australian-hosted websites, in 2006, the Federal Parliament passed the Suicide Related Materials Offences Act, which makes it illegal to use communications media such as the Internet to discuss the practical aspects of suicide. Some state governments have laws that ban the transmission of material unsuitable for minors, in New South Wales, Internet censorship legislation was introduced in 2001 which criminalises online material which is unsuitable for minors. In October 2000, Electronic Frontiers Australia attempted under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents relating to the implementation of the web filter, EFA state that the bill was designed to prevent further public scrutiny of web filtering proposals.
In 2002, New South Wales Police Force Minister Michael Costa attempted, without success, the Green Left Weekly stated these were Melbourne Indymedia and S11 websites, and that the Australian Broadcasting Authority cleared them of breaching government regulations on 30 October 2002. In 2006, Richard Neville published a website that had a fictional transcript of John Howard apologising to Australians for the Iraq War
Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University, known as ODU, is a public, co-educational research university located in Norfolk, United States, with two satellite campuses in the Hampton Roads area. Its campus covers over 251 acres straddling the city neighborhoods of Larchmont, Highland Park, Old Dominion University is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral, Higher Research Activity University. Old Dominion University provides nearly $2 billion annually to the regional economy, the university offers 168 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 24,000 students and is one of the nations largest providers of online distance learning courses. Old Dominion University has approximately 124,000 alumni in all 50 states and 67 countries, the foundations of Old Dominion University began in the minds of administrators and officials at the College of William and Mary in the first decades of the twentieth century. Notable among these men were Robert M. Hughes, a W&M Board of Visitors member from 1893–1917, the 18th president of that school.
In 1924 after becoming the director of the William and Mary extension in Norfolk, Joseph Healy began organizing classes and finding locations for faculty and he along with the collective efforts of Robert M. Hughes, Dr. J. A. C. Chandler, and A. H. Foreman, a two-year branch division was established on March 13,1930, on September 3,1930 H. Edgar Timmerman becomes the Divisions first director. The Division, as it was called, which started out in the old Larchmont School building. Tuition for the first year was 50 USD, the following September, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, more commonly known as Virginia Tech, began offering classes at The Division, expanding the number of courses taught. Old Dominion began educating teachers and engineers, created in the first year of the Great Depression, the college benefited from federal funding as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelts New Deal. The Public Works Administration provided funds for the Administration Building, now Rollins Hall, and Foreman Field, named after A.
H Foreman, lewis Warrington Webb first joined the faculty in 1932 as an instructor of engineering and would be called the Father of Old Dominion. After serving 10 years as an instructor at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and he served as Director of the Defense and War Training Program at the college from 1940-1944. Through its defense and training classes, the Norfolk Division makes a contribution to the war effort. The program allows the school to open during a period when most young men were serving their country. The program attracts many women, who learn aircraft repair, drafting, in 1946 Webb was appointed Director of the Norfolk Division. Dr. Webbs dream was to see the Norfolk Division become an independent institution, the two-year Norfolk Division rapidly evolved into a four-year institution, and he saw that dream fulfilled in 1962 when the Norfolk Division gained its independence from William and Mary. On February 16,1962, the William and Mary system was dissolved under General Assembly legislation which was signed by Gov.
Albertis S. Harrison, that year the Norfolk Division was renamed to the Old Dominion College. Dr. Webb served as the first President of Old Dominion College from 1962-1969 and he held the position of rector until 1970 and the College of Engineering was named in his honor in 2004
He was previously a software engineer at Yahoo. and is an ambassador for The Seasteading Institute, a think tank researching ocean communities. Dascalescu was born in Romania and immigrated into Silicon Valley in fall 2004 and he applied for a green card in 2007 and received it in April 2013. Dascalescu cited his visa difficulties as an inspiration for Blueseed, an accelerator that would avoid immigration restrictions by being located on a ship in international waters. Before Blueseed, Dascalescu worked at Yahoo, while in Romania, he translated books on TCP/IP networking and on building web applications. Dascalescu has a degree in Computer Science, with published papers on knowledge modeling, Blueseed is a startup community project that Dascalescu co-founded with Seasteading Institute colleagues Max Marty and Dario Mutabdzija, and served as CIO for. The project is preparing to launch a ship near Silicon Valley to serve as a startup community, the platform is set to offer living and office space, high-speed Internet connectivity, and regular ferry service to the mainland.
