Filipinos up in arms as cybercrime law takes effect

Facebook users show disgust on Cybercrime law

Filipinos are up in arms as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which criminalizes hacking, spamming, file-sharing, identity theft and online trafficking, has taken effect.

The last minute addition to the Cybercrime law that punishes individuals who post libelous statements and those who help propagate the latter has made netizens cry foul (get the expert criminal lawyer in Kitchener consultation to find out more details).

Under this new law, members of social networking accounts should be careful to post status updates, comments on posts, tweet and etc. because they can be sued for libel. Stiff penalties could be met by those found guilty including a jail time of up to 12 years and a fine of $24,000.

The lone Senator who voted against the passage of the bill, Senator Teofisto Guingona III said, ‘Suddenly, I can be punished for expressing critical thought online or allowing my Facebook friends to do the same on my own page. With this law, even Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, can be charged with cyber-libel!”

A few days before the law went into effect, a group calling themselves Anonymous Philippines has been attacking a number of government websites in their disgust..

A number of Filipino Facebook members have changed their profile photos and cover photos to a simple black image as a sign of their protest.

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“Lightning” Bolt crowned king of Olympic tweets

A few weeks ago, TechNewsGadget reported that the 2012 Olympics shattered the previous record of tweets from the previous Olympics in just a single day. The Olympic tweeting universe have recorded a huge number of tweets, as the London Olympics closed in a bold fashion.

According to Twitter, the 2012 London Olympics garnered 150 million total tweets and Usain “Lightning” Bot of Jamaica generated a huge share of the total.

The 16-day event culminated a couple of days ago and Twitter totaled the actual number of tweets sent by their users. They found out that the most tweeted competition were Bolt’s 100 meter and 200 meter races.

Other statistics include:

  • Jamaica’s gold winning performance in the 4×100 relay garners 52,000 tweets per minute.
  • Andy Murray’s gold medal win in his singles tennis match had 57,000 tweets per minute.
  •  The basketball final featuring USA and Spain, where US won, had 41,000 tweets per minute.

With regards to the popularity of athletes in Twitter universe, the 10 most tweeted individuals according to popularity are:

  1. Usain Bolt
  2. Michael Phelps
  3. Tom Daley
  4. Ryan Lochte
  5. Gabby Douglas
  6. Andy Murray
  7. Kobe Bryant
  8. Yohan Blake
  9. Lee Chong Wei
  10. LeBron James

Which was your favorite moment from the Olympics?

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Males retweet messages on Twitter more than females

Data show that women are the majority of Twitter users. But another statistic shows that male Twitter users are the ones who click on the retweet button more often than their lady counterparts.

A company based in Sweden developed a tool that reveals how many women and men are retweeted by each Twitter user. Called the Twitter Equality Quotient or Twee-Q, it found out that men are the leaders in the retweet race.

Developed by a company called Crossing Boarder, they conducted about 11,000 tests with the tool and they found out that 63% of retweets are from males while only 37% are coming from females.

They even tested US President Obama’s Twitter account and they found out that those who retweet his tweets were 79% men and the rest are women.

Snoop Dogg has a male dominant retweet population with 84% while Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga have equal retweet opportunists.

According to Twee-Q, “We want to change the world by showing how each of us rank women and men when contributing to a conversation. Only when we see how we act, who we choose to listen to and acknowledge, can we take the first steps toward a truly equal society.”

Check who retweets your tweets the most at

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2012 Olympic tweets surpass these of 2008 Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics kicked off last weekend amidst all the hoopla and fanfare. Expectations were great and the organizers certainly lived up to the expectations of the people who wanted a grand opening. In the next couple of weeks, we will witness what man can achieve when he puts his heart into what he is going to do.

This time Olympics showed that technology has indeed grown leaps and bounds since the last event took place in Beijing 4 year ago.

According to Twitter, the tweets that have been registered about the Olympics have surpassed those of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Twitter added that two-thirds of the American contingent are on Twitter and the build up towards the 2012 Olympics has overshadowed that of the 2008 sporting spectacle.

Twitter has partnered with sporting events in the past. They partnered with NASCAR that began last May. Then a month later, Twitter partnered with the Euro 2012 soccer championships.

But clearly, the Olympics are the biggest sports event that they have done, as it is considered as the Holy Grail of all sports events.

Let’s see what the final number is and compare it yet again with the 2016 Olympics.

I bet that this would again trump this year’s number.

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Twitter cuts ties with LinkedIn

In an effort to keep their members in their site longer, micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to keep posts away from the profile pages of their LinkedIn accounts.

