RT @jspector: This should get "interesting"...
👉 Starting Dec. 11th, Twitter is going to delete accounts where the user hasn't signed in within the last six months.
👉 Those usernames will then be up for grabs for other people to take at a date TBD.
More here: https://t.co/4qLYpSGizehttps://t.co/YA9ERk2Syu
"Twitter hasn’t yet said exactly when recouped usernames will be made available to existing users."
This is basically a massive marketing campaign to encourage more engagement. Great move. But I see you Twitter. I can't be fooled into thinking you will release inactive accounts. https://t.co/rs8EyLpP1I
I'm extremely worried about the archival issues of this. What about dead people who can't maintain their twitter anymore? Are we going to lose Robin Williams' final tweets? Terry A. Davis is an important part of internet history, but most of his record will go away forever. The other day I watched a video about some scammers who had removed all their internet presence except their twitter, and the recollection of their actions had to be reconstructed from that alone. Now there will be now primary sources.
There are likely thousands of inactive accounts that hold information that is, or will one day be, of historical significance. All of that is going away, and there's no way we'll be able to preserve it because we can't possibly know what will be needed in the future.
lol, all these progressive people are not really concerned with preserving history. They are just fine with taking down statues they don't like. China is a great example with communism, they destroyed all their own beautiful culture.
Not really looking to get into the political side of the argument, I am just saying that all social media has displayed a left leaning bias, and I would not be surprised if they are unconcerned about eliminating enormous amounts of old Internet culture. Terry A Davis's accounts were banned and that part of what lead to his downward spiral (TempleOS and teaching on Youtube were somewhat stabilizing, albeit not completely). 108Morris108 was a Youtuber that died just last month, Youtube had terminated his channel which was his entire income (he was an old man in Cambodia), he got stressed out, caught dengue fever and died.
There ARE major concerns to be had here with the eradication of culture, as well as these companies having enormous legal power (to run kangaroo courts) as far as the goings on are concerned in their monopoly enterprises.
Edit: I realize I didn't really write this perfectly, and the poltical overtones should be ignored, to capture my greater point. It seems there is no real government public oversight anymore, is one of the main points here. America just decided to stop doing its job one day.
Just picking 15 characters out of 37, where order is important and replacements are allowed, is 3.334462679E+23 options. That is 333446267951815307088493.
Then add the permutations w/replacements for 14 characters, then 13 characters.
So, about three fiddy.
Edit: If upper and lower case are two different options, then the number of options is ... higher.
Usernames are case insensitive, but holy shit that's a lot.
Also back to the topic at hand, Twitter support posted a clarification tweet chain today: [https://twitter.com/TwitterSupport/status/1199777312054493184](https://twitter.com/TwitterSupport/status/1199777312054493184)
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There’s a huge problem though; they’re removing deceased peoples accounts, including recently deceased people who the family members haven’t had time to back up the info for. It’s a double edged sword.
its a quite short time too.. i think that doing it after few years would be better but maybe they are running out of money or something. i want my accounts gone but i dont want that the accounts of others get abused by trolls.. but maybe they have some solution to that too
Given how much email has become your Social Security Number 2.0 when acting online... while all sites culling inactive/bot accounts is great, sites that host email doing the same thing sounds very stupid.
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