The existence of the project is due to the lack of U. S. visas for entrepreneurs, customers will use the much easier to obtain B-1/B-2 visas to travel to the mainland, while work will be done exclusively on the ship. On July 31,2013, Dascalescu became COO of Blueseed, Dascalescu has spoken at Stanford University and has been interviewed on BBC, Romanian TV station Nașul TV, TV Tokyo and France 2. After speaking at the Bitcoin 2013 conference, he was interviewed on Free Talk Live, dascalescus interests include transhumanism, life extension, physical fitness and self-quantification. He completed the P90X program and presented his findings at the 2011 Quantified Self conference and he is an open-source contributor and a supporter of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Wall Street Romania named Dascalescu #1 Romanian entrepreneur to watch in 2013, bio on Blueseeds website Dan Dascalescu at CrunchBase
The pair consists of an opening quotation mark and a closing quotation mark, which may or may not be the same character. Quotation marks have a variety of forms in different languages and in different media, the double quotation mark is older than the single. By the middle sixteenth century, printers had developed a form of this notation. In most other languages, including English, the marginal marks dropped out of use in the last years of the eighteenth century, the usage of a pair of marks and opening, at the level of lower case letters was generalized. By the nineteenth century, the design and usage began to be specific within each region, in Western Europe the usage became to use the quotation marks in pairs but “pointing” outside. In Britain those marks were elevated to the height of the top of capital letters. In France, by the end of the century those marks were modified to a more angular shape. Some authors claim that the reason for this was a one, in order to get a character that was clearly distinguishable from the apostrophes, the commas.
Other authors claim that the reason for this was an aesthetical one, while other languages do not insert a space between the quotation marks and the word, the French usage does insert them, even if it is a narrow space. The curved quotation marks usage was exported to some non-Latin scripts, the angular quotation marks usage was exported to some non-Latin scripts, like Greek, Cyrillic and Ethiopic. The Far East angle brackets quotation marks are a development of the angular quotation marks. In Central Europe, the practice was to use the marks in pairs. The German tradition preferred the curved quotation marks, the first one at the level of the commas, these marks still “pointed” inside but could be angular and in-line with lower case letters. Some neighboring regions adopted the German tradition but some adopted the second mark as “pointing” to the right. In Sweden, both marks “pointed” to the right but both were at the top level, neither at the bottom, in Eastern Europe there was a hesitation between the French tradition and the German tradition.
The single quotation mark emerged around 1800 as a means of indicating a level of quotation. One could expect that the logic would be the corresponding single mark everywhere, British English tends to reverse the usage — single quotation marks are primary, and double quotation marks are secondary —this distinction, dating back to around the 1960s. In some languages using the quotation marks, the usage of single ones became obsolete, being replaced by double curved ones
Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a country in Eurasia. The European western part of the country is more populated and urbanised than the eastern. Russias capital Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world, other urban centers include Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod. Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a range of environments. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, the East Slavs emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, in 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. Rus ultimately disintegrated into a number of states, most of the Rus lands were overrun by the Mongol invasion. The Soviet Union played a role in the Allied victory in World War II.
The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century, including the worlds first human-made satellite and the launching of the first humans in space. By the end of 1990, the Soviet Union had the second largest economy, largest standing military in the world. It is governed as a federal semi-presidential republic, the Russian economy ranks as the twelfth largest by nominal GDP and sixth largest by purchasing power parity in 2015. Russias extensive mineral and energy resources are the largest such reserves in the world, making it one of the producers of oil. The country is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, Russia is a great power as well as a regional power and has been characterised as a potential superpower. The name Russia is derived from Rus, a state populated mostly by the East Slavs. However, this name became more prominent in the history, and the country typically was called by its inhabitants Русская Земля.
