Twitter removes “via”

TheNextWeb reports Twitter no longer displays what client a tweet was posted with on web.

Twitter has removed the ability for users to determine exactly what client was used to post a message to its service from the web client. This was previously removed from its official iPhone client and that change has been removed from the web version as well.

Twitter is likely attempting to reduce the exposure of third party applications. Applications such as gladlyCast and Seesmic are affected.

Watch what you retweet

You think you can just retweet something and get away with it? Well, actually you probably can. BUT not in China.

CHINESE WOMAN SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN LABOUR CAMP OVER TWEET

Cheng disappeared ten days later, on what was to be her wedding day, her whereabouts unknown until it emerged this week that she had been detained and sentenced by local police.

“Sentencing someone to a year in a labour camp, without trial, for simply repeating another person’s clearly satirical observation on Twitter demonstrates the level of China’s repression of online expression” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Director for the Asia-Pacific.

The offending tweet was originally posted by Cheng’s fiancé Hua Chunhui, mocking China’s young nationalist demonstrators who had smashed Japanese products in protest over a maritime incident between China and Japan involving the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands.

Hua’s original tweet said “Anti-Japanese demonstrations, smashing Japanese products, that was all done years ago by Guo Quan [an activist and expert on the Nanjing Massacre]. It’s no new trick. If you really wanted to kick it up a notch, you’d immediately fly to Shanghai to smash the Japanese Expo pavilion.” [Source: amnesty.org

The poor lady has been sentence to “re-education through labor.” An additional note is Twitter is blocked in China and the only way a Chinese can tweet is to go through a VPN.

An unrelated note: Chinese is a really compact written language. In 140 characters you write a sentence in English, but in Chinese you can write a short paragraph on your day.

New smartphone from INQ

Have a look at the new INQ mobile:

INQ mobile
INQ mobile

What’s striking asides the scarlet back is the strong focus on integration with social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. Now you can stay connected with your pals where ever you are. INQ mobile also added push Gmail and iTunes synchronization recently, a very welcome addition to the already feature-packed phone. INQ also supports multitasking, the change in icon during incoming messages, friend requests and updates is a nice touch.

Here’s Walt Mossberg opinion on the INQ “facebook” phone:

Walt Mossberg & Katherine Boehret about the “facebook phone”

The INQ is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera that’s perfect of capturing candid moments of your friends and share them to Facebook before they can stop you. INQ positions itself as a simple yet feature-rich device to keep you connected to your social circle. The simplicity becomes evident as they chose not to ship a manual and instead have a Help Cards section of their website which guides you on the features of INQ rather than teaches you how to find or use them.

Attractive prizes can be won if you spare some time to check out the blog posts on INQ mobile here: sparklette.net, nadnut.com, jayleif.blogspot.com, lawrencewong.net, krisandro.com, techielobang.com, simplyjean.com, litford.wordpress.com, holly–jean.blogspot.com and hpility.blogspot.com

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US government asked Twitter not to do maintenance during #IranElection

Wow, US government asked Twitter not to do maintenance during the Iran election:

State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming

Senior officials say the State Department is working with Twitter and other social networking sites to ensure Iranians are able to continue to communicate to each other and the outside world.

…they do want to make sure the technology is able to play its sorely-needed role in the crisis, which is why the State Department is advising social networking sites to make sure their networks stay up and running for Iranians to use them and helping them stay ahead of anyone who would try to shut them down.

For example, senior officials say the State Department asked Twitter to refrain for going down for periodic scheduled maintenance at this critical time to ensure the site continues to operate. Bureau’s and offices across the State Department, they say, are paying very close attention to Twitter and other sites to get information on the situation in Iran.

[From CNN blog]

6,081 visits last month, thanks!

Search engines sent 67.95% of the visitors. Asides search engines, most of the visitors come from Twitter, Ping.sg, Facebook and Stackoverflow.

Firefox is a favorite browser with 60%. Chrome visits constitutes 5% which I am responsible for at least half of Chrome visits I presume.

The top searches are XAMPP, jQuery, Django and PostgreSQL related. I code using CakePHP but no one reads my CakePHP stuff. My top tags are NetBeans, XAMPP and Sex, the combination upsets me.

Top countries visiting are US, UK, Singapore, India and Canada. I had a visitor from Zimbabwe, I didn’t know they can afford computers. Zimbabwe, a victim of hyper inflation, announced last February the removal of 12 zeroes from the currency, i.e. 1,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollars being exchanged for 1 new dollar.

Alright, before I go offtrack, kthxbai.

What KahWee tweeted on 2009-04-01

  • It’s Tweet Tuesday today! #sgtweet #
  • Kelvin talks Twitter on Tweet Tuesday #sgtweet #
  • Demographics of Twitter. Most people heard of Twitter Plurk n Facebook. #sgtweet #
  • Most are on Twitter! #sgtweet #
  • Most people know the platforms relatively well. #sgtweet #
  • 1382% growth on Twitter the past year. #sgtweet #
  • Blogout is #1 Twitter trend at one moment. #sgtweet #
  • @sgnews is features at Tweet Tuesday #sgtweet #
  • @starhubcares is run by someone doing word of mouth. How responsive can they be? #sgtweet #
  • Would you like government services to be on Twitter? #sgtweet #
  • @claudialim10 shows how you can monitor your brands using Splitweet. #sgtweet #
  • A strong reason for Ministry of Defence to be on Twitter? #sgtweet There’re some considerations to adopt this. #
  • Anyone interested in organizing Tweet Tuesday? #sgtweet #
  • @silkcharm now talks on Tweet Tuesday. #sgtweet #
  • In Australia, it is more Twitter than Plurk. #sgtweet #
  • @silkcharm thinks Twitter is simple and uses Twitter through the web interface. #sgtweet #
  • The whole #sgtweet #tweetsg @tweetsg @sgtweet is confusing me. #
  • If you have pressured using Twitter cos everyone’s talking something intelligent, it just means the set of friends isn’t for you. #sgtweet #

Twitter admin hacked, password is “happiness”

And you think the computer guys know better what a good password would be. Apparently not, as the hacker of Twitter reveals:

Weak Password Brings ‘Happiness’ to Twitter Hacker

An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday’s hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama’s, and the official feed for Fox News.

The hacker, who goes by the handle GMZ, told Threat Level on Tuesday he gained entry to Twitter’s administrative control panel by pointing an automated password-guesser at a popular user’s account. The user turned out to be a member of Twitter’s support staff, who’d chosen the weak password “happiness.”

Cracking the site was easy, because Twitter allowed an unlimited number of rapid-fire log-in attempts.

“I feel it’s another case of administrators not putting forth effort toward one of the most obvious and overused security flaws,” he wrote in an IM interview. “I’m sure they find it difficult to admit it.” (Source: Wired)

It’s fun while it lasts. Here’s a video to prove he has the admin account:

Twitter Hack