Free Speech or a Tweet—Which Puts You in Prison?

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Both are certain in the UK
‘When Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman briefly melted down in a post-game interview Sunday, shouting something about his superior skills as a football player and the relative insignificance of a player on the opposing team, the Internet did what the Internet does best: In high dudgeon, it sputtered, typed in all caps, and excreted hundreds of witless tweets. Well, most of it was witless. Some of it, predictably, was racist. A young lad named Travis Ozegovich, representing the latter category, tweeted “Richard Sherman = typical nigger.”

‘But imagine if we could levy punishment—fines and jail time, piled on top of the standard obloquy and backlash—on Ozegovich for the crime of being a sad little racist. And imagine if we could deputize bureaucrats and police pencil-pushers to trawl Twitter in search of other sad little racists, filling our already overstuffed prisons with even more racists…’

Is Pinterest Changing The Way We Blog?
Not with me. Maybe because I don’t use any Pinterest premium service?
‘We still don’t know who coined the term Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but we do know that it changed text blogging forever. Beginning in the late ‘90s, SEO made website content less of a guessing game and more of a repetitive formula for getting to the top of Google.

‘Over the past few months and several other recent acquisitions, Pinterest has shown that its priorities lie less with creating a robust social network and more with building a strong visual search engine. Sometimes called “The Anti-Social Network,” Pinterest is less about connecting with all your friends, and more about collecting images that speak to you the most, and the strongest.

‘However, as Pinterest positions itself as the Web’s premier visual search engine, some inevitable side effects are beginning to surface. Mainly, the way Pinterest lets users search is changing the way people blog…’

Guest Blogging: A Change in the Google Algorithm
Again, SEO is the primary concern
The Fall of Guest Blogging

‘…what I found in his post was this:

Okay, I’m calling it: if you’re using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop. Why? Because over time it’s become a more and more spammy practice, and if you’re doing a lot of guest blogging then you’re hanging out with really bad company.

‘Ultimately, this is why we can’t have nice things in the SEO space: a trend starts out as authentic. Then more and more people pile on until only the barest trace of legitimate behavior remains. We’ve reached the point in the downward spiral where people are hawking “guest post outsourcing” and writing articles about “how to automate guest blogging.”

So stick a fork in it: guest blogging is done; it’s just gotten too spammy.

‘What he’s talking about here are the “guest bloggers” who clearly are “creating” content for your site for the sole purpose of getting a link back to their site…’
For example

How Will the “Astonishingly accurate” Optical Clock Affect Us?
Moreso, how will a perfectly accurate clock affect everything if ever such clock becomes reality?
‘Call it a clock’s clock. Researchers say they have developed the world’s most precise and accurate clock – besting the World’s current timekeeping record holder — the National Institute of Standards and Technology Quantum clock – by 50%.

‘The clock – developed by JILA, a joint physics institute of the University of Colorado at Boulder and NIST uses “strontium atoms held in a lattice of laser light” to achieve its precision and stability, the researchers said…’


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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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