In order to distinguish this state from other states derived from it, it is denoted as Kievan Rus by modern historiography, an old Latin version of the name Rus was Ruthenia, mostly applied to the western and southern regions of Rus that were adjacent to Catholic Europe. The current name of the country, Россия, comes from the Byzantine Greek designation of the Kievan Rus, the standard way to refer to citizens of Russia is Russians in English and rossiyane in Russian. There are two Russian words which are translated into English as Russians
Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Northern Europe. A peninsula with the Gulf of Finland to the south and the Gulf of Bothnia to the west, the country has borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north. Estonia is south of the country across the Gulf of Finland, Finland is a Nordic country situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia, which includes Scandinavia. Finlands population is 5.5 million, and the majority of the population is concentrated in the southern region,88. 7% of the population is Finnish people who speak Finnish, a Uralic language unrelated to the Scandinavian languages, the second major group are the Finland-Swedes. In terms of area, it is the eighth largest country in Europe, Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in the capital Helsinki, local governments in 311 municipalities, and an autonomous region, the Åland Islands. Over 1.4 million people live in the Greater Helsinki metropolitan area, from the late 12th century, Finland was an integral part of Sweden, a legacy reflected in the prevalence of the Swedish language and its official status.
In the spirit of the notion of Adolf Ivar Arwidsson, we are not Swedes, we do not want to become Russians, let us therefore be Finns, nevertheless, in 1809, Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. In 1906, Finland became the nation in the world to give the right to vote to all adult citizens. Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, Finland declared itself independent, in 1918, the fledgling state was divided by civil war, with the Bolshevik-leaning Reds supported by the equally new Soviet Russia, fighting the Whites, supported by the German Empire. After a brief attempt to establish a kingdom, the became a republic. During World War II, the Soviet Union sought repeatedly to occupy Finland, with Finland losing parts of Karelia and Kuusamo, Petsamo and some islands, Finland joined the United Nations in 1955 and established an official policy of neutrality. The Finno-Soviet Treaty of 1948 gave the Soviet Union some leverage in Finnish domestic politics during the Cold War era, Finland was a relative latecomer to industrialization, remaining a largely agrarian country until the 1950s.
It rapidly developed an advanced economy while building an extensive Nordic-style welfare state, resulting in widespread prosperity, Finnish GDP growth has been negative in 2012–2014, with a preceding nadir of −8% in 2009. Finland is a top performer in numerous metrics of national performance, including education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life, a large majority of Finns are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, though freedom of religion is guaranteed under the Finnish Constitution. The first known appearance of the name Finland is thought to be on three rune-stones. Two were found in the Swedish province of Uppland and have the inscription finlonti, the third was found in Gotland, in the Baltic Sea. It has the inscription finlandi and dates from the 13th century, the name can be assumed to be related to the tribe name Finns, which is mentioned first known time AD98. The name Suomi has uncertain origins, but a candidate for a source is the Proto-Baltic word *źemē, in addition to the close relatives of Finnish, this name is used in the Baltic languages Latvian and Lithuanian
Internet censorship in Russia
The law is outlined in a government decree issued on 26 October 2012. The blacklist was originally introduced to sites that contain materials advocating drug abuse and production, suicide. Later, the law was amended to allow the blockage of sites containing materials that advocate extremism or any other content subject to a gag order and these regulations have been frequently abused to block criticism of the federal government or local administration. Russia was on Reporters Without Borders list of countries under surveillance from 2010 to 2013 and was moved to the Internet Enemies list in 2014, in 2004 only a minority of Russians had Internet access. In May 2008, some 32.7 million users in Russia had access to the Internet, in 2012,75.9 million Russians had access. In December 2015, most part of country,92.8 million Russians have Internet access. Following his visit to Russia in 2004, Álvaro Gil-Robles, Commissioner for Human Rights of Council of Europe, noted the quality of news. Virtually all the newspapers were available on-line, some even opting for Web as a sole information outlet.