The decision which was announced last Friday was one of the many ways Twitter is doing to keep members in their site.

One of the decisions they made was to block your Tweets from being posted in your professional social networking account or in LinkedIn.

Their partnership was started last 2009 and ended a few days ago.

LinkedIn Head of Content Products Ryan Roslansky is hoping that their members would still share their posts on Twitter even if the latter has blocked posting Tweets to LinkedIn.

He added, “Consistent with Twitter’s evolving platform efforts, Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn starting later today. We know many of you value Twitter as an additional way to broadcast professional content beyond your LinkedIn connections.”

“Moving forward, you will still be able to share your updates with your Twitter audience by posing them on LinkedIn,” he said.

Opus Research analysts Greg sterling said, “They don’t want people to consume and interact with Twitter in places where they probably have no ability to put ads.”

Is Facebook next after LinkedIn?

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Twitter partnering with other companies to lengthen Tweets


In a bid to keep users on their site much longer, micro blogging site Twitter has announced the introduction of their expanded tweets today.

Twitter is hoping that this could entice Twitter users to stay longer on their site, by following their tweeted links.

Twitter has partnered with a number of publishing companies such as The New York Times, Time and The Wall Street Journal whose expanded tweets can let users, “see a preview with the headline, the introduction and sometimes the Twitter accounts of the publisher and writer. You can continue to read the article, follow these accounts and reply, favorite or retweet the Tweet.”

A number of companies are in line to add the feature. Twitter says that BuzzFeed, TMZ and WWE will be able to tweet out exclusive photos to lure in more users.

This is going to be beneficial for the micro blogging site. But is still uncertain whether the companies that tie up with Twitter will benefit from these partnership. Twitter users, on the other hand, will get more content from the site.

It remains to be seen whether this move can make Twitter users stay on the site longer.

Will you be willing to spend a few more minutes on the Twitter site for this?



Tweets climb to 400 million per day

Want to know the total number of tweets people send in a day?

According to a report by CNET, about 400 million tweets are sent by Twitter users up from 340 million a month ago.

Another fact that they would like to divulge is that majority of these 400 million tweets are sent via mobile and not desktop computers.

Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, revealed this at an interview at the Economist’s Ideas Economy: Information 2012 conference.

Costolo said, “Because tweets are 140 characters, and born of mobile and constrained that way, when we designed the ad platform our ads would go everywhere tweets go, and the only way is if the ads are tweets. We have an ad platform that is already inherently suited to mobile. Even though we launched the ad platform on the Web already, a couple of weeks ago we saw mobile revenue in a day greater than non-mobile.”

“The fascinating thing about big numbers is you get macro trends and events, and incredible personal moments where you have to dive all the way to see things,” he added.

Costolo also said that he isn’t thinking about the idea of IPO. Unlike his counterpart Mark Zuckerberg, he isn’t toying with the possibility of going public.

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Twitter to begin restricting Tweets in some countries

Twitter announced last Thursday that they are going to begin restricting Tweets in some countries. This comes as a huge surprise since Twitter has helped public upheavals against governments. This was more pronounced in the Middle East.

According to a blog post by the company, “As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there.”

This decision by Twitter to censor content in their website comes as a surprise as the social networking site was very helpful in anti government protest in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries. As the revolutions spread throughout other countries, Twitter said in a blog post that they are not going to censor content and even said, “The Tweets Must Flow.”

The blog post said, “We do not remove Tweets on the basis of their content. Our position on freedom of expression carries with it a mandate to protect our users’ right to speak freely and preserve their ability to context having their private information revealed.”

Twitter CEO’s wife tweets while in labor

If you ever found Twitter boring, you are very wrong.

Ever since it became popular, you can never expect what will be tweeted next. Tweets from a dead president, outer space, an ongoing bank robbery are just some of them.

Today, a new one can be added to our list and its from the wife of the Web site’s CEO herself.

Sara Morishige Williams, who is married to Twitter CEO Evan Williams, was Twittering from the hospital while she was in labor. Yep, her 15,000 followers were given periodic updates on her childbirth process.

“Dear Twitter, My water broke. It wasn’t like Charlotte in Sex and the City. Now, timing contractions on an iPhone app,” she first tweeted.

“The Contraction Tracker was fun until the contractions got painful,” and “Epidural, yes please” were just among her updates.

Her husband, of course, wasn’t that far behind. A little before 4 p.m. EDT today, he wrote “Yes! @sara gave birth to a perfect baby boy. Both are well. 8 pounds, 21 inches! Smiles all around.”

Congratulations guys! J


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