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June 14, 2009


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FAP Turbo

Israel may launch a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities like they did with Iraq, but not a full war.

Iran and other middle east countries have modernized their armies just like Israel has; so I don't think Israel can achieve victory like they did with the 6 day war.

Iran's president is a little wacko if you ask me....just less crazy than Kim Ill; Bush isn't crazy....he was just dropped as a baby.....several times

pyshnye popka

Thanks David - its been rewritten, the first version spoke of hard line Hezbollah milita alongside the riot police.

Dan Brickley

Thanks for this. I was similarly chasing around some of the rumours, looking at the structure of the TR (re-tweet) behaviour... http://danbri.org/words/2009/06/16/415 esp re the "army are moving into town" rumour.

Given the way Twitter currently works, the sourcing of re-posted claims is hard to trace without a lot of guesswork or manual chasing of references to previous pointers.

The opensource standards-oriented Twitter-ish platform Laconi.ca, I'm told, is building into its platform a notion of "re-post". This seems to offer some promise that RT echoes can be more easily associated with their original source.

From your perspective, are there other primitives than "re-broadcasted" that could/should be attached when one user re-posts a message from another? eg. RT can be read as "I agree", "read this", "I think this too", "this deserves to be read", etc. Is there anything that can be done at a platform level to improve things re the echo-chamber issues?

richard s

Thanks Mitra - but the rumours were two days before the shooting....

Richard S

Thanks David - its been rewritten, the first version spoke of hard line Hezbollah milita alongside the riot police.

Anas Qtiesh

Thank you so much for being one of the few sane people in a sea of madness.
twitter is rapidly becoming an effective tool of misinformation and propaganda. Many are taking tweets coming out of Tehran as Gospel totally overlooking the possibility of the people behind those tweets being partisan (which they are) and thus their credibility must be examined.
I was feeling lost in the noise of #iranelection until I came across this blog post. I thank you again.

David, Encino

I beg to differ: the LATimes story does not mention Hezbollah or Arab-speaking folks accompanying police.

David in LA.

Richard S

Thanks Bill - do you have the link?

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