So through my Twitter account today (specifically as I’m following Stephen Fry) I found out about this new law coming into effect in New Zealand. Essentially, if an Internet user is accused 3 times of copyright infringement (note the word “accused” not “found guilty of”), their ISP is obliged to sever their Internet connection. Obviously there’s a lot of issues brought up be this – copyright and filesharing in general, NZ’s relationship with the US and whether this is a reaction to international pressures, but those are discussions for other places and times. The issue here is assumption of guilt and enforcing punishment based on accusation, not on trial. It’s an outrage. The “blackout” campaign has been started to raise awareness of the travesty. All it involves is changing your avatars etc. to a completely black image until the law comes into force on 23rd of Feb. Of course, the NZ government aren’t going to repeal any laws because of a few black avatars, but the more people who know this is going on, the better.
Further to my modern web experimentation, I took the step to join Digg, the social bookmarking site. I don’t use non-social bookmarking so I’ve never seen the point before, but a lot of the sites I visit have a “Digg This” button so I’ll give it a go.
So, I’ve decided to get myself to grips with some modern webby stuff. I’d call it “Web 2.0” but that’s a rubbish term. As such, I’ve now subscribed to a load of RSS feeds and signed up to Twitter. I’ve also actually decided to start writing stuff in my blog, rather than just having it as an empty page.
This was all prompted by a presentation at university during one of my web design lessons from the MD of a web design company called ClickFire, who recommended we get involved in as much of this stuff as we can to “keep our finger on the pulse of the industry”, so to speak.
My thoughts so far:
RSS is good. I used it many moons ago when I still used Windows and had an RSS reader plugin for Trillian. I’ve subscribed to Wired and Slashdot which were the 2 main feeds I read then, along with various other computer related stuff, Linuxy stuff and general news. It’s certainly helped me keep up-to-date with the latest and greatest from the computer industry.
Twitter, I’m not sure about yet. My girlfriend said “isn’t that a new Facebook type thing?” so I tried to explain it to her. She understood what it was but said she didn’t get why people care what you’re doing every 10 minutes. I tend to agree with her to the most extent. Besides following Stephen Fry’s daily antics, there’s not a huge amount I’ve gotten out of it as of yet, and my only follower is 10 Downing Street, who only added me because I added them. All the RSS is saying that Twitter is on the tipping point of becoming mainstream, but we’ll wait and see. All I know is that I waited about as long as I did after hearing about Twitter before joining it as I did with Facebook. When I joined Facebook, about 60% of my friends where on there. None of my friends are on Twitter.
So here’s to my Web 2.0 adventure. I’ll keep you posted.