Russias press agencies were represented in the Web. This does not mean, that most Russians are well-informed of the important political and social issues of today, but this is largely a matter of personal choice, not government restrictions. If somebody is too lazy to make just a few clicks to read and become aware of issues and points of view, maybe he deserves to be fed bland. 2007 cyberattacks on Estonia and cyberattacks during the Russo-Georgian War may have been an indication of the active interest in mobilizing and shaping activities in Russian cyberspace. First countywide judicial measures against the Russian Internet users were taken by the government in 2012, a separate class of materials blocked based on the extremism are reglious publications, mostly Muslim and Jehovahs Witnesses. Bans can be challenged in courts, and in some cases these appeals are successful, the incidents documented include not only instances of Internet censorship but physical force such as beating of bloggers or police raids.
According to human rights NGO Agora, instances of internet censorship increased ninefold from 2014 to 2015, prevention of this influence includes active countermeasures such as actions targeted at the population and young people of the states attempting to weaken Russias cultural values. Another initiative proposes giving Roskomnadzor right to any domain within the. ru TLD without a court order. SORM, a System for Operative Investigative Activities, was amended in July 1998 to allow monitoring of the Internet in addition to telephone communications, SORM allows law enforcement agents to monitor Internet traffic and requires ISPs to assist law enforcement in their investigations. In late 2000, the Russian Supreme Court ruled that the law enforcement agents are required to obtain a warrant, in July 2012, the State Duma passed a law calling for the formation of an Internet blacklist—taking effect on 1 November 2012
Tor (anonymity network)
Tor is free software for enabling anonymous communication. The name is derived from an acronym for the software project name The Onion Router. Using Tor makes it difficult for Internet activity to be traced back to the user, this includes visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages. Tors use is intended to protect the privacy of users, as well as their freedom. Onion routing is implemented by encryption in the layer of a communication protocol stack. Tor encrypts the data, including the next node destination IP address, multiple times and sends it through a circuit comprising successive. Each relay decrypts a layer of encryption to reveal only the relay in the circuit in order to pass the remaining encrypted data on to it. The final relay decrypts the innermost layer of encryption and sends the data to its destination without revealing, or even knowing. An adversary might try to de-anonymize the user by some means, one way this may be achieved is by exploiting vulnerable software on the users computer.
Attacks against Tor are an area of academic research, and are welcomed by the Tor Project itself. Onion routing was developed by DARPA in 1997. The alpha version of Tor, developed by Syverson and computer scientists Roger Dingledine and Nick Mathewson and called The Onion Routing project, or TOR project, the first public release occurred a year later. On 13 August 2004, Syverson and Mathewson presented Tor, in 2004, the Naval Research Laboratory released the code for Tor under a free license, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation began funding Dingledine and Mathewson to continue its development. In December 2006, Dingledine and five others founded The Tor Project, from this period onwards, the majority of funding sources came from the U. S. government. In November 2014 there was speculation in the aftermath of Operation Onymous that a Tor weakness has been exploited, a representative of Europol was secretive about the method used, This is something we want to keep for ourselves. The way we do this, we share with the whole world.
