I wrote a follow-up post to this one on 10.27.11.  Read redux: #occupy (lack of) trends on the twittah


Last night, 4 or 5 cities’ “occupy” encampments were raided by police in what appeared to be a coordinated multi-city effort by police to throw some water on the simmering coals of the movement.  For now, never mind the fact that these events aren’t being covered anywhere as a single story, and focus instead on this:

At around 2am I was watching a live feed from Occupy Boston while watching the #occupyboston tweets roll in on another screen.  In my list of trending topics which was, at the time, set to New York, #therosieshow was trending in first place.  I switched to follow the #occupytogether hashtag, and noticed that tweets were coming in on that hashtag with zero second intervals.  That is, multiple tweets every single second.  I clicked on #therosieshow hashtag, and saw that tweets were coming in approximately 30 seconds apart.

I don’t claim to be an expert in how twitter works, or who sees which tweets, and when or where or why.  But I do know that several per second > 1 every 30 seconds.  So why wasn’t anything with “occupy” in the hashtag trending?

Just this minute, I did another little test.  I set my city to Boston and compared “all” (not just “top”) tweets.  Boston PD is trending, but Occupy Boston is not.  Boston PD has hashtags coming in approximately every 30 seconds to 2 minutes.  Occupy Boston has tweets coming in approximately every 4 to 9 seconds.

You try it.  See what happens.

A few days ago I started poking around teh interwebs, trying to understand why Twitter would even give a shit.  I looked up every single board member and senior level executive, and then did searches on each of them individually.  Nothing was particularly enlightening.  Their major domos are liberal-leaning vegetarians.  I gave up.  Waved my hands at it.  Figured, bah.  My screws are coming loose with the paranoid fantasies.  I must be misunderstanding the technical intricacies of the system.  But then I picked up a Vanity Fair that Andrew left laying around, and the page I opened to had a short profile on Jack Dorsey.  It didn’t click right away, but later that night I realized…square.

Jack Dorsey, one of the original creators of Twitter, recently returned to Twitter to serve as its Executive Chairman.  He’s also the founder of Square, the admittedly really fucking cool i-Everything and Android device that allows any individual to run a credit card, straight from their mobile device.  With Square, right now, you can accept all major credit cards at … your next yard sale.  Want to buy or sell a $500 couch on Craigslist, but don’t want to walk through the streets with all that cash?  Run the buyer’s card through your iPhone.  The device itself is tiny and free and plugs into your headphone jack.  Anyone can get one.  (I realize I’m spanning a somewhat painful bridge here between fangirl and censored citizen, but I can’t help myself.)

Point being, you can probably connect the dots on your own from here.  Dorsey has relationships with creditors now.  Major relationships.  Square can potentially change the way we all interact with and use our credit.  We may be a card-less future.  As I understand it, once you’re in the Square system you can elect to be stored in Square’s database so you never actually have to produce a card.  You can just wave your iPhone at the seller’s iPhone – or something similarly magical – and your payment will be issued.  Point being, Square makes it easier than ever to spend money using credit.  And most major credit card companies share names with the big banks who have their spiritual home guess where.  On Wall Street.  Which, if you hadn’t noticed, is currently occupied.



I wrote a follow-up post to this one on 10.27.11.  Read redux: #occupy (lack of) trends on the twittah