This possibility was downplayed by Andrew Lewman, a representative of the not-for-profit Tor project, however, in November 2015 court documents on the matter generated serious ethical security research as well as Fourth Amendment concerns. In December 2015, The Tor Project announced that it had hired Shari Steele as its new executive director, Steele had previously led the Electronic Frontier Foundation for 15 years, and in 2004 spearheaded EFFs decision to fund Tors early development
Internet censorship in China
Internet censorship in China is extreme due to a wide variety of laws and administrative regulations. More than sixty Internet regulations have been created by the government of China, which have implemented by provincial branches of state-owned ISPs, companies. The apparatus of Chinas Internet control is considered extensive and more advanced than in any other country in the world. The governmental authorities not only block website content but monitor the Internet access of individuals, the offences of which they are accused include communicating with groups abroad, signing online petitions, and calling for reform and an end to corruption. The size of the Chinese Internet police force was reported by the government to be 2 million in 2013. In April 2015, Wikipedia sites in Chinese were blocked after Wikipedia started to use HTTPS which increased the difficulty of censorship, the saying is related to a period of the economic reform of China that became known as the socialist market economy.
Superseding the political ideologies of the Cultural Revolution, the reform led China towards a market economy, nonetheless the Communist Party of China has wished to protect its values and political ideas from swatting flies of other ideologies. The Internet arrived in China in 1994 as a consequence of, and supporting tool for. Since then, and with gradual increasing availability, the Internet has become a communication platform. In 1998 the Communist Party of China feared the China Democracy Party would breed a new network that the party elites might not be able to control. The CDP was immediately banned followed by arrests and imprisonment and that same year the Golden Shield Project was started. The first part of the project lasted eight years and was completed in 2006, the second part began in 2006 and ended in 2008. At the exhibition, many western high-tech products including Internet security, video monitoring, According to Amnesty International, around 30, 000–50,000 internet police are employed to enforce Chinese internet laws.
The government of China defends its right to censor the internet by claiming that the country has the right to govern the internet according to its own rules inside its borders, the white paper, released in June 2010, called the internet a crystallization of human wisdom. But in the document the government lays out some of the reasons why its citizens cannot get access to all of that wisdom, another section of the same white paper reaffirms the governments determination to govern the internet within its borders according to its own rules. Within Chinese territory the internet is under the jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty, the internet sovereignty of China should be respected and protected, it says. It adds that foreign individuals and firms can use the internet in China, the central government of China started its Internet censorship with three regulations. The first regulation was called the Temporary Regulation for the Management of Computer Information Network International Connection, the regulation was passed in the 42nd Standing Convention of the State Council on 23 January 1996
Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, restricted to 140 characters. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them, users access Twitter through its website interface, SMS or a mobile device app. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco, United States, Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams and launched in July. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, in 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day, and the service handled an average of 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013, it was one of the ten most-visited websites and has described as the SMS of the Internet. As of 2016, Twitter had more than 319 million monthly active users. On the day of the 2016 U. S. presidential election, Twitter proved to be the largest source of breaking news, Twitters origins lie in a daylong brainstorming session held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo.
Jack Dorsey, a student at New York University. The original project name for the service was twttr, an idea that Williams ascribed to Noah Glass, inspired by Flickr. The developers initially considered 10958 as a code, but changed it to 40404 for ease of use. Work on the project started on March 21,2006, when Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9,50 PM Pacific Standard Time, Dorsey has explained the origin of the Twitter title. we came across the word twitter, and it was just perfect. The definition was a short burst of inconsequential information, and chirps from birds, and thats exactly what the product was. The first Twitter prototype, developed by Dorsey and contractor Florian Weber, was used as a service for Odeo employees. Williams fired Glass, who was silent about his part in Twitters startup until 2011, Twitter spun off into its own company in April 2007. Williams provided insight into the ambiguity that defined this early period in a 2013 interview, With Twitter and they called it a social network, they called it microblogging, but it was hard to define, because it didnt replace anything.
There was this path of discovery with something like that, where over time you figure out what it is, Twitter actually changed from what we thought it was in the beginning, which we described as status updates and a social utility. It is that, in part, but the insight we eventually came to was Twitter was really more of an information network than it is a social network, the tipping point for Twitters popularity was the 2007 South by Southwest Interactive conference. During the event, Twitter usage increased from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000, the Twitter people cleverly placed two 60-inch plasma screens in the conference hallways, exclusively streaming Twitter messages, remarked Newsweeks Steven Levy